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Zipp's Liquors

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2618 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55406-1104
United States

(612) 333-8686 | map
zippsliquors.com

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95
pDev:
9.11%
 
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Photo of MysticX
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

One of my go-to stores, especially since it is right off of 94 and right by the West Bank of the U of M. Not exactly located in the best of areas though. . .

Selection is pretty good with a pretty knowledgeable staff. If the person you ask doesn't know the answer to your question, there most likely will be someone else working who does. The mixed singles selection is pretty good, which also includes Surly singles for $3. They sell mixed Surly 4 packs as well, with some of the best Surly prices around. The prices are pretty good, and I personally don't feel like the mark-up on singles is all that much. Tyler, the beer guy, keeps a twitter account that keeps customers updated on all the new arrivals, many of which do go rather fast.

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Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Convenient location to the brewpubs and beer bars in the center of Minneapolis. No trouble finding parking on a Saturday. The beer selection in the coolers is not that impressive but there are several dedicated shelves to craft and import beer. The selection is expansive, but not the largest in the area. Some offerings I have not noticed at other stores. The employees are all friendly and helpful. I have not lived in Minneapolis for close to 20 years and after stopping by Zipp's, I am reminded why I did not last long in the city center. Between the paint-huffers not finding the Natty Ice while staring right at it, to being solicited immediately after exiting the door, I could not get to I-94 quick enough.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

My first stop on my visit to Minneapolis. A very well organized store. Three solid rows of craft beer. Selections were avaialble in four/six packs or individual bottles. A large selection of Belgians also such as Cantillon, Fantome and Duvel. They also had a very large selection of jeroboams from Rogue, Stone and Samiclaus.

Great craft selections I can't get back east. Boulevard, Goose Island, New Belgium, Tyrenana. to name a few. The prices were reasonable and the service was friendly. Great place to pick up some bottles in Minneapolis.

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Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Finally got a chance to visit this place. Fairly clean, layout was a bit eccentric. Nice selection in the cooler. Single bottles shelf was great for bombers and 750s, but the mixed sixpack section was slightly lacking. The single 12 oz bottles were a bit over-priced, namely $2.99 per bottle of Devil Made Me Do It. They did have a nice variety and carried most things that are available in the Twin Cities, including a decent selection Cantillon, ST, Boulevard Smokestacks, etc. My only qualms with the place is that prices seem to be a bit higher than other stores I've visited in the area. The good thing about this place is that it's close to other regular stops when I'm in the Cities such as Town Hall and Stub n Herbs. If I don't want to make the drive to Dennis Bros and am willing to pay a few extra bucks, this is a good stop.

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Photo of DirtyPop123
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Good spot. Big enough so you can be left alone to wander aimlessly, but employees aren't standoffish if you have a question (and if that guy doesn't know, he'll hollar across the store to the next guy, and so forth). Selection leaves little to be desired. i.e. I found a Bell's Expedition Stout in early January (and took all they had. heehee.).

Good keg selection, too. Esp. in the summertime.

There is a dearth of beer-friendly liquor stores in this piece of MPLS, so do your part and keep it in business.

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Photo of beerbeagle
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

zipp's is a great place to visit. it is easy to access from the freeway. lots of parking space with an overflow lot. great location near to other beer destinations with blue nile, acadia and town hall brewery all close by and stub and herbs just across the river. they have expanded there shelf space for more beer. with one section for american craft packs. one section for american bombers and one section for imports. also large selection of singles on the end caps if you want to just try one of something. also have a bank of refrigerators alng the back wall. they always have a great selection and some of the best prices around. though be warned that this palce is known about and some of the limited release stuff goes fast. i have never been in here without someone asking if i need help finding something or looking for anything in particular. also if you can get to talk with tyler it is well worth your time.all in all a great place.

