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Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors

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Antioch Fine Wine & LiquorsAntioch Fine Wine & Liquors
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Antioch Fine Wine & LiquorsAntioch Fine Wine & Liquors

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1180 Main St
Antioch, Illinois, 60002-1884
United States

(847) 395-3540 | map

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Photo of JoeWalsh
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Don't let the looks deceive you. This place is a wonder!

The craft beer selection is great and well curated, the staff are very knowledgeable, they have a rotating selection of beers on tap (sip and shop!), and they keep their customers well-informed about new and upcoming brews with opportunities to pre-order to avoid the rush.

This store is tops in the area, and one of the best I've been to, anywhere.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Spacious, clean and well lit. The quality of the selection is excellent. Service is friendly and helpful. There is a large selection of craft bottles and cans. They also have three taps.

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Photo of Jonnydrinker
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of beercentric847
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The staff is always friendly and helpful, quality is generally high but like any place with a selection like this you sometimes have to watch the dates. The selection is ridiculous with so much to choose from that Rick or Tom (the beer guys) have to rework the platform weekly. Overall a great bottle shop that never fails to earn my business.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A great store, has lots of tastings and a very big selection. They also have a semi annual major beer tasting which is great. The beer guy is very knowledgeable and recommends lots of things I hadn't heard of.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Tons of beer and all the good stuff not just your average stuff too. Even have barrel aged bottles that have been aging for over a year and you can still get them at the normal price. Probably has to be one of the best liquor stores I've ever been to.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JVB
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This store is great! Only 10 minute drive from my house, perfect place to swing by for any and all craft and limited release Beer. Rick is the Beer manager and has the most knowledge about beer i have ever come across. They have several beer tastings a year.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I made an impulse whale hunting trip down to Antioch on a Saturday afternoon. Place is about 40 minutes from my house, just across the border in northern Illinois. I had never heard of it, until I discovered it beer hunting on the internet the other day. So I drove down to see what they have for Three Floyd's, if anything.

Place looks very non descript from the road, pretty much like a warehouse w no windows and minimal signage. I enter and drift back to the craft beer area. They had several FFF, including Panzer Wolf, Calumet Queen, and maybe a stout. Price was good, as far as I could tell. I also picked up a Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11, which I can't find on BA but I believe it was a steal due to it being the last one. They had two shopping carts full of older singles that were priced from $1.25 to $1.75, where I picked up a Hoegaarten. Lots of Goose Island in there and some other misc stuff. I peeped the imports, but did not get any.
There was a sixer of Hofbrau Maibock, which was either very early or more likely very old, based on previous reviews of this place.

There were a couple serious beer buyers in there, filling shopping carts w desireabe bottles. There was an older guy (stocker?) who greeting customers near craft, but he did not appear to be very knowledgeable. There was also a guy sitting at a desk mid store, whom I would have approached if I had a question. I peeped the rum also, and they had fair prices on their stuff, but nothing special. Lots of items there that are not available in WI, so definitely worth the trip.

Overall I was impressed w the store due to the large variety and quantity of beers available there. I had my hands on a 4 pack of Daisy Cutter, but felt it was better to spend money on lunch rather than buy more beer. Easy in/out in the parking lot, easy to see the store from the road. Store was clean and very well lit. Well worth the trip.

They have actually hooked me up w some top shelf bourbon, so I am forever greatful for that. If you call, they will hold bottles for you also

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Photo of steveh
3.05/5  rDev -30.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Just have to post a little disappointment somewhere, and since distros and retailers don't often like to hear that beer drinkers might know something about beer, what better place to vent?

I've been going to Antioch liquors for some years now, at least 10 -- maybe 20. They have certainly stepped up their micro choices within the past few years, but their imports still seem to suffer from too much "shelf aging."

I was looking for the Spaten mixed 12 pack and was also hoping to find some leftover Oktoberfest and knew Antioch might have some after having a lot leftover last year. No Okto, but they had the mixed 12.

And yeah, this is a case of shame on me for not spending the time to open the 12 pack and check the Spaten labels Julian code dating, but when I got home and chilled one of the Franziskaner, it just seemed flat in flavor. So I checked the code then: bottled in February of 2011 -- almost 2 years old.

Just a little disappointing that both distro and retailer are passing off beer this old. If I didn't know what Franziskaner normally tastes like I'd think Spaten was a pretty awful brewery.

Buyer beware is the take-away here, and because of this I'll probably not go as far out of my way as Antioch Liquors again.

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Photo of stouts4me
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here after I found out they had Widmer Bros. Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout, I have a Relative in Oregon ( Widmer's home state ) and they could'nt find it.

