Schaefer's Wines, Foods & Spirits
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
A small liquor store with the feel of a gourmet market. Beer selections are rather limited, but everything on offer is of a respectable quality.
On my visit they had DFH Poppaskull and Pangea and a vast selection of Grand Teton, but no Half Acre, no Dreadnaught, no Southern Star, no 90 Minute, no 60 Minute and only a limited selection from Bell's, GI, and Great Lakes. However, I do imagine if this is your "go-to" store, they'd more than happy to fulfill any special requests.
Service was very friendly and quite attentive, but their knowledge seemed to be only of the products they had on hand. Even their wine knowledge was lacking.
Considering that any Binny's in the city would easily have 4 times the selection and the service didn't really make up for the lack of beer, Schaefer's failed to impress me.
11-29-2010 03:20:32 | More by Florida9
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
2010: This was a highlight today on a trip through several north suburban liquor stores. A Grand Teton beer tasting was in progress (every sat. afternoon) and featured on an endcap, also several limited items like Bells 25th, Oarsman, SN 30th Ann. Black Barleywine, giant Paulaner mugs, among other seasonal selections. Ten varieties of Bells on the shelf. They will try to special order whatever you ask for.
Beer aisle pic: http://schaefers.com/graphics/beer/beer_wall7.jpg
The homemade deli goods were in ample supply, and a lady was offering free food samples. In the parking lot there was a farmer selling fresh produce, and they were doing brisk business on a Saturday afternoon. I heard Mr. Byron (the cool 90 year old beer guy) broke a hip and is recovering, but hopes to return to work by the holidays.
Atmosphere here is far better than most liquor stores, much of the staff has been here for decades and are very knowledgable. You can tell they care, and will go the extra mile for their customers, which is refreshing to see.
This place was on my list of uncharted stores in the North/NW burbs.
Went around noon on a saturday, and was very pleasantly surprised by the service there. The minute I walked in, I was greeted by an older gentleman (Mr. Byron) hosting a beer tasting (every Sat.) of Stouts and Porters. He waxed philosophic about them, even describing Goose Island Oatmeal Stout as "chewy". He told an interesting story of how the last three early 20th century breweries in Chicago were bought out or eventually closed, and even threw in his two cents about New Glarus ever returning to Chicago someday. This alone made my trip worthwhile, and on top of that, there was a good beer selection.
The first aisle when you walk in contains the craft & import selection. Take note of the ancient wooden signs hanging above the aisles. Coolers are along the back wall. Overall they may have around 125 choices, fairly modest, but good in representing regional micros. Sprecher, GI, 2 Bros., FFF, Bells, all had several in their lineups represented. Picked up some Black Bavarian and GI Matilda. Only import I reached for was a Duvel 750, they had mostly standard quality imports. Another nice touch was that if they were out of something on the shelf, there was a hangtag stating when it was expected back in. No dust, things seemed pretty well cared for. Checkout was ok, same as a grocery store.
Be sure to check out the deli, they stock certain homemade items, and I can fully endorse the artichoke dip.
They don't have rare items, or a bigger selection than Binny's nearby, but they are definitely enthusiastic about beer...Be sure to check out the Saturday afternoon tastings.
10-10-2010 00:21:02 | More by emerge077
Schaefer's Wines, Foods & Spirits in Skokie, IL
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.