Apollo Wine & Spirits - Northwest


4040 Highway 52 N
Rochester, Minnesota, 55901-6993
United States

(507) 286-1300 | map

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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
This is the best beer selection you will find in Rochester. Apollo has a few locations now, but you will find the best selection at the location next to Best Buy in NW Rochester. More times than not, a beer-savy employee will ask if I need help and oftentimes I pick up a tip or two regarding new beers they have stocked. Certainly, they don't have everything (for that I go to Blue Max or John's in Iowa City), but they do have a very good selection that will keep any beer acolyte busy for a while. If you live in the Rochester area and need to chose one place to go for your beer needs, this would be it.
Dec 27, 2008
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75
Small place, limited selection but I did find Toppling Goliath and Surly. The guy that was working didn't know much about craft beer but was very friendly. Prices were very fair as well. Worth a visit if you're passing by.
Apr 16, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by hardy008 from Minnesota

Jun 24, 2014
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Reviewed by crossovert from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Not sure if i went to this Apollo. I went to the one by Kohl's next to Burger King. It is a craft destination but maybe not as impressive as the other. I think the prices here were super cheap though.

They have lots of regional beers on the shelves and the counters. They have alot of buy 2 get 1 free beers on sale. The service is friendly and it isn't a bad place but not the best selection wise.

If you see any old Apollo I would double check to see if it is the good one or the lesser one. This one seemed to be pretty small for a liquor store that would be worthwhile in a strip mall.
Aug 12, 2011
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Reviewed by sftravis from South Dakota

4.65/5  rDev +11%
This was the bright spot of my trip to Rochester. My wife has had to go there for tests at the Mayo Clinic and we will be returning next week for surgery.

I found this place through Surly's website. I stopped there for a 4 pack of Furious while my wife waited in the car. I walked in and was amazed by the selection and even happier with the service. After about 20 minutes and a full shopping cart I was done. The salesman helped carry my beer out to my car to my surprised wife.

I can't wait to make a return trip!
Dec 18, 2009
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Reviewed by happygnome from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
I walked in and was immediatly impressed by the selection. Plenty of beers that i am unable to find around me. The make your own six pack was fairly cheep and there were some very good beers in it. The staff was very helpful, i was the only person in the store (well for a few a very short time) and as I was browsing I was asked if i needed any help. When i replied that i didn't and i was just browsing i was left, but the staff member acknowledged the good selection and said he would be right over there finishing something if i needed help, i was impressed. I only purchased a 6-pack (i was on a beer store tour of rochester) so i cant atest to the fact that theyre willing to help carrying out, but i would not doubt it at all. very nice selection
May 27, 2008
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Reviewed by isubsmith from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
The Apollo by Best Buy is definately the place to go for beer in Rochester.

They have the typical swill beer in one set of coolers. The next set is devoted to microbrews and some imports. The shelf across from the cooler is half six packs (of quality beers) and half singles. They randomly have cases of new/different things stacked near the shelves.

The Belgians and Germans are well-represented (as our the Eastern Europeans/Russians). The Belgian selection runs from St Bernardus and Chimay to Stella Artois. The midwestern craftbrews are pretty well represtened - specifically Bells (which is also available in the coolers), Great Divide, Lakefront, City, etc. Stock rotates pretty quickly for anything "popular". They definately try to get the good beers that are available in Minnesota. I'm sure if Minnesota had less crappy liquor laws, Apollo would try to get anything you wanted.

Service is good. I've always had people willing to help carry beer to the car, etc. They also tend to know the beers and can make recommendations and intelligent comments based on what you have in your hands. Always very friendly staff, even for the people that just walk in and buy a case of Natty Ice.

Reasonably good prices (pretty typical prices, but they offer 15% discounts on mix-and-match 6 packs and 1 cent 6-packs in the "frequent microbrew buyer club").

Definately recommended.

Update: They seem to be increasing their offerings of good beers. I updated my ratings. Even more impressive. I find myself "needing" to go to the twin cities a lot less than I used to.
Nov 19, 2005
Apollo Wine & Spirits - Northwest in Rochester, MN
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7 ratings