Warehouse Liquor Store
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Warehouse Liquor doesn't look like much from the outside except your typical slightly neglected up north liquor store. Pulling into the parking lot you notice some signs advertising different kinds of craft beer. Opening the door and looking off to the right you see an upscale beer store, unexpected. Four or five wooden 4'x6' shelves, where aisles usually are located, carry an impressive selection of individually priced singles most of which are from the upper midwest. A long shelve of craft covers the right wall and aisle stands hold a lot of seasonals. The row of coolers in back is fairly small but carries a good amount of local and regional craft.
The service was outstanding! The owner was at the register when I stopped in. He was easy to talk to, full of knowledge, and excited about working with beer. He helped steer me toward some of the new releases; Surly Wet, Bent Paddle Brewing, and Schell Star of the North. Tons of MN locals, Founders, Bells, Odell, lots o' stuff. My only complaint is that a few things were past their prime, not necessarily past the best by date but a few IPAs that were older than I would have liked. With the amazing service and selection I'll let that slide each and everyday. The owner was a great guy to chat with and I can't recommend this place enough.
10-02-2013 23:56:35 | More by joe1510
4.39/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
It's always a pleasure visiting Warehouse Liquor. They certainly have the best selection of beer that I have ever seen. The massive array of both American and Import singles are always fun to explore (and I always do for great lengths of time). Most importantly, they always have everything Surly - chilled and ready to go.
I always converse with the staff and get the latest updates on their newest products or what may be coming soon. They are friendly and also very knowledgeable of everything beer (they are not strangers to BA). I don't live nearby, at times I have called ahead, reserved certain selections, and they've been more than happy to do that.
As other reviewers have noted, check the bottle dates as some have sat a while. They're prices are okay, not the best in Duluth, but not unreasonable either.
Overall, a great beer store. I recommend Warehouse Liquor as the go-to place for all your beer needs. A+
01-01-2013 14:25:52 | More by d5001986
3.91/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Finally visited this place after hearing about it for the last twenty five years (yeah, I'm lazy and a late effin' bloomer) and made the trip especially to get my hands on a few bottles from Borealis Fermentery out of Knife River, MN.
My first impression -- outside the front door:
"This itty-bitty place has the best selection in the Arrowhead Region?"
My second impression -- upon entry:
"Man, this place should be featured on T.V.'s 'Hoarders'!"
Indeed, this place is not in the least bit large as far as retailers go these days, not the least because he claims (the sign on the outside) to have 700 unique beer SKUs crammed inside. Well, I get inside and the place is packed like a beer trader's basement, with cases stacked in the back half of the store almost as if he has no proper warehouse space (the basement? offsite?), but it doesn't seem to matter: there are hundreds of foreign singles, dozens of floor-stackers, a coldbox in the far back end of the store, a few display coolers and rack after rack of specialty and craft multi-packs. It looked like what I'd expect to see happen to Pilney's Blue Max if Jim Sebring were ever allowed to become a ticker/trader . . . just whacky! So, the sign said there were 700 beers? My cautious guess would up that number to 850, my less-cautious/too much to dream last night/"still hungover from Carmody and a night in Soup Town" guess is closer to 1,100 beers. No shit.
Still, I already wasted precious time at the Vinyl Cave and hadn't done any romantic stuff (walk along the shore/Canal Park/Skyline Drive) with the fairer sex in-tow, so I didn't spend too much more time here; just picked up a handful of individually-priced singles (I didn't see a mix-a-six price and wasn't really looking to get that many, anyway) along with the Borealis brands while my friendly-girl grabbed a couple of others.
Paid in cash, and away we go! Down to Canal Park to wait for that silly new similarly-named brewpub to open... and waited some more (what, they can't answer the telephone?) before just saying 'fuggit!' and going to pick up lunch at Old Chicago, and --that's--when I looked at my itemized receipt from Warehouse Liquors and "OH MY GOSH! I've been Gypped! I didn't get an entire sixer of 'Old Busted Hymen', just a single!"
Flashback: I was chatting-up the owner at Warehouse somethin' fierce, really givin' him the old chin-wag and shmooveville routine. Well, he was also checking in with one of his wholesale (beer) sales guys and another guy, selecting him a few bottles of $2 Tisdale wine. And, well: when he finally got around to ringing me up from all of this other multitasking he ended up scanning a couple of barcodes in error. (No problem, though, because he made a point of clearly pointing-out the itemized receipt and I got that all squared-away later that afternoon, with another employee. She was totally cool and credited me in cash, making careful note on her register's Z roll, just to square the books.)
