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Siciliano's Market

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Siciliano's MarketSiciliano's Market
BA SCORE
100
world-class

142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.54%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

2840 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49504-5857
United States
phone: (616) 453-9674

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sicilianosmkt

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Photo of GRPunk
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

There are many great shops in the Grand Rapids area. However, I haven't found one that tops the selection or service from Siciliano's Market.

As far as quality and service, it's great. Most (if not all) of the employees are homebrewers, are willing to help you find items, answer questions, and are generally interested in what you're brewing. In my experience all of the employees have a pretty good working knowledge of their stock and where things are located. The owner is often in the store, and always seems to be very peasant.

The only reason I don't rate the selection a "5" is because it's next to impossible to have "everything" available in the GR market. While most of the "hard to find" beers can be found at Siciliano's, I have found some they don't carry, but that's extremely rare.

Their prices are pretty good compared to the competition. What I really like is that every pack is priced, as is every single bottle. There's no guesswork as to how much a mix-pack is going to end up costing you.

Overall, I definitely recommend Siciliano's whether you're looking for commercial beers or homebrewing supplies and ingredients.

FWIW, they put on a great homebrew dinner/competition in the Spring. It's a great way to get some honest feedback on your homebrew from some pretty knowledgable judges and the party's well worth the price of admission.

GRPunk, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of enfield249
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%

Siciliano's is hands down the best beer shop on the north west side of GR, and is in the top 3 for all of west Michigan. They always have a great selection, get new stuff in regularly, and the staff is very helpful. I've several times been checking out and had them tell me about some deal they had going on, even to come back the following week for a sale on homebrew kit I was going to buy right then. They lost $11, but they gained a customer for life. There parking sucks, but that goes with the spot they have with no way to improve it. Right next door to them is a pretty good pizza place, wood fired.

enfield249, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%

Stopped by Sicilianos on a two-day brewery tour through South-Western Michigan. When you first walk in there's a solid selection of homebrew ingrediants to the right and the counter and register to the left. It's a smallish store and about halfway back the beer shelves begin. European brews are down one isle with Belgians on one side and the rest of Europe on the other.

Where Sicilianos shines is there American craft brewed selections, especially Michigan breweries. Great selection of Bells. Good selections of Jolly Pumpkin, Dragonmead, Founders, Dark Horse, Arcadia, and Harbor Brewing. There were some other gems I picked up as well, Stoudts Fat Dog and Old Guardian.

The service was good. I didn't have any questions while shopping but had a pretty informative conversation with the guy at the counter as I was checking out.

Something that makes this place a great store is the ability to create your own six-packs from any sixer on the shelves. All bottles are priced singularly and there's a 10% discount on cases, mixed or not. This was great for me being from out of town, I got to buy a lot of different brews without having to break the bank on six packs of them all.

joe1510, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
5/5  rDev +7.8%

I love this store. I used to live in Grand Rapids but never knew about it. My brother first told me about it, and it's worth driving out of the way to go here. Probably the best beer store in the Grand Rapids area. It's a small convenience store, and they specialize in beer, hard liquor, tobacco, and coffee. No wonder it's referred to as the "Vice Store."

I've only been in a couple times, but every time I'm there I feel like a kid in a candy store. There are 4-5 coolers with four- and six-packs, but the real selling point is the make-your-own six packs. Oh my goodness, so many things. I can't even list them here, but here's what I got on my last trip:

Bell's Batch 8000 (2 bottles)
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
Bell's Third Coast Old Ale
Stone Arrogant Bastard

And a few others, I can't remember. I can't say much else about the place, except that the staff is knowledgeable, the selection excellent, and the atmosphere fun. I love the feel of this little find. I can't only recommend stopping by yourself and enjoying it firsthand. I'll be there again as soon as I can.

ndekke39, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4/5  rDev -13.8%

Stopped here after having lunch at Founder's during a brewery road trip.

First impression walking through the door is, "Wow, they sell everything."

They had a great selection of local brews, picked up a lot of Bell's, Great Lakes, Goose Island, and some other, less famous brews. The service was acceptable, if only because I really didn't need any. Which I'm sure they saw after I starting bringing six pack after six pack up to the counter. I also loved that they give a 10% discount on mixed cases, I've only ever heard of doing that with wine.

