Ingersoll Wine Merchants

Ingersoll Wine MerchantsIngersoll Wine Merchants
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Ingersoll Wine MerchantsIngersoll Wine Merchants

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1300 50th St
West Des Moines, Iowa, 50266-5499
United States

(515) 327-9191 | map

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Added by bditty187 on 03-04-2006

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

I've only stopped in the WDM incarnation of Ingersoll twice, but I think I get the picture.

The beer available is of good to great quality, but the staff couldn't care less about them. I am sure they are nice people, and are wonderfully helpful with the wine, but the beer is not a priority.

For the effort they have expended getting the beers they currently have, they could do much better. Most of the beers are decent, but I almost had a hard time picking one because nothing jumped out. Keeping a brewery's entire line seems too much to ask, and the last time I was there, they were showing a penchant for out of season seasonals.

Step it up, Ingersoll. I may be back again. For the most part, though, Hy-Vee does just as good a job as you do.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

My apartment and office use to be 1/4 a mile from this place so I stopped in "occassionally" for supplies. The only wine I bought was from a local winery I love and the number of styles usually available is great. Beer wise:
The selection is impressive. There are numerous quality micros. Samuel Smith, Flying Dog, Rogue, Wytchwood, m-a-n-y others. It's the only place I can find Sutliff Cider in stock most of the time. The staff is willing to answer any questions you have. The cigar selection is nice. Price wise, their's are just a tiny bit higher on some seasonal items than other places, but still competitive on most of their stock.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

My review for this store was the first BeerFly review that I ever wrote, just days after joining BA. It wasn't listed in BeerFly at the time and I had no idea how to add an establishment, so I submitted the review for their original store, Ingersoll Wine & Spirits.

At the time, I thought that one review was sufficient for both stores since I assumed that the selections were pretty similar. Actually, they are, but there's easily enough difference to justify occasional visits to each. The other store is handy if I'm stopping in after work and this store is handy if I'm at home.

The usual focus on wine applies to this store, as it does to almost all stores in the state (except for John's Grocery). The beer is in coolers along the back wall, on shelves along the left rear wall and on end caps along the back. I won't run down the selection of domestic offerings, but suffice it to say that I've rarely been surprised by anything from a U.S. brewery. Two recent exceptions were bombers of Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale and sixers of Rogue St. Rogue Red. Score!

I am pleasantly surprised by the occasional 'import' though. Along with Chimay, Orval, Kwak, Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout, Young's, Wychwood, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Ayinger... I've seen Deus (Brut Des Flandres), Grotten Brown from St. Bernardus, Monk's Flemish Sour Red Ale and a few others that I can't recall at the moment.

I slammed the service in my original review since the store didn't notify me (after promising to do so twice) when a shipment of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout came in. I've forgiven them though since I've been there multiple times and have had no other major complaints. I don't require much in the way of beer knowledge from those who work there and doubt that they could provide it anyway. Like I said, wine focused.

I've seen old bottles of Paulaner Oktoberfest-Bier and Hefe-Weissbier, but that seems to be a chronic problem that I've run into elsewhere. I'm sure there are others that are languishing on the shelves, but my eyes just pass right over them and they don't even register anymore. In general, the beer is as fresh as it is anywhere else locally and is similarly priced.

Ingersoll Wine Merchants in a decent little store that I pop into once every few months to see if I can uncover any hidden gems. It's worth a stop if you're from out of town and have a little time on your hands, but don't expect much and you'll do just fine.

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Photo of bditty187
3.15/5  rDev -12%

Why haven’t I visited this Ingersoll before? It is two seconds south of the Interstate.

Located in a small strip mall I wasn’t expecting much because the day before I visited the sister Ingersoll store and was bummed at the selection but since I was in the area I stopped. I was glad I did.

I’d say about forty percent of the beer is found in the coolers on the back wall. The remaining sixty percent is located on two end-caps and one smaller sidewall. It seems to be the typical selection for Des Moines. I was mainly looking for Belgian imports not available in Council Bluffs or Omaha. I scored three styles from St. Feuillien, a Grotten Brown and Kwak. Not earth-shattering but, hey, it is something I wanted. Score.

I did think $4.50 for the 11.2oz Kwak was a bit much; likewise St. Feuillien was $9.00 for a 750ml bottle. Maybe those prices are fair and I am just feeling cheap.

I was shocked to see multiple Oktoberfest biers on the shelf not to mention other fall and spring seasonals. Talk about red flag. I am not about to buy anything here that can’t be aged or is not dated. Turnover here must be lacking.

There was only one employee. He wasn’t helpful but he did complement my choices. Yea for me! At least he properly boxed by beers.

Long story short, there wasn’t much here for me to get excited about but I see no reason why Des Moines BAs can’t stop once in awhile and try to find a goodie or two… just check the freshness! I’ll stop again.

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