Wise Guys Discount Liquors
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Reviews by karengarys:
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
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 -33.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
Spoiler Alert: If you want the hard to get the good beer, you have to attend Wiseguys University and sit for two hours listening to some guy from Sam Adams talk. On the positive side, they do give samples. I used to go to Wiseguys for their Saturday morning "rare" beer drawings. Only one or two of the beers was usually rare. Then, Wiseguys wanted to have the drawings at 5:30 on Fridays. Anybody else busy at that time? I am not interested in games, I just want somebody to take money in exchange for my beer.
The selection has all the usual suspects available in the region. Pete's Liquor Bucket has the same things, but generally significantly cheaper. The last few times I have to Wiseguys, I walked out empty-handed. I already have had much of what is on the shelves. The good beers are waiting for the drawings, which are not announced until hours before sometimes.
08-30-2013 23:04:11 | More by JohnnyHopps
District of Columbia
4.14/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
3.89/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | 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 attention to quality. 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
Wise Guys Discount Liquors in Merrillville, IN
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