Coaltrain Wine and Spirits

Coaltrain Wine and SpiritsCoaltrain Wine and Spirits
Coaltrain Wine and SpiritsCoaltrain Wine and Spirits

330 W Uintah St
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-1045
United States

(719) 475-9700 | map

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Photo of beerssteersqueers
3.07/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4.5

Acknowledging your customers goes a long way. Been coming here for 20+ years. The nearby East coast colorado college has bought the place and everybody not driving a mercedes or bmw is treated like a towny. Snobs with rich kids to validate their attitudes. Fuck this place, go to queens west on Unitah or downtown spirits on Wasatch/Colorado, Greg and crew will treat you like a rockstar 24/7 .

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Photo of youngJsampson
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Coaltrain rules. My in-laws live in The Springs and this is my go to for it all when in town. Great staff, awesome selection & some really cool verticals made up at fair prices!

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Photo of TheGent
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: A nice looking liquor store with spirits, wine and most importantly, beer. Dark wood, softly lit. Comfortable store feeling. Not like a warehouse. Not messy and well organized beer section.

Quality: Neat and clean store. Fresh beer.

Service: Folks were very nice, knowledgeable and steered me in the perfect direction for local offerings of certain styles.

Selection: Absolutely amazing selection of domestic and foreign beers. Something for everyone, and then some. One of the better bottle shop I’ve been to.

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Photo of SStein
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice selection of beers from the world, across the US, and Colorado. The staff was knowledgable and helpful. The prices were the same as some of the other stores I have been too in the Springs.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Was here mid-September. The beer selection is impressive but I was expecting more CO selections than I found. The beer cave had lots of bombers and seasonal picks. The build a six pack section had about 50 options, including some non-craft ones. Staff was decent. It's easy to miss getting onto the interstate with trees in the way.

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Photo of tony2beers
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

They were under construction so maybe not best review regarding vibe. The staff was very friendly and the selection was awesome for an out of towner from Texas. Will definitely stop by every time I'm in the area.

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Photo of bound4er
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Stopped in here during a vacation in early October. Great selection, friendly staff, fair prices - if I lived in CO Springs this would be my go-to bottle shop.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Great little store with a huge selection. Their store is not in the easiest location to get to, but once you're there - outstanding. Their only knock is the organization of the store - rather haphazard at best, but if you have the time to search one-by-one through all their shelves and displays - they always have some gems!

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Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Can't believe I'm about to say this but this place has too much beer. Or maybe not enough building. Either way they have an amazing selection. You could do a full Belgian tasting just from what they have on the shelf. The six packs selection is just good but the single bottle selection is staggering. They have all the mikeller, eclipse of every color and evil twin you could ever want and the most comprehensive selection of Colorado beers I've seen. Prices can be a tad high but, they have what you want!

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Photo of Dan_K
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

(updated 11/2015)
In the last 6 months Coaltrain has completed a large expansion / remodeling effort that has greatly increased the size and the quality of the atmosphere. It is cleaner, better organized, and less crowded now. This has caused me to re-evaluate the store. However recent discoveries of price gouging have hurt this store in my eyes.

They have a friendly and knowledgeble staff. I've used them every time for recommendations. They seem to have a connection to the local brewers like Bristol, and there are plenty of them around that know beer. The problem is they do hide some beers from the general public, you have to know what just hit distribution to ask for it.

They have a lot of craft beers, interesting and unique beers that can be harder to find. They have a small walk-in cooler area, and a bunch of shelves for craft beer. Their mix-6 section is woefully inadequate still and seems to be a dumping ground for old/expired / slow moving beers.

Prices are generally reasonable, but I've never got a bargain shopping there. They do discount some stuff that is really old, but I try to stay away from older beers of unknown storage. I have really started to notice that Coaltrain does price gouge on some stuff. A classic example is them selling Venetucci pumpkin for $17 last year, it was $10-12 elsewhere.They can be $1-3 more on some of the more limited stuff. They are also weird about handling limited release beers. They don't announce it and sometimes they even hide them in the back.

Overall, I recommend any beer enthusiast check this place out that happens to be in the area with qualifications. The remodel has given them a cleaner space and larger selection. However, they have been price-gouging their customers on Venetucci for the last couple years, according to my shopping around they are marking the bottles up much higher than they should be because they can get away with it.

