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Siciliano's Market

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

112 Reviews
Reviews: 112
Visits: 163
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: n/a
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

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

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Photo of GRBrew
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the only place to buy craft beer in Grand Rapids. There really is no point in looking anywhere else since Sicilianos has the largest selection. The staff is very friendly to the point of knowing my name soon after I started shopping there. I also brew so the store is amazing in that regard. The staff knows there beer and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to brewing. It is always fun to walk in there to find out what new beers they have in stock. They recently expanded and took over the space next door. This allowed them to add to their homebrew supplies. (574 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Most of what I can say about Siciliano's Market has already been said, so I'll just hit some main points.
They are definitely craft beer geeks. If you can find it in Michigan, they probably sell it here. However, this appears to be well known as in speaking with a couple of the people working there, they indicate that some special release beers don't last a day. Short's more esoteric offerings only last a few days after they come in. So I get the impression they get just about everything they could possibly get, but it just may not stick around for too long.
As a person coming from Chicago, I can't say the selection is mind-blowing, but since this is the only store I visited in the Grand Rapids area, I have nothing to compare it to locally. This could very well be the best store in all of Grand Rapids. It could well not be. I can't say. However, I can say their selection is still fairly impressive. And everything is available as a single, which is a bonus as well.
Service was quite good. Was greeted right when we walked in. When I advised I was from Chicago and was only interested in beers I couldn't get in that market, I was lead around the store and into the cooler to be shown all of the local offerings. They even grabbed my beers from me and held them at the counter while I shopped and steered me away from beers they thought we subpar.
Half of the store is dedicated to homebrewing (they also have a section for cheesemaking) which I found quite impressive. Loads of different malts, yeasts, and hops. Would love to hit this place the next time I'm brewing. Just about everything you'd need and probably lots of stuff you don't. I could see it being very easy to end up buying crap just to buy it.
Prices seemed a bit high for the area, but it could be par for the course for all I know, but the 10% discount on cases helps out a bit. (1,864 characters)

Photo of todisht
4/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of my go to places in town when I'm looking for something special. I'm a relatively new beer geek but they seem to have a good selection. It's a pretty small place with not a whole of room between the shelves. I'm always afraid I'm going to knock something over.

In store service can be hit or miss. There's a couple guys who are super helpful and eager to answer questions. There's also a couple who are less so.... Service via their FB page however is top notch. They always answer questions about availability etc... within a couple hours tops.

If you're a home brewer, this is the place to go. They've got all the stuff and are eager to help answer any questions you might have. (697 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I almost feel bad reviewing this since I had such high expectations for this store and the reviews all shower it in praise.

I walked in with my brother-in-law and was not greeted. Two women were behind the counter just standing…a guy was stocking the beer in the coolers and just kind of looked at us. We later asked him where the “beer cave” was since we were first timers and had no idea, and he seemed somewhat annoyed. Needless to say once I did ask one of the women behind the counter if they had any “special” fun beers they did try to help out.

The selection was solid for a store in Grand Rapids, but nothing special. I really didn’t find any beers I couldn’t in a Binny’s, minus a few Short’s they had (and which every store in this area of Michigan has). I asked if they had a few beers mentioned in prior reviews and they were out of everything it would appear. As stated, it’s not like the selection is bad; however, it does not deserve the praise everyone is giving. Understandably this is a good beer store for a smaller area like Grand Rapids, but again this doesn’t mean it should get 4.5 or 5 for selection. In addition there were dusty bottles and some old “hoppy” bottles.

I did like the fact you could buy singles of everything. That is a huge plus. I walked in expecting to drop a ton of money and walked out with a mixed six pack of Short’s. Prices were okay. (1,412 characters)

Photo of ahq514
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place. Used to be my go to for craft when I lived in GR. I came back to visit and its still awesome.

Best selection of Michigan beers for sure. Came here to get some stuff I can't get in IL. Awesome selection of other stuff too. Belgian and other import selection wasn't extensive, but quality.

