Festival Foods - Copeland Ave
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.34/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I'd heard about this location from friends who'd visited the area last spring and were impressed; Could it be worth a look? Yep.
I ended up poking around for a good fifteen minutes before settling on a 4-pack of Pearl Street's "Dankenstein", but was impressed with the overall selection. I mean, this is an outlet in a chain grocery store, not a destination beverage specialist.
PLENTY of cold beer, including front-facing open coolers, beer cave, and traditional coldbox (doors) selection. At first I reckoned that all of the beer was chilled, but then I came across stackers (battery packs, suitcases) and a New Glarus standalone display. Prices were on-par for the retail mix (grocery outlet); Want better prices? Hit up that big box o' hype down the road! This observation is more acute given the realization that Pearl Street sells growlers and sixers.
Craft selection was comparable to your average Cities retailer in the bottom half of the "Top Twenty" as per BA, including a lot of familiar breweries (Victory, Bell's, Alaskan...), but I was most impressive was the selection of Lake Louie, O'so, and even some new outfit out of Milwaukee.
The mix a six ain't too shabby, and better than the only other place in town I've tried (the co-op.) Still, Woodman's nearby will be a more impressive visit to Craftsters of all stripes.
I noticed some closeout beer ("Jesse James Beer"?), but otherwise most of the offerings appeared to be both in-season and in-code, and I can really go for that. Service struck me as very good for a beautiful Sunday in spring, with a two stockers stocking, a manager running kegs to a couple of 16 year-olds* out front, and a single cashier really kickin' butt at the sole open checkout lane.
I was humored by a young man who approached me and inquired about Craft beer; no doubt he could recognize a master at work (har har). He told me he was newly-legal and was new to Craft as well, but that he liked hoppy stuff! So I told him to give some singles from Pearl Street a spin as well as a couple of the hoppier offerings from some other regional brewers. He ended up with Hopalicious, which he admitted was a clear new favorite of his -- good times : )
*Viterbo Grads ; )
05-14-2012 00:32:05 | More by Chaz
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This store doesn't have a huge selection, but they do have quite a few quality beers in a variety from bombers to sixers to twelve packs. Pretty large mix your own six selection too. All of the WI breweries are available here. Lots of New Glarus of course. Bomber of New Holland Dragon's Milk for $6.99, which I thought was an excellent price. Oskar Blues, Goose Island, etc. Didn't see any Three Floyds however. The Woodman's in Onalaska is a better overall store, but is about a 10-15 minute drive from downtown La Crosse. If that's too much for you, this place is a very good alternative for the area.
04-30-2012 00:51:56 | More by jera1350
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Festival Foods is on Copeland not too far from downtown La Crosse. Fairly large parking lot. There are multiple entrances to Festival, and the beer/wine/alcohol store has their own entrance on the left side.
The beer is located immediately inside on the left in coolers and on shelves across from those. Pretty solid selection of regional brewers like New Glarus (including Belgian Red), Oso, Central Waters, Tyranena and others. Also a decent array of micros like Rogue, Stone, etc. Mixed sixers and singles are also an option.
Service was about what was expected, as this is basically the liquor section of a grocery store. The people working checkout were friendly though.
Overall this is a solid place to hit for a pretty good array or area goodies.
11-27-2010 20:12:17 | More by Dogbrick
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I travel for work regularly to LaCrosse and Onalaska Wisconsin and always make an effort to swing by Festival. Great selection of WI, MI, IL beers. Always has a full on selection of New Glarus, Dogfish Head, Great Lakes and a few good brews from MN too. I dont know why but despite Stone shipping to WI, they never have any available in this store. The prices are substantially cheaper here than they are in the twin cities of Minnesota for similar beer. They have an average selection of singles but do a nice job of breaking down pretty much all their 6 packs so you can mix and match.
10-28-2010 14:35:19 | More by adrock7309
4/5 rDev +5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Visited both locations in La Crosse/Onalaska in the same trip.
This one was slightly more compact, but had what I was ultimately seeking: a case of Dancing Man. First up was a large array of singles, though not all their selection is available that way. Next was malt liquor (obscure crap from City Brewery like Pit Bull and Lost Lake) and Sparks : / After that was craft and import sixers. Good smattering of quality import staples like Duvel, Wehenstephaner, etc. Nothing especially obscure though. Most beer was chilled, though there was a large endcap of NG. Limited craft selection, though all the usual suspect WI micros were present. Plenty of Pearl Street, including Dankenstein.
Asked the cashier about Pearl Street Brewery's tasting room nearby, as that was next on the agenda; he had never been, but was friendly enough.
07-23-2010 04:57:53 | More by emerge077
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
In town for the holidays and I stopped in here to grab some beer for a poker night with some friends. The place mostly consists of liquor and spirits, but the entire wall on the left of the store is dedicated to beer. They had a decent selection of singles, and mixed-sixers were only $7.99. That's $1 cheaper than any place in my area. Not too bad. They carried a good amount of "local" craft including, Sand Creek, Pearl Street, New Glarus, Tyranena, Central Waters, Capital, etc. Also saw some selections from Three Floyds, Boulevard, Goose Island, Rogue, etc. This is a pretty great selection for a grocery chain. Would that all groceries carried this amount of craft brew. What a wonderful world that would be...
01-04-2010 13:25:21 | More by Onenote81
Festival Foods - Copeland Ave in La Crosse, WI
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.