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Sal's Beverage World

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Sal's Beverage WorldSal's Beverage World
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
[ Store ]

695 W Saint Charles Rd
Elmhurst, Illinois, 60126-3024
United States
phone: (630) 833-9800

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Reviews by MrMcGibblets:
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Open warehouse and kinda dingy, maybe its just this part of town too. Found some stuff that shouldn't still be around, leading me to think that this place isn't hit up by too many beer geeks. This is good if you're looking for ageable stuff like the last bottle of choklat I found, not so good if it's a row of undated dreadnaught on the way top shelf (I took a chance anyway since everyone else including fff is out of that right now). Even saw rows of double trouble 4 packs which didn't even make it to the shelves at my local binnys. Service is basic. Definitely not an upscale place but you might make some good finds here. Prices were comparable to other area stores.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here in my quest to find stores somewhat in my area that have a decent selection of beers (this is about 20 min away).

Wasn’t expecting much after reading a few of the more recent reviews. Yes, this isn’t the most upscale of areas, however, when I walked in I was greeted warmly. I meandered over to the beer section and was decently impressed by what I saw. As someone mentioned before, a downside is that most of the BMC is in the refrigerator while the craft is on the shelves. This is nothing new to be honest, though again, you’d rather it be kept cold. In any event, they had tons of Askew at only nine dollars a pop (sold out pretty much everywhere else and more expensive). In addition, they had a ton of old Anchor Christmas vintages (back to 1999). They were $2.50 a pop so I picked up one of each year I didn’t have. I don’t expect them to be good, but hell, might as well.
The selection was rather run of the mill overall, and to be honest I won’t make a trip here out of my way unless I randomly want to pick up some more vintage Anchor Christmas. But not a bad store overall.

Photo of crossovert
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This store is a warehouse-style store off one of the main drags in Elmhurst. It is a small store, but is stacked high with beer.

Most of the craft beer and imports seem to be on the shelf warm and the crap beer is in the fridge.

The selection here is fairly larger, I found two beers here that I hadn't seen elsewhere in Chicago. However, these beers are predominantly old, quite old so the quality has to be bashed.

The service was fine but I didn't have any help in the beer selection.

It is an okay place but watch out, a lot of this beer is old.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

This store is a nice little unassuming place with a decent selection and good prices. They have the regular lineup of American micros, all reasonable priced. However their foreign selection is expansive (albeit a little dusty) and they have the odd rareish beer or great bargain.

The last time I was there is picked up a '09 Yeti bomber for $7 and nabbed a four-pack of Old Raspy for under $7. Not that you'll find that every day, but this little store can surprise you, and the attentive and kind staff is just icing on the cake.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Headed here under the navigation of TMoney2591 on a whim. He had heard tale that it was a fairly decent store. He was very much so correct. The place looked a little dirty and everything was dusty, but that didn't mean that what was there was bad. They had vintages of some American stuff that I've not seen anywhere else in the area. It had all of the Anchor Steam Christmas beers from '99 for sale which I thought was cool. The people there were really very friendly and asked a couple of times if we needed help finding anything. Since we were browsing we declined. They definitely had a wonderful selection of American beers like I've not seen at many places in the area. They even had singles of some stuff. The best part was it was a buck or 2 cheaper for every item here than at most stores in the area. If you're in need and in the area stop on in, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Went here on what I thought was a lark with VDubb86 to scope out some new beer turf. Go in, hard to port, and there's the trio of beer aisles. The selection's pretty damn solid, though, as others have noted, many of the specialty bottles are a bit dated. Still, a nice selection of sixers and bombers from around the world. (I really do dig the amount of Anchor OSAs from 99 on.) The employees were all pretty jovial and, though I did not partake of their aid, it was offered on a few occasions. The pricing is about a dollar or so below other places I frequent, though it may have just seemed that way, what with so much being on sale. Though it's a bit far for me to frequent, I can easily see myself heading down here every now and again for some random deals.

