Joy Wine & Spirits

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7 Ratings

Type: Store

1302 E 6th Ave
Denver, Colorado, 80218-3416
United States

(303) 744-6219 | map

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Added by bonsreeb85 on 04-17-2009

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Photo of Kylo76
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This store is nicer on the inside than the out, and is about medium sized. Carpet floors gives a soft atmosphere and the lighting is smooth.

More of a wine store than anything else, but that's to be expected. About ten doors of beer, with a single mix-six door. The beer in the selection is some good stuff, yet the selection itself is a bit light, especially considering the booming craft beer scene.

The highlight is the warm shelves of bombers. There are some gems in there. It seems this store is a bit off the beaten craft-geek path and maintains leftovers from a while back. Some nice Belgium imports and some JWLees ales.

This place is worth a stop if you're in the 'hood, and it would be a good idea to keep it on your radar if you're looking for special releases, but are a bit late out of the chute.

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Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Joy is a small shop near my house, so I end up here pretty regularly. I give these scores with some relevance to the size of the place.

A-The place is small for Colorado liquor store standards...this is not Argo, Lukas, etc. That being said, the atmosphere is clean and friendly. The store has a lot of inventory (mostly beer and wine) for the size, but you won't see boxes or loose bottles laying around like you do in other small shops, which is nice if you are a neat freak like me.

Q-Joy does a decent job keeping their coolers stocked with good beer. They manage to get good stuff from Belgium, some good Germans, a decent showing of high-end locals, as well as a pretty good showing of Californians and other U.S. beer hot spots. Unfortunately, their small size keeps them from storing the bulk of their big bottles in the cooler, but (contrary to earlier reviews) they now store all their beers upright.

Ser-The guys at Joy try hard, but are sometimes a little mis-informed about their brews. For example, I asked one of them about a beer similar to Karmeliet (its my wife's favorite, and she wanted to try something new), so the guy suggested Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, a sour-ish stout? WTF? Anyway, they know their wines and they are friendly and willing to help or leave you alone if that is your preference.

Sel-Again, pretty good for the size. They manage inventory that runs the gamut from limited release locals (e.g., Avery Rumpkin and Odio Equum) to imports (e.g., German hefes and Belgium quads/trips) to the well-known crafts (e.g., New Belgium, Russian River, Stone, Deschutes, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.).

V-Prices are reasonable and in line with the neighborhood. You may pay a dollar more for a bomber or a sixer than you would at a mega-store, but Joy's prices are never outrageous.

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Photo of Rayek
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A good friend works here, so I thought I'd check it out.

Joy is a fairly small store located in an older storefront near Denver's Capitol Hill. Inside, it's clean and the staff was quite helpful.

The beer is in the back of the store, with most of it inside a small collection of coolers. The tight cooler space means that there's only so much selection that can be carried. Thankfully, the big brands are relegated to a single door. The rest of the space is devoted to imports and US craft. The store has a decent build-your-own selection. Out on the floor can be found US bombers and 750ml Belgians. Oddly, all but one of the racks holding them are of the type used for wine. This means that the beers are stored on their side. This is pretty much the last thing I want, especially for something bottle-conditioned. The situation put a big dent in my quality score.

Prices seemed about right for the area. Some were higher than I'm used to, others lower.

Overall, this is a nice little store. However, the bad storage conditions out on the floor give me pause. I might be back, but I won't make a special trip of it.

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Photo of codewarrior
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

Joy Wine and Spirits is a smallish wine store that wants to be a really good beer store. Really badly.

When I went in they were having a sale on Dogfish Head 6-packs for $9.99 (+1) and were flying the Boulevard flag high, giving a full rack to the smokestack series (+1).

The beer guy here really really liked beer, but was very new to the whole thing. When asked about certain beers, or about the care/cellaring of beers he often hadn't tasted the beers, or didn't know wether they were better or worse for cellaring. That being said, he was very helpful with finding me beers, just not the go-to-guy for introducing me to new and exciting beer-frontiers.

The selection is of good quality (picked up a Meantime London Porter, Dogfish Head 6-pack, and the Bashah BrewDog/Stone collaboration), it's just tiny (1 door for bombers, 3 doors for 6/4-packs, and 3 or 4 small wine-racks for non-cooled bombers). They also have a mix-and-match 6-pack for $9.99, which is unique to the neighborhood (particularly for such a small store).

1 very big red flag here is that they store all their non-coolered beers in wine-racks ... that is to say slightly past parallel with the cap/neck pointing at the floor. This is a HUGE no-no with a bottle-conditioned beer, which should be stored upright (in the case of the boulevard display, it actually says: "Store Upright. Serve In The Proper Glass." on the upside-down bottles.)

This place has all the enthusiasm and grit to become a good small beer store, it's just not there yet. Hopefully someday soon ...

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

While this place is rather small, and the cooler space is limited. The employees are quite knowledgeable and always have a rotating selection of beer of extreme quality. THey know there stuff here and are really willing to help you out, and are quick w/ informed and educated recommendations. As I said, the selection is small due to their space, but is constantly rotating, and there are always a few gems to be found. There are no great bargains, but nothing is overpriced either. If you find yourself in central denver/cap hill, and thirsty, definately check them out and support the little guys!

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Joy Wine & Spirits in Denver, CO
Place rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 7 ratings