This place had more Kentucky beers than I’ve ever seen in one place before - and I’ve been to Kentucky. That should gove you just an inling into the vastness of this selection. I told them I liked sours, and an addition to the usual culprits, they produced a Norwegian sour. NORWEGIAN for God’s sake. I would like to move in here for a week just to eyeball their stash. Oh, and the service was good, and the prices very tolerable. Do not miss this place.
Visited a number of times in my trip to Chicago in July/August 2010.
The place is divided in two. Half is the liquor store and half is a deli/convenience store. Apparently there is a cellar as well but that’s off limits to customers.
Tons of bottles to choose from including lots of imports (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Mikkeller, Nogne, etc), some locals, and a few random beers. Plenty of fridge space and shelf space that is all filled to capacity. Some random bottles seem to show up but they are not new releases, just left over from the last release. Not bad in most cases but just somethign to be aware of. Also lots of liquor, but as I have no interest in liquor I didnt pay much attention.
The people that work there really know their beer. The regular customers that I saw come in were all helped and seemed happy with what they got.
Didnt pay attention to prices all that much as I had too much beer to bring home in the suitcase already and only bought 2 bottles.
Free street parking, a little challenging but not too bad. Store is a bit smaller than I expected, but selection makes up for size. A lot of quality beers inside. Annoyingly there were a lot of IPA/DIPA’s sitting out at room temperature, but otherwise this is certainly a beer lovers heaven. Staff is knowledgable and friendly.
Did a quick-and-easy mailorder through their website, which is annoying to navigate (only negative I have to say). Reasonable prices, both for bottles and shipping. Order processing and shipping time was very quick and smooth. Definitely recommend this place for mailorder and hope to visit in person some day.
Small wine and beer shop connected to an even smaller specialty grocer. Some wine up front, beer in coolers down one side, many beers in rack across from the coolers. Service was friendly and attentive. Selection was pretty great, seemed to have all the interesting beers available in Chicago. This was the first time I had seen the Half Acre cans, they look great. This was the best bottle shop I hit in Chicago. Nice shop, easy parking midday on a Thursday.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Small liquor store in the hipsterish neighborhood with focus on beers. Hard to find a parking space. They have focused on expensive beers and they have some hard-to-find Chicago beers as well. No singles. Friendly service. Not my kind of beer store.
Ranked the best store in Chicago, it likely is. Very good Shelton brothers selection, as well as twelve Percent (Evil Twin). Several US microbrews not available or sent here by distributors that were available at other small stores I visited. bottles were in the front window which was not a good idea. No breaking up of 4 or 6 packs. Service was a bit spoty but also only one server this night
We had quite a shopping experience here. I don’t know that they really have 500 bottles as RB indicates, but they only carry great stuff. Reminds me of Olbutikken, though it’s a bit cuter. The service might actually be as good as Olbutikken though. Seeing that we were beer lovers and from abroad, the owner got into interesting conversations with us, offered generous advice and all her attention. She ended up going downstairs and offered me a Dark Lord of all things! And guess what? I did not even take it, is that the worst crime ever commited by a ratebeerian or not? I’m sorry, but someone would be happier than me with that bottle and I’m not into EBay. We bought not even 150$ of beer between to two of us, but were given the royal treatment. We found lots of stuff we have not seen elsewhere. I’d recommend hitting this place first and then complementing with another store when visiting Chicago, because their selection is not that expansive. Surprisingly, for such an upscale little spot, their prices are actually very good - though still expensive since they carry high-end stuff. Still very impressive and I’ve almost never had better service. She gave my girlfriend a store t-shirt (and they do look good) and was gonna give me one, but I just found one was enough.
In terms of hard to acquire beers, this place takes the cake for me in my experience. Beyond the great service and owner is the great selection. It may not be as large as other stores but the quality and great staff easily make up for it. I spend way too much money here...