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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.41
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11333 Highway 7
Minnetonka, Minnesota, 55305-5300
United States
phone: (952) 912-9797

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Reviews by bucko:
Photo of bucko
4/5  rDev -9.3%

I've enjoyed this place since the days that it was Cellars Minnetonka, and I'm happy to say that it's still quite good. Ryan and Jason are no longer present, but the new owner (?) is there every time I visit and he's both friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and the wines. He's also been very open to suggestion, asking for a distributor's name for certain beer requests.

The selection is quite good... they have some things that I don't normally see at most liquor stores. They've got a great variety of German, American, Brittish, Belgian, Canadian, French, etc. beers. On my last couple of visits, I picked up some offerings from Fantome, a couple of hot-selling Bell's beers (Hell Hath No Fury) and Sierra Nevada Celebration ale. Like I said, the owner is very open to suggestion in terms of variety and brands, so suggest away.

Their selection is broken down into geographical locations for easy navigation. They have a nice variety of Minnesota beers (Shell's, Summit, Gluek varieties, Lake Superior, etc.), a variety of beers from around the US (from He'brew to Avery to Rogue), Belgian/Flemish/French beers, trappist ales, British beers, German beers, etc., etc.

Prices are reasonable and on par with other liquor stores in the area.

My only real complaint is that some beers seem to sit around for too long, and with some selections, the quality suffers because of this. I saw some Schell's Zommerfest on the shelves in the dead of winter (February, I think) and a couple of the most recent bottles of Fantome that I've brought home haven't tasted as good as I'd hoped. I'm guessing that some things sit around for a bit too long.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Cory_Markert
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of TubaDan
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

U.S. Liquor & Wine is one of the best places to buy beer in the Twin Cities Metro Area. They have one of the best import selections I have seen in the area with tons of British, German, and Eastern European beers. There Belgian selection is also thorough with a lot of beers I had never seen before. The only thing I can fault them for is that they only carried five or six sour beers from Belgium. There American craft selection is very solid. They seem to carry only the better breweries that distribute in Minnesota, but they do carry all of those breweries beers. Overall, I would highly recommend U.S. Liquor & Wine to anyone looking for some good craft beer.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%

This place had a lot of beer, but was disappointed in their singles selection. If I was a local, this would be a good place to pick up sixers of my favorites, was adequately stocked, and had a good broad range of beers. A little lacking in the high end department, unless they were picked over that day. Other pluses are parking, and accessibility to the freeway network in the city. Service seemed to be lacking, as I was never approached. I probably would not visit again with so many other alternatives with better singles selections. As for me a tourist that is a must.

Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I am re-doing a review I did of the place maybe a year ago. Since then this has probably become my favorite store that i can get to in 10 mins or less.

Very good selection, not mind blowing like blue max but ranks very high locally. I think a year ago i said this place was pricey, but since then im finding it to be either average or slightly below average. The guy that owns it, or at least runs it, is friendly and the other staff members are all pretty cool too. This isnt a place to take a road trip to, but out of the 4 or 5 stores that are near me that have a very good selection of brews, this is the one i'm finding that i prefer the most. The one knock on it is that 90% of their stuff is not refrigerated. They also have lots of wine and booze if you're looking for more than beer.

Photo of JackieTH
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

Surprisingly wide selection of micro, craft, and foreign beer alongside typical liquor store fare. Definitely worth a stop, if only to browse.

Besides the hundreds of micros, there is a fairly wide selection of Bell's, Founder's and lots of Surly.

Pricing is either in line with norm, or can be slightly higher.

Unfortunately many of the 'keep refrigerated' are not, except for a couple of small coolers with minikegs and Surly.

Clerks and owner are helpful and knowledgable about their stock. They are happy to consult with distributors if something isn't in stock.

Photo of herman77
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Lucky to have this place and the Four Firkins close to my place. This is literally 2 miles away. I gave it a 3.5 for quality because almost all the beers are room temp. and I'm not sure how often the inventory is turned over. Seems like some stuff has been on the shelf for awhile, but who knows. The owner/clerk is very nice, pretty quiet, attentive, but not pushy at all. He does know his stuff pretty well and knows his inventory too! I asked for a beer and he said the rep would be in there soon and sure enough, the next week when I went back it was there. Everything is arranged by country and it is quite the selection especially for the euro beers.

Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I do not know why it took me so long to finally visit this store. The selection is very good for the west side. I was walking down the isles and saying to myself "I didn't know we got that in Minnesota". I must of thought that a few times. The import selection is the most unique when it comes to stores in the area. Huge Belgian, large German, and Scandiavia selections. I must of spent 20 minutes walking up and down the isles. Most of the beer is non-refrigerated with only a few small coolers for Surly and a few other select beers. The wine selection is also quite expansive. Service was friendly and attentive. Prices were on par with the other stores but I did not really see any good deals either. This will be a regular stop for me if I am in pursuit of some hard to find import beer.

