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ryanfolty (222) Bourbon County, Minnesota | December 30, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got a chance to hit up our favorite place to score some brews while in school. I remember this place being nicer inside, seems kind of dumpy now. Nice selection of brews and prices were very good. There were a few things noticeably cheaper than Binnys. Sentimental factor gives this a higher overall rating.
mualumnus (10) Skokie, Illinois | September 6, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
A nice singles selection, and a very good selection of craft beers overall. With the Chicago area lacking places that offer singles, Famous stands out as one of the better beer stores in the area.
Thorpe429 (58) , Illinois | September 1, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Quality: Good. Everything seems to be pretty new, and they definitely turn over the build a sixpack inventory pretty quickly, so I donít really worry about freshness there.
Service: Iíve never really had anyone come up to me and ask if I needed help, which I donít have too much of a problem with. The problem is that the way the store is set up, the guys stocking the place are constantly coming right through the craft aisle (which is quite narrow) with carts full of cases of BMC and the like--gets to be kind of a pain.
Selection: This place has always got plenty of local six packs as well as pretty good stuff from around the country. This is especially with regard American crafts. The Beglian selection is a little weak, although they do have a few nice items. What I really like is the constantly well-stocked inventory for building a six pack, or just buying a single bottle or two. Nothing like stopping a couple days a week and deciding which bottle or two you want to try that night.
Value: Prices are quite reasonable. This is by far the cheapest place to buy Rochefort around here that I have found ($5, $5, and $6 for 6, 8, and 10, respectively).
JAYAR1 (2) GLEN ELLYN, Illinois | May 1, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
UNLIKE BINNYíS(ge & dg), YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANT SELECTION OF SINGLES HERE. AMBIENCE IS NEGLIGIBLE! AMBIENCE DOESNíT HELP ME SELECT BEER. THE PLACE IS CLEAN AND BEER IS ON A SHELF OR IN COOLERS. SELECTION IS ON PAR WITH BINNYíS + OR-. BEST OF ALL, ITíS CLOSE TO THE CASA!! SERVICE IS THERE IF YOU NEED IT.
theisti (636) Leawood, Kansas | April 10, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I had a later afternoon flight out, and a meeting on this side of town and wanted to visit Lunar brewing. To kill time, I hit a few of the local bottle shops listed in the area. Big space in a strip mall. Big selection, both in coolers and on racks. Focus is mostly on domestic craft - they had some labels I hadnít seen at other stores (Southern Star was the one I remember). Import selection wasnít great, though had a bunch of obscure countries is thatís your thing. They singled out a ton of beers, though prices seemed a bit inflated on those. Overall, cool store, well worth the visit if you are in the area. They had a nice fine food / deli selection as well.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
monkeychugg55 (30) Joliet, Illinois | April 3, 2009| Updated December 5, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Very nice selection of singles and bombers. They got about everything you can get in the area. Wonderful selection of single priced bottles for the avid rater.
tmohr (3) Illinois | March 12, 2009| Updated November 16, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Unpretentious place with an excellent selection of beers. Much easier to get out of the parking lot since they added another exit.
Headbanger (85) Aurora, Illinois | October 29, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Was looking for an older Two Bros and they had it and held on to it for me. A decent selection of brews. Great customer service.
ElGaucho (238) Minnetonka, Minnesota | September 22, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Iíve been living within 3 miles of this place for 15 months and never really thought to go in there, partly because I donít go by it that much. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The selection and commitment to beer is better than at the Forest Park location. The beer selection is also better than the Binnyís Glen Ellyn, which is where I usually go. The beer to wine space ratio is about 40-60 versus about 25-75 at Binnyís. One pleasant surprise was finding the Mikkeller Beer Geek breakfast which I hadnít previously seen anywhere in the Chicago market (or any market for that matter). They have some different stuff like mini-kegs of Baltika 7 and the new Sam Adams Imperial Pils. They also have a make-your-own 6 pack section, which is limited but has quality beers unlike most stores looking to get rid of their crap. Of my 4 go-to West Suburb beer stores: Binnyís Glen Ellyn, Samís Downers, Salís Beverage World Elmhurst and now Famous, I like the beer selection at Famous the best and will be frequenting it more often.
JB175 (43) Bucks County, Pennsylvania | October 14, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Grew up right down the road from this place and have since stopped in on return trips to the area. Decent selection of regional micros including Bells, GI special reserve, and others. Nothing amazing, bud did find some good singles that I have never seen on the East Coast
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