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Zipp's Liquors

Not Rated.
Zipp's LiquorsZipp's Liquors
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
[ Store ]

2618 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55406-1104
United States
phone: (612) 333-8686

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Popped in here after going to Town Hall for a few beers. Very impressive liquor store.

This is a liquor store, meaning that most of the place is filled with booze but about 1/4 of the store has beer, and 1/4 of this store is a big selection. Just about anything you could imagine available in MN is available at Zipps and the prices are not bad at all. I picked up some surly, some Central waters, and some out of market foreigns that I couldn't get in MD.

Most of the beer were out as singles but that's OK with me. There was an entire wall of coolers that had various beers chilled in there as well as in six pack / 12 packs. I'm OK buying singles, usually prefer it.

I can't remember the guy's name but one of the workers took us in back and offered us a rare Ommengang sour, Zuur. I had actually already had it but I picked up some Surly 4 that he had squirreled back there. Very fun. I wanted to go back but I would have had to ship a box back to myself...and I didn't want to bother with that.

a VERY GOOD BEER STORE!

drabmuh, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Recently ordered a keg here for a party. This is the place to go for kegs in the metro area. If it's distributed in MN, this place will have it. Upon returning the keg, I took a look around. They have a really nice selection of craft beers. There is about two eisles dedicated to craft beer with a couple of large coolers full as well. They had a really nice singles selection and even a spot in the back with some beers that were being clearanced out at really low prices. The help with the keg was great and when I was looking at the rest of the store, I was not approached by anyone, but did ask someone at the front register for a beer and he knew off the top of his head that it wasn't in yet. Overall, a very solid choice for craft beer in this area and a great place for kegs.

jera1350, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

This is definitely a nice stop. I visited this place while in MSP for Darkness Day. I was mostly looking to scorea bunch of Surly products and check out anything else that was interesting. They definitely had a great selection with a few hundred different bottles. Plenty of Surly to be had. Also stocked up on some Tyranena. The quality was very high, too, with the Tyranena, Surly, Boulevard, and some good Belgians. The service was pretty much what you'd expect from a liquor store. No one asking if you need help and a stoner at the register. Definitely worth a stop to see what's available.

pwoods, May 12, 2010
Photo of opwog
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a very large liquor store. They had Odell reps doing a tasting when I was there, as this was the first week for Odells to be available in the area. I found the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and an extra Surly Four that I had been looking for. They have a massive selection and singles on a lot of the beers that they offer. I didn't shop for anything but beer, but given the size of the store and how deep their beer selection was, I can only imagine that it is equally as good for wine and spirits. Reasonably close to Stub and Herbs if you are in the area.

opwog, May 04, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

located just east of cedar ave on franklin sits zipps its close to the blue nile..whats not to like at zipps?..they have a great selection of crafts and single/bombers of crafts they also have hugh selection of imports with singles and 750ml bottles ..they really have one of the overall best selection of craft single/sixer's brews in the twin cities ..the staff is helpful but not intrusive they are knowledgeable of the beers they sell and will direct you to or give you advice..their prices are very reasonable ..its a great store to go to and you will definitively find something here for your beer palate....its recommended for locals and a must go to if you visit the twin cities

gatornation, May 01, 2010
Photo of HerrFaust
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

Stopped in here while in the Twin Cities for a wedding. Wow. Retro liquor store, but the beer shelves are front-and-center. Plenty of stuff in the coolers along the back wall. While looking for stuff not available in Chicago (Surly, Boulevard, etc), I ran into beer manager, Tyler. What followed was a tour into awesome. He pointed me to some winners and some special stuff. The rest of the staff was fun, too. If you find yourself in the area (it's near one of the cool kid neighborhoods), do make it a point to go here.

HerrFaust, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Good ol' Zipp's. This place is one of the best in the inner city. They have a huge selection of craft beers. If something new is coming into the Cities chances are Zipp's will have it first. They have a nice single bottle selection as well as a cooler filled with bombers. Nice 6 packs and 12 packs. Great belgian isle. The only problem with Zipp's is I've never been really treated great here but I've never been treated bad. It's one of those places that is so large that your sort of on your own with no personalization in the service area. The cashiers are nice nothing wrong with them but not much is ever said. The awesome selection keeps me coming back though and they have kegs on hand all the time. You can just walk in and walk out with a keg no preordering or anything like that. They also have awesome seasonal closeout sales. If you want a cheap keg they got great deals for seasonal craft beer toward the end of the season to clear out the stock.

jjanega08, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of MPLS
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Zipps is always an interesting experience once you park in the cramped lot and maybe have to dodge someone insisting you buy them a pint of vodka before walking in the door.

