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t0rin0 (990) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 23, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited August 14, 2013.
Kind of an interesting neighborhood that I didnt really want to walk through at night. The store has a high security feel to it with separate doors for entrance and exit, cameras looking at those doors, and a clerk that watches everyone from the counter in the corner. The beer selection is OK, nothing amazing but definitely a few nice things in there. My problem with the place is the price point.
drdisque (34) Illinois | August 22, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went here to use a groupon that was expiring. Obviously others had the same idea as they were out of stock of a lot of stuff. However, was still able to find numerous things that I thought were interesting that I hadnít had before. Lots of local brews.
ChiGuy68 (28) Illinois | August 12, 2013| Updated September 6, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Small place that is well worth checking out if you live anywhere in the area. They donít have a huge selection, but there is no filler in their beer selection. Top notch micro & craft brew selection that includes bombers and create-your-own 12oz variety packs. Iíll be a repeat customer.
pablo951 (53) Chicago, Illinois | August 12, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Itís a no frills liquor store with a small but fierce selection. They let you make your own six pack, and while their selection isnít huge they have a top notch selection of local, national, and international craft and micro beers. From Pipeworks, to Dogfish, to Duvel, that have a nice selection. Plus I found them through a groupon, canít beat that from a liquor store.
jrallen34 (342) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
A couple blocks away from my house, I had to tick this place. Very skeptical of its high score and terrible looking sign. Glad I went because this is a solid place. Its located at a bad intersection of Elston and Fullerton, not far from the cluster fu#* that is Damen, Fullerton, and Elston. Anyway, take the back way by coming up Elston and avoid the mess. The store is part of a strip mall, from the outside doesnít look like much but on older run down liquor store. As I walk in, pretty shocked as its new looking, nice, and very spacious. The beer is located to the right in 6 coolers. The middle of the store has 3 rows of hard liquor, good selection... Immediately Iím happy with the beer selection as its a tickers dream as this is one of the only Chicago stores that sales beers normally only available in 6packs as singles. The beers are almost exclusively midwestern stuff, but high quality. They had sixers of Alpha King, Gumballhead, and Pride & Joy, along with Drie Oude Gueze, and lots of Grand Teton. There is definitely space for this place to grow and add a ton more beer. I canít imagine that it gets the foot traffic to do that though. Despite liking this place I canít really imagine going back there as there are so many other stores just as close with much bigger selections. I would maybe come back if I just had to get some Alpha King or I just happened to be right there and wanted a quick tick. A good place, just hampered by location and selection right now.
emerge077 (103) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | February 16, 2010| Updated October 15, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
2013: Selection is dwindling a bit, still get a good selection of seasonals, singles, and quality locals like Pipeworks and Spiteful.
2011 - 88: Expanded shelves, 2 full cooler doors of singles and bombers. Patronizing small, independent businesses keeps money in the neighborhood and sustains the local economy. Support your local neighborhood bottle shop. If you donít get that, youíre a special kind of beerdouche.
Edit March 2010: Added a full door of singles to the cooler, some of the best prices on the north side....
They are just getting started, but already stock a nice selection of craft staples, with a focus on local/regional brewers. The guy working there was really friendly and mentioned they will order beers for you. I asked for Hopslam, and it was there a couple days later. Awesome!
Sample list of the beers they carry:
Three Floyds (Black Sun, Dreadnaught, + sixers), Abita, Allagash, Arcadia, Avery, Bells (Hopslam, Expy), Breckenridge, Coniston, Dark Horse, Delirium, Dogfish, Flying Dog, Founders, Goose Island, Great Divide, Great Lakes, Green Flash (West Coast IPA sixers + bombers), Lagunitas, Left Hand, Lost Abbey, Magic Hat, Metropolitan, Moylans, New Belgium, New Holland, Port Brew, Rogue, Ska, St Louis, Two Brothers, Victory, Wells, Koningshoeven, Kulmbacher, Leffe, Pauwel Kwak, Saison Dupont, Tripel Karmeleit. New this week: Half Acre lineup, Daisy Cutter & Big Hugs plus the 2 standard sixers.
They have plenty of room to expand, and are off to a good start with the beer selection.
Itís a little hard to find, itís behind the subway/dunkin donuts, actually facing Elston Ave. Thereís a small parking lot in front. Look for the neons in the window, they donít have anything on the shopping center sign yet.
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