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Corner Cottage Liquors

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

526 W North Ave
Elmhurst, Illinois, 60126-2105
United States

(630) 279-6835 | map

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 1am
Sunday: 10am - 11pm

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
-
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
7
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
7.71%
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

While the person beneath me stated it was a "secret place" it no longer really is. I was here this past summer and found some GREAT goodies (08 BCBS, JP La Roja circa 2006 [round style labels], 2009 GI Juliet [tons of bottles], older FFF Behemoth Barlywine, etc.).

However, went back there over Christmas break while in town and they must have gotten a new beer guy in because all the old stuff was long gone and they have lots of new stuff. Now, this is not to say the selection isn't great (it is a decent selection) it is just that the "secretness" of the place was the fact it had beer that others thought was long gone.
The atmosphere is typical of a smaller liquor store. No one really asked me if I needed help, which I kind of enjoy (so I can peruse the selection without people bugging me). The selection is pretty good, but not worth the trip there anymore from my house for the fact I only went there for "vintage" stuff before. The prices are on par with others around the area.

I am happy they have a new beer guy to take care of their beer better (all the beer I bought that was old was pushed to the back of shelves and dusty) but I do miss the fact that they had some fun stuff that no one else did. May go back there in the future, but again, many better stores near my family.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MaxOhle
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of joelt30
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I've been going to this place for a little while and finally decided to write up a quick review as now people frequent this establishment. It is in a little 3 store strip mall off of two busy roads and you really wouldn't think much of it.

To reiterate other people, there is some very dusty bottles ('08 Santa's Little Helper), but there are some dusty gems still on the shelf, or just beers that you can't really find elsewhere. I was able to pick up another Abacus and some BBA Shipwreck porter which were great finds. Their Euro section is also pretty good and their prices are reasonable.

I like going to this place when I've got sometime. It's a decent place and if you're lucky you might be able to find a little hidden secret.

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Photo of crossovert
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a cramped convenience beer store on a main road in Elmhurst.

It has one small aisle of beers and pretty much all cooler space dedicated to beer. The selection here is decent but not amazing. Lots of the beers are ancient so watch out.

The great thing about this place is the prices though, it has to be one of the cheaper stores in Chicago. Trouble brewing was only 7.99 a 13 pack or 49 cents for a single, De boomgard varieties for only 1.99, Rocheforts for 5.99 and a dollar off respectively for 10-8-6.

The service was also very friendly.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Corner cottage is a bit of a secret, so it pains me to write this review. First off, this isn't Binny's, you aren't going to find a huge selection, if you go here with something in mind, prepare to be disappointed, because chances are, they don't carry it.

However, this place specialized is beers you're unlikely to find elsewhere. True, the expiration dates are nearly always past, but thats most common on the big beers and Belgians. Expect to find every local offering (GI, Two Brothers, etc.), a decent amount of crafts, plus some ridiculously obscure belgians, plenty of british imports, and some real shockers.

Case in point: last time I went here I picked up a bottle of GI '09 Sofie for $7, a four-pack of La Fin Du Monde for $10, and an out-of-shipping-box fresh sixer of GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald for $9. They also had pretty much everything Samuel Smith brews and Rouge Bombers for cheap; that's right, ROGUE!

The staff doesn't haunt the aisles like they do at most places, but once you get to the counter, they talk to you about your selection and make suggestions when asked. Highly recommended for those with an open mind.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've debated a review for Corner Cottage for awhile (years) now. It's a good mom & pop place that definitely doesn't have the volume of chain stores, but they do have some pretty obscure stuff.

Beer is on the right side of the store, in the coolers and one long-ish aisle opposite them. There are so many obscure imports here that i've never seen elsewhere. Sadly, many are likely old. Flensburger Dunkel clay growler embossed with a deer, anyone ($34.99)? The bottom shelf is so dusty, it's like a beer graveyard. Past vintages of one-offs can often be found here. Although last weekend it seemed like many true gems of the past had been mined, I still saw many worthwhile things here. Always a broad selection of Two Brothers, and Belgian (obscure Caracole), German (HirschBrau, Lech, other oddball stuff), UK (Hardy's), and Eastern Euro imports. It seems like they only reorder what sells, and they have abandoned Jolly Pumpkin & Three Floyds when they used to have a ton.

Prices are generally very cheap here, and the staff (owners?) at the counter are pretty nice.

FOOD \m/
Rosticeria los Fernandez next door makes a mean smoked chicken ($8 for a whole one) & Mexican BBQ (try the hot chimichurri sauce). Grab some BBQ to-go and head over to Lunar, it's a match made in heaven.

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Corner Cottage Liquors in Elmhurst, IL
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