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Coaltrain Wine and Spirits

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Coaltrain Wine and SpiritsCoaltrain Wine and Spirits
BA SCORE
95
world-class

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
[ Store ]

330 W Uintah St
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-1045
United States
phone: (719) 475-9700

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Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Located at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Unitah it is easy to find. It's a medium sized liquor store with five or six cooler doors dedicated to craft and import brews, most all of which are available at other quality C-Springs bottle shops. One of the coolers had craft brew bombers and 750's. They had a few large displays of Christmas brews on the floor this late October afternoon. Oddly enough they have a good selection of hard to find local craft and imports, such as Urthel's Hop It and Abt12's 50th anniversary bottling but they're behind the cash register on a room temperature shelf.
The staff is friendly but not very beer savvy.The beer prices are reasonable here.

This was the best beer store I found in Colorado Springs. A must stop.

beerceller99, Nov 14, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of timontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Great little store with a huge selection. Their store is not in the easiest location to get to, but once you're there - outstanding. Their only knock is the organization of the store - rather haphazard at best, but if you have the time to search one-by-one through all their shelves and displays - they always have some gems!

timontheroad, Sep 30, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +11%

jmculak, Aug 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

leroybrown10, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Domvan, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of appetiteforparis
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

appetiteforparis, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

mtbdonn, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%

Can't believe I'm about to say this but this place has too much beer. Or maybe not enough building. Either way they have an amazing selection. You could do a full Belgian tasting just from what they have on the shelf. The six packs selection is just good but the single bottle selection is staggering. They have all the mikeller, eclipse of every color and evil twin you could ever want and the most comprehensive selection of Colorado beers I've seen. Prices can be a tad high but, they have what you want!

crazyjoedivola, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

flipdog0, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BillRoth, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Dan_K
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

I love this place! I wish I lived closer to it.

The building is a little cramped, kind of outdated. They make the most of the space they have. Tons of beers, huge selection.

They have a friendly and knowledgeble staff. I've used them every time for recommendations. They seem to have a connection to the local brewers like Bristol.

They have a lot of microbrews, interesting and unique beers that can be hard to find anywhere else.

Prices are always reasonable, but I've never got a huge bargain shopping there.

Overall, I recommend any beer enthusiast check this place out that happens to be in the area.

Dan_K, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of JamLand
4.49/5  rDev +3%

Coaltrain is a great bottle shop to visit if you are in the Colorado Springs area. If you are simply traveling through, like my wife and I, it is also very convenient, just off the highway. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but there is plenty to choose from once you get inside.

S - Service was great. Not only was he very helpful with what was in the store, but he shared with me some of the rarer stuff, they had just received. I love it when stores do this without prompting.

Sel. - Selection was awesome. There was more local stuff than any of the other Colorado stores we visited during our trip. Also, had several non-local beers that the other shops did not have.

I would recommend this shop to any one visiting or just driving through Colorado Springs.

JamLand, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of coloradobeer12345678
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%

This is a great store close to CC and the old northend... a little cramped but great selection.. prices are a touch on the higher end but they nearly have it all.

they have as well a great wine and spirit selection.. so if you look for convience and a large selection with knowlegble staff and do not mind to pay for that that is the shop for you

coloradobeer12345678, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Jambarino
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

I took a vacation and was in the springs for a few days and stopped by here twice to browse and try some local stuff.The store is mainly a liquor store so the atmosphere is bland,but the beer selection was good with an aisle dedicated to craft beer bombers and singles and various displays around and a large cold section with 4 and six packs.All of the Colorado breweries are well represented and I bought a few Bristol offerings and a few imports I have never found before.There wasn't much Russian River or Firestone Walker offerings which was dissapointing as I have never gone this far west before and was hoping to score some.Most of the Colorado breweries I can get back home so I didn't find much that I hadn't already had before.I have heard they keep rarer stuff in the back but none was offered to me.

The staff was okay,they didn't seem very talkative and when I said I was from South Carolina and was looking for some beer exclusive to the west they didn't seem too knowledgeable about what to recommend and only pointed me towards some Oskar Blues stuff that I had already tried,however they did try to help.Maybe I didn't look hard enough but I wasn't blown away like I expected to be after hearing this was the place to go for craft beer in this area.Prices were decent and fairly reasonable.

Maybe I am jaded with stores like GBX near me back home but I wasn't too impressed.I figured for Colorado,one of the kings of craft beer breweries that there would be a a better selection and I had heard this was the store to visit,but I have 4 craft beer specific stores withing 20 miles of me back home that all top this place in selection.I am not bashing this place in anyway,it is a very solid store and I would go back again if in the area and refer anyone to if visiting Colorado Springs.

