Siciliano's Market

BA SCORE
100
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179 Ratings
Siciliano's MarketSiciliano's Market
PLACE INFO

Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

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

(616) 453-9674 | map
sicilianosmkt.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
117
Avg:
4.59
pDev:
6.75%
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Photo of marcobrau
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

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 +5.7%

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 +5.7%

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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Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We rolled in here just as they were closing, and they stayed open for us long enough to grab a few local beers to take home. The guy working even answered our beer questions, and was very helpful.

Singles galore, many from almost every Michigan brewery that bottles. Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Arcadia, Arbor, Dark Horse, et cetera. They had a long aisle of imports, although I stuck mostly to the coolers full of singles. A few single Arbor and Dragonmead bottles from here were later discovered to be old, so points off for quality.

There was a good selection of homebrewing supplies and pipe tobacco as well. I'd stop here again if I was passing through Grand Rapids.

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Photo of TasteTester
5/5  rDev +8.9%

I love this place. After moving to Muskegon and searching the area, I was down on my hopes of a great beer store...until I found Siciliano's! I make weekly trips and the staff is great. I have spoken with the owner on multiple occassions and he is very helpful in finding what I need or seeing if he can get it. If you are through Western MI and need a beer fill up, this is the place to go! Everything from MI (a great beer state) is available. Largest selection of imports I have seen in a while. Also has hard to find items, some vintage and beers I thought I would never get my hands on. Pricing is good and with the ability to make you own six-er, what can be better?

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

On my recent trip to Grand Rapids I decided I needed to hit Siciliano's Market to see what all the fuss was about. I'm glad I did! I arrived on a Thursday mid morning and was greeting by a gentleman (the owner?) who helped me as I was staring google eyed looking at the beer selection. He was very helpful and we chatted about regional beer. He also mentioned that they had a computer hooked to the internet so customers could look up beer info on Beer Advocate (very helpful!!! especially when in from out of town and don't know all the local offerings!!).

I found 7 or 8 beers that I was interested in and my girlfriend found a local Michigan wine to try and we were off and running.

Siciliano's offered most beer in single or six/four pack form. They had a great local and regional section but I also thought that their European beer selection was as good or better than the great beer stores of the east coast! Impressive. I saw Belgians and Germans that I've never seen out east. I just wish that I had a was to get more bottles home in my luggage!

Although I don't brew beer - they do have home brewing supplies as well.

I love this place and highly recommend it!

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Photo of pbcrabshaw
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Made a point of stopping in Grand Rapids to visit Founders and to check out Siciliano's. I wanted to see if Siciliano's lived up to it's BA rating as a beer store. I was NOT disappointed. Found an absolutely great selection of beer available in singles. I would highly recommend this place and when I journey out of the one-horse town called Escanaba, for a trip to lower Michigan, I will defintely include a stop in Grand Rapids, so that I can stock up on some of the hard to find beers available at Siciliano's.

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Photo of drxandy
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Went last weekend, in GR to visit some breweries/get some beer/ go to a concert (which ended up being canceled), stopped in here based on BA and was not dissapointed - loads of stuff we can't find in lansing, i bought a mixed case and some rolling tobacco - announced to the clerk that i found the place via the internet, who told the owner or whoever he was that i did and he asked where and such, and welcomed me - very cool, and quite reasonable prices indeed

seemed like a great environment, plans to come back next time i'm in GR!!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%

We stopped in here on the way to Founders during a recent run through Grand Rapids. This is quite the interesting little liquor store as they also sell coffee, tea, and tobacco as acting as a homebrew shop. But at least for me, it's all about the beer here. There is a HEAVY emphasis here on local Michigan beers, of which they had a huge selection. Founders, Bell's, Arcadia, New Holland, Arbor, Dragonmead, etc, the list goes on. Of course, they also had a really nice selection of other craft beers and other imports and I liked that they offered a good majority of their beers in both the coolers or out on the floor. The real boon here though is that almost everything in six packs is individually priced for sale. This was great, as with so many great new Michigan beers to try, I was able to conveniently cobble together a few six-packs to take home. Service here was decent and the prices seemed reasonable for the most part. This was our last beer shopping stop on our recent trip through Michigan and this was a great stop to help fill in those final few missing Michigan beers (and the last few empty spaces in the car).

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Photo of Roeters
5/5  rDev +8.9%

This is where I get all of my brewing supplies, and beer that no one else carries. Always a fun stop and a good way to start your brewday.

Great selection of beer/wine brewing equipment and supplies. Staff is always ready to help answer any questions that might come up and give ideas on recipe design. They really helped me stay motivated in home brewing. As, a friend gave me a carboy, an airlock and told me to go Siciliano's. Now just over a year later the experience has kept me brewing and improved it so much.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Stopped by on our way to Founders, the place was easy enough to find with a small but sufficient sized parking lot. Besides selling beer, they also sell homebrewing gear and ingredients, cigars, and other stuff.