Zipps has a pretty decent layout with none of the shelving requiring you to find a ladder. The craft beer selection is pretty well isolated from the "cooler beers" and is arranged in a decent fashion.

The staff is always helpful and they are willing to break up any 4-6 pack of beer for singles for a small mark-up. This is really awesome for the beers you're hesitant on buying a whole 4-pack of. Tyler is the "beer guy" if you have any questions. They put themselves on twitter but updates are sparse and the details are not always fully revealed. Dumb.

The selection here is pretty top notch, but sometimes has a tendency to move fast just by it's location and the large number of people who traffic here.

MPLS, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

They had some very helpful staff give me advice on different beers, and were quick to sell me Surly. They make a Surly mix pack, and even though they had none of them in they sold me the beers for the discounted price. They also had numerous beers I had never seen, and there are more beers than a Manitoban can ever imagine in their beer and liquor stores.

My one beef is that the majority of their beers are held at room temperature in full light. I know I wouldn't store beer like that for long, but the beer I did get from them in no way was spoiled.

kjyost, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of MysticX
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

One of my go-to stores, especially since it is right off of 94 and right by the West Bank of the U of M. Not exactly located in the best of areas though. . .

Selection is pretty good with a pretty knowledgeable staff. If the person you ask doesn't know the answer to your question, there most likely will be someone else working who does. The mixed singles selection is pretty good, which also includes Surly singles for $3. They sell mixed Surly 4 packs as well, with some of the best Surly prices around. The prices are pretty good, and I personally don't feel like the mark-up on singles is all that much. Tyler, the beer guy, keeps a twitter account that keeps customers updated on all the new arrivals, many of which do go rather fast.

MysticX, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Convenient location to the brewpubs and beer bars in the center of Minneapolis. No trouble finding parking on a Saturday. The beer selection in the coolers is not that impressive but there are several dedicated shelves to craft and import beer. The selection is expansive, but not the largest in the area. Some offerings I have not noticed at other stores. The employees are all friendly and helpful. I have not lived in Minneapolis for close to 20 years and after stopping by Zipp's, I am reminded why I did not last long in the city center. Between the paint-huffers not finding the Natty Ice while staring right at it, to being solicited immediately after exiting the door, I could not get to I-94 quick enough.

morimech, May 30, 2009
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

My first stop on my visit to Minneapolis. A very well organized store. Three solid rows of craft beer. Selections were avaialble in four/six packs or individual bottles. A large selection of Belgians also such as Cantillon, Fantome and Duvel. They also had a very large selection of jeroboams from Rogue, Stone and Samiclaus.

Great craft selections I can't get back east. Boulevard, Goose Island, New Belgium, Tyrenana. to name a few. The prices were reasonable and the service was friendly. Great place to pick up some bottles in Minneapolis.

mymrnngjckt, May 13, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Finally got a chance to visit this place. Fairly clean, layout was a bit eccentric. Nice selection in the cooler. Single bottles shelf was great for bombers and 750s, but the mixed sixpack section was slightly lacking. The single 12 oz bottles were a bit over-priced, namely $2.99 per bottle of Devil Made Me Do It. They did have a nice variety and carried most things that are available in the Twin Cities, including a decent selection Cantillon, ST, Boulevard Smokestacks, etc. My only qualms with the place is that prices seem to be a bit higher than other stores I've visited in the area. The good thing about this place is that it's close to other regular stops when I'm in the Cities such as Town Hall and Stub n Herbs. If I don't want to make the drive to Dennis Bros and am willing to pay a few extra bucks, this is a good stop.

KeefD, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of DirtyPop123
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Good spot. Big enough so you can be left alone to wander aimlessly, but employees aren't standoffish if you have a question (and if that guy doesn't know, he'll hollar across the store to the next guy, and so forth). Selection leaves little to be desired. i.e. I found a Bell's Expedition Stout in early January (and took all they had. heehee.).

Good keg selection, too. Esp. in the summertime.

There is a dearth of beer-friendly liquor stores in this piece of MPLS, so do your part and keep it in business.

