Arista Foods

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Type: Store

112 N May St
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-2016
United States

(312) 239-2873

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Added by sgoro on 05-13-2011

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

West Loop tour today, on a dreary wet and gray Wednesday.

Long ago when this store opened, it was among the first grocery stores in the area. Ten years ago we used to resort to buying carry outs from a Mexican restaurant. Today, there's Mariano's, Dominick's, and even the Walgreens has a superior selection. It's off a random side street, not the easiest to find unless you're looking for it. Inside it was deserted and quiet, as if it was late at night in a 24-hour grocery store. It was only shortly after 5pm though.

Beer selection was right up front, mainly in the reach-in coolers to the right, though there was an island of warm shelves, and a 2 ft. high display further on that was sort of sad. In the coolers there were some craft staples, Bells, Founders, FFF, Revolution, Half Acre. Noticed at least a case of Quakerbridge here if anyone is looking for it. Some basic shelves with Chimay and Delirium and their respective glassware. Majority of the selection were sixers, I did notice the Sand Creek Whole Hog Barleywine here which was a good value, but not the greatest beer. No staff around except at the register. The young cashier was friendly and quick with the transaction.

Pretty much only a place to stop if you're within walking distance and need groceries. Walgreens on Halsted has a better selection, and for a real destination store Binnys South Loop is less than 2 miles away.

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Photo of ferrari29
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

What a great sight, beers on the right as soon as you walk in. I was impressed with the "scenic" view at first glance, but was let down with the rest of my experience at Arista. Macros galore, if you're looking for anything from Bud, Coors, Miller, to Blue Moon. It's here. In terms of their craft selection, it was very average. Nothing really impressive or unique and with Beer Bistro right down the street, I'm not sure how Arista plans on competing for their share of the retail beer market unless they make a significant change. With all that beer space they have I'm really shocked that the choices aren't better. Also be sure to walk around the first bend, there are more boxes and a small selection of beers not chilled in the fridge.

I would recommend stopping here if you want to choose from a selection that is pretty average. Especially if you're in a rush and need something on the go.

Having gone in today 5/25/2011, this is a majority of what they had stocked in the fridge:

6-pack Bottles - Bridgeport, Anchor Steam, Brooklyn, Shook Top, Rogue Dead Man, Bell's, Red Bridge, Goose Island - Honkers, India Pale Ale, Pepe Nero & Matilda, Magic Hat #9, Atomium Grand Cru, Leffe, Flying Dog, Dogfish Head - 60 & Indian Brown Ale, Ommegang - Three Philosophers

Bombers - Macros including Sapporo (large can) Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, Unibroue - La Fin Du Monde, Duvel, Ommegang - Hennepin, Chimay, Delirium, Rogue - Dead Guy, Goose Island - Demolition, Fat Tire

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Photo of sgoro
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Found this place when I moved into the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The beer section is immediately to the right when you walk in in a large cooler. There is a nice selection of Midwest craft beers including Goose Island, Bell's, Great Lakes and the occasional Three Floyds Gumballhead sighting. There is also Dogfish 60 and 90 and various New Belgium and Rogue beers. They offer mostly six packs and bombers - especially Goose Island.

This is a place I would definitely recommend if you are in the neighborhood. In fact, if you're at the Beer Bistro and you're looking for a good bottle shop this place is just a few blocks north.

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Arista Foods in Chicago, IL
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