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Valley Spirits

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Type: Store

209 Chieftain St.
Osceola, Wisconsin, 54020
United States

(715) 294-4240 | map

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Added by dfillius on 06-14-2009

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

I moved to Osceola, WI resigning myself to get good beer from the Twin Cities. Surprisingly, I found a pretty good selection here in town. I've heard from a neighbor this place used to be called 'Beer, Cheese, and Video', since they also sell cheese and rent videos.

Q: They do not have a better set-up than your average liquor store. They have a bank of coolers, and then 12-packs and some bottles sitting outside the coolers. My main beef with the quality is that I have found old beer here. Thanks to Victory who put their drink by dates on the bottles, I know that at least some of their beer was expired. Hop Wallop right now is good till 2010. The Founders Double Trouble I tried from there was also old tasting and lacking in hops. New Glarus Unplugged Berliner Weiss is still in the coolers a year after it was released. That said, the current Unplugged, Imperial Saison, is right next to it and excellent.

Service: Uninspiring while shopping. I've been told I'm buying "funny beers" when I bring craft brews to the counter. Needless to say most of the traffic in here goes straight for BMC. What bumped them up to 'good' for me was that they started stocking Stone Ruination and 13th Anniversary when I requested them.

Selection: In the coolers you'll find Founders, DFH, New Glarus, Two Brothers, Bells, Summit, La Chouffe, Hoegaarden, Chimay, Sam Adams, Viking, Capital, Tyranena, and more locals, non-locals and imports. They have NG Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, Unplugged, and Tyranena Brewer's Gone Wild. A rack of imports including Rochefort 8 and 10, Pinkus, Sam Smith, and a few others sits outside the coolers. Also outside the coolers is a rack of singles that can be mixed into a sixer for a 10% discount on each of the singles prices. Some of these singles are old, some not. Currently they have Very Hoppy beers on the singles rack. During the winter it was stouts and Imperial stouts. I got Expedition stout, DFH Chicory stout and Founders Breakfast stout from there.

Value: Sixers are around $10, which is a little high when you consider the hit and miss character of beer age. Stone Ruination was $16.89.

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Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

As Valley Spirits doubles as a video rental you’ll find the video section straight ahead as you enter, with liquor occupying the western three-quarters of the store. The cold box is located along the northwest wall, and is split 50/50 between beer and an assortment of chilled wines, sodas, mixers, and “malt beverages”.

Altogether there’s a pretty good selection of beer here, with everything from N.A. beer to singles of Colt “Blasts” chilled and ready to go. About half of the total beer selection is located in the cold box, so I really had to give it a good once-over before making my selection. Likewise, although this was my first visit, Valley Spirits has a nice open feel and is easy to navigate.

As I mentioned, about half of the total selection is located in the cooler, with the other half located in the “dry” section, about 70% of which consists of well-known national brands in floor stackers (cans in flats and cubes, 18-pack and 2/12 NRs). The rest of the dry section consists of larger Wisconsin regional and Craft beers (Leinenkugel's, Berghoff) in sixers and 2/12s, along with a ‘mix-a-six’ selection located on a large stainless steel shelving unit; almost all the single bottles here are individually-priced with a sticker on-top, should you only want to pick up one or two. While I found “vintage” Eisphyre from Capital and a Hinterland seasonal I’d missed, some past-code brands looked more conspicuous when seen next-to recent arrivals. To put it another way: Were those Oktoberfests from last year? Hmmm.

Back to the cooler selection. Now, despite the fact that STONE, Three Floyds, and Dogfish Head have left Wisconsin in the past year, the selection of Craft beer in the cooler is still quite good, and the prices are reasonable. I’m thinking specifically of Wisconsin regionals from South Shore, O’so, Hinterland, and Pearl Street, but there was a nice Brewer’s Gone Wild selection, and a couple of Unplugged/Thumbprints (in addition to a full complement of New Glarus beers, of course). A couple of brands each from Northwoods, Point, Shipwrecked, and Rush River make the selection of Wisconsin regional and Craft beers a very good one.

From over the border there’s an okay selection of Summit and Schell, and from further afield there’s a near-full lineup of New Belgium, along with a couple of brands from Sierra Nevada, and plenty of Samuel Adams. Did I mention Victory? Bell’s? Yep, there’s a nice seasonal Pale Ale from the former, and plenty of cold Two Hearted (and a 5L mini-keg of Winter White . . .) from the latter. Fact is, for a town the size of Osceola, Valley Spirits has an excellent selection, and there’s practically no reason to look elsewhere.

As far as imports, I spotted singles from the Merchant du Vin line, Skull Splitter 4-packs, a grip of some Rochefort bottles, and a pretty-good selection of the big brands (Stella, Newcastle, Bass, Corona . . . )

About the only thing that I thought to be a little out-of-whack were some nip bottles of Rogue IIPA. [Aside: Back when I worked retail (when dinosaurs roamed the Earth…), Rogue prided themselves on being the most expensive Craft beer on the shelves, but it’s 2011, mang, and $4.79 for light-struck, under-hopped Imperial IPA is just plain Quixotic!]

There's tobacco here (Cigars, etc) as well as cheese and summer sausage, snacks (Pork Rinds!), candy, bottled water, soda and even Fireworks! All of which is tendered with a friendly smile at the front cover. I’ll definitely be back : )

Edit: I didn't see charcoal for grilling here, but for all of your more sundry needs try the town grocer, about a half-block down the street, kitty corner.

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Osceola Valley Spirits- I've been visiting this place since about November of 2007, looking for microbrews. They started out with the usuals: New Glarus, South Shore, Viking, Capitol, and a bunch of other Wisconsin brews, alongside with some of the wider ranging national microbrews- probably had 2 or 3 coolers full. Along with a few of the imports- Lambics and such.

Almost every time I have stopped in and suggested carrying a certain beer, (like the NG Unplugged, or Tyranena's BGW series, and more) they have done a good job acquiring that beer, and I hope my suggestions have helped.

Fast forward to this week. I stopped in and they had Stone 13, seasonal Dogfishead(Black & Blue), Plenty of Central Waters, Founders, and other new breweries. I think they have maybe 5 or 6 coolers devoted to microbrews now. Several months back they started doing singles(usually with a seasonal flair) with a 10% discount on 6+ bottles.

Probably the best place around before you start getting to Hudson, or the Twin Cities metro area.

Now when's Surly going to expand their can distribution to here, so I only have to drive a few miles for my Furious?! ;)

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Valley Spirits in Osceola, WI
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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