Liquor World

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110 Meadowview Ctr
Kankakee, Illinois, 60901-2050
United States

(815) 937-4444 | map

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Added by crayphish on 11-26-2006

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Reviews by spointon:
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Its a shady hole in the wall liquor store. The beer section looks like the inside of a hoarders house. Cases staked up to the ceiling. Boxes filled with miscellaneous bottles. Thick layers of dust on beers that haven't bee available anywhere else in years ... including Pipeworks beers that were from 2013... However in that pile of beer are some real gems.

Most importantly the owner is a straight shooter. He keeps his beer menus up to date and he has no problem selling it to you if you ask for it. His selection is expansive. However be careful with dates. The thick dust on many of the bottles betrays just how old they are.

Still, they get some hard to find stuff so its a great stopping off point in the southern suburbs.

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Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Hole in the wall liquor store with a very nice selection of limited beers. Does not have all the latest and greatest weekly releases from Pipeworks, Spiteful, or other Chicago locals, but does keep an updated list on beer menus and has a very helpful staff. They keep some stock (beers with bottle limits and such) in the office, which is apparently locked after 4pm; as a result, they are happy to pull beers out and hold them for you if you call in advance.

Lots of high-quality stuff that I would never have expected to still be on shelves anywhere.

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Photo of MikeGross
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited Liquor World a few weeks ago to pick up some Pipeworks Sure Bet which was not available in Champaign. The store is located near a large shopping center in Kankakee. I came in just looking for a few brews I spotted on their BeerMenus page but after talking with the owner I ended up picking up 10 or 12 extra bottles of great beer. Moving from Chicago to Champaign really bummed me out since they don't get any Pipeworks beers but with Liquor World on my way home I will defiantly be getting off the expressway more often to pick up that sweet Chicago nectar.

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Photo of Davidcovey8844
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Metllica97
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of MCHammered
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Drove all the way from Chicago last week to get some goodies based on what I saw on the, and I was pleasantly surprised with the overall experience. After talking to the owner (Pete) the day before, he placed some of the beers I wanted aside to make sure I got them when I arrived the next day. I was planning to make a quick stop then leave but he was so nice and personable that I ended up staying for an hour! After talking to him for a while, he pulled out some other great hard-to-find beers which I was really excited about. (E.g. GI BC stuff, a few FSW reserve series, Backwood Bastard, Speedway Stout, Mango Magnifico, Abyss, etc.) I ended up spending over $450 which more than doubled what I had intended to spend but Pete was gracious enough to threw in a bomber (barrel-aged Port Brewing beer) for free.

I'm definitely planning on coming back in the near future! I recommend this place especially if you're in the area.

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Photo of impetigo
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I guess I should start out this review by saying I'm the beer manager at a major liquor store in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.

A customer at my work told me that Alesmith was available in Southern Ill and after calling him a filthy liar I looked it up and sure enough Liquor World had it listed on beer menus. I called and they put 3 bottles of Speedway Stout on the side while I made my hour drive.
When I got to the store (after bad directions-I called the store and they were helpful).

So after I get there, not only did they still have the beers set aside for me-they offered to sell me a case of Speedway Stout! Since I made the drive I checked out what they had-Perennial! Jolly Pumpkin! Fantome! Stone Woot Stout (we sold out of ours in a day). I ended up dumping 185 bucks at the store and I'm glad I did. Hell we carry Pipeworks at work but I ended up grabbing a couple bottles.

For a retail person I guess I should point out these negatives-very disorganized section. Bottles were scattered on displays-often with no prices on them.
Also as a retail person I should point out these positives (trust me-walk a mile in someone's shoes before you piss and moan) the dates on every bottle I checked were reasonably fresh and reasonably priced. The guy working was super nice in pointing out rare bottles (and once he figured out I knew what I was talking about left me alone). The cashier was also friendly/helpful.
It's a LONG hike from my place (Naperville) to this place but would make the trip again!

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Photo of AmishLightning
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place looks like the shadiest store possible. So it fits in perfectly with the rest of Kankakee. I didn't even think to look inside until I read other reviews about it. Living in Kankakee and seeing it almost everyday i had just dismissed it as another dump of a store. However, the beer selection surprised me quite a bit. A tall shelf of many different imports and varieties is hidden in the far corner of the store. Lots of IPA and APA and a descent amount of stouts and porters. Even had St. Bernardus, albeit a bit pricey ($13) but then again I don't know what that normally goes for. Also, they had some american brews that I had never heard of at some rather high prices. Oddly enough, the imports were super cheap. A pint and 3 ounces of Weihenstaphaner was only three bucks. Not too shabby at all. Best selection your going to get in the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais area. I only had a second to talk to the employees but they were pretty friendly. I will go in another time to try and find Pete. I have heard he is the beer guy.

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Photo of Lognar
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This place is like a pirate's treasure hoard hidden where no one thinks to look. I actually hate to write a review for it because once more people know about this place then the quicker it will cease to be what it is, except for Pete who is the beer guy - he's wonderful. But, Pete deserves the publicity and the business. I'd rather have a great business flourish than have a semi-secret shop that not many know about.