Photo of weatherdog
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

I stop in here when I'm looking for an obscure Belgian or a special release where other places have sold out already. The selection and prices are really nice but this store really doesn't seem like a high volume craft beer place although they always seems to have interesting stuff. I'm usually asked by an employee if I need help or am looking for something in particular. The one time I did need help the employee was really helpful and knew exactly what I wanted. I would watch date codes if you are looking for fresh beer though. I'm always amazed at their Anchor OSA selection though. I'd really like to try some older ones but am wary of 1996 beers that have been on the shelf the whole time. Overall a nice store with a great selection of Belgian and craft specialty beers.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Like everyone else has said this is a pretty unassuming place, the benefit of this being the complete lack of pretension. Seriously it can't be found here. The moment you walk in the door you suddenly have a taste for Old Style or Stag, but then you see the warehouse full of imports and micros for sale and come to your senses. This place is absolutly STOCKED with Euro beers, beers I've never even seen or heard of before from countries that only exist in the pages of National Geographic, seriously I have no idea where they find all this stuff. Also the vintages of Anchor Christmas Ale are pretty cool too, though the store seems to have taken that philsophy and applied it to the entire store because some of the bottles seem a bit dated. There is still a 4 pack or two of Goose Island 07 Imperial IPA available. The whole Mikeller line, Black Albert, cheap FFF beers, all of ST's Blackwater Series beers, the list goes on. I could probably spend hours here and not even get to the glassware section that is equally cool and equally stocked. Prices seem pretty resonable, Behemoth was only 15 bucks, I've seen it for 21 bucks everywhere else. A great place to kill an hour if you've got it. I will be returning here again shortly, but for a much longer visit.

Photo of rmcnealy
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Awesome spot. Found out the quality of this place by another BA member and went the very following day. From the outside it does not look like much. Small windows with MGD lights make this feel like a '70's neighborhood bar. Once the doors open up and allow light in, lo and behold. Straight to the back is the beer! Metal racks, home depot style, aisles of glorious racks full of beer! First are weisse beer, Polish, Eastern European. Then come many Belgium ales... a good amount of Trappists. A good US craft selection from brewers like Three Floyds, Rogue, Laguntas, etc. I'm surprised there wasn't a bigger representation of the midwest. Had a good selection of Goose Island with some old years of Bourbon County Stout and Pierre Jacques. Amazingly, they had every year of Anchor Brewing "Our Special Ale" Xmas ale from 1998 to present. Every year! Single bottle, 6 packs, or magnums! Was amazing. Overall best selection that I'm aware of in the metro Chicago area.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Stopped here recently on the way over to Lunar Brewing. This is the best of the 3 Sal's locations, more seasonals, one offs, etc. I've spoken with the knowledgeable "beer guy" here once before, so there is at least one designated staff member.

Quality wise, i've seen bottles here that have been on the shelf for years, so buyer beware on some of the obscure stuff. The aformentioned Anchor OSA vertical ('98-'07) would be one notable exception to this though (singles available). On the flipside, they have a good variety of limited stuff from Flying Dog, 3 Floyds, and Founders. For example, the Barrel-aged Gonzo box set was here, stacked deep. It seems like the US micros rotate more than the imports, from seeing more shiny clean bottles in the micro aisle. Coolers on the wall have a few singles, but mostly just the most popular stuff by the case or six-pack. Prices are in line with other places in the area. Check it out if you haven't been in, and make sure to visit Lunar a few blocks west.

Photo of nflmvp
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Walked into the place with no ideas what to expect, other than what I'd read on beerfly.

My initial impression was very good. A warehouse style set up with warehouse type selection...also very good. There was plenty to choose from but most of what left the store with me was from Southern Tier. I'm a sucker for their big beers.

Lots of wine, booze and macros we well but the craft/import selection was reason enough to go in there. I found three different Cantillion and a bottle of Deus. Al kinds of other rarities to be had but I left them all for those locals who appreciate them. I forgot to look for some Beer Geek Breakfast while I was there so I'm glad I found it down the street at Lunar Brewing Co.

In the end, a case of bombers cost me close to $100 with tax so I listed the place as a bit pricey. In all fairness to them, I assume the prices are pretty right on for the area but I feel most places are a little high in their pricing so take this information for what it's worth and consider the source.

Definitely worth a stop.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +1%

Wow, I can't believe I've forgotten to review this place before now! Sal's is located in Elmhurst, basically right on the Villa Park border and within walking distance from Lunar Brewing. Upon entering you get a definite warehouse vibe with spaces that sometimes get a bit cramped. There's plenty of wine and liquor to be had, but if you make your way to the left you'll find the two rows of beer shelves.

There's a wide variety of German brews, which I'd say is a bit more extensive than most places. The Belgian selection is a bit spotty and they seem to kinda just carry a few brews from the major brewers instead of the full line. I did score a Houblon Chouffe here which was mighty tasty. The next few rows are dedicated to craft brew with a wide range from Three Floyds (including Rabbid Rabbit), to Founders, Capital, Two Brothers and all the midwest favorites. Be sure to check the wall of Anchor OSA running from 97-05, even available as singles which is cool if you wanna do your own vertical. As others have mentioned, be careful to look at what you buy that might be a little to dusty or just plain old...they still have six packs of Founders Weizen on the shelves.

Service has almost always been good here with someone asking me if I need any help or chatting me up for awhile about beer. This is a nice place to stop in the suburbs if you're looking for a good selection of beers and some rare finds as well. Prices are in line, or sometimes below the general for the area. I hope they will continue to work on the beer selection and product rotation, but even as is it's a nice place to check out.

