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Charlie's Wine And Spirits

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Type: Store

507 W 19th St
Sioux City, Iowa, 51103-2947
United States

(712) 255-3134 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2005

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of bbtkd
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A buddy recommended this store for out-of-state beer runs to get beer not in distribution here. I visited on a Sunday, when the owner isn't there. Although the staff is helpful, the owner is the guy to work with - sounds like he is really into craft, and the selection reflects that. I was looking for styles 100 through 104 on my quest to try them all, and I was happy to find one (remaining ones are difficult to find). I also bagged quite a number of other beers I've wanted to try for a while - and passed on others I'll get next time. I plan to get down there every month or two from now on - and will make it a point to go on a weekday when the owner will be there.

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Photo of nuebs
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.84/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerDingo90
5/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the best, if not the best, selections of craft beer in western Iowa. It's a must stop shop for any craft beer enthusiast looking for a great variety of beers. A friendly staff alongside a cool environment makes Charlie's worth the trip.

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Photo of schimschim
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Great selection and friendly people tht help you get what you want. I have been amazed by what they bring in. I would surely frequent this place more if prices were more reasonable paying almost $50 a 4 pack for brunch weasel is unacceptable and many other beers are of similar price. though i have gotten barrel aged imperial biscotti break and pirate bomb which is awesome thought $16 for 12 oz pirate bomb is spendy.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I love this place. They really try to supply craft beer to a Miller beer city. Nevertheless, I love the Ommegang Brewery selection. Ommegang makes Belgian style beer that is really Belgian style. I recommend trying all of their brews especially Hennipen, Ommegang Ale, and Three Philosophers. Plenty of Belgian imports such as the great St. Bernardus beers. Recently, ABT 12 has been removed from the shelves. Still available in Hy-Vee South Sioux City. ABT 12 is considered one of the great beers of the world. Why?

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in hoping to get a single of the beer or two I seen in North Dakota but no dice. I did find some Peace Tree beers though which made it worth the stop. For the most part, their beer selection was good but not great but that may be due to distribution issues in Iowa as their laws seemed to be really strict until recently. Service is ok, but some items priced differently for the same beer. It is worth a stop if you're in the area, but I don't know if I would go out of my way to go here with other choices in other bigger urban areas like Omaha.

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Photo of BigBossMan
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

I like Charlie's a lot, and there are certain things I go there for that you can't find elsewhere in Sioux City, particularly a fairly impressive Belgian beer selection. However, most of the beers (from Sierra Nevada to Rogue) are about the same as what you would find at good Hy-Vee Regal Liquor stores. With the recent remodel of the Hy-Vee/Regal across the river in South Sioux City, Charlie's is now slightly less unique in this area. You go to the SSC Hy-Vee for those things you can't find in Iowa, and you go to Charlie's for those things you can't get in Nebraska. Both have great Belgian selections, but the rest of their inventory is about the same as all the other Hy-Vees in town.

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Photo of calhoon
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Charlie's was open Christmas Day and doing a lot of business. Today, this is the store in Sioux City with the best selection of craft beer and Belgians. Among the choices are Westmalle, Piraat, Rouge's Old Crustacheon, Greene, St. Bernardus sets, and Orval. Charlie's tends to get in something new and when it sells out he replaces it with something equally as interesting. Where you might have seen Bell's and Millstream last month, this month you'll find the Goose Island and Flying Dog four packs. Charlie himself is prety knowledgeable about beer and is willing to take suggestions. What is quite new is the extensive list of kegs which he can order; including Rogue, Summit and Goose Island.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

I was happy I took the time to stop here.

It is easy enough to find from the interstate but it is more in town then I realized. No big deal.

Charlie’s is located in a modest strip mall; there isn’t a whole lot of parking.

Inside, the store was clean and organized. It looks fairly new. The main thrust of beer is on the right-hand wall. There is BMC, common craft beer, and typical imports. I was happy to see some Millstream (this is the furthest west I have seen it), plus four different six-packs of Great Divide, four different offerings from O’Fallon and Fort Collins Brewery. There was another two dozen craft beer labels or so. I didn’t see many noteworthy imports… that is not totally fair, there was good imports just nothing I hadn’t seen before in IA. I looked at the best-by dates of some beer, I seen nothing old in the coolers but they did have some outdated seasonals elsewhere in the store. Still, the quality seemed high.

I spoke to the owner (manager?) and she was very pleasant and very helpful. She personally walked me to the new Belgians she got in. She was very nice and knew a thing or two about the products she was selling (but not so much about beer in general). I got the impression that this store wants to sell craft beer and if people ask for something they will get it in.

I was happy I took the detour and stopped. The next time I am in the area I will do likewise. If you’re stuck in the greater Sioux City area I say pay this store a visit and get some good beer.

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Charlie's Wine And Spirits in Sioux City, IA
Place rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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