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Reviews by karengarys:
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
April 2008: Shelves are stocked. The owners are doing what they can to keep things interesting. The array of micro brews remains from one end of the wall to the other, as it did years ago. Some things change, and the owner does want to make the customer interested in American micros happy. Kudos.
Rating change: Service went from 2 to 3. Though they may not be able to recommend if you are uninformed, they will do what they can to get you what you want if you can tell them exactly what you are looking for.
February 10, 2006. Shelves are stocked. Interesting beers arrive. Make your own 6 is back - limited, but it exists, and it is as good as it used to be. The owners do want to keep the micro brews alive in the store.
Another update, based on my visit on November 17, 2005.
The shelves are now stocked again. It is rumored the new owners will continue to keep the great selection they offer. They say the owners may not know beers that well, but they listen to see what people want, and are interested in understanding. I hope that goes well, I'll try to add what I can if I get the time.
That make-your-own 6 pack thing? Completely gone. HOWEVER: The one guy said they may raise the price a buck or two, but start offering a wider variety of beers. It was $7 or $8 to make-your-own 6 pack, but when most of the really good craft beers start at $8 and go up to $10, you can't put them in the make-your-own selection, can you? So, the offering was limited to the lower quality beers. Maybe - MAYBE, they will start this again, and make it even more interesting. I am going to request this move every time I go in - maybe they will do it. (I actually said to break up a 6 and price the bottles individually - if they had the time to micro-manage the micro-brews).
My hopes are high, I'll try to keep this updated as things pan out.
Update for this place on October 15, 2005, my ratings changed as follows:
4.5 to 4
4 to 2
4.5 to 4
value the same
I understand the ownership has changed hands. It is questionable if the new owners understand microbrews. We will have to see how that pans out.
The shelves are already looking bare. Lots of empty shelf spots.
The "make your own 6" - well, it hasn't changed since depleated in September. There a few leinies left. Big whoop. One should check back or call first if you are looking for anything interesting to be stocked there.
The guy that used to walk down the asiles and make suggestions and talk beer (Robin)? Gone. Not in town any more. Nobody that is left knows the first thing about beer.
I'll try to keep this posted. If it improves, I'll re-review again. If it goes to pot, I'll re-review agin. If it just lingers, I'll try to re-review.
CALL FIRST if you are expecting to see something there!!! They may have it, but they may not.
original review from June 2005 follows, now partially obsolete:
"service" is good only if you get Robin, the beer guy. If you get anybody else, service is 1.0 - awful. These guys don't know squat about micros, again, unless you get Robin.
Robin knows his stuff, and can direct you in the right direction. A novice could go in there and he could explain the styles, and recommend something.
There is quite a wall of American micros, and then some decent imports. A half dozen different six packs to choose each from Great Lakes, Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, Bells, Upland and a few others. Spaterings of New Holland, Oaken Barrell, Mctanaran, Rockies brewing, Lost coast, and others.
The bomber section is also nice, a lot from Rogue, Great divide, Left hand and others Somehow they seem to have unusual 3 floyds, like the Brian Boru, or even the Dark Lord (sorry, they are gone, I bought the last one).
This is the best selection of microbrews for miles here in this part of Indiana where, for some reason, the only thing sold is Miller and Bud.
There are some decent imports too, but that isn't really my focus. They had St Bernardus, Leffe and other better choices. There is more, I'm just not as familiar with it.
It is hard to compare prices, but the micros seem to be between $7.50 and $10 a 6-pack, but that is what I'd pay anywhere I found it anyway.
They also have some singles, every now and then a really good one pops in there, like a Great Lakes, Flying Dog, New Holland or something of that nature. Often one will find a McTananahrans or a Cooperstown or an Arcadia..
So, if you are in the area and looking for a micro, this is about the only place to find it, and once you are there it is easy to buy WAY too much beer!!!!
10-16-2005 21:34:37 | More by karengarys
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2.83/5 rDev -30.1%
My main issue with Liquor Stop revolves around how they treat their customers, even their loyal regulars. I've bought craft beer from them probably 8-10x per year for the past 3 years so I've given them a lot of business. Had a recent episode where two owners/employees lied to my face about a product they either did/didn't have. It was Bell's Black Note. A great and rare beer. I knew they had it, they knew they had it, they told me they didn't and I should come back on Friday. I spent $30 on that very trip only to find out a day or so later when another buddy called them that they indeed still did have Black Note in stock...two days later. Now why on earth would you lie like that. I would have accepted a - We made a list and you are not on it; but an outright no we don't have it when you do? I don't get it. Do yourself a favor and drive out to Torrence Liquors in Calumet City and ask for Chris. Now that's a dude who knows how to treat his regulars.