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Photo of josephhaugen
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Finally stopped by to see Tylers selection. Very impressive open floorplan, with a nice nice selection of spirits (especially specialties like Eau de Vies, Rare Scotch, and much more). The wine selection is not huge, but well done, with an awesome selection of French wines, and one of the largest Provence selections I have seen anywhere. Now to the beer, not a ton of good stuff in the coolers, considering the store size, but plenty of nice selections. The imports and domestic bombers are quite impressive with, if I remember correctly, 4 four foot section on each side 3 or four sections high. Lots of rare and unique finds to be had in this store. Another section on the back of the import and domestic singles shelf round out the selection. Two end caps housing M & M singles are more than adequate as well. Tyler and the crew have done an awesome job in here, and I look forward to stopping in sometime when Tyler is actually there. On a side note, I was asked twice if I needed help, and I fully believe they would have helped me with any questions I had.

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Photo of Beerking721
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

I visited this store after leaving The Blue Nile one night which is just down the road. On first glance, I was impressed with the inviting exterior and decided to head in. The store is well lit and has a nice attached parking area so I didn't have to walk far.

This is one of the nicer and more complete beer selections I've seen in Minneapolis proper with a staff of knowledgable beer connoisseurs who are passionate about beer and appreciate fellow BA's. The service was good (they carried my purchase out for me), the store was clean and well stocked, and I left with some great brews to enjoy that were reasonably all priced.

The wine and liquor selection was impressive as well.

I am pleased to recommend this store and will be back soon.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Great place to shop when I'm driving on I94. Parking isn't hard to find.

The service has always been nice. Never had a complaint. The only reason it's not 5 is because there have been a few times employees couldn't help me find what I was looking for, which I eventually found anyways.

The selection has always been pretty good compared to most. Great craft selection as well as locals. Many of my friends swear by this place, and are willing to drive a little extra because they claim the combination of the selection, service and price is top notch.

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Photo of bornondate
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

It's about time to get some reviews done, and this is a place I've been to many times.

Its easy access off of I94 and nice amount of close parking (which is great considering I usually have a few boxes to carry out) makes this a great spot to hit.

Every visit has been great. The staff has always been very helpful and quite knowledgeable, and quick to point out new items. The selection is vast with a great amount of US craft beers to chose from. Bell's, Surly (including mixed packs)and the rest of the locals are in force here. Their Import selection is very nice with a fair amount limited items. The selection is on par with the other "great stores" in the state.

I also thought it was cool to have a display of great beers that are not in Minnesota :).

I will continue to visit this store, and if you have not been here before, you missing out.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Stopped in to pick up some stuff while in the Minneapolis area because I was told they had what I wanted. With a nice large assortment of beers, they definitely had what I was looking for, and at a good price. Their singles selection was pretty good, as was their selection of beers that were in the cooler, and the room temp section was top notch, with plenty of micros and imports along with the typical macros. One thing I did notice though was the bottles seemed a little dusty, making me wonder if the beers have been sitting for a good period, or the place is just in a really dusty area. In any case, the place was easy to find, parking was easy, service was good, and the selection was impressive.

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Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev -3%

I haven't visited Zipp's in a while, but my how times have changed!

Gone are the Camo-drinkin' train-hoppin' crust-punks, gone are the dusty bottles, gone are the hundreds of cheap kegs dished out by tatooed rockstar staff with attitudes . . . oh wait, no, all of these things are still here in spades, so what the heck has changed?

For one thing, they've expanded, relocated, and rearranged the 'dry' beer section, having relocated the jug wines and wine coolers to the cramped spot that had previously held the singles and imported beers. The new dry beer section is about four times the size of the old, and with a 400% increase in the number of Belgians, to boot - holy sh*t! So did Mickey and Andy finally wise up here or what? All kidding aside, Zipp's has a lot going for it in the beer department, including half a shelf's worth of craft brew singles (both bottles and cans) priced to move, baby, and with plenty of empty six pack cartons in which to carry 'em to the counter and out the door. This fact alone makes Zipp’s worthy of a visit for some of you folks who regularly go without a good singles selection back in your own ‘hood. With singles from the likes of Dark Horse, Furthermore, and New England brewing, I’m gonna be paying this place a visit about once a week! They have also done some cannibalizing of the 'price-beer' coolers since the last time I visited, adding more crafts and imports in the place of wine coolers, Old Milwaukee returnables and the like - not a genius move admittedly, but it beats the hell out of a roller each of Blatz and Blatz Light flats! For you closeout fanatics, Zipp's has added a couple of those rustic, quarter barrel-sized wooden buckets a la Hennepin Lake, and filled them with a bunch of sweet lambics, Gluek's cut-outs, and bigger craft brand singles that are growing a bit long in the tooth. For you clueless newbs, they’ve got a half-dozen “not-available-in-this-town” bottles with a bit of an explanation as to why they ain’t available – I always wanted to do something like this when I worked at the Polish liquor barn up the river. It’s worth noting that there’s been an improvement in the shelf-talkers and related signage, including definitions of Trappist ales and craft beer, as well as particular styles and subcategories.

