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2012/12/07 05:11:36 (permalink)

Costco liquor

I was in Calif. for 12 days back in October visiting friends and family and doing some sightseeing. I knew that Costco sold hard liquor there in most of their warehouses. So I stopped by the Clovis warehouse to see what they had. They have a pretty good selection, much better than when I was there in 2001.
 
I picked up some staples like Bombay Sapphire and Patron tequila plus a quality vodka, I forget now which one. I had read about them offering a Kirkland Signature (KS) Bourbon but had never had the opportunity to try it. But with it being Costco I figured it couldn't be too bad. So I grabbed 2 1 liters.
 
On my way home I stopped in Salmon, ID at a cousins house. He offered me a shot of some rotgut, being quick on my feet I said Hey! I have a bottle from Costco I want to try. We broke open the KS Bourbon and proceeded to sample it. A couple fingers of that with some ice and it was very tasty. I liked it as well as I like Maker's Mark. But it was much less expensive. I believe I paid 15.95 a liter in Calif. I must say he and I put a hurt on that bottle. We stayed up late talking about family stuff. Let me say that he and his wife Peggy built themselves a very nice house on 11 acres overlooking Salmon. I left him with what remained of that bottle.
 
So here I am driving East with 1 bottle of KS Bourbon left and I get this bright idea. I've about 2k miles before I get home. There must be another Costco warehouse along my route that sells liquor. Sure enough Omaha Nebraska does. I used my Ralph Melton* iPad special to track this down. Thanks again Ralph! I made it to the Omaha location about 20 minutes before closing. Sure enough they had a good supply of the Bourbon and of the KS Tequila. I picked up a couple bottles of each. I still haven't tried the Tequila, huuummmm maybe tonight??? They also had a Patron gift set. I picked up 1 of these for my oldest, she always likes to raid my stash. So now she'll have her own at Christmas.
 
Moral of the story, Costco sells a lot of reall good stuff under their KS brand. I've only been dissapointed twice that I can remember.
 
* Ralph, Laurie and I cruised NOLA last March and Ralph was kind enough to let me play with his iPad. I really liked it and commented that when I got home I'd have to track down an Apple store and buy 1. He offered to take me to the local store and I bought mine that same day. It was the only computer I had on my 9,341 mile trip thru 23 states and I really like it. I take it with me everywhere.
 
 
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    MetroplexJim
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/07 07:37:26 (permalink)
    One of the best business profiles I have ever seen was the CNBC special on Costco, previewed here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GXRiC376YY&playnext=1&list=PL534AF48748E85DED&feature=results_video .
     
    The most amazing part that I didn't really expect is Coctco's exhaistive, Consumer Reports/Underwriters' Laboratories-style testing of products before offering them to their customers under their Kirkland Brand.  They do this for everything from soap to fine wine.
     
    For example, I wear their $49 110 density Italian wool slacks everyday, year-round.  They are every bit as good as their $175 Nordstrom equivalents.  And their French-milled bath soap ... Caswell-Massey quality at a fifth the price.  Etc.
     
    Sadly, liquor laws here in Texas do not permit them to sell their Kirkland Signature Bourbon.  From your description, I'd love to wrap my lips around that!
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/07 08:11:11 (permalink)
    Sadly, PA Residents can only buy wine and spirits from overpriced State owned stores with a poor selection.
     
    I just picked up some very good rum at K Mart in St Thomas at about 50% less than the PA price.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/07 10:07:12 (permalink)
    joerogo
    Sadly, PA Residents can only buy wine and spirits from overpriced State owned stores with a poor selection.

    It may be a bit of a hike, but the Wayne NJ Costco right off Route 80 ha liquor I believe.  Blue laws in NJ restrict it to be available at a maximum of 3  stores in the state of NJ and I believe Wayne is one of them and another is Edison.  You may find this link useful....
     
    http://costcoconnection.t...er_wine_spirits_guide/
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/09 17:04:33 (permalink)
    Boy am I glad to live in the land of crooked Governors and loose liquor laws! (Illinois) Many places here can sell booze at 8 am. We are Sam's Club members but the liquor department is so so, maybe we will have to check out Costco, 6 miles farther, and try their house brands. Does Costco have an option to just come in and check out stuff but not buy or a trial option? Sam's is less than a mile form our house, Costco about 6 +/- so that is a consideration.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/09 19:29:04 (permalink)
    I don't know how it is elsewhere but in Dallas you don't need a membership to buy wine (they don't sell the hard stuff) or, use the pharmacy.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/09 20:48:43 (permalink)
    The liquor laws vary a great deal from state to state. Here in Minnesota, Costco, Target, Walmart and supermarkets cannot sell beer, wine and liquor. If they do they have to set up a separate store with separate entrances and cash registers. Some Costcos in Minnesota do that but not all. Neither Target or Walmart have bothered to do so and only Byerly's and Lund's, a regional supermarket have bothered to do so. Trader Joe's has pretty much set up satellite liquor stores at all their locations.
     
