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Midtown Corkdorks Wine Spirits Beer

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Type: Store

1610 Church St
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-2920
United States

(615) 327-3874 | map
midtownwine.net

Notes:
Formerly Midtown Wine & Spirits

Added by Brent

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Reviews:
38
Ratings:
63
pDev:
8.35%
 
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Photo of Tilley4
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Probably the best place in Nashville. They have separate sides for <6% and <6%. The low alcohol side is actually one of the more solid selections I've seen. They have a little bit of everything, most impressively being some DFH 60 with a BOD of about a week ago.

The liquor side is where the good stuff is. Picked up some Oak Aged Yeti, some Hercules IPA (both from Great Divide), a sixer of Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin (love that stuff) and a couple of other singles.

Best selection for high ABV beers in the area. Nothing spectacular but still very solid.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

I walked into this place and I was floored. It's a friggen Emporium. Low ABV beer in a separate store on the side but tons of liqour,wine and a few damn good beers. I wished the beer selection was bigger but I had a hard time finding it all so there may have been more than I realized. They had all kinds of Samuel Smiths, Stone and not to mention what I got Gonzo Imperial Porter by Flying Dog. I had to get this: it was a friggen jewel to me as you can tell by my BA name. I haven't seen that stuff anywhere and it's vintage now. Their liqour was amazingly priced if you're into that but their beer was just about the same I'd say.

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Photo of stevef
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Stopped in 08/06/05 on my way through Nashville. Thought I'd died and gone to Stone heaven. Picked up Old Guardian, Vertical Epic 05/05/05, 2005 Imperial Stout, Ruination and a 6 pack of IPA. As others have said, selection is limited but it was worth the stop for the Stone selection alone. I was really tempted to pick up the Flying Dog Gonzo Smoked Porter but at $19 a bottle (almost $100 for the signed version) I decided to pass. They also had a few bottles of the DFH World Wide Stout. I had purchased one of these previously and have yet to try it so I passed on that this time around.
The under 6% beer side of the place has quite a selection (for Tennessee). Lots of Rogue brews. I had stopped specifically to pick up a case of Brutal Bitter which unfortunately is not available in the Memphis area.
I would highly recommend stopping if you are in the area. I'll soon need to find a reason to get back that way for some more Brutal Bitter.

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Photo of danielharper
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

My fiancee and I stopped in at about six-thirty PM on a Saturday night. We'd been here a couple of months back, but I didn't review, as I wasn't sure I'd spent enough energy exploring the nooks and crannies. This time, I looked at some of the details I missed the first time.

As mandated by law, the store is separated into two sections, with the low-alcohol (less than 5.9%) on one side, and the higher-alcohol stuff on the other. The low-alcohol side has a pretty esoteric selection of brews, with several wooden racks filled with six-packs, beneath which the same beers are sold in cases at a discount. They also had mixed sixers in the cooler, emphasizing certain styles (American Ambers, beers of Germany, whatever) and a cooler full of bombers, mainly Rogue. They also had a largish bookcase full of non-chilled beers, including a lot more Rogue and some of the less popular beers like Franziskaner Dunkel-weiss and several of the Baltikas. Really nice selection of low-alcohol stuff, better than anything I've seen in Huntsville, for sure.

The high-alcohol side was devoted primarily to wine and liquor, so my fiancee (who would probably spend a lot of time on WineAdvocate, if it existed) spent some time there, chatting up one of the employees about various wines. He seemed knowledgable about the wine selection, but I didn't get a chance to chat with him about the beers. Beer selection was basically stuck into two five-shelf bookcases on the far wall, one of which was literally behind a register and next to empty cases for carryout. Obviously beer is not their main focus, but they had a pretty good selection, including Delirium, Arrogant Bastard, and World Wide Stout. I bought a six-pack of North Coast Pranqster and two bottles of Delerium Nocturnum, and the fiancee bought a bottle or two of decent wine.

Pricing was about like I'd seen anywhere else in Tennessee or Alabama, although the WWS was about a dollar cheaper than at Woody's Smokes and Brews in Franklin.