For you collectors, I also noticed a stack of Bell's Batch 8000 sitting on the floor in the end-cap position closest to the coolers (and yeah, there were no singles of 8000, and while I was in the checkout lane I saw a couple of dirty Uptown hippies* grabbing the remaining cases off the floor! Oh well, my loss . . . )

For those of you looking to spice up your craft-beer diet, Zipp's selection of non-beer is pretty much on par with the better neighborhood retailers, and by that I mean France 44 or most of your friendly neighborhood Cellar's locations. And while I am no big wine drinker, I have to admit that I was impressed while overhearing their wine consultant give about twenty people a rundown on some of his favorite selections: heck, having spent plenty of time around wine freaks myself (five years' hard labor at Surdyk's thankyouverymuch) I wanted to go over and shoot the breeze with the guy!

Perhaps best of all is the fact that Zipp's is a 'real' neighborhood beverage retailer, ably catering to a very wide range of clientele. They're unpretentious yet informed, with a well-appointed yet not overly exhausting selection, a spacious yet not gargantuan sales floor, and with a very good (frequently downright awesome) staff. Fact is, Zipp's is exactly the kind of retailer I’d like to work at if I ever went back to working retail!

All in all Zipp's is an excellent neighborhood retailer made even better by the changes I’ve highlighted above. I have about ten great Zipp's stories I could relate as I sit here typing this review, but I'll save 'em for some time when we're all camped out under a full moon, with a roaring fire and a keg of craftbrew at our side. Great work, Sean!

*For those of you who might miss the satire, this review is rather tongue in cheek, as among other things I resemble this particular remark.

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Photo of badbeer
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%

Heard a rumor that this place might still have Bell's Batch 7000, which is the main reason I stopped in. I had a feeling it was too good to be true, and well, it was. No Batch 7000, but I did take the time to look around and see what else they had to offer. A fair amount of beer and they seemed to be keeping in at least reasonable conditions (away from sunlight, direct heat, etc.). Service was not really to be found. It wasn't bad, but that's because it was nonexistent, so I'll rate it average to be fair. Selection seemed decent, but didn't necessarily impress me either. It is certainly, however, a fine beer with a solid selection, I just probably won't frequent this one unless I can't find it at other places.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%

This place is huge and has a giant selection of any beer you would expect a large range of people to enjoy. The only thing I found to be bad is that it's not set up in an orderly fashion, especially with the beer next to the wine and integrated. Especially the Rochefort 10 being the only beer in a display case next to the checkout counter next to some bottles of wine and other liquors. I didn't need any service, but it seemed they didn't have too many beer knowledgeable folks. Overall it would be worth returning I did see some nice things like Thomas Hardy's an dother bigname beers that I can't find in Iowa. The only weird thing was the small dog running about and barking at me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%

When walking into this place I was greeted by a small dog running around on a short leash. It gave the place a small town feel that was nice but I wish the little guy could have led me to the beer section. There were some rows of coolers in the back with beer and then warm beer was scattered in several isles in the middle of the store.

I was happy to see a few local meads on the sale shelf but the beer selection was a few European beers and lots of west coast beers with a few locals tucked in places. I saw a sign for Killer Penguin on sale but it was full of The Kaiser, and they had just sold out of the KP.

I asked if they had more in the back and the guy working the register shouted my question to the manager, who shook his head no. I think this store will be a good place to stop when looking for out of season beers if I can't find them other places and it has a nice family run feel.

