Frankfort Cardinal Liquors

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20505 S La Grange Rd
Frankfort, Illinois, 60423-1345
United States

(815) 469-4160 | map

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Added by rhoadsrage on 04-05-2006

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

9/2010: The selection here was largely the same, some dusty forgotten relics here and there, 03 Goudenband, Dulle Teve Reserva, and dusty Black Ghost still kicking around. Good range of Founders. Beware of old stock... there are gems around despite the age. Goose IPA was about 2 mo. old, within code. This place seems largely overlooked.

Stopped here on the way back to Chicago from Starved Rock state park.

From the outside this place looks like any other, drab suburban strip-mall liquor store. Once inside, the beer shelves were the first one on the right, near the windows unfortunately. Hope the last Fantome I scored here is "ok". Alot of quality Belgians to be found, some dusty "aged" ones, some clean. Majority of imports are in this aisle, a few are also in the coolers in the back corner. A few 3 Floyds bombers, including the Fantabulous and Gorch Fock. Dig through the random cases on the floor and you may find something good. Storm King was down there, but not on the shelf for instance. Good offering of 5+ Founders here, one limited.

Coolers up front by the registers have a number of craft singles in them, which was a welcome sight. Must be outside Cook county! Counter guy complimented one purchase. Left $35 lighter with a nice haul of Belgians.

They had flyers out for a friday night beer tasting on 10-26-07. Not sure if this will be a regular thing or not, but it's nice that they are trying it out.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Frankfort Cardinal Liquors
This place has an impressive selection for the small section of beer they have. One side of shelves down a single aisle is devoted to imported and craft beers. They carry imports from Germany, Belgium, Poland, England, and other areas of the world. The American craft beer is suprising as they carry Three Floyds, Rogue, Lost Abbey, Laguinitas, and Great Lakes to name a few. The place also has some nice beers in the coolers that run on the back wall. The service is not good but they are friendly. All in all a nice local store to have around for a quick stop to find some nice craft beers you were looking for.

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Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

I get in to this place about once per month and am always impressed with the selection for such a small place.

Located on Rt 45 / LaGrange Rd., this store is nestled into a small L shaped strip mall and has a nice large parking lot directly in front of the entrance.

Upon entering, you encounter a long single row of shelves sporting a medium sized assortment of Belgian, German, and English ales as well as solid offerings from many outstanding US craft breweries. Between this long row of shelves and the front windows are a bunch of open cases of various beers that you can simply walk up to and select from. The back wall has a long row of coolers filled with sixers of craft beers as well.

The staff are very friendly, but some of them don't seem to know a lot about beer. There is generally only one staff person in the store when I am there and they stay at the register.

Overall a nice little place with some damn good beers for sale. Prices are fair and the staff is welcoming.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Tucked away in a little ho-hum strip mall is this little liquor store. The front windows have Bud and Bud Lite sales posters and that is about it. I walked in not expecting much but the very first row is a long isle of craft beer from the U.S. and Europe. There were lots of singles and 6-packs with bottles of all shapes and sizes. As my eye moved down the row I saw the 8 doors of beers in coolers. Those were all 6-packs of craft beer, followed by the BMC in about 8 more doors. As the coolers turned the corner there were 4 doors of singles with alchopops wasting space at the end.

The college age boy at the counter had the conservative talk radio blasting and didn't really appear interested in talking. However as I walk down the rows trying to make order of all these randomly organized bottles I saw little hand written signs giving descriptions and sales of many different beers. I thought if the owner was around I should tell them about BA shelf talkers but no such luck.

I was a little concerned that the craft beer was right next to the window but I made a point not to buy anything in green bottles. On the floor below the window were some random piles of 6-packs that didn't have a home. Further down were about 7 Liquor de Malt bottles with paper bags beside them. This is when I got a little concerned about turnover.

I found a few singles that I haven't tried before and the Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock was pretty good but as I was drinking it I noticed the date was 09.01.01, so I think there stock really doesn't turn over.

I think this was worth the stop and I like to see the craft beers with taste notes and some that are on sale but I think next time I will lean toward the singles and 6-ers in the coolers. If you have a party or social to go to in Frankfort this would be the place to stop for beer.

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Frankfort Cardinal Liquors in Frankfort, IL
Place rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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