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Applejack Wine & Spirits

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Applejack Wine & SpiritsApplejack Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
82
good

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
[ Store ]

3320 Youngfield St
Wheat Ridge, Colorado, 80033-5244
United States
phone: (303) 233-3331

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @applejack_colo

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Photo of SamN
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%

I really like Applejack. Its a typical suburban liquor store as far as atmosphere goes, but the selection is quite good. Good variety of Sixer's, a decent bomber section and a length of shelves dedicated to single bottles of higher end craft beers. Service here is above average, I'm always asked if I need help and if I do, they usually know what they're talking about. One guy knew the minute differences in Samichlaus vintages. Impressive! Prices are pretty average, can't complain.

This is my staple store, I can usually find something to grab here.

SamN, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

DenverHopHead, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev +12.4%

tylerstravis, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

GRG1313, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

A-Applejack is a pretty large, suburban style liquor store that is typical in Colorado in both size and feel. It is clean, well-lit, slightly cluttered, and -- at times -- full of people doing their shopping. Nothing unique here.

Q-The selection of higher-end brews is split between non-cooled shelfs and a medium-sized cooler. The store had a moderate selection of imported beers (most of which were stored on un-cooled shelves) and a pretty good selection of Colorado brews (most of which were stored in the cooler). They are a little short on non-Colorado craft.

Ser-The service is unobtrusive and mostly knowledgeable. Even when crowded, there are a fair number of employees willing to assist, but if you just want to browse, they will leave you alone.

Sel-As noted above, the selection of Colorado brews is a bright spot and the import selection is good, but not great. They are a little low on non-Colorado craft beer.

V-Applejack has pretty decent prices, but nothing that blows the competition away.

PS-While the beer selection at Applejack is so-so, the wine selection and prices are quite good...some of the best in the state.

spoony, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of RanJay
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%

I have been going here for ages, in fact I remember coming to Applejack with my dad as a kid. So as I've expanded my taste in beer and away from just wine and gin, its been great to see Applejack's selection of beer grow also. Prices are usually comparable or even less than other stores in the area.
Over the past year they have brought in new and different beers, including specialty bombers and craft packs, to keep me going. I can always rely on beer specialist Cole to help me pick out something new and exciting. He knows his stuff about, not only the breweries but also the beer types (which is often more helpful and keeps me from getting into a brewery rut!) There is definitely room to grow as a beer store, I wouldn't mind seeing a pick your own 6 pack, but Applejack remains my go to liquor store.

RanJay, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

I finally made it to this huge store today. For the most part, I have recommended this place as a wine stop, because I've heard through sales reps that they have tons. And they do.
Stuck in a strip mall next to King Soopers this place is big. Wine makes its presence known and the beer...not so much. A long doorless, open cooler wall of beer lines the back right wall. It is half full with macro, two door-size columns of bombers (yet not much craft variety). Warm beer takes up a half of a shelving island with singles up top and sixers below. I have to say, for a place this size, its beer selection, while good, is unimpressive. Relative to the other stores, I would mark selection as below average, but all in all, it does have a better than average section. So it evens out.
And the prices aren't much different than the other big stores, and actually more than some smaller ones. Service...didn't get any, but didn't ask either.
If you live in the area, or are on I-70 passing through and need to stop quickly, this is the place. Otherwise, I'd give it a miss. I was disappointed, as big as this place is.

Mebuzzard, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of badbassrandy
3.95/5  rDev +11%

First off, Applejack now accepts credit cards AND they have a very nice selection of craft beer with an emphasis on local Colorado brews and California treats.

The majority of their more special beers are kept
refrigerated in a huge, open showcase, very cold isle.

They had a range of brews, for example, spanning from Ohio's Little Kings to Pliny the Elder to Alaskan to Moose Drool to a slew of Belgian beers and corked rarities. Plenty of fantastic Colorado breweries were represented. Their bomber section was open as well, making it very easy to inspect bottles. The big-bottle collection was quite nice and I found it hard to tear myself away and keep control of buying more than I "should."

