Wise Guys Discount Liquors
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by karengarys:
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is a great downtown Chicago big-store selection in the middle of nowheresville northwest Indiana. What a Godsend!
They have an almost full grocery-store sized aisle of craft brews. Dozens of selecctions (I'll count next time I go in). They also have the full aisle cooler - granted, only about 20% is craft brews, but that ain't bad at all!
They seem to strive to please craft brew drinkers. Something sitting around? They clearance it out to move it.
Interesting stuff, too. They have a cooler of bombers, which has at least eight different 3 floyds bombers, several new holland, several southern tier, several rouge, several stone (including their RIS!), and oddities - I saw a bottle of Crown Brewery there, talk about an obscurity!
They are there to help, too. It is the only place in Indiana where they will try to get you what you want.
Get this - kegs too! They will hound the distributors to get what you want. They are starting to keep a keg of craft brew in stock - I picked up a Robert the Bruce on the spot!
Craft brew is expensive - they are not giving it away, but they are trying to come as close as they can to do so. Watch the sales if you are a price buyer - a few weeks ago they had 3 floyds 6-packs for $7.98. It is usually $9-10 at other stores, $11 in Chicago. (sorry, that sale is over, but at the time I'm writing this it was only $8.98).
If you are traveling down US30 in northwest Indiana, it is worth the few minutes to go South on Cleveland/Taft before 93rd and check this place out. There are no traffic lights, little traffic, and a 45mph speed limit to make it an easy detour!
02-14-2010 03:21:47 | More by karengarys
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2.73/5 rDev -33.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
Spoiler Alert: If you want the hard to get the good beer, you have to attend Wiseguys University and sit for two hours listening to some guy from Sam Adams talk. On the positive side, they do give samples. I used to go to Wiseguys for their Saturday morning "rare" beer drawings. Only one or two of the beers was usually rare. Then, Wiseguys wanted to have the drawings at 5:30 on Fridays. Anybody else busy at that time? I am not interested in games, I just want somebody to take money in exchange for my beer.
The selection has all the usual suspects available in the region. Pete's Liquor Bucket has the same things, but generally significantly cheaper. The last few times I have to Wiseguys, I walked out empty-handed. I already have had much of what is on the shelves. The good beers are waiting for the drawings, which are not announced until hours before sometimes.
08-30-2013 23:04:11 | More by JohnnyHopps
District of Columbia
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went here twice during my Christmas vacation on the Indiana side of Chi-town.
Atmosphere: spacious enough but not massive by any means. Hang a right once you enter and enter the beer area, with a long row of coolers on the right hand side and a long row of shelves on the other.
Quality and Service: I don't think anyone really helped me out while I was there, but I didn't exactly seek it out either. With the exception of several bottles of FFF Apocalypse Cow that had been out of date for several months, most of the brews seemed to be current. I did see a few bottles of 2010 Le Folie, but that is actually a good thing.
Selection: Most of the Three Floyds flagships were there (except for Dreadnaught), as well as stuff from Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, New Albanian, New Belgium, and many, many others. I picked up a bottle of 2010 Le Folie (awesome!) and a few Boulevard nuggets.
Value: I think everything was priced about where it should be, with the exception of a few that seemed a bit pricier than normal (eg. Boulevard Collab. #2 was a couple of bucks high than I'd seen it before) and some that were lower (it was the cheapest I had ever seen Le Folie).
All in all this is a fantastic store, and most definitely more than worth a mere stop if you happen to be in the area.
12-29-2011 03:03:17 | More by Chaney
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here today, first thing I noticed was the sun gleaming off the bottles of beer in the front of the beer aisle... not the best treatment of the beer. Front windows are completely open, sunlight hitting bottles on the shelves halfway down the aisle. Grabbed a few from the back to be safe.
Large store with 1/10th devoted to beer. Found a few cases of seasonals stacked by the register oddly, on a former checkout belt. Schlafly Pumpkin, Nommo Dubbel, Tyranena Hop Whore. Also strange was the dozen magnums of Anchor OSA in the wine section...
70% of the coolers were macro devoted, but there was one solid door that made up for it towards the back. All craft bombers, many regional ones. Six from Figure 8, 4 from Back Road, a few New Albanian including Jaxon Barleywine, 6 FFF, 4 Goose Island, and more. These local beers weren't really showcased in any way, and sort of relegated to the back of the beer aisle, but at least they were there.
Good selection of sixers, craft bombers, and imports on the warm shelf on the left. Noticed Sprecher Dubbel, full line of Boulevard Smokestacks & Schlafly, Thomas Creek from SC, Upland Oktoberfest and Double Dragonfly, Shoreline, Cricket Hill from NJ (crappy old BBA Porter though, avoid), plenty of Hoppin Frog. Some lambics, Oud Beersel and Cuvee Rene, out of Girardin, some Liefmans stuff. Scandinavian imports, UK stuff like Yorkshire Stingo, and more.
