West Lakeview Liquors

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Beers At West Lakeview Liquors

NameABVEntered
Draai Laag R2 Koelschip4.2%7/9/2016
Marz Smoak Centennial6%7/8/2016
Mikerphone Jibboo7.75%7/8/2016
Une Année Esquisse8%7/8/2016
Pipeworks The Mighty Thor10%7/7/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%7/7/2016
Hailstorm / Mikerphone / Hailstorm Stop Collaborate & Listen9.8%7/2/2016
Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger6%7/2/2016
Mikerphone Somnambulist3.5%7/2/2016
Pipeworks Fairy Basslet9.5%7/1/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 37 - Xolotl13.7%6/28/2016
Mikerphone Rich Girl (Blueberry)8%6/26/2016
De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals 11.1%6/24/2016
The Bruery Poterie16.8%6/23/2016
Spiteful Dumb Donald9.2%6/23/2016
De Proefbrouwerij / Trillium Bouket Farmhouse Ale6.5%6/23/2016
Pipeworks Dark Matter Machine6.2%6/21/2016
Revolution Rev Pils5%6/20/2016
Central State House Beer4%6/20/2016
Hubbard’s Cave Fresh IIPA v29%6/18/2016
Hop Butcher For The World Your Wish Is Granted West Coast Double India Pale Ale8%6/18/2016
Hoppin’ Frog BORIS The Crusher Reserve9.4%6/16/2016
Pipeworks The Roister6.5%6/10/2016
Pipeworks Funzino9.5%6/8/2016
Marz Rhubarb Rain6%6/7/2016
Brickstone Hop Skip7.75%6/7/2016
Pipeworks Lupine9.5%6/5/2016
Scorched Earth Foraging Swine7.76%5/31/2016
Lake Effect Brett Cerise5.5%5/25/2016
Jester King / Local Option Feral Dampf 5.7%5/13/2016
Gigantic Volta8.4%5/13/2016
Solemn Oath Pernicieux5.2%5/11/2016
Jester King / 18th Street Multifarious6.6%5/10/2016
Boulevard Love Child No. 78.2%5/8/2016
Jester King / Side Project / Off Color Intersection of Species4.6%5/6/2016
Off Color / Wiseacre / Three Floyds Alfalfa Kang6.2%5/3/2016
Pipeworks Sunburst Peacock9.5%5/2/2016
Hubbard’s Cave Fresh IIPA9%5/1/2016
Surly Xtra-Citra Pale Ale4.5%4/29/2016
Pipeworks Cinnamon Abduction10.5%4/29/2016
Pipeworks Citra vs. Mandarina8.5%4/19/2016
Buxton Rain Shadow11.8%4/18/2016
Middle Brow Hey Citrus5.6%4/18/2016
Hubbard’s Cave Imperial Stout Chocolate & Cinnamon Pot De Crème9.7%4/6/2016
Surly Blakkr9.99%4/4/2016
The Monarchy Methusalem10%4/1/2016
Mikerphone One Man Wrecking Machine Batch #29%3/18/2016
Mikerphone Innocent Criminal9.5%3/16/2016
Marz Pineapple Jungle Boogie5.5%3/16/2016
Hubbard’s Cave Imperial Stout Maple11.4%3/6/2016
Pipeworks Equinox9.5%3/4/2016
Almanac Emperor Norton Tripel9%3/2/2016
Spencer Trappist Ale6.5%3/2/2016
De la Senne Jambe-de-Bois8%2/27/2016
Pipeworks S’More Money, S’More Problems10%2/18/2016
Pipeworks Toasty Nut Abduction Imperial Stout10.5%2/15/2016
Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction Imperial Stout11%2/15/2016
Jester King Simple Means5.6%2/12/2016
Arcade Heavy10%2/10/2016
Maplewood Creepy Ginger7.8%2/3/2016
Pipeworks Hello... 9.5%1/25/2016
Pipeworks Grand Guignol Act Three11%1/25/2016
Pipeworks Blue Lady Berliner Style Weisse 4%1/16/2016
Boulevard Love Child No. 69.2%1/7/2016
Pipeworks Logan Carré10%1/5/2016
Pipeworks / Forbidden Root Ceci n’est pas une bière8.5%1/4/2016
Pipeworks The Murderous (Bourbon Barrel Aged)11%1/4/2016
Pipeworks Murderous9.5%1/4/2016
Perennial / The Commons Meriwether5.5%1/3/2016
Marz / Against the Grain Nasal Cavity5.5%1/1/2016
Pipeworks The Hyper Dog (Barrel Aged)13%12/31/2015
Pipeworks The Jones Dog (12 Year Elijah Craig Barrel Aged)13%12/31/2015
Lagunitas One Hitter Series: Bitter Oats10.5%12/30/2015
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Peppermint10%12/29/2015
Pipeworks The End of Days - Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrels13%12/24/2015
Marz Francie 6.4%12/23/2015
Pipeworks The Final Act13%12/23/2015
Trois Dames l’Amoureuse8%12/22/2015
Brøckhouse Esrum Kloster7.5%12/22/2015
Pipeworks Paradisiac7%12/14/2015
Pipeworks The Abduction13%12/13/2015
Pipeworks What Lurks in the Dark10.5%12/13/2015
Hubbard’s Cave Imperial Coffee Stout9.7%12/9/2015
Maine Beer Peeper Ale5.5%12/4/2015
Off Color Jerkbird9.5%11/30/2015
Pipeworks Vanilla Abduction10.5%11/22/2015
Pipeworks The Royale8%11/17/2015
Mikerphone Techno Gorilla9.5%11/15/2015
Préaris Grand Cru 2014 (Jack Daniels BA)10%11/9/2015
Buxton Stronge Extra Stout7.4%10/26/2015
Boulevard Smokestack Series: Imperial Stout X - Tart Cherry11%10/20/2015
Hubbard’s Cave Imperial Vanilla Stout9.7%10/18/2015
South Loop A Century of Progress5.3%10/11/2015
Meantime Hospital Porter8%10/3/2015
Konrad Světlý Ležák (Vratislav) 14° 6.8%10/3/2015
Konrad Eso Polotmavý Ležák 11°4.7%9/29/2015
Pipeworks Scarlet Betta9.5%9/25/2015
Against the Grain / Stillwater Little Did We Know6.8%9/24/2015
Boon Oude Geuze VAT 77 8.5%9/22/2015
Off Color / Central State Whiskers8.5%9/20/2015