Jambarino, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of cell10
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Everyone told me to go and see for myself and I can say I was not disappointed. They have stuff I can not get back home and the guys helped my brother in law and I out gave us some info and got us going for the next day or 2. I will def be going back before i go home. If you are in town stop by and look for yourself. The selection when i walked in was OMG! they still had single holiday bottles and overseas singles as well. Austin was a great guy and got us hooked up with an Avery brew that man looks good.

cell10, May 04, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

One of the finest little beer places I've ever visited.

Their beer selection is topnotch, focusing on many western state breweries, big and small. They also have an extensive collection of Belgium-styled beers plus other foreign offerings not found elsewhere.

The staff is very helpful and willing to special order things for you. They also don't overcharge you for some rarities and limited run beers that other local, big box beer stores do.

Small in square footage, but bursting at the seams with an awesome beer selection and enthusiastic staff.

beergoot, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%

stopped here while I was in town for a conference, to pick up some stuff I can't get back in PA. I went with the highest rated store, and it didn't disapoint.

Pretty small place, and as the name implies, much of the store is dedicated to wine and liquor. But they make up quantity for quality. They have a cooler of six packs in the back, and up front by the register they have six packs and large bottle of local stuff. then they have an aisle of the rarer stuff in the corner. Good selection of limited release stuff from Colorado breweries like Great Divide, Avery, Ska, Left Hand, etc. Plus other West Coast stuff, including Russian River, and European imports.

Staff was friendly and pointed me in the right direction. Prices were about average.

jmdrpi, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of d4radio
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Best beer selection in town.

A lot on the shelves you can't find anywhere but even more tucked away in the back if you ask the right person. I have never been able to leave this store with out multiple bottles even if they didn't have what I came in for.

Cooler selection contains the six packs, good stuff from all over the state and some of the big ones not from Colorado as well.

The bomber shelf is almost the highlight, it is well stocked with plenty of "wants". No bottle limit on most of the stuff out there. Restocked regularly.

The real gem is the back room and the cellar. You probably won't get anything out of the cellar but if you talk to the right person and come at the right time you may get some goodies from the back room (Pliny and Cantillon for example).

Sometimes the staff aren't the friendliest but they usually are very knowledgeable and loosen up over time.

Fun place to go overall.

d4radio, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%

Had to check out Coaltrain while I was town before heading home. Found plenty that I can't get at home.

Coaltrain is next to some railroad tracks and it appears to be just on the wrong side of them, but that doesn't seem to be stopping anyone. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw some sugar mamma with a cart containing a variety of Belgians, Stone Ruination, and a 12 pack of Laughing Lab.

The place is...semi-organized and really tight. The aisles are only wide enough for one person. They simply need more space. I found myslef having to wait my turn as it was a busy time as folks were getting off work. The ones that don't work or don't care what they drink were lined up with their foeties and fifs which made me thankful for my job.

This little place packs a punch! It's a lean machine - not very much crap and fluff. They put mostly quality brews in the little space they have. Lots of great domestic and import bombers and bigs on one short room temp aisle which I didn't even see until I had a cart with two cases on it already. I checked out the small single cooler in the corner with a mishmash of unorganized bottles of all types. There were a lot of old dates in there so I stayed clear of them. The main row of coolers is mostly full of desirable sixers and hop bombs.

Service is good. Asked a guy about the Upslope in cans he was stocking. He said they're pretty new self distributors from Boulder and he really likes their Brown Ale. The guy who rang me up helped me out with my two well packed boxes. I let several people go ahead of me since they had single items and he thanked me for that.

I think most beer in Colorado is pricey and Coaltrain is no different, albeit a little cheaper than it's warehouse style competitors in the area. I was a bit shocked when I rang up although I was trying to keep track in my head. I figure it's for a good cause - me!

I left with:
Upslope Brown Ale 6pk
Russian River Sanctification single
Russian River Consecration single
Russian River Salvation single
Russian River Redemption single
Delirium Nocturnum single
Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy 4pk
Oskar Blues Gubna 4pk
Oskar Blues Mammas Little Yella Pils 6pk
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale 6pk
Victory Storm King 6pk
Stone Ruination 6pk
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard 6pk
Nogne O Pale Ale single

Coaltrain is a must stop if you're in the area. If a crazy dude in the parking lot starts yelling at you waving his shirt around, just ignore him and get in the car. He'll look for someone else to bother. If not, then just run over his crazy ass.

