McScrooge's Wine and Spirits

McScrooge's Wine and SpiritsMcScrooge's Wine and Spirits
McScrooge's Wine and SpiritsMcScrooge's Wine and Spirits

307 N Peters Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37922-2331
United States

(865) 691-6463 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 27
Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of (if not the) best places to buy craft beer in Knoxville. McScrooge's gets most of the rare releases of the year (although they can disappear very quickly), and they also have a huge selection of foreign crafts, in particular craft beers from Netherlands and Italy.

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Photo of khargro2
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I checked out McScrooge's again when I was in Knoxville. It is primarily a liquor store, but does have some high gravity beer. They have everything that is expected such as 22 oz. New Belgium, Stone, Rogue, etc., but there is not a lot of great 12 oz. beers. They have a strong selection of imports, but I would not go here for a wide selection of Belgians.

Great liquor store, but average beer store.

I will give them this - this is the only place that I've ever found DFH World Wide Stout, but that was a couple of years ago.

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Photo of Pabetism
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Love this store! It's my go to store, even though I live near downtown. Of course TN is a frustrating place to drink in, but if you are reading this review, you don't have much choice in that. Maybe Downtown Wine and Spirits has better selection, but this place is better priced and has better selection in drinks other than beer. They don't have my favorite--Samuel Smih's Tadcaster-- but again, it's ABV is too low.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

(Note: Due to stupid ass TN liquor laws, this store only carries beer over 6% ABV, as is with all package/liquor stores in TN. Lower gravity beers are sold in more traditional outlets like grocery stores.)

Out of the few package stores I visited in Knoxville, this one probably had the best selection, though not by much. Not that it's any fault of their own, but screwy Tennessee liquor laws stifling the craft beer scene don't help at all. The place is clean and well laid out. Wine is definitely their forte, with spirits playing a close second and craft beer a distant third. I was able to find some good stuff I don't get in Kentucky (Lagunitas, Terrapin, SweetWater, New Belgium Lips Of Faith Series), some craft staples (Stone, Sierra Nevada, Chimay, Brooklyn, Fort Collins, Green Flash) as well as a few nice imports (J.W. Lees, other Belgians) and even a new brewery to me (Crown Valley Brewing out of Missouri) which I've enjoyed thus far.

There was a guy merchandising the bottles and asked if I needed any help, which I responded with the traditional "Just browsing." He then proceeded to help someone who seemed like a regular and they both chatted up beer. So at least they have a "beer guy."

They had two shelves dedicated to craft beer and an end cap as well. Nothing was really rare, but there was some great stuff...and even a bargain bin! There aren't enough bottle shops with bargain bins. The best part was the price; this place was the cheapest out of any package store I've seen in that area by about 10%.

It's hard to find a one stop craft beer shop anywhere in Tennessee (outside of Nashville) but as far as bottle shops in Knoxville are concerned, this place should definitely be the first stop.

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Photo of swooshjtb
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the best spots in Knoxville for beer (huge whiskey selection, too). Today, I found a bunch of DFH stuff even though DFH recently pulled out of TN.

There is a great selection of both American craft and foreign imports. I have found a bunch of good Belgian and German beers. The prices are competitive as well.

The staff is always friendly and ready to help you find what you are looking for. I haven't personally used them, but I have seen them helping many people that come into the store.

I you live in West Knoxville, then you should certainly check this place out.

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Photo of mbdaniel
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%

I noticed that this place hasn't been reviewed in a while so I thought I better jump in.

Simply stated, McScrooge's has the best high gravity beer selection in Knoxville. While most other liquor stores relegate high gravs to a lower shelf or two at the rear of the store, with maybe 8 or 10 brands, McScrooge has both sides of an entire center aisle stocked with beers. From the familiar to the strange, McScrooge has them: Dogfish, Jolly Pumpkin, the trappists, Corsendonk. I scored some tough-to-find DFH Squall IPA there last Fall.
I've seen some low grades by other reviewers, but I can only assume that McScrooge has gotten its act together over the past couple of years. Give it another try - you won't be disappointed. Ask for "Matt", he knows his beer and will track down whatever you're looking for.

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Photo of chief7771
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

Have been several times recently. It seems like they are improving and expanding their selection as best they can for Tennessee, that is. They have a whole line of shelves just for Belgians, for which I am not much of a fan anyway. But their other line of shelves is stocked with a good variety not seen elsewhere. Many Mendocino, Stone, a few Rogues, and have even gotten several cases of DFH 120 Minute! as recently as a few weeks ago. I thought these were illegal in TN. I have seen them elsewhere as well.

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Photo of fat58hwy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

I thought it was time to get a more current review of this place as I don't think it deserves a C+ score (before my review). As far as available shelf space for the higher ABV beers, McScrooges has the most potential. I first came upon this place last winter and was stunned by their selection. For whatever reason throughout the year their stock has steadily dwindled with few new additions. I am hoping the influx of winter seasonal beers builds things back up. Although they deal primarily with wine and liquor if you ask there is usually someone that is willing and able to help. Also, if you are looking for a particular beer to be in stock that they carry they will take your name and call when it is in (Stone Double Bastard). I would say give this place a shot, it may suprise you.