A: nicely laid out, to the right is the foreign selection, looked very good, but I am no expert on those. then comes the Craft area and it is loaded with very generous quantities of the selections, which were numerous. Each of the breweries were represented with many of their offerings, and I saw items that were very limited at a Binny's that were numerous here.

Q: I think the quality is very good, you should get more than what you are looking for.

S: friendly service, very eager to help and offer selections.

Sel: as I said above, plentiful quantity, and selection.

F: none.

V: fairly priced, not a bad value.

I will go back, and I'll bet I will score stuff I don't find at Binny's.

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Photo of meegs
3.43/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I'm from Milwaukee and made the trip down to Antioch today as I had heard they had a decent selection of beer not available in Wisconsin (Firestone Walker, Brooklyn, Green Flash, Port Brewing, Uinta, Half Acre, etc, etc) and they are very close to the border.

The staff was very friendly and offered me assistance. When I explained I was down from Milwaukee for beers not available by me, they were more than happy to point out the beers I was interested in.

The selection was good, but not great. The fact that they had quite a few beers from breweries not available in Wisconsin made the selection better in my case.

One big criticism I would have is that they seemed to have a lot of beer on the shelves that had been there a long time. Almost all the bottles were covered in dust. One BIPA I bought I noticed when I got home was bottled in April 2011. That would make the beer 9 months old, so I would imagine a lot of the hop character will have dropped out. I wish I had noticed this prior to leaving.

Overall I think it's a decent place and worth the visit, especially if you're from Wisconsin and want close access to some breweries that don't distribute to our wonderful state.

1/27/14 Update -
I was recently here again and I've been finding that you REALLY have to pay attention to bottled on and freshness dates at this retailer. Many of the beers are VERY old. I've found Pizza Port IPAs that are 2 years old on the shelves! Yikes! They have a decent selection, but pay attention to the freshness dates. Many of the beers are way past their prime, especially any of the hoppy beers.

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Photo of Eddiewaxman
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is great, its the only stop i make on my way from the soutwest suburbs to the lake house. There really is not anything better during the 70 mile trek that warrents a stop like this place. They have a great selection and have a great specialty selection. Its not the best selection but its large enough. They do have a micro brew and specialty beer area as you walk in straight ahead. The people are friendly and never had and issue . The prices are pretty good, again ive seen cheaper. As far as wine and liquor they have a huge selection.

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Photo of jrags8
4.85/5  rDev +11%

Went in there last week while in Chicago to pick up a case of 2008 BCS and a couple bottles of BSBVS. Rick and I had spoken and they were to have it in the morning so I went there after a meeting. Due to a shipping error at the warehouse (re: laziness) the BCBVS was "out of stock" on his delivery and never made it to Rick.

This is where his service shined...knowing I went there to get it and couldn't stay, he tracked down his sales rep., explained the situation, and had them to me in about the time it took me to finish shopping and grab lunch. Even offered some glassware to me because of the issue which I didn't accept.

Overall, was impressed with the selection and was surprised to see some Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, etc. there that I had actually picked up at a Binny's earlier (when getting my Daisy Cutter fix.) Now that I know they are there, if I am going past both, Antioch will get all my business.

The score on value is meant to indicate the value of the whole store and not my purchase, as I think the case price and price of the BCBVS (after hearing high prices in the city) were more than fair, but at $.50-$1.00 more per bomber I couldn't mark them as inexpensive, but at the same time, with their location you cannot beat the selection and it is a small premium to pay to have this anywhere near your house. I will definitely be going here again when in town for business.

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Photo of PoisonOakAdam
4.85/5  rDev +11%

This is my main liquor store to buy my beer. It always has something to pique my interest. The service is great and the people there are more than friendly.

Out of all the liquor stores that carry a variety of beer it is the best in the area. They have a good amount of imports as well as American craft beer.

In addition to the great selection and costumer service they also have some pretty great events. The winter beer festival for 2010 was more than exciting. There were plenty of vendors present with many beers to taste. Including but not limited to Bell's, Founder's, Magic Hat, Great Lakes, Imported Belgians (Piraat and such), Sam Adams, New Belgium, and Goose Island. It was one heck of a time and they do it more than once a year!

If you're in the area, be sure to stop by! It's fantastic!

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Photo of crossovert
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is the closest good liquor store near me, there is 1 other called lucky dog but it's half the place this is. they have a large wall of imports, some beers from far out countires like sri lanka and kenya. A nice chunk of it is german and there is a good square of all the top belgians. Ive never really gone into the rest of the store because there is so much to be had in the import aisle.

The service is friendly and there is one guy in there who is for sure a fellow BA, Rick, he will gladly help you finding the right brew for the night.

