Famous Wine & Spirits
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
3.64/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
They have a second location in "dead" Decatur, on the North end of town on near the corner of 22nd Street and Pershing Rd.
Well lit, big glass frontage (building housed a carpet store for many years), new floor--wood in the wine section. Certain clerk greets me like he recognizes me, maybe he does. Has offered to special order if I can't find what I want. Similar or maybe slightly improved selection to the "old" location on Grand/Oakland. Noticed they have expanded the stock of rye whiskies. But, most all their prices are Chicago, large metro, or East Coast prices, not blue collar Midwest. They have a captive audience in Decatur, so unless I want to drive 45 miles to Friar Tucks (have one East and West of Decatur), Famous is the only game in town. Unless I was desperate enough for Sam Adams or Megabrews...NOT!
07-01-2012 19:42:30 | More by Murphious
3.74/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
So the wife got a job in Decatur and of course the first thing I think of is, "where's the craft beer??". I found this place on Beerfly and decided to check it out.
Hard to find to begin with, for Google doesn't list it correctly and there is just not a lot of information online (some listings put it at 1321 N Oakland Ave at Route 48, but that's wrong). The place is, anyway, on 1355 Route 48 and NOT on 1363 Route 48 as the BA listing says.
Decatur is a blighted, sad city as it is, and this store is in what appears to be the wrong side of town. Ghetto and then some (even though it is not far from Millikin University)
But then you go inside and magic happens. Right after the main entrance you'll find the craft-beer aisle. I find the selection to be MUCH better than what previous reviewers imply. You shouldn't compare this to Chicago, Springfield or Champaign.... for Decatur, the choices are very good.
Some brands: Ommegang, Southern Tier, Founders, Bell's, Dark Horse, Flying Dog, New Belgium, Avery, Lagunitas, Big Sky, Two Brothers, Goose Island, Mad River, Green Flash, Ballast Point, New Holland... some smaller ones like Summit Brewing from St Paul, MN, and Capitol Brewing from Wisconsin... Nice! No Dogfish or Boulevard, though, as some reviewers said. Maybe they stopped carrying them?
Really, for a dead-and-dusty town like Decatur, the selection is top-notch. I'm happy. Not a lot of bombers, though, and no singles except for some generic summer beers. That I do miss. Wish I could make my own six-pack and find more bombers, but I did find a New Holland Dragon's Milk.
The rest of the store is mostly cases upon cases of BMC, plus liquor and wine. Service was friendly at the register, but no beer guy around to help you out. Maybe I'll talk to the manager next time.
Beer looked fresh, and everything I've bought here tasted fine. But I do wonder how quick the turnover is. I don't think anybody drinks craft beer in D-Tur!
Price was the only negative aspect of this store. Everything was priced East-Coast style. $12 for most quality six-packs, $7.99 for my bomber of Dragon's Milk, $9.49 for a 4-pack of Double Dog or Green Flash West Coast IPA... no different than in New York or Philadelphia!
But still, this is THE place for good beer in Decatur, and just for that it deserves kudos and success.
07-19-2011 01:39:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped here while visiting nearby Spitler Park Woods. The old building on Oakland is abandoned, but still had a Famous sign on it. Closed, oh no! But wait, they are across the street in the shopping center (Tollys Mall, sign says "Colonial Place") right on Rt. 48. Fixed the address, now it appears correctly in Google maps street view. 1355/1368 are essentially in the same spot, it's the syntax of the address that matters, which should be "1355 State Route 48 #2, Decatur, Illinois 62526".
Typical liquor store vibe, florescent light and tile floors. Beer is on the right side of the store, mainly on warm shelves, with a few doors of craft/imports in the coolers, including a full door of singles. Boulevard, Schlafly, Mad River, DFH, Dark Horse, Arcadia, some good stuff to be had, but fairly sparse overall. Lindemans Cuvee Rene and Orval from 2007. Check dates if you aren't into old beer. The clerk was friendly, and mentioned they had Schlafly Pumpkin last year, but hadn't ordered it yet. I had the feeling they didn't have a ton of turnover here. Overall, an ok place if you're local, but not worth a detour for.
