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

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Formerly Midtown Wine & Spirits

Added by Brent

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63
pDev:
8.35%
 
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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 greenspointexas
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%

Have been here a few times since moving to Nashville.

Quality is hurt primarily by their tendency to keep a lot of their high abv beers directly in the front window. Just dumb. Also, many of their variety packs in the cooler are composed of some pretty out of date stuff - I wonder if that isn't on purpose.

Service is, in my experience, pretty apathetic. Never really been offered any help, and the few times I've initiated conversations about beer, they don't tend to go far.

Selection, however, is very good. They get basically anything that comes into the area, sometimes at the expense of the smaller stores that actually care. Now, whether that selection is out of date or light struck, that I can't tell you. Prices are in line with other places in the area.

Overall, a decent stop for an out of towner or someone in the immediate area, but there are a number of good reasons to go to other places around town that actually seem to care about beer.

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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 tiger88
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Went in Friday 2/15. I was very impressed with the selection of high gravity beers in the liquor side. Nobody seemed to eager to help me but I made it through OK. They had the American and "all others" separated in shelves in the front of the store. I stocked up on Old Stock 2007, The Reverand and Salvation from Avery, Gonzo Porter from Flying Dog. got a single Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel Impy Stout and a single Dogfish 120 IPA ($10 a bottle). Overall, I was impressed and will go back again, probably exculively shop there on future trips to Nashville.

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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 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 bhurtle4
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This place is absolutely huge but the beer section is just a small corner. It is a little difficult to judge the selection because TN distribution is very thin compared to states I am used to visiting. That said, the selection was pretty good, consisting of the expected southern locals like Sweetwater & Terrapin, locals like Yazoo and the likes of Stone, SN, Laughing Dog, Schlafly, etc.

Prices were good. Service was friendly although not as knowledgeable as I have come to expect at bottle shops.

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Photo of Jls9312
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Good selection not huge hit and miss on my favs

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Overall a very nice experience, the staff while not overly attendent on a Friday late morning was there if needed, the selection was good given the location in Tennessee, a market that is just beginning to explore the vastness of the world of beer.

I enjoyed the experience in the store, and the conversations had with the staff were cordial and informative. The particular person I spoke with had some informed opinions on the beers I was interested in and had some nice suggestions given what I was looking for.

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Photo of orangesol
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in here on the way back to the hotel, heard I may be able to find some local bottles. Atmosphere was standard liquor/bottle shop with people milling around all over the place. Service was decent. Was asked twice if I needed any help, I didn't tho. Quality seemed pretty solid. I checked a few of the bottles and they were all within their dates. Selection was pretty good but I didn't see any local bottles I was on the lookout for which kind of sucked. Only thing I thought about buying was a special sweet water but I decided it wasn't worth it. Prices were reasonable on most, a few were a little overpriced. Overall a good bottle shop overall, just nothing amazing.

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Photo of baybum
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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 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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of c-rum
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Good solid selection

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Photo of generalnotsew
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Surprised I haven't reviewed this place yet. Firstly, it is the best place in Nashville to buy beer. The low abv side lets you mix six packs and they now have some growler fills. The selections is pretty heavy on both sides. The liquor store side is nice, bright and clean. The only hassle is trying to get into looking at the shelf of Belgians. And they finally blocked their beer from the sunlight. I nearly always get approached by some of the beer loving employees which is nice. The prices are reasonable. Sometimes there are freshness issues. Stone seems to always be in check but Victory really suffers.

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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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