Andersonville Wine & Spirits

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Andersonville Wine & SpiritsAndersonville Wine & Spirits
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30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

5201 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60640-2101
United States
phone: (773) 769-0858

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @andersonvillews

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(Place added by: brdc on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of Davit
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of WallyJaz
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

My wife and I spent a long weekend in Chicago and we were looking for some Zombie Dust,
Hopleaf had it on tap, and then we went to Andresonville Wine & Spirits, and although they
did not have Zombie Dust in stock, they had a great selection of craft beers from all over the
country.

Photo of inhoc00
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

This was the first place that I went to and had that "WOW" effect and probably got me into collecting. Several years ago I went and they had a DFH WWS when the distribution was still slow before they expanded their brewery. I almost fell over when I saw it. He said he had special ordered a case for some guy and had some extra. Today WWS is pretty available, but back then it was a find.

This place is still good for unusual finds. The guys are pretty into the craft brew loop and order what people want to buy. Plus its across the street from Hopleaf so its like a Hopleaf "gift shop". My brother and his boss came in from Texas and I took him to Hopleaf. Afterwards, we went across the street and bought some of what we were drinking.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Pwbres
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I visited this place on 5/16/2009.

Like othere have mentioned, this place is across the street and down a few doors from the Hopleaf. Parking was not too hard to find, even on a Saturday evening.

This is a really long and narrow store, with the front 2/3 of the store being dedicated to liquor and wine. The coolers run along the left wall and the last 10 or so doors are dedicated to beer (and only one of those had macro stuff in it when I visited). There was also a small area in the far back end of the store labeled "craft beer" where I found a ton of warm beer in bombers, 750s, and six packs. Overall I was pleased with the selection at this place. There were many of the great quality craft beers you would see in a high end store like Binny's, but there was also some pretty rare stuff. Case in point, I saw some Gouden Caroulus stuff that I have never seen anywhere else in Chicagoland.

The prices were average to just a bit above average I would say but all in all quite fair. Service was friendly and I got the feeling I could have asked a beer geek question and received an educated response.

Highly recommended if you are in the immediate area...

Photo of Sweffin
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Fluffheady
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I live in Andersonville and it makes me very happy this store is on the strip. They recently upgraded most of the inside and expanded their beer selection. The prices are a bit high, but get over it, it’s convenience. Did you go to Hopleaf? Stop by to get a night cap for home. Are you going to dine in one of the many BYOB restaurants in Andersonville? Stop here before you go. They have a huge amount of coolers, which besides lots of beer includes chilled white wine and Sake.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Convenient stop after and evening at the Hopleaf. Not a huge place, but a very nice selection of Chicago brews and other craft beer. Prices seem about average for Chicago. Grabbed a couple of nice bombers.

Photo of TheRealPour
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Went to this store after a visit to the Hopleaf. I agree with the other reviewers that it isn't necessarily a store to seek out, but if you are going to the Hopleaf anyway its just down the block and worth stopping in. Nice, clean store that has quite a few coolers and most of the beer is there. Quite well chosen selection of available locals including a fair sample of Three Floyds. I was looking for locals, so I didn't really notice the imports. One nice thing is that they seem not to sell out of everything immediately and I actually found several things here that the Binny's on Grand near downtown had sold out of. Reasonable service, but I didn't really ask for much.

Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of spinoza
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tanis
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mcnkldzyn
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Only problem I have with this place is that you are made to feel very uncomfortable the entire time you are in the store. I am a regular customer so it's not as if they don't recognize me yet they have someone standing in the back watching me the entire time I'm in the store.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Stopped in on a recent visit to Chicago to stock up for the trip back to Mississippi. There was a good selection of a wide variety of beers. I was specifically looking for Three Floyds and some other regional offerings that we can't get in the South, along with some Dogfish Head stuff. Tons of beers in the coolers, and a pretty good selection of warm beers in the back. I was surprised to find some bottles of Abita. Service was fair and prices reasonable. If I'm ever back in the Chicago area, I'll stop back and shop here.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

In years past I wouldn't have entered this shop into beerfly, but after stopping in tonight, i'd say they've improved quite a bit.

The Orval and Bells posters on the front doors clue you in on their quality beer selection. It's pretty bright inside, flourescent light with long narrow aisles. Craft beer and imports are in the wall cooler about 1/3 of the way down, and continue to the end (past the deli case humidor). Southern Tier (6), Three Floyds (8), Bells (8), several Founders, many Belgian 11.2 oz. bottles occupying the majority of one cooler door. Wosyntje, Orval, Piraat, Gulden Draak etc. Rochefort 8 was $6, the 10 was $6.49, Rodenbach 750s were $9.99. They could use more Lambics, but i'm sure Lindemans is the top seller anyway. Pretty good pricing and not intentionally gouging like so many corner stores. At first glance, the back room looked like warm storage, but I found a few lone gems hiding around. Cuvee Angelique and the recently arrived ST Cuvee Series, strangely only one bottle of each. Curmudgeon was hiding back there too.

The guy at the counter was friendly and mentioned some bourbons they had when I asked. The other staff sort of silently shadow at a distance. Overall it's not a bad place to stock up on beer. If you're looking for craft singles head up Clark St. over to "In Fine Spirits".

Edit: They seem to be fond of price gouging on limited releases... expect prices to be several dollars higher than elsewhere if a beer is highly sought after.

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Stopped here to pick up a few local offerings to take back home. A very long store. All the craft beer was in the back and down a ramp. (What is the fasications with ramps in puclic places in Chicago?) They had a decent selction of local and regional craft brews. I managed to pick up what I was looking for from Goose Island, Three Flyods and New Belgium. I saw a lot of offerings from the Shelton Brothers line and other belgian products. They seemed to have a lot more offerings in the cooler than warm which wasn't what I was looking for. Prices were reasonable for Chicago. Service was basically non-existant.

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Andersonville Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.