Siciliano's Market

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Siciliano's MarketSiciliano's Market
PLACE INFO

Type: Store, Homebrew Store

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

(616) 453-9674 | map
www.sicilianosmkt.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
100
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
177
Avg:
4.59
pDev:
6.97%
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 177
Photo of Rodosman
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Such an awesome place. Great selection of sours and Michigan beers. Very helpful staff, took time to make me feel welcomed and had nice genuine conversation when checking out. Awesome spot for home brewers. Wish I had a store back home like this.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Friendly staff that asked me more than once if I needed help. The fact that all 6 packs are priced per bottle is just insanely awesome for someone like me who just wants to try lots of different beers. Really nice selection. Only complaint is that it could be better organized, but perhaps that's part of the charm.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Interesting place, part ethnic food store, part beer geek store. Noticed some almost year old founder's harvest ale on the shelf, comical.

Large selection, a lot of good beers, I think I spent close to $50 here. Some cute dark haired ethnic looking girls from the old country work here.

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Photo of clayspencer
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not many beer stores have shelves loaded with beer both domestic and international flavors not to mention a giant beer cooler filled with even more in the back of the store. This place has everything. I mostly come here for the homebrew ingredients and supplies however. And they have never disappointed. Even when there were some unheard of grains such as the Optic strain which I was looking for they said they could look into ordering it for me and assured me the Golden Promise would serve as an excellent substitute (typically used for malting scotch) which it did. I've made a lot of great beers thanks to the help of the Siciliano's staff and owe them a lot for their hard work and dedication to helping customers brew the beer they want to drink.

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pluses are parking, selection, ability to break up 6 paks, cleanliness, friendliness.Offsetting this is the smallness of the place, that many beers were past shelf life really.Prices not the lowest.

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Photo of ttango
3.43/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Somewhat limited Belgian selection. Plenty of Rochefort/Orval, but then some other mainline Trappists and typical mainstays are simply not there (ie Popperings Hommel). Very few special editions, no magnums, etc. Lambic/gueze selection is above average for the region. Domestic selection is strong. Staff is *very* hit or miss. Some great, but more often than not a frustrating experience. Overall good for the area, but is not first class and simply cannot compare to a good Binny's in Chicago or truly great family operations like State Line on the MD/DE border back east. Bottom line- ok in a pinch.

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Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Doesn't get much better than this place!!! HUGE selection and you are allowed to buy everything in singles. Most places have an "upcharge" when they break up a sixer and sell it by singles, but NOT this place ... single bottle price is the SAME as a 6-pack. Tons of great brews - Shorts, Founders, Bells, Dark Horse ... plus many other smaller Michigan breweries. Owners/workers were super cool - very friendly - very helpful ... I consider this a MUST VISIT if you are ever near Grand Rapids.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

what an amazing place. Pretty much perfect. I suppose if I've got one minor gripe it's that they've really crammed so much in there that it was tough in a few spots to squat down and look at the bottom shelf without feeling like my ass was going to knock over bottles on the shelf behind me. And I'm only slightly fat! The layout was a bit confusing and it could have had a higher % of cold beer, but I'm picking nits here. Go, you'll be glad you did.

kinda glad I DON'T live nearby; dropped $200 without trying and it could have been $600.

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Photo of scm3
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is a small slice of heaven for a beer junkie. The selection is the best I've seen in Michigan. Its like you're in a Bevmo or Binney's except with a mom & pop feel instead of sam's club feel. And the selection is probably better anyway. They also are the best source in the area for home brewers. Love this place!

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Photo of JHombrew
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the greatest homebrew store on earth. Their prices on grain beat the internet shops before shipping. The staff is very knowledgeable, each with their own expertise. Steve and Barb are great folks and set the standard for the whole crew. Great beer selection, all in singles, two walls of coolers, plus what is in back. All homebrew ingredients are very fresh. I have bought hops and yeast that were packaged that very week. All kinds of parts for homebrew and kegerator setups, fittings, kegs, tubing, gloves, bourbon barrels. Just an amazing selection of everything including a walk in humidor, coffee, wine, wine kits, spirits, kegs. This is my favorite store. Check out their website and visit if you get the chance. No trip to Grand Rapids would be complete without a visit to Sicilianos.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

*My review from Yelp*

I'm glad I stopped here, even though I ultimately didn't get anything. This is a great place to stop if you love craft beer and/or homebrew, as there's a pretty large homebrew section with helpful employees who know their beer. The most intriguing thing about this place is that it seems EVERY BEER can be bought as a single, and the prices are a touch cheaper than places closer to my house. Additionally, there's a pretty nicely sized refrigerated section for people who want to mix-a-six, and then. Well. Drink a six when they get home or to a party. This is a beer store done right, and I wish it wasn't all the way in Grand Rapids.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Siciliano's Market is the go to liquor store in Grand Rapids.

