There’s a lot of rare beer in a small shop (both domestic and imported). Also a great destination for glassware too. Didn’t really pry too much into the beer knowledge of the employees - although they were attentive - but by the selection, i gotta say they probably know their stuff. Just visiting this place expanded my beer wishlist significantly. Mostly bombers and 750’s with a handful of sixers.
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.
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.
A nice find. I think think I had heard of it before and then they had the Nogne tasting last night so I took a car, train and bus to get there. Unfortunately they were out of the advertised Ølfabrikken Porter before the tasting even began. Still managed to pick up some cool stuff, like several brews in the Nogne line, which are brand new to the U.S. market. They also had Avery Collaboration, Not Litigation. This is a very small store, and every space is utilized to the max. On one beer shelf of single bombers, they only have room to have 2 bottles deep of any given beer. So, if you take both bottles, they immediately refill the shelves. The store specializes in Belgians and also has a large distribution of French brews. One of the folks that owns/runs the store also is an importer for Shelton Brothers. My impression was that there were beers in this store that either you can’t get anywhere else in Chicago and/or they haven’t gotten to any other stores yet. American micro singles are limited, but it’s a quality selection. Definitely worth a visit. It’s a 9 minute bus ride (152 EB) from the Blue Line Addison station. The bus drops you off right on the corner where the liquor store is, so very convenient. Prices are a little high for some brews, so if you can, try to get 12 bottles for a 10% discount.
SudsMcDuff (190) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | September 21, 2011| Updated November 27, 2011
Ordered from this place as much as i could, probably why i have no savings left .. . selection is killer .. emails are taken care of with 24hrs and the lady running the beer, Kristina, is dedicated and friendly .. one of my favourite online ordering shops..
satan165 (102) River Grove, Illinois | March 28, 2008| Updated September 1, 2008
ive come by here twice. i stopped by to get the new hitachinos when they came out a year ago. i bought some older hitachinos as well that i had had before, and they actually were ’old’! they were full of sediment, apparently had been on the shelf way too long, pretty unacceptable when im paying about $6 for a 12 oz bottle. came back again recently to get the three floyds saison and all was well. however i also remember the 1st time i went a girl behind the counter told me that delerium tremens ’sucked’ and i should not buy it when she saw me looking at it, certainly not the case. for better or worse, this is one of the most important beer destinations in chicagoland, like it or not.
Small place but a lot of hard to find stuff especially the imports. Hit this after Binny’s and found quite a few different bottles. Some bottles seemed very expensive but most stuff less than i usually pay in PA. Parking was pretty easy too.
Great selection of hard to find singles. A bit pricey.
Crosling (70) Fort Collins, Colorado | October 4, 2008| Updated October 5, 2008
Visited during Dark Lord Day. Not often will you find a place with such a passionate staff. That’s the highlight here, not like the beer selection isn’t great, it is, but it seemed like the entire staff was passionate about fine ale. I spoke with several of them for awhile, and they visit Belgium, taste different batches of the beers they sell and are very knowledgable about everything. You get the sense that they sell every beer that is worth selling. The selection is very nice. They seem to specialize in Belgian ale and lambics in particular, but they have a lot of fine American crafts and other imports as well. I really think West Lakeview is an impressive establishment.
Cozy corner store. Asked if I needed help, I said "I’m ok" and was left to browse. Selection is not vast, but a great deal of odd and a handful of rare brews I doubt I would find anywhere I usually go. The best way for me to describe it is: I can go into Sam’s(Marcy) or Binny’s(Niles) (which I get to every two to three months) and find 5 to 10 "new" brews. There were well over 30 brews that I have neither had nor seen before at this store. I found the prices to be comparable and perhaps slightly less than the other "local" stores I frequent. Drove around the block a couple times prior to realizing that the lot behind was not private, and for the store. A definite addition to my must go to spots, at least when I am in the area.
Visited 4 March 2009. A god send for Chicago in that it was the only place I visited that offered single 355ml bottles for sale. Interesting offerings of Founders and Bells, although the Three Floyds’ offerings were low in anticipation of a delivery. Staff were friendly too. Only a short walk from Addison Brown.