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AmityGuy1 Apr 8, 2011 11:38 AM

I am interested in finding the store with the most comprehensive liquor section, the one where you can find yellow Chartreuse, not just green, and the lots of amari and European herbal liquors and distillations from unique sources. Surdyk's is not it, nor is South Lyndale and France 44. Where is this mythical place? Does it exist here?

Thanks!

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    LauraB Apr 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    I think this may be a mythical place in the Twin Cities. I have found a number of places with a good selection (Surdyk's, 1st Grand Avenue), but no place that has it all. The only place I have found Yellow Chartreuse is the Lowry Hill Liquor store on Hennepin near Franklin Ave (which otherwise does not have a particularly good selection). I think they still had it last time I was there (about a month ago), but you might want to call and check.

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      AmityGuy1 Apr 8, 2011 07:39 PM

      I never considered Lowry Hill - I will check it out for yellow Chartreuse. Thanks!

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        LauraB Apr 8, 2011 08:03 PM

        I never expected it either. :-) I had been looking for Yellow Chartreuse for a couple of months in all the places I thought might have it, stopped at Lowry Hill for something else and bought a somewhat dusty bottle. A few months later, I was talking to the head bartender at La Belle Vie about finding Yellow Chartreuse in Minneapolis since they had it in a drink and apparently that was the one place he found it as well.

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        La Belle Vie
        510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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      kevin47 Apr 8, 2011 12:18 PM

      I have heard good things about Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, but have not been there myself.

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        coconutty Apr 9, 2011 03:19 PM

        Big Top Liquors in the Midway: Snelling & University, SE Corner.

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          anabug Apr 10, 2011 04:50 PM

          Big Top has by far the best prices on everything, too.

        2. jillbcooks Apr 9, 2011 03:44 PM

          Blue Max in Burnsville. Worth the drive...huge selection and knowledgeable staff.

          1. Latinpig Apr 10, 2011 12:35 PM

            If Surdyks and France 44 are not it, such a place does not exist because they have the best selection in town. I am looking for the Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur (they use it at Bradstreet as part of a riff on the Mnahattan) if anyone has seen it.

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              MplsM ary Apr 10, 2011 03:13 PM

              The MN distributor for Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur is:
              Bellboy Corporation
              2220, Florida Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426
              (612) 377-2722

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              Warehouse Apr 13, 2011 01:51 PM

              I love MGM on HWY 7 near the lakes. That is where I get my Kegs and they have a huge selection of liquor, but i couldn't tell you for sure if they will have your European herbal liquors etc. Worth a call though!!

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