I asked one of the other employees if they could get St. Bernardus Abt 12, and he promised to give me a call. Everyone seemed very polite and helpful -- we will be going back again.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

This place seemed to have some pretty high numbers on beerfly. I’ve been traveling to Nashville several times recently and decided to get the chance to check out some of the local places. Whilst at Bosco’s, this also was their very first answer when I asked for the best liquor store in the area. There was 3+ hours til the flight, and they claimed it was close by. Unfortunately, this all got my hopes way up.

According to all the info, MWS recently expanded and upgraded to their superstore capacity, which had me hoping for gargantuan selection. Large it was, but mainly for wine, liquor, and macros. Everything appeared new and shiny, a wine tasting was going on while I wandered around looking for beers.

They are located right on Church Street, which appears to be right near Vanderbilt and a bunch of hotels. The right side, which I only really browsed through, had a decent selection of local and regional goodies. It was the side for lower ABV beers. I spent most of my time on the high test left side of the building. Had some interesting internationals, but the rest of the selection (which was only really two bookcases near the door and crammed behind a register) was average. I picked up a couple of Stone beers and an couple of 750 sized DFH that I don’t see anymore and stuffed my carry on full. Selection isn’t wowable, but decent. Nothing appeared to have any dust on it and all appeared to be of average to high quality.

The service that I received was highly friendly and extremely knowledgeable about what they had there. I talked with the nice fella a good bit about beers. I explained to him why the distributor wasn’t able to get 750 sized Midas Touch anymore and why the remaining big bottles of DFH he had wouldn’t be around much longer.

Worthy for being in Nashville. Both Broadway Brewing and Boscos are within a mile or two radius. Beers were all a dollar or two more than I remember getting elsewhere, but still not as bad as I've seen elsewhere; i.e. NYC.

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Photo of fromage
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

Let me first say this is hard to rate because the two stores (the liquor part and the beer part) are so different.

Anyway, I think MW&S goes the way of many stores and lets the beer sit at the distributor until it's about to go bad. I've noticed an undue amount of sediment in many of my bottles on the beer side. This isn't really a problem on the liquor side, since that stuff doesn't go bad as easily. Recently they've had year-old Paulaner and Weihenstephaner.

However, it is a problem as far as selection goes. Very little is guaranteed to be in stock. This goes for all the stores in the city, since they all wait until prices at the distributor are lowest. So I don't really see a big difference between the stores. MW&S surely has a better selection than Frugal McDoogal's or any of the wine shops just because it has more space. They have more freezers. They have Yazoo keglets. But sometimes another store will have that one beer you're looking for. So here's the breakdown:

Beer side: I can't seem to find much Rogue that's not in bombers. Youngs, Fullers, etc. They often have Unibroue stuff. A bunch of random breweries like Butte Creek or Atlantic. The new Bridgeport stuff looks good (maybe the only good IPA in Nashville). Some lame Belgians. Good Hefe selection, Kostritzer, SN, etc.

Liquor side: Good selection of belgians, Stone, some DFH, some scotch ales, Rogue, Sam Smith. I can regularly get Festina Lente, which is a little wierd. Stone supply is a little sketchy. Verical Epic is not here yet (edit-took 2 months). Never seen their Russian imperial (edit-another 2 months), Ruination, or smoked porter here. So its IPA, AB, 2xB, and OG.

Service is not great on the beer side. I always get this guy who doesn't seem happy to see me. Maybe because I go early in the morning soon after they open.

It's better on the liquor side. The guys drink all of the beers there, and while not BA's, they know something. ("You sure you want that Stone IPA? It's pretty hoppy..."; "I had some of that 2003 Celebration.. it's still good!") They told me they'd get the Vertical Epic. Don't have to worry about that expiring at the distro at least.

It's hard to talk about value here in Nashville. Taxes and distribution make many things pretty expensive. It's hard to get Stone bombers for less than 6$. Rogue 6 packs are 8.50$. It's not Maryland, that's for sure. Honestly, I haven't done research to figure out if Frugal McDoogal's is really any cheaper. If one is cheaper, I'm sure it's not by much. Both places are cheaper than the grociery stores.

