Artalé Wine Co.
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.99/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Stopped in here while in the Rockford area and what a great shopping experience! Met the owner I believe it was but was very knowledgable about beer and gave me a lot of good recommendations when I asked for any sours he may have in stock. Prices are a buck or less compared to other beer shops in the area and will stop next time I'm in town.
09-09-2013 00:58:19 | More by Beeryurt
4.78/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my go to place in Rockford. It is very unassuming but it houses some damn good beer and a lot of craft beer knowledge. The staff is no pressure, but will openly answer any questions you have. If you wanna talk about beer for a while, they're willing to tell you everything you want to know. The selection is pretty damn good and it rotates quite a bit. They are the only shop in town to carry some of the up and coming Chicago breweries and they have a great selection of craft from both the States and abroad. And as an added bonus, they seem to be the only store in the area that doesn't completely jack up the prices of special releases. I'd definitely recommend this spot to anyone visiting the Rockford area.
05-24-2013 01:14:59 | More by Roger85
4.53/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have lived in Rockford forever and didn't even notice this gem until recently. Sure, it's obviously labeled a wine company. However, they have quite a bit of beer waiting to be checked out in the back of the store.
I was pleasantly surprised by the staff when I walked in. He was very knowledgeable about the merchandise and offered to help if necessary. As I looked through the cooler section, I noticed quite a few brands that I had not heard of. In addition to this, directly behind me were three racks of unique and gargantuan bombers. I could browse for a long time, but time is money; a player's gotta spend it to get it. So I picked out a few interesting bottles for a very low price. I will be back several more times and would recommend to friends.
02-18-2013 08:06:45 | More by 1beerqueer
4.75/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere: Feels small and cozy. Front of the store is all wine while the beer is located toward the back of the store. Warm feeling, everything is right on top of you.
Quality: I go to school in the Rockford area and this is by far the best selection in town. Absolutely top end quality stuff, only a small cooler of crappy domestic beer.
Service: By far the best aspect of this establishment. Highly knowledgeable staff who are very friendly and always willing to chat about beer with a fellow beer geek. Very relaxed feeling when dealing with the employees, no rush or pushing particular products.
Selection: Like I said above, best selection in the area. I know the beer guys at Artale go out of their way to acquire different products that cannot be shipped to them. Just all high end products which will make the snobbiest beer geek happy. Quality over quantity for sure.
Value: Right on point for the most part. Certainly don't mind paying a little bit more for some products due to the quality and service overall.
Overall: Instantly became my favorite establishment in Rockford upon finding it. Look it up and go get yourself some awesome beer!
01-25-2013 03:48:04 | More by KFBR392
4.06/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A great little place in Rockford to pick up beer, and maybe even some wine. They have a very large selection, comparable to Woodman's selection even. They both have about the same amount of choices, however, they get their stock from different breweries. If Woodman's doesn't have it, Artale probably will, and vice versa. This being said, Artale has a MUCH larger selection of bombers.
The service varies greatly, depending on who's working, and if their family is in the store. I know family comes first, but you won't get so much as a "hello" if one of their kin are in the store. As for who's working, there's Artale Sr. and Artale Jr. Jr. is much more knowledgeable about beer, and comes off more easy going, and will chat with you about beer for hours given the chance. whereas Artale Sr. (the actual owner) is much more business oriented, and is more wine-savvy. He'll usually only respond in "Okay" or "Is that right?" to anything you say. Even as a usual customer, I get nothing out of him. Aaron Sleger, a big player in the Rockford beer scene, hangs out in Artale from time to time, who is also very knowledgeable and fun to chat with.
Another thing I really like about Artale is the fact that they alert friends on facebook when they get a limited-release beer in, and allow call-ins to hold said beer for customers. Firestone's Sucaba, Goose Island's 3 Sisters Series, and Bell's Two-Hearted mini-kegs are a few examples.
The price is right, the atmosphere is right, and the recognition CAN be right, depending on who's working. A great place to stop.
10-26-2012 19:20:22 | More by Trifecta1
Artalé Wine Co. in Rockford, IL
95 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.