Sal's Beverage World
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
3.95/5 rDev 0%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $
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.
12-13-2008 02:04:22 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here in my quest to find stores somewhat in my area that have a decent selection of beers (this is about 20 min away).
Wasn’t expecting much after reading a few of the more recent reviews. Yes, this isn’t the most upscale of areas, however, when I walked in I was greeted warmly. I meandered over to the beer section and was decently impressed by what I saw. As someone mentioned before, a downside is that most of the BMC is in the refrigerator while the craft is on the shelves. This is nothing new to be honest, though again, you’d rather it be kept cold. In any event, they had tons of Askew at only nine dollars a pop (sold out pretty much everywhere else and more expensive). In addition, they had a ton of old Anchor Christmas vintages (back to 1999). They were $2.50 a pop so I picked up one of each year I didn’t have. I don’t expect them to be good, but hell, might as well.
The selection was rather run of the mill overall, and to be honest I won’t make a trip here out of my way unless I randomly want to pick up some more vintage Anchor Christmas. But not a bad store overall.
06-06-2011 03:45:54 | More by SpdKilz
3.28/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-22-2011 01:13:54 | More by MrMcGibblets
2.95/5 rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This store is a warehouse-style store off one of the main drags in Elmhurst. It is a small store, but is stacked high with beer.
Most of the craft beer and imports seem to be on the shelf warm and the crap beer is in the fridge.
The selection here is fairly larger, I found two beers here that I hadn't seen elsewhere in Chicago. However, these beers are predominantly old, quite old so the quality has to be bashed.
The service was fine but I didn't have any help in the beer selection.
It is an okay place but watch out, a lot of this beer is old.
03-08-2011 18:35:19 | More by crossovert
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-20-2010 01:20:32 | More by JohnnyChicago
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Headed here under the navigation of TMoney2591 on a whim. He had heard tale that it was a fairly decent store. He was very much so correct. The place looked a little dirty and everything was dusty, but that didn't mean that what was there was bad. They had vintages of some American stuff that I've not seen anywhere else in the area. It had all of the Anchor Steam Christmas beers from '99 for sale which I thought was cool. The people there were really very friendly and asked a couple of times if we needed help finding anything. Since we were browsing we declined. They definitely had a wonderful selection of American beers like I've not seen at many places in the area. They even had singles of some stuff. The best part was it was a buck or 2 cheaper for every item here than at most stores in the area. If you're in need and in the area stop on in, you won't be disappointed.
10-06-2010 00:17:51 | More by Vdubb86
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-06-2010 00:10:01 | More by TMoney2591
Sal's Beverage World in Elmhurst, IL
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.