Creative Gift-Giving at Eden Prairie Liquor

gift card pos display insert - FINALI love creative gift-giving and while everyone in my family might think a gift of wine or spirits is a bit too obvious coming from me, I pride myself in thinking outside the box.

Our extensive selection at Eden Prairie Liquor makes work the perfect place for me to find the perfect gift. There is always something new on our shelves and the options are endless.

Since my husband and many of our closest friends are avid motorcyclists, Mark Ryan Winery’s Board Track Racer is the perfect gift! The label is a picture of a classic 1952 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle and the wine is an incredible blend of Washington Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has aromas of blackberry, black cherry and spice, with a finish that is firm and brilliantly balanced.

For Aunt Kris, who loves wine almost as much as golf, a bottle of Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet from Australia and some golf wine glass charms will fit the bill.

My sister is a huge movie lover so for her I am buying a bottle of Coppola Director’s Cut Pinot Noir by Academy Award-winning director, Francis Ford Coppola. That or a bottle of Sofia Rosé dedicated to his daughter, actress and director Sofia Coppola.

For the book club Christmas party, I will bring a bottle of Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon. While I doubt “The Call of the Wild” will make our reading list any time soon, it is likely that could wind up as the theme of the party after a glass of wine or two!

For music fans, we have Dreaming Tree Wines by Dave Matthews or the Save Me San Francisco line of wines by Train. Sean Combs has his Ciroc line of vodkas and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas has been endorsing Voli Light Vodka.

Television fans of “My Three Sons” will love Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir. Sports fans might enjoy Coach Mike Ditka’s Bloody Mary mixes.

And this is barely scraping the surface, we have something for everyone! So if you are struggling to find the perfect hostess gift or a gift for someone impossible to shop for, then come in and browse our shelves, you won’t leave disappointed. And if you’re just not sure what to get someone, you can always give them an Eden Prairie Liquor gift card!


TAMMY WANCHENA, Liquor Store Manager, Store #1 (by Kowalski's)






Tammy Wanchena
Central Buyer
Eden Prairie Liquor

Must-Try Microbrews for Winter

Midwest microbreweries have been popping up left and right lately. There are over 50 breweries in Minnesota alone and I am constantly hearing about new brewery releases — within the last few years, the number of microbreweries has doubled in Minnesota alone.

After constantly trying to keep my beer IQ up to date, I have come up with five different must-try microbrews for the cold Minnesota winter that you can find at any Eden Prairie Liquor location. I have included some information on each beer from the breweries’ websites.

Summit Winter Ale
Summit Brewing Co. describes this seasonal beer “as comforting as a down blanket, but way better tasting. A nutty roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, caramel, cocoa and a dash of hop spice.” Summit Winter Ale can also be found in Summit’s 12-pack sampler.

Surly Furious
“A tempest on the tongue or a moment of pure hop bliss? This year-round IPA is brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for,” as described by Surly Brewing Co.

Third Street Sugar Shack
According to Third Street Brewhouse, “this seasonal Sugar Shack Maple Stout is a truly unique brew enhanced with maple syrup harvested at the Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum and Forest. This full bodied stout has subtle but distinct hints of roasted and specialty malts. Its dark appearance is a testament to its robust nature but it is delicately balanced with sweet and hoppy notes to produce a smooth, slightly creamy stout with an insatiable pleasant maple syrup flavor.”

Schell’s Snowstorm
“Much like snowflakes, no two Snowstorm beers are alike. Once a year, the brewmasters lock themselves in the testing room with a secret selection of fine malts and hops, only emerging when they’ve hit upon something truly extraordinary. This year it is a Belgian–style Golden Ale brewed with spices,” as described by Shell’s Brewing Co.

Lucid Foto
“Late hops, dry hops, hops, hops, and more hops create a power citrus aroma and flavor in this year round IPA. We use a whopping 4# per keg to create a delicious explosion. The late hopping process in FOTO allows this beer to present the full flavor and aroma of the selected hops without creating an overly bitter experience,” according to Lucid Brewing.

Ryan Pekarna







Ryan Pekarna
Liquor Store Lead


It’s Scotch Season!!!!!

There’s a chill in the air and it’s the perfect time for Scotch!!  We carry a wide variety of Scotch – one for every different type of drinker.  They can be single malt or a blend of several.  People tend to think that Scotch can only be expensive and that is just not true.  It is a very affordable and approachable spirit.  It is a great gift (The holidays are just around the corner) and a fun spirit to collect. 