Nice beer selection, about 4 short aisles of various brands both local, stateside, and international, mostly categorized by region. Two longer aisles in the back support more of the Michigan local stuff like Founders, New Holland, Dark Horse, Arcadia, and Bell's. One and a half walls are large refrigerators carrying singles and six packs of pretty much everything in stock for those who need the beers cold right away.

The best part about this place was that every beer was priced for single bottle sales, so if you only wanted 1 bottle, its price was already on the bottle, definitely a nice thing if you want to stock up on lots of various things. Prices were very reasonable.

Service was very good, with the staff very knowledgeable about where certain beers would be located and offering up suggestions based on style preference. Definitely worth a stop if you're passing by the Grand Rapids area and have room for beer in the car.

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Photo of BrewMichigan
5/5  rDev +8.9%

I was in GR this weekend to pick up my sister from college. We stopped here before the Hop Cat and was I ever impressed. The store is very humble and non-threating. If you're looking for good service, lots of beer, and great prices this is the place.

They had tea, cigars, beer and the best selection of hops I've seen in a long time. I bought some ingredients for a beer and they had the best prices I have seen. I can't recall seeing any grain over $2.00 per lb. Very impressed and will visit again, and again.

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Photo of PabstBlue
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

I stopped by Siciliano's this evening after work and I actually drove right by it at first. It's a very humble looking building that certainly does not catch your eye. Once I actually found the place and got inside I was not disappointed. As you first enter there is everything you need for home brewing. I was a little lost but one of the employees saw me wondering around and helped my pick out some ingredients for my first try at brewing my own beer. After getting all of my brewing goods I went to the back of the store started picking out the beers that I can drink now. After about 20 min I had finally sorted my way through most of the beer, picked out 2 for the cellar and 3 to drink. I had a great experience and I most certainly will go there again.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev -2%

This is a great place to stop in if you're up in Grand Rapids and you want to grab some beers. A somewhat unassuming storefront leads you into a beer wonderland.

The best part about this place is that every can be had in singles, making it easy to grab a six pack of a bunch of beers you have never had before, rather than being stuck buying a six pack of each. They carry Stone, Dark Horse, Arbor Brewing, Magic Hat, Bell's, Dragonmead and many many more.

Service here is very friendly and they will help you find things if you need anything. I've always been greeted with a smile. Stock on the shelves has always been fresh when I've been there as well. Even fresh Double Crooked Tree when I was up there!! Prices are good on singles and sixers as well, but it seems like this place is popular and the limited stuff goes fast.

In the end, Siciliano's is a great place to go and buy some killer beers while you are visting Grand Rapids. (Hopefully you'll be stopping by Founder's as well :-)

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%

Siciliano's is the best place in Grand Rapids (and probably the state) to buy beer. The place can be intimidating given their huge selection, but the people who work there are nice and know their stuff. Their selection is singles, both 12oz. and bomber's, which can make things pricier, but it's never beyond reasonable considering the quality of the products they carry. I did once buy a beer that ended up being flat and awful, but considering how many beers they have and how many I've tried that have been exceptional, I can hardly hold that against them. There's always something new to try or a great old favorite to revisit. This was also the first place to card me when I turned 21. It's a fine establishment.

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Photo of Pedro07
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

I've been visiting this beer-Mecca for a couple years now, and love the fact that I live just down the road!
Always get great service here, and the selection is wonderful. The staff all know their stuff, and plenty willing to give suggestions.
The fact that EVERYTHING is available in a single is amazing. It allows one to try new things, yet not commit to a sixer of something their not sure about.
They have recently re-arranged their shelves, and seem to have grown their already wonderful selection! I've recently noticed an expanded selection of Michigan brews, as well as other U.S. craft brews.

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Photo of jeremytroy
4.5/5  rDev -2%

This is the place to go for beer in the Grand Rapids area. You won't find a better selection of micros and imports anywhere else. The store also caters to homebrewers, having a full selection of equipment, reading and raw materials for beginning and experienced brewers. Also has a good selection of wine, premium cigars, pipe and hookah leaf, glassware and other things of interest. The atmosphere is worth mentioning. It's not rare to see a man-- probably the owner-- sitting in the back smoking a pipe. Sometimes a friendly dog wanders the aisles. All of the employees are very helpful, whether you're looking for beer suggestions or a jump start out in the parking lot. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

There are many great shops in the Grand Rapids area. However, I haven't found one that tops the selection or service from Siciliano's Market.

As far as quality and service, it's great. Most (if not all) of the employees are homebrewers, are willing to help you find items, answer questions, and are generally interested in what you're brewing. In my experience all of the employees have a pretty good working knowledge of their stock and where things are located. The owner is often in the store, and always seems to be very peasant.

The only reason I don't rate the selection a "5" is because it's next to impossible to have "everything" available in the GR market. While most of the "hard to find" beers can be found at Siciliano's, I have found some they don't carry, but that's extremely rare.

Their prices are pretty good compared to the competition. What I really like is that every pack is priced, as is every single bottle. There's no guesswork as to how much a mix-pack is going to end up costing you.

