Surdyk's - Why shop there?

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by mcritchi, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. mcritchi

    mcritchi Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Minnesota

    Over the years I've gone there from time to time, but now I work relatively close so it's a nice lunch hour stop. Honestly, I don't get the draw (from a beer perspective). The selection is ok, but not in the same league as, say, Zipp's. Am I missing something?
  2. wuuin

    wuuin Initiate (148) May 16, 2007 Minnesota

    you're not missing anything. I also work close by and rarely stop in there. prices and selection is avg at best. in the 'beer community', I don't think it is very highly regarded.
  3. LittleGus

    LittleGus Initiate (150) Mar 13, 2008 Minnesota

    It has a great wine and booze selection, with a so-so beer selection. I only shop there when I'm in the area, and it's convenient.
  4. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I used to work there (2004-2006) and at the time it was near the top for beer selection. I got into beer because of working there. Now it's considered average-decent as far as beer. For wine and liquor? Second to none.
  5. pillzsix

    pillzsix Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2008 Minnesota

    They have cheese
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  6. sudsluvr

    sudsluvr Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2010 Minnesota

    They're no longer second-to-none as far as wine and spirits anymore. They're not even second. They still do a good job for national brands when they have a sale, but the wine and spirits selection is at least as boring as the beer selection. I think it's a matter of growing comfortable at the top [in gross sales] and losing the sense of adventure. Support the passionate little guys
  7. Douggo

    Douggo Initiate (96) Oct 24, 2009 Minnesota

    It's been, well, over a year I guess since I've been there, but my take is there's no real reason to go there for beer, unless you happen to be right there for some other reason. Or if you just want to check one more place for the latest limited release that may or may not be wildly overpriced.
    Reasons not to go there would include the potential for wildly overpriced limiteds, and/or you're still pissed off about Darkness Debacle 2011.
  8. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,591) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    As recently as twenty years ago it was worthy of a mention, but today it is best ignored by serious beer hobbyists, as there are so many better options in the greater Twin Cities area.

    The the last straw was when they offered Surly's Darkness at a ridiculous price a couple of years ago, and I doubt they can ever do anything to redeem themselves after that. In fact, with the disdain shown for Craft and specialty beer drinkers as pertains to that episode I keep asking myself whether they shouldn't be removed from the database, here. The place hardly rates an inclusion, other than for the sake of completeness.
  9. dc55110

    dc55110 Aspirant (282) Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    This is exactly what did it for me. Sure they were charging an arm and a leg, they weren't the only ones, but it was how they responded to the criticism that sealed their fate for me.
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  10. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    This. MGM gouged at a higher price for Darkness, but was smart enough not to insult the people who they hoped would buy it. Jim Surdyk wasn't that intelligent and express his disdain for me and my people. So I don't go there.
  11. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    Because you have more money than you know what to do with and want to pay extra to be a baller
  12. mcritchi

    mcritchi Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Minnesota

    A bright side of their lack of attention to craft beer is their mis-pricing of product from time to time. Since the New Year I've gotten a 22oz of Left Hand Wake Up Dead for $7.99 (about $2 less than I see it elsewhere) and a 6 pack of Gonzo Imperial Porter for $9.99 (typically more like $13).
  13. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    Average service, high prices, always busy, high prices, lack of cooler space for craft beer

    I kind of like the little cheese shop though, but the prices are high there as well.

    I never go anymore. Stinson blows them out of the water, twice.
  14. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    They can do that with the extra money they made from Darkness. While my regular stop (mile away) gets less than half as much Darkness and charges normal prices. Just a little bitter, but my store always makes sure to keep two bottles aside for me.
  15. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    That guy there with the beard is really annoying. I think he needs more tattoos to earn serious brew cred in my books.
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  16. archi348

    archi348 Aspirant (218) Nov 7, 2012 Minnesota
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    Over priced beer and a really fugly building. No thanks.
  17. DogfishRyan

    DogfishRyan Initiate (130) Mar 2, 2011 Minnesota
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    Ever since the Darkness debacle I've made a pact with myself to never walk into Surdyk's again. Not that I shopped there too often to begin with. But I haven't missed the place for a second. There are PLENTY of other great stores out there that appreciate your business. And I'm more than happy to give them my business no matter the cost.
  18. adamcarlson28

    adamcarlson28 Aspirant (273) Oct 11, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Big dick baller is the preferred nomenclature
  19. adamcarlson28

    adamcarlson28 Aspirant (273) Oct 11, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I come from wisco and do the liquor store bottle shop scene... For me it's France 44, 4 firkins, haskells, MGM in that order. Have never done zips or ale I missing out?
  20. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    zipps is great, ale jail can be pretty good too, though I don't get there as much, I would add heritage to your list too.
  21. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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    Just don't shop there, your soul will thank you.
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  22. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (378) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    I think I'm about to whine about whining. But this thread kind of bugs me. If you don't like something, just say so. Don't ask people if you shouldn't like something. Figure it out your self, and share that opinion.

    Asking a group of people you don't really know "Hey, should I like something?" is really weak. I'm not trying to be rude, I just want to see people step up, make a decision, and share that. Going on a forum and asking people what to think just seems a little.... weak, to me.

    So, Surdyk's, seems most people don't like it. So let's step up, and say Surdyk's currently sucks. I'm fine with that.

    EDIT: Btw, I have been drinking, so feel free to tell me I'm an asshole. :slight_smile:
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  23. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (478) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    For cmannes :grinning:

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  24. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    is someone from Wisconsin?
  25. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,310) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    go to Zipps
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