Archer Liquors

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PLACE INFO

Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

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

(773) 582-4767 | map
archerliquors.com

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

Mailorder: Y

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
75
pDev:
8.14%
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 75
Photo of tbassolino
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Excellent service and selection. I ordered some beers online that you cannot find anywhere in New York (where I live). They have a knowledgeable and friendly staff that helps you through the beer selections and their method for shipping the beers to your door. A gentleman named Randy was very helpful in suggesting quantities and variety that would save me money on shipping.

I will definitely be ordering again soon (as I am almost out of the 3 floyd's beers that were shipped to me). I would absolutely recommend ordering from Archer.

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Photo of Finnman
5/5  rDev +13.1%

What can I say about Randy and Archer Liquors that hasn't already been said. The bomber selection alone is worth the trip. Some of the beers I purchased included: Alpha King, Blackheart, Gumballhead, Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S., Kalamazoo Hopsolution, and Southern Tier Jah-va. But finding a lone bottle of '08 Dark Lord capped off a great experience.

I've spoken to Randy many times, but never in person until then. He's simply one of the most knowledgeable and truly nice people in the biz. Even though I needed 3 boxes of brew sent back to Texas, he was his normal cordial self and shipped the next day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
5/5  rDev +13.1%

We arrived and just started placing what we wanted on the counter. The dude working there observed our tendency towards extreme beer(hey we didn't drive from Texas for common stuff(I bought my fill of session lagers, everything Great Lakes, earlier)) and suggested we try some Jolly Pumpkin. He poured a bottle of their amazing wit ale for us free of charge. Great selection(Compared to others in the area, and even better than the locals in Texas) Great value. Amazing service. 5's across the board.
Note: Went for DLD 08.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

I visited Randy on my recent trip to DLD 08. I had made a couple of phone calls to him previously in the week prior to ensure he was stocked up! Boy was he ever...

He had all the stuff I was looking for. FFF, Southern Tier, Founders, Hoppin' Frog, just to name a few.

When I told him who I was and that I came from Atlanta, he went out of his way to help me get what I needed and get it out to the car.

They had a great selection on the racks. It was one of the best selections I have EVER seen; period.

The bang for the buck was OK, considering I was shopping for all of the expensive brews anyway. I got quite a few knocked off my list for ~$70. Not a bad haul for just arriving in Chicago.

Thanks, Randy. I will definitely look you guys back up when I come up again.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

I stopped here based on the website. The Website is top notch and breaks everything down by location of origin. They had everything that was on the website except 1 item.

I arrived with a list of about 10 cases of random stuff. I asked one of the employees for some help and handed over my page long list of "wants". He grabbed another guy and began moving boxes to floor displays.

The two of them began dismantling displays and filling boxes. I stood and helped bring over other stuff from another display rack. The two of them went crazy and kept asking me if I was sure I wanted some of the stuff on my list cold or warm. Since this was all for a road trip back to Boston my answer was warm each time.

After filling up the boxes they proceeded to load everything unto 2 wheelers and brought everything up to the register. Then they began helping the cashier (who was very nice) ringing in all the product. The even made her double check and make sure I was over-charged for anything.

After I paid the rolled everything out to my car and helped me load it up. Over all an awesome experience! A little out of the way but a place would frequent again if I was in Chicago.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.2/5  rDev -5%

1st stop after landing at midway for DLD was Archer. It was only 5 minutes or so from Midway which was nice. We got there about 9 on a Friday and honestly the neighborhood is a bit rough. We also stopped after DLD also to fill out a few remaining slots for out shippers. Lots of guys were buying cheap rum & a bottle of coke to mix it in. I was expecting a bigger selection of beers since this place was highly rated but they had plenty of 3F which is what we wanted to snag along with Dark Horse/GI/Sprecher/Southern Tier/DFH/Victory/Bear Republic & others. Service was helpful but not really needed. Prices were reasonable.

Recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

On my last trip to Chicago I flew into Midway, and as this place is around the corner I stopped in here to stock up on some brews both for my inlaws and to take back home. Very solid store with quite a good selection of local craft brews with less of a selection of great imports. Lots of FFF, New Holland, Goose Island, Founders, Southern Tier from New York, Capitol, Jolly pumpkin, etc. They keep some stuff cellared there as well, so we were able to pick up a threee year vertical of Anchor OSA. They were out of FFF Broodoo, but they still had most everything else I wanted off of their website. Belgian selection is small and mostly unimpressive, ditto for other imports, but there are a few nice things. Most of the stuff is not refrigerated, but a fair number of sixers are. Staff are knowledgeable and love beer, so will be very helpful. Recommended place to stock up. Sure beat Binny's downtown!

