Stopped in the Savoy Friar Tuck on the way up to Chicago, and unsurprisingly, it looked exactly like the other Friar Tuck stores Iíve been to so far. The beer aisle made up the long aisle along the left wall, and the whole back cooler, with some end displays as well. So quantity is not an issue, nor is selection- I found a couple nice bottles I didnít see in STL or Chicago- but inventory turnover is questionable. I can only wonder how long some of the beers have been on shelves here. As long as youíre not buying IPAs or other particularly time-sensitive beers, you should be able to find some unexpected things here. If nothing else, Friar Tuck is consistent in selection, service, and atmosphere in all of its stores.
Bought Hoogstraten Poorter here on a whim, ended up buying the chain out of it. Friend lives nearby, so Iíd stop for New Belgium products before they expanded into Wisconsin. Also have Hopping Frog stuff -- also bought on a whim because of the name of a friendís property. Always worth stopping, not too far off the Interstate (once they get Curtis Road finished). Some of the stock gets old, they still had some Christmas ales out in May. Has some pint glassware under the pick-six display but nothing special.
ive went there several times and have never had a bad experience. the few employees i did talk too were very friendly and did ask if there was anything in particular i was looking for. the selection is prob the best in our area, while thats not saying alot cause our area is poor and ghetto, it is a nice place to go to get stuff you will not find anywhere else. being most of the ppl in my area drink natty lite, cheap malt liquor or 40ozers its nice to have at least one store to go to for a better selection of beers. some of the prices are high, esp goose island bourbon county stout at 21 dollars a 4 pack but overall a nice store
I must comment on the service in Friar Tucks. I have been there many times and I have never had bad service. Sure they only have one guy that seems to know his beers but he seems to enjoy his job and is very eager to help me every time Iím in there. He remembers what I like and he always has something new he wants to recommend.(I know itís his job) but he has introduced me to some very good beers that I would never have thought to pick out. As for the other employs some of them have very little to no beer knowledge at all. The beer selection at Friar Tucks it very appealing the first few times you go into the place. But afterr a few stop inís you start to see that alot of what they have is alot of the same styles of beer. It starts to seem alot more unimpressive every time you go in there. It maybe because you know more about what you want and what you are looking for after a while IDK. FT is a good place to go to get them beers you like that they just donít sell at your local stores or gas stations
Friar Tuck doesnít have the best staff when it comes to beer knowledge. But Blaine (the beer guy) has a decent amount of knowledge and is buying great beer!
Heís carrying the Lost Abbey & Port Brewing bottles that Piccadilly and Corkscrew havenít bothered to pick-up yet.
He also got the Victory At Sea & Dorado in recently from Ballast Point.
Probably 2nd best beer store in the Champaign area. Definitely above Piccadilly now.
My only gripe is that their prices can be a bit high. Especially on Founders beers.
A big selection, but not really too adventurous, unfortunately. And they wonít let you buy singles of 12 oz bottles, except a few that can be made into a mixed six pack, and those are only the beers that are about $8/six pack.
This seems to have less of a selection than the Tucks that Iíve been to in Peoria, Bloomington, and Springfield. Lots of empty shelf space in the beer aisle. Still, I wandered out with a few beers that I havenít had before, so Iím happy. Iíd stop back again when in the area.