You aren't going to find any massive shelf whales here, but what you will find is very solid selection of beers and a beer guy who is always helpful, remembers you, loves talking craft, and is always eager to show you the next new brew he's got behind the counter.

His prices are usually a dollar or two UNDER Binny's or right on par. For example, right now as of 6/22/2013 he's got a row of about 8 bottles of 3F Golden Blend on the shelf for $23.99. Binny's charges $26.99 iirc.

His selection, while not as vast as Binny's, generally has more gems than Binny's even, because his shelves aren't cleared out the day something new comes in. I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break today, and it's been gone from the Western/Southern Chicago Burbs for months now. There's also a decent selection of Evil Twin, Fantome (Saison and Extra Sour to name a couple), and Jolly Pumpkin (La Roja) just to name a few that do not get huge distro.

I've also heard that Pete is more than willing to help get you what you are looking for. He also seems to do a good job keeping their up to date (

Check him out and support a small business that is working hard to bring great craft beer to an area that doesn't have much at all in the way of good craft beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Rogorama
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just went to this place for the first time and it is awesome. The beer guy Pete is awesome and hooked us up with some tasty stuff. Definitely worth the drive to get out there. They have a great selection from a ton of good breweries. I know I'll be going back.

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Photo of HopFan1
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is the only place I know of to get other than 'usual' craft beers in the Kankakee area. Coming from Northern Illinois (the land of Binny's) I am used to a bigger selection but you can find some real gems in this place if you time it right. Pete does a great job in getting the limited realease stuff. His prices may be a little high but considering that you probably couldn't get your hands on them up North it is definitely worth an extra buck or so. They also get some beers from breweries that don't distribute further north so that's another plus. Going in there is always like a treasure hunt because you never know what you'll find. If you're in the Kankakee area I highly recommend stopping by.

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Photo of Drucifer
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is the eye of hurricane anheiser; the only place in Kankakee that offers a selection of craft beer. The quantity may be sub-par when you walk in, but the quality is phenomenal. Most Chicago stores sell out of the rarities within hours, but this place will have the good stuff even several months after release. (Bourbon County sells out fast regardless though)

The service is also unbelievable. The owner is extremely helpful and loves having someone actually come in and visit the craft beer section as opposed to grabbing a domestic 30 rack. I called ahead asking about hopslam and he told me exactly how.much he had and handed to me when I arrived. I've also dealt with a lady that works behind the counter and she was also very friendly when it comes to craft beer.

Overall, this place is an absolute gem when it comes to getting quality beer; however, the quantity is a little limited due to space. The prices are also very reasonable and the service cannot be beaten. This is a must stop for anyone unfortunate enough to be travelling to kankakee or even if you live relatively close.

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Photo of cmsimeur
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When living in a small town and surrounded by the majority of occupants who enjoy Mass Produced Beer, it is a little gem in an amazing city. I am glad to have become friends with Pete and always have great conversations. He is willing to order you anything you would like (if he can get it.) Pete is very knowledgeable about craft beer and usually knows the BA score before I even get in there. Pete strives to carry a very wide selection of really good beer and paying more attention to those who are "real" beer lovers. Liquor World and Pete are great for me and Kankakee.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

K-K-K Town is, like Decatur (where I'm temporarily living), blighted, dusty and ghetto. I was here to visit two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses, and also Liquor World after reading about it here on BA.

Hard to believe this sad town is home to such a quality beer store. Even the mall that houses Liquor World is dying, with most of the stores empty or for rent. But then you go in this place and, wow! The joint is unassuming from the outside, 1950's-looking (with a funny awning of a world map), and the inside is haphazard and disorderly. The craft section is small. But, but... oh, my! Lost Abbey (10 Commandments + Lost & Found), Three Floyds Arctic Panzer, Flossmor, Allagash, Victory, Stone, Dogfish (vintage '09 World Wide Stout), Goose Island (Night Stalker bombers), Port Brewing Older Viscosity... YEAH!

For a town like Kankakee, the selection is truly exceptional. Not sure about quality, though... I assume stuff doesn't move too often (this is BMC Country after all).

Weird selections... lots of rare bombers, but not a lot of six-packs (Founders, Smutty, Hebrew Lenny, Bell's). And same with prices- bombers were alright ($11.99 for Lost Abbey or Allagash Curieux) but the six-packs were as pricey as in the East Coast. What gives?

Service is what it is. Friendly at the register, but the folks there won't go out of their way to ask you if you need anything (which is fine with me anyway).

If you happen to live here and you love beer, I know you shop here. If you're traveling by, why not come in for some rare and well-priced bombers! A truly outstanding selection for a small town.

(Note: if my rating looks low, it is because the atmosphere, quality and service here are just about average. But the exceptional selection is worth a visit from anywhere)

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Right out of the Brady 70's, this spot located in a an old, somewhat abandoned mall is a bit tricky to find on GPS alone - too big of a spot for a single address.

