Pairings Food And Wine Market
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Taps: - / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by morimech:
4.08/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Yea a new beer store in the southwest metro. Nicely located just north of Hwy 62 on Shady Oak Road. Pairings is split into two. One side is the cafe and wine bar, and the other is the beer, wine, and spirit store. The claim is 400 different beers. BMC is kept to a minimum. The beer is all the way in the back. Just about everything is available in singles in the coolers. The beer not in the cooler is neatly organized on the shelves by brewery with domestic and imported beers in their seperate areas. They are still experimenting with the inventory to see what sells and requested. There are a couple of breweries I would purge out and a couple of Minnesota brews that are missing or under represented (Surly, Schells, Summit). I think they are going with an organic, glutten free slant which I could do without. Nice import selection with Belgium, not surprisingly being featured. But there are few beers from the UK and Germany as well as Mikkeller. Mystery 6-packs are available and a bit of fun not knowing what you are going to get. They admit you will get one stinker in the bag. If you want to eat at the cafe, you can buy your beer in the store and bring it over to the cafe to consume. The wine selection was not very large but they concentrate on a $14-$20 California and South American centric selection. One of the larger Port selections I have seen around. The spirit selection is small and nothing that interested me. Did see absinthe which is unusual. The staff is friendly and knowledgable, learning the products as they come in. The prices for the most part seem on par or maybe a little higher than some other stores. Nothing too far off. The vibe might seem a little hoity toity with a upper middle class clientele. I might feel a little out of place if I was to show up after work in uniform covered with grease and grime.
08-09-2009 13:23:24 | More by morimech
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
just north of 62 on the east side of shady oak road. very clean and modern from the outside. when you walk in a nice sized eatery is on the left, on the right is a bright wine and beer market, you will see wine displayed first, but in the back are cooler and wooden bock displays of singles and bombers and 750ml bottles, iwas impressed with the selection they had of domestic brews with most available in a build a sixer, the beer guy there told me they just got surly ion about 4 weeks earlier and they did have abrasive, along with deschutes,alaskan,odells,bells,boulevard,great lakes,JP also lots of import belgian bottles, the beer guy there was kind enough to pull out a 2008 bcbs while there, they also will be adding about 15 more taps he told me in 2012, lucid brews are on tap and will distribute bottles when available, overall a clean well run market that was a pleasure to shop with very competitive prices for its size
12-10-2011 16:39:02 | More by gatornation
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here with a friend on 1/21, although I have been here before I have never rated it. When you walk in you are greeted by a decently large wine selection and think to yourself "where's the beer?" but then as you continue to the back you see it in all its glory. A large cooler format along with several rows of shelves with beers. Very cordial and friendly staff as I asked about a couple beers that I was looking for. Very helpful in letting me know if and when they might show up. Back to the beer, they have a great selection of regional and imported craft beers including a big belgian wall. What I really love is all the singles they sell. The one aspect I don't like is that it seems their prices are a little higher than stores in the city.
01-21-2011 21:01:55 | More by kbutler1
4/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Every single beer they carry is available as a single here. If you would like, you can take your purchases over to the resteraunt portion to consume with your meal. Some well thought out selections. Most are on the shelf, but a nice single and wider selection in the cooler. Found some limited release brewer here along with some other craft staples. No BMC to be found! Shawn, the beer guy, is very friendly and helpful. They even allowed me to make a purchase over the phone. Didn't eat here. Love the concept of the place. Prices were fair. Well worth a visit.
12-14-2010 03:38:45 | More by jera1350
3.3/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
With a name like "Food and Wine Market", they are obviously not committed to concentrating on the craft beer consumer, but just my observation. Also based on their website, you would barely know that they sell beer. Decent selection of American micros, and locals. Much limited supply of imports and high quality Belgians. Very limited selection of German beers. Small area for section located in back corner of the store. Good selection of micros in the cooler. Organized by brewery, and it appeared by region for the imports, but wasn't very intuitive in its order.
Place was pretty disorganized when I was in there, many empty cardboard cases on the floor, made it difficult to get around the section (understandable on a delivery day, but didn't seem like they were any hurry to get the mess up off the floor). The guy working didn't know anything about the beer offering (and definitely wasn't worried/interested in cleaning up the area around it), which was a turn off, but he was pleasant enough and friendly.
Prices definitely high, compared to other locations in the cities.
The food area is rather nice, good selection of quality cheeses. Similar to Surdyk's in its layout, and concept.
03-11-2010 23:47:51 | More by mwagner1018
4.44/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was in Pairings in Eden Prairie yesterday. Nice selection, but prices seemed a bit high. Plenty of Belgian beers, and they definitely had some beers I haven't seen elsewhere. The clerk said they had 400 types of beer, but I didn't count them. Picked up Yeti Stout and Weihenstephaner on sale, for $5.99 and $2.49 respectively. Otherwise their normal prices seemed a buck or so too high. Attentive sales staff, but not bothersome . I'll stop occasionally since I drove past it on the way home from work, but its not one that I'll stop at regularly.
11-19-2009 02:55:00 | More by blackdog1101
Pairings Food And Wine Market in Minnetonka, MN
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