No one on the floor, but the cashier was very nice. Seasonals stacked in open cases, clearly marked prices, fairly competitive i'd say. For the area, this is among those with the broadest selection, though the sunlight hitting the bottles and reports of old beer bring the quality here into question.
10-23-2011 05:22:50 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Wise guys has one of the best selections in the area. They have all the standards of the area (Bell's, Founders, Three Floyds) and even a few beers from the smaller local breweries like Figure 8 and Crown.
Be wary that some of the beers can, and do, sit on the shelves for a long time. I've seen six packs of seasonals from the previous year that were left out (or put back out). That also makes this a decent place to find stouts, and other ageable beers, from years past.
Wise Guys isn't quite as cheap as Liquor Bucket, but the prices are still reasonable and I find the selection to be a little more interesting. I just wish they would break their six packs into singles but no one in the area seems willing to go that route.
10-04-2011 00:38:13 | More by schultzi22
4.71/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I love this store.
The store is arranged in such a way that the first section you walk through is te beer. It's like a 40 foot hallway lined with beer. Coolers on the right, shelves on the left, and stacks of cases arranged in the middle.
They carry EVERYTHING that you would look for out of an Indiana store-- FFF, founders, bells, goose, upland, shoreline, and tons more from smaller more local breweries. The shop also has tons of selections from larger breweries from all over-- like the bruery, Heavy seas, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.
The selection of imports is outstanding. They always have some tasty sours like 1882 Black Label and more.
The prices are quite reasonable. Here are some examples:
2009 bourbon barrel old stock - $18.99 compared to $22.99 to $26.99 at most stores.
Founders Breakfast stout - $8.99 per 4 pack compared to $10.99 to $12.99.
While most items fall right in line with general pricing for the area, there are certainly some killer deals.
My favorite part about coming here: the manager. I sadly cannot remember his name despite talking with him dozens of times, but he's the redhead guy with glasses. He is extremely friendly and progressional, has a great interest in tasting and carrying good/new beer, and is beyond helpful-- one time going so far as to print up directions to a couple shops in St Joseph MI that he likes so I could make the roadtrip and land some MI-only beers).
If you're heading to FFF, this place is only about 20 minutes to the southeast, and ALWAYS worth a visit!
08-25-2011 14:10:36 | More by AleWatcher
4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Wise guys is one of my local stops. This place definitely has an above average beer selection. great place to stop if your out of town or live in the area. If you follow them on twitter you can get updates on all the rare beer when it comes in . The store is very well kept in kept clean. They have a knowledgeable helpful staff. Lots of FFF, founders, lots of belgiums. If you haven't tried this place is worth a shot lots of great beer here.
Overall lots of great craft brew at reasonable prices. Sign up for the weekly email blast to learn about the current inventory. They usually have weekly tasting on fridays.
06-06-2011 20:42:12 | More by BUNZILLA
3.86/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bought some beer here on 27 Apr 2011.
One isle of the store (to the right as you walk in) dedicated to beer. About half is refrigerated. A distributor was there that night offering samples.
Good selection of locals including FFF, Upland, Dark Horse, Goose Island and Figure Eight. From further afield they carried Bluegrass Brewing, Hopping Frog and Southern Star (?!). I picked up a few Germans that I had not seen in Texas, including Schlenkera Oak Smoke and 1809 Berliner Weisse.
The lack of singles was a drawback for this traveler, but otherwise a good stop.
05-08-2011 03:39:07 | More by htomsirveaux
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This has become my go to liquor store. The selection isn't as vast as Binny's, but its the best in the area. Tons of belgians, a very large selection of craft, with the more popular ones (Bell's, Founders, Three Floyds, Goose Islan) in the coolers.
The prices are very reasonable, at or below most prices I see in other stores. I can pick up Three Floyds stuff cheaper here than if I go to the brewery. Last time I bought Behemoth there it was 2-3 bucks cheaper.
The management there is great. Fill you in on the limited stuff, and will try to order anything (if they can) of beer, wine, etc they don't have.
They regularly have free tastings. Its definitely the go to liquor store in the region.
01-14-2011 19:43:52 | More by nozferatu46
4/5 rDev -2.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Larger place, just few minutes from the main drap in MVille. Bigopen and modern, glass and metel box of a place. Quality brew is found on the right side of the store as you enter. Large and wide ranging selection to be perused. All the heavy weights can be found here. What interested me to most were wide ranging selections from Stone, GI, DFH, Bruery,Great Divide, Schlafly, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Dark Horse,FFF of course, Atwater, bombers of local Crown brewing. I get the feeling, that if its available in the area, this place will have it. Well worth visiting and likely worth driving a few miles to get to.
09-06-2010 20:07:28 | More by Billolick
Wise Guys Discount Liquors in Merrillville, IN
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