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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: 7.76%
[ 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 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 Billolick
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

A highlight of my recent visit to the GR, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek , MI area. This place is nirvana for BAs. Tons of singles, bombers, sixes available to mix and match, warm or cold. All the locals, national micros, plenty of Imports. Well stocked, staffed and organized. The also have all your home brewing needs. The folks who work there were friendly, informative and enthusiastic. Just a great place to find all the Michigan brewers goodies you have been looking for. Located about 10 minutes from other great GR spots like Hop Cat and Founders.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

I stopped in the morning of the Founder's KBS release hoping to find some Short's and other Michigan beers I can't get in Ohio.

Siciliano's has about everything you can get in Michigan. An incredibly extensive beers that you can pick apart and build your own four or six pack. I wound up building two four packs of some beers from local breweries I didn't want to buy entire six packs (Dark Horse, Mt. Pleasant, etc.).

I was later told that they had a couple of cases of KBS for sale with a limit of two 4 packs per person.

The only downside to this place is it's pretty tight quarters and if other people are beer shopping you'll be working around them.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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!

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 TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One of the many reason to visit Grand Rapids. A great bottle selection in a clean and well organized store. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and pointed out some stuff that had recently come in. The 10% discount on purchases over a case was a nice surprise too.

Picked up some great local stuff form Founders, Bells and New Holland as well as a few Epic bottles that apparently were new to Michigan.

My only complaint was that their Short's selection was very limited. Aside from that, this place was great and I will definitely return on my next trip to Grand Rapids.

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Doesn't get much better than this place!!! HUGE selection and you are allowed to buy everything in singles. Most places have an "upcharge" when they break up a sixer and sell it by singles, but NOT this place ... single bottle price is the SAME as a 6-pack. Tons of great brews - Shorts, Founders, Bells, Dark Horse ... plus many other smaller Michigan breweries. Owners/workers were super cool - very friendly - very helpful ... I consider this a MUST VISIT if you are ever near Grand Rapids.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Siciliano's Market is the go to liquor store in Grand Rapids.

Everything by the single bottle. Tons of cooler space with chilled singles. A huge selection of imports, German, Belgian, whatever you are looking for. A growing selection of Michigan Meads. Awesome, vast selection of homebrewing grains and a good stop for information on home brewing, including a knowledgeable staff, and a big selection of books to feed your head.

It's a great stop. Do it!

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%

We stopped in here on the way to Founders during a recent run through Grand Rapids. This is quite the interesting little liquor store as they also sell coffee, tea, and tobacco as acting as a homebrew shop. But at least for me, it's all about the beer here. There is a HEAVY emphasis here on local Michigan beers, of which they had a huge selection. Founders, Bell's, Arcadia, New Holland, Arbor, Dragonmead, etc, the list goes on. Of course, they also had a really nice selection of other craft beers and other imports and I liked that they offered a good majority of their beers in both the coolers or out on the floor. The real boon here though is that almost everything in six packs is individually priced for sale. This was great, as with so many great new Michigan beers to try, I was able to conveniently cobble together a few six-packs to take home. Service here was decent and the prices seemed reasonable for the most part. This was our last beer shopping stop on our recent trip through Michigan and this was a great stop to help fill in those final few missing Michigan beers (and the last few empty spaces in the car).

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.

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.

Photo of midlifec
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of cratez
4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Third stop on a recent trip to Grand Rapids with nicktbm and our significant others. Dropped by on a Saturday afternoon just before heading to the 9th Annual Founders Harvest Party.

This place has an endless selection of craft beer. Half-a-dozen aisles are lined with every beer imaginable from popular US micros, local Michigan crafters, and reputable European breweries (both new and old).

I grabbed 25 bottles, including Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, Southern Tier Harvest Ale, Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Arcadia IPA, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Weizenbock, New Holland Mad Hatter IPA, 2007 Gale’s Old Prize Ale, and Mikkeller Stateside IPA, among many others.

As with any large beer store, you have to watch for out of code products, but most of the stock is new. The staff and customers chatted with us while we were shopping and told us more about the Harvest Party and what to expect. One of the clerks was particularly helpful in recommending good Michigan brews. My friend and I received 10% discounts on our cases and the cashier suggested that we check out Graydon’s Crossing for a great beer bar. We took him up on his reco the next day. In terms of prices, 25 beers came to $70, which is fair enough to me.

Overall, Siciliano’s is a world class beer store with all sorts of "extra" goodies like cigars, home brewing supplies, and wine-making kits. It’s an absolute must-visit in the Grand Rapids area, and the best beer store that I’ve come across thus far.

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 CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Best beer store in Western Michigan that I've found. All Michigan beers represented well and the individual prices really are about equivalent to a 6-pack price in most stores. Nice warm selection on the floor but also lots of coolers with many great different selections. Only weakness that I see is that the Belgian selection is a little bit weaker than I would like to see but you can't have everything. Dropped $50 and for 24 beers and got at least 14 different beers, nice to be able to try a single or double before investing $8-10 in a 6-pack.

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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 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 styleisking
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev -3%

This is a great place to stop in if you're up in Grand Rapids and you want to grab some beers. A somewhat unassuming storefront leads you into a beer wonderland.

The best part about this place is that every can be had in singles, making it easy to grab a six pack of a bunch of beers you have never had before, rather than being stuck buying a six pack of each. They carry Stone, Dark Horse, Arbor Brewing, Magic Hat, Bell's, Dragonmead and many many more.

Service here is very friendly and they will help you find things if you need anything. I've always been greeted with a smile. Stock on the shelves has always been fresh when I've been there as well. Even fresh Double Crooked Tree when I was up there!! Prices are good on singles and sixers as well, but it seems like this place is popular and the limited stuff goes fast.

In the end, Siciliano's is a great place to go and buy some killer beers while you are visting Grand Rapids. (Hopefully you'll be stopping by Founder's as well :-)

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 granger10
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

Great store for a micro lover or homebrewer. The service is excellent and the staff really know their stuff. This store also has a great wine, cigar, and liquor selection. They have homebrewing books as well. Probably the best homebrew shop in Michigan. The only suggestion is finding more new beers every once in awhile b/c I have tried basically every beer they have. Maybe get rid of all the euro pils shit that never seems to move and make room for some more American micros or Belgians, but that's just my preference.

Photo of adamette
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

Based on my visit there on or about 10 17 09. Review from short notes but also from memory, a vivid one indeed.

Atmosphere Well it is floor to ceiling beer folks but I found the atmosphere to be divine. There is not a lot of open space but I found the atmosphere to be just great.

Quality Everything presented very well indeed, for the most part cases with a few open on the top near the front of the store and then shelves (many, many shelves) of bottles and then coolers in the back. Everything looked fresh too. 4.5

Service Very good. Staff reminded me of their bulk buying discount which they did not need to do. 4.5

Selection Well just great. I spent $97 in about 5 minutes if that gives you any idea. I picked up DFH 120 minute, Fort, Great Divide Yeti series of stouts to name a few. If my wife was not in attendance I easily could have spent 3 or 4 hundred dollars in this place. 5.0

Value Good I think but probably just reasonable.

Notes: Thanks BA community for rating, reviewing this place before me. It made me consider it in my trip and indeed go there. I am glad that I did!

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Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.