Overall, I definitely recommend Siciliano's whether you're looking for commercial beers or homebrewing supplies and ingredients.

FWIW, they put on a great homebrew dinner/competition in the Spring. It's a great way to get some honest feedback on your homebrew from some pretty knowledgable judges and the party's well worth the price of admission.

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Photo of enfield249
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%

Siciliano's is hands down the best beer shop on the north west side of GR, and is in the top 3 for all of west Michigan. They always have a great selection, get new stuff in regularly, and the staff is very helpful. I've several times been checking out and had them tell me about some deal they had going on, even to come back the following week for a sale on homebrew kit I was going to buy right then. They lost $11, but they gained a customer for life. There parking sucks, but that goes with the spot they have with no way to improve it. Right next door to them is a pretty good pizza place, wood fired.

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Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%

Stopped by Sicilianos on a two-day brewery tour through South-Western Michigan. When you first walk in there's a solid selection of homebrew ingrediants to the right and the counter and register to the left. It's a smallish store and about halfway back the beer shelves begin. European brews are down one isle with Belgians on one side and the rest of Europe on the other.

Where Sicilianos shines is there American craft brewed selections, especially Michigan breweries. Great selection of Bells. Good selections of Jolly Pumpkin, Dragonmead, Founders, Dark Horse, Arcadia, and Harbor Brewing. There were some other gems I picked up as well, Stoudts Fat Dog and Old Guardian.

The service was good. I didn't have any questions while shopping but had a pretty informative conversation with the guy at the counter as I was checking out.

Something that makes this place a great store is the ability to create your own six-packs from any sixer on the shelves. All bottles are priced singularly and there's a 10% discount on cases, mixed or not. This was great for me being from out of town, I got to buy a lot of different brews without having to break the bank on six packs of them all.

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Photo of ndekke39
5/5  rDev +8.9%

I love this store. I used to live in Grand Rapids but never knew about it. My brother first told me about it, and it's worth driving out of the way to go here. Probably the best beer store in the Grand Rapids area. It's a small convenience store, and they specialize in beer, hard liquor, tobacco, and coffee. No wonder it's referred to as the "Vice Store."

I've only been in a couple times, but every time I'm there I feel like a kid in a candy store. There are 4-5 coolers with four- and six-packs, but the real selling point is the make-your-own six packs. Oh my goodness, so many things. I can't even list them here, but here's what I got on my last trip:

Bell's Batch 8000 (2 bottles)
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
Bell's Third Coast Old Ale
Stone Arrogant Bastard

And a few others, I can't remember. I can't say much else about the place, except that the staff is knowledgeable, the selection excellent, and the atmosphere fun. I love the feel of this little find. I can't only recommend stopping by yourself and enjoying it firsthand. I'll be there again as soon as I can.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4/5  rDev -12.9%

Stopped here after having lunch at Founder's during a brewery road trip.

First impression walking through the door is, "Wow, they sell everything."

They had a great selection of local brews, picked up a lot of Bell's, Great Lakes, Goose Island, and some other, less famous brews. The service was acceptable, if only because I really didn't need any. Which I'm sure they saw after I starting bringing six pack after six pack up to the counter. I also loved that they give a 10% discount on mixed cases, I've only ever heard of doing that with wine.

Overall, a pleasurable buying experience, I can see whey they have the reputation that they do. If I'm in the area again, after I hit Founder's, I'm heading here again.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

This place is awesome! I drive 45 minutes to go here because it's the best place around. The selection is great, prices are reasonable and the best part is that they sell everything in singles which is great for people like me who love trying anything and everything different. They also have a wide array of home brewing supplies, grain, extract, most anything you could want. In the back they have a nice selection of hops and yeast. They also have wine making stuff (if you're into that sort of thing). I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I'm there and could stay for hours. If you're around, check this place out!

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Photo of Avagadro
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

This is the by far the best place to get homebrew supplies in town. The employees are incredibly helpful with any questions about homebrewing, or help out in selecting a new beer. They even tell you to call them if you have any questions while you are brewing your beer. I've never seen a business care so much about its customers. The selection is also great. They moslty sell singles, but you can find all of the great releases from bell's, founder's, and other local breweries, as well as other great beers from around the country. If you are looking to start homebrewing, need homebrew supplies, or need a great beer store, this is the place to go

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Photo of Magpie14
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

A great quality place overall! Nothing more to say! A ton of beers to choose from and great friendly service.

Everytime I go in I set a time limit for myself, so I dont wander aimlessly trying to figure out which beer I should choose. Typically I buy a six-pack of different flavors and find that all are very reasonably priced. Majority of the beers sit on open shelves and a bunch of unique (domestic/imports) beers are located in the coolers as well.

A vast amout of local brews: Bells Brewery, Founders, New Holland, Atwater Block, Dark Horse etc... and lots of imports to boot! from all over the world.

Staff has been great everytime! The staff has provided me with tips on beers, proper pouring, and even correct glassware to use. They seem to know what's going on and can point you in the right direction for whatever your looking for.

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Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI
4.59 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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