Garfield's Beverage Warehouse

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Garfield's Beverage WarehouseGarfield's Beverage Warehouse

Type: Store

340 W Northwest Hwy
Barrington, Illinois, 60010-3033
United States

(847) 381-0223 | map

Formerly Barrington Cellars

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Stumbled into this place this afternoon after seeing it posted here on BA. Figured Barrington is long overdue to land on the craft beer scene map and went in with high expectations. Came out rather disappointed. Seems like a nice place on the outside, can see stacks and stacks of wines and spirits from the outside, but unfortunately beer does not share the same courtesy. Beer is relegated to the back corner which is nice in a way in that it is out of the way of direct sunlight but I don't believe this was done more for profit margin reason than for any beer preservation reasons. Most of the beer is standard BMC, they are stacked up in the middle of the beer aisle, which again is really more of a corner. Some warm six packs and a few scattered singles that make up a portion of most Binny's or other reputable beer retailers. Rouge, Bells, Dogfish, a nearly full line up from Flying Dog, all three from Chimay and a couple of Three Floyds. To be honest you could find most of this at most large grocery store chains these days. If you are passing though Barrington or a out there for a cookout and need a few nice selections then I suppose this is the place for you, but I would drive the extra few miles North and hit up the Lake Zurich Binny's for a larger, quicker moving beers as well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Chris912
2.89/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.25

Photo of zaraspook
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +40.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of crossovert
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Went here once. The beer is in a little nook on the side. Mostly macros in the cooler, most of the stuff seems older. The selection isn't that great, the FFF I had was actually fresh but some other stuff was clearly old. It is just one guy at the counter and he didn't seem to know anything about the beer. The prices weren't anything bad or good, just kind of average to higher. Overall I would say skip this place, there are no hidden gems hiding in it, just dusty shelves of beer. I haven't tried the other liquor store in Barrington but it must be better.

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Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A hollow husk of a liquor store, kept alive with vice and indiscretion, dumpy and dingy on the inside, faded posters for Gin outside. Large "No Cook County Tax" sign pasted on the window. Dim florescent lighting and wood paneling interior. Beer is completely hidden, relegated to a corner off on the right hand side towards the back.

Some quality stuff here though, FFF Dreadnaught, Munsterfest, and Arctic Panzer... Breakfast Stout, Daisy Cutter, Old Rasputin, Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin Sumpin, Sam Smith. Mostly staples with a few seasonals. A place to check dates for freshness, though quality beers to be had here. Not very organized, and prices aren't posted for everything.

Counter service was friendly, though not really beer knowledgeable. No one on the floor. They did say if a beer comes out this week, they get it next week, for what it's worth. Or most likely not at all...

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Was in the area comparing prices for an upcoming trade and figured I'd finally get around to stopping in here. The beer is indeed relegated to a large alcove-like area in the back and to the right, making sure it's a second thought compared to the wine and liquor that comprises the majority of the wares here. Not a very big selection, mostly BMC and a smattering of random sixers, most of which lack posted prices (man, I hate that!). Nothing real major to be found, though some decently solid finds, like Three Floyds stuff. The only problem is that most things seem quite out of date (can't tell on the FFF offerings...), and everything has a very stale quality about it. I didn't even see an employee while I was here, not even behind the register, so I couldn't have asked a question if I wanted to. The random prices I could find seemed similar to those found elsewhere in the area. Overall, I can't see myself coming back here unless I am desperately needing a FFF fix or something, and everywhere else is sold out. Unless you're on foot and live nearby, it'd be much more sensible to head down the street to Vintage or make the short trek out to Binny's or Dobby's or something.

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Garfield's Beverage Warehouse in Barrington, IL
2.85 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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