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Beer Available At Di Carlo Fine Wines and Spirits (arranged by most recent)
Allagash Black 98, Lakefront Fuel Cafe 49, Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA 96, Brewery Vivant Trebuchet 98, Goose Island Harvest Ale 91, Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA (Cask/Bottle) 99, Oso Dank Imperial Red Ale 82, Saugatuck Continuum Imperial IPA 86, North Coast Old No. 38 Stout 93, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Double Wide I.P.A. 99, Kona Pipeline Porter 92, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, Lagunitas India Pale Ale 94, Revolution Firestone Walker Dos Osos 97, 18th Street Seven 92, Green Flash Palate Wrecker 99, Port Brewing Hop 15 100, Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA 99, Big Muddy Galaxy IPA 87
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | June 28, 2004| Updated January 10, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Bells Batch 5000; Left Hand Oak-Aged Imperial; Boon Mariage Parfait Gueueze; all the Great Divide big beers; Bare Tree 2001/2/3; Unibroue 11; Apis Jadwiga and 10 other Polish/E. Euro meads.
Best selection I saw this time through Chicago, BY FAR (I also hit Samís, 2 Binnys, and Miskas). Hard not to get carried away, really hard. Larger, more interesting selection than Samís now...enormous stock of E. European beers, and the Belgian and USA micro selection is very well chosen. My #1 stop in the Midwest at this point.
Update Dec 05: still pretty nice, but didnít blow me away this time...mead selection has depleted and is relegated to a bottom shelf, Belgians nothing spectacular...very good IL selection and some nice E European stuff, but this place has lost a step or two in the past year.
hopdog (231) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | July 22, 2007| Updated July 25, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Looking at the ratings, I decided to stop here on my way between Flat Landers and Mickey Finns. They had a smaller singles selection. I left disappointed and did not even buy 1 beer as there wasnít anything of interest for me here. Original rating on 7/22/07. 2 8 7 n/a 9Decided to stop by and give this place another chance. Looks like theyíve gotton more beer so I raised my rating.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | August 19, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Excellent selection. What more can I say? They have most anything that Samís has (save for the occassional oddball item that Samís somehow gets). Still, they have some random stuff that you canít find anywhere else. Essential.
Walt (189) Austin, Texas | April 22, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Holy shit...great selection!!! Prices very reasonable and they do have some rare beers....I met Scott the Director of Specialty Beers and what a super guy he was! I mustíve spent an hour and a half there looking at beers and talking beers (much to my girlfriends chagrin I think)...a must stop in the area!
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | March 6, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This is a truly decent beer store with a solid selection including plenty of singles. I was able to pick up a goodly handful of "new" brews on my recent visit. But, and not to put the place down in ANY way, I think the reviewers who treat this as The beer loversí Mecca need to get out more. There are plenty of fine beers stores in the greater Chicagoland area. And this is most certainly one of them.
CaptainCougar (142) Columbia, Maryland | January 12, 2004
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I don't care what anyone says, but this is the best store in the Chicago area when it comes to selection. I'm not good at counting bottles, but I'd guess they have close to 1000 different beers. My only gripe is that I'm not sure how long some of them have been there. Prices are a little steep, but the amazing selection far outweighs that.
Ughsmash (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 14, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
When I stopped by here in June 2007, I had a nice chat with Scott, the Director of Beers, and liked the direction he plans on taking this store (he also gave me a glass of 3F Black Sun that he had on tap in the back!). The store had a large, kind of old and dusty warehouse feel to it, so not so aesthetically pleasing. The beer selection was fairly large with most of the sixers available as singles (large wall of íem). They had a solid selection of Belgians and other imports. The goal is to devote more of the store to beer, which can make this even better.
StewardofGondor (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | April 18, 2005| Updated July 8, 2005
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Makes it worthwhile to visit my in-laws as long as I can be unleashed for half an hour at this place. If they donít have something in, theyíre try to order it for you and theyíll call you when it arrives. As close to perfect as a bottle shop can be.
SubstanceT (114) Saint Louis, Missouri | January 16, 2005| Updated October 8, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Ya know, this place is pretty darn good. The selection is pretty diverse and they have lots of stuff that is good and fairly hard to come by. Check it out if you are in the area.
Zeswaft (113) Seattle, Washington | February 7, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
For the 20 mile drive there this was a pretty big disappointment, especially after the raves. This place looks more like a tittie club on the outside than a liquor store (if you neglect the trite giant "LIQUOR" sign on front). The fact remains that this place has a great selection. Let me refrase that, a large selection. The truth is nothing that is really that special or great. They probably have 300 German and eastern European beers alone. A lot of English and a decent selection of Belgians (NO Rochefort). I liked how they had both 750ís and 330ís of a lot of the belgians if you donít want to commit to a large bottle. Domestics are quite lame. They had a lot of Behemoth still around. Didnít have any Bellís Stouts! Very few domestic bombers. The coolest thing I found were 3 different Jolly Pumpkins (Oro, Roja, and Calabaza). They had Avery Samaels, which Iíd never seen. I only brought $50 because I didnít want to binge, I walked away buying 3 bottles for a total of $17. I got a Lion Stout, JP Roja, and a Tripel Karmeliet. Prices were pretty good. I donít really have any desire to ever go back here.
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