Siciliano's Market

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Siciliano's MarketSiciliano's Market

Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

2840 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49504-5857
United States

(616) 453-9674 | map

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%

Siciliano's was the first of many stops Sweemzander and I made while in Grand Rapids for Founders Black Party. He was kind enough to take me through his usual beer stops.

As we pulled up to Siciliano's, I reflected on the name of the place which sounds more like an Italian restaurant or pizzaria rather than a beer store. On the end of a small strip mall-thing there was minimal parking and it definitely looked like a hole in the wall place. I snapped a pic of the location and walked in.

Yep. Definitely a hole in the wall place. But a gem at that!

It was completely packed inside with people everywhere. We were immediately greeted and asked if we needed help, then helped once again when we reached a door leading to the back. A lady told us there was more in the back if we wanted to go back there. Good service.

There was beer everywhere to the point of it being crowded in isles. Beer on the floor in cases, basically stacked anywhere there was room, including right by the front door and windows, bathed in sun unfortunately. This hurt the otherwise good quality it had going for it. Besides that most everything was on shelves with a decent size cooler towards the back of the small store. The first thing I noticed was the saturation of Great Divide there. Only a state away! Why can't we get all that stuff here? Siiiigh. Well, I got a fresh bottle of Old Ruffian and noticed 2008 vintages there too! Well priced at that! I also noticed it was much like Wisconsin stores; heavy presence of state-brewed beer. Still though, not much I couldn't get in this state.

Siciliano's is one of the only stores I've been to where beer heavily overshadowed the presence of other alcohol. There was a small wine selection in the back corner and a bit of liquor behind the counter.

By far the coolest part about this place was the section dedicated to home brewing though! I briefly browsed through it but everything was nicely organized and there was plenty of stock. Someone was also using a grain mill to crack malts on the spot. Very nice.

Overall, it's gonna be a must-stop place for me if I'm in the Grand Rapids area. They also allow customers take any bottle from six packs to mix and match as they are individually labeled which was spectacular.

It seemed that the majority of the beer at Siciliano's was American craft but there was a healthy selection of imports and Belgian brew too. The Belgian beer was on a shelf opposite the wine selection and smaller than any of the American craft shelves.

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +8%

A quiet small place that at first glance looks like a small Italian delicacy shop or liquor store. One enters, however, and sees a shop chock full of organized beers with a selection that is among the best in the region...period.

Katie (I think that's her name) is young and on first glance you think you're about to speak with perhaps an ill informed college girl. WRONG! This lady is the buyer and has probably forgotten more about beer than I know. Excellent knowledge, great discussion and advice and she could not be more friendly or helpful.

The selection of beer is fantastic and you can break six packs and take what you want, something very appealing for tasting when you don't want to buy a full six pack.

This is a must go if you're any where in the area.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Made a trip up to SW Michigan and stopped in here.

A great home brew store. It appeared all the home brew ingrediants were off to the right side of the store. The store has tons of shelves and tons of Michigan brews. All the brews appeared to be set up by the region they were from.

The service was pretty awesome the clerk from behind the register pretty much gave us a tour of the store and the layout.

One area where this place shines is in the mixer sixer. All the price are priced individually. There was also a case discount, which I walked out with two cases.

A pretty sweet store and when I make it back I'd visit again for sure.

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Photo of wqcherri
2.45/5  rDev -47.1%

When I walked in and when first asked if needed help, told them I was just looking. Was then asked 6 other times if I needed help. Still told was checking out the selection.

Decided to purchase 2 4pks, not individuals, but when rung up, still charged singles prices. Asked about this, and it is their regular policy.

Talked to a few people at the salon I manage just down the road, and found my service was not unique. Also found that they do not honor skunked beer purchases.

Will not be back, can get better service and selection on 44th st.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Doesnt look like much from the outside, but is a treasure trove of assorted beers; mostly local fair, but has the best belgian selection in the area. Is literally a maze of shelves of beer everywhere. Decent prices.
My only concern is that some of the stuff out on the shelves have been sitting there for months if not years and the inside is kept extremely hot (around 70-80 degrees), not the best temperature to store beer at.

Superb selection though & has a vast array of homebrewing supplies. And definitely has the most unique selection around.

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Photo of eMcBeerson
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%

Part of a whirlwind 36 hours in Grand Rapids. Stopped here first coming into town. Had a very good selection of beers. Looked like a lot of homebrew stuff but I didnt check it out. One of the employees was very helpful. Took me on a tour of must try Michigan beers plus pointed out the rare, small batch type stuff. They were rationing Nemesis (2 per person) but got some Bell's 9000 and about 2 cases of other goodies, mostly Michigan brews. Also had a few Belgian treats I've never seen before. Overall a great store, this will be part of my checklist when I revisit Grand Rapids.

