Captain Jack's Liquor Land

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808 S 2nd St
Bismarck, North Dakota, 58504-5720
United States

(701) 223-6546 | map

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Added by Wutz on 09-28-2009

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Reviews by snaotheus:
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

I spend a lot of money here in between Christmas and New Year every year.

It's actually a pretty darn impressive selection of beer for North Dakota. Mostly seems to be of good quality. I've never gotten any help from the staff in terms of choosing or finding beer, but they bag or box your purchase appropriately.

Prices are kind of up and down, but on more than one occasion I've seen impressive deals. Most impressive, I saw Sierra Nevada estate for $4/bottle. Everywhere else I've seen it has been $10-$12.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DKjos
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Captain Jack's of Bismarck, both north and south locations, are very nice stores with a good selection (for this part of the country) and reasonably priced. I only wish I could shop there.

The floor is so crowded that most of the store is off-limits to my wheelchair. I've mentioned this on more than one occasion, but nothing changes. I made my final stop there last week. It was worse than ever, with only than two feet of passage in several places.

Sorry, CJ, you've got a nice store with good product, but you apparently don't want my money.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3/5  rDev -16.9%

As far as wine and liquor go, this place is fantastic. Beer is another story. You will find your typical Belgian fare, along with a pretty decent selection of Goose Island bombers and traditional 6-packs, Bell's, and Boulevard. You will also find the obvious Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams selections, but beyond that it is slim pickings for high quality beer. This isn't so much the fault of the establishment as it is a blanket of apathy toward craft beer in the area.

That said, things seem to be on the upswing. Rogue and Deschutes have just begun distribution into the area, so there is hope. Additionally, the city itself seems to be showing an increased interest in craft brewing as evident from the taps available at local bars and restaurants.

Prices are much better than in Minneapolis with bombers and 6-packs falling a good one to two dollars cheaper on average when compared to any liquor stores I've visited. This is a plus if you are a fan of Goose Island, Bells, and Sierra Nevada!

I have a feeling I'll be updating this review in the coming years.

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Photo of Wutz
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Much like the other Bismarck, ND establishments, I'm grading this location a little lightly. In the grand scheme of things, it's not great. But for the area (eastern Montana and western North Dakota), this is as good as it gets.

Captain Jack's South has the best selection in the area. The sister store up north might have one or two things they don't have at the south store, but the south store has many more brands and varieties than the north store.

A few of the employees have good beer knowledge. Nathan and Jeremy (also goes by J.I.) know what they're talking about (as do some of the other guys, to a lesser extent). Many of the other employees know very little about beer. Some of them "look down" at the petty beer world because their wine brings in more profit and has more prestige than the lowly beer folk could understand, some of them don't care about beer but would love to help you find something, and the other few don't really care about anyone or anything. J.I. and/or Nathan tend to be there quite often and can give you a good suggestion if you need one and a good bit of beer conversation if you like to go to stores and chat with the beer guys.

As far as selection goes, it's the best store for its target market's area. 100 miles east of here there's a really good store with a greater selection and another 100 miles east of that there are a few more really great stores. I don't get to go on 100 mile weekday excursions very often so the selection that we do have, in relation to the population we have, is quite good. Not to mention, it's the best selection you'll get for 300+ miles west of here and an unknown distance north and south of here.

The prices here are quite competitive. I can't think of any places in the area that are lower priced. In fact, the complaint I have about the establishments with greater selection 100+ miles away is the fact that those establishments are $1.00 or more higher than CJ's South.

Like I said, in the grand scheme of things CJ's South isn't a great beer store. But, for the area, it's the best we have. The guys that are beer-centric really want to promote and encourage craft beer, the selection is quite adequate when considering the population size, and the prices are unbeatable for the area.

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Captain Jack's Liquor Land in Bismarck, ND
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