Friar Tuck Beverage

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Friar Tuck BeverageFriar Tuck Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store, Homebrew Store

1401 W Glen Ave
Peoria, Illinois, 61614-6305
United States

(309) 693-1501 | map
www.friartuckonline.com

Notes:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
39
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
7.41%
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by bradner:
Photo of bradner
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As a regular visitor to Peoria, I always try to make a trip to this place. There are a few beers available here that you cannot purchase in the Chicago area (Ballast Point, Schlafly, and a few others). I also have come across some limited release Lakefront brews as well that I have never seen on the shelf in Chicago. This store seems to be well stocked with Founders beers, some that are hard to get around Chicago. I don't know how they are on limited releases such as Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout, but the shelves do hold many beers that disappear in other markets rather quickly. They have a pretty good selection of Belgium beers including some that don't last a few days on the shelf in my area. There is a pretty large refrigerated section and an area designated for homebrewing supplies. The service is pretty good and the staff seems knowledgeable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gyranthir
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Big selection, not a lot of rare stuff, no chicago breweries, the Bloomington Friar Tuck has way more selection and they get chicago breweries.

The staff at friar tuck peoria is hit or miss, most of them have awful attitude, and tend to be very short with anyone who has questions about special beers.

The beer shelves are always filled with holes, with boxes of beer just sitting on the floor half stocked.

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Photo of ReformedBeard
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jschott75
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
3.97/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NateMac13
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kushon1212
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cubsfanshane
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Beezee
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

You can find whatever they have at other places in town at a better price. They never discount old stock. They let stock sit right under lights.

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Photo of Kfitch
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of HeidiH7
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of StrMcG3es
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I live about 30 minutes from Peoria and I'll be honest I normally go to my local small bottle shop two minutes up the road for beer, but, their is a much bigger selection at Friar Tuck and i do occasionally make the venture. For one the selection is OUTSTANDING, i don't think anyone who went there would disagree. They pretty much have any beer you may be in search of even if it's a limited release. My only two gripes about this place are that a lot of the amazing beer they have is on the top shelf directly under florescent light, and that staff knowledge isn't that great. Truth be told I have bought some of these beers from the top shelf and have not had a bad one yet but I do know the risk. Staff has an okay knowledge but will not go out of their way to talk/help you out unless you ask. Overall I would recommend going to Friar Tuck in Peoria, Illinois. If you are on this site and know about beer and don't need assistance you won't be disappointed in the selection/price on the beer available here. On a side note, If you are into spirits or wine they have a huge selection of both.

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Photo of crackshot
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BigDawgIII
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

In my opinion, Friar Tuck is one of the premier locations to buy craft beers in central Illinois. They are handicapped, as are other local stores selling craft beers, by the arcane distribution laws in Illinois. Everything goes to a single distributor in Chicago and downstate gets what is left. What else is new? Tuck's used to have all of the Three Floyds and Dogfish Head products you could want but, once the Chicago market forsook Old Style and discovered craft beers in a big way, the supply dried up. Any chance of the General Assembly changing that? Definitely a rhetorical question.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere is decent enough although crowed in the beer aisle. The macros are refrigerated and the micros/imports are warm.

Quality was decent, didn't really find that any that had gone bad.

Service was good, although the venders were pushing carts down the aisle and had to avoid them several times.

Selection was very good, especially the bombers. The mix a six was also pretty good.

Value was decent, the bombers, one-offs, imports, etc. can definitely add up but that's due to what you're buying.

Overall it was very good, will be back again.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Apparently this is the go to place for the people in the Peoria region. I can see why, it was a big place with a lot of beer. I think we got there when a good chunk of the brews were picked through. However, anything that IL can get is probably there as far as breweries distribution. Didn't find many of the rotating brews from Southern Tier, Founders, or Lagunitas, but they had plenty of Smuttynose, New Holland, Bells, etc. The Belgian selection was sort of disappointing, but they made up for it with the German brews. Overall I can see why this place gets the hype, but I guess you have to hit it at the right time.

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Photo of JeffMcAwesome
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

As a Peoria resident, this has become my go-to beer place. The first time I went there, the solid wall of beer nearly brought a tear to my eye. They have a huge number of styles from all over the country, and a very good number of foreign beers. I would like to see more of the selection refrigerated, and I wish they didn't have such bright lights shining directly on the bottles, but that seems to be a universal problem.

The staff is generally helpful, but not obnoxiously so. Nothing is worse than being stalked when all you want to do is browse. Occasionally it can be hard to find someone, but that is pretty rare.

After visiting them on a more or less weekly basis, I have become a little less impressed with their selection. While they typically do have a large variety of beers in stock, it seems that they don't stock a large number of each type, so there is always the chance that if you want a particular beer, it will be out of stock. I was also a little surprised to see that they don't seem to carry Three Floyds or Dogfish Head, which seem to be pretty standard for Illinois liquor stores.

In addition to beer, they also carry a good selection of home brew supplies. Their wine and spirit selection is also pretty impressive, and they have a good selection of beer glasses that cover most of the glasses a serious drinker needs.