Service here is awesome, noticed some employees asking customers if they were finding everything alright. Eventually, I started talking to an employee and we talked about beer and she went through a lot of beers with me for about 15 minutes or so.

One of the best things about this place is anything is in singles. Definitely got a nice selection of beers without having to invest in 6 packs. Also if you buy a case worth, you get a 10% discount.

Will definitely be back when in GR. (792 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best beer store I've ever been in; hands down. Whether this is because I've been deprived or because this is such an excellent store, I don't know.

However, the selection was simply phenomenal, all the locals, including Jolly Pumpkin, as well as national brands I never see in Virginia.

You can make your own six packs out of anything, which is great, and there is a decent selection of cold beer.

The staff were super friendly. They gave my wife and I free bottle opener keychains, and recommended that we visit Brewery Vivant. Honestly, I'll probably go here again before I leave Michigan. (607 characters)

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.28/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great combination homebrew shop and "party store" (as the Michigan folks call them - liquor store to the rest of the US).

Great selection of MI brews, which is why my wife and I were there. We were on an MI brewery tour of sorts, and wanted some bottles to bring back. They didn't disappoint!

They also convinced us we needed to add one more stop to the Grand Rapids part of our trip - Brewery Vivant - and we are VERY glad we did!

Would definitely go back, if in Grand Rapids again. They also have wine and cheese making supplies, and a good book selection covering homebrewing to baking. (593 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A- A bit tight, but otherwise good atmosphere. There's also a walk in cooler in the back.

Q- The quality you see in most beer stores. An above average amount of room for refridgerated craft. A very nice feature was that literally everything was stickered and could be bought individually without wondering what the individual bottle markup would come to. I can say that I should have checked dates while shopping there, but I haven't got dinged on any of the IPAs I bought.

S- Service was pretty nice. All staff seemed to be above average in knowledge of products and most knew what they had in stock without needing to check.

S- The selection was quite possibly the best in Grand Rapids. I can say that I found more of what I was looking for in this store than the others that I checked. I was able to buy Stone IRS from 2010, and they still had a little under 3 cases when we left. I also found and bought the last of their Double Crooked Tree and found they had a great selection of Bells, Founders, and Shorts.

I'd say that if you only hit one place in Grand rapids, this would be the one you should hit. (1,116 characters)

Photo of MikeyRx
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Siciliano's has been my go-to for homebrewing advice and supplies since I started! The staff is always very friendly and helpful. They helped with my first decisions on kits and beginning equipment to creating and tweaking recipes.

They have a huge selection of single 12oz bottles and there always seems to be a new stack of 22oz bottles around. I've put together some great six-packs of Michigan beers, and was surprised to find some of my favorites from VT as well. They carry beers from all over the US and around the world.

If you're there for brewing supplies I suggest getting down to business as soon as you walk in, they'll hold your goods while you wander and browse the rest of the store. This is because the store is pretty small and you never know when someone will come in for a new brew kit and the step-by-step on how to make 10 gallons of Bud' Heavy right as you as for an opinion on a recipe...

The space and parking issues discussed in other reviews should be alleviated soon as Siciliano's is expanding into the rest of the building. (1,058 characters)

Photo of otto251068
3.41/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere: The shelves are pretty close together, combine that with a few customers and there can be bit of claustrophobia in this store. The place can be a little...dirty would be the best word I can think of. The floors, shelves, and counters are just a little older, no big deal.

Quality: Siciliano's has a fair amount of cooler space, and then quite a bit of shelf space. The shelves are towards the back of the store out of sunlight, and the lights are pretty dim. A couple different walk in coolers to check out. Everything in the store is mix and match. I have seen some very old IPA's here though.

Service: Always greeted with a hello as soon I walk in the door. After wandering for several minutes I am always asked if I have any questions. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

Selection: For the Grand Rapids area, Sciliano's has an okay selection. Lots of locals and some harder to find stuff. That being said, I have never seen anything there that was super hard to find anywhere else, and they don't bring in a lot of new brews. I know there are some locals I can count on them to have, but most of the time their selection doesn't really appeal to me. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Gunslinger711
5/5  rDev +8.7%

You want local, national, and international beer? They got it.

