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Liquor World

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Liquor WorldLiquor World
BA SCORE
95
world-class

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
[ Store ]

110 Meadowview Ctr
Kankakee, Illinois, 60901-2050
United States
phone: (815) 937-4444

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(Place added by: crayphish on 11-26-2006)
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Reviews by Rogorama:
Photo of Rogorama
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Just went to this place for the first time and it is awesome. The beer guy Pete is awesome and hooked us up with some tasty stuff. Definitely worth the drive to get out there. They have a great selection from a ton of good breweries. I know I'll be going back.

Rogorama, Jun 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Davidcovey8844
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Davidcovey8844, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of ubenumber2
4/5  rDev -9.3%

ubenumber2, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Metllica97
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Metllica97, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of MCHammered
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%

Drove all the way from Chicago last week to get some goodies based on what I saw on the Beermenus.com, and I was pleasantly surprised with the overall experience. After talking to the owner (Pete) the day before, he placed some of the beers I wanted aside to make sure I got them when I arrived the next day. I was planning to make a quick stop then leave but he was so nice and personable that I ended up staying for an hour! After talking to him for a while, he pulled out some other great hard-to-find beers which I was really excited about. (E.g. GI BC stuff, a few FSW reserve series, Backwood Bastard, Speedway Stout, Mango Magnifico, Abyss, etc.) I ended up spending over $450 which more than doubled what I had intended to spend but Pete was gracious enough to threw in a bomber (barrel-aged Port Brewing beer) for free.

I'm definitely planning on coming back in the near future! I recommend this place especially if you're in the area.

MCHammered, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of impetigo
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

I guess I should start out this review by saying I'm the beer manager at a major liquor store in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.

A customer at my work told me that Alesmith was available in Southern Ill and after calling him a filthy liar I looked it up and sure enough Liquor World had it listed on beer menus. I called and they put 3 bottles of Speedway Stout on the side while I made my hour drive.
When I got to the store (after bad directions-I called the store and they were helpful).

So after I get there, not only did they still have the beers set aside for me-they offered to sell me a case of Speedway Stout! Since I made the drive I checked out what they had-Perennial! Jolly Pumpkin! Fantome! Stone Woot Stout (we sold out of ours in a day). I ended up dumping 185 bucks at the store and I'm glad I did. Hell we carry Pipeworks at work but I ended up grabbing a couple bottles.

For a retail person I guess I should point out these negatives-very disorganized section. Bottles were scattered on displays-often with no prices on them.
Also as a retail person I should point out these positives (trust me-walk a mile in someone's shoes before you piss and moan) the dates on every bottle I checked were reasonably fresh and reasonably priced. The guy working was super nice in pointing out rare bottles (and once he figured out I knew what I was talking about left me alone). The cashier was also friendly/helpful.
It's a LONG hike from my place (Naperville) to this place but would make the trip again!

impetigo, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of AmishLightning
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%

This place looks like the shadiest store possible. So it fits in perfectly with the rest of Kankakee. I didn't even think to look inside until I read other reviews about it. Living in Kankakee and seeing it almost everyday i had just dismissed it as another dump of a store. However, the beer selection surprised me quite a bit. A tall shelf of many different imports and varieties is hidden in the far corner of the store. Lots of IPA and APA and a descent amount of stouts and porters. Even had St. Bernardus, albeit a bit pricey ($13) but then again I don't know what that normally goes for. Also, they had some american brews that I had never heard of at some rather high prices. Oddly enough, the imports were super cheap. A pint and 3 ounces of Weihenstaphaner was only three bucks. Not too shabby at all. Best selection your going to get in the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais area. I only had a second to talk to the employees but they were pretty friendly. I will go in another time to try and find Pete. I have heard he is the beer guy.

AmishLightning, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Lognar
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%

This place is like a pirate's treasure hoard hidden where no one thinks to look. I actually hate to write a review for it because once more people know about this place then the quicker it will cease to be what it is, except for Pete who is the beer guy - he's wonderful. But, Pete deserves the publicity and the business. I'd rather have a great business flourish than have a semi-secret shop that not many know about.

You aren't going to find any massive shelf whales here, but what you will find is very solid selection of beers and a beer guy who is always helpful, remembers you, loves talking craft, and is always eager to show you the next new brew he's got behind the counter.

His prices are usually a dollar or two UNDER Binny's or right on par. For example, right now as of 6/22/2013 he's got a row of about 8 bottles of 3F Golden Blend on the shelf for $23.99. Binny's charges $26.99 iirc.

His selection, while not as vast as Binny's, generally has more gems than Binny's even, because his shelves aren't cleared out the day something new comes in. I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break today, and it's been gone from the Western/Southern Chicago Burbs for months now. There's also a decent selection of Evil Twin, Fantome (Saison and Extra Sour to name a couple), and Jolly Pumpkin (La Roja) just to name a few that do not get huge distro.

I've also heard that Pete is more than willing to help get you what you are looking for. He also seems to do a good job keeping their beermenus.com up to date (http://www.beermenus.com/places/7988-liquor-world).

Check him out and support a small business that is working hard to bring great craft beer to an area that doesn't have much at all in the way of good craft beer. Cheers!

Lognar, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of HopFan1
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

This place is the only place I know of to get other than 'usual' craft beers in the Kankakee area. Coming from Northern Illinois (the land of Binny's) I am used to a bigger selection but you can find some real gems in this place if you time it right. Pete does a great job in getting the limited realease stuff. His prices may be a little high but considering that you probably couldn't get your hands on them up North it is definitely worth an extra buck or so. They also get some beers from breweries that don't distribute further north so that's another plus. Going in there is always like a treasure hunt because you never know what you'll find. If you're in the Kankakee area I highly recommend stopping by.

HopFan1, May 28, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

This place is the eye of hurricane anheiser; the only place in Kankakee that offers a selection of craft beer. The quantity may be sub-par when you walk in, but the quality is phenomenal. Most Chicago stores sell out of the rarities within hours, but this place will have the good stuff even several months after release. (Bourbon County sells out fast regardless though)

The service is also unbelievable. The owner is extremely helpful and loves having someone actually come in and visit the craft beer section as opposed to grabbing a domestic 30 rack. I called ahead asking about hopslam and he told me exactly how.much he had and handed to me when I arrived. I've also dealt with a lady that works behind the counter and she was also very friendly when it comes to craft beer.

Overall, this place is an absolute gem when it comes to getting quality beer; however, the quantity is a little limited due to space. The prices are also very reasonable and the service cannot be beaten. This is a must stop for anyone unfortunate enough to be travelling to kankakee or even if you live relatively close.

Drucifer, May 07, 2012
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Liquor World in Kankakee, IL
95 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.