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DiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
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425 Townline Rd
phone: (847) 566-4600
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
(Place added by: BobLuvBeer on 05-13-2005)
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| Reviews: 19
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
A-Just your typical beer store. Lots of liquor and wine and cigars
Q-Nothing but high class here. Everything you could really want from a local liquor store
S-The staff is very helpful and if they do not know how to answer your question they will find someone who does
S-Great selection. Most if not all that Illinois has to offer. This is pretty much my local shop while I lived here...
V-Good value. often have sales on some of the stuff that is older, but still good (i.e. boulevard stout just to name one).
08-24-2011 02:15:46 |
More by brew3crew
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
DiCarlo is a great place for beer aficionados. Excellent selection of old standbys - german lagers, belgians, major US micros. Also a regularly updated selection of the latest and greatest introductions and rare selections. Scott, the beer manager, provides email updates and beer trivia. In person, he is unwaveringly enthusiastic about beer (more than once, I have received the "stink eye" from my wife after returning to the car after a long conversation with Scott.
It also offers most of their selections in singles, and discounts on end of season beers. It is only a few miles from where I live, but I rate it as high as the Binnys and Sams of the Chicago area.
03-24-2008 00:48:46 |
More by CH3CH2OH
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A local secret that only most local hop heads know about. Has two iles of craft beer with a fair amount in coolers ready for immidiate comsumption. unlike many other stores in the area has a very good selection of eastern euro and other forgien beers. Most available for single bottle purchase. Staff is very knowledgable and are willing to do special bottle and keg orders. Definitly must see you will not be disappointed. This store has recently switched owners but still has a very good selection and has kept most of the same employees.
06-13-2011 20:09:53 |
More by elginirishpunk
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by to pick up a couple of winter seasonals the other day. I've been going here for the past 5-6 years though never reviewed the place. First off, don't expect the selection of Binny's - the bottom line is any of the smaller liquor stores can't compete with Binny's and therefore will never have the same size selection, they just don't have the buying power. There's really two main reasons to stop by here - first, the beer manager (Scott) is as knowledgeable as any and will talk for hours with you on craft beer, recommendations, etc. He'll also go out of his way to point out new beers he's gotten in, things he's expecting, homebrewing tips (if you ask) and just generally knows his stuff. The second reason to come in here is the singles wall. He's put together a nice wall of single bottles that you can mix and match. Also, you can sometimes get them to pull a single bottle out of the six packs if it's not on the wall. If you're looking for limited release beers, DiCarlo's oftentimes gets them but they go quick as they don't order nearly as much as Binny's. They also have a pretty nice Belgian selection. On first visit, this place seems pretty ho-hum, though if you run into Scott (or one or two other employees that know beer) you'll get great service, and as I said before, the singles wall alone is worth it and will save you from buying a $15 six pack before you know that you even like the beer.
12-13-2010 03:15:51 |
More by BHwks
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
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After hearing very good things about this place, I had to go take a look for myself. I'm glad I did. Upon entering, you're flush with wine, but a quick left turn and a short walk down the aisle leads to the beer section. Sixers, singles, and cases abound, with a good assortment of breweries from around the world. Most of the selection is from American breweries, but the international offerings are also pretty plentiful. In terms of rarities, you're porbably not gonna be dazzled, but there's always something great to try. In terms of service, the staff seemed to me to be somewhat aloof at first, but if you need any help, they're more than happy to oblige, even keep you abreast of upcoming releases and special order some if you can't find them. Prices are very good and comparable with the other stores in the area. If you're in the Mundelein area, definitely stop in and check this place out.
03-09-2010 10:10:27 |
More by TMoney2591
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Came here a few times with my buddy TMoney2591. This place has a pretty darn good selection when it comes to liquor and beer (can't comment on the wine, I've never really looked). The beer section way down at the end has plenty of what you might be looking for. The cool thing about this place is that it is friendly to getting single 12oz bottles of beer. They have 2 aisles of just singles. That unique thing is was the main draw for me. The service at this particular location seems pretty apt. They can locate anything in the store and will provide a recommendation if you so desire. The selection here is pretty good. The have plenty of craft beers and even more oddball BMC products. They have some quality and some dirt cheap beers from all around the world as well. As far as finding rare beers you may want to look somewhere else, but that doesn't mean you won't leave happy. There is plenty here to enjoy.
10-04-2010 16:01:14 |
More by Vdubb86
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Finally ventured into this place after living and working nearby for several years and was pleasantly surprised. Some people speak about the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff but while I wouldn't say anyone is unfriendly; I just have yet to meet any beer gurus working there or anyone else that I have felt compelled to have more than a few sentence conversation with. Strange, but I don't that at my damn Binney's, few guys there are much more conversational on the subject. That being said, I have called there looking for seasonal releases on, which so far have been AWESOME, something I can tell they have fun with and take a lot of pride with, and the staff was always friendly and helpful. So, as far as selection goes, for a liquor store in Lake County, home of the lumberjacks, MUNDANE-LEIN no less, they have an exceptional beer selection. Also you can build your own six pack, with a LOT to choose from. So, to cap it off, HUGE and in-depth selection of both craft and imports. In fact, I have been finding lots of stuff I can't find at Binney's, especially in seasonal department/displays....friendly, but not exceptionally knowledgeable staff, and fair prices but a tad high prices. (What do you expect though.) Overall a hidden gem in this area. And to be fair, someone there knows beer and what they are doing, just have yet to speak to him or her.
11-10-2010 04:18:07 |
More by Star80
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