Northern Lakes Cooperative

4 Ratings

Type: Store

15886 W US Highway 63
PO Box 312
Hayward, Wisconsin, 54843
United States

(715) 634-2671 | map

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Added by demcorhip on 08-17-2006

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by demcorhip:
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3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Theres one main reason im reviewing this establishment. DFH. They dont carry too much of it, but have been able to get their 60, 90 and 120 IPAs here, as well as the Indian Brown. With the exception of these beers its s pretty typical NW WI small bottle shop. The main WI microbrews are also represented, NG and Capital, although only their main offerings were available. They also have a small but somewhat interesting import selection which is mainly limited to a few German brews and Samuel Smith products.

Was also flattered/flabbergated when the older clerk asked me for id. As a 35 year old who looks at least 30 i really dont know what that was about.

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Photo of OBD
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Chaz
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped in here recently on my way up to northern Wisconsin's share of Lake Superior.

This place compares favorably to an average liquor-in-grocery outpost anywhere else in Wisconsin, though there were both high and low points:

Great Service

I was asked if I needed help twice within a span of five minutes. I thanked the inquiring minds twice and went about my merry beergeek way, and they in turn left me alone after asking. I was amused to be told that a "beer expert" was on hand to answer any of my questions. It's not like I had the spare time to ask him the difference between Noble hop varieties, but it's good to know (after reading the two earlier reviews) that this place makes the effort nowadays.

Dogfish Head

Yep, there's some fresh stock (and old WWS) hanging around, but for how much longer? A smattering of FFF options here as well, but no Stone (thank goodness).

Old Stock on Shelves

There was really not much of this to speak of with a couple of exceptions, so I really won't quibble over this -- it happens everywhere, and it's usually much worse.

Too Much Mediocre Wisconsin Beer!

This-here quibble is the sole red herring I'm throwing out for the reviewer who posts after me (or whoever reads this, I s'pose), but there's a lot of lackluster beer in the coolers, and so be it! The market will sort itself out as it always does. But I won't buy Floppin' Crappie no mo!

Most of the beer here is in coolers, with between 8 and 12 distinct floor stackers and endcaps, as well as perhaps a four to six foot selection on the dry shelves. Average selection of imports and big national brands, and altogether a good (if average) selection for such a small store.

Overall, there's a pretty good -and pretty average- selection here. I was somewhat impressed with the placement of a sole sixer of Bell's Batch 10,000 (about fourteen inches from the recessed fluorescents, and so high that I couldn't reach it on my tippy toes). Prices were as average as the selection.

I'd stop in again with my stepladder to see if I can snag that Batch 10,000, and also to flummox the beer expert -- that should be fun!

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Photo of joe1510
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

This is simply a grocery store with a seperate smallish liquor section. All beer was in coolers and was mostly of the macro lager variety. The guy behind the counter was watching football when I was in there and acted like he couldn't care less there was a customer there. I did make a couple stops in here on my last trip up for one reason. They were carrying Two Hearted. They have a couple New Glarus and Tyranena offerings but just the standard fare. Not a bad stop if you're thirsting for some Two Hearted but besides that I'd pass it up.

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Northern Lakes Cooperative in Hayward, WI
Place rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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