FWIW, they have always been my LHBS. I wasn’t crazy about the AB InBev acquisition, but I’ve always liked the people in the stores. The last time I was in the store, I was going to brew a Czech Pilsner. They didn’t have a single package of Czech yeast on hand which was frustrating, but I guess I now know why.
I don’t know why (since they were the same company), but I never really cared for Midwest. Always felt a bit sketchy with the hydroponics section. Plus, it just seemed a little more unorganized than the Minneapolis NB store.
I think it will move again. The VC company that bought it will either ultimately close it down, or sell again (that’s what I’ve read is their history). I’m not worried as if there is enough demand for a local store, one will open again.
If I’m honest, the location of my LHBS is not my biggest problem. It’s the guy behind this keyboard.