George's Wine & Spirits

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George's Wine & SpiritsGeorge's Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

146 W Northwest Hwy
Palatine, Illinois, 60067-3558
United States

(847) 359-3480 | map

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Added by emerge077 on 12-02-2010

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Love to drop by places like this, never know what you might find. Classic "don't judge a book" appearance. Rundown strip mall joint, windows cluttered with neons and posters. One was posted on the door for "Noche Buena" an obscure Mexican bockbier... hmm.

Inside, it's densely packed with high shelves, beer is on the shelf facing the back coolers and stacks of macro cases. It's a short and sweet selection... Daisy Cutter, four cases of Breakfast Stout, Old Curmudgeon, Mikkeller BA Chipotle Porter hiding in one corner... what is this, I don't even...? Coolers are packed with craft in a few of the doors, but plenty of macros and white/rosé too. Metro Iron Works Alt, Daisy Cutter, Great Lakes Xmas, Amchor Xmas, Goose Xmas. Earthquake High Gravity Lager :shudder:

Counter guy was amicable and seemed to be the owner. He was very frank about getting the shaft from distro reps lately unfortunately. Was looking for Lagunitas Sucks, and it was mentioned that the rep hadn't returned calls for a week or two. Bare Lagunitas shelves too.. boo. Overall George's was a nice find in an unlikely place. It's no Dobby's, but will do in a pinch.

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3.7/5  rDev 0%

Stopped in here with VDubb during a beer run/tour (I don't even know what to call it anymore) thinking it was just some random whole-in-the-wall liquor store. Hell, you never know what you'll find at such places, right?

Walking in, it's clear this place focuses on wine and some liquor. Once you find your way to the beer aisle, though, you know this place is different from most other liquor stores. Though the space is small, a decently large number of breweries is represented, including the local GI and Two Brothers alongside national favorites like Stone, DFH, and the like. The majority of the beers are in sixer form, with some bombers and larger singles occupying a few shelves on the left. Some nice international offerings are here, with some heavy emphasis on Poland. Though there aren't many rarities to be found, some minor gems still lurk here, including Big Eddy and the original SA Chocolate Bock. The coolers hold more, sliding from NB bombers, SN sixers, and SA cases to the large BMC stock.

Although the breweries' depth aren't really showcased (only a few titles from each), there's always something good to grab, especially with the relatively impressive breadth. Even better, the owner is more than happy to talk beer with you as you pay. beyond that, though, the service is hit-or-miss, depending on the day and time. Overall, I'm glad I found this place, as I now have another source for good beer (and their prices are pretty good, too).

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George's Wine & Spirits in Palatine, IL
3.82 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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