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Beer Available At West Lakeview Liquors (arranged by most recent)
Pipeworks The Last Kiss (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 88, Pipeworks The Murderous (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 91, Pipeworks Catch of a Lifetime , 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
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emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | December 17, 2008
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
A fantastic place, that has to be seen to believed, but you dont have to, since they now do mail order. Incredible import selection of everything under the sun. Great selection of US micros too, but the crazy imports are where its at. You may pay a little extra for the rarites, but you wont find them elsewhere. Super friendly service, they really take care of the customer here. Added bonus, they just opened a small grocery next door...
hotstuff (39) Indiana | October 30, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Small store to maneuver around if it were to be really crowded however, there were only about 3-4 customers during my visit. Good quality selection, very knowledgeable and helpful staff and it was nice knowing that they are members of Ratebeer as well. A definite stop when in this area.
Phil (26) , England | October 13, 2008
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best experiences in Beer. Great service by knowlegdable beer people. Great beer selection, and a neat store too! A must go to place in the Chicagoland area.
Crosling (70) Loveland, Colorado | October 4, 2008| Updated October 5, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Visited during Dark Lord Day. Not often will you find a place with such a passionate staff. Thatís the highlight here, not like the beer selection isnít great, it is, but it seemed like the entire staff was passionate about fine ale. I spoke with several of them for awhile, and they visit Belgium, taste different batches of the beers they sell and are very knowledgable about everything. You get the sense that they sell every beer that is worth selling. The selection is very nice. They seem to specialize in Belgian ale and lambics in particular, but they have a lot of fine American crafts and other imports as well. I really think West Lakeview is an impressive establishment.
Rastacouere (651) 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.
arjoseph (33) Chicago, Illinois | August 21, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Entering the store made me feel like I was back in Amsterdam: cramped quarters with floor-to-ceiling shelves packed with bottles. The beer is in the back on the right, with a large selection of singles. Selection here is great (almost every sought-after Cantillion, Hommage, Scharbeekse Kriek - stuff you canít get other places in Chicago), but expect to pay some $$ if you want the rare stuff (which you should expect to do anywhere). The guys working there were eager to help, obviously wanting to pass on the world of good beer to anyone who comes in the store. Personally, the prices were a bit out of my range for frequent shopping, but if Iím going to treat myself or if Iím looking for a rarity, Iím coming back.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | August 8, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped here after a trip to Armanettiís, which is only a half mile or so away. If youíre going to one you should check out both while youíre in the neighborhood. By the way, both are relatively close to the Addison Brown Line subway stop. Lake View had a solid collection of imports. I picked up a good part of the Brew Dog line including their barrel aged beers. Their import stuff was pretty expensive, but noteworthy. On the domestic side I was a little disappointed, but since this was my first visit Iíll chalk it up to sampling error. Donít get me wrong, their selection is great, but itís getting harder and harder to find things I havenít tried. I look forward to going back.
msante79 (341) Mount Prospect, Illinois | August 3, 2008| Updated June 7, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in today with wfe and child. Greeted when I entered by person working cash register and same person asked if I needed any help with anything twice which was nice. Store is really small but have tons of rare stuff that you do not see any where else in Chicago. A lot of rare imports and belgains that I did not know what they were. Will have to do some more research before my next trip. Spent close to $80 and picked up some GI BCS, DFH WWS, DFH 120, and some other DFH and Bells Kalamazoio stout. Thought prices were reasonable and parking was easy to find especially on a sunday with a local neighborhood festa few blocks away. Wished I lived closer so I could partake in the tastings. Will definitly make a trip up in the winter once some of the new seasonals come in.
zootfinster (12) Chicago, Illinois | July 22, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wonderful selection. Weekly tastings. Everyone should go there.
mmtmatrix (13) Colorado | June 17, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Amazing and friendly staff at this under rated place. Wish this was local to me, good selection and a staff that cant be beat, how I luv this place . Keep up the good work kids.
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