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Photo of jt31914
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

I previously had reviewed Siciliano's as over-hyped and not having as good of a selection as advertised; I find now that I must retract that review and try again, and must assume that I just caught the store on a bad month. Since being back again several times recently, the selection is as good as I've seen. They have everything from Old Rasputin XII to Hopsickle to whatever else you might want that can be found in the state of Michigan. I still think that IB has better service; however, I have turned the corner and must admit the superiority of Siciliano's selection.

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Photo of Maxwell106
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

As a homebrewer and beer geek it is hard to top this place. Their selection is unmatched in the Grand Rapids area in my opinion. Great selection of Michigan beers, American craft beers, and imports. I personally like the individual bottle prices. Granted they are a bit more expensive, but I find that I am more willing to branch out and try new beers without the worry of committing to a six-pack that I will potentially dislike.

On the homebrewing front, they are just as impressive. I am still relatively new to homebrewing and have just begun to scratch the surface of what they offer. Great selection for brewers of all levels. Extensive selection of homebrewing equipment, grains, hops, yeast strains, and brew kits for beginning brewer. Every staff member I have talked with is a homebrewer and all have been very happy to answer questions and give homebrewing advice.

All in all, this is an exceptional store for the homebrewer, beer geek, or anyone who wants to branch out from their "usual" beer.

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Photo of samyoung
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%

Discovered this place several summers ago, and I can't stop myself from visiting every time I'm in GR.

The first thing that hits you is the smell of the place. The tea, coffee and tobacco take you away to another time when small, independent shops used to sell these things.

The jam packed shelves of beer are waiting for you 10 steps in, and there are a lot folks. My favorite section is the Michigan beer - just about every single beer made in Michigan is available at this place including Shorts, Bells, Founders, Arbor, Jolly Pumpkin, Darkhorse, Michigan Brewing Company, New Holland, and Schmohz.

There is also a nice selection of other Midwest breweries from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

If the Midwest is not your thing, do not be concerned. East Coast, West Coast, England, Germany, Belgium, Australia, and many other places are well represented.

The preceding is only a glimpse. I really cannot say enough about this place, and ultimately you'll have to check it out for yourself if you ever are in GR or anywhere within 40 miles.

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Photo of troutslayar
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%

In town from Cincinnati. Met the owners at Founders and decided to visit. We were forewarned about them have an awesome sales week and stock was low, especially on specialty/seasonals. Still found the selection extensive and got some Shorts not available in Cincinnati. Service was great. Commented on how dusty the bottles, appearing as though many vintage here and then was told about the grain mill. Interesting place as such an extensive bottled selection along with homebrew supplies packaged and bulk. Quality and selection ratings would most likely get a higher rating if had shopped at a time when stock was not low on specialty/seasonals.

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Photo of hurricanelars
5/5  rDev +8%

I stopped in the store the morning after the Short's event at HopCat and boy was I impressed. There was beer stacked all over the place, shelves overflowing and a huge cooler selection. All the beers were available as singles, a practice I wish more beer stores would adopt. Both men working were friendly and very helpful. I mentioned we were heading back to Indy via Bell's and Dark Horse breweries and they suggested a stop at Arcadia. They even printed directions and a map for us to aid in our voyage.

I picked up about 2 cases of various Michigan beers and a few others I can't find down in Indiana. Lots of Short's(Cup O' Joe, PBJ, Huma, Kind Ale, Bellaire Brown, Pandemonium), Arcadia(Hopsmouth, Hoprocket, London Porter), a 4 pack of Founder's Harvest Ale (a personal favorite), and a few other various beers. If you're passing through Grand Rapids it's definitely worth stopping in even if just to admire the selection.

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Photo of adamette
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

Based on my visit there on or about 10 17 09. Review from short notes but also from memory, a vivid one indeed.

Atmosphere Well it is floor to ceiling beer folks but I found the atmosphere to be divine. There is not a lot of open space but I found the atmosphere to be just great.

Quality Everything presented very well indeed, for the most part cases with a few open on the top near the front of the store and then shelves (many, many shelves) of bottles and then coolers in the back. Everything looked fresh too. 4.5

Service Very good. Staff reminded me of their bulk buying discount which they did not need to do. 4.5

Selection Well just great. I spent $97 in about 5 minutes if that gives you any idea. I picked up DFH 120 minute, Fort, Great Divide Yeti series of stouts to name a few. If my wife was not in attendance I easily could have spent 3 or 4 hundred dollars in this place. 5.0

Value Good I think but probably just reasonable.

