United States > Illinois > East Dubuque
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | January 9, 2006| Updated December 25, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Been here many time as I grew up across the river in Dubuque. Best beer selection in the area and they allow mixed six packs. They have selections from Avery, Sand Creek, New Holland, Tommyknocker, Grand Teton, Goose Island, and many more. The bad news is that on my most recent visit (Christmas Eve í06), I noticed an announcement that Bellís would no longer be distributed in Illinois. Drag.
heemer77 (220) Urbandale, Iowa | July 18, 2005| Updated October 7, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Still a solid beer store. I have been here a few times. Short of going to Chicago or Madison, this is a pretty good beer store. I am able to get a fair number fo new beers with each trip. They allow you to break up any six pack for singles. Just keep your eye on the cases on the floor, they donít always put everything on the shelf. I go to get Founderís, special edition Flying Dogs, and Mendocino. All beers that we donít get in Iowa. Decent selection of oddball German and English beer. Short on Belgians.
jmagnus87 (92) 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.
jde123 (83) 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.
CanIHave4Beers (74) 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.
DietPepsican (59) @ $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).
wlajwl (50) 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.
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 (21) 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.
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.
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