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Photo of sarasotarockstar
5/5  rDev +13.1%

I've been selfish about reviewing Archer. I'm sorry everyone - just wanted to keep it quiet for a bit. However, after yet ANOTHER wonderful experience I just have to gush a bit.

Thanks to Randy and Archer, I have been able to sample some of the best brews in the country this year. 3F Dark Lord/Alpha Klaus/Dreadnaught/Alpha King/Black Sun, Founder's Breakfast and Kentucky Breakfast, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout/Imperial IPA, Victory Storm King/Hop Wallop, Great Lakes Blackout Stout/Edmund Fitzgerald Porter....the list goes on and on.

Randy is a true customer service gem - always there with helpful selections, wonderful beer knowledge and the man can package a beer order like nobody's business. My shipments have always arrived in perfect shape and the prices are comparable to what I pay locally for similar quality ales.

There is no better place to buy beer online.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

For starters I have never been to the actual store this is more a review for mail order and their website. First found them through BA link to their website. The website is pretty slow, but this place has a great selection of craft beers( three floyds, founders, Capital brewing..) All of these beers are not available in Cali. I emailed my California drivers lic. to Randy( he is in charge of shipping orders and website) Then with luck I hit them up before GABF with a order for Founders Breakfast Stout and Three Floyds Dark Lord (23.99). I got both in the mail via fedex six days later and Randy did a great packing job. A little price but worth it every once and a while for some great midwest gems.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

As others have noted, a small place that looks like your basic BMC liquor store. Inside toward the back wall there are 3 stocked beer shelves and a couple coolers.

Super service -- Randy was there when we visited and he was great -- very friendly and knowledgable.

Nice selection considering the size of the place. He still has autumnal fire which is one of my favorites. Also a real bonus that you can buy singles.

He has roughly the same selection as Binny's and Sam's, but given the chance, I am happy to support the little guy. Also his prices tend to be lower.

We had a reason to be in the area and will be happy to visit (or find a reason to visit) again.

(and I mean little guy figuratively in a corporate sense, not literally....)

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

This store appears to be just an average working class neighborhood store from the outside, both from it's general setting in this southwest side area near Midway Airport, and the store itself, with it's macro beer signs everywhere in sight. I was seriously harbouring doubts about it before entering ( btw, there is ample parking ), and even after entering, I was passed by customer after customer making a bee-line for the cases of Bud and Miller, etc, etc. But, moving past the cheap wines and liqours, all in a very small, confined space, with narrow aisles ( this store is tiny) , you find the craft beer, both warm stock and cold, imports and domestics. They have a good cross section of American craft brew with 3F, Great Lakes, DFH, SN, Victory, Lagunitas, and a good showing of Brit's, Germans, and Belg's. The selection is fairly wide, with some deep and extreme selctions being available. There were some things that did appear to be languishing, and not in the freshest condition, suggesting that this place could use some more beer geeks to come here when they first get things in stock, and that they are trying to provide great craft beer in virgin craft beer environs with some degrees of limited success. This situation did provide me the oppurtunity to get some one-year-old, sort of "cellared", Bigfoot Ale. Also, they do sell single 12 oz. bottles, which is a great way to sample something without committing to the full cost of a 6-pack. Anyway, the staff seemed decent, I really did not need to ask them anything, as that the best service aspect of this store is their very good website, which where I learned that they had year old Bigfoot in the first place as well as some recently-hard-to-find Liefman's. The prices here are totally in line with most other places in the city, and therefore quite reasonable. This is a good, solid place to come for craft beer, and with good service, especially in the form of the website. There are also some homebrew supplies.

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Photo of JeffKrenner
3.7/5  rDev -16.3%

This place was a little strange after being on their website. Small, small store that is jam packed. Some aisles are so tight that you have to walk sideways through them. Nice selection once you get down to it. Lots of FFFs, DFH, etc. I didn't have the pleasure of getting any service other than hearing the guy behind the counter talking Polish with someone else. Glad I went though, as there were a couple things I was looking for and hadn't seen elsewhere. Nice hole in the wall if you are in the area, but I don't know that I would make the drive just to go here.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Ordered online and spoke with Randy over the phone and corresponded in e-mails. Decent selection, great customer service, fast shipping and very solid packing using recycled liquor boxes that saved on shipping. Worth ordering from for the essential central state brews (3 Floyd's, Two Brothers and the like) that sometimes don't make it allt he way west or east. The shipping is more affordable than most places because Randy recycles so you can get an extra beer with the money saved and extra beer is always a good thing.

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Photo of emerge077
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

It would seem that this place gets a bum rap based on it's outward appearance, but that is far from what really counts as far as liquor stores go.

