Mail (web) ordered week of April 7, 2008. Communication was super fast, turn around equally fast. I ordered on Tuesday, had my beer by Friday. I like the lay out of the site, and this is a great place to get REALLY fresh Three Floyds. I recommend this place greatly. Ambiance score is based on organization of the website, I have not visited in person.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Pretty intensive personalized experience. Borrowing from ksurkin: "simply a great example of customer service via online beer ordering. randy is a great guy who was constantly in touch with me about my order. packing was superb (pretty much bomb proof) and the prices were reasonable. great selection of midwest beers we canít get here on the -west- coast. --- definitely a pleasure doing business with and i will certainly order again." Packing was weirdly custom and highly effective. Very green from the recycling point of view.
Kind of shocked by this places overall score, maybe its the only thing remotely close to people that live here? Your typical rundown corner store, that for some reason carries craft beer, when no one with a mile of this place is drinking it. Dirty and dank store, weak liquor selection. There are some decent local craft beers, quite a few pipeworks, but nothing that isnít found at any Chicago store. They get their distro a week later than the northside, so maybe gems sit here when they are gone elsewhere. This isnít a spot that justifies traveling too.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | September 13, 2008| Updated March 8, 2010
Have been in there 4 or 5 times. Looks like your typical south side liquor store from the outside. It is really cramped and they pack it with as craft brews as they can. Not the biggest selection but full of quality brews and Randy is awesome. The problem is that 95% of his customers donít drink craft beer as it is in a blue color neighborhood. It could be amazing what he could do with a bigger space in a different place in the city. The website is outstanding. You can always find something in there to take home.
As a place to find a lot of incredible brews, this place ranks very highly in my book. Aesthetically, it leaves a little to be desired. Itís in a little bit of a run down part of town (not a bad part of town per se). It also is extremely cramped inside. A more positive way to say it is that they use the available space as efficiently as possible. A few of the nuggets I found there: Avery Mephistopheles, 3Fís Black Sun, 3Fís Brian Boru, various Stone brews, Alesmith Speedway Stout and Old Numbskull, etc. Oh, and if it looks like they might be out of something, ask and they might have it in back.
I live in TN and they can not ship here. So I emailed to ask if they would ship to my parents downstate. Randy replied and said it would not be a problem. So I place my order for Behomoth and Imperial Brown Goose. I made a special request to hold off shipping for one week. Randy replied that they were swamped with orders, and they he would contact me when he got caught up. A week later, he calls me to quote shipping and my order was out the door. Clever way of reusing liquor boxes as shipper. Great communication and service. I could not ask for more. Highly recommended.
This place is small and heavily trafficed by guys buying 30 packs of coors light, but get into the back corner and there is an awesome selection of good beer. A nice line up of all the local stand bys a good collection of seasonal stuff, and a decent amount of refrigerated singles. Plus you can break up the packs which is great. If this was a hair closer to my house I"d be here all the time! My service was awful I had to shufle around the staff most of the time, and my beer was piled on atop the other in a big box. But the good selection is more important to me than the service or atmosphere.
This place is easily the most overrated in Chicago. I was expecting more than three tiny shelves. Still, if youíre near Midway, worth a shot, they will have something new for you to try, be it Two Brothers or 3F or GI. Donít go too far out of your way, but if youíre near midway, go for it.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | May 13, 2009| Updated September 23, 2011
Also foolish I have not rated this. This was much farther than I expected from the part of Chicago I was staying in - hilariously, I had to drive from here to OHare for a flight out. Real classic liquor store feel: dirtier street, dark, dark fixtures, some dusty bottles, haphazard organization. This was the first place I found Blushing Monk and saw Unibroue 2004. Very regular carrier of Bells and 3F. Selection seemed like only a small percentage was great stuff, as opposed to West Lakeview which is all headliners. Would likely skip this one and head to Binnyís or W Lakeview if pressed for time. But they have one of the friendlier online services, so my business will likely happen this way from now on.