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Vas Foremost Liquors
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
2300 N Milwaukee Ave
phone: (773) 278-9420
Monday - Thursday
9:00AM - 12:00AM
Friday - Saturday
9:00AM - 1:00AM
11:00AM - 9:00PM
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Ducked in here with a few tasting-group companions after a wedding ceremony at Revolution. The ostensible goal was to see if they had any BCS, but I just wanted to see what they had at all.
The place is your everyday liquor store in the City, no bells and whistles nor any desire therefor. The only people I saw working there were behind the two counters, so no help was offered in the aisles (though, frankly, I rarely ask for it anyway...but it's still nice to be acknowledged and have aid offered). The selection is relatively small, but, for the kind of place it seems to be, it ain't half-bad. I was able to snag a few Pipeworks bombers and was tempted by a few other things before realizing I had no place to really stash this stuff (I had taken the train in for the wedding, you see). Nope, no BCS, but, then again, the first wave of this year's crop had barely made landfall. The prices were pretty much on par with just about every other Chicago liquor store I've been to, though they may have been a hair higher than Binny's or West Lakeview (not enough for me to notice or care, anyway).
Overall, this place is in no way a destination, but it looks like a decent source for some good bottles for those in the area.
10-03-2012 15:13:04 |
More by TMoney2591
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped over here after being at Revolution Brewing for lunch on the recommendation of our server. I was looking for Half Acre Daisy Cutter, alas, no luck. They did have a lot of really good stuff though, all refrigerated. It was separated into bombers and six packs, then by region and brewery. Really a nice organization method that made it easy to find what I was looking for. When I asked for the Daisy Cutter, the guy knew what I was talking about, and apologized for being out, but that's about it. The store was clean and product seemed fresh. I would say it's an acceptable place to stop if you can only get one place, because you can pretty easily do Revolution across the street.
07-07-2010 17:24:03 |
More by mdwalsh
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is probably the best selection of craft beers in the city, definitely the largest selection of craft beers you can pick up cold. Over the past year to year and a half they just keep expanding their beer stock. 3 fridges full of bombers and probably 6 more fridges of six and twelve packs and cases. Amazing.
They carry all three local brewers, will have periodic free tastings, will order anything you ask and are very open to suggestions.
This is a great Chicago neighborhood liquor store that just happens to presently have the best selection in town, too.
10-28-2009 07:55:13 |
More by OutsidersAlmanac
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Re-review based on the new expanded selection. There are now roughly 20 cooler doors, all beer is refrigerated, with the exception of one shelf of gift packs and a Goose Reserve display.
I'd estimate 300 unique beers, they have expanded lines to include 4-5 from each brewery. Bombers and import singles are grouped together, more craft six-packs have been added to the new cooler. They mark the date recieved from the distributor on the price tags, which is nice to know. Prices are still $1-2 more than chain stores, but at least you don't have to go across town for good beer.
This is now the best beer selection in a 2 mile radius...
Walk in and what do I see? A brand spanking new and shiny wall cooler, already installed! Looks like the beer selection will be expanding in the near future...good thing too, since they were running out of space. Some new things like Harpoon IIPA, Shipyard, Moerlein, Lost Abbey/Port, and some things missing, like Jolly Pumpkin and Southern Tier. I think they buy new stuff to test run and see what sells, and just stick to that. Still, a pretty impressive selection here in what appears to be a dumpy corner store from the street. New Belgium glassware, and a few random gift sets still on the shelf. Be sure to check the warm shelf, Some of that stuff wasn't in the coolers (or I missed it). It seems like they are working towards having all beer refrigerated.
Foremost is a small hidden gem on the NW side, not much on the outside to clue you in on the quality found in this corner store (save for a couple signs for Westmalle and Lindemans in the window).
Quality here is fairly high, the majority of the beer is kept in an L-shaped cooler toward the rear of the store. Distributor dates are marked in some cases, which can be helpful in determining shelf-life.
Selection is above average (especially for the area), lots of craft micros to be found, and a strong representation of Belgians, Euro, and Latin imports (Xingu, Quilmes, Cabro). Usual suspects Goose, Great Lakes, and Summit, are rounded out by select micros from Allagash, Atlantic/Bar Harbor, Ska, Victory, 3F, and Founders, plus a few more.
The fact that they have 20+ Belgians in the coolers is what wowed me... (Affligem, Bornem, DeProef, Duchesse, Dupont, Duvel, Fantome, Moinette, Piraat, etc.) Be sure to take a look at the far right cooler towards the back for craft bombers and Belgian 750s. Prices are slightly higher for what i've seen around town, but about the same as any corner store.
Service may vary, but my last time in I was offered friendly assistance when looking around. At the register I was told that they would grab a cold sixer from the back for me, since the one I had was only available on the shelf. To me, that speaks alot of how they value their patrons.
Recommended if you're in the Logan Square area, not a "destination store" per se...
06-12-2009 18:08:55 |
More by emerge077
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love this store.
The selection is amazing. Lots of interesting selections in 22oz bottles and lots of new and seasonal stuff rotating thru. The numerous cooler doors are well stocked with quality craft beers.
I used to do my big beer shopping at Sam's Wine, but this store has a lot of the same beers at the same price and just down the street from where I live. Am I a lucky guy or what?
The staff might is generally friendly and helpful. If you're paying by credit card, be prepared to show your ID for it. Oh, and they card just about everyone every time. I'm in there at least three times a week, am greeted when I walk in, but still get carded. That can be annoying, but I want them to keep their license, so I'll deal with it. And you should too.
03-23-2009 22:53:18 |
More by honus
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
From the outside this place looks like just another Chicago store front liquor store. Making its money on cases of cheap beer and Jagermiester. When I got to the front door there was a giant sign for Matilda on it. Inside it had the vintage wood paneling and florescent lights of a few decades ago.
When I got to the beer section I was rather impressed. They have most of the beers in cooler doors. They had some good craft beers many from the Midwest and the states. I was thrilled to find some limited edition beers that have been sold out most places months ago.
If I'm in the neighborhood I will be stopping in to see what gems are left on the shelves.
10-30-2007 02:11:11 |
More by rhoadsrage
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Foremost is located at Milwaukee and California, less than a mile off 90/94. The neighborhood is not the greatest in chicago and store looks pretty crappy from the outside. If you are in town for a show at the oddly placed congress theatre, this is just down the street
I was greeted and asked if I need assitance pretty quickly upon entering.
I came in here after Sam's on Marcey and I can definitively say there is no point in coming here if you plan on going there too. Most of the beer is in coolers but there are some random belgians and 6 packs kept on shelves as well.
Most of what you would expect to find is here from goose island, a few bells, a few rogue, a few dfh, lagunitas, etc. Theres a handfull of belgians including 4 packs of des rocs beers which I hadnt seen.
Interestingly enough there was some cool glassware including logo tulips/chalices from Goose Island and New Belgium. I bought a good quality New Belgium chalice and am regretting not grabbing the Goose IPA tulip. There was some other stuff too that is worth checking out if you go in there on a beer run
Overall, this is a nice dive store if you are in the neighborhood but it is not a reasonable substitute for some of the bigger stores
09-10-2006 22:26:16 |
More by dirtylou
Vas Foremost Liquors in Chicago, IL