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Reviews by Gigantis:
4.85/5 rDev +4.5%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I heard about this place from a friend and on a cold January day, we made the drive out there to see what all the fuss was about. Siciliano's lived up to the hype.
It is a very unassuming building. I wouldn't have given it a second glance had I not heard about it. When you enter this place, you are greeted with the light aromas of tobacco and coffee - lovely. What you see when you enter, however, blows the smells out of the water and gives way to expeditious curiosity and spirited determination to look and touch.
The beer selection is fantastic. The best I've ever seen, bar none. Siciliano's is almost like a beer library. The shelves are wooden and create almost a labyrinth of sweet, sweet beer. I found everything that I set out to find almost immediately. The organization seems lax at first, but it actually makes complete sense. My wife found St. Bernardus Abbey 12 right away and practically screamed with joy for she is always looking (unsuccessfully) for it. She wanted to buy all six bottles of it, but I cut her off at three because I, too, had shopping to do.
I purchased mostly international faire. Two LaChouffres (one a belgian take on an IPA) and Obscura Troubadore "mild stout". I bought an ESB from some faroff corner of the globe, Siberian Nights RussImp Stout and an Hoppy Otter. There was one employee working and he was sitting at the counter drinking delicious-smelling coffee and packing a pipe. You are probably picturing an older gentleman but this dude was younger than I! (probably mid-twenties). He was enthusiastic about beer and also quite knowledgible. I aisle-shopped too, as I spotted a deuce of Cappachino Stout while I was checking out and bought it.
All the beers were individually priced. The best part: the prices were not excessive. I spent a lot there but it was totally worth it. This is the best place to go in Grand Rapids and throw together a six-pack. Gee, I sure wish this place was down the street from where I live instead of Cherry Hill Market.
02-09-2009 21:56:33 | More by Gigantis
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4.79/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
what an amazing place. Pretty much perfect. I suppose if I've got one minor gripe it's that they've really crammed so much in there that it was tough in a few spots to squat down and look at the bottom shelf without feeling like my ass was going to knock over bottles on the shelf behind me. And I'm only slightly fat! The layout was a bit confusing and it could have had a higher % of cold beer, but I'm picking nits here. Go, you'll be glad you did.
kinda glad I DON'T live nearby; dropped $200 without trying and it could have been $600.
06-11-2014 01:41:27 | More by udubdawg
Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.