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Photo of dgallina
3.5/5  rDev -14%

This is a very nice, up-scale looking store (pair of side-by-side stores, really). Alcohol is pretty well organized, but the beer selection is only slightly above-average overall. Decent British independent and micro selection, average American micro selection, but very sparse in Belgian beers. The beers on the low-alcohol side were generally fresh, though the high-alcohol side had some very old (4 and 5 years) beers that were still full-priced. Service was fairly friendly and helpful.

Above-average for Nashville, but pretty weak compared to the better stores in the south-east.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

In my opinion, easily the best selection in Nashville. On the big beer/liquor side they have a pretty good, if small, selection of DFH, Rogue, and Stone brews in addition to some bigger Belgians. On my last visit I was able to pick up a sixer of Celebration for ten bucks, which I thought was fair, Old Crusty, Ruination, Double Bastard. I knew what I was looking for, but the cashiers were happy to help and chatted my old man and me up while we shopped. The amazing thing is how much the staff seemed to know about their product; my dad knows wine as well as I try to know beer, and the same guy was giving us a lot of input and displaying an impressive knowledge of both Italian red vintages and what makes Old Crusty so great.
Over on the smaller beer side there's a solid selection of sixers in addition to some mixed-sixers being sold by style. Some of these mixes looked like they'd be good choices if you were trying to get a solid survey of the style.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev -1.7%

I stopped by all of the liquor stores in Nashville ... all four of them ... and Midtown had the best beer selection, by far. There are two entrances to the building - one for beer and one for liquor and wine and large alcohol beers. You have to leave the store to go from one side to the other. I didn't even go over to the regular beer side of the store. In the large beers area, they had only two bookcase size shelving units of beer. But the beer they had here was a wonderful selection. I picked up a La Trappe Quad, several JW Lees Harvest 1987, DFH World Wide 2003, Elizabethan Ale, Flying Dog Wild Dog, etc. Very impressed with the selection. The cashier guys actually knew quite a bit about the beers that I purchased. Very impressed. Such a small selection, but a very good selection.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

As was the case in all the beer stores i visited on my Nashville trip, a small but decent selection of high ABV stuff on the liquor/wine side of the store.

By the time i made it to this place, i had pretty much shot my beer budget for the trip, so i was looking for something special else i wasn't going to buy anything. I was just about to give up when i noticed a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Being that it cannot currently be sold in AL due to our ancient beer laws, i've never had it and am eager to try it. 2003 vintage. So i picked it up.

I then checked out the normal beer side. Though i didn't buy anything, i was impressed with the selection. Good place.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Midtown looks to be a brand new store. The higher alcohol beers are on the liquor side and the selection is very, very small. The liquor store is well lit and very bright.

The beer side had a neat diagnol layout and the cashier was very nice and helpful. There were many beers and the prices seemed reasonable. They had a few odd beers that I had not seen elsewhere. They also have premixed six packs you can grab as samplers which is a neat idea for someone who wants to try beers from different breweries.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Update: Midtown has rebuilt their two stores into one huge store.

Midtown Wine & Spirits is only half the story. It has a very small section for beer, all high strength (over 6%) as required by TN law. Midtown's beer store is a separate building entirely, next door and roughly 20 yards away. In it you will find the usual suspects of the American large-micro scene: Anchor, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams. There are a few selections from the UK, Germany, even France....such as Fullers, Sam Smith, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Fischer. One nice feature of Midtown is that they have packaged sampler six packs by style: Pilsner, Porter, Stout, etc...a nice feature for the BA who wants to sample many examples of a particular style without buying multiple sixpacks.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Recently remodeled and relocated, this store features the typical "split entrance" design required by TN's segregation of high and low abv beverages. On the right is a nice selection of various regional brewers like Rogue, Abita and the local Bohannon/Market Street beers. A lot of display was cases stacked on the floor - not too well thought out in terms of store design, but perhaps they don't have all the shelving in yet. The left side of the store is wine and liquor, but they do have a small selection of high abv Belgians and Barleywines. I'm concerned, however, because these are shelved right in front of the windows.

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Midtown Corkdorks Wine Spirits Beer in Nashville, TN
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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