United States > Illinois > East Dubuque
jmagnus87 (85) Rockford, Illinois | July 13, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Cool place. Looks like it used to be a grocery store. Large selection of craft and specialty beers. Every bottle is available as a single which is awesome. If you can catch the staff walking around they are more than happy to help. Prices are pretty good. They mark stuff down dirt cheap on a segregated shelf for past seasonals and soon to expire beer. Really cool and worth a trip.
jmohno (7) Iowa | November 9, 2012| Updated December 28, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Good random selection. Although Ive noticed alot of dust collected maybe quite a few aged beers as well. Lots of bombers and stuff sitting room-temp shelf.Its a big place acceptable for expansion.They are leniant with pulling a few bottles from cases as well so as not to buy a whole sixer.Friendly nice workers giving good atmostphere to an otherwise warehouse. I dont get the name but,it is a friendly place with a pretty decetnt selection, I didnt come out with too much(which was a good thing for me at the time) but I see the potential this place has. Only because alot of it Ive had in the vacinity I like although they have about everything here available you can get in a semi-close radious. Good selection. You will find something that interests you that you havent seen around.
wlajwl (33) Quad Cities, Iowa | August 1, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Right off Highway 20, it is a converted grocery store. Beer aisles are in the middle of the store and in the back coolers. Selection was decent and being able to buy any single bottle was pretty good. Not an extremely large selection but pretty decent as a whole.
fidelis83 (15) Clinton, Iowa | September 20, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice little place right along the highway. Good selection, GREAT, considering the location. Sort of fun market-type layout. Easy going arrangement, and staff. I would highly recommend this place to any passerby, especially from out of state.
ekoerper (39) Iowa | January 5, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection for the area. Allow mix and match, which is especially nice with the discount. They do a good job of getting highly sought after beers from e.g. Avery, Ballast Point, Port/Lost Abbey, Founders, Hoppiní Frog etc. Nothing extremely exotic, but a respectable selection. Theyíre smart enough to segregate and discount the old and off-season brews, which shows they care about their beer-knowledgeable customers.
Rando7 (20) Iowa | July 30, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Converted grocery store, quite spacious.Nice selection of craft beer and imports, not outstanding but for the region itís very good. The big advantage is you can get singles of any craft or import they have in stock and they give you a 5% discount per six bottles. Prices seem very fair. Service mostly limited to checkout but helpful. They do have a "marked down" shelf of expiring beers but this can be a good deal for the right styles.
CanIHave4Beers (73) Pouring Bus, Iowa | December 30, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
The name of this place is the stuff of Dubuque area legends. I*ve been going here since before I could buy anything and it was the first serious beer-wine-liquor store I had ever been too, so it holds a place in my heart. Let me lay it on the line though, it*s a freaking warehouse dolled up in minimal fashion and they are very focused on liquor and wine. Beer tends to take a back seat but they do care about what they*re doing in the beer dept. There is a decent import selection, particularly for me when I was just starting out, they*ve got you covered on the basics for sure. Their micro stuff rotates a lot, but it’s a fairly good selection and I like that it rotates. There is always something worth picking up here.
scoobysnak (10) Appleton, Wisconsin | March 18, 2008| Updated March 23, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
For being in the middle of no where this place is pretty damn good. A good amount of import, (Chimay, Orval, Sam Smith) to mention a very few, along with a good amount of American favorites, (North Coast, Ballast Point, Goose Island BCS and IIPA, Great Divide, Rogue, Avery, I think FFF but the selection was really small and I am guessing that they arenít going to carry it anymore) Definately a lot more than I was expecting when I heard about it. Also a huge plus is that everything they have you can pick up singles of, they donít care if you break up a sixer. Five percent discount if you make your own six pack. The biggest draw back is that everything they have is sitting out in the open, unrefrigerated, but the place is honestly probably the best selection for 50 miles in any direction. Service is non existent, the only time you get attention is when you pay, but that is cool with me, I donít like being bothered anyway. Definately worth a stop if you are in the area.
pepsican (45) @ $13.99, Iowa | January 7, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with a thick...oh wait. Family beer and liquor, gotta love the name. This place is pretty nice. Very big alcohol selection, and beer gets a good chunk of real estate as well. You can mix and match anything they have out, and you get 10% off from anything that is in a six pack. Cool. Selection is pretty good, but newer stuff filters in pretty slow. If you go once and stock up on everything, you pretty much are set for a month or two before you should bother coming back. Staff seems friendly enough, they always offer to carry my stuff out to the car (which i decline at 25) but that might help a few of the older rate beerians out (just kidding).
jde123 (81) Washington, Washington DC | May 20, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Wow! I felt a little uneasy going into a beer and liquor store with the moniker "Family" prominently displayed across the threshold (but such is the advertising in the Midwest, even alcohol is seen as as a wholesome activity), but it dissipated soon after entering the store. Aisles full of an extremely large selection of beer from all over the world. A side note: Whenever I want to find a beer that no one else has rated on beerpal or any of the other beer websites, I head to the midwest, specifically around eastern Iowa. Anyway, I found many that I had not yet tried, and walked away happy.
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