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Coaltrain Wine and SpiritsCoaltrain Wine and Spirits

Type: Store

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

(719) 475-9700 | map

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by DelMontiac:
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4.04/5  rDev -6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of TooGood
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Squire123
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SStein
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -4.2%
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 randomgnarkill
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Tons to pick from, Really Awesome

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Photo of kansas2slim
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great sour beers!

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Photo of Benjhilmer
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tony2beers
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jedgarlloyd
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gradergator
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bound4er
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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 +4.7%

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 jmculak
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of leroybrown10
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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 jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of flipdog0
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dan_K
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs, CO
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