DirtyPop123, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of beerbeagle
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

zipp's is a great place to visit. it is easy to access from the freeway. lots of parking space with an overflow lot. great location near to other beer destinations with blue nile, acadia and town hall brewery all close by and stub and herbs just across the river. they have expanded there shelf space for more beer. with one section for american craft packs. one section for american bombers and one section for imports. also large selection of singles on the end caps if you want to just try one of something. also have a bank of refrigerators alng the back wall. they always have a great selection and some of the best prices around. though be warned that this palce is known about and some of the limited release stuff goes fast. i have never been in here without someone asking if i need help finding something or looking for anything in particular. also if you can get to talk with tyler it is well worth your time.all in all a great place.

beerbeagle, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of josephhaugen
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

Finally stopped by to see Tylers selection. Very impressive open floorplan, with a nice nice selection of spirits (especially specialties like Eau de Vies, Rare Scotch, and much more). The wine selection is not huge, but well done, with an awesome selection of French wines, and one of the largest Provence selections I have seen anywhere. Now to the beer, not a ton of good stuff in the coolers, considering the store size, but plenty of nice selections. The imports and domestic bombers are quite impressive with, if I remember correctly, 4 four foot section on each side 3 or four sections high. Lots of rare and unique finds to be had in this store. Another section on the back of the import and domestic singles shelf round out the selection. Two end caps housing M & M singles are more than adequate as well. Tyler and the crew have done an awesome job in here, and I look forward to stopping in sometime when Tyler is actually there. On a side note, I was asked twice if I needed help, and I fully believe they would have helped me with any questions I had.

josephhaugen, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Beerking721
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

I visited this store after leaving The Blue Nile one night which is just down the road. On first glance, I was impressed with the inviting exterior and decided to head in. The store is well lit and has a nice attached parking area so I didn't have to walk far.

This is one of the nicer and more complete beer selections I've seen in Minneapolis proper with a staff of knowledgable beer connoisseurs who are passionate about beer and appreciate fellow BA's. The service was good (they carried my purchase out for me), the store was clean and well stocked, and I left with some great brews to enjoy that were reasonably all priced.

The wine and liquor selection was impressive as well.

I am pleased to recommend this store and will be back soon.

Beerking721, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Great place to shop when I'm driving on I94. Parking isn't hard to find.

The service has always been nice. Never had a complaint. The only reason it's not 5 is because there have been a few times employees couldn't help me find what I was looking for, which I eventually found anyways.

The selection has always been pretty good compared to most. Great craft selection as well as locals. Many of my friends swear by this place, and are willing to drive a little extra because they claim the combination of the selection, service and price is top notch.

Mistofminn, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of bornondate
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

It's about time to get some reviews done, and this is a place I've been to many times.

Its easy access off of I94 and nice amount of close parking (which is great considering I usually have a few boxes to carry out) makes this a great spot to hit.

Every visit has been great. The staff has always been very helpful and quite knowledgeable, and quick to point out new items. The selection is vast with a great amount of US craft beers to chose from. Bell's, Surly (including mixed packs)and the rest of the locals are in force here. Their Import selection is very nice with a fair amount limited items. The selection is on par with the other "great stores" in the state.

I also thought it was cool to have a display of great beers that are not in Minnesota :).

I will continue to visit this store, and if you have not been here before, you missing out.

bornondate, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

Stopped in to pick up some stuff while in the Minneapolis area because I was told they had what I wanted. With a nice large assortment of beers, they definitely had what I was looking for, and at a good price. Their singles selection was pretty good, as was their selection of beers that were in the cooler, and the room temp section was top notch, with plenty of micros and imports along with the typical macros. One thing I did notice though was the bottles seemed a little dusty, making me wonder if the beers have been sitting for a good period, or the place is just in a really dusty area. In any case, the place was easy to find, parking was easy, service was good, and the selection was impressive.

HopDerek, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

I haven't visited Zipp's in a while, but my how times have changed!

Gone are the Camo-drinkin' train-hoppin' crust-punks, gone are the dusty bottles, gone are the hundreds of cheap kegs dished out by tatooed rockstar staff with attitudes . . . oh wait, no, all of these things are still here in spades, so what the heck has changed?

For one thing, they've expanded, relocated, and rearranged the 'dry' beer section, having relocated the jug wines and wine coolers to the cramped spot that had previously held the singles and imported beers. The new dry beer section is about four times the size of the old, and with a 400% increase in the number of Belgians, to boot - holy sh*t! So did Mickey and Andy finally wise up here or what? All kidding aside, Zipp's has a lot going for it in the beer department, including half a shelf's worth of craft brew singles (both bottles and cans) priced to move, baby, and with plenty of empty six pack cartons in which to carry 'em to the counter and out the door. This fact alone makes Zipp’s worthy of a visit for some of you folks who regularly go without a good singles selection back in your own ‘hood. With singles from the likes of Dark Horse, Furthermore, and New England brewing, I’m gonna be paying this place a visit about once a week! They have also done some cannibalizing of the 'price-beer' coolers since the last time I visited, adding more crafts and imports in the place of wine coolers, Old Milwaukee returnables and the like - not a genius move admittedly, but it beats the hell out of a roller each of Blatz and Blatz Light flats! For you closeout fanatics, Zipp's has added a couple of those rustic, quarter barrel-sized wooden buckets a la Hennepin Lake, and filled them with a bunch of sweet lambics, Gluek's cut-outs, and bigger craft brand singles that are growing a bit long in the tooth. For you clueless newbs, they’ve got a half-dozen “not-available-in-this-town” bottles with a bit of an explanation as to why they ain’t available – I always wanted to do something like this when I worked at the Polish liquor barn up the river. It’s worth noting that there’s been an improvement in the shelf-talkers and related signage, including definitions of Trappist ales and craft beer, as well as particular styles and subcategories.