04-10-2014 18:19:27 | More by Dan1976
4.61/5 rDev +13.8%
This is my go-to to get craft beer considering its a stone throw from my house. There selection is getting more and more diverse. I was surprised I saw a lot of Great Divide and even some from The Bruery. But they do have a great selection, especially if you want some 3 Floyds they are a guarantee to have some: cold or warm.
02-09-2013 20:22:49 | More by mvdillman
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
I have stopped here a few times – both on my way up to Traverse City for vacation, and on my way to Three Floyds. The atmosphere is what you’d expect for a smaller family run liquor store. The quality of the store needs a bit of improvement. It is a bit rundown inside and is hot as hell which is not reassuring. The service for the times I have been there was relatively good. They had just got some Blushing Monk in a while back and let me know about it (it was behind the counter) and let me know of other random oddities. The selection is a hell of a lot better than the Discount Liquors a few minutes away, though over the past few years I have stopped in, they definitely do not have as much “rare” stuff that they used to have (I may attribute this in part to the fact that many more people are into craft beer now and pick up all the “rare” stuff that would have stayed on the shelves a few years ago). While the selection is good, the most disturbing thing was I saw year old Arctic Panzer Wolf on their shelves – the graphic of the Viking woman (not the wolf). This is disturbing for two reasons: first of all, it is a year old DIPA they are still trying to sell for $11 dollars; second of all, they are located less than ten minutes from Three Floyds and they are trying to pull this stunt. Sad. The value was good, though a hint pricier than stores I am accustomed to frequenting in Illinois. Overall I will still probably stop here if I am in town (though I admit I didn’t go here yesterday when I went to pick up some Zombie Dust), but this store can use some improvement.
09-11-2011 01:05:26 | More by SpdKilz
3.44/5 rDev -15.1%
This is a decent little shop-- lightyears ahead of either Delocke's Discount Liquor stores... At least, that's what I would have said last year.... There used be a never-ending supply of the best of the Smokestack beers from Boulevard... Now those have all dried up-- you can't find Saison Brett, BBQ, or Rye on Rye any longer and it makes me a sad panda.
Otherwise, the selection is about the same as the Delocke's in Munster only it is smaller here. The store is also very warm inside, well above normal room temp, which I see as a negative.
The employees don't seem to care about beer too much except that it is an item they sell for profit. If asked "do have any (insert limited beer name here)?" the reply is almost always a generic, "it's all gone but we should get more next week..." It never comes though of course.
If you're coming from out of state, it isn't a bad store to hit up, but don't expect too many gems. The proximity to FFF (about 10 min away) is the best feature of this store.
Please don't get me wrong here, this isn't a terrible place to stop, but it is far from the best in the area.
08-25-2011 14:45:45 | More by AleWatcher
3.86/5 rDev -4.7%
Stopped by here while in town for Dark Lord Day. They had a decent selection including bottles from Three Floyds (that were guaranteed fresh), Upland (including a couple Lambics by the register), Crooked Tree, etc. Be sure to check the case by the counter for some rarer offerings, I picked up a Hair of the Dog Adam and there were some Upland Lambics in there too. This was one of the more productive beers stops while in town as I was able to get most of the three floyds stuff I was looking before Dark Lord Day. Definitely worth the short drive if you are visiting Three Floyds.
05-09-2011 14:33:25 | More by bunny3
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
This was just one of our beer runs while in the area for Dark Lord Day '11. It is a medium size store just down the street from 3 Floyd's and it had a decent selection of locals (particularly Three Floyds, Chicago locals, Flossmoor, etc...). Had questions about how fresh some of the 3F selections and were quickly informed that the beers were extremely fresh (delivered in 3-4 days of our arrival). The owner and his wife were very helpful and friendly. Not the largest selection that we saw in the area but a solid one at that, with exceptional service!
05-04-2011 13:11:47 | More by given2flybrewing
Liquor Stop in Highland, IN
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.