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Photo of Photekut
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

I checked out this place because a friend goes here alot.

I am glad that I did. While the selection is not much different here than anywhere else in Knoxville, I was able to find De Dolle beers!!

They had Oaked AB which I do not see too often down here, and there were several other beers that I have not seen.

Yes they have AB, Ruination, Thomas Hardys, select DFH, Chimay, and the other Knoxville staples, but I will be back for the De Dolle!!!

Service was not stellar, though did not really talk to anyone there.

Please Tennessee start getting a better selection of Stone Beers!!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Lost count as to which stop this one was, but it was before Leaf and ale. I was still looking for some of the higher DFH offerings but struck out here as well. Store was laid out fairly nicely and easy to find everything. The staff was willing to check their stock for me, but when I asked about ordering I got a blank stare. They had the normal that I have seen in the Knoxville stores, some Chimay, some Stone, Delirium, and a few random Belgians, but nothing really fantastic. The prices seemed ok, cheaper then Asheville anyway. Overall not a terrible store, but again if you really want to find all the high gravity offerings in Knoxville, you have to hit about 10 different stores as they are all really hit or miss.

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Photo of veech
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

This is a good resource for lovers of higher gravity and ABV beers. A nice selection of DFH and several Belgians. They had multiple Orkney Brewery offerings and quite a few English ales as well. Only Arrogant Bastrad and Ruination for Stone fans and a couple of Rogue heavies, but no Imperial Stout. It did seem a little pricey to me, but the layout and decor of the store were both top notch. I was only window shopping on my visit so I can't really comment on the service. I visited another liquor store in town on the same day, the selection here was similar, but a little larger. Overall it certainly seemed like a nice source for stronger stuff.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

I had been told by a coworker awhile ago to go here and get some of their Dog-Fish Head beer. It might be hard as hell to find in general but they didn't have it along with most things. I was expecting some sort of cornocopia of strong ales but I felt like a minority in the store completely. They had Rochefort which was 6 bucks a bottle so I said F that. They had Yeti I belive and Shneider Weiss. I eneded up getting the Shneider Weiss which was pretty good but I really wanted to get something dark. They beer was pricey I thought but their liqour was actually well priced. This one guy helped me for a while and really shot the shit about things. He really knew a lot about this stuff it seemed.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Stopped by this liquor store on the recommendation of the folks at the Leaf and Ale. It appears that this place is deemphasizing big beers. Belgians were represented by Chimay's red, white and blue labels. There were several Dogfish Head seasonals, including three bottles of 2003 Worldwide Stout. Stone was represented by one bomber of Ruination. That's all folks! I left the store barren of their Worldwide Stout and Stone Ruination. I would be surprised if they have any intention of restocking anything worth stopping for. Admittedly, Tennessee's strange law requiring 6+ % beers to be sold by liquor distributors doesn't encourage a decent selection, but this store is slim pickings compared to the other liquor stores listed in the Knoxville beerfly. One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, has them all beat by a mile. Very disappointing, especially now that they are out Stone and DFH Worldwide Stout. October 24, 2008 Update! This place has certainly changed for the better as far as good beer is concerned. Best selection of "big beers" in town, all attractively displayed in clean shelves. Many Belgians, and an excellent array of Italian Belgian styles. 15% discount on all beers the day I was recently there.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%

First spot we hit in Knoxville and I have to say I was more than a little disappointed. From what the staff was telling me they have really cut back their big beer selection. They had some seasonals from DFH and some belgians, Westmalle being the one that jumps to mind. I'll just say this place is bordering on not meeting the requirements for a beerfly. The staff was pretty friendly, but there's not much they can do when the selection is so small, hopefully they'll pick up some more stuff. Me and a friend cleared them out of all their DFH, there may have been 1 Immort Ale on the shelf when we left, other than that we wiped them out. Let's get it together McScrooge's! We need craft beer around here! If you go here make sure to hit Cedar Bluff liqours as well, just a hop, skip and a jump.

[edit] It seems they have restocked somewhat as well as acquired new beers such as those from Great Divide.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

This is a big place that sells wine/liquor/beer. In Tennessee, the "bigger" beers cannot be sold in a 'beer' store (supermarket, etc.), but they can be sold in Liquor stores. This establishment primarily sells wine and liquor, but they do have a small section of beer. I was able to find some Skullsplitter, Chimay, Westmalle, Aventinus, Traquair House, and a variety of Dogfish. This was more than I expected, so I was very pleased. The prices were GREAT. I was able to get the House Ale for about 5 bucks. The staff was very helpful as well, one of them even carried a box out for me. If you're in this area, definitely worth stopping in.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

McScrooge is just down the road from Leaf and Ale. In fact it was recommended by the owner for the higher alcohol beers since in TN they must be sold in a liquor store.

I walked in not expecting much based upon other experiences in Nashville, but was pleasantly surprized. The selection was small just like everywhere else, but more varied than any of the other liquor stores I visited on the trip.

They had several Dogfish beers and Belgians that most other stores had overlooked. The store is clean and well laid out and the staff was helpful and knew something about the beer they carried. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

(review from December visit)

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McScrooge's Wine and Spirits in Knoxville, TN
Place rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 27 ratings