Vin Hus

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440 Alisal Road
Solvang, California, 93463
United States

(805) 688-7117 | map

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Added by barleywinefiend on 05-12-2008

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.76/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of DoubleJ
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Unlike the trip to SLO, I knew that I would be taken to Solvang. No, this visit wasn't going to be long, but we did plan to purchase a few things while in town. We eventually got to the Vin Hus, which is where my friend purchases his cheese.

The interior has a Danish theme to it (like the rest of the town) and is filled with a variety of artisan products, from cheese to mustard to wine. There's even beer. In fact, the first thing you run into as you enter is a display of Firestone and Stella 6-packs. The rest of the beer sits on several small shelves to the left. There's a decent variety of options (Schneider Weiss, Erdinger, Einstök, Nectar Ales, Fuller's), but do yourself a favor and check those dates. Many of the beers I spotted were well past their sell-by date, and in a few instances looked like they had been sitting on the shelf for a few years. Maybe this low turover can be blamed by the fact this is a wine town, or that the prices are very high ($11.75 6-packs of Firestone, $6 for Fuller's?).

I would still visit Vin Hus, but it wouldn't be for the beer. Don't forget to sample some cheese before you leave!

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%

Stopped in here while on vacation in Solvang. They have a very good selection of cheese, wine, and other nice European delicacies (not just Danish). We grabbed some cheese, salami, crackers, and mustard herring for lunch. All good stuff. A bit on the pricey side, but what isn't in Solvang?

The beer selection, though, was dismal! Either they've reduced their selection dramatically, or they've totally hidden most of the stuff, I don't know. Maybe 20 different beers & ciders tops. Two Firestone offerings, and 3-4 other US craft beers. Carlsberg & Carlsberg Elephant were the only Danish beers. Chimay, Biere de Blanche, etc. from Belgium. For the most-part they were good beers, but is that all? My local grocery store has a better selection! I thought I was missing something so I wandered around the store a few times to see if I was missing a different section, but to no avail.

Also, none of the beers are cold. Generally I wouldn't have a problem with this, but we're talking about a tourist town here... if you're going to be picking up a bottle of beer, you're probably staying in town and more than likely don't have a fridge.

The older lady working here didn't seem particularly friendly, though perhaps it was just her lack of English skills. She didn't seem to want to interact with the customers, and I was a bit too afraid to ask her questions about the cheese (let alone the beer!). The young girl working the cash register, though, was friendly at least.

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Photo of tjensen3618
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%

I stopped in this store in Solvang on a recent trip there because it was one of the only places in Solvang that is listed here on beerfly.

They had an ok selection of somewhere around 75 bottles all would be really easy to find at any Bevmo in So Cal, they had good but easy to find imports like Chimay, Duvel, etc. They had the good regional crafts like Firestone, Lost Coast, etc.
I passed on buying beer from here as there wasn't really anything i had to have.

They had a wonderful cheese selection, i bought a couple kinds to have with the beers i got in Santa Barbara on the way up.

I would come back to this place if i just wanted to buy a decent beer, but it's not the type of place i'd make a point of going to "just to see what they have."

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Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev +4%

This place was a couple blocks away from our hotel and next to a great bakery, beer was not the major focus in this shop as they sold many other things but it seemed like they had close to a hundred different bottles for sale including everything from Chimay to Firestone, one of the better selections of craft and imported beer in town, fair warning that this place closes very early, it was at 6 pm the first day we were there which was odd for the type of store it was, they also had some nice glassware for sale, neat little place to have in this town, and it stays with the theme and is very Danish indluenced itself

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev +4%

Stopped in here back in Januray 2008 by shear accident and was I surprised and impressed. Vin Hus is a place of fine cheeses and wines but when you walk in their is beer imeediately ahead on the floor and off to the left is a rather large selection, probably 100 beers to choose from. I picked He'Brew Rye and Jewbelation, Thomas Hardys, Fullers Vintage and a few others. He had a selection from standard English brews ranging from Belhaven and on and on. They also had a secent selection of Rogue and Central Coast beers, not to mention some Beers from Colorado such as Flying Dog. It has been awhile since the visit and this just got approved but it was not better than the Alisal Cellars in Solvang. The staff was nice and knowledgable as well.

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Vin Hus in Solvang, CA
Place rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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