Everett's Wines, Spirits & Beer
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by emerge077:
4.41/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Finally was able to chat with Matt the beer guy, and he was great to talk to. Noticed a nicely expanded craft & import selection, with more space dedicated to craft in the coolers, cold variety packs, even a door full of bombers. Many IL distributed breweries like Schlafly (X-IPA), Ballast Point, Upright, Pipeworks (Marilime, Centennial Ninja, Close Encounter), Spiteful, Uinta, Deschutes, and more. On the price tags there were 'received on' dates so you know what's new. Highly recommended shop, best in the area for sure.
Great selection, some new exclusive imports from HaandBryggeriet like Haandbakk & Akevitt Porter. Still not a whole lot of craft in the coolers, though I like the mini-fridge on the craft shelf. Gems like Devil Dancer, BCS, Sculpin, Haandbaak, etc. will keep me coming back.
Are we still in Illinois? Sigh... yes.
Beer section is located in the rear of the store, past aisles of liquor and wine. No windows or light coming in. There were a couple rack displays with bombers from Port, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, New Belgium, Fort Collins, etc. On the shelf there was plenty from Founders, Bells, Dark Horse, and others. Breakfast stout was on special for $8.99, that was sweet. Pere Jaques and Sofie from GI were also on display. Around the corner there was a good range of imports, 3 Monts, Chouffe, Rodenbach on the Belgian side, Schlenkerla and others on the German side. Not crazy extensive, but very respectable. In the coolers there were only 2 doors of craft, and 1 door of imports out of 10 or so doors. Lots of macro cases, and random malt liquor dominated the rest of the coolers. The older lady at the register was nice, but there was no staff on the floor. Service score reflects the website and updates here on BA from Matt the beer buyer.
Overall this was a good store with cheap deals, though Wisconsin was calling my name. Woodmans in Beloit had Cranbic, and Badger had a bunch of WI singles, plus Stone etc.
08-11-2013 22:35:35 | More by emerge077
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4.29/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $
Everett's looks like your typical small town liquor store. When entering your greeted by the counter directly to your left and the wine section straight ahead. Take a left past the counter and there are four long rows of alcohol all laid out by style with some decent selections. Some of the booze prices are high and some are extremely reasonable so when you look around try and have an idea of prices in your area.
The beer is in the back of the store. A stand alone shelving unit, maybe 15' in length, holds most of your bombers and 750s with a very well thought out selection; Upright, Alesmith, Pipeworks, Spiteful, Boulevard, etc. The focus seems to be on seasonals and new releases. I've yet to have any freshness problems from Everett's. The sixers are on a wall shelf and stacked high with a good selection. A single cooler holds bombers of hoppy items and a row of coolers hold your more standard BMC type stuff. Whoever the beer guy is understands freshness, seasonability, and desirability. As with the booze some prices are great, a couple are high but for the most part they lean toward reasonable with sales that feel like robbery at times.
I would frequent this shop often if it was in the Chicago area so for a town like South Beloit to have a liquor store of this quality is saying a lot. It's a craft oasis in the middle of a beer desert. The service is helpful and the prices right with some breweries I can't get around Chicagoland. I make sure to make a stop every time on my way to Madison. Check out Everett's!
11-01-2013 18:19:37 | More by joe1510
4.48/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Writing this review based on my ~10 visits in the past year. I live in Wisconsin but whenever I'm passing through on I-39/90, I usually make it a point to stop in South Beloit to pick up brews that don't get distributed to Madison.
Atmosphere is pretty straightforward. It's a liquor store that offers wines, spirits and of course beer in the back. I don't think there's much more to say about atmosphere, honestly.
Now the quality of the store is quite a bit better than most other stores I've visited, and I've visited quite a few in my travels. Everything's labeled properly, cleanly and organized rather well. Especially when the store built new shelving units by the coolers. It's not a huge store like a Binny's, but it is very compact and its not difficult to browse through.
Service has been very good every time I visit. I've had employees come up and ask if I had any questions about the beer or if I was looking for anything. Invariably, but especially as of late, we have ended up talking about beer, especially Pipeworks. Last time I was there, I checked out a Saison-Brett, paid and realized and it was $2 over the listed price. I think at some stores, they would blow it off, but the ladies at the register and Matt double checked that it was what it was supposed to be, and found a solution quickly. I appreciated that.
Granted, this is coming from a Wisconsinite who doesn't have regular access to IL distro stuff Pipeworks, Boulevard, Ballast Point and Stone. But the selection of this store on the WI/IL border is a godsend. I really appreciate being able to pick up stuff like Ninja vs Unicorn, Enjoy By, Victory at Sea, Saison-Brett, etc. off the shelf. That's in addition to a favoured shelf staple of mine, Deschutes Black Butte. For a liquor store this size in a location like South Beloit (read: not in a thriving metropolis), the selection is outstanding. Basically, the selection is out of this world in terms of its proportion to the store's size/location. That's why I usually go out of my way to stop here when I pass by on I-39/90.
Pricing wise is very reasonable. There are some brews on the shelf that are definitely overpriced, like Founders Imperial Stout at $15.99/4pk (when it was $10.99/4pk in Madison) but for the most part, pricing on fresh stuff like Pipeworks and Stone is pretty much what I expect, sometimes below that. Given their selection and service, I'm happy to patronize this establishment.
10-05-2013 06:17:05 | More by Stevedore
4.37/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
For anyone in the Southern Wisconsin area, Everett's is a must stop anytime you are in the area. They have access to a few different great breweries that are not able to cross over the border into Wisconsin such as Stone, Firestone Walker, and Ballast Point just to name a few.
The other great things about this place is accessibility. It is located only a couple of minutes off of I90 at the South Beloit exit. It is so easy to swing in and check out the enormous selection. Anyone from WI would definitely be blown away by the selection of beer that you cannot get in WI.
I am not a strong advocate for many things in the hill-less state, but this is one of them.
12-14-2012 15:47:57 | More by Gotti311
4.9/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is definitely a good liquor store to stop and get beer at. They have a fine selections of a lot of the big name craft breweries around. Even some of the smaller ones.
Matt, the beer buyer, will make sure you are well taken care of. If you need a beer that he doesn't have, let him know, he will take care of you and do his best to make sure you are leaving his store satisfied.
They surprisingly get a good amount of highly allocated beers. Matt always does a lottery to be fair. This probably isn't the place you should drive from Chicago to find a beer that you have no chance of getting down there. This is a family liquor store that looks after those who look after it.
03-22-2012 15:34:33 | More by Skylermandela
4.45/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's worth the 15 mile drive to get the micro beers you can't get in Rockford. I was driving 1-1/2 hrs to Chicago to buy kegs you could never get in Rockford. Matt will get what ever I want, even if he has to go out of his way to special order. Prices are very reasonable. The service is the best. Have been to one beer tasting. Was very well done. The selection was very good, not just you everyday stuff. What I like is when a special brew come out and the store only gets one case, Matt holds a lottery so everyone gets a chance. In Rockford you run to every store and maybe you get a bottle, if they have any left after they hold them for their friends.
03-18-2012 15:22:34 | More by schnee221
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Good selection for the area and always seems to get the limited released beers I love, just wish they could get more of them.
Matt is knowledgeable and keeps all the facebook friends in the know when the good stuff is being released. I always find something good when I stop in.
Matt also sets up beer tastings with a very good selection. The winter tasting was a great time and actually turned into a sampling with individuals sharing some limited items from their cellars.(not sure if this should be made public)
03-16-2012 01:15:25 | More by kevin7912
Everett's Wines, Spirits & Beer in South Beloit, IL
95 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.