A joy of a family-owned store, in a great North Side hood. Huge craft beer selection, often different than whatís at West Lakeview. Ask about the 4% disocunt card. Cool vibe: If you want a macro, you have to walk past ALL the micros and imports on the shelves, past the coolers of bigger name micros, to find the the cases they have in the corner cooler. Thatís awesome. This is the place to go for AMERICAN micros, their stock rivals Binnyís and blows away West Lakeview. Weaker on imports, but they have plenty to keep you happy, from Black Albert to all the great Belgians. And you can usually find a great deal, like Point Maibock 12-packs for $8 all this past summer, to Red Hook coffee beer for $2 a bomber. Become a regular and theyíll save rare releases for you (like KBS). So check it out, then walk down the street to Paulina Meat Market half a block away and spend the rest of your paycheck on the sausages.
Another wonderful shop!!! The owner and beer manager were there when I stopped by...great selection of awesome beers!!! Very knowledgeable and friendly! While, they didnít have anything rare when I was there, they did have everything that I wanted. Another must stop at shop.
JJSuds (26) California | August 22, 2008| Updated September 7, 2008
Surprising great craft beer selection for this neighborhood. Yoo-hoo!
Great little store with a nice selection of Micros. Found quite a few beers that werenít available in Binnyís and other liquor stores around the area. Steve runs a tight ship, and values the patronage of his regular customers. No fault there.
The store is clean.
The selection is one of the best in Chicago.
The prices arenít overly high.
Stop in, check it out. Support the local business, donít feed that beast of the conglomerate competitors.
I found myself by Armanettiís and had heard a lot about it and decided to try out their craft beer selection. They had a wide variety of your staple beers, but then they had beers that I had not seen in any other store in the Chicago area. I walked in wanting to get one or two beers and wound up walking out with 5 simply because I knew I wasnít going to get them anywhere else. I see myself going there in the future for most craft beer purchases.
I really liked this place. A bit larger then west lakeview with a greater variety of american micros. The mix 6 program was fantastically done and organized. So many beers on a wall of 12 ozers gives you flexibility to try a lot. I picked up some Bells, Great Lakes, Boulevard, FFF here. The kid working the counter was super nice and really helpful I guess i didnt get some of the bad service a lot of people talk about on here. Great place.
Stopped by here on a recent trip to Chicago. Had a very nice selection of domestics and staff was friendly and helpful. I agree that Steve was helpful and helped me carry my beer to the car. Definitely worth a stop. Nice neighborhood too.
Stopped in here after leaving West Lakeview and didnít find what I was looking for there. Was pleasantly surprised to stumble on this place, whose selection was actually better than WLV!! Iíll be back.
Big bright space. The guy working there seemed knowledgeable enough, and happy to help. Clean and well organized, not as quickly picked over as some neighborhood contemporaries. Prices a bit on the high side, but not entirely out of line. Youíll absolutely be able to find something interesting here. Not the best, but definitely worth a stop if youíre in the neighborhood. Free parking on the side a definite plus.
The reviews here seem a little dated as the beer selection has taken a very positive turn as of late. Shelf space for beer has been recently doubled with a new emphasis on American Micros. I have been working my way through the reccomendations and have yet to be disappointed. Prices are reasonable (in line with the big boys) and the selection is comparable. Best of all if you find something you like they will whip out the beer distributor catalog and have it in the store for you in a week. Kudos to the new ownership! Great selection, decent prices with a neighborhood feel.