Chimay, Duvel, Corsendonk, Orval, Aventinus, Weltenburg-Kloster, JW Lees. Not names to set the most experienced beerhuntersí hearts aflutter, but quite uncommon in backwater places like Beloit, WI and sister South Beloit, IL. This small, friendly store has a large selection of E European lagers & porters, bespeaking the heritage of the area, and a very good collection of Wisconsin micros. It may not knock your socks off, but it certainly must be one of, if not the best places for beer inside the Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago triangle. UPDATE July 04: in-stock were Lindemans,Aventinus,Duvel,Westmalle,3 Monts, 3 Monts Spec Reserve--you guys have just been unlucky. Not amazing, but for sure worth it if youíre in the area.
Made a pit stop here earlier today and glad I did. Beer was in the back and not a huge selection, but loads of quality. Prices were very good as well. Didnít ask his name, but a guy came out of the back and saw me checking out the craft beer. Asks if I was interested in some limited release stuff and I was like heck yeah I am. Seemed like a great guy that knew his stuff. They had some singles, but my focus was on the good stuff. Check it out if you are in the area.
emerge077 (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 1, 2010| Updated October 18, 2013
Are we still in Illinois? Sigh... yes.
Beer is wayy in the back here, past aisles of liquor and wine. At least theres no light coming in. There were a couple rack displays with bombers from Port, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, New Belgium, Fort Collins, etc. On the shelf there was plenty from Founders, Bells, Dark Horse, and others. Breakfast stout was on special for $8.99, that was sweet. Pere Jaques and Sofie from GI were also on display. Around the corner there was a good range of imports, 3 Monts, Chouffe, Rodenbach on the Belgian side, Schlenkerla and others on the German side. Not crazy extensive, but respectable. In the coolers there were only 2 doors of craft, and 1 door of imports out of 10 or so doors. Lots of macro cases, and random malt liquor dominated the rest of the cooler. The older lady at the register was nice, but there was no staff on the floor.
Overall this was a good store with cheap deals, but Wisconsin was calling my name. Woodmans in Beloit had Cranbic, and Badger had a bunch of WI singles, plus Stone etc.
Looked like they had some pretty good liquors and t good prices. The beer selection was decent. Somewhat of a motley selection. They had Rochefort 10 and 8 and they were cheap. 90 minute IPA, GI Matilda were some of the highlights. Worth checking out if youíre in the area.
Nice little store hidden in South Beloit. The beer area is in the back past all the liquor.
Service has always been good for me. As long as you ask for help, they always have someone to assist you, unlike some of the bigger stores. I was lucky to have Matt (The Beer Guy) helping me out. Not only did we talk about beer and the industry as a whole for almost an hour and a half, but he even grabbed me a couple hidden gems out of the back room after learning my style choices.
Great selection! 2 full shelving units of craft brews along with various endcap displays and case stacks and another full shelving unit of Euro beers. A whole bunch of coolers with mostly macro stuff, but a good deal of craft 6-packs and bombers are also kept cold. While I was there, I grabbed a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12pk (the only place in town I ever saw it), Sierra Nevada BRUX, New Bel Peach Porch Lounger, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, Boulevard Reverb Pilsner, Dark Horse Fore and Tres Boulevard Collaboration 3 Stingo, Mo Betta Bretta, Unibroue Grande Reserve 17, Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Beans and a Hoppin Frog BA Naked Evil. And that is not even getting into the Euro beers where I absolutely saw a bunch of Mikkeller stuff including stuff from the single hop series and the Beer Geek series. They have a bunch of great whisky too, including the single barrel stuff that they get bottled just for them. I was told by a friend about some single barrel Weller that is awesome. From what I understand, the 750s and the handles were different barrels so they have totally different tastes. That will be my next purchase there.
Great value here too. I donít know about the Wisconsin Woodmans like others here have said, but I know Everettís is usually the same or lower than the Rockford Woodmans. And, you get service here that you wonít find in a grocery store.
Overall, I donít understand why this place isnít rated higher...Someone better tell Dr. Owl to come back and give it another go. As someone who is new to town, this is going to be one of my usual stops on the way home from work.
They didn't have much in the way of Belgians, if any. Their stock of good beer was mainly English. I couldn't find anything is the area comperable, however.
TheEnemy (44) Chicago, | November 26, 2005| Updated March 4, 2006
I canít say I was terribly impressed, but to be fair, this is more of a wine place than beer place. Some have commented on their Wisconsin micro selection, and Iím not sure why. Even though this place is literally a few hundred feet from the state line, Wisconsin micro selection is limited by the fact that many Wisconsin breweries are not licensed for distribution in Illinois. If youíre satisfied with Sand Creek, Leinenkugels and Point, this is your place. If you prefer a more broad selection of Southern Wisconsin micros youíre better off driving an extra 5 miles to the Beloit Woodmanís. Yes there were a few decent Euros, a handful of decent Belgians, but the selection is so random that if youíre not already familiar with their selection, you shouldnít really go to Everettís counting on them to stock whatever it is youíre looking for. Probably the best youíre going to find in a relatively non beer-savvy area, and it might be worth a stop if you happen to be driving down Illinois 75, but in my opinion not even worth the 2-mile side trip off the interstate.