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Reviews: 3
Visits: 5
Avg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
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Shop 8, Midcity Arcade
Criterion St
Hobart, 7001
phone: (03) 6231-4000

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Place added by: joecast on 04-05-2009

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Photo of Andrewharemza
5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

As an independent retailer, they offer specialist advice and a wide range of quality wines and boutique beers from all corners of the globe. Making the most of our location in central Hobart, they also have the good fortune of being able to draw an impressive selection from the finest local producers throughout Tasmania, from both niche and icon wineries.
Whether regional or international, there stock has to earn its place on the shelf. With over 25 years in the wine industry, co-owner Tim Goddard brings experience and tenure as a qualified wine judge as the head of a select tasting panel, ensuring that our range will always stand out from the crowd. This guarantees that our products satisfy a rigorous tasting assessment, in which variety, style, and region are considered, alongside the imperative that they represent best value for money.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Suggested by Joecast so have to give him credit.

A-- Wine shop, first and foremost. Nothing wrong with that as can get some Tasmania wines that you can not get on the Mainland. Well lit and formatted. Easy to find what you would be wanting or looking for.

Q-- Not enough refrigeration for what is carried. Everything on shelves. Mostly Australian stuff in the fridge. That is ok and makes sense.

S-- None needed.

S-- Not bad at all. Australian wise had 7 sheds, two meter, moo brew, holgate, endeavour, and a few other Australian beers. International wise a good range. US wise Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Rogue and North Coast. Strength is in Europe. Lots of UK stuff, some stuff I wish I bought. Belgian and Germany. A lot of really interesting things to keep a person busy. Limited selection in Mikkeller and Nogne.

V-- Value is good for what you see in the Tasmania area. Mostly Boags and Cascade. I think stock turn over is a bit of an issue as the US stuff looks to move a bit quicker and seeing stocks from Unibroue on shelves and some older UK IPA's around. Pricing is good and on par with Sydney/ Melbourne prices. Better than a most shops in the Sydney area.

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Photo of joecast
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

the new standard for hobart bottle shops. dont come in here looking for the standard cascade, boags, vb, domestic rubbish (no offense) cause i cant even be sure they stock it. will have to look next time i go in but havent noticed them on the shelves. pretty small place so space is at a premium which is why it wouldnt surprise me if they werent even there.

what do they have then? you ask...
unibroue, orkney skullsplitter and stout, timothy taylor landlord, gulden draak, delirium tremens, emersons, holgate brewery, mountain goat, moo brew, and others. really impressive line up i think.

its not a large shop and, obviously by the name, mainly focus on wine. the owner must be some kind of beer nut though as he knows what he is doing. he must get in pretty small shipments of the special stuff and ends out an email newsletter to get the word out. it works. turnover seems pretty good as i havent found anything out of date (though the shop hasnt been opened all that long. we'll see how this goes long term). basically, if you see something you like in the newsletter dont leave it too long as it may run out.

criterion st is a small one way lane between liverpool and bathurst and coolwine is located in a small open passage linking elizabeth st.

pricing i put as reasonable, but you get what you pay for. you want an imported rare craft beer...you pay for it. i picked up two unibroue a gulden draak and an emersons and that was $32 after the 6% discout for four (10% if you get six).
the beer is located around to the right behind the counter. about half is located in a double door stand up fridge with the rest on a packing shelf.

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Coolwine in Hobart, Australia
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