Overall, a pleasurable buying experience, I can see whey they have the reputation that they do. If I'm in the area again, after I hit Founder's, I'm heading here again.

leftmindedrighty, May 01, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

This place is awesome! I drive 45 minutes to go here because it's the best place around. The selection is great, prices are reasonable and the best part is that they sell everything in singles which is great for people like me who love trying anything and everything different. They also have a wide array of home brewing supplies, grain, extract, most anything you could want. In the back they have a nice selection of hops and yeast. They also have wine making stuff (if you're into that sort of thing). I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I'm there and could stay for hours. If you're around, check this place out!

gmfessen, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Avagadro
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

This is the by far the best place to get homebrew supplies in town. The employees are incredibly helpful with any questions about homebrewing, or help out in selecting a new beer. They even tell you to call them if you have any questions while you are brewing your beer. I've never seen a business care so much about its customers. The selection is also great. They moslty sell singles, but you can find all of the great releases from bell's, founder's, and other local breweries, as well as other great beers from around the country. If you are looking to start homebrewing, need homebrew supplies, or need a great beer store, this is the place to go

Avagadro, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

A great quality place overall! Nothing more to say! A ton of beers to choose from and great friendly service.

Everytime I go in I set a time limit for myself, so I dont wander aimlessly trying to figure out which beer I should choose. Typically I buy a six-pack of different flavors and find that all are very reasonably priced. Majority of the beers sit on open shelves and a bunch of unique (domestic/imports) beers are located in the coolers as well.

A vast amout of local brews: Bells Brewery, Founders, New Holland, Atwater Block, Dark Horse etc... and lots of imports to boot! from all over the world.

Staff has been great everytime! The staff has provided me with tips on beers, proper pouring, and even correct glassware to use. They seem to know what's going on and can point you in the right direction for whatever your looking for.

Magpie14, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Siciliano’s Market was highly recommended by the Michigan BAs and upon entering the store it quickly became obvious why.
This place does have wine, liquor and cigars. The emphasis is definitely on the beer. To the right of the entrance are the home brewing and bottling supplies. To the left and rear you will find the beer. There are aisles of beers from Germany, Belgium, all over Europe.
There is a very good selection of domestic craft and microbrews. The newly acquired Stone products are proudly displayed along with beer from NewYork to California. The selection of Michigan beer is impressive with selection from the smaller brewers, Michigan Brewing, Frog Island and others.
Three things really stood out to at Siciliano’s, first of all the staff all seemed to be homebrewers and fans of beer in general. Second I was impressive with what has to be the greatest mix-a-six policy I have ever seen. You can put any beer, warm or cold into your six (I mean any beer). Lastly, it was nice to see Beer Advocate shelf talkers displayed along the aisles.
Don’t get me wrong this place has other things that impressed me, but these are the ones that really stuck out.
If you’re looking for good Michigan beer or just good beer in general this is a must stop kind of place.

EvilKeith, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of adammills
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

I really enjoy my stops into Siciliano's. The help is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Their beer selection is large with both cold and on the shelf offerings. I am planning on stopping in this week to have them walk me through my first home brew set up. I was just in there a few days ago and picked up a sixer of various Michigan microbrews that I have been looking forward to tipping back and they were in the 1.59 range. Another nice feature is that they keep a lap top computer on the counter that is logged onto our own beloved beeradvocate.com. It is a real advantage to peruse their assortment knowing that you can recieve the fine feed back of my fellow beermeisters.

adammills, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%

Somewhat of a hole in the wall location they carry cigars, beer, homebrew supplies and more. Everything was neatly displayed and clean. Dusty botles is really a pet peeve of mine. The girls working there were busy wiping down the racks in the coolers and the display shelves as well.

Service was excellent. They even have a wireless internet for you to use to check out any beers on BA. Not a problem to use the restroom having just come from Founders!

Great selection. While the specific Founders or Bells products I was after were out of season there is plenty else to be had. Loads of MI beers as well as an admirable selection of Belgians. Really top notch for the area. Prices all seemed quite reasonable. I got 10% off for spending a certain amount but with the bottle deposit it was more like 5%. Still a help cost wise. Check it out when youre in the area-well worth it.

lackenhauser, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

I stopped by this place for about the 20th time today so I thought I might review it.