After visiting just two nights prior to this reviewed visit, and after purchasing a bottle of Pliny the Elder, I noticed it was not displayed. While checking out, I asked the clerk if they had any left and she said they had 12. I requested three bottles and at least four other employees asked about Pliny and what I was waiting for while I was waiting for the guy in the back to fetch me the bottles, which took a while since he didn't know where to look. I was also asked within 5 minutes of entering the store if I could be helped. Everyone seemed to helpful and friendly.

The story on Applejack is that they used to have some of the very cheapest prices around Denver because they saved money by not accepting credit cards. I was told that it was not until 2009 that they bucked that old approach, began taking credit cards, cleaned up the front area and overall appearance, and thus raised their prices closer to what nearby competitors charge. Still, some of the offerings were very nicely priced,while others were moderate, and some being pricey compared to what I've seen elsewhere.

Overall, a real treat of a store for beer lovers who live nearby. They clearly move a lot of craft beer (not to mention a lot of Corona, I noticed from other shoppers) and keep the freshness rolling -- for the most part. Very recommended if you're in the area!! Don't let the old, poor reviews sway your mind.

badbassrandy, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Crosling
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%

Been to this store several times. Amazing it's even listed really...because this so far from being considered a serious beer store. They have a nice selection of regional craft package beers, but don't expect much of anything in terms of Belgians, specialty imports or high end craft singles. You may find something interesting here and there, but overall, their selection sucks. I'm surprised to, because this store is perhaps the busiest liquor store in Colorado. I'm sure they could sell some good beers if they tried. Obviously the beer buyer and owners are just not interested.

Crosling, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of waynethetrain
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

The scale of this store is a lot more impressive than the beer selection. While they do carry a nice supply of craft and local beers, its pretty weak considering their size. In Colorado, lots of liquor stores carry beers from New Belgium, Odell, Flying Dog, TommyKnocker, Left Hand, etc. The AppleJack selection is par for the course, far from the "greatest in the world". Total Beverage (Westminster) or Argonaut (Denver) carry a far better selection.

If your looking to stock up on cheap beer, get kegs or you need to buy mass quantities of liquor or wine, AppleJack may be a great choice.

If you're hoping to buy some great craft beer and live more than 10 minutes away, save yourself the trip and go to any local store with a decent selection.

If you want something rare or shop for your home cellar, don't get your hopes up...

The staff is knowledgeable, plentiful and helpful.

waynethetrain, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

I've been going here since I was a kid tagging with my mom to buy my grandmother's Ancient Age. But I digress.

It's a big store in an older strip mall right off of I-70. Certainly easy to spot and easy to get to. Inside, the place hasn't changed much over the years. Cramped, but with a nice selection of wines and all things liquor. If you like Single Malt Scotch, this is your place. Beer selection; unfortunately, is just OK. Quantity over quality is the general theme. On the upside, prices are great, and going inside brings back the memories for me.

Rayek, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Good place, conveniently located to the highway. This is the place my relatives from Glenwood Springs come every time they venture the three hours down the mountains to Denver - it has plenty to keep their trunk stocked. It has an extensive selection of beers, particularly regional brews from the Mountain West, and a huge selection of wines and liquors as well. The staff was perfectly friendly, but I didn't find them eager to check on customers in the aisle. But then again, it's a very big store.

Seanibus, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of 11thFloorBrewing
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Well it's called Applejack LIQUORS for a reason. The store is huge and you can find just about any liquor imaginable at reasonable prices. No credit cards is annoying, but not a big deal if you know before you get there. I didn't spend too much time in the wine section but it looked like they had a pretty big selection. Their beer selection was lacking though. For such a huge store I expected to find more micros (other than locals) and imports. Not much I couldn't already get at my local liquor store. They did give us a great price on delivering a few cases of wine and a keg for a party last year. If you're take I-70 to the mountains and need to stock up or you want to find a particular liquor this is the place, but I wouldn't go just to buy beer.

11thFloorBrewing, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of cncbofh
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Could someone please inform the owner of this place that the year is 2006, not 1976?

