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Friar Tuck Beverage

Not Rated.
Friar Tuck BeverageFriar Tuck Beverage
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

2401 Maloney Dr
Bloomington, Illinois, 61704-3750
United States
phone: (309) 664-5890

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Notes:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006)
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Reviews by SirWalkAbout:
Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

I had never been to a place like this, so my first time walking in was overwhelming. They have a huge amount of beer compared to any grocery store. It is set up like a mini Costco/Sams club warehouse, just with beer, wine, and some cheese.

Besides being a large selection, the quality is pretty good. They do get the really desired stuff (Founders CBS/KBS, Goose Island Bourbon Barrel County Stout, etc.), or so they say, but it's luck of the draw on who's in the store on the right day because they only get one case and it's gone quick. It's probably like that everywhere, but I still find it annoying.

The staff most likely won't come find you to see if you need help, but if you ask they are helpful. I've talked to a couple people there who had some good recommendations, and another who didn't know what she was talking about.

Overall, this place has more beer than I've ever seen in one spot so it gets high marks from me. The only room for improvement is getting more of the rare stuff.

SirWalkAbout, Jan 09, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of ArkansasTraveller
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ArkansasTraveller, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

maxcoinage, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Kevin_Young, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

NateMac13, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of jman005
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked up a sixer of Lagunitas Sucks and Bear Republic Racer 5. Awesome fresh beers, reasonable pricing. Nice bottle store, gave me a box to carry the six packs in and all. Very helpful especially because I was just on a trip through there. Saw this place listed on here and it definitely lived up to the rating.

jman005, May 07, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Friar Tuck was a regular stop for me while I attended school in BloNo. The selection is great and the staff is very helpful. Some are more knowledgeable than others, though that's usually not a problem since they don't hesitate to call over another employee who might be "the expert." I love the "Mix 6" selection, as I've put together some combos of great singles for only $7.99. Prices otherwise are pretty much up to par. Whether looking for a craft beer or a nice bourbon, I have found some unbeatable specials every once in while. I always make a stop when I'm in the area.

mkennedy119, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

Building seems pretty new. Everything is clean. Cement floor. Has a warehouse type feel.

They place much more emphasis on the craft beers then macros. The selection is astounding! I could spend hours here looking at the selection and figuring out what I want to buy. I would have a hard time sampling the entire selection even if given an entire lifetime to do so. There is a single long isle of beers with 8 foot high shelves of six packs, four packs, bombers, fifths and individual 12 oz bottles. On one side are the domestic crafts and on the other, the imports. Several beers are also kept in the fridge. They also have a build your own six pack section with over 100 beers to choose from. Included in this section are Dark Horse, NB, Founders, Big Sky, Victory and many others. One minor complain is that you must choose from this section for the mixers and cannot break a six pack.

Service is good. The employees know what they are talking about and are knowledgeable about what is in stock. I explained to one employee what type of beer I was looking for and he found several to fit my taste all of which I liked. I also witnessed a confused customer on the phone with a beer fanatic having trouble knowing what to get and asked an employee for help. The employee took the cell phone and talked to the man for about 10 minutes helping him find particular beers and beers in the style he asked for.

Prices are reasonable to relatively inexpensive. I got a 4 pack of Founder's BS for $9.99 at Friar Tuck and paid $12 at another liquor store in Granite City, IL.

Overall I think this is a great place to go whether you are looking to try new beer or to pick up your favorite domestic crafts and imports. I will probably be stopping by here whenever I am in Bloomington.

bnes09, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

This is the third and last I visited in Central Illinois (along with Springfield and Savoy-Champaign).

Layout and distribution is the exact same as the the other Tucks. You couldn't tell one from the other! I did find some exclusive stuff, like Founders Devil Dancer and Bells Consecration on the single-bottle shelf.

Founders Breakfast Stout plus pumpkin and oktober beers upfront by the registers, and a very good variety of Mikkeller (tons of Hop series, but no Black Hole Barrel, which I've seen in Kansas City but not in Illinois).

As for the rest, nothing new when compared to the other stores in the chain, hence my lower score. I was a bit disappointed- drove 40 miles from Decatur to find nothing exciting.

Service and prices are just like at the other stores: inexistent but friendly at the registers, and yes everything is expensive here. I got a Sierra Homegrown Estate and a Fort Collins Barrel Licked Bock.

Wouldn't come back... the other joints have more and better beer. But for Bloomington, this sure is the best spot.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of dstoneui42
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Stopped here over the weekend on my way to Quincy, IL. Had heard good things, but this store still exceeded my expectations. Really a great selection of both Domestic craft and Import. Found a few things in here that I haven't seen in Chicago for a while, as well as stuff from Schlafly and Ballast Point which don't get distribution to the Chicago area.

My only real disappointment was that I thought the bomber selection could be bigger - but regardless I think this will become a regular stop anytime I'm passing through.

dstoneui42, Oct 13, 2010
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Friar Tuck Beverage in Bloomington, IL
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.