09-08-2009 16:00:25 | More by emerge077
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
this is the only place in decatur you are going to find any real selection of craft beers. the store mrg is very friendly and is willing to order anything you want if they can get it since the they dont have the space or enough business to carry everything. founders, boulder, victory, DFH, schlafly, SN, SA, lagunitas, capital, ballast point, Dark Horse, fortcollins, bells, 2bros plus many more. decent selection but they just cant carry all the styles. they dont have alot of bombers except some Rogue and @6.99 i will pass. also a little pricey on sixers $1 more then friar tucks in springfield or savoy.
04-30-2009 19:43:55 | More by jsh420
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
This is my place of choice when I can't get to Friar Tuck's over in Springfield. They have a good selection of both domestic and import's in most varieties. They now offer some of their selections in sextels as well.
Good selection of the harder stuff as well but still not a great selection of hard ciders,which I have been aching to give a taste..
They do have a make your own sixer, but I usually don't because I tend to find out if I like the selection I will usually want another. They just put out the Oktoberfest's and the summer ales are now on "sale" ONe of the things I was hoping for as they started to carry them was the 5 liter mini kegs, but so far I have only eyed up the Hienekin (which I won't buy, and Coors & Coor's light).
Need to do an update...I ran into the owners of the shop not the same old guy who had all the wine tasting and so forth....new owners are not from the local area, and appear to be slower than usual to replace stock still decent selection but can't even get a 1/6 of stella as they are out and don't know when its coming back....i will keep checking as this is the closest to me other than Friar Tucks in Springfield which I went to Saturday and I won't even go there after my experience....
09-11-2008 22:33:00 | More by rab23us
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a pretty nice store, the best beer selection in the area. They have a good selection of wine and liquor as well. Their beers consist of BMC, imports and micros. The selection of micros is pretty good. They also have a decent selection of bombers. It seems like whenever I go there they usually have at least something new that I've not had before. The manager is quite helpful and seems to like his beer. If there is anything that you want that isn't in the store he will order it if he can. I try to make a stop every week or two. The store is worth checking out.
05-04-2008 21:24:01 | More by gmfessen
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a long narrow store with about 12 isles of shelves and the beer is all the way in the back. There are two shelves of good beer and then a wall cooler that is half BMC and hlf other beer and some alco-pops.
On the shelves that have one side that is all imports with a good number of common imports and some good British beers that I wouldn't expect.
On the other side of the shelf is the domestic section. There was a good selection of local beers like Bell's, Goose Island, 3 Floyds and Two Brothers. They also had a good selection from Colorado and a few others from the West. I was very happy to see several choices from Schlafly in St. Louis, so I picked up some to try.
In the cooler they do have a mix your own 6-pack but there wasn't enough interesting things out of the 30-40 choices to take advantage of the singles.
This store is an oasis and a good recommendation considering the location.
09-02-2005 17:07:39 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I was back to my undergrad's homecoming last week, and was looking to hit the old crappy liquor store that was always full of BMC drinkers stocking up for the evenings drinking. What I found was the store had moved into a bright shiney new home and is starting to re-define itself.
Having lived in D-town for 4 years of my life, I didn't have great expectations walking into the new store. I made my way to the back, where I saw coolers, and about 4 rows before the end, I start seeing boxes of stock going on the shelves. There are Tommyknocker boxes and Sierra Nevada boxes, I see Cooper's beer from Australia. Then I see the singles for sale. Aventinus, SchneiderWeiss are just a few I remember. Woo hoo.
Its nice to see that the owners are looking to take the store to places it has not been in the past. I just hope to see some BA's from that area pop up on here so when I'm back in town, I have someone to grab a pint with!
10-17-2004 13:45:49 | More by kmpitz2
Famous Wine & Spirits in Decatur, IL
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