Siciliano's Market

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

147 Ratings
Ratings: 147
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.64
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 wqcherri
2.45/5  rDev -47.2%

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.

Photo of otto251068
3.41/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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.

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of todisht
4/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -13.8%

Doesnt look like much from the outside, but is a treasure trove of assorted beers; mostly local fair, but has the best belgian selection in the area. Is literally a maze of shelves of beer everywhere. Decent prices.
My only concern is that some of the stuff out on the shelves have been sitting there for months if not years and the inside is kept extremely hot (around 70-80 degrees), not the best temperature to store beer at.

Superb selection though & has a vast array of homebrewing supplies. And definitely has the most unique selection around.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -12.7%

Stopped in here on a recent trip to Grand Rapids to visit the Founders Brewpub. Great little store only a few minutes from Founders. A little unassuming from the exterior, but what a selection it has. I'm not certain on the number of shelves, but there were at least 5 or 6 shelves lined top to bottom with beer. Not to mention the two walls and coolers of beer. They have everything you can imagine and then some. Usually have cases of the latest limited release sitting right at the register, aka, Founders Kentucky Breakfast. Was able to find a couple of Michigan brewed beers that I wanted to try, as well as some belgians that I had been looking for. Great little store with an even better selection. It's worth the drive over.

Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We rolled in here just as they were closing, and they stayed open for us long enough to grab a few local beers to take home. The guy working even answered our beer questions, and was very helpful.

Singles galore, many from almost every Michigan brewery that bottles. Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Arcadia, Arbor, Dark Horse, et cetera. They had a long aisle of imports, although I stuck mostly to the coolers full of singles. A few single Arbor and Dragonmead bottles from here were later discovered to be old, so points off for quality.

There was a good selection of homebrewing supplies and pipe tobacco as well. I'd stop here again if I was passing through Grand Rapids.

Photo of ScottyG
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have to tell you the staff there are very knowledgeable!! The selection they offer are pretty darn good. Every Friday is new beer Friday and if you buy a case you get 10% off of your total purchase. I could spend hours in this store pondering on what to purchase. This store gets an A+ in my books. I plan to frequent this store often!!

Photo of Another6Pack
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Mscarpen
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've been up to Grand Rapids twice in the past month and have made it a point to stop by the top bottle shop in GR, Siciliano's, while visiting.

Siciliano's had a broad range of Domestic and International bottles and a participatory good selection of Belgians. The shop only sells by the bottle, which makes their shelves of 4-packs and 6-packs a bit pricey.

Both times I've stopped in, I've had a hard time finding anything terrible exceptional. Like many shops, I'm sure they get some whales in from time to time, which probably vaporize within hours but even in talking to the staff, I was told they simply don't have much of that kind of stuff and I should keep an eye on their Twitter feed.

I agree that its without a doubt the best bottle shop in the area, but on par with other shops in the Midwest, I think it's a bit below the A+ its been given on BA. Perhaps their rather large Home Brew shop lifts their score... but as a bottle shop, I've seen stores more deserving of such a high score.

Nice selection, single bottles, good international variety.

Photo of Gr8Lakes
4.16/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

The staff was very knowledgable and walked me to the beers that I needed along with recommending addition local beers that fit my interests that day.
I thought their single beer pricing strategy was an expensive way to buy, but convenient! If visiting Founders stop here to stock your cellar or fridge.

Photo of korguy123
4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Next stop on our round trip Michigan trip. Also recommended by many BA's

Small parking lot on a slightly busy road. Fair sized store selling beer, spirits, cigars and home brew supplies. Friendly staff, we were asked by several employees if we needed help and smiled and re-assured us to ask for anything if needed. Selection was very good, but was a little sad to see very little Shorts beers. Picked up a case (gotta get the 10% discount) and left happy. Most of the beers I bought were fresh except the 2 Jolly Pumpkin beers (Weizen Bam and E.S. Bam) both were a year old (still excellent btw)

Will definitely return.

Photo of styleisking
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of troutslayar
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

In town from Cincinnati. Met the owners at Founders and decided to visit. We were forewarned about them have an awesome sales week and stock was low, especially on specialty/seasonals. Still found the selection extensive and got some Shorts not available in Cincinnati. Service was great. Commented on how dusty the bottles, appearing as though many vintage here and then was told about the grain mill. Interesting place as such an extensive bottled selection along with homebrew supplies packaged and bulk. Quality and selection ratings would most likely get a higher rating if had shopped at a time when stock was not low on specialty/seasonals.

Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of david131
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Stopped by here after a visit to Founders. There was quite a diverse selection of beer, and all could be bought in singles if desired. A lot of the beer was in coolers but most was on shelves in the middle of the store. There was only a few bottles of stuff that I have not seen anywhere else. But overall, the store left little to be desired. I was asked if I needed help a couple of times and my interactions with the employees were good. Some of the pricing was just a tad on the high side, but nothing was shockingly high, which tends to be true for stores that have similar large selections. I was pleased with some of the signs marking what stuff may be rare. Overall, I may have been expecting more, but retrospectively, the store was pretty awesome.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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.

Photo of eopacich
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Part of a whirlwind 36 hours in Grand Rapids. Stopped here first coming into town. Had a very good selection of beers. Looked like a lot of homebrew stuff but I didnt check it out. One of the employees was very helpful. Took me on a tour of must try Michigan beers plus pointed out the rare, small batch type stuff. They were rationing Nemesis (2 per person) but got some Bell's 9000 and about 2 cases of other goodies, mostly Michigan brews. Also had a few Belgian treats I've never seen before. Overall a great store, this will be part of my checklist when I revisit Grand Rapids.

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%

Ventured out to this place during the week before my wedding. My family resides on the south side of town, so I can normally just go between B&B, International Bev, D. Schulers and Reuze's. This place definetely keeps pace with all of those. Woody interior is inviting, smelling of a humidor. Definetely an older building. Lots of good stuff spread around, albeit a bit of a cramped arrangement. Lots of good Michigan micros and a solid selection of foreign stuff. Dark Horse was the one local that seemed to be missing. But they had more Arcadia and Jolly Pumpkin than some. Service was good, not intrusive. I tend not to need much help or knowledge from the staff. If you're on the north side of GR, go no further.

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.

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Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
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