Capone's Liquor & Food
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Reviews by emerge077:
2.68/5 rDev -38.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | $$$$
Bottom line, I only buy beer from stores I trust, and Capones is not trustworthy.
The bribed shill reviews aren't fooling anyone guys. Real classy...
All you have to do is look past the surface to notice the shady tactics employed here... bribing customers for online reviews, posting bait & switch prices on beermenus, selling old beer, etc. You're wasting your money paying way over MSRP here (triple in some cases) for things available much cheaper elsewhere (not to mention being gullible).
Now that Beer Temple has opened on Elston, I don't have a reason to come here anymore. Fresh beer at fair prices is all I ask... Outdated beer with jacked up prices, no thanks.
After shopping here for about a year now i've noticed a few things, that maybe you wouldn't notice at first glance. Many beers are $2-5 more than what you'd find elsewhere. Zombie Dust purchased here twice ($14.99, not $13 as listed on beermenus) has been faded both times... that should never happen. Caveat emptor.
They update beermenus at least twice a day so they're always at the top of the "recently updated" list, which is frankly annoying (never thought i'd say that about a place on beermenus). More egregiously though, items listed (and updated same day) may or may not be in stock, or are a different price than listed online... shady. Stuff isn't always on the shelf and sometimes you have to ask, or they flat out don't have what they list on beermenus.
They have cleaned it up a bit inside, and added lots more beers in the front of the store. They do have a great selection, and keep up with new releases. Just be sure to ask prices and check dates on hoppy beers. High prices, misinformation, and lack of imports keep me from stopping in more frequently.
Stopped in today to check out the current selection, thanks to Marmora for the tip! Had been in a couple times before, but neglected to add to beerfly.
They boast over 300 beers, and that may be true. From the outside it looks like any other forlorn, run-down neighborhood bodega, but the craft beer posters, and even a hand-painted sign for Half Acre and Argus outside hint at what's inside. This area is fairly underserved beer-wise, so Capone's definitely covers a niche for area residents. The closest store is Golden Leaf at Elston/Irving, and Avondale Armanetti on Milwaukee, south of Belmont. West Lakeview is 1.5 mi. east, and serves a different area.
Inside it's tile floors, florescent lighting, and many cooler doors full of beer. There was a rack of Bells seasonals up by the register, including Cherry Stout, Double Cream, Winter White, and TCOA ($19/sixer). Straight ahead was a full pallet of Schlitz tallboys sitting in the middle of the floor. To the right was about 8 or more beer cooler doors, with many 750s, bombers, and singles. Towards the back were craft sixers, and straight ahead was a bunch of macros and alcopops. Hiding in between the coolers was a cardboard cutout of Snoop Dogg pimping Colt 45 Blast. Towards the back was an overstock area with Half Acre cases on the shelf and a warm island shelf of Bells, FFF, and Founders.
In the coolers: Firestone Walker, Jolly Pumpkin x4, Founders x5-6 including Breakfast Stout and Double Trouble, FFF x6 (APW, BrooDoo, Gorch Fock), Great Lakes x4-5, Uinta, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Great Divide, Metropolitan, Two Bros, SN Ovila, Moylans, Grand Teton, Goose bombers, Unibroue, Victory, Anchor Brekle's Brown, Hop Slayer cans, Ska cans, Half Acre cans (no seasonal bombers). Imports from Steigl, Hofbrau, Sam Smith, etc. Not especially extensive import-wise. Selection was broad though it seemed limited to full lines of specific breweries. Prices were $2-3 higher than elsewhere, the typical bodega "convenience upcharge".
Counter clerk was a nice guy, when I asked about Founders Harvest Ale, he mentioned they got one case and it had come and gone. Then he mentioned they had Backwoods Bastard singles (behind the counter) for $6 that had just come in. (that's $24 a 4-pack, instead of $15-18 elsewhere).
Overall a decent shop for the area, an oasis in the craft beer desert of Avondale.
10-11-2013 20:48:04 | More by emerge077
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
On the outside, Capone's looks like any other neighborhood liquor store. On the inside, however you'll find a selection of the best craft beer available to the Chicago market. This also includes what could be the largest local micro craft beer selection in Chicagoland. Local brewers specifically target Capone's as one of their first accounts because the owner, Freddy, is so passionate about local beer. For exceptional new micro brews he really sticks his neck out, as Freddy has been known to offer money back guarantees! Those bottles are always a sure bet and all of his recommendations have been dead on. This gives young breweries an exceptional way to get their product to consumers and it makes Capone's one of the best liquor stores in Chicago. How many liquor stores do you know who offer money back guarantees on certain micro brews?
Speaking of money, a few reviews mention that Capone's prices can sometimes be slightly higher than the rock bottom prices found at chain stores. Well, if you want rock bottom prices, then you have to go to a warehouse or chain, liquor barn. You'll end up going out of your way to find one, and you won't find the same selection or service. At the end of the day you saved a buck, wasted time, and supported a large corporation that probably isn't even based in Chicago.
Shop Capone's. You're are supporting a local business that has a great craft beer selection and excellent customer service. A buck more on certain bottles is well worth the convenience, extra service, and satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a great small business.
03-08-2014 20:41:34 | More by John_George_Peppers
3.24/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Great selection,friendly staff.Beer is usually a couple dollars more than other places.Ive also seen way old beer on the shelves.Props for the great Pipeworks selections.Usually stay away due to the high prices and old beer.Would shop here more often if the prices were more inline with other craft beer stores in the city.
01-20-2014 01:42:28 | More by ILLEGALSMILEs
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
You won't be disappointed when stopping at Capones. Freddy, the owner, is a genuinely nice guy who won't try and jam sales down your throat.
Although they don't have a huge selection i.e. Binny's, you'll definitely find some gems in his inventory. He's made lots of friends in the brewing industry and they always bring him the fresh stuff first (2-5 days before anyone else gets it). He has a lot of the standard local Chicago brews in the fridge (Rev's, Half Acre, Pipeworks, Spiteful, 18th St) with the more limited stuff on the shelves.
I go here for brand new, harder to find Pipeworks and Half Acre stuff. He always has the shelves stocked with all of the Pipeworks, Spiteful and 18th Street stuff which are some of the best breweries in Chicagoland.
12-22-2013 15:23:15 | More by Yarni28
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