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)
emerge077 (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 1, 2010| Updated October 18, 2013
Are we still in Illinois? Sigh... yes.
Beer is wayy in the back here, past aisles of liquor and wine. At least theres no light coming in. There were a couple rack displays with bombers from Port, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, New Belgium, Fort Collins, etc. On the shelf there was plenty from Founders, Bells, Dark Horse, and others. Breakfast stout was on special for $8.99, that was sweet. Pere Jaques and Sofie from GI were also on display. Around the corner there was a good range of imports, 3 Monts, Chouffe, Rodenbach on the Belgian side, Schlenkerla and others on the German side. Not crazy extensive, but respectable. In the coolers there were only 2 doors of craft, and 1 door of imports out of 10 or so doors. Lots of macro cases, and random malt liquor dominated the rest of the cooler. The older lady at the register was nice, but there was no staff on the floor.
Overall this was a good store with cheap deals, but Wisconsin was calling my name. Woodmans in Beloit had Cranbic, and Badger had a bunch of WI singles, plus Stone etc.
TheGuy (26) Illinois | September 7, 2008| Updated February 20, 2012
Nice little store on wisconsin border pick up a nice selection that i have not been able to find closer to the city,blackout stout from great lakes,tres blueberry stout and 4 smoke from dark horse. diffenitly worth a stop if you are in the area
I find this to be a good place for a lot of the beers I like. It doesn’t have everything but still a fairly good selection and the prices are reasonable. Most of the beers I have rated came from either Woodmans or here. I usually visit it once every other week.
liquors are really expensive. beers are pretty variable, but you can get the good ones a little on the cheap side. doubt they care for the beer well, of course. only downside here is it’s illinois, so you get no New Glarus. take the short drive to woodman’s for the NG, it’s worth it.
Looked like they had some pretty good liquors and t good prices. The beer selection was decent. Somewhat of a motley selection. They had Rochefort 10 and 8 and they were cheap. 90 minute IPA, GI Matilda were some of the highlights. Worth checking out if you’re in the area.
TheEnemy (44) Chicago, | November 26, 2005| Updated March 4, 2006
I can’t say I was terribly impressed, but to be fair, this is more of a wine place than beer place. Some have commented on their Wisconsin micro selection, and I’m not sure why. Even though this place is literally a few hundred feet from the state line, Wisconsin micro selection is limited by the fact that many Wisconsin breweries are not licensed for distribution in Illinois. If you’re satisfied with Sand Creek, Leinenkugels and Point, this is your place. If you prefer a more broad selection of Southern Wisconsin micros you’re better off driving an extra 5 miles to the Beloit Woodman’s. Yes there were a few decent Euros, a handful of decent Belgians, but the selection is so random that if you’re not already familiar with their selection, you shouldn’t really go to Everett’s counting on them to stock whatever it is you’re looking for. Probably the best you’re going to find in a relatively non beer-savvy area, and it might be worth a stop if you happen to be driving down Illinois 75, but in my opinion not even worth the 2-mile side trip off the interstate.
Chimay, Duvel, Corsendonk, Orval, Aventinus, Weltenburg-Kloster, JW Lees. Not names to set the most experienced beerhunters’ hearts aflutter, but quite uncommon in backwater places like Beloit, WI and sister South Beloit, IL. This small, friendly store has a large selection of E European lagers & porters, bespeaking the heritage of the area, and a very good collection of Wisconsin micros. It may not knock your socks off, but it certainly must be one of, if not the best places for beer inside the Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago triangle. UPDATE July 04: in-stock were Lindemans,Aventinus,Duvel,Westmalle,3 Monts, 3 Monts Spec Reserve--you guys have just been unlucky. Not amazing, but for sure worth it if you’re in the area.