Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

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901 S 4th St
Clinton, Iowa, 52732-5726
United States

(563) 243-6162 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by mynie:
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Like most Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits stores, the selection at Clinton's has expanded greatly over the last few years. They have a wide selection of Surly, get as much Toppling Goliath as anywhere else outside of Decorah and John's Grocery, and there Scandavian selection is fantastic.

I've complained in my recent reviews about how far downhill the Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits chain fell. To those of you who aren't from Iowa, Hy-Vee is like our premier grocery chain. They got more food than a goddamn food convention. I've been to Chicago and I've been to both coasts and I've never found another grocery chain like Hy-Vee. They got EVERYTHING, and their beer selection are typically a little better than what you'd find at most grocery stores. Nothing amazing, but some good stuff.

Well then in about 2004 or so they started building Hy Vee Wine and Spirit stores. The stores were typically much smaller than the supermarkets (but still bigger than most liquor stores), and they were either connected directly to the larger Hy-Vees or else they were built within a mile or so of their anchor stores.

Their selection was amazing. Overnight, decent-sized cities that previously had zero beer selection now had a respectable selection. What's better was that the stores were typically managed by beer advocates (without capital Bs or As, unaffiliated with the site) who *cared* about the beer scenes in their towns and fought tooth and nail with the state and with distributors to get good beer into Iowa.

Things were really looking up. And until around the middle of 2006, they kept going up. It seemed like every two months or so we were getting another brewer into Iowa: Three Floyds, Bells, Rogue, Goose Island, New Holland, Flying Dog, etc. We'd even get one offs and high-alcohol seasonals. It was wonderful.

But then the state cracked down and started be dicks again. The situation is complicated and outlined in a bunch of threads, but basically all it takes is one or two guys from the state slagging off or being jerks and every BA in Iowa suffers. Several good beer managers left for other jobs. Brewers pulled out of the state, or else (like Bell's) they just pulled their best beers out. In 06 and 07 we didn't even get Celebration Ale. You went into the store and under the "Holiday" section they had the Michelob and Sam Adams gift packs. That was it.

Thankfully, the Cedar Valley's stores have gotten another good manager who is trying very hard to get good beer back into this area. The trouble is that there's no more uniform quality between all the Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits stores--either a store is managed by a good guy who's willing to bust his ass to get beer into your area, or it's not. And if it's not, well then the store's selection isn't going to be all that much better than a grocery store's.

This is where we get to Clinton's Hy-Vee W&S. It's got a decent selection and a handful of readily available one-offs. It's actually probably a better selection than any place in the Quad Cities, though that's not saying all that much.

Unexceptional, but a beer store. And since it's the only beer in a town of 35 thousand people, it's worth stopping there if you ever find yourself stuck in Clinton. I'd still much more heartily recommend that you make the 5 minute drive across the river and go to Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, but whatever.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RockRuler
4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

If you're looking the front of the store from the parking lot, the "Wine & Spirits" store is on the far left hand side. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They have a pick 6 selection where you choose six beers or as many as you like, since they are priced individually - the only downside is you have to choose beer from their "single" section. They have a bomber section too. They seemed to have a good amount of IA and IL beer and some national stuff as well. Pricing was fair. A very nice and modern store.

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Photo of egrace84
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Surprisingly good selection considering the location. A few Exile seasonals available that had been sold out at the brewery earlier the same day. Funkwerks beers available, which I didn't even see at John's Grocery earlier. Overall selection was good, though the TG stuff was getting long in the tooth. PseudoSue was 3+ months old, and another 4 pack was from last July. Noticed some Bent River stuff, and the usual Midwest staples like Founders, Bells, etc.

Brooke was the cashier and was very helpful. She helped us find the restrooms, and a limited beer I had asked about.

It was pretty much an ideal experience, aside from a weird burnout dude in the parking lot cutting a loud fart next to us. Must be that local color Mynie talks about... ;)

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Photo of Zuidman
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits in Clinton, IA
Place rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 6 ratings