Edit: I did indeed find some good deals on some beer. Just did not realize it at the time.

Edit2: July 2011 update. This place seems to be going downhill fast. The beer isles are always a mess and poorly organized. Boxes of beer just sitting around. I suspect more beer is past "Best by Date" than is within. Buyer beware. Still a large selection but variety seems to be scaling back. Quality and selection scores adjusted accordingly.

Photo of blackdog1101
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Based upon the recommendation of another BA here I stopped at U.S. Wine and Liquor on the way home from work. I've probably driven past this strip mall 100 times and never really paid any attention to the liquor store located there. From the exterior it looks like any of thousands of unremarkable strip mall liquor stores. BUT, once you go inside you realize you've hit a gold mine. I've never seen so many import beers in one place. Admittedly, I'm not very knowledgeable about many European beers, but there were dozens I've never seen or heard of before. They also have a veryy strong inventory of American beers. Big selection of Bell's, stuff I've never seen. I'd say their inventory is 60% American beers and 40% European beers. The proprietor and his wife were both friendly and attentive, but never pushy. On the items I was familiar with their prices seemed right on target. I am very glad to learn about this store, and will surely be back again in the near future.

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Heard some really good things about this place and I was in the area so I stopped in to check it out. Everything is organized by country. Bottles are very neatly displayed and labeled. The only downfall to this is that about 90% of their beer is unrefrigerated. This is fine if the beer is rotated quickly enough, which I have no idea if it is. Prices seemed about right. Maybe a few things were a little higher than at your Blue Max or Dennis Brothers, but still in the ballpark. There are a ton of imports here. Belgians and geuzes that I have not seen anywhere else in the metro. A few other beers that I had not seen before, but also not carrying everything available in the state of MN. Also, nice beer glass selection as well. Staff was very friendly. I was just browsing and did not ask for help so not sure how knowledgeable they are, but very polite and helpful otherwise. If I were in the area again, I would definitely stop in again. Great West Metro beer shop.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Stop 2 of the Minneapolis Beer Sprint (5:55pm).

Quality seemed fine. No dust and appropriate seasonals.

Service was very good. I was approached as soon as I walked in and given a "world tour" (organized by country) of the beer. I was told to ask if I needed anything or any explanations.

Selection was good, but just a step behind Blue Max, my first stop. Other minor complaint is a smaller amount of singles offered. Overall though, you probably won't be disappointed. I picked up a mixed 6 pack.

In general, a very good store that I would certainly return to.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

The second planned stop on my recent trip to the Twin Cities was US Wine & Spirits... but I never found it. As I drove past the strip mall that I was sure was home to this particular store, I saw 'US' and decided that had to be it. When I pulled off the main road though, I passed MGM Wine & Spirits and wondered if maybe that was my destination instead. I was even more confused when I saw 'US Liquor & Wine' on the sign in front of this store.

To make a long story even longer, MGM Wine & Spirits isn't worth your time and US Wines & Spirits is (either the name has been changed again or it was entered incorrectly). Since I had just come from Blue Max, I couldn't help but compare it to that store.

The interior looks like the state liquor stores that I remember from Ohio: white walls, white linoleum floor, fluorescent lighting, no decoration; just the basics of commerce. There's nothing wrong with that as long as the selection is good, the beer is fresh and the prices are right. The only guy in the store seemed nice enough, but I almost never ask beer-related questions, such as "what do you recommend?"

I'd say that, in general, the selection at US Wines is similar to the selection at Blue Max. The prices seemed comparable as well. The big negative for me was the lack of singles. There's a small set of shelves near the front that contains individual bottles, but it's only for beer that is new to the store. Once it's been available for a few weeks (long enough for people to try, according to the proprietor)... six-packs only. I've decided to knock down the service score since singles are a service that I believe beer stores should provide.

I almost forgot, another negative is that most of the beer at Blue Max is in coolers, while almost none of the beer here is. I really wish that the score would reflect those two faults, but I guess people will just have to do a little reading rather than glancing at the numbers. The quality and the selection are both excellent, so I guess maybe the score deserves to be on the high side.

According to BeerFly, I stopped at two of the best beer stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Of course, I chose them for that very reason. For my money, Blue Max is tops.

Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

This location used to be a Cellars, and it definitely appears that way.
I think this location may be one of the first liquor stores/beer stores that has an equal (or greater) amount of beers than wine or liquor.

Entire aisles devoted to countries...HUGE Belgian selection...Delirium Tremens, Trappists, Fantomes. Many Rogues (Many I haven't encountered at Blue Max or other local stores), Bell's, Great Divide, many WI brews (No New Glarus). Prices seemed a little higher here than some other Twin Cities locations, but I'll pay the .50-1.00 more per sixer/bomber rather than make a drive to Burnsville. I think this location probably has more beers than Blue Max. My only gripe is that they aren't all refridgerated...but I'm not really a stickler on that note.

