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DiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits

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DiCarlo Fine Wines & SpiritsDiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.89%
[ Store ]

425 Townline Rd
Mundelein, Illinois, 60060-4413
United States
phone: (847) 566-4600

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Notes:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

(Place added by: BobLuvBeer on 05-13-2005)
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Reviews by Vdubb86:
Photo of Vdubb86
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Came here a few times with my buddy TMoney2591. This place has a pretty darn good selection when it comes to liquor and beer (can't comment on the wine, I've never really looked). The beer section way down at the end has plenty of what you might be looking for. The cool thing about this place is that it is friendly to getting single 12oz bottles of beer. They have 2 aisles of just singles. That unique thing is was the main draw for me. The service at this particular location seems pretty apt. They can locate anything in the store and will provide a recommendation if you so desire. The selection here is pretty good. The have plenty of craft beers and even more oddball BMC products. They have some quality and some dirt cheap beers from all around the world as well. As far as finding rare beers you may want to look somewhere else, but that doesn't mean you won't leave happy. There is plenty here to enjoy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheRealPour
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ralerwen
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was pointed in the direction of DiCarlo's from a friend who lives nearby in Libertyville. He actually took us there to check out their Whisk(e)y selection, but was very satisfied with their beer selection.

It's your typical warehouse style liquor store, with rows of booze, and three or four rows of beer on the shelf. A very broad selection ranging from limited selection of Cantillon to some Hoppin' Frog, Port Brewing, and DFH. Lots of stuff that wasn't on the shelf DT in Chicago at Binny's, Warehouse Liquors, West Lakeview Liquors, etc.

This is a good stop that isn't too far off the freeway if you are heading into the city from the great north woods of Wisconsin or Upper Michigan.

Photo of brew3crew
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A-Just your typical beer store. Lots of liquor and wine and cigars

Q-Nothing but high class here. Everything you could really want from a local liquor store

S-The staff is very helpful and if they do not know how to answer your question they will find someone who does

S-Great selection. Most if not all that Illinois has to offer. This is pretty much my local shop while I lived here...

V-Good value. often have sales on some of the stuff that is older, but still good (i.e. boulevard stout just to name one).

Photo of elginirishpunk
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A local secret that only most local hop heads know about. Has two iles of craft beer with a fair amount in coolers ready for immidiate comsumption. unlike many other stores in the area has a very good selection of eastern euro and other forgien beers. Most available for single bottle purchase. Staff is very knowledgable and are willing to do special bottle and keg orders. Definitly must see you will not be disappointed. This store has recently switched owners but still has a very good selection and has kept most of the same employees.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Appearance/atmosphere: This wine/beer/spirits store is small, but they pack a lot of quality into a confined space. It is a location that perhaps you have driven by a million times and thought, "can't be anything great in there." You would be wrong.

Quality: I have never had a problem with the quality of beer. I had mentioned a few times that a beer or two were past it and they removed it immediately.

Service: Outstanding! Scott is THE beer guy. He has many beer tastings throughout the year, will try to order a wide array of styles and he sends out beer e-mails. The other beer clerk, nice guy with a brn hair and brn moustache gives great suggestions and is very friendly.

S: The beer is located at the far left end of the store, as you walk in near the counters. There are 3 rows of micro/craft brews, outstanding selection for newbies and some rare gems for the hardcore beer lover. The final back shelf is packed with imports. Not world-class selection, but certainly best bang for your buck considering the space.

V: This is where this place rocks; vast majority of beer stores I notice NEVER allow you to buy single beers. This place does! You can pack a few 6 packs of many different beers, excellent value.

CHECK THIS PLACE OUT, YOU WILL ENJOY IT!

Photo of BHwks
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Stopped by to pick up a couple of winter seasonals the other day. I've been going here for the past 5-6 years though never reviewed the place. First off, don't expect the selection of Binny's - the bottom line is any of the smaller liquor stores can't compete with Binny's and therefore will never have the same size selection, they just don't have the buying power. There's really two main reasons to stop by here - first, the beer manager (Scott) is as knowledgeable as any and will talk for hours with you on craft beer, recommendations, etc. He'll also go out of his way to point out new beers he's gotten in, things he's expecting, homebrewing tips (if you ask) and just generally knows his stuff. The second reason to come in here is the singles wall. He's put together a nice wall of single bottles that you can mix and match. Also, you can sometimes get them to pull a single bottle out of the six packs if it's not on the wall. If you're looking for limited release beers, DiCarlo's oftentimes gets them but they go quick as they don't order nearly as much as Binny's. They also have a pretty nice Belgian selection. On first visit, this place seems pretty ho-hum, though if you run into Scott (or one or two other employees that know beer) you'll get great service, and as I said before, the singles wall alone is worth it and will save you from buying a $15 six pack before you know that you even like the beer.

