Red, White and Brew

Red, White and Brew

Happy 4th! I hope yours is safe and fun, and no, those are not mutually exclusive. We have all your beverage needs covered here at Top Ten Liquors. Great stuff for you holiday cookout. This week we feature all American libations from California, Oregon and Minnesota....

Nothing like a Great Cold Pilsner for the Hot Summer 

Attention beer lovers: Top Ten Liquors acquired a new store, Rum River Wine & Spirits in Ramsey. It’s a great beer store, and I have never seen a bigger bomber section. It’s got beers I haven’t heard of or forgot about. I call it “Beer Pickers Paradise.” So if...

Cross The Line For Value

As summer rolls on and we gather for parties, picnics, and grilling with friends,  we’ve been looking for really good values to make everybody happy. We feel we  hit paydirt with Line39 wines from California. Named for the fact the 39th parallel goes through Napa and...

Is a Republic of Bears Gentrifying the Twin Cities!?

Very few things excite me more than well respected breweries finally hitting the Minnesota market. Hailing from Sonoma County California, Bear Republic has been a West Coast staple for more than 20 years. I don’t know what compelled them to expand to our fine...

Thanks Dad!

I got to spend some quality time with my 86 year-old father this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was at the funeral of his 78 year-old little brother. My siblings and I took Dad to Duluth and helped him up and down the stairs of the church. Along with my father, other...

Something is Missing Here…

There are 4 major ingredients needed to make beer; water, hops, malts, and yeast. Or not. In fact, the only ingredient that you actually need is yeast; the other three can be substituted with other ingredients. I thought it would be interesting to seek out three beers...

Cooperative Success!!!

 In my French wine travels, I have visited many family owned operations as well as quite a few cooperative wineries. The French wine industry includes 619 cooperatives with 85,000 grower members that employ almost 18,000 people. Cooperative wine production represents...

Way Up North

Last year, a number of customers were requesting beer from the Jack Pine Brewing out of Baxter, Minn. Since their brew is not distributed to the Metro area, We ran up North and picked up enough for each of our stores straight from the brewery. If you head that...

Austerity? How About Affordable Luxury?!

The wine world is full of surprises. Good wines can transform and elevate a meal. Wine can bring folks together or help us unwind and relax. I love that every day I can learn things about regions, styles, varietals and people too. When Austerity wines were presented...
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