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Photo of Jips
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'm local, but I travel all over the states and have been to many a beer store. Few come close to the selection, especially with the imports. Achel, Rochefort, Cantillion, Baltic countries, English brews, all manner of German, etc. are all well-stocked. Have all American brews availible in the central IL market: Founders, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Smuttynose, Clown Shoes, Allagash, Great Divide.... If they can't get it it's not availible in central IL.

Very friendly staff, over time they have become very beer-savvy and hired beer enthusiasts to answer all of your questions and make recommendations. Unfortunately, it is a little under-staffed, during the weekends and before holidays they have little time to escape the registers and their stocking duties.

Always have a wine/beer tasting on Saturday from 1-5. Rarely it's more than one or two brews, but they highlight seasonals and beers new to the area.

They have an ok homebrew selection, definetly enough to get you started and enough essentials (dry yeast, popular specialty grains, hoses and such). Recently they've added a little fridge to store liquid yeast and some hops.

Only complaints: wish they had more fridge space, some of the beers sit on the shelf for quite some time (check the dates!), and would prefer the mix-a-six selection would have single bottle sales too. Other than that, overjoyed to have this store here.

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Photo of Wamba
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Really, the only place to go for craft beer in the Peoria area. I have a good relationship with the guy that runs Yogi's over in Morton but he can't touch the selection at Tuck's.

I hear the other reviewers on the lighting issue... but has anyone talked to the manager about this issue?

Also, they have a couple employee's there that really seem to know their beers and can make good recommendations if you tell them what kind of beer you are into.

Great location, great selection, decent pricing and a good staff. Hard to top all of that...

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Photo of antoines15
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Again, thanks nate nelson for the info. Parking lot has ample space, enough to fit a large moving truck, ha. The beer is still directly under those lights. Aaaahhhh! Why? The selection here is pretty amazing for being in peoria. No offense. Plenty of belgians, including the endless supply of cantillon lou pepe's that I picked up. Noticeably absent was three floyds and goose island. Other than that, all of the midwest brews were well represented. Founders, 2 bros., boulevard, bells, jolly pumpkin, and lots more. Prices were more than fair, including the 10 dollar mix and match six pack. Some of the bottles were dusty but eh, it happens. Just keep them out of those lights!!! All in all, happy with the stop and will probably stop in anytime I'm in/around peoria.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was a great Friar Tuck location, better than the others in Illinois, especially for service. No less than 3 staff people offered help while I was here, which was the opposite of experiences i've had at other FT locations. They grabbed a basket for me, checked stock, and pointed out new arrivals (on more than one occasion).

Beer was along the left wall, unfortunately some sunlight came through the front windows onto the beer shelves, and flourescent lights were too close to the top shelf. (Just be aware of this when shopping, sunlight/heat can skunk beer quickly). There were many 750s along the top shelf, Boulevard, Allagash, etc. FFF was sparse, only Behemoth and Munsterfest. Extensive imports as most Friar Tucks, and about the same selection. Noticed Schlafly and Jolly Pumpkin 750s on an endcap in between aisles. Cold bombers and import singles were at the far end of the coolers. Some nice Lou Pepe bottles here, and a couple '06 Cuvee René on an endcap by the cooler, mixed in with newer bottles. White Winter meads x5 and brackett were in a center aisle, if that's your thing.

Overall this was a better location than the other Illinois stores, although they all suffer quality-wise with old, outdated beers on the shelf. Here they seemed to have a full inventory with less focus on seasonal displays as other FT locations.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Traveled down to Peoria to see Umphrey's McGee and had to make a stop here on the way....just the chance of Sculpin being on the shelves was enough to warrant it. This place was easy enough to find with a big sign.

Enter the doors and head all the way to the left to find the walls of beer. Pretty much everything you can get in IL is represented here with the addition of treats that we don't get farther up north such as Ballast Point and Boulevard. Lucky for me there was a full stock of Scuplin as well.

Furthermore, they have a large selection of imports with tons of Belgians, Germans and English brews many of which are singles so it's easy to sample a few. Picked up a single 08 Thomas Hardy as I didn't have one yet.

The store was clean and well lit...only caveat was the lighting on the top shelf was right on the bottles, so that's definitely not good. I was in here for around 30 minutes and no one asked me if I needed help...but I guess I looked like I knew what I was doing as well. :)

Overall, if you're in Peoria this is basically a must stop. I will go back again if I am ever down there again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Huge wine selection and a decent craft beer selection that has all the standard craft brews that are usually available in Illinois + a nice selection of Ballast Point, which is what brought me to this location.

The beer did not appear overstocked to the point that I would worry about old bottles like some of the larger chains that carry craft beer.

I was there in the middle of the day and must say I didn't come across a knowledgable beer staff. The only guy I could find was stocking some bombers of Lost Abbey on the shelf and he at least was able to tell me how old the bottles I was pulling of the shelf were, but he knew nothing about the beers in general.

I did notice the prices were a little higher than what I'm used to and I'm from the west suburbs of Chicago, so that was a little surprising.

Overall, a good selection of craft beer and I'm guessing this is probably the "go to" place if you're in the Peoria locale.

I would post a "beer spy" for Sculpin but I emptied the shelf.

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Friar Tuck Beverage in Peoria, IL
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.
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