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Beer Available At West Lakeview Liquors (arranged by most recent)
Pipeworks Vanilla Abduction , Pipeworks The Royale , Mikerphone Techno Gorilla , Prťaris Grand Cru 2014 (Jack Daniels BA) 90, Buxton Stronge Extra Stout 99, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Imperial Stout X - Tart Cherry 83, Hubbardís Cave Imperial Vanilla Stout , South Loop A Century of Progress , Meantime Hospital Porter 94, Konrad Světlż LeěŠk (Vratislav) 14į 46, Konrad Eso Polotmavż LeěŠk 11į 43, Pipeworks Scarlet Betta 81, Against the Grain / Stillwater Little Did We Know 20, Oude Geuze Boon VAT 77 99, Off Color / Central State Whiskers , Gigantic Solid! 89, Off Color Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Barrel 163 Dinoísmores , Half Acre Vicious Pet , Dieu du Ciel DerniŤre Volontť Avec des Brettanomyces 92, Original Ritterguts Gose 91
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Travlr (2114) Washington, Washington DC | January 17, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
This place had more Kentucky beers than Iíve ever seen in one place before - and Iíve been to Kentucky. That should gove you just an inling into the vastness of this selection. I told them I liked sours, and an addition to the usual culprits, they produced a Norwegian sour. NORWEGIAN for Godís sake. I would like to move in here for a week just to eyeball their stash. Oh, and the service was good, and the prices very tolerable. Do not miss this place.
t0rin0 (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 1, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited a number of times in my trip to Chicago in July/August 2010.
The place is divided in two. Half is the liquor store and half is a deli/convenience store. Apparently there is a cellar as well but thatís off limits to customers.
Tons of bottles to choose from including lots of imports (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Mikkeller, Nogne, etc), some locals, and a few random beers. Plenty of fridge space and shelf space that is all filled to capacity. Some random bottles seem to show up but they are not new releases, just left over from the last release. Not bad in most cases but just somethign to be aware of. Also lots of liquor, but as I have no interest in liquor I didnt pay much attention.
The people that work there really know their beer. The regular customers that I saw come in were all helped and seemed happy with what they got.
Didnt pay attention to prices all that much as I had too much beer to bring home in the suitcase already and only bought 2 bottles.
theisti (667) Kansas | April 10, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Small wine and beer shop connected to an even smaller specialty grocer. Some wine up front, beer in coolers down one side, many beers in rack across from the coolers. Service was friendly and attentive. Selection was pretty great, seemed to have all the interesting beers available in Chicago. This was the first time I had seen the Half Acre cans, they look great. This was the best bottle shop I hit in Chicago. Nice shop, easy parking midday on a Thursday.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 25, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
We had quite a shopping experience here. I donít know that they really have 500 bottles as RB indicates, but they only carry great stuff. Reminds me of Olbutikken, though itís a bit cuter. The service might actually be as good as Olbutikken though. Seeing that we were beer lovers and from abroad, the owner got into interesting conversations with us, offered generous advice and all her attention. She ended up going downstairs and offered me a Dark Lord of all things! And guess what? I did not even take it, is that the worst crime ever commited by a ratebeerian or not? Iím sorry, but someone would be happier than me with that bottle and Iím not into EBay. We bought not even 150$ of beer between to two of us, but were given the royal treatment. We found lots of stuff we have not seen elsewhere. Iíd recommend hitting this place first and then complementing with another store when visiting Chicago, because their selection is not that expansive. Surprisingly, for such an upscale little spot, their prices are actually very good - though still expensive since they carry high-end stuff. Still very impressive and Iíve almost never had better service. She gave my girlfriend a store t-shirt (and they do look good) and was gonna give me one, but I just found one was enough.
Sammy (611) Toronto, Ontario | May 9, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Ranked the best store in Chicago, it likely is. Very good Shelton brothers selection, as well as twelve Percent (Evil Twin). Several US microbrews not available or sent here by distributors that were available at other small stores I visited. bottles were in the front window which was not a good idea. No breaking up of 4 or 6 packs. Service was a bit spoty but also only one server this night
bhensonb (538) Woodland, California | October 1, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Based on phone order. Had a bit of a disconnect - apparently I discarded a message as spam. But it worked out well, and I got some great beers. Their selection is pretty darn good.
mcberko (535) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 16, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Did a quick-and-easy mailorder through their website, which is annoying to navigate (only negative I have to say). Reasonable prices, both for bottles and shipping. Order processing and shipping time was very quick and smooth. Definitely recommend this place for mailorder and hope to visit in person some day.
jrallen34 (500) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated September 29, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Best beer store in Chicago, one of the best Iíve been too nationwide, great service, knowledgable and super nice, great events as well
phaleslu (477) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 16, 2009| Updated October 19, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Not huge, but the selection is absolutely outstanding and Kristin and her employees know their stuff. This is the place that I was going to when I first got seriously into beer. Some prices seem better than others, but nothing is priced unfairly. They make great use of the somewhat small space, with an overwhelming amount of stuff you wonít find elsewhere in Chicago or elsewhere. Theyíve always got new stuff coming in, and I could spend a dangerous amount of money here on any given trip. WLL has the best Mikkeller selection Iíve ever seen (along with Wine and Cheese Place), for instance. I look forward to making future trips here, as every time I walk in, Iím blown away by what great use it makes of the space.
daknole (447) Scottsdale, Arizona | July 11, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place to order from. They really need to improve their website. Good service, shipping and packing are great.
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