Since you can't judge a book by it's cover, consider Archer as a diamond in the rough. No need to be afraid if you are travelling here from outside of Chicago...it's right off 55.

After navigating the corridor past the door, the craft and import selection is located on the shelves closest to the coolers, and in the coolers themselves. Archer is one of few places to sell *fresh* singles, and you can make your own 6-pack if you want. It's ok to pull singles from the shelf too. Great focus on regional micros, and some Belgians, but mostly German/Euro imports. Emphasis on limited release brews as well.

Service is great only if the beer buyer is there, otherwise you are on your own. He's given great recommendations in the past, and is always very helpful. Prices on singles can't be beat, and the rest is competitively priced. Small cash & carry discount reflected in the beer prices. Another big plus is that they have their craft inventory updated online.

Recently stopped in with a friend looking for hombrew supplies, only because it was Sunday. No other shops were open, so we checked out what Archer had. A couple dusty kits, odds and ends mostly. You might find something you need, but it's not a big selection.

Always worth a stop if you are near Midway...

2008: Gotta bump up service, for the online "fresh report" that is always up to date with the latest beer shipments.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.65/5  rDev -17.4%

Archer Liquors is located along Archer Avenue just off of Central Avenue. This is a busy area with a mix of semi trucks, commuters trying to skirt the gridlock on the Stephenson Expressway, and your run of the mill bustling neighborhood traffic. The time of day you visit will determine the local traffic conditions.
From the exterior Archer Liquors appears to be your typical neighborhood liquor store, a low flat roof, macro brewery placards and the obligatory lottery signs. Don’t let this dissuade you.
The interior is a little “tight” with narrow aisles, but the selection of beers was beyond my expectations. A section of shelving bulged with quality imported beers from all over Europe. Germany and Belgium were well represented with a wide variety of styles to choose from. Everything from Ales to Lambics to Dunkel Weizens was there.
The selection of quality micro and craft beers was also pretty good. There were selections from Three Floyds, Rogue, Bell’s, Founders, Goose Island, North Coast and many others.
Some of the things I liked most were the Beer Advocate shelf talkers, the on-line beer inventory, and their very liberal mix-a-six policy.
On the down side some of the bottles were dusty and a few were reaching the limits of their expected shelf lives. This is not what I would refer to as a “destination” beer store, but rather a solid “if-you-are-in-the-area” type of place.

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Never actually been to the shop, but I've ordered off of Randy twice now. What I think they provide is a great selection, especially when it comes to Midwest beers, at competitive prices, and I've always enjoyed great customer service from Archer. One of the few places I've seen I can order from that stocks pretty much any Three Floyds, Bell's (not anymore), Founders, etc. Randy has always tried to give me suggestions about what I would enjoy, and I would definately order from them again, and would recommend them to anyone.

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Photo of Matthew
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

I ordered some beers from Archers online and was very satisfied with both the service, the beers, and the selection I was able to choose from. Alhtough it was a bit pricey, I was able to attain some beers I had been interested in trying for some time. A person from the store called me to tell me shipping costs and was very polite and even had some questions regarding beer out in Portland and had provided some information regarding the beers I was buying. Very helpful and very friendly. My package arrived safe and sound and in a very timely fashion. Definatly worth the process.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

I've never actually stepped foot in Archer Liquors, I'm more of a virtual customer...ordering exclusively online. I was directed to the website with promise of Three Floyds and was NOT let down.

Archers has a very good variety from all over the world and United States. First time visitors will be shocked and excited about the opportunity that has presented itself...beer not usually available to you delivered to your door without working out a trade. Unfortunately, the website isn't set up to just order and go online, there is need to speek to a human and work out the details.

Fortunately, that human is Randy and he's a great guy. After confirming I was 21 and handing over my CC number, we chatted for an additional 10 minutes and he recommended to me a few beers that I hadn't had. We hung up, a day or two later the beers were shipped and a few days later my order arrived in pristine condition. The price of the beers and the shipping was very reasonable as well.

Archers has a "freshness" report that they update religiously. When ever fresh beer arrives to the store, they document the date so the customer never purchases "stale" beer.

Beer geeks will go to great lengths to obtain the beer they want. Archers makes it that much easier.

