Stopped in while I was in town. I’m from Madison and was very happy to see so many different beers that I could not get at home. Pipeworks, Revolution, Firestone, and many more. The guy who runs the beer area was very friendly and went out of his way to help us out. Even showing us some of the stuff he hadn’t had time to put on shelves yet. Seems like he really likes getting Wisconsin people in.
Also, wow do they have a huge selection on liquor and wine. Didn’t buy any, but you could pretty much find whatever you were looking for. I’d say the only selection I’ve ever seen bigger when it comes to liquor would be Woodmans.
Prices on everything were reasonable. I’ve stopped in Chicago to buy some of these beer products before and pay probably 15% more. Will stop again next time I’m driving through South Beloit.
Everett’s is a family owned liquor store in Beloit WI that’s been open since the mid 1930s (wow!). Always a huge selection of great beer, domestic to foreign, mundane to the esoteric. Other mass market stores in the area might be cheaper by a buck, but they won’t match the service and well chosen selection of Everett’s. Matt and crew do a great job of keeping a wide range of 6packs and bombers of unique beers from the midwest and beyond. Service is helpful and knowledgeable.
Beyond beer, the store has a well curated wine selection, and a whisky collection that I’m very envious of -- plenty of Everett’s-only bottlings are available, though you might have to ask to see the "secret" bourbon closet.
Nice little store hidden in South Beloit. The beer area is in the back past all the liquor.
Service has always been good for me. As long as you ask for help, they always have someone to assist you, unlike some of the bigger stores. I was lucky to have Matt (The Beer Guy) helping me out. Not only did we talk about beer and the industry as a whole for almost an hour and a half, but he even grabbed me a couple hidden gems out of the back room after learning my style choices.
Great selection! 2 full shelving units of craft brews along with various endcap displays and case stacks and another full shelving unit of Euro beers. A whole bunch of coolers with mostly macro stuff, but a good deal of craft 6-packs and bombers are also kept cold. While I was there, I grabbed a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12pk (the only place in town I ever saw it), Sierra Nevada BRUX, New Bel Peach Porch Lounger, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, Boulevard Reverb Pilsner, Dark Horse Fore and Tres Boulevard Collaboration 3 Stingo, Mo Betta Bretta, Unibroue Grande Reserve 17, Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Beans and a Hoppin Frog BA Naked Evil. And that is not even getting into the Euro beers where I absolutely saw a bunch of Mikkeller stuff including stuff from the single hop series and the Beer Geek series. They have a bunch of great whisky too, including the single barrel stuff that they get bottled just for them. I was told by a friend about some single barrel Weller that is awesome. From what I understand, the 750s and the handles were different barrels so they have totally different tastes. That will be my next purchase there.
Great value here too. I don’t know about the Wisconsin Woodmans like others here have said, but I know Everett’s is usually the same or lower than the Rockford Woodmans. And, you get service here that you won’t find in a grocery store.
Overall, I don’t understand why this place isn’t rated higher...Someone better tell Dr. Owl to come back and give it another go. As someone who is new to town, this is going to be one of my usual stops on the way home from work.
Since I live and work in Wisconsin, this is my hot spot for those beers that are only available in Illinois. There are generally 100-125 brews there I can’t find easily elsewhere where I normally shop. The selection is modest but they have a good selection of good and unique beers. I generally head home with a mix & match 6pk and an imported single. Way better than Stateline Liquors that is less than 1/2 mile away. A great little liquor store in a little po-dunk town.
Made a pit stop here earlier today and glad I did. Beer was in the back and not a huge selection, but loads of quality. Prices were very good as well. Didn’t ask his name, but a guy came out of the back and saw me checking out the craft beer. Asks if I was interested in some limited release stuff and I was like heck yeah I am. Seemed like a great guy that knew his stuff. They had some singles, but my focus was on the good stuff. Check it out if you are in the area.
I enjoy coming here for all the stuff I can’t get in Wisconsin, good selection of Lost Abbey brews and I recently picked up 2 bottles of KBS here, Matt the beer guy really knows his stuff and is helpful with any questions you have. If you’re making your way in to Wisconsin it’s worth the 5 minute drive off the interstate.
bertram (7) Illinois | February 20, 2011| Updated February 22, 2011
I nice little place with a pretty good selection of craft beers - head to the back. The store is a bit off the beaten path, so if you didn’t know where to go you might never know it’s there. Good prices and selection makes this store worth a stop if you’re near the border. (update - had a nice long talk with Matt at Everett’s and wanted to update the service/overall scores to reflect it)