Photo of Star80
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Finally ventured into this place after living and working nearby for several years and was pleasantly surprised. Some people speak about the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff but while I wouldn't say anyone is unfriendly; I just have yet to meet any beer gurus working there or anyone else that I have felt compelled to have more than a few sentence conversation with. Strange, but I don't that at my damn Binney's, few guys there are much more conversational on the subject. That being said, I have called there looking for seasonal releases on, which so far have been AWESOME, something I can tell they have fun with and take a lot of pride with, and the staff was always friendly and helpful. So, as far as selection goes, for a liquor store in Lake County, home of the lumberjacks, MUNDANE-LEIN no less, they have an exceptional beer selection. Also you can build your own six pack, with a LOT to choose from. So, to cap it off, HUGE and in-depth selection of both craft and imports. In fact, I have been finding lots of stuff I can't find at Binney's, especially in seasonal department/displays....friendly, but not exceptionally knowledgeable staff, and fair prices but a tad high prices. (What do you expect though.) Overall a hidden gem in this area. And to be fair, someone there knows beer and what they are doing, just have yet to speak to him or her.

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

Stopped in here today, it was busy. There is macro and a bit fo craft in the back coolers but nothing that caught my eye.

There are a few long aisles of beer. One is of all singles although not all the shelf space is being taken up, they have room to expand. The Belgians are away form the rest of the imports in another aisle.

I grabbed the last Angel's share they had. Their craft supply was a bit better than the imports. Overall it is on line with say the McHenry Binnys, the Buffalo Grove Binny's down the road has a better selection, as does the one in Lake Zurich.

All of the floor workers were busy doing other things and pretty much ignored the beer aisle.

This is a nice stop if your directly in Vernon Hills/Mundelein but the surrounding Binny's have a bit better selection.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

After hearing very good things about this place, I had to go take a look for myself. I'm glad I did. Upon entering, you're flush with wine, but a quick left turn and a short walk down the aisle leads to the beer section. Sixers, singles, and cases abound, with a good assortment of breweries from around the world. Most of the selection is from American breweries, but the international offerings are also pretty plentiful. In terms of rarities, you're porbably not gonna be dazzled, but there's always something great to try. In terms of service, the staff seemed to me to be somewhat aloof at first, but if you need any help, they're more than happy to oblige, even keep you abreast of upcoming releases and special order some if you can't find them. Prices are very good and comparable with the other stores in the area. If you're in the Mundelein area, definitely stop in and check this place out.

Photo of chetripley
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Located near my work I first approached the store upon hearing of a beer tasting that would be happening soon so I wanted to get a feel for the place prior to the tasting. Located in the back four aisles of the store is the beer and organized well including singles and seasonals and quite a few craft beers available, include complete lines of Great Lakes, Two Brothers and Sierra Nevada. Not too shabby set of Europeans available too, including many Belgians I had never heard of.

Knowledgeable staff even letting me know about future sales in the store.

Glad I found it, kind of a hidden treasure, since by the front entrance and circulars they announce "wine" but they quietly whisper "beer".

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

DiCarlo is a great place for beer aficionados. Excellent selection of old standbys - german lagers, belgians, major US micros. Also a regularly updated selection of the latest and greatest introductions and rare selections. Scott, the beer manager, provides email updates and beer trivia. In person, he is unwaveringly enthusiastic about beer (more than once, I have received the "stink eye" from my wife after returning to the car after a long conversation with Scott.

It also offers most of their selections in singles, and discounts on end of season beers. It is only a few miles from where I live, but I rate it as high as the Binnys and Sams of the Chicago area.

Photo of littleg
5/5  rDev +19.6%

It will be very difficult to say anything bad about thsi place. The beer buyer has been very helpful in my beer education. I have watched the selction at this place grow better and better every week and would now say that it is in the top 5 best beer stores in the Chicagoland area. Pretty much anything that is available in the region is here with the exception of a few brewers that don't distribute to lake county. A great selection of singles isavailable and if it is not broken down already they will break a six pack and set it up in the register for any of the beers they have. The buyer is always on time with weekly emails and updates and is constantly looking for new brews. I can't say enough about how great this store is.

Photo of
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Stopped in on 8/21/07.

Walk in and head to the left. Skip the coolers at the back of the store -- not much there. Only complaint is that most of the good stuff was warm.

Quality was fine, no dust and appropriate seasonals. Having sampled a few of my purchases, no problems.

Service was good. I was greeted and offered help about 3 times. No hovering, just a number of folks walking around and asking me if I needed anything.