Here are 4 great bottles that we carry and they are all under $30:

1. Black Bottle  – $17.99

It is a blend of all 7 Islay single malts

Created in 1879 – They must be doing something right

Has a beautiful golden color some sweet notes and a warm, smoky and peaty finish that is not overdone.

2.  Scottish Leader Blended – $ 15.99

Combination of single malt and grain whiskey

Beautiful aromas with a light peatiness

Starts off slightly sweet, but has a nice finish with a hint of peat.        

3. Deanston Virgin Oak – $27.99

“Un-chill” filtered – The Scotch will get slightly cloudy when water or ice is added.

They use new oak barrels that are made in the USA – This is the 1st time they are used. 

The new oak gives a hint of lemon zest and a touch of barley sweetness. 

The taste is a nice blend of sweet notes with a lightly spicy finish with a bit of peat.

4.  Glen Moray 10 year – $28.99

It is a Speyside single malt

It is aged in Chardonnay casks

The taste is rich and fruity and has a slight toastiness on the finish.

Great for wine drinkers!!!

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t sip Scotch like wine – When you take in too much air with Scotch, you will get the burn in your throat. 
  2. Adding just a splash of water will “open up” your Scotch.  The aromas and flavors will become much more enjoyable. 
  3. Have fun and Enjoy!!


Denise Barthel, Assistant Store Manager



Best Cheap Beer in America

A few months back, Fox 9 News came in to our store across from Cub Foods and was doing a story on the cheapest beer in America.  It was a very eclectic list of beers that I drink and wouldn’t you know it; Minnesota’s very own Grain Belt Premium topped them all! 

Amongst the top five we find: 

#5. Pabst Blue Ribbon.  Now, I get made fun of relentlessly because I like PBR.  It is a good beer for the price.  When you need a lot of beer for a little cash, this is the way to go.  The old recipe was not liked by many people, but recently they changed it up, and now people are jumping back on board.

#3. Coors.  This comes from Golden, Colorado and is symbolized by the original yellow cans and the small “grenade” bottles.  Coors has grown to become the 3rd largest brewer in America, behind Anheuser-Busch and Miller.  I personally like Coors Light, which is my go-to beer when I am sitting around a bonfire and telling stories.

And the Grand Finale, that I am certain all Minnesotans will be proud to see top the list:

#1. Grain Belt Premium.  After the repeal of prohibition, Grain Belt was here to stay in 1933.  In the early 1940’s, the giant neon sign that greets you as you enter Minneapolis was erected on the west shore of Nicollet Island, along the Mississippi River.  Grain Belt rolled out their “Nordeast” in 2010 and it was an overwhelming success.  The brewery could not keep up with the demand and it was very limited in stores.  Now that the craze has ended, Nordeast is still a very popular beer and one of my favorites!

Come on over to your local Eden Prairie Liquor Store and pick up some of these “cheap” beers today!

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  Eric Wahlund, Assistant Store Manager


Vino Classico – Our Biggest Event of the Year!

Our Annual Vino Classico wine and beer tasting is coming up fast!

A lot of grapes and a few hops are among the winning ingredients for “Vino Classico with a Beer Chaser,” a popular wine and beer tasting and silent auction fund-raiser that will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road in Eden Prairie.

The Eden Prairie (A.M.) Rotary Club organizes the annual event to raise money for its many community, national and international programs, including STRIVE student mentoring; service projects in Peru, Africa, India and Honduras; the well-known Golden Eagle Award; and an annual recognition banquet for Eden Prairie High School behind-the-scenes achievers called Above & Beyond Awards.

Vino Classico, which annually draws more than 400 guests, will feature more than 100 varieties of wine and at least a dozen types of beer. Attendees will be able to order specially priced bottles of the beverages through Eden Prairie Liquor Stores. In addition, they can enjoy food samples from local restaurants and stores.  If you are new to Eden Prairie, you will not want to miss this opportunity to meet your new neighbors and share a toast to our great city!

The event features a silent auction, with dozens of items donated by area businesses – including event tickets and sports memorabilia – and a “Wall of Wine” raffle.

Mark your calendar now!  You can purchase tickets at any of our Eden Prairie Liquor Stores for $35 in advance or $45 at the door. 

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 Jessica Tapper, Liquor Store Manager