Everything by the single bottle. Tons of cooler space with chilled singles. A huge selection of imports, German, Belgian, whatever you are looking for. A growing selection of Michigan Meads. Awesome, vast selection of homebrewing grains and a good stop for information on home brewing, including a knowledgeable staff, and a big selection of books to feed your head.

It's a great stop. Do it!

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Photo of mcrawford
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Siciliano's is my local bottle shop and easily my favorite in the Grand Rapids area. Great selection and prices, everything is sold by the bottle. It's also a home brew supply store so all of the staff are extremely knowledgeable. Service is second to none, sometimes you'll hear the staff walking someone through a homebrew over the phone. Special releases go fairly fast but they set a reasonable bottle limit so I'm generally able to get a bottle or two of most releases. I visit Siciliano's once every week or two and have never had a bad experience. Steve, the owner is a great guy and many of his employees have gone onto higher profile positions in the industry. They also do wine and beer making classes at local libraries on occasion. Overall I couldn't ask for a better beer store!

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Photo of Gr8Lakes
4.16/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

The staff was very knowledgable and walked me to the beers that I needed along with recommending addition local beers that fit my interests that day.
I thought their single beer pricing strategy was an expensive way to buy, but convenient! If visiting Founders stop here to stock your cellar or fridge.

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Photo of neckbracesub
4.82/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in while visiting Grand Rapids because we had heard such good things about the place, and was not disappointed.

The atmosphere is tailored to please true beer, cigar, and wine connoisseurs. It can be a bit cramped when the place is packed (which it was) but that would be my only complaint about the building.

The people working when we visited went above and beyond standards of customer service and really made our trip memorable. They informed us of several places we absolutely needed to stop into while we explored downtown Grand Rapids. Without their recommendations we never would have known Brewery Vivant was an essential stop. The service was fantastic.

The selection ranged from a variety of regional brews (our first taste from Shorts was from here, love them) to craft beers from all over the world. A very nice, wide array of choices.

This is one of those absolute must-finds when in the Grand Rapids area.

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Photo of ScottyG
4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have to tell you the staff there are very knowledgeable!! The selection they offer are pretty darn good. Every Friday is new beer Friday and if you buy a case you get 10% off of your total purchase. I could spend hours in this store pondering on what to purchase. This store gets an A+ in my books. I plan to frequent this store often!!

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Photo of GABrew
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I've been to Grand Rapids many times, but somehow this little gem has escaped me until now. I noticed the recommendations on BA and checked this place out on a recent trip to GR. Their selection is incredible and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. They have a great selection of local areas brews. If I hadn't already loaded up my car with FFF stuff I picked up earlier on the road trip, I probably would have grabbed more local stuff to bring back with me. I have stores around me that have selections that are nearly as good as Siciliano's, but not nearly as knowledgeable about the beers they carry. Siciliiano's also appeared to have a great selection of home brew supplies, but I didn't go through that area of the store. I appreciated the way they sell everything by the bottle, so I was able to try several different beers that I might not have tried in a full six-pack.

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Photo of TangoDown
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Siciliano's really is the destination for craft beer fans and homebrewers alike in West Michigan. I don't live near the store, but find myself making frequent trips there to pick things up, especially on "New Beer Friday." Absolutely A+ service, and the people working in the shop are all highly knowledgeable on their products, and are always willing to assist. The best selection of craft beer I've been able to find within 100 miles (plus everything can be purchased by the bottle). Really solid selection of homebrew supplies and equipment. There have only been a few instances where Siciliano's didn't have what I needed, and in those cases it was hard to find in the first place, even through a national internet homebrew retailer. Fierce advocates for the local homebrewing community, not to mention generous sponsors of local events and competitions. I can say with confidence that without Siciliano's, there is no way I would be able to enjoy homebrewing and craft beer the way I do now. West Michigan is very lucky to have a resource like this in its backyard.

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Photo of vader06
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Siciliano's Market is a wonderful place to find your favorite beers, spirits or wines. If you are a Home Brewer you can get your supplies here. I highly recommend stopping by here. The staff are friendly and helpful. If you are looking for something that is hard to find they probably have it or they can get it for you. I try to frequent Siciliano's weekly. They always have new Brews coming in every week. They also carry cigars and tobaccos which gives it an inviting aroma when walking into the store.

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Photo of kylelenk
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Sicilianos is by far the best "beer" store I've ever frequented.

The selection is immense and will please beer, cigar, coffee, tea, and homebrew aficionados.

As for beer, they have a reliable selection from anywhere in the globe. The store is essentially divided into sections by regions. For instance, all belgians/international beers have their own shelf. There is also sections for Michigan and domestic beers.