Want a good selection of wine? They got it.

How about homebrew supplies, tobacco, and coffee beans? They got it.

Just an excellent store and I had the good fortune to live less than 10 minutes away from it for years. Knowledgable staff that will suggest things for you and request speciality beers, and (sadly) up until recently an excellent pizza place next door.

If you're travelling to GR for Founders or any beer event, stop by Sicilano's. Nuff said. (521 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Q- Lots of good stuff and you really can't go wrong coming here. They had a couple things I didn't see anywhere else on my trip.

S-Workers pointed out things I missed and answered all my questions about locations of certain items. Not much more of an interaction on this visit.

S-Good selection of all MI brews with some things I haven't seen elsewhere. Nice shorts selection as well as arcadia. Good amount of items in fridge and dry stored. Would definitely stop at again.

Easy to get to if you are ever in grand rapids. about 5 minutes outside Downtown GR (562 characters)

Photo of sullenbee
5/5  rDev +8.7%

What do you need to know?

Just go there.

This place is my favorite go-to beer store. Friendly and informative staff, excellent selection, and reasonable prices.

Honestly, what more can you ask for?

An excellent source for the homebrewer, or someone just starting out expanding their beer horizons. Also has cigars, wine making supplies, and books.

There is no other store like it in Grand Rapids. A one stop-all you need- experience. Well, besides food. But who needs that when you have beer? (500 characters)

Photo of Gorgoroth
5/5  rDev +8.7%

I have been a regular at Siciliano's Market for several years now (well, basically since I turned 21, nearly 3½ years ago). I used to live about a mile down the road at an apartment complex and go there several times a week. Now a live a little ways across town and don't get there as much as I'd like, but I'm still a regular shopper.

Siciliano's has made some marked improvements in their selection recently. An entire glass case at the front counter which used to house cigars, I believe, is now filled with glassware which had previously always been missing. The glassware selection is pretty good and the prices are fair. They are now also carrying numerous gift/sampler packs (Ommegang, a Belgian sampler of some sort, etc.) which were previously also not carried. The Belgian import section seems to be ever-growing, which is nuts because it was always huge -- easily the biggest in West Michigan and probably the biggest in the state -- but now it's just getting outrageous. The amount of Belgian specialty and high-end beers is overwhelming despite the fact that they're all essentially crammed as tightly as possible onto one shelving unit.

The rest of the beer selection is massive with very little if anything missing. Singles of everything, most of it stored on floor space, but there is plenty of beer in their singles fridges and the large walk-in cooler as well. The prices here are at highest market average, sometimes a bit lower, but usually right on par.

There is also a lot of non-beer stuff to look through and buy in the store: lots of homebrewing equipment, cigars and bulk pipe tobacco, tobacco pipes and equipment, bulk coffee, an entire liquor wall behind the counter, a decent selection of wine and mead in the back corner, non-alcoholic drinks in the cooler, beer, wine and alcohol-related books and magazines, and more.

The owner and staff are unparalleled: all very knowledgeable, approachable, friendly, and helpful. They all know their stuff when it comes to beer and anything else the store has to offer. If you're from the area, make this a regular stop; if you're not from the area try to visit here if you're ever in Grand Rapids! (2,172 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +8.7%

This place doesn't look special due to it's size but don't let it fool you. Place is packed inside, allows singles of most if not all of its beers, and the service was great as well. The people there were well versed in the releases and breweries and very helpful. There was many beers I couldn't find in other places as well including some high end beers. This is the best store I have had the pleasure of walking into in the state of Michigan and the scores need to show accordingly. The cost was ok, maybe a little higher but I bought quite a bit and in general Michigan is a little more costly for beer than Wisconsin (not to mention I lose the bottle deposit every time). I would definitely go back again, Perfect Score! (725 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Stopped here during a recent MI trip around the state to do a little shopping before hitting up Founders.

Unassuming place from the outside, but walk inside and is literally beer everywhere you turn. Like some sort of twisted dream. Though it bites into the organiization, and finding specific things you are looking for, it makes for great browsing and and exuse to "go aorund the store one more time".