Photo of Bumpon10s
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

Went here on reccomendation of beerfly and was impressed. As stated they do have a lot of beers you can't find in other places, but that in fact they are old. I found Rogue Yellow Snow ale and Goose Island's Pere Jacques which is more than retired, but had to get it. Their import section is very impressive, one of the most I've seen outside of perhaps Sam's in Chicago. I didn't see anyone to help me, and really didn't need it. I would suggest that everyone go there just for their huge selection, but look at anything you buy carefully, there's a good chance it could have been onthe shelf for upto 3 years.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

This place was the best stop while in town for a few days. I'll write a novel later, but due to being overwhelmed by sooo many grat beer places, allow me to say Anchor OSA vertical line going back to 1998. Yes, I said 1998!!! Goose Island rare beers, Two Brother's hard to find beer like Hop Juice for $6 a baomber, a HUGE bottle of Salvator Doppel Bock for $100+ and assorted goodies.

HUGE plus! Open til 10:00 pm and ask for Scott, the Beer Master...He always has a trick up his sleeve!!! Also, the BEST service. If you were to improve this joint, the beer would have to be free...wait a second!

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Stopped in after the IL gathering a few weeks ago. It was more of a warehouse setup. Industrial shelves held the beer. There were lots of brews I had never seen. Sam Adams Utopias, 3 litre Corsendonk brews, vintage Anchor Christmas beers were there. I grabbed a 6 pack of Founders Imperial Stout. I'm not sure when the 6 packs were stopped, but I know they are older. There were really no folks there to help us while on the floor, but as usual, it was pretty self explanitory. The selection was very good. There were enough beers there that I have not had that I could have been kept busy for a while. I would stop in again when back in the area.

Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +1%

I think the quirks that RedRover and RedBaron mentioned about this place may be getting ironed out somehwat. Sal's is fond of marking down beer that's past it's 'best before' date and this can be good and bad. It's bad in the case of two year old pilsner, but it could be good if you're interested in Kasteel Bier from Ingelmunster for half the cost. Most prices are competitive with other stores, but the distinction is the variety of product. Lots of beer. I talked to one of the managers and he said he is constantly trying to bring more brands of beer into the store and rotate stock. Sal's also has tastings about once every six weeks or so. I haven't been to one yet, but I'm told they usually have 150 or more beers to taste for around $10. Another thing I like about Sal's is that I have tremendous luck with them as a source for fresh Bell's beer. I've been buying six-packs and using the yeast in my homebrew. Works great!

Photo of RedBaron
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

Yeah, Redrover pretty much hit the nail on the head with Sal's: It's a great beer store with a plethora of outstanding beers (from Rochefort abbey ales, to Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, to vintage dated British old ales, eccentric/rare Eastern Euro brews, etc.), but you must be wary of the 'born-on' dates. One clue as to if the beer is way past it's prime is to hold the bottle of to the light (assuming the brew is lighter colored to begin with). If you spot a boatload of flakes in the liquid, that's a dead giveaway that that beer is quite old, and not worth your money. Of course, if you're buying a vintage dated beer (usually implying a higher strength brew), such as Anchor Christmas 1999, those types of beers can hold up well, and improve, with age. But on the whole, just be careful when purchasing from Sal's. I've been there several times, though, and I've had nothing but positive, tasty purchases from the store. Plus, I've experienced nothing but helpful, friendy personnel when asking questions and making purchases.

And as an added bonus, the Lunar Brewing Company is right down the street!

Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

This liquor store has some good qualities that keep me coming back, it also has a few flaws that keep me slightly disappointed.

Good stuff. They match prices from competitors if you bring in the add. They have some good everyday specials (Sams 12s are usually $10.99 & Berghoff 12s are $6.99) and the also have good sales. About every three months they have a large beer tasting event. The selection of beers is better than average. Nice UK & German import section. Also some Belgians and lots or Eastern European beers. Nice Micro selection, I’m not sure how they still are getting New Glarus, but they are! They will special order kegs for you. They also give you a 10% discount on each 6 pack if you buy 4 or more. This can addup!

Bad stuff: Staff is hit or miss. They don’t seem to keep up on the breweries latest offerings and often don‘t know if they carry certain beers. You have to be very careful here and check the freshness dating. Lots of their sales are for expired or soon to expire beer. For example, I saw some 2+ year old Light house Lite on sale for $2.99. There is no way this beer would be good more than 2 years past the "best before" date!. Sometimes it works out, once they had Goose products for $8.99 per 12. The beers expired in 4 days, but I was having a party that weekend so, it was fine. You also have to remind them of the discounts, the cashier will not give it you if you don’t ask.

This store is worth a stop, just carefully check out the beers before you buy.

Sal's Beverage World in Elmhurst, IL
90 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.