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The Liquor Box

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Reviews: 3
Visits: 3
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649 Avenue of the Cities
East Moline, Illinois, 61244-4029
United States
phone: (309) 751-0933
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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2005

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Reviews by schanker21:
Photo of schanker21
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

I was in town, so I stopped by just to check this place out and left with $40 worth of beer. This place seems pretty new, or maybe recently renovated as it was pretty nice and clean. The beer is on the left side of the store arranged first by style, then brand. (sort of). This was confusing to me because the different brewers were scattered everywhere and even within the sections, things weren't necessarily logical. For example in the wheat beer section, some of the Kölsches would be on the top shelf, some on the bottom, same with the hefes, etc. I spent a lot of time searching for things because it was so strangely set up. I was also never asked if I needed help finding anything. The guy behind the counter said "hi" when I walked in and then got back to the TV show he was watching.

The beer selection was pretty good. They had all of the standard midwestern micros that you find in northern Illinois, including some of the limited release Goose Islands. They had Schlafly which I was happy to see since it seems tough to find in the area. They had a sizeable selection of Unibroues as well. Pricing was excellent. I picked up a four pack of Sprecher Black Bavarian for $6.49 which was about $3 cheaper than I've seen elsewhere. Everything seemed pretty fresh, either that or they do a good job of dusting. Not a whole lot of craft/micro brews in the cooler as most of the beer in there is geared toward the BMC and hard lemonade crowds.

Overall a nice store that I would stop by again when I'm in the area.

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Photo of calhoon
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

I was in the Quad Cities for the NABA convention and searched for and then found the store. It is located in a shopping mall in East Moline, but it was well worth the search. Mike is the new manager and is very helpful and knowledgeable; I was impressed enough with the selection that I spent over $100 and skipped John's Grocery on my way back to Sioux City, Iowa. Mike was in the process of reorganizing the beer by style instead of by brewery. No Bells or New Belgium yet, but I found Dark Horse seasonals and other Michigan beers that I don't usually see out here, Dogfishead, Lagunitas, Moylan, and a good selection of bombers. There is also a substantial selection of German beers, which makes sense as the store is tied to the Bier-Stube. Mike admits the selection isn't as large as John's; nonetheless it is very good.

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Photo of morimech
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Stopped by the store on my way out of town. It was not easy for me to find as I did not have specific directions, only a street address. Located in a large, busy strip mall. I thought the American craft beer selection was very good. At least there was a lot of beers I don't get in my home state like, Dogfish Head, Founders, Shlafly, Ballast Point, etc. They also had at least 4 Unibroue beers available. Also many German and Eastern European beers I don't normally see. The Belgian selection was for the most part non-existant. They did have some St. Bernardus and Delirium Tremors on the shelf. Prices seemed to be on par for the area. The clerk was extremely helpful and willing to take orders for beers that they don't currently have in stock.

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The Liquor Box in East Moline, IL
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