This place is a fairly long drive from my home, in an area I never need to go otherwise, so it’s a definite destination. Since it’s across the state line, however, they have some interesting selections I can’t get here in Missouri. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful, very easy-going about special orders. Highly recommended.
Getting to Corral for me means driving miles through the lovely industrial area across the river from St. Louis, so it’s an interesting drive. The place itself looks like an old west storefront with a simple liquor store inside. The service is excellent, as they held a couple things for me and called me when they arrived. Very impressive. The selection is good, with a few things we can’t get on the MO side of the River, but they recently stopped carrying DFH (which pulled out of the market) and haven’t been getting FFF shipments in. Those aren’t their fault, but the selection isn’t what it used to be according to many of the STL beer geeks I’ve gotten to know. I’m hoping they bounce back and step up the beer selection again, because otherwise I’d have a hard time convincing myself to drive back here when Randall’s and Wine and Cheese are closer. Still, along with Randall’s, this seems to be the beer store to go to in the Metro East.
You get a view of Rust Belt USA on the drive in from I-70. Definitely not a place for ambiance. Nice selection of US and Euro craft beer. Best part is you can buy singles of any beer. I stocked up on Dogfish Head and Victory when I was there. No Three Floyds when I went however. Guy behind the counter was very helpful. Not sure I would make the trip on its own, unless you really wanted Dogfish Head and Victory. Most everything else is available on the Missouri side. We were going to the Cahokia Mounds, so we were in the area.
wwwdottom (10) Breese, Illinois | October 24, 2009| Updated November 12, 2009
I generally come here once every three months. They have a good selection but you have to be carefull because there are plenty of brews past their "best by" date on the shelves - This place is an excellent value as you can pull singles out of any six pack and not pay a mark up!
Finhead (23) OFallon, Illinois | October 9, 2009| Updated June 7, 2011
For a smaller size liqour / beer store, they have an excellent selection, though it has declined a little lately. Plus. you can mix a 6-pack, which I love. The only downfall is the long checkout line.
Stopped by on a trip home from St Louis. Walked in to a big bin of singles which I immediately began filling up six packs. A worker there came by and told me I could break up any six packs on the shelf with no mark-up. Nice. A pretty nice selection of stuff I can’t get around home. Plenty of domestics and foreigns too. I definitely recommend this store.