Dirty spot, not well lit, weird Chinese food smell permeated, looks like stuff has been sitting around for awhile. Mostly 6 pack selection of standard stuff, a some single bottles, but nothing remotely rare or that you canít find in the city or any other beer store. The prices were a good 20% cheaper than downtown, so thatís a plus, but not worth the drive to get some value.
Big dedicated parking lot. This place is mostly a wine store, but the beer selection is pretty good. Eastern European selection is good, but locals selection quality has decreased since three years ago. Descent selection of singles both foreign and domestic. If you have questions they have people that are knowledgable about beer and are helpful. If you are going near this place, stop by it will be worth your time. Some stuff was a little old. Overall fair prices and pretty good selection.
Bells Batch 5000; Left Hand Oak-Aged Imperial; Boon Mariage Parfait Gueueze; all the Great Divide big beers; Bare Tree 2001/2/3; Unibroue 11; Apis Jadwiga and 10 other Polish/E. Euro meads.
Best selection I saw this time through Chicago, BY FAR (I also hit Samís, 2 Binnys, and Miskas). Hard not to get carried away, really hard. Larger, more interesting selection than Samís now...enormous stock of E. European beers, and the Belgian and USA micro selection is very well chosen. My #1 stop in the Midwest at this point.
Update Dec 05: still pretty nice, but didnít blow me away this time...mead selection has depleted and is relegated to a bottom shelf, Belgians nothing spectacular...very good IL selection and some nice E European stuff, but this place has lost a step or two in the past year.
hopdog (324) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | July 22, 2007| Updated July 25, 2008
Looking at the ratings, I decided to stop here on my way between Flat Landers and Mickey Finns. They had a smaller singles selection. I left disappointed and did not even buy 1 beer as there wasnít anything of interest for me here. Original rating on 7/22/07. 2 8 7 n/a 9Decided to stop by and give this place another chance. Looks like theyíve gotton more beer so I raised my rating.
Excellent selection. What more can I say? They have most anything that Samís has (save for the occassional oddball item that Samís somehow gets). Still, they have some random stuff that you canít find anywhere else. Essential.
Holy shit...great selection!!! Prices very reasonable and they do have some rare beers....I met Scott the Director of Specialty Beers and what a super guy he was! I mustíve spent an hour and a half there looking at beers and talking beers (much to my girlfriends chagrin I think)...a must stop in the area!
This is a truly decent beer store with a solid selection including plenty of singles. I was able to pick up a goodly handful of "new" brews on my recent visit. But, and not to put the place down in ANY way, I think the reviewers who treat this as The beer loversí Mecca need to get out more. There are plenty of fine beers stores in the greater Chicagoland area. And this is most certainly one of them.
I don't care what anyone says, but this is the best store in the Chicago area when it comes to selection. I'm not good at counting bottles, but I'd guess they have close to 1000 different beers. My only gripe is that I'm not sure how long some of them have been there. Prices are a little steep, but the amazing selection far outweighs that.
When I stopped by here in June 2007, I had a nice chat with Scott, the Director of Beers, and liked the direction he plans on taking this store (he also gave me a glass of 3F Black Sun that he had on tap in the back!). The store had a large, kind of old and dusty warehouse feel to it, so not so aesthetically pleasing. The beer selection was fairly large with most of the sixers available as singles (large wall of íem). They had a solid selection of Belgians and other imports. The goal is to devote more of the store to beer, which can make this even better.
Excellent. Makes it worthwhile to visit my in-laws as long as I can be unleashed for half an hour at this place. If they donít have something in, theyíre try to order it for you and theyíll call you when it arrives. As close to perfect as a bottle shop can be.