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Historic Casanova LiquorHistoric Casanova Liquor

Type: Store

236 Coulee Rd
Hudson, Wisconsin, 54016-2219
United States

(715) 386-2545 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2006

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Photo of oldsailor
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Definitely a hidden gem. Looks like just an old building off the side of the highway. Selection was pretty good in my opinion and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall I really liked this place and will be coming back to get more WI goodies.

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Photo of MykeJ
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I make the trek from Minnesota about once a month. They have a great selection all around for beer as well as bourbon. The employees have always been very helpful

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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

They have an awesome selection of craft beer - especially if you live in Minnesota. They also offer 20 growlers on tap. Their selection of imports is also big.

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Photo of Hoptinium
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Choices from about 15-20 different growlers fills. They offer a few beer events during the year. Staff was on point steered my to a bunch of bourbon barrel aged beers. Love the huge singles wall.

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Photo of ThreeLloyds
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While technically 2 establishments (Casanova Liquor and Nova Wine Bar) the place really feels like one destination so I'll review both.

On one side is a restaurant/wine bar - but also is where the tap handles actually live. Though connected, you have to walk outside to the other end of the building to enter the liquor store. I did a quick walkthrough of the liquor side first and could tell immediately that the drive was worth it. The place is packed to the rafters with great beer and a bunch of brands I can't get in my home state. The growler fill list is predominantly displayed near the counter and did not disappoint.

The wine bar is very charming, with old lush sofas, chairs, and a bar area. I sat at the bar and did several beer tastings and ate a wonderful 50/50 Melt ( a patty of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon served in patty melt style on toasted bread). The food was a bit pricey at $17 for the sandwich and $8 for a salad but it was freshly prepared and delicious and worth the cost.

After lunch I filled up my growlers and ended up buying 3 more. They have their own branded growlers in 32oz, 64oz, and a really cool 64oz with a flip top. I had brought my cooler into the store and the staff helped me fill it and even poured the ice in for me and offered to help carry it to my car.

The bottle selection was great but the growler fill was the real draw for me with Toppling Goliath, Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, and more on tap. Fill prices were very reasonable. My only real suggestion would be for more cooler space and fewer beers stored warm on the shelves.

The drive to Hudson is quick and easy from St. Paul and just 2 turns after crossing the river into WI you are in the Casanova parking lot. The whole town of Hudson seems like charming river town and Casanova fits right in as it's an old brick building built along a bluff. This is a great place, if I live in St. Paul I'd be there every weekend restocking my growlers with the best and freshest beers.

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Photo of OMBeer
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

After appealing to locals for a trip to Hudson, WI my wife and I made the stop on a dreary Thursday. Parking was tough with all the snow and ice, but managed to get a vacated spot as soon as I turned in. Walked thru the door and immediately knew I was in the right spot. Wandered around a while before asking for help, couldn't understand the layout. Store help was confused at first as well, seems recent restock? Picked up a few lagers to take back tothe hotel and the wife found her favorite Zombie Killer beer. A few were warm, but were quickly cooled in the "chiller".
Coming from the land of "state store" systems, I yearn for a Casanova down the street where "everybody knows your name". Worth the stop if you cross the St. Claire river entering Wisconsin.

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Photo of vince4953529
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A little jaunt here on Thanksgiving day as just about all the MN stores are closed.
Loved the selections, tons of stuff CA natives could only dreamed about. I saw tons of stuff from New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Lucid, August Schell, Summit, Tyranena, Flat Earth, etc. They break 6-packs only on selected items, which was a bit inconvenient for me.
The other plus is that they do growler fills for superb beers. I brought my Bootleggers & Beachwood growlers & filled them up with Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget & CW Coffee Stout with insane reasonable prices without getting absurb interrogations. The service is straightforward & helpful. They will help you find the beers & answer questions without tapping into your life history.
Overall, I had a good experience here.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited on a Monday after work.