Wow. They use annoying and loud intercoms to speak back and forth between the stock people and the cashiers. They don't accept credit cards. The decor looks like a bad discotheque.

Ok - so the important thing is beer - which they do have a decent amount of. Unfortunately it's mostly swill - macro packs of crap. The few decent beers they have are actually a bit more expensive than other local establishments.

The website for Applejack says: "Applejack Wine & Spirits is the largest wine, beer and spirits store in the country."
Cough, Cough... BULLS(%*... Cough.
Not in their dreams.

Don't get excited about this place.

cncbofh, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of dspell13
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%

Biggest liquor store in North America. Need I say more? Consistently cheaper than any other liquor store. Good selection of beer, wine, liquors, and all of the extras. They don't take credit cards, however, so bring cash or an ATM card. If you're heading up into the mountains, stock up here.

This place has everything...including a wide selection of import beers. Lots of great German beers to choose from. Best prices on Paulaner and Hacker that I have ever seen. Great discounts on the more expensive Scotch and Tequila brands. Well worth a visit. The sheer size of the place is impressive.

dspell13, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -15.7%

I was thoroughly unimpressed by applejack.The fact that they don't take credit cards is a major let down. I carry a debit card not checks, it it is the year 2006 not 1986. The beer selection sucked big time with mostly macros taking up all the space. What few bombers they did have were at least a dollar more than every other store I like. I will not return to Applejack and would not recommend that any BA visit unless you are looking for wine. They were doing a pretty healthy business when I stopped in so I guess most people use cash.

--updated 01/2010 I bumped teh scores after a visit this month. They now take credit cards and their selection is ok.

ArrogantB, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Applejack is a good store if you're in the area, but for beer it's only average. Prices are really good, but in general you're mainly just going to find macros, local brews, but occasional rarities or seasonals from the larger micros such as O'Fallon.
Prices are as good as you'll find anywhere, but keep in mind that they only take cash or checks (checks...it still amazes me that they're still so common). They *do* however have an ATM in the store.
It also has an amazing wine selection, although that's somewhat unrelated here on BA!
I wouldn't go out of my way to head to Applejack for beer alone, but the selection is good if you have other liquor/wine needs as well.
For beer in the metro area, Davidson's and Heritage are the best options.

Domingo, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Located in a strip mall just off I-70. Huge store, with the majority devoted to wine. As I entered I was excited to see the entire back wall devoted to beer. Unfortunately as I started to browse I realized well over half of this was just macros (in a variety of packaging and taking up tons of shelf space. Colorado microbrew selection was good, but the selection from other US micros was limited. Import selection was better than that of the US micros. This would be a great every day beer store if you lived close, but if you are looking to seek out everything the Denver area has to offer I would recommend Total Beverage, Superior Liquor, or Liquor Mart in Boulder before Applejack.

rowew, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of deesonic
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

I have to agree with grasshopper. Applejack's is one of the better stores in the Denver area, although I prefer Argonaut's. It's been a several years since I have been there, but I remember them having a very good selection of local micros and a friendly staff. Applejack's has a great wine selection to boot (which my wife loved).

Unlike Argonaut's, Applejack's is in a nice part of town and parking is much easier. If you live on the westside of Denver or its suburbs, Applejack's is a fine store with a solid selection. In fact, I still have my Applejack's bottle opener on my key chain to remember it by. Cheers!

deesonic, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of grasshopper
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Remember cash/local check only! Applejacks has a very good selection that seems to rotate frequently. They have a really strong German beer selection and the Belguim beer selection seems to vary in terms of selection from time to time. They arevery good about having a good selection of local beers. Their prices are very good which I attribute to working on a cash/check basis(they may take debit). The store is in a great location in the region and fairly easy to get to. The service is good- anytime I have asked the employees seem to know a good deal about what they sell. Some of the beers represented are Colorado microbrews that you can not find at all liquor stores. Overall I would rank this store as one of the better stores to visit if you are in Denver, CO.

grasshopper, Jun 08, 2004
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82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.