Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tipsy's Revisited

Back when Tipsy's in Mission (Johnson Dr. and Broadmoor) opened a couple of months ago I wrote "Greeting people is apparently not that important at Tipsy's. They were 0 for 2 in my 10 minutes in the store. After I picked out my sixers and walked to the register, I was finally greeted by the clerk. For a new store, I would expect some kind of enthusiasm from the clerk to try to get me to come back."

Well either they read this blog (not likely) or I just had a bad experience the first time (very likely). Because every time I've been to Tipsy's since I have been greeted when I walk in the door and have received superior customer service. It is one of my favorite liquor stores to buy a sixer in.

That being said, I think Tipsy's is much more of a wine store than a beer store. They have an average to very good selection of beers in six packs, including a very good make your own six pack selection. They are lacking in selection of bombers though. They carry all of the Boulevard Smokestack series, but store them all in the cooler (which you don't want if you're going to store it for a while or if you have a Cooper Cooler). They carry a couple of Rogue and Avery and some foreign big beers, but overall they only have about 20 bombers. If I'm looking for something new and exciting Tipsy's is not where I go.

I get the distinct impression that the owners of Tipsy's care much more about their wine selection than their beer selection, which is fine. They even have a tasting room in the front of the store where they have wine events and tastings. I'd like to see them expand that to include beer tastings but it's fine if they don't. I would like to see them put up a website. It's a pretty big liquor store with a lot going on, a website is probably needed.

If you're in or near Mission, Tipsy's is well worth a stop, especially if you are going to stock up on some wine.


  1. I'm wondering why you prefer to buy beer warm if you aren't going to store it cold at home.

    Beer leaves the (at least any respectable) brewery cold so whether the store sets it on the shelf (generally under UV light and for an indeterminate amount of time) or you buy it cold and store it warm (hopefully under better conditions) the temperature c ycling is pretty comparable.

    For my money I would much rather buy beer that has been refrigerated every minute since it left the brewery. This was the case at two of the big beer vendors in Portland (Belmont Station and Whole Foods) but does not seem to be in vogue at all out here which is a shame because the beer that needs the most gentle treatment (hoppy beer) comes from the West Coast.

  2. John, in the immortal words of Jeff Spicoli, "I don't know". You make good points. I just have a hangup about once beer gets cold it should stay cold until it is opened. We used to think that warming a cold beer skunked it but that isn't true, beer is skunked by light.

    I don't often buy beer to store so it doesn't come up often. I just hadn't given it any thought and strive to keep the beer at a constant temperature.