Lincolnwood Wines & Spirits
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
4.56/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
I LOVE this place. The service here is impeccable. Dusty and another worker, Blake I think, are both so nice and seem like they both enjoy helping people and being aroundthe store which makes it a treat to go to everytime. The beer selection is smaller than otter places around the area, like Binny's, but they make up for in quality. You can call ahead to see if they have a specific beer and if they do they'll put it aside for you until you get there to buy it which is nice for when limited releases come in and you can't get there that day. I will forever go to this place even though it's not close to where I live and out of my way after work because that's how great it is. Oh, and you don't pay city liquor taxes!
05-12-2011 16:30:47 | More by Treebs
4.86/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very clean, well-lit year-old store in Lincolnwood with a high-end spirits collection, great wines...and a destination-worthy beer selection.
They have most of the standards for a good store in Chicago: Three Floyds, Dark Horse, Bells, Great Lakes. Their options for local brews have become better, with more Goose Island and Two Brothers. They can't get Half Acre without going in for a pallet because they are in the 'burbs, but being a city guy that's not an issue.
What sets this place apart are the owners and employees. One of the owners is Sanjay (hope I spelled it right), who I've met a few times and is very friendly. Dusty has taken over the beer buying, and he's a gem. He has a wide variety for every taste, low-brow to collector.
They have been able to get some rare regional/imports (KBS, 2010 Nemesis, Mikkeller, Bitches Brew, Bourbon County Rare). Just ask him what's in the back or on the way, and if you're a *REGULAR*, he'll hook you up -- just like EVERY OTHER SMALL STORE ANYWHERE I'VE EVER BEEN TO!!!
They also have a $9/6-pack make-your-own that they stock with some great stuff (as well as with some crap for the folks who are excited to get Bud Wheat and Killians Red in a single six-pack!) like Founders Porter, Anchor brews, Tyranena, Great Lakes, Great Divide. It's a great deal. I've made six packs here that would retail normally for several dollars more. And buy a whole lot at once, and you might see a 5% discount slip into your bill.
This has been my 'secret' store for a couple of years now. But I'd like to see these guys win, so check them out when you're on the north side. If you're in the near north 'burbs or far north side, skip Binny's and come here; the prices are almost as good and the service you'll get is ridiculously better.
02-20-2011 23:27:52 | More by beernightscout
3.55/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here today after touring the north shore area. Coming from the north it was difficult to access, as there was a median blocking access to the lot.
Inside, beer was mostly in the back, in the coolers and along two facing shelves. To the left were the imports, and to the right was american craft. Import selection was solid, but somewhat less variety than the craft section. Lambic wise there was Hanssens Oude Gueuze, Oud Beersel, and Lindemans Cuvee Rene. Dupont Avec le Bon Voux, Rochefort 10, Chimay, and a few classic Belgians, also noticed Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier but no other Schlenkerla varieties.
US craft section had some seasonals and a well rounded variety, including a few FFF bombers, 3 Founders, Rogue, 2 Metropolitan sixers (out of Krankshaft). A couple from Flossmoor, and about 10 Bells varieties in the cooler. Some empty spots here and there overall.
Service was limited to the cashier, though I saw the staff helping others. When I asked about the meager "mix a six" selection in a cooler up front (12-15 throwaway beers), they mentioned that they couldn't sell singles, only six at a time, due to township law. To their credit there were a couple pre-selected mixed sixers in the back cooler that were better selections (red/brown ales and wheats).
Overall the selection was good, not as extensive as Binny's, about the same as Schaefer's in Skokie.
10-10-2010 04:46:53 | More by emerge077
Lincolnwood Wines & Spirits in Lincolnwood, IL
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.