Selection was awesome - up there with the best stores I have been in, with a good mix of Belgian, German, domestic micros, and regional/locals. I had no problem filling up just over a case of various 12's and 22's since most prices were $1-3 cheaper than what I pay at home.

There was also a nice homebrewing supplies and ingredients area which I would have spent more time in if I had more room in the car. A couple of the people I was with do some winemaking and they were impressed with that section as well.

Service was good, rang us up quickly and the case discount (10% off bill) worked out in my favor via a $12 deduction.

Awesome store, one I will surely not miss when in the area again. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Another6Pack
4.14/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here after visiting IBS, which certainly set a high bar for comparison. I expected more from what is currently an A+ beer store. The selection is good, but I didn't find much there that I can't find at any other solid A store (my beer searches are limited to domestics). The beer is spread out over what is a fairly cramped, maze-like shop. The beer cave is a little creepy with its low ceiling and old freezer door. First saw an employee at the checkout, and the girls behind the counter were nice enough.

To be fair, the selection is good enough that I would return if I were in or lived in the area. I would, however, go during non-peak times to make sure I had enough room to move around and to get out of the parking lot in one piece.

UPDATE: visited a couple times in the last few months and an update is warranted.
Recent expansion completely eliminated the cramped, maze-like feel. The beer cave is still there - unchanged in its creepiness - but is being put to better use (all the Short's brews are now kept in the chiller - hooray and thank you!). And I've visited regularly enough to properly judge how well they are getting in several brands that I have not seen anywhere else. (1,201 characters)

Photo of elalber
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%

these were, by far, the most helpful,knowledgeable, and nice people ever. I gave them a list of 8 beers and they could tell me off the top of their heads what they had. We are from out of town and they asked where we were headed and pretty much planned the rest of our trip. Couldn't have asked for better. also the resident beer guru was a girl and I find that especially awesome. If you are looking for something special go in and these guys will find it for you (even if they don't happen to have it) Some have rated this a bit high for price but obviously they aren't acquainted with the price of beer-it was quite competitive. (631 characters)

Photo of MrOH
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%

Visited on 7-28-2010.

It seems like they did some remodeling up front with the tobacco and with the homebrew equipment and grains off to the left. Good selection of homebrew supplies, but didn't pay too much attention as I didn't plan on making a purchase.
Beer selection is awesome. Tons of Michigan and other regional brews, the rest of the country is well represented with what is distributed to West Michigan, and a large import variety. Turnover isn't always so great, but they don't dust the bottles so you can usually tell what's been sitting around. Sunlight does hit some of the bottles up front, so be selective.

Almost everything is sold single bottle price, so if you can pick up a sixer of something somewhere else, you'll probably get a better deal.

Service is great, they recognized us as being from out of state from the beers we were picking out, and once we asked a few questions, I was recognized as having been a former local customer, even though I only bought a mixed sixer every month or so before I moved two years prior. Overall, a great experience and a must stop every time we go to visit the inlaws. (1,133 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

For some reason I had a hard time finding this place. I swore Google Maps gave me the complete opposite side of town. But once I did arrive I was greated by a great, little shop that packs its spaces full of great things. The staff let me browse in peace even though it took me a long time to browse. I sort of expected every store in the area to have a great selection, but was surprised that they usually just a few Bells and Founders 6-packs. But Siciliano's is the mecca of craft beer, that every community needs. After visiting this store, I have a good comprehension of what beer is available in West Michigan. The prices seemed a little high but I had no prior experience buying craft beer in Michigan. (709 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

I was looking forward to visiting this place for some time now. After reading reviews, I figured it would compare with the other "big boy" places I have visited in the past. Yep...I was pretty much right on the money!

I stopped in early on a weekday, so I was one of the only people in the place...had lots of time to quietly browse the shelves and coolers. Speaking of which...there are a ton of places they stash beer here. Coolers along the back wall, halfway down the left side wall and a tangle of shelves in the left-center of the store. The right side of the store seemed to be dedicated to home brewing supplies (sorry, I know nothing about that stuff)...