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Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Zip's was my corner liquor store a couple years, and all in all I feel like it is a pretty quality establishment. It's in a really cool neighborhood, the Seward neighborhood, so as you could expect there are some pretty cool people working there that will remember you. Not every worker that walks by is super knowledgeable, but there is usually someone there who can answer any questions you have. They have a great selection, an impressive amount of Belgian ales. They even recently just expanded their 'good' beer section so they are even getting more. They also have a lot of good sets of beer with nice beer glasses around the holidays. This is a great liquor store to live by.

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Photo of spoots
2.7/5  rDev -36.9%

I like Zipps, if for no other reason than that it is a browser's paradise. There are few beer stores I'd rather spend time in, and I often go out of my way to stop in for a sixer of something. Not that Zipp's carries the absolutely broadest variety of beers, but what they do carry seems somehow appropiate for the store, their Cedar/Riverside/U of M customer base, and the BA crowd that comes here.

Their prices can be thrillingly cheap...sometimes. When they close out stock, they really slash prices, but I find their day-to-day prices are usually higher than most of their competitors. For example, Surdyk's (another terrific beer purveyor) actually undercuts Zipps on just about everything lately.

Still, the store is fun just to be in, and they have one of the most eclectic wine selections I've ever seen, making Zipps a one-stop shop for your tippling needs.

[Note: The emo-punk-goth-slacker staff behind the register is great, unless they overcharge you and you have the audacity to ask for a correction--whoa! Also, they sometimes don't watch the freshness dates very closely, so take a close look before you buy to avoid getting really tired stock.]

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%

Very busy Friday night at this evidently popular liquor store. Beer gets pretty high billing. Many singles, and most of the regulars available in the Twin Cities. Prices are reasonable, as far as I know. I bought some Hair of the Dog (it's the first time I had seen it here, so I don't have any reference for average price). The other beers seemed alright, fairly large selection. The employees there only rang me up, never even batted an eye my way until i brought beer to the counter (that isn't always a bad thing, I really didn't have any questions). Blue Max and Cellars have better selection, but this may have better prices,

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Zipp's is characterized by by several anachronisms, from the name and bold neon sign that recall the Sputnik era in which it was founded, to the roly-poly cartoon mascot who bounces down the aisles, over the kegs, and in between father and son proprietors, Mickey and Andy, in their TV commercial. Add to that, it's a pretty good place to get your beer!
Walk in and go straight ahead, through the wine aisles, and you'll find that the entire West wall is devoted to beer, in coolers and on shelves. In fact, as you start at the first cooler, don't forget to turn around and check those shelves out, filled with various 6-packs, priced to move. From the left side, we start with regionals, and national craft-brews, many of which are on sale prices. That's one of the first things I loved about Zipp's when I first discovered it, that there's always something marked down, and usually something you want to drink. Not just cheap stuff, but sometimes Bell's, Victory, Goose Island, Capital, Boulavard, etc., all kinds of imports and even the occasional Belgian abbey tripel. Towards the middle, it gets a bit more mainstream, then turns to imports. Take a turn into the little island in the center, 2 more coolers of large size bottles, singles, and various oddments, form malt liquors to English ales, Roque bombers, Bell's stouts, and everything under the sun, then more shelves of imports of all types, from Russia, Japan, Canada, Belgium, and more, complete with the occasional blurb from BA, how do you like that? (None of mine, yet, sniff...sob...)
The rest of the coolers and displays are entirely forgettable, and filled to brim with all those beers you're better off avoiding, conveniently lumped together.
Service has always been friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. Great staff, and I've got to hand it to management for special ordering stuff no-one else would carry.
Within the limits of the city of Minneapolis, Zipp's is always one of the best places to shop for good selection, and now-and-then a deal or two.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

What a great little surprising selection this place has. Lots of stuff just lying around, on sale, or with pretty good normal prices. Some of the usual out in plain sight. Most of the good beers are in back, gotta really look, they're kinda spread out all over, but can find stuff perhaps not lingering in other stores. Like some of the Bell's Nov. only stouts still there in June, wow. I was quite happy to have made a stop here. You could easily come away with very good beer here, even in keg form as well if throwing parties. Good friendly service as well, they seemed to know there stuff. Worth a stop if in the Franklin area.

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Zipp's Liquors in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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