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Best craft beer liquor store in Denver

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by hitter114, May 5, 2013.

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  1. hitter114

    hitter114 Apr 30, 2011 Colorado
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    Ive hit the argonaughts a few times, what else is out there?
  2. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Subscribed because this thread will get moved and I need to buy some beer in CO soon.

    Which store has a reliable supply of Russian River Sours? Colorado Springs is also applicable to my question. Ft. Collins is not.
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    This is gonna get moved. The south side has parker payless, lukas liquors, and davidsons. Bubbles in castle rock usually has rr sitting on the shelf weeks after it gets hoarded up in denver.
  4. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I'll be passing by Castle Rock. Thank you.

    Is Crooked Stave found at the same place? Is it common in Denver or do they only make it to a dozen stores in the area.
  5. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Crooked stave makes it into bubbles, but you would probably have better luck hitting crooked staves tap room for bottles. Don't overlook trinity brewing, those guys are doing crazy shit with saisons.
    Shoot me. A bm.
  6. StonedTrippin

    StonedTrippin May 28, 2011 Colorado

    Little's on downing and Wesley is your ticket
  7. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    Mr Bs is the best beer shopping experience downtown. Scott knows his shit.
  8. poonamibaxter

    poonamibaxter Jun 26, 2007 Colorado
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    This place and Lukas are about the only stores I shop at. None of that gotta ask for it shit at either. Mile High is good also but I am rarely on that side of town.
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  9. denver10

    denver10 Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Am I crazy or did Liquor Mart on Colorado Blvd do a decent job of having one or two things from Russian River? Been a while, I could be 110% wrong on that one.

    That said, I do remember that store always being great for having a decent stock of the Odell Cellar Reserve offering. Sure you can still find the last couple releases in most stores but the one or two prior to those was often still at Liquor Mart.

    My favorite Denver store was Mr. B's.
  10. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard May 19, 2005 Colorado

    There's really quite a lot. Lukas, Davidson's, Mile High, Total Beverage (Westminster) may be the top tier

    I don't like Argonaut...just a weird vibe. Or Applejacks for that matter. While they have nice selections, I worry about storage. Some of the smaller stores may have some hold overs from one-time releases (wink wink), but sometimes they go in spurts.
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  11. Prospero

    Prospero Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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    Argo is expanding their shelving, they do have probably the largest selection, but their buying is all jack, certain obvious beers are missing from the breweries they carry. And don't ask for any help there.

    Mr.B's is great and Scott is a super nice guy, not a huge selection, but you will find a majority of what you're looking for, including a good selection of Italian sours
  12. drlovemd87

    drlovemd87 Aug 6, 2009 Colorado
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    Tyson is about the only person I'll talk to at Argonaut...all the other employees just go about their business. As far as Mr. B's goes it's one of my favorite stores to go to in Colorado (there and Little's).
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  13. hitter114

    hitter114 Apr 30, 2011 Colorado
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    Thx for the info, have to take 4 trips to denver from vail in the next 2 weeks. WIll check out Mr. B's and littles for sure
  14. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    If you're looking for a quick stop on that trek Applejack has a TON of stuff, but lack all the extra niceties I look for in a shop (no one knows beer, don't really have time to help you if you're looking for something, get dirty looks when you ask for stuff) but they put most special releases right on the floor so you gotta be quick to anything you're looking for.
  15. kkrez

    kkrez Dec 7, 2008 Colorado

    I'm would also like to throw Grapevine Wine and Spirits off of S Monaco into the mix, they are sitting on a lot of stuff that has disappeared from other shelves. I don't know why they haven't been mentioned before, I guess their regulars are keeping the secret to themselves. Make sure you talk to Chris, great dude.

    edit: make sure you ask to go into the back room
  16. coreymcafee

    coreymcafee May 30, 2006 Colorado
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    The first rule of Grapevine Wine and Spirits club...
  17. tacosandbeer

    tacosandbeer Sep 24, 2010 Nebraska
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    You're really into clubs huh...Cantillon club! Grapevine Wine and Spirits club! That's really neat.
  18. ColoradicalBEER

    ColoradicalBEER Dec 2, 2012 Colorado

    Mile High, Littles, Lukas... All those are great if they haven't already sold out of the more rare beers. Also keep in mind they might not shelf quite a few items. I handle the beer at Alameda Liquormart and currently have RR consecration and supplication, Lost Abbey Deliverance, Port Older Viscosity, Crooked Stave St. Bretta, Surette, Vielle and several other tasty brews. We are definitely a more hidden gem than all the other stores that have been mentioned. But that doesn't stop me from going to all of them on a weekly basis haha.
  19. coreymcafee

    coreymcafee May 30, 2006 Colorado
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    You're really neat.
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  20. tacosandbeer

    tacosandbeer Sep 24, 2010 Nebraska
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    Thanks ;-)
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  21. Steve_0