I was asked several times if I needed any help, but didn't feel rushed. This place is under new management, but they assuredly are making the right decisions when it comes to ordered and stocking quality brews. This place is only a few minutes from my place and I'm not sure if it's a blessing (Yes! Good Beer) or a curse (Curses! How'd my wallet get so empty!?).

Only time will tell...stop here for sure.

Photo of keilerdunkel
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

What a great place. I heard about it for a while on BA, but never had a chance to go there until this past trip up to MN. It is a bit hard to find as it is buried in a strip mall that is right on the border with Hopkins...

Looking at the store front, it appears to be nothing more than the usual strip mall liquor store, but once you enter... nirvana. It has to be the first store that is (almost) 50/50 between beer and wine.

The service was great, the buyer (I never asked for his name) spoke to me a while and was very knowlegable about his selection. I learned a little bit on how beers are distributed across the country as well. I saw many beers that are unavailible to me here in Chicago. I was unable to find the fantome noel that I wanted to bring to my inlaws (ordered months previous but not received) - and he was quick to make suggestions of other belgian christmas beers.

I was probably asked if I needed help 4 times while I wandered about the store, but they were never pushy.

I'll make sure I visit again next time I am in the area...this time with a little more cash in my pocket :-)

Photo of hero27
4.85/5  rDev +10%

To be brutally honest, it doesn't look like much from the outside. You're literally oblivious to the beer oasis inside until you open the doors and walk in. Beer organized by country...fantastic European selection. Germany, England, Scotland, and Belgium are more than well-represented. Even picked up a 4-pack of Thomas Hardy's...mmm. We'll see how long they can stay in my cellar.

American micro selection is great as well, with a make-your-own sixer section and several rows of quality craft beer. The Rogue selection is better than average, and they have pretty much all the "big" beers from Avery and Great Divide as well...too many more that I can't remember off the top of my head. I was thoroughly impressed.

The manager, Jason, truly knows his stuff. I talked to him the entire 25-30 minutes I was there, and he pointed me towards some of the finer beers he had in at the time, and was even honest enough to tell me his opinion of some of the beers he thought sucked (now that's service!).

10% off of everything when you buy a case...that was a nice treat as well! Nothing but good things to say about this place.

Wish I lived nearby, I'd be in here every day. Thanks again for one of the best beer-buying experiences I've had.

Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Service perservered during my first visit and I'm sure return trips will fair no different. Very nice folks, always on the know, always willing to help and friendly. Cellars stores seem to have service down pretty darn good. Talked breifly with new manager, now that Ryan moved to Spain, the original manager responsible for setting up the stores great selection and the reason behind all the plastering of Ratebeer quotes and shelf takers all over everything. The new guy, Jason, knows his stuff too, and even pointed out the new stuff which had just come in including K-O Blonde.

I thought the selection was great and the layout is simple enough to figure out with the shelves dedicated simply to a country or region. The Belgian selection is top notch, as is everything else, the only thing I found a tad disappointing was the micro section. It was no different then any other Cellars store I've been too and far less singles to choose from.

Oh, and the prices, yikes, Bell's, Victory, Great Divide, Mendocino, even Capital and Lakefront were all $.50 to a dollar more per sixer or bomber compared to prices of the same beers at the Cellars in Roseville, Woodbury, or Stillwater. For a quick example, recently puchased 22oz GD Old Ruffian at Roseville for $5.49, M'tonka had it for $5.99. Same for the other Great Divide stuff, all $.50 more per bomber and the sixer of Hot Shot ESB was $.70 more. Um, same beer, same store franchise, different prices, so what gives? West suburbs got more money or something? Bells Cherry Stout sixer was $13.49? Whoa! Expedition was $13.99. I actually put alot back on the shevles as I went along, cuz I can get all the exact same beers at Blue Max, Surdyk's, or the eastern Cellars locations for less and without as much travel. Prices for Rogue beers were the same though. 97' Harvest Ale for $7.49, no thanks, I just picked some up for $4.99 at Blue Max.

I still walked out with about 12 single beers, nearly all Belgian with a few German brews and other mish mash brews. So for those looking to find the Belgains, including many different Saisons, Gueuze, lambics, and trappists, this will be a place to visit with good confidence that you'll probably find something to peak your interest and/or at least your taste buds.. The prices for a good majority of the exports were about right so no compliants there. But the US micros need to come down to reality if there gonna get me to buy anything. The Belgain selection and the fine service is what I will be coming back for and nothing else. Unless the prices change for the better then it may be worth more for the travel time. Which from St. Paul, for me, was about 26 miles and about 35 minutes. Still gotta like Blue Max though, love those coolers! Not that I need every beer chilled, but man its nice to get home and be able to crack open something right away rather then wait like I'm doing now; now that I'm home from my shopping at Cellars in Minnetonka. Hmmm...what to drink first....

