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Four Seasons Liquors

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Type: Store

1427 N Division St
Morris, Illinois, 60450-1459
United States

(815) 941-0100 | map

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Added by joe1510 on 07-05-2009

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Photo of phizzle
3/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Once you're in there it'll seem like they have a huge selection. And they do have a big selection for the area, but you need to watch out because the majority of their stuff has been sitting for past the fresh date. A lot of stuff has been sitting for 2+ years! Always check those dates.

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Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +33.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I'd been in here a couple years ago, but failed to review it apparently.

There's actually a great selection here,and everything I looked at was in code, no dust. Lots of beer packed on the shelves and stacked on the floor right when you walk in. Bank of coolers on the left wall had plenty of craft which was nice to see, macros were relegated to the back.

Highlights were Founders, Pipeworks, Deschutes, Ballast Point, Bells, Central Waters (BBBW/BBS 4/$9.99), Lagunitas, Revolution and many more. Current seasonals from all of those breweries. A few of the new wave local breweries but not a ton, which is preferred, imho. Some imports but not a huge selection.

Service was limited to the counter, got a friendly greeting, no complaints. I'd heard of past price gouging but didn't see anything egregious this time in. Not to say that it doesn't happen, the simple solution is to not buy it. These days i'm more skeptical of knee jerk rants on BA than anything.

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Photo of PurpleGorilla
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have always been into micro beers and the such and even my college roommates and students I host parties with usually prefer some higher class beers over the same old Bud and Miller. The owner is a very friendly guy that usually always takes care of me with what I need usually at a fair price. If they do not have it there he always orders it for me and calls me when he obtains what I requested. I have become a regular there now and reading the previous reviews feel like yeah there are some problems but they are being dealt with. I do not seem to find the past prime bottles as often now and always get help with what I am searching for and advice on their merchandise. Things can be kept slightly less dusty but the older lady behind the counter seems a bit grouchy but once she recognizes you or you talk to her a little she is not so menacing. I think these guys can do better though with how they manage their merchandise like thoroughly checking their products and keeping them clean.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere: Definitely a pretty sketchy look to it. Everything in the store felt right on top of you without much room to comfortably walk around.

Quality: Some pretty good stuff here. Dogfishhead, Three Floyds, Founders, Bell's, Goose, Firestone Walker, all the big boys that this area can get. Not only did they have those brands but some of their rarer stuff like a full line of bombers from Dogfishhead, Bourbon Country Coffee Stout, full line of Three Floyds bombers, etc.

Service: Non-existant. They keep their really good stuff (Bolt Cutter, BCCS, Bell's 11, etc.) behind the counter which I hate because I like to casually consider if I'm going to spend a hefty amount on a kickass bomber, not getting hawked by the full then friendly woman behind the counter. She seemed to resent the fact I was considering buying their expensive beer and having to grab them for me. There was also another older man in the craft aisle stocking the shelf while I was there and either I'm a ghost or he was not worried about selling anything.

Value: Moderately to heavily overpriced. Three Floyd's 6-packs were about 5-6 dollars overpriced. Single bottle of BCCS was $30. I know that beer is amazing but $30 is just too much. Everything seemed to have considerable markup, not like a regular mark up but a big one.

Overall: Despite the solid selection I was very concerned with the shelf life of many of these beers. I was confused and excited to see Double Trouble from Founders to discover a bottled on date of 12/23/11. Yikes. Many of the other IPAs had abnormally large amounts of sediment buildup and just had that look of bottles of beer that had been on the shelf too long. I ended up staying away from anything that could significantly deteriorate on the shelf which was too bad because they had a lot of products I would have loved to try. I ended up with 2 bottles of Three Floyds Behemoth which I was excited about, but overall I was left with a sour taste in my mouth. Literally, the place felt dirty.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.55/5  rDev -48.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Living in Morris poses a few problems for finding craft beer...

There are only 3 liquor stores... No alcohol is sold at any grocery store, box store, or gas station. Because of these facts, all beer is bought from one of those 3 stores (or 6 packs to go from one of the many bars with Rolling Rock being the closest thing to craft beer). This means that those stores must carry a lot of BMC stuff.

4 Seasons is no exception. They have every BMC style and size, in all assortments of packaging.

They also, however, offer the best craft selection in a 20 mile radius. The micro brewers featured include Bells, Founders, Three Floyds, Goose Island, and Great Lakes. Pretty much everything from those breweries' year-round releases plus some seasonals is available. There is also a scattered selection from some other breweries (I assume mostly picked up on request) that include; O'Fallon, Capital, DFH, Stone, etc.

Mixed in with all the craft are some Belgians-- a few from Cantillon, St Bernardus, St Louis, Lindemans, Duvel, and other commonly found brews.

The prices are generally fair-- Sometimes cheaper (BCS for $20 per 4 pack as opposed to $22), but sometimes more (6 pack of FFF for $12 as opposed to $10 or $11). An educated consumer will have no problem picking out the deals and avoiding the big mark ups.

The owners don't seem to care about beer except in terms of wanting to have the biggest selection in the area. On my last visit tithe store I saw 2 cases of NB Wit that were clearly marked as past their best by date. They still have underfilled bottles of nightstalker and infected bottles of Matilda despite my informing them on more than one occasion. Speaking of beers past their prime-- I would avoid buying IPAs that don't have a bottling date on them. There are several seasonal IPAs from last year still on the shelf.

Overall--- this is the place to go without driving 45 miles to Plainfield and hitting up Binny's or 30 miles to Armenetti's in Shorewood.

EDIT-- although this is the best of the three stores in my hometown, I'm done shopping here. When 2011 bourbon county came out, the owner told me they sold out in a day... A few weeks later I see them for sale-- at $10 per 12 oz bottle. He did the same bullshit with KBS.

Fuck this place.

If you're coming through the area, bm me. I'll help you find what you need!

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Photo of joe1510
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%

This is right at the intersection of Rt. 6 (Bedford Rd.) and Rt. 47 in Morris. There's a long beer aisle to the right as you walk in the door. A lot of shelf space is given to crafts and imports. There's actually a good selection of micros on the shelves with seasonals from the likes of Three Floyds, Bells, Founders, and the like.

A couple of the seasonals I noticed were a little past their prime but there were others that were fresh and drinking nicely. The quality score would be higher if not for the couple older than I'd like bottles around. A good selection of bombers and 6/4-packs with a smattering of European imports thrown in for good measure. There's a nice selction of Belgians too, especially for the area. If you're anywhere around Morris on I-80 this is the place to stop for good beer without a doubt. It's about a 5 minute drive from the 80 exit and carries a nice selection of micros.

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Four Seasons Liquors in Morris, IL
Place rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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