Sal's Beverage World

Sal's Beverage WorldSal's Beverage World
8 Ratings
Sal's Beverage WorldSal's Beverage World

Type: Store

4001 Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 60008-3001
United States

(847) 397-7373

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Added by SchaefMan on 11-26-2006

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of tim007007
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BullDurham
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I go to Sal's rarely just because it is close to home. Beer starts in the back corner with coolers of BMC products, 40s, etc. and goes along the wall up to the counter.
The shelfs are loosely stocked with your normal craft brews, some belgiums, few german, some american such as dogfish and three floyds. Overall not an impressive selection.
Prices are fair, not far off from other stores.
Service is not there. The cashier keeps an eye on you but I have never actually been asked if I needed help.
I would suggest driving farther for better selections and service.

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Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%

As you walk in it has a unique must to it. It is a bizzare set up, just like a warehouse. At first it looks like they just have a bunch of 40 oz beers in the cooler, but then you notice the beer aisle.

This place focuses on South American beers along with some interesting Russian beers. Not much Germans. For Belgians they had 4 different Cantillons and some other interesting stuff. The American selection was a big chunk of it too

It was ok prices, although the Cantillon was up there. It is an okay stop.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%

I had a few minutes before I had to be at Quizzo, so I figured I'd venture right across the street and check out what this place had to offer. Yeah, it's kinda shady-looking, but what liquor stores aren't, am I right? The beer's in the far back corner. The selection is dominated by stalagmites of BMC cases and whatnot, but there's a pretty decent selection of the good stuff as well. I could be wrong, but it seems like many of these bottles have been sitting there for some time. My evidence? Most had a good amount of dust on them, there was a sticker for GI Imperial Brown Goose (I'm not sure I've seen that around here for a long while (though I could be wrong there)), the most recent Avery anniversary beer they had was Thirteenth, and they had the old Demolition label. Clearly, turnover is not exactly running at break-neck speed here. The shelves also seemed somewhat picked clean, or otherwise just generally pretty empty. The coolers on the back wall provide some chilled sixers and cases, but not very many. The service was nearly non-existent, and an older employee eyed me suspiciously the entire time I was browsing. The prices were pretty nice, though nothing better than most good places around. On the way out, I noticed a nice collection of glassware, but didn't have much time to check it all out (I wanted to be rid of my creepy shadow). Overall, this place seems like an okay store to find the occasional bottle or two, but I don't think I could see myself going here very much, even if I lived closer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -8%

This place is tucked into a strip mall and when you walk in the door they have a big sign about underage are not allowed. Inside it looks like an old convenient mart made into a liquor store. They have long industrial shelves that run the length of the store with the cooler doors in the back. The craft beer is tucked in the far back corner.

They had stacks and stacks of BMC with shelves holding the craft and import beer. The craft beer was typically only 2-3 beers deep of each on beer making the shelves look pretty bare. They had lots of local out of season beers but a good decent selection from most local breweries and Colorado breweries. The front isle had lots of eastern European lagers but nothing looked very interesting. There was a cooler in front with a few singles of bombers.

At the check out there was lots of clutter on the big counter so everyone in line had to hold there purchases while waiting. They had a big set of shelves full of glassware but it was so far back it was hard to see any of the names and prices.

This is an odd little store that looks like it takes a few samples from a bigger sister store. They did have a few hidden gems but I was a bit worried how old they were.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +12%

2009: Service was better, a kid came by to ask if I needed anything, and deferred to the manager for me in the front. Although no Juliet anymore <thanks unclejedi ;)> there was some Sofie, and one last Fantome & Thomas Hardys on the shelf.

I've visited this location of Sal's a couple times, but never bothered to enter a review. Compared to the Elmhurst location, this one cowers in it's shadow.

The selection compares somewhat in quality, but not as much quantity. The store has undergone recent remodeling, so it's possible that they could expand their selection. A good handful of imports, generally what you will see in the area, with a few anomalies. Last time I was there, there were Victory seasonals that had been sold out in Chicago, so I was glad to see those. The majority of American craft beer available were in 6 packs, and singles mainly for imports. Beer aisle is on the far left side of the store, with more in the coolers in the back. Cold craft bombers/750s randomly assorted in the front cooler corner by the register. Still had some Golden Shower in there.

Counter service was friendly, no appointed "beer specialist" though.

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Photo of SchaefMan
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%

I initally started going to Sal's because he had better prices on Jack than most places, but recently, having recently returned to my love of beer, I went to check them out.

They use warehouse type shelving, and have an aisle and a half dedicated to beer. They have a great selection, including Rogue, Avery, Dofgish Head, Three Floyds, and many others.

The service is decent. I mean, they asked if I needed anything, and left me alone when I said I was fine, but I did not test them any further.

Since I have not priced alot of these beers elsewhere, I can only base it on Jack, Bud, and Miller prices, as they compare to other stores, and Sal's compare very favorably.

If you are in the area, check them out. They are just off 53, on Algonquin Rd, in the same strip mall as the Stadium.

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Sal's Beverage World in Rolling Meadows, IL
Place rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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