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Photo of JamLand
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Coaltrain is a great bottle shop to visit if you are in the Colorado Springs area. If you are simply traveling through, like my wife and I, it is also very convenient, just off the highway. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but there is plenty to choose from once you get inside.

S - Service was great. Not only was he very helpful with what was in the store, but he shared with me some of the rarer stuff, they had just received. I love it when stores do this without prompting.

Sel. - Selection was awesome. There was more local stuff than any of the other Colorado stores we visited during our trip. Also, had several non-local beers that the other shops did not have.

I would recommend this shop to any one visiting or just driving through Colorado Springs.

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Photo of coloradobeer12345678
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a great store close to CC and the old northend... a little cramped but great selection.. prices are a touch on the higher end but they nearly have it all.

they have as well a great wine and spirit selection.. so if you look for convience and a large selection with knowlegble staff and do not mind to pay for that that is the shop for you

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Photo of Jambarino
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I took a vacation and was in the springs for a few days and stopped by here twice to browse and try some local stuff.The store is mainly a liquor store so the atmosphere is bland,but the beer selection was good with an aisle dedicated to craft beer bombers and singles and various displays around and a large cold section with 4 and six packs.All of the Colorado breweries are well represented and I bought a few Bristol offerings and a few imports I have never found before.There wasn't much Russian River or Firestone Walker offerings which was dissapointing as I have never gone this far west before and was hoping to score some.Most of the Colorado breweries I can get back home so I didn't find much that I hadn't already had before.I have heard they keep rarer stuff in the back but none was offered to me.

The staff was okay,they didn't seem very talkative and when I said I was from South Carolina and was looking for some beer exclusive to the west they didn't seem too knowledgeable about what to recommend and only pointed me towards some Oskar Blues stuff that I had already tried,however they did try to help.Maybe I didn't look hard enough but I wasn't blown away like I expected to be after hearing this was the place to go for craft beer in this area.Prices were decent and fairly reasonable.

Maybe I am jaded with stores like GBX near me back home but I wasn't too impressed.I figured for Colorado,one of the kings of craft beer breweries that there would be a a better selection and I had heard this was the store to visit,but I have 4 craft beer specific stores withing 20 miles of me back home that all top this place in selection.I am not bashing this place in anyway,it is a very solid store and I would go back again if in the area and refer anyone to if visiting Colorado Springs.

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Photo of cell10
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Everyone told me to go and see for myself and I can say I was not disappointed. They have stuff I can not get back home and the guys helped my brother in law and I out gave us some info and got us going for the next day or 2. I will def be going back before i go home. If you are in town stop by and look for yourself. The selection when i walked in was OMG! they still had single holiday bottles and overseas singles as well. Austin was a great guy and got us hooked up with an Avery brew that man looks good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of the finest little beer places I've ever visited.

Their beer selection is topnotch, focusing on many western state breweries, big and small. They also have an extensive collection of Belgium-styled beers plus other foreign offerings not found elsewhere.

The staff is very helpful and willing to special order things for you. They also don't overcharge you for some rarities and limited run beers that other local, big box beer stores do.

Small in square footage, but bursting at the seams with an awesome beer selection and enthusiastic staff.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

stopped here while I was in town for a conference, to pick up some stuff I can't get back in PA. I went with the highest rated store, and it didn't disapoint.

Pretty small place, and as the name implies, much of the store is dedicated to wine and liquor. But they make up quantity for quality. They have a cooler of six packs in the back, and up front by the register they have six packs and large bottle of local stuff. then they have an aisle of the rarer stuff in the corner. Good selection of limited release stuff from Colorado breweries like Great Divide, Avery, Ska, Left Hand, etc. Plus other West Coast stuff, including Russian River, and European imports.

Staff was friendly and pointed me in the right direction. Prices were about average.

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Photo of d4radio
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Best beer selection in town.

A lot on the shelves you can't find anywhere but even more tucked away in the back if you ask the right person. I have never been able to leave this store with out multiple bottles even if they didn't have what I came in for.

Cooler selection contains the six packs, good stuff from all over the state and some of the big ones not from Colorado as well.