First of all the service is the best! All you have to do is ask a question, any question, and they'll be willing to help. I was really awed by the clerk's brewing knowledge.

The selection is probably the best is G.R. They have almost anything you could dream of. Most of the cool Belgian beers that I have yet to try, many German brews, and a lot of microbrews from around the midwest. About half the beer is in coolers.
The clerk told me that they were limited by their distributers otherwise they would have even more cool stuff.

Prices are pretty average for the area, with most everything available in singles.

They have tons of brewing equipment, and all the ingredients to make just about any homebrew you could think of. Someday I'm sure I'll have to try it.

I love this place because it is on my way to the in-laws, how cool is that!

I've looked around and this is probably the best in the area, so enjoy this treasure!

treedoctor5002, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of MDekker
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

Ah, Siciliano's...a place of pilgrimage for the West Michigan fan of beer. The building itself is not large, and it's a little rundown, but that just lends to the charm of the place.

They sell a vast array of beers, both refridgerated and off the shelf, from plenty of Michigan breweries in addition to makers of high-quality brews from around the country and beyond. Everything is available as a single, which makes it hard for me not to come home with at least 24 distinct individual bottles. The prices are not cheap, but not expensive, either, with a 10% discount when you buy a case.

It's also a great place for tea, pipeweed, cigars, wine, and homebrewing supplies. A friend from Indiana makes a special point of stopping by for his homebrewing needs when he's up this way.

The staff are friendly and knowledgable. Overall, it's a place I love to visit and spend my money, and it represents the standard for comparison when evaluating other local beer stores.

MDekker, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

Stopped here before heading to Founder's for the 2006 Black Party. Learned about this store through beerfly, and good directions via mapquest. An old looking building, located on the corner of a intersection, and next to a resturant. This store has a lot of character. Lots of home brewring supplies and books. Great selection of cigars, and a fantastic craft beer selection. Every bottle has a price tag, so you are able to make your own six pack, definite bonus. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Tons of Michigan micros, decent selection of Belgians, and lots of out of state breweries. Rogue, Great Divide, Dogfish Head, just to name a few. Prices are good, and a worthwhile stop if in the Grand Rapids area.

BigDaddyWil, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of Hoptongue
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

This store had a great selection to choose from. It was hard walking away having only spent $100, I felt like a kid in a puppy store (I wanted all the beer to come home with me). The staff was awsome, they even pulled me aside to show me that they had some Founder Kentucky Breakfast Stout in the back for sale. They also have a pretty good selection of brewing equiptment and their staff seem very passionate about the art of brewing. If you find yourself in Grand Rapids MI, you should stop in and check it out for yourself.

Hoptongue, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of bahumutx
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

Great Store!!! A must visit. They have a great beer selection plus if you buy a case they give you a 10% discount. The selection inlcuded many beers that I have not seen in western Michigan before. They had alot of Michigan beers but also had beers from breweries such as Dog Fish Head, Stoudts, Anderson Valley, and the list goes on. They also have everything you need for home brewing.

The staff was very helpful and answered any questions that I had. They seemed to love what they do which I like to see.

I highly recommend this store to anybody wanting home brewing products or a great beer selection. Keep up the great work Sicilianos!!!

bahumutx, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

An absolutely amazing store here, guys. I've heard a lot about it, and decided to drive over and check it out the other day. This place has the hugest beer selection I've ever seen. Well more than I possible imagined. Cooler after cooler, aisle after aisle, the store has a truly honorable selection of different brands, styles, and shapes. They also have everything you need for at-home brewing. This is something I've never tried before, but would like to learn how to in the future. They seemed to be quite extensive in this area as well. The staff was very helpful and informative, seemed to be educated in different styles of beer. A wonderful store overwhelming to even the most hardcore of beer fans.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

I knew I was going to be in the area, so I did a Beerfly search for the Grand Rapids area, and this looked like the place the go.

Quality was very good. All of the local stuff seemed to be really fresh. Looked as though things flowed off of the shelves pretty well. Most selections were on open air shelves, and available refrigerated.

The staff that was working while I was there were very helpful. They made some very good suggestions after I let them know what styles I like, and even pulled some beers out of the back for me.

