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Beer Available At West Lakeview Liquors (arranged by most recent)
Mikkeller George! 100, Third Coast Old Ale 100, De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Wild Turkey) 100, Great Lakes Blackout Stout 99, Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout 98, Bells Consecrator Doppelbock 94, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Imperial Stout 99, Pipeworks Deutsch Hopfen 96, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel 100, Evil Twin Soft Dookie 99, Three Floyds Moloko Plus 99, Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction Imperial Stout 81, Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout 98, Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 98, Three Floyds In the Name of Suffering 98, SKA Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter 92, Pipeworks Poivre Vert 48, Pipeworks Sonorous 80, Pipeworks The One Horned Wonder and His Fanciful Flying Fresno 89, Pipeworks Brother Nelson Razbeardo 71
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t0rin0 (1130) 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.
swoopjones (290) Buffalo, New York | June 4, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
great selection, pipeworks, FFF, shelton, 12%. Very helpful service. Great spot
stimulo69 (19) , Netherlands | May 29, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great liquor store with a massive sellection of sought after brews. In the cellar the stock is kept at ideal conditions. If I am correctthere are plans to take the neighbour building to and almost double the space!
mikem409 (181) bloomfield, Michigan | February 23, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very small store. Solid selection very helpful staff
Beerman6686 (123) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | February 8, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Ambiance is good, a bit tight and possible of destroying an entire display if a little tipsy, but well organized and easy to find things. Service was helpful and willnig to talk beer and make recommendations. Selection was pretty great, found most of what i was looking for, and some other stuff Iíve wanted to try for a while and didnít even know they had. Prices were reasonable for the great selection they offer. Overall One of the best bottles shops iíve ever been to.
WolfsBlood84 (4) Indianapolis, Indiana | December 14, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been here several times. Very nice store, service is great, staff has always been very knowledgeable. The selection is very good (although it may be "picked through" sometimes I always find something Iím after). I recently attended Zwanze Day 2012, which was very well worth the admission fee and I thought was handled effectively. Lots of great draft beers on bottomless pours = no complaints here. My last visit gleaned some fantastic Pipeworks beers, which i did not find elsewhere in the city. I have noticed WLV sometimes has slightly higher prices on select items (primarily import craft) compared to smaller or bigger stores, however, I believe the selection and knowledge are worth the (possible) extra toll.
dwm1034 (19) Chicago, Illinois | December 2, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection and knowledgable staff...first rate
TheAlum (10) Lisle, Illinois | November 29, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been to West Lakeview several times and canít say enough about the staff and selection. Events are some of the best in the city, free beer and food plus Brewers to talk to. Great selection, always receptive staff, and an important factor is that they donít leave everything out, limiting people to buy a couple and leave some for everyone else: a factor I really enjoy. Special stuff and unique offerings to Chicago are regular and free parking plus a nice cooler section for "Drink It Now" choices is a big plus. One of the best stores in Chicago for sheer breadth of selection plus the only place to find some breweries and the best place to find a lot of stuff from oversears. Not sure why people are rating this place when all they did is mail order from them..
GhostFace (15) Wisconsin | November 4, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Made a stop in while in Chicago for the afternoon. The store was quite smaller than I expected and the selection wasnít as extensive as youíd think based off their weekly "in stock" updates online. They did have many quality beers available and the staff was extremely helpful with answering general availability questions as well as providing info on the local beer scene. Pricing was fair, they even were running some bottles at an additional $1 off sticker price! Overall it was worth my time and Iíll go back next time Iím in Chicago!
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | October 29, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Placed an order with these guys for a bunch of Pipeworks stuff when their blueberry Berliner came out. Ordering process was easy, prices on beers were good, and the shipping itself was great. Fast, on time, well packed. Only thing that would keep me from ordering here again would be the price for shipping. $28 for a six pack of bombers to NY seemed a bit steep to me, having sent equally large (and larger) boxes to Chicago from NY for about half of that.
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