    When I worked in Target Property Development I was pretty much tuned in with the various state laws. I was always envious of the other states that allowed liquor sales inside Target stores.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/09 21:21:10 (permalink)
     
    Here in VA, Costco sells beer and wine, but not liquor.  Liquor is sold only in government controlled ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) stores.  
     
     
    Glenn
     
     
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/09 23:17:52 (permalink)
    We have "Big Box Booze" Stores out here with big selections and low prices!
    BevMo and Total Wine.
    At BevMo, you can buy and SHIP on-line.
    http://www.bevmo.com/
    Total Wine
    http://www.totalwine.com/
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/10 07:45:38 (permalink)
    kozel

    joerogo
    Sadly, PA Residents can only buy wine and spirits from overpriced State owned stores with a poor selection.

    It may be a bit of a hike, but the Wayne NJ Costco right off Route 80 ha liquor I believe.  Blue laws in NJ restrict it to be available at a maximum of 3  stores in the state of NJ and I believe Wayne is one of them and another is Edison.  You may find this link useful....

    http://costcoconnection.t...er_wine_spirits_guide/

     
    Thanks kozel, I travel the I-80 corridor a lot.  I usually stop at Wine Library and Trader Joe's in Springfield for Wine
     
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/10 11:09:31 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    We have "Big Box Booze" Stores out here with big selections and low prices!
    BevMo and Total Wine.
    At BevMo, you can buy and SHIP on-line.
    http://www.bevmo.com/
    Total Wine
    http://www.totalwine.com/

     
    In Dallas, we also now have a Total Wine store. It's a great store with very helpful service and the very best prices in Dallas for wine and spirits. 
    post edited by Twinwillow - 2012/12/10 11:10:45
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/10 11:13:34 (permalink)
    Fact: Costco is still the largest wine retailer in the US.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 12:08:24 (permalink)
    <<The most amazing part that I didn't really expect is Coctco's exhaistive, Consumer Reports/Underwriters' Laboratories-style testing of products before offering them to their customers under their Kirkland Brand. They do this for everything from soap to fine wine.>>
     
    Whoever these testers are, it's a safe bet they have never been to a NY City bagel store. While I like most Kirkland Products, thier bagels are pretty lame.
     
    We're not much on the hard booze end of things, but thier House Beer (made at FX Matt in Utica, same brewer as Saranac and many craft contract-beers) is quite good, and about $8 less per case than most craft beers. And I would love to see them come up with a Kirkland Cabernet.
     
    Oh, and thier pizza is much much better than it used to be, definately a better quality cheese than before. We actually buy it now.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 12:23:43 (permalink)
    Ken
    Our only gripe on the take and bake pizzas has been that they were to big for our home oven. We usually we get slices at the snack bar !!
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 13:10:20 (permalink)
    When we would buy one of their "take & bake" pizzas, we would have to fold the edge up a bit to fit in our oven.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 13:10:48 (permalink)
    joerogo

    Sadly, PA Residents can only buy wine and spirits from overpriced State owned stores with a poor selection.

    I just picked up some very good rum at K Mart in St Thomas at about 50% less than the PA price.


    If you're referring to the St.Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands the reason booze is so cheap there is because there's no federal or state tax. When we lived there a shot of any liquor at a bar was a quarter, but if you wanted, say, scotch and soda the price went up to a buck or more to pay for the soda. Back then a fifth of Jack Daniels was fourteen or fifteen bucks here in the states, but it was just one or two dollars in St. Thomas.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 14:12:16 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    joerogo

    Sadly, PA Residents can only buy wine and spirits from overpriced State owned stores with a poor selection.

    I just picked up some very good rum at K Mart in St Thomas at about 50% less than the PA price.


    If you're referring to the St.Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands the reason booze is so cheap there is because there's no federal or state tax. When we lived there a shot of any liquor at a bar was a quarter, but if you wanted, say, scotch and soda the price went up to a buck or more to pay for the soda. Back then a fifth of Jack Daniels was fourteen or fifteen bucks here in the states, but it was just one or two dollars in St. Thomas.