Notes: Thanks BA community for rating, reviewing this place before me. It made me consider it in my trip and indeed go there. I am glad that I did!

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev -6%

Ventured out to this place during the week before my wedding. My family resides on the south side of town, so I can normally just go between B&B, International Bev, D. Schulers and Reuze's. This place definetely keeps pace with all of those. Woody interior is inviting, smelling of a humidor. Definetely an older building. Lots of good stuff spread around, albeit a bit of a cramped arrangement. Lots of good Michigan micros and a solid selection of foreign stuff. Dark Horse was the one local that seemed to be missing. But they had more Arcadia and Jolly Pumpkin than some. Service was good, not intrusive. I tend not to need much help or knowledge from the staff. If you're on the north side of GR, go no further.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Visited on 8-8-09

After a fantastic lunch at Founder's Siciliano's was next on the list. A small, unassuming place from the outside, you'd never expect the selection that's inside. Tons of beers, including all of the staples that are available in Michigan, plus a remarkable number of imports. Lots of special editions, and bottle that looked like they had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (which I like). The staff was friendly and helpful, offering to help us find things. The pricing was competitive, maybe a little high on some of the rarer stuff, and when did Breckenridge become so expensive? Adding to the experience, the decent cigar selection sits right in the middle, filling the room with a great humidor aroma. A definite stop if you're in GR.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%

Stopped by here after a visit to Founders. There was quite a diverse selection of beer, and all could be bought in singles if desired. A lot of the beer was in coolers but most was on shelves in the middle of the store. There was only a few bottles of stuff that I have not seen anywhere else. But overall, the store left little to be desired. I was asked if I needed help a couple of times and my interactions with the employees were good. Some of the pricing was just a tad on the high side, but nothing was shockingly high, which tends to be true for stores that have similar large selections. I was pleased with some of the signs marking what stuff may be rare. Overall, I may have been expecting more, but retrospectively, the store was pretty awesome.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

I think I've died and gone to heaven. Stepped into the shop on my trip though Grand Rapids and Siciliano's met my every bottle need.

Fantastic selection, shelves and shelves of bottles and everything is available in singles which is a huge bonus when you love to try a little of everything. Tons of Michigan breweries, some special selections. Lots in the cooler.

A touch on the pricey side but I'm not complaining. Some bottles were a touch old but the ones I grabbed were styles that it mattered less. Tight quarters, I can only imagine if it were busy.

Easy to find, lots of parking with the inn next door.

Seriously, best beer store I've been in. Grand Rapids has stolen my beer heart.

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Photo of regeimbk
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

This store rocks, not only because of their selection, but because it is a locally-owned store with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who aren't just working the job with no interest in what they're selling, like you find at stores like Total Wines and More and liquor stores.

Not only can you mix sixes, you can buy whatever singles you want.

Stop in to Marinades next door, order a pizza, and while it's cooking pick up some brews at Sicil's (try the roasted veggie, it's amazing!). Take it all home and you'll have a great night ahead of you!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -12.5%

Stopped in here on a recent trip to Grand Rapids to visit the Founders Brewpub. Great little store only a few minutes from Founders. A little unassuming from the exterior, but what a selection it has. I'm not certain on the number of shelves, but there were at least 5 or 6 shelves lined top to bottom with beer. Not to mention the two walls and coolers of beer. They have everything you can imagine and then some. Usually have cases of the latest limited release sitting right at the register, aka, Founders Kentucky Breakfast. Was able to find a couple of Michigan brewed beers that I wanted to try, as well as some belgians that I had been looking for. Great little store with an even better selection. It's worth the drive over.

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Photo of kbeals
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

This was an awesome little store. I came here before the KBS release and did not leave disappointed. I literally spent 45 minutes wandering around just looking at their beers and each time I made another loop I saw something new. Literally hundreds of differents beers along with a decent selection of wine. My friends each picked up a homebrew kit and ingredients, which they also have an excellent selection of. Also have cigars, tea, mead, and coffee. Service was outstanding, both workers were willing to help, one helped my buddies in the homebrew section while the other talked to me about beer and showed me their new selections. My only complaints was that it was a little cluttered and a bit on the expensive side, however, neither of these complaints are a deal-killer for me. I would definitely stop in here again if I'm within 20 miles of it.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%

I stopped in the morning of the Founder's KBS release hoping to find some Short's and other Michigan beers I can't get in Ohio.

Siciliano's has about everything you can get in Michigan. An incredibly extensive beers that you can pick apart and build your own four or six pack. I wound up building two four packs of some beers from local breweries I didn't want to buy entire six packs (Dark Horse, Mt. Pleasant, etc.).

