Vail Fine Wines
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
4.24/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$$
A-This small-ish shop is located right in the heart of Vail Village (on the pedestrian mall). The joint is new and modern with wine up front, booze on the side, and maybe a half-dozen coolers of beer in the back. The small size makes for tight confines, but it was clean and easy to maneuver and browse when I visited.
Q-All of the beer I saw was in the coolers in back, which is nice. The good stuff was also stored upright, so you know that whoever is doing the beer buying/storage knows what they are doing. The quality of brews available was solid, with Belgians, other imports, U.S. craft, and locals far outpacing the amount of space devoted to the standard mountain fare, a 30-pack of Keystone. My big concern with quality was with turnover. I did not snoop the dates on IPAs, but there were quite a few holiday beers still in the coolers when I visited in mid-June. To be fair, the holiday beers I spied were the type of higher ABV beers that would hold up for six months, but still....
Ser-The young gentleman that helped me was a touch on the hipster side, so if that is turn-off, be forewarned. Regardless, he knew his local brews, as well as the sort-of rare Mikkeller that I asked him about. He also let me sit there for a minute to peruse the selection on my own before jumping in and asking if I needed help. Well-done.
Sel-For a small sharp in the heart of a tourist trap, the selection of craft was very solid. No, this place does not compete with the best bottle shops in Denver, but the place gets credit for stocking a good variety of interesting bombers, sixers, and singles in smaller sizes. A quick review of the options revealed lots of Mikkeller, some Firestone Walker (including the Anniversary beer), Chimay, de Struise, St. Bernardus, Lagunitas, a good selection of Colorado beers, and a few ultra locals from the Vail Valley. This is definitely the best selection of good beer within walking distance of the lifts at Vail.
V-The one downside to the prime location was price. Beers here were seriously expensive. The prices here were noticeably higher than other stores in Vail, and considerably more pricy than stores in Denver or down valley (in Edwards, for example).
06-21-2013 00:12:53 | More by spoony
Vail Fine Wines in Vail, CO
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