A – An old crowded liquor store. Can't beat the location – right across the state line from MN and thus an easy opportunity to pick up beers not distributed to MN (e.g. FFF and New Glarus)

Q - No reason to believe otherwise. Almost everything available cold.

S – Nice, friendly, helpful.

S – Very good selection bordering on great. Lots of singles available on imports and bombers. Less so for 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is my new favorite liquor store, I will be traveling to this place as much as possible which won't be as much as I will like to. awesome selection, awesome prices, friendly staff, and they even fill growlers!!! what more could you ask for!?!?

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it to this nearby beer mecca. Very much enjoyed the trip. They have a great selection for growler fills as well as bombers, single bottles (mix and match 6 pack) and other packs of 12 ouncers. They will fill any growler (not just their own) and their growler prices are extremely fair. The selection of hard to find beers in MN was really astounding considering it's right across the border. The staff in the liquor store side weren't terribly friendly or knowledgeable. Not that anyone was unfriendly, just looked bored. However, the staff on the "wine bar" side were fabulous. I plan on making frequent trips here.

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Photo of dsgraham1
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool place with a great selection of beers, wine, and liquor. By far, the best selection of beer of any store in the area. They have 12 beers on tap for growler fills. There is a wine bar next door. Prices are bit high, but the selection justifies the price.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My buddy and I jumped in the car from South Minneapolis and hit up Casanova's and two other places in the Twin Cities metro. I'm glad we decided to head into Wisconsin, because this was one of the best bottle shops I've ever visited.

The building is very cool, clearly repurposed, and presents itself as a historic monument. The interior is cramped and packed full of beer, liquor, and wine. We were greeted very nicely by a Sam Adams rep, whose offer to sample we politely declined. I asked one of the employees if they had any New Glarus Apple Ale in stock, some months out of season, and he went to check for me. A few minutes later he returned and said that they were out, but he still had some left for growler fills. Great! Along with a bottle of Serendipity, Raspberry Tart, and a four pack of Double Trouble, it was a successful trip.

The selection was phenomenal. 3F, FFF, Hoppin' Frog, The Bruery, New Glarus and Central Waters of course. What was most impressive, however, was there growler station, which featured two brews from Toppling Goliath, Alpha King, and a selection of New Glarus.

Things were a bit pricey though. The Double Trouble was $12, and the Drie Fonteinen was close to $30 for the Oude Gueuze. But it really didn't matter, because all of the employees were eager to talk to us about beers they recently enjoyed, making recommendations and discussing our selections with us.

I'll definitely be returning next time I'm in Hudson, or when it's Sunday and I'm in the cities.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ancient roadside building, set into a hillside with beer caves in the basement, with a bar and growler fills too?? Sign me up.

Big thanks to Howard for braving a severe thunderstorm to get us here right after 9am when they opened (every day apparently). Even though the bar was closed, they ran over and filled a couple growlers of Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget ($9.99 refill, awesome) and were generally super helpful and willing to chat about beer so early in the morning.

The vibe here is super cool if you're into historical buildings, vintage roadside americana and the like. Lots of dark wood with eclectic cool knick-knacks, A giant moosehead, an aquarium with colorful fish and a sunken growler among the rocks, old historical framed photos, and the occasional tin beer sign in the back. Beer shelves are in the back and crammed full. Got a mixed sixer here of a few NG Thumbprint series, and new local American Sky beers from Hudson Brewing Co. They had obscure imports from Birra Del Borgo, Hannsens, Vanberg & DeWulf and others. Craft coolers seemingly go on forever, wrapping along the back wall. Great prices and selection.

Overall a very cool and unique place, I hope to return and check out the Nova next time.

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Photo of OriginalMnBeerGuy
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I'm a fan of this place. I've been here many times and I really like it. I don't like the fact that it feels like a medieval dungeon when you walk in but the people who work there, aside from a few, are really nice and try to make your visit as pleasant as possible. They always have something to sample, good WI only section and close proximity to MN make it a excellent place to stop. The prices are reasonable on some things and overpriced on others - it really depends. They have Bell's This Goes to 11 for $20 a sixer which is a massive rip off but I purchased BCBS here for the same price which isn't even in the same league as Bell's anniversary beers. So YMMV depending on time of year and what's in stock. Good place though. Recommended!