The bomber shelf is almost the highlight, it is well stocked with plenty of "wants". No bottle limit on most of the stuff out there. Restocked regularly.

The real gem is the back room and the cellar. You probably won't get anything out of the cellar but if you talk to the right person and come at the right time you may get some goodies from the back room (Pliny and Cantillon for example).

Sometimes the staff aren't the friendliest but they usually are very knowledgeable and loosen up over time.

Fun place to go overall.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had to check out Coaltrain while I was town before heading home. Found plenty that I can't get at home.

Coaltrain is next to some railroad tracks and it appears to be just on the wrong side of them, but that doesn't seem to be stopping anyone. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw some sugar mamma with a cart containing a variety of Belgians, Stone Ruination, and a 12 pack of Laughing Lab.

The place is...semi-organized and really tight. The aisles are only wide enough for one person. They simply need more space. I found myslef having to wait my turn as it was a busy time as folks were getting off work. The ones that don't work or don't care what they drink were lined up with their foeties and fifs which made me thankful for my job.

This little place packs a punch! It's a lean machine - not very much crap and fluff. They put mostly quality brews in the little space they have. Lots of great domestic and import bombers and bigs on one short room temp aisle which I didn't even see until I had a cart with two cases on it already. I checked out the small single cooler in the corner with a mishmash of unorganized bottles of all types. There were a lot of old dates in there so I stayed clear of them. The main row of coolers is mostly full of desirable sixers and hop bombs.

Service is good. Asked a guy about the Upslope in cans he was stocking. He said they're pretty new self distributors from Boulder and he really likes their Brown Ale. The guy who rang me up helped me out with my two well packed boxes. I let several people go ahead of me since they had single items and he thanked me for that.

I think most beer in Colorado is pricey and Coaltrain is no different, albeit a little cheaper than it's warehouse style competitors in the area. I was a bit shocked when I rang up although I was trying to keep track in my head. I figure it's for a good cause - me!

I left with:
Upslope Brown Ale 6pk
Russian River Sanctification single
Russian River Consecration single
Russian River Salvation single
Russian River Redemption single
Delirium Nocturnum single
Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy 4pk
Oskar Blues Gubna 4pk
Oskar Blues Mammas Little Yella Pils 6pk
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale 6pk
Victory Storm King 6pk
Stone Ruination 6pk
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard 6pk
Nogne O Pale Ale single

Coaltrain is a must stop if you're in the area. If a crazy dude in the parking lot starts yelling at you waving his shirt around, just ignore him and get in the car. He'll look for someone else to bother. If not, then just run over his crazy ass.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

I was recommended this liquor store by a regular at Bristol Brewery, as they had just run out of 4-packs of Old No. 23 Barleywine, and the distribution of that beer is extremely limited.

Man was I glad to have hauled myself across town mid-day to check this spot out.

First of all, as another poster mentioned, the store is located right off a set of train tracks, and as I rolled up to the parking lot, a huge train was rolling by. Authenticity indeed.

Secondly, the beer selection is imposing, it's not huge, but the selection is extremely well picked. They have one 16' shelf filled with large-format beers (half domestic, half imports), a whole bunch of cases on the floor, and 10 - 12 doors for small-format beers. The big question mark here is the bomber cooler, a small cooler wedged in the back corner with seemingly no organization, and a very small, and very odd collection of beers to chill (they were cooling RR sours in there?!).

The beer guy was very nice there, and seeked out to help me search through the Boulevard display for a possibly left-over Saison Brett (no such luck).

I ended up going home with:

Fantome Printemps
2009 Old No 23
2009 Nefarious Ten Pin
Smokebrush Porter

And left on the floor:

The Bruary Coton
Fantome Saison
Avery 16
Avery 17
Sarafijn Tripel
Odell Mountain Standard Reserve Batch #1
Odell Saboteur Batch #1

And far too many imports/lambics to count.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I went looking around Colorado Springs for some rare/unique beers, and every major liquor store told me to come here if I wanted an obscure beer. I wasn't disappointed. From what I can tell, this store has an additional 15-30 beers on top of what any other store in Colorado Springs can offer. It doesn't have the "warehouse" feel in any way, its prices are fairly good for a smaller store, and it also has a decent selection of wine. All that adds up to a nice spot to shop for beer. The clerks I have talked to have always been helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. If you are looking for hard to find imports (especially if they are single bottle types) I recommend this as the best place to look in Colorado Springs. As a store that advocates for beer, this is as good as it gets. This store often holds tastings of international and local beers in collaboration with The Warehouse restaurant.