DelMontiac, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of codewarrior
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

I was recommended this liquor store by a regular at Bristol Brewery, as they had just run out of 4-packs of Old No. 23 Barleywine, and the distribution of that beer is extremely limited.

Man was I glad to have hauled myself across town mid-day to check this spot out.

First of all, as another poster mentioned, the store is located right off a set of train tracks, and as I rolled up to the parking lot, a huge train was rolling by. Authenticity indeed.

Secondly, the beer selection is imposing, it's not huge, but the selection is extremely well picked. They have one 16' shelf filled with large-format beers (half domestic, half imports), a whole bunch of cases on the floor, and 10 - 12 doors for small-format beers. The big question mark here is the bomber cooler, a small cooler wedged in the back corner with seemingly no organization, and a very small, and very odd collection of beers to chill (they were cooling RR sours in there?!).

The beer guy was very nice there, and seeked out to help me search through the Boulevard display for a possibly left-over Saison Brett (no such luck).

I ended up going home with:

Fantome Printemps
2009 Old No 23
2009 Nefarious Ten Pin
Smokebrush Porter

And left on the floor:

The Bruary Coton
Fantome Saison
Avery 16
Avery 17
Sarafijn Tripel
Odell Mountain Standard Reserve Batch #1
Odell Saboteur Batch #1

And far too many imports/lambics to count.

codewarrior, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

I went looking around Colorado Springs for some rare/unique beers, and every major liquor store told me to come here if I wanted an obscure beer. I wasn't disappointed. From what I can tell, this store has an additional 15-30 beers on top of what any other store in Colorado Springs can offer. It doesn't have the "warehouse" feel in any way, its prices are fairly good for a smaller store, and it also has a decent selection of wine. All that adds up to a nice spot to shop for beer. The clerks I have talked to have always been helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. If you are looking for hard to find imports (especially if they are single bottle types) I recommend this as the best place to look in Colorado Springs. As a store that advocates for beer, this is as good as it gets. This store often holds tastings of international and local beers in collaboration with The Warehouse restaurant.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Accidentally happened upon this little gem when exiting I-25 to go to a 7-Eleven. We almost witnessed a fight between an angry customer (whose check had bounced) and a 7-Eleven employee.
I saw a Dogfish head sign in the window and it said "microbrews" on the awning, so I figured I'd wonder in. Good thing I did. Great selection of singles of various sizes on the shelves and in fridges. Lots of refrigerated six packs too. Some Belgians etc, but of course I was there for local and west coast beers. I saw Pliny the Elder (sorry aforbes10), and picked up a Bristol mass transit ale, Tommyknocker Pick Axe, and a Fort Brewing Hop-15. Would have gotten more but I had a flight to catch 48 hours later, with no checked luggage.
The staff behind the counter seemed friendly enough; I didn't need or ask for help and they didn't offer it.

Also, there was literally a large coal train passing directly by the store. I suppose if there was an "atmosphere/vibe" rating for liquor stores, this place would get a 5 for authenticity.

shivtim, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of qchic
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%

This place was super close to I-25, so I stopped by when passing through. I can't imagine anywhere else in town having a much better selection, and I was certainly pleased with the section of bombers. I wasn't thrilled that they were located behind the register on shelves, because I like to be able to see what I'm looking at instead of having to ask someone. The staff was friendly and somewhat helpful, and I was told that they had a "beer guy" that wasn't there at the time. Prices were decent, maybe a touch higher than the shops in Denver. One huge concern I had was the temperature of some of the beers. There is something putting off some heat next to the "good beer" shelves which I didn't notice until I pulled a bottle out of the bag in the car--just to look at it, not to drink it :) Anyways, it was warm--well beyond room temperature. I would still recommend this shop if you're in the area, but if you select anything from the far right side of the shelves, ask to check the bottles before they charge you and bag them.

qchic, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Coaltraine is a great liquor store located in Colorado Springs. They have a very nice fine beer collection. They offer a wide variety in a number of price ranges. They have a good international selection. Lots of nice Belgian and European stuff.

Prices are standard and they are open to special orders. Good knowledgeable staff. They have the ocassional tasting, but should have more.

My only concern is that some really good beers are kept at room temp. I think this is fine for a short time, but can harm the beer after a year or two. I had a few brews that have been pretty funky. I was not able to get a refund any time. They let me have a credit once which worked for me.

Bottom line is that if you want to charge premium dollar, the product must be premium as well. If not, a refund or exchange should be allowed.

rye726, May 07, 2008
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Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs, CO
95 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.