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DiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
425 Townline Rd
phone: (847) 566-4600
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
(Place added by: BobLuvBeer on 05-13-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
DiCarlo is a great place for beer aficionados. Excellent selection of old standbys - german lagers, belgians, major US micros. Also a regularly updated selection of the latest and greatest introductions and rare selections. Scott, the beer manager, provides email updates and beer trivia. In person, he is unwaveringly enthusiastic about beer (more than once, I have received the "stink eye" from my wife after returning to the car after a long conversation with Scott.
It also offers most of their selections in singles, and discounts on end of season beers. It is only a few miles from where I live, but I rate it as high as the Binnys and Sams of the Chicago area.
03-24-2008 00:48:46 |
More by CH3CH2OH
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
It will be very difficult to say anything bad about thsi place. The beer buyer has been very helpful in my beer education. I have watched the selction at this place grow better and better every week and would now say that it is in the top 5 best beer stores in the Chicagoland area. Pretty much anything that is available in the region is here with the exception of a few brewers that don't distribute to lake county. A great selection of singles isavailable and if it is not broken down already they will break a six pack and set it up in the register for any of the beers they have. The buyer is always on time with weekly emails and updates and is constantly looking for new brews. I can't say enough about how great this store is.
02-23-2008 23:06:10 |
More by littleg
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on 8/21/07.
Walk in and head to the left. Skip the coolers at the back of the store -- not much there. Only complaint is that most of the good stuff was warm.
Quality was fine, no dust and appropriate seasonals. Having sampled a few of my purchases, no problems.
Service was good. I was greeted and offered help about 3 times. No hovering, just a number of folks walking around and asking me if I needed anything.
Selection was quite good. Singles were available, but looked a bit seasonally focused. Probably about 100+ beers to pick from. DFH, Victory, GI, Founders, GL, Rogue, 2 Brothers, and 3F (somewhat limited). Extensive import options, with Germany and Belgium well represented.
Overall, a fine place to stop and get some beer.
09-05-2007 20:31:10 |
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
I went to the spring beer tasting here; apparently they also have one in the fall.
Excellent selection of brews-- pretty much every midwestern beer (including some relative rarities like Blackout Stout) you'd want is here. The rest of the US and Belgium are well-represented, as is Germany. The lines from each brewery are very complete.
Rated as inexpensive for two reasons. First, there is an extensive rotating collection of singles, and they will individually price single bottles from any sixer or four-pack in the store. Second, some of the beers are priced near cost.
All of this suggests a beer buyer who knows what he's doing, and they've definitely got that. Their buyer, Scott, is a former customer who loves talking beer and knows the industry as well as anyone I've ever met. Also, his homebrew kicks ass.
04-09-2007 15:48:06 |
More by kajerm
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
DiCarlo's is one of the best beer stores in the suburbs. Definitely my top pick for beer stores in this area.
Scott, the new craft beer director, is very passionate and knowledgeable about craft beer and has a good idea of what people like us are looking for in a beer store. He recently added a single bottle shelf with rotating selections which I really like but don't find at many of the stores in this area. He also said that any bottle in the store can be individually priced if you ask. He follows the industry and is always working to get new and interesting beers and does a good job getting the sometimes hard to find seasonal and specialty beers. He also has a comment box where you can request specific beers and sign up for the email newsletter so you know when new beers come in.
Selection is good. Lots of American, Belgian, British, and Eastern European craft beer to choose from.
If you're in the area and need some good beer or you're looking for a hard to find specialty beer come check out DiCarlo's. Also look out for their beer tastings held twice a year, one in spring and one in fall.
02-12-2007 23:07:29 |
More by ILhophead
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Recently stopped by this place again, which has made some notable changes recently. There's a good sized singles section now, which will increase with demand. This is rare in Illinois (Cook Co. that is) for some reason, but a perfectly economical way to sample various beers.
From the second I walked in the door and talked to the beer guy Scott at the desk, service was better that most beer stores i've ever been in. This guy knew his beer backwards and forwards, and was quick to offer suggestions. He pointed out new arrivals, and chatted about the history of several breweries. Great! This is rare in my experience of retail beer places, someone genuinely excited about what they sell. There was even a mailing list to sign up for, to get the latest new arrivals...
Once left to browse, there were plenty of things to catch the eye. A nice domestic selection, including Allagash, Left Hand, 3F, JP, Goose, Sprecher, Great Divide, and countless others. Singles section had plenty to pull from, including Gonzo, Golden Monkey, GD St. Bridget's, Capital Maibock, and others. Sale items at the end of one beer aisle, opposite the singles.
Scaldis Prestige is available for the big spender, and many more Belgians on hand. The recent addition Konigshoeven was here, plus Bink, Dupont, Bornem, Brigand, and lesser known Belgians. Didn't check out the coolers, as the shelves had put me back $100 already, ouch. Pricing was good on singles and certain imports.
Reccomended to the northern ex-urbians...
02-11-2007 02:37:09 |
More by emerge077
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been frequenting this place on a very regular basis over the last year or so. I usually stop by about 3 to 4 times a month. I haven't really seen anything new in the place for a long time. I walk the entire section looking for something different but it's always the same. One thing that I've noticed is the beer area shas been getting smaller.
It's still one of the better beer places in the far northern suburbs and if your in the area you can't go wrong stopping by. Overall I get the sense that they don't have a passion for craft beers. Then again I just go in buy my beer and leave.
11-23-2006 14:43:39 |
More by pmatz2
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Great liquor store. HUGE selection. One of the biggest I've seen. Great prices, great specials.
I also like that there always seems to be drunk old ladies at Armanetti's offering free samples of sangria and margaritas.
I also like that their "Belgian" section is bigger than the beer section at many, if not most liquor stores.
Tons of singles are available too.
Words of warning:
If it seems too good to be true, it is.
Watch out for dust. Armanettis sometimes sells really, really old beers that should be destroyed. Often these are found on special for next to nothing. They're still not worth the pennies that you pay for them. Stay away.
Otherwise Armanetti's is a great place to buy beer. The Mundelein store is the best that I've been too but the one in Antioch is good too.
09-15-2005 21:13:27 |
More by DaPeculierDane
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in Mundelein, Illinois at the corner of Route 45 (Lake St.) and Route 60 (Townline Rd.), this is not the cleanest looking place inside or out. But what they lack in decor they make up in their selection. Almost half the store is beer, and I am not talking about MGD. Great choice of imports from Belgium, England, as well as a good number of hard to find microbrews. Prices aren't bad and something's always on sale. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and semi-friendly. This place has become my first stop on a restocking mission. Highly recommended.
08-18-2005 20:01:36 |
More by stevegamburg
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