After being in Nebraska the beer selection was almost overwhelming. They had a very good selection of the local brews; Bell's, Founders, New Holland, etc. They also carry DFH, Victory, Unibroue, Great Divide, Avery, and most of the Rogues. Their Import selection is also very good, with many Belgian beers to choose from. They also have a homebrew supply section, but I was to distracted by the beer selection to pay much attention.

Siciliano's will definitely be a must stop any time I'm in Michigan.

RedHaze, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Visited last Saturday (7/30/05) for the first time. Shares the same structure with a pizza joint.

Quality: Very fresh offerings, especially the regional beer. Didn't see any dusty bottles.
Service: Good. I know what I want, so I don't talk much when I'm on the hunt. Obviously I'll ask if they might have 'this' or 'that' and how fresh it is, but that about it. Friendly and helpful staff.

Selection: First off, their regional Michigan micro selection was off the chart - you name it, they have it. It looked as though every 6 pack (Michigan micros) they offered was also avail. in singles in the wall coolers. Great selection of Belgians (La Binchoise - sp?) and Germans also. Fresh Victory offerings, for Michigan that's a BIG hell yeah!!

Value: Reasonable. I put together a 6-pack of Prima Pils, Storm King & San Miguel Dark = $12. Not too shabby.

Also, this place had an enormous selection of homebrew supplies. I'm not a home brewer (yet), but I'd suspect this place is one of the best in western MI. Good selection of cigars also, nice walk-in humidor.

Overall: I'll definitely be hitting-up this store every time I'm in Grand Rapids. Much closer to me than Detroit suburbs, and pretty much equal from what I've seen in SE MI.

malty, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of Kane
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

Spending a few days in Grand Rapids, reading the reviews, I had to stop by. Not having a decent homebrew store near my home, I found that the equipment very interesting, but I know very little about it to be able to say anything. Selection of the beer was good. Practically everything was priced as singles, allowing a good mixing and matching of beers. They were using the Beer Advocate ratings to advertise some of the beers, which made me feel a little at home. My wife also enjoyed that ("Look, Victory Imperial Stout, that's rated 94. You should get it.") Nice place, decent service, nothing special there. Polite and friendly.

Kane, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Just a few minutes from the Founders brewpub is this excellent store. When you enter the store there are several aisles of beer and plenty of coolers full of it as well. This place sells plenty of home brewing stuff, but I am not a home brewer so I didn’t really look through that stuff. They had a good selection of imports as well as local micros and other micros. The single prices seemed pretty reasonable and you get a case discount on your whole order once you buy a case worth of beer. As me and my buddy were stocking up on massive amounts of beer we were asked if we were on a “Beer Odyssey” from one of the people that worked there. We talked a bit and he seemed to know his stuff pretty well and pointed out a couple of beers I overlooked. Good sized selection, reasonable prices and good service will make this a stop anytime I am in the area.

meathookjones, May 10, 2005
Photo of Realale
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

Stumbled on Siciliano's by accident, but had read Beerfly enough to know a stop was necessary.

Very nice selection of both foreign and U.S. micro stuff, with an expected and appreciated emphasis on west and north Michigan breweries. Due to the small size of the shop, the amount they are able to stock of any beer at any particular time is a bit limited. I didn't hit them until about 11:00 p.m. on a Friday night, so some areas were well picked over.

Staff was extremely helpful, and more than willing to check for stock in the back. Staff also made enquiries as to palate preferences, and pointed out interesting things that I likely would have missed due to the somewhat jumbled nature of the store. Staff also pointed out 10% mixed case discount when I went to the counter with a bit less than 24 bottles. Very cool, and much appreciated.

Everything seemed to be available as singles for those who like to try lots of different things. Some dust apparent, but beers tasted so far have all been in fine shape.

There is a nice homebrew supply section which I did not check out in detail as I was travelling. I will definitely be making the drive next time I'm in town. The best beer store I've found in Grand Rapids for sure.

