Andersonville Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-23-2008 01:26:43 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
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...
05-17-2009 05:58:39 | More by spointon
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-18-2008 02:52:41 | More by Georgiabeer
4.04/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-05-2013 02:51:55 | More by Fluffheady
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
08-26-2009 19:46:01 | More by mymrnngjckt
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
Stopped in here after dining and drinking at Hopleaf. Noticed it by the numerous displays of craft beer singage. Long and narrow on the inside, the beer selection is smaller compared to other more reputable stores in the chicagoland area but the selection is also by no means weak. Most of the beer is in coolers which is nice to see and I'd say about 60 percent or more of the entire store's selection was single bottles with an about equal amount of american micros and belgians. Nice selection from 3Floyds that I don't normally see in Chicago and a Double Dourtmunder from Great Lakes which I had never seen before. In the back of the store are the non coolfied beers, some on the bottom shelves are pretty dusty. Also you can by a good percentage of beers by the case here, I assume you can do this at most other stores but its cool to see them all laid out. The staff mainly stayed out of my way when I was in there but the cashier seemed helpful to the person in front of me at the register so I've giving it an average rating to be fair.
Overall a nice selection, some rare finds and a nice location close to Hopleaf. If you don't live or visit near the area I wouldn't make the trek out here though.
07-26-2008 03:32:51 | More by bluemoonswoon
Andersonville Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.