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Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Accidentally happened upon this little gem when exiting I-25 to go to a 7-Eleven. We almost witnessed a fight between an angry customer (whose check had bounced) and a 7-Eleven employee.
I saw a Dogfish head sign in the window and it said "microbrews" on the awning, so I figured I'd wonder in. Good thing I did. Great selection of singles of various sizes on the shelves and in fridges. Lots of refrigerated six packs too. Some Belgians etc, but of course I was there for local and west coast beers. I saw Pliny the Elder (sorry aforbes10), and picked up a Bristol mass transit ale, Tommyknocker Pick Axe, and a Fort Brewing Hop-15. Would have gotten more but I had a flight to catch 48 hours later, with no checked luggage.
The staff behind the counter seemed friendly enough; I didn't need or ask for help and they didn't offer it.

Also, there was literally a large coal train passing directly by the store. I suppose if there was an "atmosphere/vibe" rating for liquor stores, this place would get a 5 for authenticity.

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Photo of qchic
3.45/5  rDev -20.5%

This place was super close to I-25, so I stopped by when passing through. I can't imagine anywhere else in town having a much better selection, and I was certainly pleased with the section of bombers. I wasn't thrilled that they were located behind the register on shelves, because I like to be able to see what I'm looking at instead of having to ask someone. The staff was friendly and somewhat helpful, and I was told that they had a "beer guy" that wasn't there at the time. Prices were decent, maybe a touch higher than the shops in Denver. One huge concern I had was the temperature of some of the beers. There is something putting off some heat next to the "good beer" shelves which I didn't notice until I pulled a bottle out of the bag in the car--just to look at it, not to drink it :) Anyways, it was warm--well beyond room temperature. I would still recommend this shop if you're in the area, but if you select anything from the far right side of the shelves, ask to check the bottles before they charge you and bag them.

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Coaltraine is a great liquor store located in Colorado Springs. They have a very nice fine beer collection. They offer a wide variety in a number of price ranges. They have a good international selection. Lots of nice Belgian and European stuff.

Prices are standard and they are open to special orders. Good knowledgeable staff. They have the ocassional tasting, but should have more.

My only concern is that some really good beers are kept at room temp. I think this is fine for a short time, but can harm the beer after a year or two. I had a few brews that have been pretty funky. I was not able to get a refund any time. They let me have a credit once which worked for me.

Bottom line is that if you want to charge premium dollar, the product must be premium as well. If not, a refund or exchange should be allowed.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place was much nicer then the typical liquor outlets in CO Springs. They actually had more of a beer atmosphere than the other places. Many people before and behind me were buying really good craft brews. The selection WAS EXCEPTIONAL~However you cant get to it behind the register??? C'mon!I picked up a JW Lee's Lagavulin, Full Sail Old Boardhead 06, Thomas Hardys 07, Rogue IIPA, Rogue Ten Thousand Brew, Old Guardian. They had a great selection of belgians and hard to find euros(hence the JW Lee's). Selection of CO beers was good--ranged from PAC NW to So Cal. Strongly recommend this place.

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

This is where I go when I need to get my exotic beer fix. Although there are bigger and cheaper liquor stores in Colorado Springs, you will not find a better place for service and experienced staff who know their beer. Even though the store is on the small side, the selection is exceptional! They have a great selection of 6-packs from all over the US and the world packed in about a dozen large coolers. The majority of 6-packs are Colorado based, but that's fine with me. They also have a great selection of chilled bombers from Colorado and Belgium. Then there's the wall behind the counter. That's where the "gems" are kept. There's about 60-100 different small batch bombers and 750's from all over including Colorado brewers (Great Divide, Bristol, Avery, Ska, etc.), other US brewers (Stone, Victory, Dechuttes, etc.), and international brewers. This is where the locals shop so if you are visiting and are close to downtown, it's only about 2 miles north and well worth the trip.

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Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs, CO
Place rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 51 ratings