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Photo of JosephThompson
3.29/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Firstly, it's definitely a cool place to check out. Tucked into the side of a mini mountain in Hudson, along with its sister property, makes an interesting sight.

The beer is situated in the back as you walk in. Requisite six to eight coolers. Their shelving space was a touch limited but they fill with the kind of staples you'd expect to see in these parts in New Glarus, Central Waters, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.

Nothing jumped out at me that was extremely special or rare to make it a special stop but if you're traveling between Wisconsin and Minnesota either way it could be a good place to jump out of the car for 15 minutes.

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Photo of davey
3.15/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Went to Casanova's on several recommendations. Kind of a cool place inside, very welcoming with and older feel to it. Majority of the shop is wine.
Selection of beer is solid. Bells, Founders, all New Glarus, lots of locals from WI and MN. I did find FFF's Dreadnaught and Robert the Bruce. Some Belgian beers but nothing exciting. Found two Fantome's.
Really the only problem I had with this store was service. They had posters all over the place for a CBS raffle that said ask emoployees for details. When I asked the clerk about details, she simply said I don't know. I asked can you find out. Long story short, no one in the whole damn place had a clue. Geez people!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I always enjoy making the 30 minute drive to Hudson. Love the area where Casanova is, hidden away beside an old cave. The atmosphere is welcoming; staff is friendly and always willing to help out with any questions. The beer selection is always pretty decent, they used to get a lot of FFF but lately there’s been a lack of FFF brews. There’s also the option of growler fills which is always a plus. Every visit I can always find something new that I haven’t tried which makes the visit to Casanova worthwhile.

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Photo of DeschutesNut
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

So I made my second trip to The Nova this past week. As the first trip it was amazing. I live in North Dakota and now everytime I go to Minneapolis I will take the extra 30 miles or so and cross the border into Hudson. Both times the staff was great. Very helpful and knowledgeable. They have many things that you can't get in No Dak or Minnesota like Three Floyds Smuttynose Squaters O'so and The Bruery Nebraska and New Glarus. Also they have about 10 taps that they fill growlers with. As i said if you are in the twin cities it is definately worth the trip into Wisconsin to hit up The Nova.

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Photo of zrab11
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A- Atmosphere was nice. It felt real homey and nice for some reason. Had alot of wooden shelves and the lady working there was ver nice and friendly

Q-It all looked very good. no dust, no out of date bottles

Ser- The lady asked if i needed any help and was able to point me in the righ area. Very sweet and helpful

Sel-Was awesome. This place has FFF, New glarus and many more. You could puy 6 packs or cases or singles. They had a hugh wall of singles and bombers. If this wasn;t the last stop of the trip and i had more time i would of looked and bought alot more

F-didn't have any

V-Very cheap. this was my cheapest bill. i thought everything was 1 or 2 dollars under everywhere else

Overall this was the perfect stop. Its 30 sec. off the highway and just right across the MN border. MN people have it made. They get surly and then they drive 10 or 20 min over the border and they get all the FFF and new glarus they want. Man im jealous of this shop and MN/WI people. This place even does growler fills of 5 or so brews. If ur driving through MN and into WI def. stop here.

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Photo of knelson
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Casanova's is my go to store in Hudson. The setup and look of the store is a lot of fun. Much more inviting than many of the sterile, fluorescent stores in the area.

While their selection may not be as expansive as others in Hudson, I feel that the quality of their craft section is much better, which leads me to believe they actually have a buyer who knows and tries all the beers rather than just ordering anything new that comes out. You don't to weed through a bunch of BMC owned breweries to find the true craft beers.

I typically know what I want when I go in, but if I ever have questions or am just looking for a recommendation, their staff is great. They truly know, and have a passion for craft beer.