Outside of beer, the store has quite a bit of spirits and liquors. There is also a section dedicated to exotic teas and coffee. Sicilianos also reps a full assortment of homebrew equipment/ingredients, home-fermented wine section, and another section I like to call DIY. This is stuff like make your own almond milk or grow your own mushrooms or cheese.

As for beer, it's easily best in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Sicilianos consistently stocks rare and mainstay beers and their availability is second to none. The staff is incredibly knowledgable in making the right recommendations to seasoned beer drinkers or beginners. One thing that separates this from average liquor stores, Sicilianos marks all their beer in singles. While you can buy four/six packs, it's more targeted toward maker your six pack.

Protip for Sicilianos: First, they stock new beers on Thursday afternoon and run a blog on Friday called "New Beer Friday." Your best chance for finding whales and rarities is on Thursday afternoon.

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Photo of korguy123
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Next stop on our round trip Michigan trip. Also recommended by many BA's

Small parking lot on a slightly busy road. Fair sized store selling beer, spirits, cigars and home brew supplies. Friendly staff, we were asked by several employees if we needed help and smiled and re-assured us to ask for anything if needed. Selection was very good, but was a little sad to see very little Shorts beers. Picked up a case (gotta get the 10% discount) and left happy. Most of the beers I bought were fresh except the 2 Jolly Pumpkin beers (Weizen Bam and E.S. Bam) both were a year old (still excellent btw)

Will definitely return.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One of the many reason to visit Grand Rapids. A great bottle selection in a clean and well organized store. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and pointed out some stuff that had recently come in. The 10% discount on purchases over a case was a nice surprise too.

Picked up some great local stuff form Founders, Bells and New Holland as well as a few Epic bottles that apparently were new to Michigan.

My only complaint was that their Short's selection was very limited. Aside from that, this place was great and I will definitely return on my next trip to Grand Rapids.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere here is just great. There are beer making and wine making supplied in the front, and then you make your way to the back where there are loads of great beers and wines.

The quality here is great: a fine showing of wine and beer making supplies. Their staff seems to know everything.

The service is simply wonderful. Any questions I've had, either in terms of self brewing or beer drinking have been answered. Never have the employees seems in a bad mood and I always felt comfortable speaking with them.

The selection is also great. Many different beer choices: it would be difficult to exhaust them all.

The value is also on the money (pun intended!). Many of the single brews will run you like a dollar and a half which is great. Many of the more select beers are not terrible expensive and are right where they should be. An overall wonderful place.

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Photo of Mscarpen
4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've been up to Grand Rapids twice in the past month and have made it a point to stop by the top bottle shop in GR, Siciliano's, while visiting.

Siciliano's had a broad range of Domestic and International bottles and a participatory good selection of Belgians. The shop only sells by the bottle, which makes their shelves of 4-packs and 6-packs a bit pricey.

Both times I've stopped in, I've had a hard time finding anything terrible exceptional. Like many shops, I'm sure they get some whales in from time to time, which probably vaporize within hours but even in talking to the staff, I was told they simply don't have much of that kind of stuff and I should keep an eye on their Twitter feed.

I agree that its without a doubt the best bottle shop in the area, but on par with other shops in the Midwest, I think it's a bit below the A+ its been given on BA. Perhaps their rather large Home Brew shop lifts their score... but as a bottle shop, I've seen stores more deserving of such a high score.

Nice selection, single bottles, good international variety.

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Photo of cratez
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Third stop on a recent trip to Grand Rapids with nicktbm and our significant others. Dropped by on a Saturday afternoon just before heading to the 9th Annual Founders Harvest Party.

This place has an endless selection of craft beer. Half-a-dozen aisles are lined with every beer imaginable from popular US micros, local Michigan crafters, and reputable European breweries (both new and old).

I grabbed 25 bottles, including Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, Southern Tier Harvest Ale, Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Arcadia IPA, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Weizenbock, New Holland Mad Hatter IPA, 2007 Gale’s Old Prize Ale, and Mikkeller Stateside IPA, among many others.

As with any large beer store, you have to watch for out of code products, but most of the stock is new. The staff and customers chatted with us while we were shopping and told us more about the Harvest Party and what to expect. One of the clerks was particularly helpful in recommending good Michigan brews. My friend and I received 10% discounts on our cases and the cashier suggested that we check out Graydon’s Crossing for a great beer bar. We took him up on his reco the next day. In terms of prices, 25 beers came to $70, which is fair enough to me.

Overall, Siciliano’s is a world class beer store with all sorts of "extra" goodies like cigars, home brewing supplies, and wine-making kits. It’s an absolute must-visit in the Grand Rapids area, and the best beer store that I’ve come across thus far.

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