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4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
I was first told about this place about 2 months ago and since then have probably been there about a half dozen times picking up random things.
Like previous raters the exterior doesn't have 'craft beer' written all over it and when you walk in you have to pass cases of BMC stacked to the ceiling but after that it transitions into a hidden gem of store. The store itself is pretty small but their selection is very solid and seems to grow every time I go in.
The best part of this store is they sell EVERYTHING in single form. It's a great service to those like me who homebrew and have gallons of everyday drinking beers on tap but want to pick a mix a six of random beers to review or just to pick up a few different seasonals available. The prices are a little below average and I commonly find their bomber prices a dollar or two below Binny's.
Another amazing perk and service to their customers is sometimes they will built mini verticals and sell them that way for a reasonable price. Just within the last few weeks they had a 3pk of Victory Old Horizontal (fresh, 1 year and 2 year old) for $8.99. a Bigfoot sixer (1x07,1x08,2x09,2x10) for $14.99 and a GL Blackout 4pk (07-10) for $15.99. I personally think it's an unbelievable service to your customers and gives those just getting into cellering a jumpstart on a few popular choices for only couple dollar premium. I personally picked up the Victory 3pk because I've never had that beer before and thought it $3/bottle for a mini vertical of a beer I've never had has a good choice considering fresh bottles are $2.59/each.
They are always updating their twitter and website whenever they get a new product in and informing special deals. They also do online ordering which works well from what I've heard but do not need to use that since I'm 10 minutes from the storefront.
They do have a homebrew section but from what I glanced at it was very slim, not a good selection (I didn't even see any ingredients) and I doubt sells that well. If you eliminate that the craft beer section could be expanded at least 25%. A suggestion would just to keep a small stock of homebrew stuff in the back for those who know you have it and can stop in in the event of a homebrewing emergency.
Overall a great little gem that seems to get better all the time and it's the first place I check to see if they have a new release in stock. Most of the time I don't even have to call because they will announce any new arrivals on twitter.
02-23-2010 06:04:36 | More by weatherdog
4.58/5 rDev +2%
This is my go to spot for trying any new beer. What sets this place apart from others is that you can buy a single of any craft beer in the store. This a great way to try some of the pricier 4/6 packs without going broke.
Their beer prices are always very fair and most of the time lower than other places in the city.
This is a solid spot if you ever find yourself in the southside or near Midway airport.
10-16-2013 23:42:52 | More by lupulo
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