Minotti's Wine And Liquor

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26840 Brookpark Road Ext.
North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070
United States

(440) 777-2144 | map

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Added by AltBock on 08-25-2005

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3/5  rDev 0%

While visiting my in-laws, I wanted to look at some stores in the immediate area. Specifically, I wanted to find Hoppin' Frog and some beers not available in my town (Milwaukee). So, I'd read about Minotti's and came to visit...and I was a bit disappointed.

Minotti's had some decent beers, but was a bit of a disappointment with regards to finding things I couldn't get at home in WI. It is a big store, with a small parking lot, but ample parking in the adjacent shopping center. They had some 6pks of Bell's and other crafts I could get in WI, along with some 6pks of Stone, which I cannot. They have a wooden-shelved corner labeled "imported beer" which had a few larger single-bottles. I bought a 22oz of an Oregon IPA I couldn't get at home, and a few dusty bottles of Hoppin' Frog (Beglian Ale and Wheat Ale; not the top 2 on my Hoppin' Frog list). As I picked up the Hoppin' Frog bottles to look for signs of age or a date-code, a North Olmsted policeman came up to me and struck up a conversation. He was very pleasant, but at the same time it struck me as a weird waste of resources to have a police officer permanently stationed in liquor stores.

This store's selection and staff didn't strike me as being particularly beer-savvy or interested in beer-advocacy. As an occasional visitor to this area, I can't say I'll be returning here as the selection and service is not appreciably better than I might find at the local Heinen's.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Minotti's is located in a small plaza next to Magazines & More and a Deli. When you first go into the store you think you walked into a very narrow wine store with a bunch a hard liquor and with very few beer. But when you go to the back (right) of the store it's a whole different story. They have a fridge with some beer and shelves full of beer at room temp. They have a fine selection of micros, belgians, and other imports. When I was their recently their selection consisted of fine beers from Unibroue, Abbaye Des Rocs, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Weltenburger Kloster, Ayinger, St. Bernardus, Baltika, 3 Monts, Thristy Dog Brewery, Great Lakes, Stone, and many more that I can't remember right now. Not only do they have a great beer selection their prices are reasonable compared to other beer stores. I'm not sure of their service right now, but I'm sure they have a person that can help you with your beer purchase. If your in North Olmsted and looking to buy wine, liquor, or good beer make sure you stop at Minotti's.

Update 10/29/06: Wow!! I can't believe it's been over a year since the last time I reviewed this Minotti's. When I went in there yesterday, they seemed to open up more space since the last time I was there. The last time I was there, it seemd like the wine racks nearest to you when you first walked in were too close and you had to be careful you didn't hit any and have to pay $30+ for a broken bottle of wine. This time I walked in (near the door) they were show casing their new seasonals, Blue Moon and Post Road. All of their beer is in the same location, on racks and refrigerated on the right side of the store. On their front counter and on a shelf in front of the counter, they had Rogue's Dead Guy Ale in the growler bottles. They still had the same great selection, like Stone, Avery, Bell's, Southampton IPA, Gouden Carlos, Abbaye Des Rocs, many different varieties of Unibroue and Baltika, one bottle of Weltenburger, St. Bernardus, Thomas Hardy, Ayinger, Ommegang, and one variety of one of the new beers to hit Ohio, Siletz Brewing. I just craked the surface on what they had there. Still probably one of the best beer selection in good old North Olmsted and it's a little better than the Giant Eagle that's almost directly across the street.

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Minotti's Wine And Liquor in North Olmsted, OH
Place rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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