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4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
When you walk in, it doesn't have the same type of atmosphere but everything is pretty well organized.
I love talking to the staff about what types of beers I should try out as well as offering suggestions of my own. I cannot tell you how many times they have helped me out when trying to find any type of beer in particular.
While the selection may not be as broad as say Surdyk's does, but it's got quite an impressive selection! Be sure to try out their custom six-packs as well, they put some pretty high quality stuff in the beers you get to choose from for a pretty good price!
12-04-2011 03:45:44 | More by NuclearDolphin
4.58/5 rDev +25.5%
The downtown Minneapolis Haskell's is the most convenient store for me to frequent, and trust me, I do. The staff there bends over backwards to help you find what you are looking for. And little touches, like plastic netting around the bottles and a plastic bag with handles are greatly appreciated by patrons such as myself, whom are stopping by with bags from Target and still have several blocks to walk. The narrow space limits selection occasionally, but they have always had items shipped from other stores for me in an extremely prompt manner. They have a tremendous variety of Belgians, which I like VERY much. And over the past year, I have seen their focus on beer shift in positive ways, adding a greater variety of styles and selections. And most importantly, unlike some others in town, Haskells will let me put my name on a list for special releases and call me when they arrive. My one and only negative comment would be the narrow, crowded aisles, but that is truly out of their control. They make up for it in service and availability. I love you Downtown Haskells!
09-04-2011 16:56:16 | More by Moon2Goddess
2.86/5 rDev -21.6%
Since I have become more involved in craft beer I have shopped here twice. Both times I have been ignored by the staff (I don't completely mind this) but when I did ask a question they seemed to ignore me. Someone other than the employee I was talking to answered my question by yelling it across the room and then they all turned away and went back to what they were doing. It just seemed like they could not be bothered with questions. Selection was pretty good but I have found better and given the service I will not shop here again.
08-04-2011 01:40:26 | More by Alacy
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
stopped in haskells for some brews on the way to the in laws..have been to many haskells including downtown and the burbs..they are a wine store first but they have a nice selection of local/regional crafts ..i picked up some surly and saison dupont also saw alot of bombers from deschutes and imports as well..selection is just good+ and prices are ok overall..its not my go to store ..however if you are out and about in the twin cities and burbs you will find something to drink/buy at their stores so i would recommend a stop if its on your way
12-26-2010 23:07:39 | More by gatornation
4/5 rDev +9.6%
I was pleasantly surprised at how extensive Haskell's beer selection really is. As other reviewers have stated, much of their less-mainstream beer is not in a cooler, but this typically doesn't bother me much. Plus, they had most of the local and more popular micros, as well as a decent amount of bombers, in the coolers, so chilled beer is certainly available. The staff was friendly and helped me with a couple things while I was there, which always helps. I'd definitely recommend this place a go-to store in this part of town.
03-08-2010 18:47:48 | More by CHSLBrew
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Great beer selection for a store that's based around wine. They got a wall full of beer that's hard to find and unique. The problem is that most of it is not cold. They unique beer that is hard to find in other places is mostly just on a shelf with the exception if a few well hidden spots, other than that all the usual beers are in the coolers. The people aren't as friendly and talkative as I would like but there is never a rush feeling when your deciding what you want. Another problem is its over priced. But when your un the area and want something new to drink nothing beats it.
11-08-2008 22:45:06 | More by jjanega08
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
I was a regular at this Haskell's location in the early 1990s and have seen my share of subtle changes since then. There's been a minor change in layout since my last visit, but as before you'll find the half of the store that's devoted to wine off to the left as you enter, with the rest of Haskell's offerings (gourmet, cordials, spirits, beer) to your right.
On this visit we walked in around noon, and a college-aged gal behind the front register looked up from her newspaper and smiled: I offered a 'hello'. We walked straight ahead into the gourmet food and cheese area, and were warmly greeted by a more mature woman who offered recipe suggestions which I found most helpful; this aspect of the store is a draw for me, and if you know what you're looking for a well-timed visit to Haskell's can save you the trip to Lund's across the Parkway.
As I mentioned, the store layout has changed and it's not altogether to my liking. By comparison to the open, roomy wine section, the beer (etc) section seems rather cramped with wire shelving and other storage and display methods, making for a veritable maze of product! Items are cross-merchandised almost 'bodega'-like, with booze, mix, beer, and gourmet food items seemingly interspersed at random (who knows - maybe the East Coast-style layout drives sales?) Despite this change the place is still brimming with beer, and both the beer selection and the mix-a-six selection has improved significantly since my last visit. You can expect to find everything from budget-priced brands to those brands that we'd expect to find only at retailers known for their beer selections, and you'll find plenty of chilled beer and beverage items also (make sure to peek your head into every nook and cranny!) Given the selection the prices were quite comparable with other note-worthy retailers, and as is often the case there was nobody with whom to 'talk beer' here, but for goodness' sake I know my way around a liquor store by now (and with the exception of certain top-ten retailers even the best stores can be found lacking in 'beer guys'.)
For what it's worth, this Haskell's location has never felt rushed and certainly not as over-burdened as certain retailers (and their wine-sales) can feel at times, and in one sense I prefer this laid-back feel: I know what I want, can run in and get it without a parking lot circus, and don't have to worry about grabbing the attention of a harried wine consultant. The downside to this is that it might seem a bit lonely at times, and if that sort of loneliness isn't your cup of tea, beware of Liquor Village! As always, you might want to inspect the bottling dates before you purchase (and if you're a nosey bastard like myself, ignore the dust on the Lehmann Farms items.)
Altogether this is as good a place as any for a newbie beer nerd to cut their teeth (and probably better than quite a few places that I could mention), and it's not too shabby if you're an old salt looking to find a few new favorites.
03-05-2008 23:52:07 | More by Chaz
Haskell's in Saint Paul, MN
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.