There is also a walk in cooler that hid some beers that were not in the outside coolers or on the shelves.

You will need at least an hour to shuffle through this place...especially if you are not familiar with MI beers.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. This is a must stop for any beer person traveling through the Grand Rapids area. Warning...have lots of free time and bring lots of money! (1,067 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Siciliano's was the first of many stops Sweemzander and I made while in Grand Rapids for Founders Black Party. He was kind enough to take me through his usual beer stops.

As we pulled up to Siciliano's, I reflected on the name of the place which sounds more like an Italian restaurant or pizzaria rather than a beer store. On the end of a small strip mall-thing there was minimal parking and it definitely looked like a hole in the wall place. I snapped a pic of the location and walked in.

Yep. Definitely a hole in the wall place. But a gem at that!

It was completely packed inside with people everywhere. We were immediately greeted and asked if we needed help, then helped once again when we reached a door leading to the back. A lady told us there was more in the back if we wanted to go back there. Good service.

There was beer everywhere to the point of it being crowded in isles. Beer on the floor in cases, basically stacked anywhere there was room, including right by the front door and windows, bathed in sun unfortunately. This hurt the otherwise good quality it had going for it. Besides that most everything was on shelves with a decent size cooler towards the back of the small store. The first thing I noticed was the saturation of Great Divide there. Only a state away! Why can't we get all that stuff here? Siiiigh. Well, I got a fresh bottle of Old Ruffian and noticed 2008 vintages there too! Well priced at that! I also noticed it was much like Wisconsin stores; heavy presence of state-brewed beer. Still though, not much I couldn't get in this state.

Siciliano's is one of the only stores I've been to where beer heavily overshadowed the presence of other alcohol. There was a small wine selection in the back corner and a bit of liquor behind the counter.

By far the coolest part about this place was the section dedicated to home brewing though! I briefly browsed through it but everything was nicely organized and there was plenty of stock. Someone was also using a grain mill to crack malts on the spot. Very nice.

Overall, it's gonna be a must-stop place for me if I'm in the Grand Rapids area. They also allow customers take any bottle from six packs to mix and match as they are individually labeled which was spectacular.

It seemed that the majority of the beer at Siciliano's was American craft but there was a healthy selection of imports and Belgian brew too. The Belgian beer was on a shelf opposite the wine selection and smaller than any of the American craft shelves. (2,513 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +8.7%

A quiet small place that at first glance looks like a small Italian delicacy shop or liquor store. One enters, however, and sees a shop chock full of organized beers with a selection that is among the best in the region...period.

Katie (I think that's her name) is young and on first glance you think you're about to speak with perhaps an ill informed college girl. WRONG! This lady is the buyer and has probably forgotten more about beer than I know. Excellent knowledge, great discussion and advice and she could not be more friendly or helpful.

The selection of beer is fantastic and you can break six packs and take what you want, something very appealing for tasting when you don't want to buy a full six pack.

This is a must go if you're any where in the area. (770 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%

Made a trip up to SW Michigan and stopped in here.

A great home brew store. It appeared all the home brew ingrediants were off to the right side of the store. The store has tons of shelves and tons of Michigan brews. All the brews appeared to be set up by the region they were from.

The service was pretty awesome the clerk from behind the register pretty much gave us a tour of the store and the layout.

One area where this place shines is in the mixer sixer. All the price are priced individually. There was also a case discount, which I walked out with two cases.

A pretty sweet store and when I make it back I'd visit again for sure. (645 characters)

Photo of wqcherri
2.45/5  rDev -46.7%

When I walked in and when first asked if needed help, told them I was just looking. Was then asked 6 other times if I needed help. Still told was checking out the selection.

Decided to purchase 2 4pks, not individuals, but when rung up, still charged singles prices. Asked about this, and it is their regular policy.

Talked to a few people at the salon I manage just down the road, and found my service was not unique. Also found that they do not honor skunked beer purchases.

Will not be back, can get better service and selection on 44th st. (547 characters)

Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.