A few of the import beers do go expired in store so watch out.

Went again today after many months and their selection is through the roof, stuff form Floosmoor and Mickey Finns, among others that they never had before.

They seem to be ever-expanding, there is even more imports such as Girardin Gueuze to be had now.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

#3 stop on my cross-county trek through the NW burbs today. Arrived about 20 minutes before they closed early at 4 for the thanksgiving holiday. This place has a gigantic parking lot.

Once inside and straight past the checkout area, there was a wall of imports, interspersed with glassware here and there. There was a free standing rack of xmas seasonals and gift packs, even a 5L minikeg of Rogue Yellow Snow. Small bottles of Cantillon Gueuze and Kriek (bottled '07) caught my eye, and I noticed De Dolle and Urthel bottles nearby. There was Nogne Ø, Krusovice, Weihenstephaner, countless names of obscure imports along the wall. Further down there were deep stacks of fresh Bells cases, Expedition, Hopsoulution, and Double Cream, Christmas, and the rest of the lineup. Several 3 Floyds bombers, new Lost Abbey was on an "employee picks" shelf. Found some JP Calabaza Blanca sixers on sale for 9.99, Leelanau even, also some Avery 15 that had sold out in the city. Limited Founders seasonals, several Dark Horse, Bare Tree from 2 Bros., a good selection of craft overall...if you can't find the US craft beer, you're not looking hard enough. The coolers seemed to be an afterthought though, mostly devoted to macros, 40s, and bombers. Macro shelves were back towards the coolers, Capital and Sprecher were stuck back there too for some reason.

The manager on the floor asked if I had found everything alright as I headed to the checkout. The staff were friendly and made some funny jokes. Had a good experience here, and I had no expectations going in. Lake county seems to get a slightly different distribution of imports, and that is evident in the wide selection at Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors.

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Photo of dhchatfield
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

One hell of a surprise on my first vist week before last. I just started a job in beautiful Antioch and saw the sign as I was putting gas in my car.

Upon entering, I meandered in front of the registers straight down the front of the store towards what looked like the craft section. As I glanced to my left, what did I spy but a guy holding a 6-pack of Alpha King in one hand and a 4-pack of Devil Dancer (!) in the other.

I felt at that moment that I had probably found a diamond in the rough. It proved to be right, as I subsequently met the resident beer expert, a young man named Rick. He has demonstrated in my 5 or 6 visits since to have a sincere desire to expand the beer section, which already boasts labels such as:

Rogue, Lagunitas, 3F's, Avery, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Left Hand, Sprecher, Founders and Summit.

There is a fair Belgian selection as well, and an impressive stock of German/Euro offerings to boot.

This place is definately worth a stop if you find yourself in the area.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4/5  rDev -8.5%

I had high hopes for Armanetti Liquors, and I'm still coming to terms with reining those hopes in when posting a review.

I wasn't knocked out by the place, but it emptied my wallet. They have a powerful big selection of imported beer, but it's kind of puzzling how thoroughly it dwarfs the domestic micros. They had a big selection of Great Lakes and some Bear Republic and Rogue beers, but when it comes down to it this is the place to find beer from Europe -- though they are a wee bit light on Belgian stuff -- especially the English-speaking countries. I came home with the aforementioned labels, some Sam Smith, Dogfish Head, Victory and Pyramid. There was almost no non-Miller Wisconsin beer in the place, which is strange for a place that is about four miles from the state line.

They have an expectedly large range of Goose Island stuff, but it includes some seasonals -- like Matilda -- that I thought were in the store during the wrong time of year. That lends some credence to the idea that they may keep beer around a little long. The place is kind of expensive, though I am used to beer joints that have reputations for very low prices. And it's Illinois.

There was a spacey old lady offering wine samples, and I guy who asked me if I needed help. I heard other customers getting good wine advice, and they seemed very helpful with folks shopping for kegs and such.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -8.5%

This is the same thing that I said about the Mundelein store:

Great liquor store. HUGE selection. One of the biggest I've seen. Great prices, great specials.

I also like that there always seems to be drunk old ladies at Armanetti's offering free samples of sangria and margaritas.

I also like that their "Belgian" section is bigger than the beer section at many, if not most liquor stores.

Tons of singles are available too.

Words of warning:

If it seems too good to be true, it is.

Watch out for dust. Armanetti’s sometimes sells really, really old beers that should be destroyed. Often these are found on special for next to nothing. They're still not worth the pennies that you pay for them. Stay away.

Otherwise Armanetti's is a great place to buy beer. The Mundelein store is the best that I've been too but the one in Antioch is good too.

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Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors in Antioch, IL
Place rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 27 ratings