I like the fact that Casanova's now does growler fills. Everytime I go in, they have a few new beers on tap.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Casanova's is a great little shop in my town of Hudson. Location is nice, tucked off the main drag near an old cave and wooded hills. They have a nice niche in that they can cater to the MN beer geeks looking for non-MN brews, as they are the first liquor store when entering WI as well.

Selection is good, and they do a nice job of bringing in some harder to get distributions (Bruery, Mikeller, oddball singles). The single selection is excellent, as is the non-MN selection. They do sell out quickly when they get the hot items, as they tend to be a go-to for the local craft guys.

They now sell growlers, and at fair prices ($8 for the 64oz. jug). Tap selection at the attached restaurant is solid. Selections include Belgian, DIPA, Smoked Porter, Scotch Ale, RIS, etc. Nothing wrong with picking up a growler of FFF Gumballhead for $8.

Social Media is updated on a fairly regular basis, which is greatly appreciated when searching for a new growler fill or newly released limited beer.

I really appreciate a couple of the beer geek staffers and their genuine help and interest, but some of the other help is not as helpful or interested in chatting. Hint - if you want to talk beer, look for the guys.

I really love Nova and want to give it an A+, but there are a couple nagging items that can be improved upon.
1. The great singles selection is a) not refrigerated, but most aren't I suppose and b) not rotated enough, resulting in some older beer sometimes.
2. The staff is hit or miss.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My one and only stop across the river. If their distributors carry it, they have it on the shelves. The staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Why shop there when we have just as good a selection in Minnesota you ask? Simple. They also have growler fills of craft beer. A virtual no-brainer folks. Stop in and say hello to Tyrell. He'll point you to where the good stuff is.

If your hungry walk next door for a bite to eat and a craft beer on tap. Food is exceptional. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I came from Minnesota to take care of some trade business plus some personal brews for myself and my wife. Never had been there before, pretty easy to find.

I had stopped in on Super bowl Sunday since liquor stores are closed on Sunday's in Minnesota!
First impression, pretty organized business, organized shelves and coolers. Easy to find what I was looking for. They were busy since it was almost kick off so no one came up to me right away asking if I needed help finding anything. I wasn't there long before someone had asked. As I was creating a collection on the floor some of the staff members helped me by bringing it to the counter for me. Everyone was pretty friendly despite how busy they were. After spending about $300.00 dollars on beer and getting a growler filled they helped me bring the brew to my car.

Overall it was a good stop for me. Great impression by the staff, easy to find the brew I wanted and needed. The price for the brews were very reasonable, another reason to stop. A place I could stop at on a regular basis but being almost an hour from my house I will have to settle on big trips and stock up on brew!

I loaded up on New Glarus, a lot of mixed singles, The Bruery, Three Floyds, growler of Three Floyds. Some of the stuff I can find in Minnesota that Casanova's had was pretty in line with the same prices.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Oh Nova how I love you and your selection that I can not get because of a 20 minute drive and a single state line. This place has a great selection and an old feel like Im walking around a beer cellar. The craft beer has its own section and they have a huge build your own six, larger then any I have ever seen. The staff is awesome and I know of at least one that is a regular BA so props. I really do have to push this place, especially to Minnesotans because they get so many breweries that MN does not(Bruery, Bear Republic, Oskar Blues, FFF, Dogfish Head). Also they now fill growlers of selected craft beers and have a blog that list all the new beers on growler as well as bottle. I love this place and will be visiting at least once a week for as long as I can afford to pay for the gas to do so.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

This is my kind of liquor store. Tucked away in the hills just up the road from the St. Croix River, Casanova's doesn't look like much on the outside. Once you walk in though, the atmosphere is terrific. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Selection is great as well. Stone, Dogfish Head, FFF, you name it. They also offer a wide variety of single bottles at very reasonable prices. One thing I really like is the fact that they fill growlers of craft brews they have on tap at the wine bar next door. This is definitely my new go-to place for my Sunday beer run!

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