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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by emerge077:
3.26/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Stopped in over the weekend, the area literally felt like the Eastside's ass-end, practically in Cottage Grove (WI not Chicago, BIG difference). Wedged in an office building on a corner, with "10 minute parking" spots out front (empty lot).
Walked in and said hello to the college guy at the counter, who remained silent. Did the slow walkthrough of the coolers, most of the beer is cold (quality points), and there was a lone shelf in the back, obscured halfway up by cases of wine stacked in front of it. I found a few NB Lips of Faith bombers behind the wine cases. Asked the guy about NG Berliner, which he knew nothing about and gave the standard "maybe next week" line. That's ok, we found cases at Woodmans, stacked deep.
Selection is good but modest, nothing obscure past the usual midwest seasonals. The one exception being a Great Dane black barleywine bomber that was a little too pricey for what it was (around $14, trying to King Henry in 2013). Founders, Bells, a couple FFF sixers, Ale Asylum, Lake Louie, etc.
Woodmans is 3-ish miles away, on the Eastside there's Jenny St., Star, and Trixies, which all have more to offer. Not worth the 5 mile detour off the highway for. It is near a Great Dane satellite location if you're already heading there. If they do a "brand loyalty" program, that's lame. Last store in recent memory that did that was Armanettis in Chicago, and they closed down.
05-20-2013 14:39:14 | More by emerge077
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3.34/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Great place to buy commons if the location is convenient for you, however don't come in looking for any rarities (which they eloquently refer to as "allotted items") because they started an asinine brand loyalty program where you have to buy more of the brand you're looking for in some undetermined time period (whatever time passes between "allotted" items - no set schedule/interval). I used to spend a lot of money here, but since none of the money I spend counts toward these "allotted" items unless it happens to be the same brand, I'm buying those beers elsewhere where I can get them cheaper. There's just no reason to buy them at Alpine anymore. I will say that Alpine has very competitive prices when compared to similarly sized stores, but they don't compete with larger stores. They also have a fairly good selection and used to be willing to shell out more of the 1-off, seasonal, rarity stuff out of the cooler if you were spending money and had some facial recognition. That's not the case anymore, so don't waste your time. The humorous part is that this is all an effort to ward off the truck chasers. It's lost them several customers who used to be very loyal.
04-11-2014 21:55:41 | More by HowardTheDuck
3.17/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4 | $$
There selection isnt bad, but they often keep even decent stuff hidden in back. Pricing defintely seems fair compared to other stores. Plus this location is pretty far out of the way. I would rather hit up Jenifer Street Market or Rileys if you are in town and looking to pick up some WI beer
05-09-2013 13:43:34 | More by Gotti311
Alpine Liquors in Madison, WI
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.