Realale, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

This place really is the place to go. The store is nextdoor to a pizza place, thus setting the scene for a dinner and drinks kinda night. There seems to be a decent amount of homebrew paraphenalia strewn about in the front right quadrant of the shop. I haven't enlightened myself to that realm of the beer experience yet but when I decide it is time to take a stab at making some homebrew, this is most likely where you'll find me. From what I could see, there was a healthy selection of gear and ingredients. The stuff I went there for was in the back left quadrant. A vast selection of singles like nothing mine eyes had ever seen. Talk about a deer in the headlights. I was dumbfounded. I feverishly grabbed up a bunch of bottles and shuffled them into the complimentary six pack carriers. I couldn't remember what I had grabbed after the second carrier was full but I kept on stuffing bottles into slots. Quite an awesome time was enjoyed by myself at Siciliano's. You get a discount if you buy so many bottles. I think the magic number was 24. Ten percent off! Can't scoff at that. Saved me some cash on this splurge! I could have easily rounded up another 24 bottles but my loan application was denied : )

There were two bearded dudes that seemed pretty mellowed out. One of them offered help. At least I think he said something pertaining to help or was I finding things okay. You know, service clerk phrasings. I was unable to comprehend speech at that space in time due to the sensory overload caused by the visual beauty of the packed coolers and the tactile stimulation from fondling bottles both cold and warm. Plus the one who rang me up gave me the discount which I would have known nothing about if he hadn't advised me of it. Thanks bearded, dude! (This happened to be a verified Siciliano! An heir to the throne. I found this out after my initial review. His dad is cool as hell too. I shopped there one morning at open afer I got out of work. Just me and Big Sici. He advised Old Ruffian. He was so right! I'm tellin ya, this place rocks. added 1/20/06)

This was the promise land I had been seeking. I have to give them a 5 for selection because it was the best I have seen in my short time of collecting brews. If something better should reveal itself to me, I will gladly change it to 4.5. Check this mo fugga out. I know this is a well known spot but if you haven't been there by some stroke of bad luck, get in there and check it and wreck it! You will not be disappointed.

Update: Friday 1/20: Still the bomb! This place rules. Wait a month in between visits, and you can easily come out with a case of stuff you haven't had yet. And get the discount! The Mecca for me! Mad props!!! I upgraded their review score too. Dammit they deserve it! The best. No disputing!

SupaCelt, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of rteis
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

This is quite possibly the best beer store in all of the west michigan area. Selection is second to none and prices are very reasonable. All selections are available as single, so you can feel free to make your own six pack. Great selection of Michigan micro brews from Founders, New Holland and of course Bell's (Kalamazoo Brewing Co.) Also carries extensive home brew supplies. Large walk-in humidor filled with various cigars (not into that, so no idea if they are any good or not) Constantly updating line with new choices as they become available.

rteis, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of Silphium
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

Third review. A massively increased product line and continued excellent service have separated Siciliano's from the local "pack" in recent months. All that can seemingly stop them is a lack of space!

Siciliano's continues to separate themselves from the rest of the Grand Rapids pack in terms of beer selection and brand coverage. The additions of several new beers in the past year (Victory, Dogfish Head, Breckenridge, Great Divide, etc., etc.) has necessitated additional shelf space. So far, the store has managed to fit these additions into its small beer-designated space. However, many beers, particularly Michigan microbrews, are sold as quickly as they're put on the shelves due to the store's increasing popularity and space limitations leading to small orders and stock of many limited-batch beers. Lots of slower-moving German and British beers are available, and the Belgian selection, albeit still small, has improved, and is probably limited mostly by what the local distributors carry.

Siciliano's is #1 in Grand Rapids. Visit the other stores if you're looking for small batch beers that move quickly here but more slowly elsewhere.

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
Probably still the best beer store in Grand Rapids, especially considering the availability of all beers as singles. Fairly extensive selection of Michigan micros, including most Bells (though the seasonals have as of late been hard to find there), Founders, Arcadia, and New Holland as well as a handful of Dark Horse and Michigan Brewing Company. Used to carry a fair amount of Kraftbrau but I haven't seen any in months. Has a nice selection of other domestic micros including Rogue, Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Goose Island, and the recently arrived Southern Tier. Decent import selection of German and British beers; weaker Belgian selection although there is some improvement as of late. They also carry cigars, wine, and homebrew supplies.

It's worth visiting this store frequently, as shelf space constraints confine them to ordering very small stocks that disappear quickly.

Silphium, Jan 10, 2005
Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.