Zipp's Liquors

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Zipp's LiquorsZipp's Liquors
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(612) 333-8686 | map
zippsliquors.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
55
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
7.4%
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -1%

good stop in Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities area has a lot of impressively rated beer stores that for the most part are very inconvenient to visitors. The fact that they arent open on Sunday really amplifies that inconvenience.

With Zipp's being really close to the city centre, I find it hard to believe that travelling to the suburbs is really necessary.

They certainly have all the Surly, Flat Earth, Summit, etc that you could desire and the prices seemed like they were likely on the low-end of the scale. Single Surly cans were available as well, which is nice.

The store itself reminded me of Riley's here in Madison - it's location brings in lots of students, riff-raff and probably beer dweebs as well.

There were tons of bombers and singles of varying quality levels - not sure how they have French Broad bombers...that was pretty ridiculous.

My eyes perked up when i saw russian river bottles, but they were empty (yet for some reason displayed with all the other beer). These empties were spread throughout the store- somebody clearly knows the drill around this place.

It's cheap with a good location - if you're staying in the city, start here, you probably wont feel the need to venture out further.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One immediate plus - Zipp's has parking which is a big plus for the Minneapolis area. The beer is straight back as you enter. Nice organization. I bought 3 mix six packs plus a couple other big beers. Most of the 12oz singles are $1.99. Found some Great Lakes Nosferatu bottles for $0.99. Nice. Very helpful service several people ask me if I needed help and I got a recommendation on a Olvalde Ode to a Russian Shipwright. Plus, I got help carrying all my beer out. The selection is very nice. The mix six pack section beats most in the Twin Cities. This is the place to go for American craft beers. I really like Zipp's. I made my trip to the Gunflint fully stocked with great beers.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Zipp's is a huge, no frills store with a ton of liquor and beer

the entire back wall features coolers filled with beer, in addition to a couple aisles of dry storage, lots of good Midwestern stuff, the Surly line of course, nationwide micros, and some pretty random findings to include a range of Mexican micro bombers on sale for 2.99 and bombers of French Broad Rye Hopper, also 2.99 (seriously, what's that doing up here?), lots of stuff to choose from, singles available, also a shopping cart full of questionable bargain singles at sub-dollar prices, lots of empty teaser bottles spread around that I'll assume were consumed by store staff

the dude at the register was friendly, but floor service wasn't really found (or needed, for that matter)

lots of light in here, but gonna assume that rotation is good due to high traffic, and quality is probably fine

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Recently ordered a keg here for a party. This is the place to go for kegs in the metro area. If it's distributed in MN, this place will have it. Upon returning the keg, I took a look around. They have a really nice selection of craft beers. There is about two eisles dedicated to craft beer with a couple of large coolers full as well. They had a really nice singles selection and even a spot in the back with some beers that were being clearanced out at really low prices. The help with the keg was great and when I was looking at the rest of the store, I was not approached by anyone, but did ask someone at the front register for a beer and he knew off the top of his head that it wasn't in yet. Overall, a very solid choice for craft beer in this area and a great place for kegs.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

located just east of cedar ave on franklin sits zipps its close to the blue nile..whats not to like at zipps?..they have a great selection of crafts and single/bombers of crafts they also have hugh selection of imports with singles and 750ml bottles ..they really have one of the overall best selection of craft single/sixer's brews in the twin cities ..the staff is helpful but not intrusive they are knowledgeable of the beers they sell and will direct you to or give you advice..their prices are very reasonable ..its a great store to go to and you will definitively find something here for your beer palate....its recommended for locals and a must go to if you visit the twin cities

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

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 SlightlyGrey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.86/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Zipp's has a super huge beer selection. You should shop there.

And now to help me fulfill the character requirements for this review, ladies and gentlemen... Mr. Conway Twitty,

"I see the sparkling little diamond on your hand
It's plain to see that you've already got a man
I can see you're not about to fall for any of my lines
I see the want to in your eyes

Deep in your smile there's a quiet, soft desire
Like the embers of a once raging fire
You know I could light that fire again,
You know it isn't wise
I see the want to in your eyes

How strong's a band of gold
Is it strong enough to hold,
When a love has grown cold
And A woman wants a love, sweet
And warm
How many women just like you have
Silent schemes.
How many men like me do they sleep
With in their dreams
You can stay or you can go and
Although I sympathize
I still see the want to in your eyes
I see the want to in your eyes"

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

They have a massive selection but they do not always watch their stock and some of their stuff can get old - a three year old bottle of Uerige is going to taste like wet cardboard no matter what.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev -4.5%

I think this is one of the very best beer stores I've been to, anywhere. It's hard to find fault, unless they had beer geeks engaging every customer in conversation, and maybe if the entire beer area was a walk in cooler.

Selection of regional beers was outstanding, and I saw many Belgians and beyond imports I have never encountered. But having a big selection of really interesting beers available as singles is a big one for me, the tourist. Beers outside the region seemed well chosen, like an excellent range of Great Divide and every New Belgium (both Colorado).

Finally, the place is clean for all the traffic, shelves perfectly organized. And I kept discovering new stacks and displays.

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Photo of Lucular
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Reasonable prices but as is sadly typical in Minneapolis liquor stores, outdated stock in too many cases (Surly, Toppling Goliath, etc.). Good selection overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Popped in here after going to Town Hall for a few beers. Very impressive liquor store.

This is a liquor store, meaning that most of the place is filled with booze but about 1/4 of the store has beer, and 1/4 of this store is a big selection. Just about anything you could imagine available in MN is available at Zipps and the prices are not bad at all. I picked up some surly, some Central waters, and some out of market foreigns that I couldn't get in MD.

Most of the beer were out as singles but that's OK with me. There was an entire wall of coolers that had various beers chilled in there as well as in six pack / 12 packs. I'm OK buying singles, usually prefer it.

I can't remember the guy's name but one of the workers took us in back and offered us a rare Ommengang sour, Zuur. I had actually already had it but I picked up some Surly 4 that he had squirreled back there. Very fun. I wanted to go back but I would have had to ship a box back to myself...and I didn't want to bother with that.

a VERY GOOD BEER STORE!

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Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev -1%

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 millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Angerhaus
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in on Saturday, March 5th and found a nice selection of imports, including many I don't normally see in most stores. They had beers from De Dolle and Uerige, which I was looking for. They also had Trappist beers for $3.99 a bottle, which is cheaper than I usually find them for.

An overall nice selection of domestics and imports. Surly was easy to find, and they had some of the best Surly prices I have seen at $9.99 per four pack. Also a nice selection of craft singles. Stop by if you are in the area, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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Zipp's Liquors in Minneapolis, MN
4.19 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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