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Photo of macster
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Put an on-line order in just last week. Overall I must say my experience with Randy and Archer Liquors was very positive. Randy’s customer service was excellent and attentive. Great communication via e-mail and phone letting me know what he didn’t have in stock, my total cost, when my order would ship, etc. Stays with you all the way. Verified the delivery of my order on Thurs. and I received it the following Tues. New web site is a bit cumbersome now due to transition from the old one. Selection is somewhat limited , but what he does have is of great quality and certainly desirable to someone from FL who can’t get most of what he stocks. Picked up various styles from Bells, Founders, Victory, 3 Floyds to name a few. Shipping was very reasonable. Paid $35.00 for 2 boxes totalling 42 12oz. bottles. To compare Liquid Solutions was $42.00 for just 24 12 oz.’ers. Packaging was excellent and sturdy. The only somewhat negative was having to pay both IL state and Cook County taxes when I’m ordering from FL. Added another unexpected $8.00 which subtracted from the good deal I received on the freight ordering from IL as compared to the west coast. All in all however a good experience and I’ll be back for more

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -9.5%

I've thought about placing an internet order with Archer for several months now, but decided to stop and see the place for myself as I passed through the Chicago area on my way home to Ohio yesterday. It's quite a ways off I-80, but I was able to hit both this store and Torrence Liquors, taking my time at each, with the addition of only 90 minutes to my overall travel time.

Archer looks like a run-of-the-mill city liquor store from the outside. From the inside too. The only difference is that in addition to the MGD and Natty Light, they offer Three Floyds, Bell's, Great Lakes, Founders, Bear Repubic, et al. The store was smaller than I expected and more crowded/cluttered. I was just barely able to get my shopping cart down the aisles and I wasn't able to get into some places because of cases stacked on the floor. It would have been interesting if the store had been busy because it wasn't easy for two people to pass each other, especially if either was carrying much beer.

There's a medium-sized cooler along the back wall that contains singles; a small, two-sided set of shelves with Belgian, German and British beers that runs parallel to the cooler; and a one-sided set of shelves closer to the checkout counter with American microbrews. The selection wasn't hugely impressive (check the website for the reasonably current inventory), but it was all quality stuff. I was a little surprised that for a Chicago-area store, the only Three Floyds on hand was a few bottles of Alpha Klaus.

The prices were reasonable and the beer looked well cared for. One of the guys behind the counter (the owner?) seemed very nice and my comment about the words at the top of the sales slip ('Beer Geeks Unite') resulted in a short discussion about their website and store selection.

Archer Liquors is a quality beer store for those who live in the area, but I wouldn't really call it a 'destination' beer store. Even though they had a few things that I haven't seen elsewhere, Torrence has this place beat in just about every way possible. Since Torrence is about 10 minutes off I-80 and Archer is closer to 30 minutes, I doubt that I'll be making a return visit to this establishment any time soon.

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Photo of Trumpstylz
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Best liquor store for beer in the chicago area hands down. The website (archerliquors.com) notifies me when fresh beer is in (this is key). Many times I have gone to other stores, only to find the beer has been sitting on the shelf for six months. This doesn't happen at archer, as they are very peculiar about their beer. Archer gets a lot of beers in that you don't normally find around here. If you even stop in at a good time when the beer guy is there, he'll share a beer with you. It is amazing in that it is kind of a hole in the wall but has a great selection. I definitely reccommend droping by if you're on chi-town turf.

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Photo of jaustin72403
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%

This is an excellent place to buy beer. Normally I would go to Sam's Wine or Binnys to buy beer, because they have a huge selection, but Archer updates how fresh the beer is and lets you know when they got it in. At the big joints, freshness is not guaranteed. Randy the owner is awesome, the quaffer club is sweet for beer lovers. I'm so glad I found this place. The website makes me want to go every week and get something new. You never know what suprise he is going to have for the week. Just recently he released a case of Sierra Nevada Celebration for the summer. It was excellent. If you are in chicago, you gotta stop in this place, but make sure you go in a night, cause that is when Randy is usually working.

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Photo of shippos
4/5  rDev -9.5%

As far as beer/wine/liquor combination stores go this has a very nice selection and a good diversity of choice. Although small and packed it has some very nice offerings. Avery, 3 floyds, dfh and some belgian, german and uk beers as well.

Randy the owner is very helpful, he's got a nice store there and a rotating stock that moves very fast with the occasionly rare of the rare beers coming in every now and then. such as westy 12 and the dark lord!!

It's definelty worth a stop if your in the area.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

They have great selection of Three Floyds hard to find beers, two brothers and a good selection of other Midwest breweries. Everything they have you can buy in singles so its great for sampling new stuff when on a budget. They also have some unique European brews from Germany, Belgium, and a few others spots. The website is really up to date so you can see what’s in the weekly shipments. They also have a Quafter's card that gives you discounts on good brews and weekly specials. Definitely worth a stop in if you are in Chicago. It’s pretty close to Midway Airport if you’re flying in from the south side.

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