Otto's Wine & Spirits

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Otto's Wine & SpiritsOtto's Wine & Spirits

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8850 N Port Washington Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53217-1676
United States

(414) 540-1190 | map

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 04-16-2010

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3.05/5  rDev -8.7%

I didn't even know this place existed until I was talking to the local Sierra Nevada rep Larry about where I can pick up the 30th Anniversary Stout. He mentioned this place, described where it was, and I was still clueless at it's presence.

I decided to check it out after work for some 30th.

I parked and went in the corner of the office building-looking structure. The place was small and seemed forced into the area. Inside I noticed there were too entrances. One door around the corner from another. That seemed incredibly awkward to me as neither was marked and one didn't really have a clear reason for even being there in relation to the registers.

I made my way to the back where typical Otto's stores keep their beer. Behind all the wine I found a small selection which was fitting for the location it was in.

Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Magic Hat, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Bells Hopslam and 9000, Samuel Adams made up most of the American craft in 6 packs with some Ale Asylum, Captial Supper Club, Sprecher, and Victory's Hop Wallop and Storm King thrown in there. Shipwrecked was a surprise to see in stores. Unibroue, Moylan's, Chimay, Corsendonk, Koenings, DuPont, Stone, and Southern Tier, and Lakefront's Fixed Gear and Bridge Burner made up the majority of the big bottles.

A lot of the bottles were on a shelving unit opposite the fridges which held the Wisconsin staple beer that's available everywhere like New Glarus, Lakefront, and Sprecher while the BMC stuff was pushed as far back as possible.

They also had pint glasses on sale but most of them were all screen-printed American Tumblers.

The quality seemed ok but most of the stuff on the open shelves should have been the stuff inside the coolers.

The service was mediocre. I kept wandering back and fourth looking for 30th Anniversary hiding on an end-cap somewhere while taking notes about the place. 2 different guys walked by me and neither of them asked if I was looking for anything (and I know they worked there cause they were talking to other distribution guys off and on). I had to wait in line to ask the cashier if they carried it who turned to talk to the two owners (I presume) who were talking to each other.

They said they didn't think they got it in but weren't sure.

I made the drive down Brown Deer Rd. to Otto's Wine Cask where I was helped instantly and upon "not being sure if they had it" the manager went in back and actually looked to emerge with a bottle. Probably a good think to do if you want to help a customer.

Basically, I'll never be back to this store. It doesn't carry anything I can't get elsewhere. It lacks a make-your-own-6-pack, and the service wasn't great. Make the drive about 3 miles away to Otto's Wine Cask instead.

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