Inside it's stacked high with booze of all sorts with a decent warm craft selection in the back far right. Not much to speak of in the cooler which is the only place I'll buy hoppy beers these days.

Picked up a couple of FW Abacus ($20) and GI Big John ($15) which were both a rip off but I was there and so were they. This was a week after Dark Lord Day and I struck up a conversation with the ethnic clerk who appeared to be the owner. He told me he just put both those beers out that day because he only got a case and he knew they were in high demand. He pointed out the Firestone Walker double IPA and told me it was only two weeks old so I got that as well even though it was warm. Also had some of the hoppy Three Floyds bomders (Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzier) but they had been on the shelf a while and I didn't want to take a chance.

Not the best place in the world unless you happen to find yourself in Kankakee, IL.

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Photo of mmmhopslam
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

In the dry, suffocating wasteland of low-quality alcohol selections that is Kankakee County, Liquor World stands out as an oasis! Liquor World carries a huge inventory of wine, spirits, and beer. As craft beer gains popularity, much of the business's inventory is being sold and restocked weekly. I've been fortunate to not have purchased any spoiled or turning brews from this store. In speaking with owner, Peter, it is evident that in addition to possessing a vast knowledge of the beer market, community and history, he also has a deep appreciation for the product he sells. It can also be said that he makes a conscious effort to keep his hops refrigerated! Liquor World does a wonderful job of stocking to represent much of the brewing world. Notable brewing companies include Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, Lagunitas, Mikkeller, 3 Floyds, Bell's, Goose Island, Founder's, Stone, Dogfish Head, Green Flash, Unibroue, and Southern Tier. As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, Peter is always more than willing to help you acquire whatever you're looking for, just ask! It is an amazing thing to be a craft beer fanatic and to discover an establishment of this kind so close to home. I have been so surprised to find just how many people are unaware of this store's selection and I have really enjoyed spreading the word. If you live anywhere near this establishment, there is simply no better place to fulfill all of your liquor needs. Please support your local businesses! Shopping at them when possible and recommending them to everyone you know are just two ways that you can do your part in helping businesses such as Liquor World thrive. This, I would say, is a small price to pay to ensure that these businesses will be here for beer fans, present and future alike. Cheers!

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Photo of BStalf21
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

I love this place. This is a a relatively small community and to have this great of selection with knowledgeable people right here is unbelievable. I find as many things that I cant find at bigger stores like Binny's up north as visa versa. If something is out or they don't get it they look into ordering for you. The service is excellent, if you can't find what you are looking for and ask they always know right where it is or when it will be in again. They always have great suggestions on beers to try if you ask and let you know when seasonal beers come in.

Top Notch for sure

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Photo of Pudge43
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

Liquor World is my store of choice when it comes to buying good beer at fairly reasonable prices. Pete is a great guy who knows what he is talking about when it comes to craft brews. The selection is great with plenty of imports (Young's, Sammy Smith, etc.) as well as numerous selections from Bell's, FFF, and Dogfish Head. If you walk in and cannot find somthing you are looking for Pete will more than likely try and get it for you. Without a doubt the place to buy your beer in the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais area.

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Photo of joe1510
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Liquor World is the best place (to my knowledge) in the Kankakee area to buy beer, although that on its own isn't saying much. Quality of bottles is so-so. There are some fresh well kept bottles and then some 750s that look like they've been sitting on the shelves, without being touched, for years.

The service is average. I didn't have many questions but when at the checkout the guy acts like he wants to ring me up and get me out as soon as posible.

Selection was good. A couple hard to find brews adorned the shelves along with some Clipper City (which I've never seen in Illinois). Decent selection of Belgians, English brews, and craft beer. I guess my only real complaint is the price on a few of the bottles. The sixers were about average but a few of the 750s were $2-3 dollars more than I've seen other places.

Liquor Stop is worth a visit if you're in the area. If I lived in that direction I'd probably shop there quite often but there's just too many good stores closer to justify heading out that way.

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Photo of crayphish
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

The sign outside says that this store has the biggest selection of craft and micro brews in Kankakee county. And if anyone knows of a better selection, please let me know.

Organization is a bit lacking but they carry full lines of Sam Adams, Sammy Smith, Sierra Nevada, and Young's. They have also recently got Rogue Ale products, a few of the Delirium varities, Three Floyds, Capital, and finally Dog Fish Head. Nice, they just got in FFF Dreadnaught. Alpha Klaus Porter is now in stock. Also picked up Victory Hop Devil. The have recently got in the Imperial Brown Goose bombers, and Goose Matilda. There is plenty more here to list and i will do so eventually once i have the time to really poke around in there.

At first I thought the prices to be steep, but after recently grabbing some good beer in Cook county i realized I was wrong. Most of the DFH and SN products ran a buck cheaper at Liquor World. The owner is very friendly and you can tell he appreciates people coming and spending money on good beer.

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Liquor World in Kankakee, IL
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