Beer stores in Chicago

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I'm going to be making a short visit to Chicago in the coming weeks on my way
back from South Bend. I've done some research on pubcrawler and I have a list
of bars I want to visit but I'm also looking for a good retail outlet or two
with a good selection of local beer. We're staying in the Loop without a car so
stores in the vicinity would be best.

thanks,
mike

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way back from South Bend. I've done some research on pubcrawler and I have a
list of bars I want to visit but I'm also looking for a good retail outlet
or two with a good selection of local beer. We're staying in the Loop
without a car so stores in the vicinity would be best.
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Take the short cab ride to Sam's (just off North and Clybourne):
http://www.samswine.com/beer/index.asp
 Local beer, regional beer, international, etc. Pretty much has the bases
covered. Nice selection of Begian's, as well. If you ask nicely, sometimes
they have little treasures hidden back in the storeroom (usually
barleywines, harvest ales and the like).
And, best of all, it's right across the street from Goose Island.
http://www.gooseisland.com/
While you're in Chicago, I'd recommend you also try and visit the Hop Leaf
and the Map Room. Intimate settings, wonderful beer selections and, at the
Hop Leaf, excellent Belgian cuisine.

Have fun. You can't go wrong at any of 'em.

Cheers!

EFB









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Eric Berg wrote:
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As a Chicago area resident, I second all of Eric's suggestions above.
He hit it right on the money.


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BAD's Revenge wrote:
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I haven't been to Sam's in about a year, but was always
disappointed in their beer selection--wine and spirits were
fabulous, and then they had one aisle devoted to beer and a lot
of that aisle was devoted to Bud, Miller etc.....have things
changed in the beer dept there?

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Well, I don't think it's *quite* as extensive as it was a few years back,
but it's still pretty darn good.
Good selection of micro's, Europeans (especially Belgian's, as previously
noted), and seasonals.
Of course, some brewery's output just doesn't seem to make it to the Midwest
(Stone and Bridgeport come to mind).
Anything in particular you were looking for and failed to find?

Cheers!

EFB




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Eric Berg wrote:
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Nothing specific, just went to check out the selection, and I
must have gone down the wrong aisle because all I saw was pretty
much anything I could get at a 7-11, just more of it.

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Eric Berg wrote:
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Come to think of it, it has been a few years since I've been to Sam's.
I remember it being pretty good though.


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I initially thought about seconding Eric's recommendations, but
thought it wasn't worth the bandwidth since he pretty much said
it all.  Now that I'm replying anyway, and someone beat me to the
second, I'll also throw in an "aye" to his recommendations...

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How long has it been since you've been there?!?  I just spent
$235 in one visit, on beer alone, and passed by a few things I
haven't tried yet (but not many! :-).

Basically, there's a half-aisle of the budmillercoors shite,
a half-aisle of US micros etc and a few foreign beers, facing
a row of boxed US micros etc, a half-aisle of foreign beers
with lots o'love from Belgium, and finally a fair-sized cold
case full of beer of all varieties.  If you remember one aisle,
well, I'd say things got better for sure.  That doesn't mean
you'll find everything you want, but if you can't find SOMETHING
good, and/or something you can't find somewhere else, I need to
know where ELSE to look!  (For the record, Binny's does okay,
but there's always more at Sam's that I can't get at Binny's
than things at Binny's I can't find at Sam's).
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Russ Perry Jr wrote:
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Yah, Sam's RAWKS, basically. I've got some gripes with them (like taking
the paper bags off the DFH Liquor du Malt), and my wife certainly does
("you know how many diapers we could buy?"), but retail does not get
better in Chicago than that. It's particularly nice if you run into Beer
Brian and have an idea of what you're looking for, it's not on the
shelf, and he grabs some out of the secret back room that has stuff "for
beergeeks only."

--NPD

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