Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits

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Downer Avenue Wine & SpiritsDowner Avenue Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

2638 N Downer Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53211-4244
United States

(414) 332-0880 | map

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Added by downerwine on 06-29-2008

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 27
Photo of drpdaddy
4.85/5  rDev +12%

I stopped here because my friend told me he found a Nemesis O9 in July at this establishment. They did not have it when I got ther but what I did find was a wide variety of singles and six-packs of craft in coolers. They also had more choice brews on the shelves adjacent to the coolers. They do not have the widest selection of imports and craft in the Milwaukee Area, but what they do have is quality. I personally get a little overwhelmed by the selection at some other larger stores. The staff including Mike were extremely helpful and friendly. Staff were honest and knowledgeable about their selection. I was impressed that they offer aged beers, I was able to pick up a Bell's Expedition Stout and Third Coast Old Ale that was already aged 3 years, for about $.50 on top of regular retail. Its nice knowing that a beer geek was in charge of the craft selection. Highly recommend this place.

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Photo of Yulles
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Great little store. Very friendly staff most of whom are extremely knowledgeable about beer. Despite the small size of the store they have a very nice selection, including some tough to find stuff. This is a place that I definitely hit up every time I head through Milwaukee. I always leave with some of the Wisconsin standards (New Glarus and Ale Asylum for me) and some new and interesting beers that I had never heard of. If you are in Milwaukee or heading through, check this place out, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on a quest for NG Cranbic.

Very compact neighborhood store, majority of beer is in coolers to the left. Good selection, not necessarily comprehensive for the area but still good. Down the street from Cafe Hollander.

What troubled me was the open cases of beer right in the windows. Even with an awning, at the right time of day light can strike the beer and skunk it. This included fancy DFH and other 750s. Coolers held mostly sixers and singles. The beer guy was quick to point out the Cranbic in the coolers. Further in there were some good craft beers to be had, like Unearthly, Heavy Handed, Theobroma, and a few others. Handpicked imports like Mikkeller, Haandbryggeriet, St. Bernardus Xmas, Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam, and more Shelton stuff. Noticed Dark Horse in the cooler, and a few FFF beers not available elsewhere (2009 Alpha Klaus!!) Is it on par with Discount and Three Cellars? No, it's not. A nice neighborhood store, but not a destination.

Checkout was quick and friendly. Would return if in the area again...

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Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI
4.33 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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