94
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Travlr  (2464) Washington, Washington DC | January 17, 2012
This place had more Kentucky beers than I’ve ever seen in one place before - and I’ve 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 God’s 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 1, 2013
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 that’s 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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (754) Sunnyvale, California | January 4, 2016
Free street parking, a little challenging but not too bad. Store is a bit smaller than I expected, but selection makes up for size. A lot of quality beers inside. Annoyingly there were a lot of IPA/DIPA’s sitting out at room temperature, but otherwise this is certainly a beer lovers heaven. Staff is knowledgable and friendly.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
theisti  (746) Kansas | April 10, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
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 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
mcberko  (732) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 16, 2012
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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 25, 2008
We had quite a shopping experience here. I don’t know that they really have 500 bottles as RB indicates, but they only carry great stuff. Reminds me of Olbutikken, though it’s 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? I’m sorry, but someone would be happier than me with that bottle and I’m 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. I’d 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 I’ve 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (645) Toronto, Ontario | May 9, 2012
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
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb  (558) Woodland, California | October 1, 2011
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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
chibuck  (543) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated September 29, 2013
Best beer store in Chicago, one of the best I’ve been too nationwide, great service, knowledgable and super nice, great events as well
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (534) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 16, 2009| Updated October 19, 2010
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 won’t find elsewhere in Chicago or elsewhere. They’ve 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 I’ve ever seen (along with Wine and Cheese Place), for instance. I look forward to making future trips here, as every time I walk in, I’m blown away by what great use it makes of the space.

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