Best Liquor Store

Vom Fass

Don't go to Vom Fass on an empty stomach...unless you're ready to take a cab home. The German boutique in Maplewood — one of just seven in the United States — may not look like a place to get boozed up, but walls of absinthe, brandies and whiskies don't lie. And neither do the salespeople here when they invite you to taste anything that catches your eye. Their dazzling selection of imported liqueurs includes rose, baked-apple and nut chocolate (think Nutella!). The heartier drinkers among us will appreciate the many casks of hard-to-find aged whiskies from across Scotland and Ireland. Vom Fass literally translates to "from the cask," and employees will happily decant you a taste of whatever strikes your fancy. In accordance with U.S. law, the boozes-for-purchase have already been bottled, but the store's olive oils, vinegars and other nonalcoholic liquids can be poured to order from barrel to bottle. Taste, learn and be merry!

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