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Budvar beer

Do any liquor stores in the Twin Cities sell Budvar (Czech version of Budweiser) beer?

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  1. If Surdyk's doesn't carry it, probably no one does.

    1. You can always ask at Ale Jail (in St Paul) or Four Firkins (in SLP) but you should be prepared to be greeted with some derision.

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      1. re: bkmnus

        I have never been greeted with derision at either of those stores. The staff have been nothing but excellent and very helpful, even when I confess to ignorance.

      2. Zipps would be another one to try.

        1. I can almost guarantee you won't find Budvar in a local liquor store. Budvar can't be sold under that name anywhere in the US and Canada. The beer you're looking for is called Czechvar here.

          There's been a long-standing trademark dispute over the name. Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweise....

          At one point, I'm pretty sure I saw it at Trader Joes. You might want to give them a call.

          1. Thanks, everyone. I preparing an eastern European dish and thought folks would get a kick out of the Budvar.

            No, I don't drink Budweiser so I guess I would be embarrassed to ask at a place like Surdyks or Four Firkens.

            Thanks for those details, Kilgore.

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            1. re: shoo bee doo

              There's no need to be embarrassed about asking for Czechvar at Sudyk's or Four Firkens. Czechvar (IMO) is a much better tasting beer than Bud. The only thing the two beers have in common is the trademark dispute. I've had Czechvar in the Czech Republic, and it's an excellent lager.

              1. re: foreverhungry

                I thought that might be the case, but I wasn't sure.

                1. re: shoo bee doo

                  I'm pretty sure I've seen Czechvar at the 44th and France liquor store. And I've bought it without shame at other stores in the past.

            2. This just in: US Beverage took over as importer in July 2012 and had some problems with a shortage of stock. The closest place to TC I could see where they sell Budvar aka Czechvar is Wandering spirits in Plymouth.

              1. Blue Max. The before the trend best beer store in town, and also on the national radar...

                1. Been asking the beer guys at France 44 and Haskell's in Plymouth and they have no idea about what happened to Czechvar. The France 44 guy thought they won the Budweiser trademark battle and were waiting to ship as Budvar. I don't think that is right.

                  Anyway long story short called Wandering Spirits in Plymouth and they have Czechvar, so i'm of to get a couple sixers there, case closed.

                  1. Not that any cares, but case not closed at all, Called Wandering Spirits and the guy said yes we have czechvar, drove out to plymouth and no they don't have it. They haven't been able to get any from the distributor, No Czechvar to be had, I give up. Have to settle for Pilsner Urquell, not a bad second choice but still ...

                    Small silver lining; there is an amazing Russian deli next door to wandering spirits,

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                    1. re: steamer

                      Pretty sure nobody still cares, but at long last I found a sixer of Czechvar at Trader Joe's SLP. Summer is saved, case closed ...