I was later told that they had a couple of cases of KBS for sale with a limit of two 4 packs per person.

The only downside to this place is it's pretty tight quarters and if other people are beer shopping you'll be working around them.

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Photo of BierFan
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

I made the pilgrimage to Siciliano's to see if it could live up to all the hype that it gets on Beer Advocate, and it certainly didn't let me down! Those living in Grand Rapids are definitely spoiled by the fine folks of Siciliano's Market. Amazing selection seperated by region with everything priced to sell as singles. I saw many beers that I've heard about on BA but never had the fortune of coming across before, such as Thomas Hardy, JW Lees, Nogne, Ommegang, and Great Divide. The staff seemed very friendly and were willing to help. I can't wait to pay them a visit again.

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Photo of Gigantis
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

I heard about this place from a friend and on a cold January day, we made the drive out there to see what all the fuss was about. Siciliano's lived up to the hype.

It is a very unassuming building. I wouldn't have given it a second glance had I not heard about it. When you enter this place, you are greeted with the light aromas of tobacco and coffee - lovely. What you see when you enter, however, blows the smells out of the water and gives way to expeditious curiosity and spirited determination to look and touch.

The beer selection is fantastic. The best I've ever seen, bar none. Siciliano's is almost like a beer library. The shelves are wooden and create almost a labyrinth of sweet, sweet beer. I found everything that I set out to find almost immediately. The organization seems lax at first, but it actually makes complete sense. My wife found St. Bernardus Abbey 12 right away and practically screamed with joy for she is always looking (unsuccessfully) for it. She wanted to buy all six bottles of it, but I cut her off at three because I, too, had shopping to do.

I purchased mostly international faire. Two LaChouffres (one a belgian take on an IPA) and Obscura Troubadore "mild stout". I bought an ESB from some faroff corner of the globe, Siberian Nights RussImp Stout and an Hoppy Otter. There was one employee working and he was sitting at the counter drinking delicious-smelling coffee and packing a pipe. You are probably picturing an older gentleman but this dude was younger than I! (probably mid-twenties). He was enthusiastic about beer and also quite knowledgible. I aisle-shopped too, as I spotted a deuce of Cappachino Stout while I was checking out and bought it.

All the beers were individually priced. The best part: the prices were not excessive. I spent a lot there but it was totally worth it. This is the best place to go in Grand Rapids and throw together a six-pack. Gee, I sure wish this place was down the street from where I live instead of Cherry Hill Market.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%

A must visit place for beer lovers/geeks/snobs in Grand Rapids. If you're visiting from Chicago like I was you'll find some interesting stuff both craft and imported that won't find in Illinois. All the bottles of beer are priced individually, which was great for mixing and matching stuff I haven't tried in awhile or haven't seen. There is wine, but I didn't look at the selection. I did peruse the homebrewing ingredients and equipment (as I'm a homebrewer) and found the selection of raw materials and gear to be pretty good. What I also found in this inviting shop was jars of specialty tea, coffee and pipe tobacco. This was very cool. I bought some gunpowder green tea along with my beer, which included a Petoskey Pale Ale, some Mad River stuff and some Founder's Backwoods Bastard. I visted this place with fellow BA RedBaron. We knew this place would be good when we saw a sign in the window advertising not just Bell's beer, but the brewery's seasonal stouts.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

This store is what every beer advocate dreams of. Their selection dwarfs that of every other store I've been in. The bulk of their bottles are american microbrews, but they have a great selection of international beers too. The best thing about this store is that they price all bottles individually so you can literally buy just the beers you want. You can make a mixed six with ANY bottles in the entire store. Or you can just as easily buy a six pack of one kind of beer. Total freedom in beer choice here. To say you can "mix sixes" doesn't even do it justice because you don't have to select any specific number of bottles.

Siciliano's other real strength is their knowledgeable staff. I stop in on a pretty regular basis, so I've gotten to know the employees fairly well. As far as I know, they all home brew and can answer any questions on that topic. (The store has an amazing variety of brewing supplies, as well.) One of their employees is also a brewer at Founders... so yeah. They know what they are talking about. And they love it when customers ask questions. They will drop whatever they are doing to help you out.

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Photo of Billolick
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

A highlight of my recent visit to the GR, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek , MI area. This place is nirvana for BAs. Tons of singles, bombers, sixes available to mix and match, warm or cold. All the locals, national micros, plenty of Imports. Well stocked, staffed and organized. The also have all your home brewing needs. The folks who work there were friendly, informative and enthusiastic. Just a great place to find all the Michigan brewers goodies you have been looking for. Located about 10 minutes from other great GR spots like Hop Cat and Founders.

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Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 181 ratings