Photo of isubsmith
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Very impressive store.

Somewhat hard to find - it is in a strip mall and has no advertising from the road, but worth looking for.

Awesome selection, knowledgable staff (a guy named Ryan seems to be the resident expert on their entire selection of beer/wine/liquor. He was also very friendly and helpful), good prices. What more could you want?

They had the best selection of Great Divide and Unibroue I've seen in MN. Victory (except I didn't see any 'Old Horizontal'), Bells, Lakefront, Capital, North Coast, etc selections similar to Bluemax - ie, an excellent selection for MN.

The scotch selection at Bluemax is much better than Cellars, but the wine selection at Cellars is better - if that is important to you.

Unfortunately, this means I will probably make two stops for beer everytime I go to the Twin Cities. :)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Wow. Not much to look at from the outside, looks like a shoe store I used to work at, only with beer and wine sales advertised in the window. On the inside is a different story. I started walking to the back of the sotre when I got there, looking in the place where most liquor stores keep their beer. I glanced to my right pretty much when i first got to the aisles and saw a row of belgians. I then knew i was in the right place. I think this place has more beer selection than Blue Max, honestly. Arranged by country with Belgium, England, Germany, Eastern Europe, Canada, and America recieving their own sections. I didn't even get to the refrigerator sections, as I had my arms full of 2 bombers and a mixed 6 (mostly great divide products in the 6'er). Had pretty much everything that I knew was distributed in Minnesota, with most of the 6 packs also represented by singles right next to them. Excellent selection, quality, and the staff was knowledgable about their stock. Better selection than Surdyk's, cheaper (and possibly better selection) than BlueMax, what else could you ask for????

Update 9-9-06 After an ownership change, this place has gotten much better than it was. The shelves are now overflowing with many, many, rare Belgians and American micro treats. Prices are still reasonable, but the selection has ballooned and you can now find almost any rare beer available in Minnesota, here. The owner is very friendly, courteous and enthusiastic to help you find what you are looking for (he is there most times I visit).

Photo of skybluewater
5/5  rDev +13.4%

While I usually stop at the Plymouth Cellars, I decided tonight to stop at the Minnetonka location (just a mile or so off 169, right on my way home). I'm glad I did. I walked in, and Ryan introduced himself and gave me the tour. I wasn't expecting to see so many goodies in one place. Besides the usual Rogue, Great Divide bombers, and Bell's, there's a large Belgian selection, as well as brews from Germany, England, and all around Europe.

I was very glad to see many beers in singles, as well as mix 6 packs in different varieties (10 and a 1/2 ABV + brews, IPAs, Rogue, Winter Warmers, etc.). There are also singles available on the tidy, well organized shelves. I grabbed a few special goodies that Ryan had gotten in that I haven't seen elsewhere in Minnesota.

This is a great store for the beer lover. Well organized, well stocked, easily accessible location, and helpful staff. Check it out!

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

This is an amazing store for beer. Over 1000 brands I believe. Isles that are designated for countries. Great domestic selection and great import selection. A huge variety of Cantillon, Fantome, Unibroue and Rogue, to name a few. And the manager Ryan knows what the hell he's talking about when it comes to beer. He seems like the kind of guy that will go the extra mile to bring in exciting new labels. Service was excellent. There's not a lot of refrigerated stock (if any??). But for me, 99% of the time, that is a moot point anyway. I'm usually not in need of that 8ball for the ride home.

Blue Max has some competition now. I wouldn't put one above the other, but they are both head and shoulders above the rest.

Photo of BeerBuilder
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is my new beer store. They have a good selection of Belgian, English, and US micros. I was really impressed by their Belgian section. They had a good selection of Fantome beer, De Dolle, Thomas Hardy's, etc. I could have spent my pay check there. They had a lot I haven't seen or been able to get. Their staff was friendly and willing to help with anything.

They also had shelf tags from our very own BeerAdvocate and also some from Rate Beer. I thought it was very cool for this place to do that.

Best place I've been to, and it is only 10 minutes away from my work.

Mntka Cellars gives beer the respect it deserves.

Photo of jeffboo
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

The Cellar's in Minnetonka was recommended to me by a friend. I'ts a bit of a drive for me (20-25 min), but is worth it for the big purchases. They have one of the best selections in the Twin Cities and the Beer guys ( Ryan and John ?) are big time into it. Great international selections as well as rare Belgian's ( Fantome and as big a selection of lambics as we can find out here). The best of the Midwest are here as well. If they could store inside a temp controlled cave they'd get a perfect score, as the majority are out at room temp.

U.S. Liquor & Wine in Minnetonka, MN
96 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.