frybone (1) Elgin, Illinois | August 6, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
This is by far the best liquor store in the Northwest suburbs! The folks who own and operate the business are wonderful people. If there is something that they donít have in stock, they will do their best to order it or start carrying it. They recently added Brewery Vivant to their shelves...making me a very happy customer!
TGL0782 (4) Illinois | February 7, 2011| Updated February 19, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Besides Binnyís Genoís offers the largest selection of craft beer in the area by far. And Despite the somewhat smaller selection, Genoís does offer a few beers that you might not find at Binnyís. Itís a small shop with a bit more ambiance than your typical liquor store. The craft beer selection consists of an isle about 15í in length with import bombers and packs on one side, and domestic packs on the other. Thereís also a few displays in the middle of the isle with bombers on display. Price wise things are about what youíd expect though some brews are marked up a couple bucks compared to other shops in the area. The pricing is still better than the Schaumburg Binnyís by a mile. Service wise they are extremely friendly and eager to please their customers. My only complaint being that I wished they offered singles for sale. Definitely a place to stop if your a beer geek in the area.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 5, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
The best selection in the area...
Micros were center-stage once past the door, which was a promising sign. Founders Breakfast Stout was displayed on a barrel-shaped shelf, and some other cases on the floor. Craft beer is a clear priority, based on the layout of the store, and the numerous descriptive tags under many beers on the shelves. There was a Southern Tier island rack loaded with tons of bombers. Further down a bigger center island was chock full of limited Allagash 750ís and FFF bombers. On the right side micro shelf, DFH, Dark Horse, Goose, Capital, Americaís, Founders, and many more.
On the left, long shelves filled with many import singles. All kinds of English (Fullers Vintage í05), Polish (Okocim Palone), German (Schneider, old Mahrís Weisse), and some Belgians (Rochefort 8, Lindemans). For the area this was a staggering selection. Not quite to Binnyís /Samís magnitude, but still an extensive selection. Not much craft in the coolers, mostly swill in the back coolers under some wooden shingles. A couple upright coolers held a few random imports. Veering off to the right from the coolers, it was a no manís land, save for a lonely rack of old singles containing autographed pizza beers and last years pumpkin beer. Caveat emptor on certain shelf items, there was some dusty stuff. The micros seemed to move faster than imports.
Pricing on some things were slightly high, Matilda for $13 for example, and Kapsreiter Landbier for $7.29... Take the McLean exit off highway 20, take a left past the first light at the strip mall, itís halfway down.