Andersonville Wine & Spirits

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14 Reviews
Andersonville Wine & SpiritsAndersonville Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

5201 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60640-2101
United States

(773) 769-0858 | map

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Added by brdc on 06-29-2008

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 33
Photo of inhoc00
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

This was the first place that I went to and had that "WOW" effect and probably got me into collecting. Several years ago I went and they had a DFH WWS when the distribution was still slow before they expanded their brewery. I almost fell over when I saw it. He said he had special ordered a case for some guy and had some extra. Today WWS is pretty available, but back then it was a find.

This place is still good for unusual finds. The guys are pretty into the craft brew loop and order what people want to buy. Plus its across the street from Hopleaf so its like a Hopleaf "gift shop". My brother and his boss came in from Texas and I took him to Hopleaf. Afterwards, we went across the street and bought some of what we were drinking.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Went to this store after a visit to the Hopleaf. I agree with the other reviewers that it isn't necessarily a store to seek out, but if you are going to the Hopleaf anyway its just down the block and worth stopping in. Nice, clean store that has quite a few coolers and most of the beer is there. Quite well chosen selection of available locals including a fair sample of Three Floyds. I was looking for locals, so I didn't really notice the imports. One nice thing is that they seem not to sell out of everything immediately and I actually found several things here that the Binny's on Grand near downtown had sold out of. Reasonable service, but I didn't really ask for much.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

In years past I wouldn't have entered this shop into beerfly, but after stopping in tonight, i'd say they've improved quite a bit.

The Orval and Bells posters on the front doors clue you in on their quality beer selection. It's pretty bright inside, flourescent light with long narrow aisles. Craft beer and imports are in the wall cooler about 1/3 of the way down, and continue to the end (past the deli case humidor). Southern Tier (6), Three Floyds (8), Bells (8), several Founders, many Belgian 11.2 oz. bottles occupying the majority of one cooler door. Wosyntje, Orval, Piraat, Gulden Draak etc. Rochefort 8 was $6, the 10 was $6.49, Rodenbach 750s were $9.99. They could use more Lambics, but i'm sure Lindemans is the top seller anyway. Pretty good pricing and not intentionally gouging like so many corner stores. At first glance, the back room looked like warm storage, but I found a few lone gems hiding around. Cuvee Angelique and the recently arrived ST Cuvee Series, strangely only one bottle of each. Curmudgeon was hiding back there too.

The guy at the counter was friendly and mentioned some bourbons they had when I asked. The other staff sort of silently shadow at a distance. Overall it's not a bad place to stock up on beer. If you're looking for craft singles head up Clark St. over to "In Fine Spirits".

Edit: They seem to be fond of price gouging on limited releases... expect prices to be several dollars higher than elsewhere if a beer is highly sought after.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Stopped in here after dining and drinking at Hopleaf. Noticed it by the numerous displays of craft beer singage. Long and narrow on the inside, the beer selection is smaller compared to other more reputable stores in the chicagoland area but the selection is also by no means weak. Most of the beer is in coolers which is nice to see and I'd say about 60 percent or more of the entire store's selection was single bottles with an about equal amount of american micros and belgians. Nice selection from 3Floyds that I don't normally see in Chicago and a Double Dourtmunder from Great Lakes which I had never seen before. In the back of the store are the non coolfied beers, some on the bottom shelves are pretty dusty. Also you can by a good percentage of beers by the case here, I assume you can do this at most other stores but its cool to see them all laid out. The staff mainly stayed out of my way when I was in there but the cashier seemed helpful to the person in front of me at the register so I've giving it an average rating to be fair.

Overall a nice selection, some rare finds and a nice location close to Hopleaf. If you don't live or visit near the area I wouldn't make the trek out here though.

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Andersonville Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL
3.92 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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