For you collectors, I also noticed a stack of Bell's Batch 8000 sitting on the floor in the end-cap position closest to the coolers (and yeah, there were no singles of 8000, and while I was in the checkout lane I saw a couple of dirty Uptown hippies* grabbing the remaining cases off the floor! Oh well, my loss . . . )

For those of you looking to spice up your craft-beer diet, Zipp's selection of non-beer is pretty much on par with the better neighborhood retailers, and by that I mean France 44 or most of your friendly neighborhood Cellar's locations. And while I am no big wine drinker, I have to admit that I was impressed while overhearing their wine consultant give about twenty people a rundown on some of his favorite selections: heck, having spent plenty of time around wine freaks myself (five years' hard labor at Surdyk's thankyouverymuch) I wanted to go over and shoot the breeze with the guy!

Perhaps best of all is the fact that Zipp's is a 'real' neighborhood beverage retailer, ably catering to a very wide range of clientele. They're unpretentious yet informed, with a well-appointed yet not overly exhausting selection, a spacious yet not gargantuan sales floor, and with a very good (frequently downright awesome) staff. Fact is, Zipp's is exactly the kind of retailer I’d like to work at if I ever went back to working retail!

All in all Zipp's is an excellent neighborhood retailer made even better by the changes I’ve highlighted above. I have about ten great Zipp's stories I could relate as I sit here typing this review, but I'll save 'em for some time when we're all camped out under a full moon, with a roaring fire and a keg of craftbrew at our side. Great work, Sean!

*For those of you who might miss the satire, this review is rather tongue in cheek, as among other things I resemble this particular remark.

Chaz, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of badbeer
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%

Heard a rumor that this place might still have Bell's Batch 7000, which is the main reason I stopped in. I had a feeling it was too good to be true, and well, it was. No Batch 7000, but I did take the time to look around and see what else they had to offer. A fair amount of beer and they seemed to be keeping in at least reasonable conditions (away from sunlight, direct heat, etc.). Service was not really to be found. It wasn't bad, but that's because it was nonexistent, so I'll rate it average to be fair. Selection seemed decent, but didn't necessarily impress me either. It is certainly, however, a fine beer with a solid selection, I just probably won't frequent this one unless I can't find it at other places.

badbeer, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%

This place is huge and has a giant selection of any beer you would expect a large range of people to enjoy. The only thing I found to be bad is that it's not set up in an orderly fashion, especially with the beer next to the wine and integrated. Especially the Rochefort 10 being the only beer in a display case next to the checkout counter next to some bottles of wine and other liquors. I didn't need any service, but it seemed they didn't have too many beer knowledgeable folks. Overall it would be worth returning I did see some nice things like Thomas Hardy's an dother bigname beers that I can't find in Iowa. The only weird thing was the small dog running about and barking at me.

Erdinger2003, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%

When walking into this place I was greeted by a small dog running around on a short leash. It gave the place a small town feel that was nice but I wish the little guy could have led me to the beer section. There were some rows of coolers in the back with beer and then warm beer was scattered in several isles in the middle of the store.

I was happy to see a few local meads on the sale shelf but the beer selection was a few European beers and lots of west coast beers with a few locals tucked in places. I saw a sign for Killer Penguin on sale but it was full of The Kaiser, and they had just sold out of the KP.

I asked if they had more in the back and the guy working the register shouted my question to the manager, who shook his head no. I think this store will be a good place to stop when looking for out of season beers if I can't find them other places and it has a nice family run feel.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Zip's was my corner liquor store a couple years, and all in all I feel like it is a pretty quality establishment. It's in a really cool neighborhood, the Seward neighborhood, so as you could expect there are some pretty cool people working there that will remember you. Not every worker that walks by is super knowledgeable, but there is usually someone there who can answer any questions you have. They have a great selection, an impressive amount of Belgian ales. They even recently just expanded their 'good' beer section so they are even getting more. They also have a lot of good sets of beer with nice beer glasses around the holidays. This is a great liquor store to live by.

dfried, Apr 18, 2006
Zipp's Liquors in Minneapolis, MN
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.