Back to the store. It is a literal goldmine for rare-r imports from Belgium and New Zealand and India and everywhere, really, the sort of place you don't find very often outside of the Twin Cities or Milwaukee (or Chicago, on occasion) and I did indeed find a few veins of gold, but also some fool's gold in a handful of past-code packages and brands brought in during the unhinged days of Vino Source/Uncorked. But ya know what? Shit like that happens, and a guy like this who's passionate enough about beer (and may need to grouse about those date codes with his sales guys) shouldn't be held to task for too much of this nit-picky stuff. But I am a nit picker, and so I mention it anyway... SIGH. Can't win for losin' eh?
Half of the prices here were good-to-fair, but a few were kinda nutso in a crazy grandma antique mall sorta-way, so those were enough (plus the Minnesota Craft beer(TM) singles being priced between $2 and $2.50? "I'm used to lower in the Cities"...) to make me think of that old Latin phrase "caveat emptor" and all that jazz.
In the end Warehouse Liquor is not a bad spot at all, but a VERY GOOD one, and very much worth a visit if you happen to be nearby and looking for something out of the ordinary.
Just don't let your enthusiasm trump your common sense, as can happen, and you'll be golden. Also: might want to grab your miner's lamp and a copy of your personalized Excel spreadsheet for tickin': getting all the way through this place might take a while...
11-20-2012 00:54:08 | More by Chaz
3.44/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Like previous reviewers had mentioned, beware of bottle dates...You can find some nice stuff sitting on the shelf, but there is plenty that is passed it's prime. I found a 2009 Goose Island Christmas Ale sitting on the bottle shelf. Might not be good anymore, but for 7 dollars, I will give it a try.
I also stopped in for some Borealis beer, and they had plenty. I loaded up and scoped out the shelves, which is where mostly all their beer lies, on warm shelves. That doesn't bother me at all. They have a nice lay out, with many singles available both in 12 oz. format and many bombers/750 ml bottles. Quite a good selection of Belgians and imports...some Orval from 2010.
I will definitely stop by again when visiting the Duluth area.
10-11-2012 21:10:57 | More by MarcatGSB
3.58/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here looking for some Borealis beer which I was happy to find. Based on reviews, looks like this is the best craft store in Duluth. They do have a huge selection, however nearly all of it is on warm shelves and some of it seems to have been there for a long time. I found an Arcadia bomber with a 2006 vintage date sitting on the shelf so buyer beware of dates. Prices were a couple of dollars more per sixer/bomber when compared to prices in the Twin Cities. About every available brewery in the state is represented here with the addition of South Shore which is not distributed down to the TC area. The guy at the counter was very friendly and helpful. A good overall beer store.
05-23-2012 20:52:56 | More by jera1350
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was Duluth’s first true beer destination store and will always be near and dear to my heart. In the barren waste land of BMC macro garbage, Warehouse was the only place to go to get real beer. If only they kept their beer cool...
Atmosphere: A dark carpeted room packed full of beer, with some liquors and wines. Almost hard to walk the isles, there’s so much beer.
Quality: Half their selection is macro, but the other half is a vast expanse of micro brews most of which I have never heard of and will almost never get the chance to try. Really, I’m not sure where they get most of these beers. There’s even a huge selection of foreign beers. Huge. 200+
Here’s what needs to be said: The number of skunked, nasty beers I’ve had from here is unreasonable. Warehouse is the only place in town to get Avery brews and Great Divide brews, but every single one I’ve had has been nasty, and I lived in Boulder, CO, and know what it’s supposed to taste like. Most of the beers here ARE NOT REFRIGERATED and have been on the shelves for quite a while. This is no good. The shop would do well to turn THE ENTIRE STORE into a walk-in refrigerator, because so many of their beers end up skunky. This is too bad.
Service: There are two sides here. First of all, the staff is super friendly and committed to helping and almost appear excited to talk to you about beer. Second, each conversation I’ve had has exposed a complete lack of understanding of beer. Good and bad.
Selection: The Best. The best in Duluth. The Beer Cave at Woodland Bottle Shoppe is the only competition. This is the most extensive selection of Beer in Duluth. On the other hand, I haven’t heard of half of the beers and wonder where they came from and why there are here. If I tried them all, would they will all be good? Sometimes, quantity does not mean quality.
12-30-2011 01:11:31 | More by Never2Dark
4.8/5 rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place has been invaluable since we moved to northern MN four years ago. Unassuming from the outside, it's crammed with a bazillion great beers, domestic and imported. I visited last week for the first time in a few months (we live 80 miles away) and found the beer selection substantially updated. Lots of new big-bottle craft beers and several new breweries have been added to the already great selection. The owner is more than happy to walk around and help and is responsive to special requests. I also really appreciate being able to make mixer sixers of everything, which allows one to try several new beers without committing to a whole six pack. Overall- a fun and interesting place to shop and a huge asset for northern Minnesota/NW Wisconsin beer enthusiasts!
10-23-2011 16:28:17 | More by WillWork4Stout
Warehouse Liquor Store in Duluth, MN
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.