     
    That would be the one I am referring to.  No deals on vino, but the liquor is silly cheap.
     
     
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 14:51:28 (permalink)
    Right. we drank top-shelf when it came to liquor, but couldn't afford wine. When we moved back to the states we were able to bring enough liquor to last a few years because there was no duty on our household goods, which by law can include alcohol.
     
    The thing that killed us down there was the huge price increase for cigarettes. The year before we left the price went up from $1.50 a carton to $1.70.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 15:12:06 (permalink)
    A $1.70 a carton? Wow, that would make me give up smoking.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 15:17:55 (permalink)
    At the time a carton here in the states cost $4.00-$4.50.
     
    I did stop smoking, but not till 25 years later on Jan. 2, 1993 at 9:30 a.m. EST when I cut down from four packs a day to zero.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 17:05:48 (permalink)
    Michael, It's funny how you remember the date and time. I do too! For me it was 9:00 PM CST September 20, 1971. I smoked the last of five Marlboro's that day and never looked back.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 17:33:06 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    I did stop smoking, but not till 25 years later on Jan. 2, 1993 at 9:30 a.m. EST when I cut down from four packs a day to zero.

    Wow, a couple coincidences here. Same time for me, 9:30 AM EST, also went from four packs a day to zero. Different date, 25 Nov 1996, the Monday before Thanksgiving.
    post edited by RKB - 2012/12/11 17:35:25
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    Re:Costco liquor 2012/12/11 17:38:43 (permalink)
    I was sitting in my chair in the living room and smoking a Marlboro. It was 9:30 a.m. when I put it out. And while I've smoked no cigarettes, no cigars and no pipe since, I still want to smoke, and I find myself reaching to my empty shirt pocket to grab a cigarette while driving, working or drinking something.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/02/19 03:36:36 (permalink)
    I'm currently in Nashville with family, will leave here Wednesday morning and head home via Kentucky, Ohio and Maryland. I'm hoping to meet up with the Bowen's for a bit of the Bourbon trail.

    Either way I'll hit the Costco in Louisville for a resupply order. I have a few request from friends.
    post edited by MikeS. - 2013/02/19 03:38:16
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/02/19 08:56:39 (permalink)
    Glenn1234
    Here in VA, Costco sells beer and wine, but not liquor.  Liquor is sold only in government controlled ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) stores.  
    Glenn

    Did I just hear that Costco opened a store in DC and it also sells liquor.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/02/19 10:12:24 (permalink)
    On January 1st, 1968 I went to bed smoking a cigarette - probably about 3 am. When I awoke , about noon, I had  a killer hangover,and, amazingly, no desire for a cigarette. I have not had a cigarette since that time (did smoke a few ceremonial cigars over the years). Went from 3 packs a day to zero, cold turkey. 
    I happened to be on the road throughout up-state New York most of that winter, so I started eating roasted peanuts as a substitute for smoking. I kept a bag of peanuts on the seat next to me and , instead of lighting a cigarette I cracked a peanut . Along with the peanuts, my tastes buds gradually returned, I started really liking good food, and over the years went from 140 pounds to a bit over 200.  
     
    To this day, my wife tells me, I still sometimes reach into my shirt pocket for that pack of cigarettes - especially if I'm under some stress, engrossed in a good argument, or, maybe, drinking a bit more than I should...
     
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/02/20 19:32:02 (permalink)
    <<And I would love to see them come up with a Kirkland Cabernet>>
     
    Wow, I posted that a couple of months ago and my prayers have been answered (well, at least that prayer). 
     
    Costco now has thier own Kirkland Cabernet. We taste-tested it against our usual Woodbridge Cabernet and we liked the Kirkland better, and it's $4 less for a 1.5 liter bottle.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/02/20 19:55:51 (permalink)
    I have Costcophobia...so I fly with the Sparrow.

    http://www.sparrowine.com/
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/03/05 10:50:11 (permalink)
    Glenn1234

     
    Here in VA, Costco sells beer and wine, but not liquor.  Liquor is sold only in government controlled ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) stores.  


    Glenn




    The New Costco in NE DC sells booze. The store is brand new, not at all crowded, plenty of parking.
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    Re:Costco liquor 2013/03/05 12:18:28 (permalink)
    A brand new Costco opened in Knoxville and has an attached structure that sells wine and liquor.  I sure do like their store and with a membership, gas is $0.40 cents a gallon cheaper.
     
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