Meier's Cork & Bottle

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1244 South St
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68502-2383
United States

(402) 476-1518 | map

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4.07/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A great bottle shop on South Street in Lincoln. Service is always, very good. If they don't know about it, they'll find someone that does. Their larger bottle selection is quite good and rivals anyone's in the city. They typically have high quality seasonals available and they carry most of the Nebraska craft brews.
Prices are fair and reasonable. I like that this is a family owned and ran place. It gives it a more personal feel.
Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of Beer187
3.11/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BigRedN
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

In an effort to venture out and visit more places in Beerfly I found myself trekking to Meier's Cork N Bottle. I have known about this place for a long time (before BA), I had just never gone here for beer. For me this place is a bit out of the way, but I'm glad I took the time to stop in.

The Cork N Bottle is on the Northwest corner of 13th and South, only accessible when traveling south on 13th Street or West on South Street. Parking is in the back. Upon entering the beer is on the left hand side, kinda behind a wall. I was greeted by a clerk upon entering the store, the only help I really needed was finding the beer, after that I was left alone.

The selection for six packs is good with many micros and some imports, both warm and cold. If you need them, there are products from BMC available in 6 and 12 packs. The only big complaint I have is the "helter-skelter" displaying of the product. The warm 6-packs seemed to be randomly strewn about by brand, and the prices were not clearly marked. Singles prices were easily identifiable by a price sticker on the top of the bottle.

Overall, this has become a very good wine store with beer. It's a bit out of the way for me, and I tend to frequent south side stores (such as Kevin Meier Imports) as they are closer and easier accessible for me. If you need some good wine and some beer this is an ok stop.

Updated following a visit on 10/16/07.

I had not been here in a few months due to construction on South Street that is now almost complete. On this visit I was surpised to see the lack of singles, which was my big draw to this place. There were some Rogue bombers (4 or 5 varieties), Various St. Peter's bottles, Chimay (Red and Blue), Orval, Delirium Temens, La Fin Du Monde (but no other Unibroue beers) and a few seemingly random singles, like they were just selling them out and that would be it. I only mention this to provide the info. I can't really falt them for cutting out singles with all the new stuff becoming available in NE (Great Divide, Left Hand, Big Sky). Got to make room in cooler for these somehow. This is especially true if the singles were not selling well; I'd do the same thing. The available beers for making a mixed six were also weak too (Corona, Heinekin, Guiness nitro bottle, Boulevard Wheat, Fat Tire were some I noticed), just nothing outstanding.

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4.3/5  rDev +12%

I went to check this place out knowing that it has always had an incredible wine selection. They have many different six packs, Left Hand, Fat Tire, etc. to choose from. Not too many individual bottles. I was told that they were expecting their shipment tommorrow or next day and it did look like there were some empty spots so I think they normally carry more singles. The thing that impressed me was the fact that they had all of the single available as cold as well. (I have never seen this before) I didn't buy them cold as I have several fridges at different temps to put them in but, if I was in the mood to drink a Young's Dirty cold right on the spot I could have. The man working took the time to tell me were I could get the best selection of beers in town, resteraunts/pizzerias/bar's as well as recommend another store that apparently is beer heaven which I will be checking out on Thursday. All in all a good place to check out. They have some beer's I haven't seen in some of the other stores in town and as a visitor to the area very useful beer info.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

When I lived in Lincoln, I considered Meier's Cork N Bottle to be the place to go for a "fancy" bottle of wine. I don't remember even noticing that they carried any beer other than Newcastle Brown Ale at that time. It always struck me as a weird space for a liquor store as the building seems as if it were originally built as a dry-cleaners or something. Anyway, back in town to visit in-laws for the holidays, I decided to stop in to see what they had to offer for the beer afficionado. Turns out, some pretty decent stuff, although the selection is pretty limited. They carry the usual New Belgium and Boulevard line-up, as well as all the regulars from Goose Island. Noticing the 4-packs of Pere Jacques out on display, I ventured to ask the lone clerk if they happened to have any Bourbon County Stout lying around. "In fact," he replied, "we do. It's right here in the cooler." I cleaned out the remaining five bottles of this hard-to-find gem, and proceeded to talk "fancy beer" with the clerk (as opposed to "fancy wine"). He was a rather knowledgeable guy, and I was impressed by his insistence on scraping the price tag of the caps of each bottle of Bourbon County Stout -- an action motivated by the belief that "there's nothing more unsightly on a bottle of fine anything than an ugly price tag." Take that as you will, but I interpreted it as a sign of respect for high-quality beer. I think that says a lot for a place that obviously places more emphasis on their wine selection. They've also got a modest assortment of British beer, a few Germans, and some stuff like Ommegang and Odells. Not the greatest selection, but it will certainly do, and there's the off-chance you'll find something unexpected in this oddly quiet and somewhat dusty store.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Meier’s Cork N Bottle is a very unassuming liquor store. In fact I lived down the block from it for two years without visiting it once. The sign on the outside is rather old looking, circa 1970s and there are no advertisements on the windows, plus the parking lot is on the backside of the store near the door… I wasn’t even sure this place was in business!

About a year ago I visited Meier’s and they a had a few decent beers, I remember buying some Rogue and Celebrator Doppelbock but I never thought of adding it to BA, it didn’t have “that” good of a selection. Besides most of the store was dedicated to wine.

Last week I went back to the store on a hunch. It was still mainly wine, sitting on the floor but the beer selection had grown and improved. They had many usual micro beer suspects like Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, and Anchor, plus Boulevard and New Belgium. They had two of Nebraska’s micros Empyrean and Spilker Ales.

I also found Liefmans here, the first appearance in the state. They carried Kasteel Bier Donker & the Gouden Triple, which are very rare in state. There were another dozen or so other imports from German and Belgium, it was standard stuff like Orval, Chimay, Paulaner, and Ayinger.

As a whole I thought the prices were good.

They also had a modest selection of cigars; supposedly good one… but I know nothing about cigars.

The service is okay, the two employees were watching me like I was going to steal something, that was kind of annoying but at least they paid attention to me, right?

In Lincoln, visit The Still first, Meier’s second, N Street Liquors third… you can find something good at all of them. (N Street is the cheapest but they have fewer great beers).

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Meier's Cork & Bottle in Lincoln, NE
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 7 ratings