Archer Liquors

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Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

5996 S Archer Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60638-2818
United States

(773) 582-4767 | map

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm

Mailorder: Y

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by weatherdog:
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

I was first told about this place about 2 months ago and since then have probably been there about a half dozen times picking up random things.

Like previous raters the exterior doesn't have 'craft beer' written all over it and when you walk in you have to pass cases of BMC stacked to the ceiling but after that it transitions into a hidden gem of store. The store itself is pretty small but their selection is very solid and seems to grow every time I go in.

The best part of this store is they sell EVERYTHING in single form. It's a great service to those like me who homebrew and have gallons of everyday drinking beers on tap but want to pick a mix a six of random beers to review or just to pick up a few different seasonals available. The prices are a little below average and I commonly find their bomber prices a dollar or two below Binny's.

Another amazing perk and service to their customers is sometimes they will built mini verticals and sell them that way for a reasonable price. Just within the last few weeks they had a 3pk of Victory Old Horizontal (fresh, 1 year and 2 year old) for $8.99. a Bigfoot sixer (1x07,1x08,2x09,2x10) for $14.99 and a GL Blackout 4pk (07-10) for $15.99. I personally think it's an unbelievable service to your customers and gives those just getting into cellering a jumpstart on a few popular choices for only couple dollar premium. I personally picked up the Victory 3pk because I've never had that beer before and thought it $3/bottle for a mini vertical of a beer I've never had has a good choice considering fresh bottles are $2.59/each.

They are always updating their twitter and website whenever they get a new product in and informing special deals. They also do online ordering which works well from what I've heard but do not need to use that since I'm 10 minutes from the storefront.

They do have a homebrew section but from what I glanced at it was very slim, not a good selection (I didn't even see any ingredients) and I doubt sells that well. If you eliminate that the craft beer section could be expanded at least 25%. A suggestion would just to keep a small stock of homebrew stuff in the back for those who know you have it and can stop in in the event of a homebrewing emergency.

Overall a great little gem that seems to get better all the time and it's the first place I check to see if they have a new release in stock. Most of the time I don't even have to call because they will announce any new arrivals on twitter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of cadaugherty
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JimmyShaker1
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a little diamond in the rough. I stopped in after flying into Midway and was not disappointed. It looks like a little hole in the wall and is pretty small, but the selection is very good. Lots of good local stuff from Chicago breweries as well as some really nice selections from other national distro breweries.

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Photo of Homer53
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Neighborhood spot that I love to pop into. Great selection of PW stuff!

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4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

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4.32/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite liquor store. Hands down. I work nearby a couple of times a month and always stop in to see what's new - even though I already know what's there via their website,
"fresh report" email, frequently updated social media, and beer menus. Management and staff are all knowledgeable and very helpful, but they let you peruse the store without being aggressive. They have plenty to choose from - they don't have everything - but they always have an exceptional selection of beer, including rarities and 'whales'. One of my favorite things about Archer is that almost all of their beer can be purchased as a single bottle. I love to mix it up frequently & try new beers, but I also love to go back to beers I love without having to commit to a 4/6 pack at a time, so this is perfect for my purchasing habits. Another huge accolade is that they ship beer. They also carry a small amount of home brew equipment and ingredients - but it's very limited.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 75 ratings