Selection was quite good. Singles were available, but looked a bit seasonally focused. Probably about 100+ beers to pick from. DFH, Victory, GI, Founders, GL, Rogue, 2 Brothers, and 3F (somewhat limited). Extensive import options, with Germany and Belgium well represented.

Overall, a fine place to stop and get some beer.

Photo of kajerm
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

I went to the spring beer tasting here; apparently they also have one in the fall.

Excellent selection of brews-- pretty much every midwestern beer (including some relative rarities like Blackout Stout) you'd want is here. The rest of the US and Belgium are well-represented, as is Germany. The lines from each brewery are very complete.

Rated as inexpensive for two reasons. First, there is an extensive rotating collection of singles, and they will individually price single bottles from any sixer or four-pack in the store. Second, some of the beers are priced near cost.

All of this suggests a beer buyer who knows what he's doing, and they've definitely got that. Their buyer, Scott, is a former customer who loves talking beer and knows the industry as well as anyone I've ever met. Also, his homebrew kicks ass.

Photo of ILhophead
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

DiCarlo's is one of the best beer stores in the suburbs. Definitely my top pick for beer stores in this area.

Scott, the new craft beer director, is very passionate and knowledgeable about craft beer and has a good idea of what people like us are looking for in a beer store. He recently added a single bottle shelf with rotating selections which I really like but don't find at many of the stores in this area. He also said that any bottle in the store can be individually priced if you ask. He follows the industry and is always working to get new and interesting beers and does a good job getting the sometimes hard to find seasonal and specialty beers. He also has a comment box where you can request specific beers and sign up for the email newsletter so you know when new beers come in.

Selection is good. Lots of American, Belgian, British, and Eastern European craft beer to choose from.

If you're in the area and need some good beer or you're looking for a hard to find specialty beer come check out DiCarlo's. Also look out for their beer tastings held twice a year, one in spring and one in fall.

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Recently stopped by this place again, which has made some notable changes recently. There's a good sized singles section now, which will increase with demand. This is rare in Illinois (Cook Co. that is) for some reason, but a perfectly economical way to sample various beers.

From the second I walked in the door and talked to the beer guy Scott at the desk, service was better that most beer stores i've ever been in. This guy knew his beer backwards and forwards, and was quick to offer suggestions. He pointed out new arrivals, and chatted about the history of several breweries. Great! This is rare in my experience of retail beer places, someone genuinely excited about what they sell. There was even a mailing list to sign up for, to get the latest new arrivals...

Once left to browse, there were plenty of things to catch the eye. A nice domestic selection, including Allagash, Left Hand, 3F, JP, Goose, Sprecher, Great Divide, and countless others. Singles section had plenty to pull from, including Gonzo, Golden Monkey, GD St. Bridget's, Capital Maibock, and others. Sale items at the end of one beer aisle, opposite the singles.

Scaldis Prestige is available for the big spender, and many more Belgians on hand. The recent addition Konigshoeven was here, plus Bink, Dupont, Bornem, Brigand, and lesser known Belgians. Didn't check out the coolers, as the shelves had put me back $100 already, ouch. Pricing was good on singles and certain imports.

Reccomended to the northern ex-urbians...

Photo of pmatz2
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

I've been frequenting this place on a very regular basis over the last year or so. I usually stop by about 3 to 4 times a month. I haven't really seen anything new in the place for a long time. I walk the entire section looking for something different but it's always the same. One thing that I've noticed is the beer area shas been getting smaller.

It's still one of the better beer places in the far northern suburbs and if your in the area you can't go wrong stopping by. Overall I get the sense that they don't have a passion for craft beers. Then again I just go in buy my beer and leave.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Great liquor store. HUGE selection. One of the biggest I've seen. Great prices, great specials.

I also like that there always seems to be drunk old ladies at Armanetti's offering free samples of sangria and margaritas.

I also like that their "Belgian" section is bigger than the beer section at many, if not most liquor stores.

Tons of singles are available too.

Words of warning:

If it seems too good to be true, it is.

Watch out for dust. Armanetti’s sometimes sells really, really old beers that should be destroyed. Often these are found on special for next to nothing. They're still not worth the pennies that you pay for them. Stay away.

Otherwise Armanetti's is a great place to buy beer. The Mundelein store is the best that I've been too but the one in Antioch is good too.

Photo of stevegamburg
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Located in Mundelein, Illinois at the corner of Route 45 (Lake St.) and Route 60 (Townline Rd.), this is not the cleanest looking place inside or out. But what they lack in decor they make up in their selection. Almost half the store is beer, and I am not talking about MGD. Great choice of imports from Belgium, England, as well as a good number of hard to find microbrews. Prices aren't bad and something's always on sale. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and semi-friendly. This place has become my first stop on a restocking mission. Highly recommended.

DiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits in Mundelein, IL
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.