    Steve_0 Mar 14, 2012 Colorado
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    . . .You do not talk about Grapevine Wine and Spirits Club.
  22. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    I've enjoyed Mr. B's, Mile High and Lukas on my Denver visits.
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  23. chugalug06

    chugalug06 Jun 5, 2008 Colorado

    Who is KKREZ??? Must be eliminated....
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  24. drlovemd87

    drlovemd87 Aug 6, 2009 Colorado
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    Might not want to eliminate him, lol.
  25. CK21

    CK21 Feb 6, 2011 Colorado

    I vaguely remember a similar thread a while back when Domingo hit it spot on saying that Denver didn't have just one go-to store. Couldn't find the thread thanks to my rudimentary interwebs skills, but he pointed out that there are several great stores in this city to find several things. You can find most of what you're looking for by hitting the big ones - Mr. B's, Mile High, Argo, Lukas, CLM, Total Bev, etc. I would say most locals do have a go-to they don't like to share (eh Mebuzzard?).
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  26. CK21

    CK21 Feb 6, 2011 Colorado

    prolly still need some Crooked Stave in stores is what you're saying?
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  27. drlovemd87

    drlovemd87 Aug 6, 2009 Colorado
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  28. ClayStation

    ClayStation May 7, 2013 Colorado

    I would check out Coaltrain in Colorado Springs. They have quite the selection, and the dinners they do from time to time are incredible.
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  29. karlbronson

    karlbronson Feb 15, 2010 Colorado
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    A free gluten free bomber with all purchases over $50???
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  30. chugalug06

    chugalug06 Jun 5, 2008 Colorado

    Again, you're breaking the rule.
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  31. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    WTF? Chris has been holding out on me?!??!! Where's my free gluten free bombers?
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  32. coreymcafee

    coreymcafee May 30, 2006 Colorado
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    For real. All I got was some old Green Flash IPA for spending $100. He said it tasted just like Pliny. While that's true, it doesn't mean that it tastes good. I feel bamboozled...

    (just kidding, duh)
  33. joshclauss

    joshclauss Oct 31, 2010 Colorado
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    I love Mr. B's and Scott, too, but there are definitely things that I've had to ask for.
  34. joshclauss

    joshclauss Oct 31, 2010 Colorado
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    Seconded on Coaltrain. Again, if you're looking for something specific, it's worth asking the staff if you don't see it on shelves.
  35. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Lukas, Davidsons, Tipsy's...all nice selections. As for Applejack? Overrated. Decent at best beer selection. Shop there if you're looking to buy liquor or wine.

    Lukas posts their weekly beer arrivals on this site: http://coloradobeernews.blogspot.com/

    Tipsy's usually keeps their ultra limited stuff (Pliny, Parabola, et al) hidden in the cooler, so you gotta ask for it.
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  36. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    There's only been one instance where I know Scott has held anything back. It was beers directly related to one of your famous threads ;) Usually you have to ask for some of the stuff that's been posted to Facebook that day simply because it hasn't made it into the cooler.
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  37. nolimitnsb

    nolimitnsb Nov 26, 2012 Illinois
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    In comparison to a lot of places I've been and lived in we have a pretty great pool of stores here in Denver. I'm with a lot of you in that I don't necessarily have a favorite. I like different stores for different reasons. I find myself a frequent of Lukas, Davidsons, Heritage, Parker Payless, Cornerstar, and Libations. All quality places in my opinion, but then again you can see I live on the Southside. If I was farther north I'd hit up stores like Argonauts, Little's, Mile High, Mr. B's, Joy, etc. on a regular basis.
  38. nolimitnsb

    nolimitnsb Nov 26, 2012 Illinois
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    Anyone else have any shady interactions with Parker Payless? I just had my 2nd one this past weekend. I was content to chalk the first one up as an off experience but this 2nd one was a whole other level. I'm just curious as to if other people have had similar experiences of if the beer guys just hate me (which is entirely possible I guess).
  39. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I used to be able to by Pliny in CO, but it's really hard to find now. (Hell its hard to find in CA. I was in SF last month, had to drive to the brewery to buy it.) Good news is the Funkwerks, and Trinity. I just sent myself home a care package with some good stuff from these guys. Expensive though.
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  40. guyforget

    guyforget Nov 12, 2009 Colorado

    pliny not too hard to find if you know when it comes in. w/ the 1 per custy limit @ argonaut they keep it on the shelf for a bit longer - they still had it today and it came in last week.
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