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Flanagan's Stop & Shop

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Flanagan's Stop & ShopFlanagan's Stop & Shop
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17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
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522 W College Ave
Appleton, Wisconsin, 54911
United States
phone: (920) 733-6689

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Reviews by nflmvp:
Photo of nflmvp
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

If you want a good selection of beers in Appleton, Flanagan's is the place. Until recently, the selection has been behind what you can find in larger markets but that's currently changing. Over the past couple of weeks, the selection has begun to grow and judging by the newly created shelf space, I can only assume that this is just the beginning.

During a conversation with the owner a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that they are planning for an ADDITIONAL 300 beers to add to their, already VERY respectable, inventory. I'm looking forward to being able to get beers I could only dream about, or travel great distances for, in the past.

Service is typically knowledgeable and friendly. I've read other reviews (NOT on BA) complain about parking but I don't see what's wrong with having a full, FREE parking lot in the back of the store, considering that there is also a checkout at the back of the store. Parking on College Ave can be hit or miss and even if you DO find a space, you have to plug a meter. I'm not sure why ANYONE would park in front.

It's hard for me to say this, considering I REALLY like the place and the people who run it but I do think that value is "a bit pricey". I go their frequently and I while I spend plenty, I'd likely spend much more if I felt I couldn't get some things for less at other places. On the bright side, someone recently told me that Flanagan's will PRICE MATCH. Sadly, that doesn't work for so much of their inventory since they are the only store in town to offer it.

Not wanting to end this review on a sour note, I'm looking forward to the growth and being able to find beers I tyically have to travel to Madison, Milwaukee or Chicago to find. If you're in Appleton, Flanagan's is the only "MUST STOP" in town.

nflmvp, Apr 02, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of pritzlb
3/5  rDev -17.1%

The selection is not bad although not much better than a few of the area groceries -- and the freshness is not to be assumed. They will leave product on the shelves until it sells. I have returned beer which had gone bad and they looked at me as if I was crazy (and this was a manager not just a cashier). I would suggest you buy beer here only if you know it is a label which turns fast or it is a new seasonal, etc.

pritzlb, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Drew26
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Drew26, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Jflynt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jflynt, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of derkfromwi
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Lots of beers for northeast WI, but you don't know how long most of them have been sitting around unless it's popular, if they're on sale then the beer has probably collected a good amount of dust.
I stop by a few times a month, but no one remembers me and multiple questions about beer coming in are answered, "We should be getting it in."
The wine and liquor selection is decent, but I wonder if maybe Flanagan's lets their beer distributors take care of their beer supply and section in their store?

derkfromwi, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

This was where I got into craft beers, and is very, very good for that. For singles selection, this place is extremely extensive, however... they never seem to get most of the high end releases and service in regards to beer is lacking. I also wonder how long some of the product sits on the shelves. Don't get me wrong, this is a good store but if you're looking for some special hot release, maybe look elsewhere.... but if you want to build some sixers of year round or seasonal brews, this is your place. On a side note, the wine selection appears fantastic.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ByTor2112
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Finally made my way into downtown Appleton. Passed the front coming down College and turned the corner to find the rear entrance.
A decent walled cooler area is on the left kind of behind a counter. This plus another walled cooler section has a great selsction of regional brews from all around the upper great lakes breweries-NG, Leine's,Tyranena, Dark Horse, Founders. Found the area that had all the singles, Belgians, other imports. West Coast was only slightly bountiful but Moylan's and Reaper Ales earn points for being there. I was hoping to find big bottles of Tyranena, Short's, Dark Horse, New Glarus and some other upper great lakes brews, only a few singles here and there of those. I did find big bottles of Central Waters and Lakefront so I scored one from each. $4.99 for a big bottle is cheap compared to NC prices. Lots of Founders, Goose Island Christmas 2009 still around. The only NG seasonal was the Raspberry and I have had that before! Got some NG singles to go with my big bottles. I gave the selsction a 3.5 only becuase I was hoping for more big bottles of stuff I can't get back home. One of the best bets in Appleton. I will go back

ByTor2112, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of crossovert
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

I walked in through the back where there is a row of beer filled coolers.

The beer is scattered round the place, with a beer cooler as well. Practically the entire import section was old beer. The domestics were fresher and more abundant but overall it was an average selection. the did have a few rare beers but many were simply really old. It all was also a bit pricey from what I am used to. They had a few minikegs in cold storage for a decent price. They did not stock the local brewpub's beers.

Overall if you are in Appleton like I was it is not bad but it insn't anything amazing.

crossovert, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of minnunderground
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Flanagan's is a pretty good place to get beer. The best selection of singles in the area. If you are waiting for a beer to come out (EX. GI BCS) they will probably be the first place in the area to have it. The singles are not very cheap and either are the belgians or anything else like that. Seems like everything has about a $1 markup from the other places around. But has a solid selection, can be hit or miss on certain things. They sell some glassware also. Have never been asked for help before but I never ask either so the service wasn't good or bad I suppose.

minnunderground, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of harpus
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

The entrance to FlanaganÂ’s Stop and Shop is not on College, it is actually on the back side if they building where they have a parking lot. The first room that you walk into has some wine and beers in six-packs to the left behind the counter. In the second room which is bigger and room to spend your time and where the good stuff is. In this room are where all the single bottles are located. They have two aisles of single. They have some New Glarus, Lakefront, Victory, Rouge, Belgians, British, Canadian, German and some random Breweries and Countries. The whole time I was at the store I was never asked if I needed any help. If in Appleton, this place is worth the stop if you know what you are looking for. The prices are not bad.

harpus, Nov 28, 2007
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Flanagan's Stop & Shop in Appleton, WI
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.