DiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 19
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been frequenting this place on a very regular basis over the last year or so. I usually stop by about 3 to 4 times a month. I haven't really seen anything new in the place for a long time. I walk the entire section looking for something different but it's always the same. One thing that I've noticed is the beer area shas been getting smaller.
It's still one of the better beer places in the far northern suburbs and if your in the area you can't go wrong stopping by. Overall I get the sense that they don't have a passion for craft beers. Then again I just go in buy my beer and leave.
11-23-2006 14:43:39 | More by pmatz2
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here today, it was busy. There is macro and a bit fo craft in the back coolers but nothing that caught my eye.
There are a few long aisles of beer. One is of all singles although not all the shelf space is being taken up, they have room to expand. The Belgians are away form the rest of the imports in another aisle.
I grabbed the last Angel's share they had. Their craft supply was a bit better than the imports. Overall it is on line with say the McHenry Binnys, the Buffalo Grove Binny's down the road has a better selection, as does the one in Lake Zurich.
All of the floor workers were busy doing other things and pretty much ignored the beer aisle.
This is a nice stop if your directly in Vernon Hills/Mundelein but the surrounding Binny's have a bit better selection.
05-29-2010 19:39:14 | More by crossovert
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
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
4/5 rDev -5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in Mundelein, Illinois at the corner of Route 45 (Lake St.) and Route 60 (Townline Rd.), this is not the cleanest looking place inside or out. But what they lack in decor they make up in their selection. Almost half the store is beer, and I am not talking about MGD. Great choice of imports from Belgium, England, as well as a good number of hard to find microbrews. Prices aren't bad and something's always on sale. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and semi-friendly. This place has become my first stop on a restocking mission. Highly recommended.
08-18-2005 20:01:36 | More by stevegamburg
4/5 rDev -5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located near my work I first approached the store upon hearing of a beer tasting that would be happening soon so I wanted to get a feel for the place prior to the tasting. Located in the back four aisles of the store is the beer and organized well including singles and seasonals and quite a few craft beers available, include complete lines of Great Lakes, Two Brothers and Sierra Nevada. Not too shabby set of Europeans available too, including many Belgians I had never heard of.
Knowledgeable staff even letting me know about future sales in the store.
Glad I found it, kind of a hidden treasure, since by the front entrance and circulars they announce "wine" but they quietly whisper "beer".
10-29-2009 22:19:54 | More by chetripley
4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Appearance/atmosphere: This wine/beer/spirits store is small, but they pack a lot of quality into a confined space. It is a location that perhaps you have driven by a million times and thought, "can't be anything great in there." You would be wrong.
Quality: I have never had a problem with the quality of beer. I had mentioned a few times that a beer or two were past it and they removed it immediately.
Service: Outstanding! Scott is THE beer guy. He has many beer tastings throughout the year, will try to order a wide array of styles and he sends out beer e-mails. The other beer clerk, nice guy with a brn hair and brn moustache gives great suggestions and is very friendly.
S: The beer is located at the far left end of the store, as you walk in near the counters. There are 3 rows of micro/craft brews, outstanding selection for newbies and some rare gems for the hardcore beer lover. The final back shelf is packed with imports. Not world-class selection, but certainly best bang for your buck considering the space.
V: This is where this place rocks; vast majority of beer stores I notice NEVER allow you to buy single beers. This place does! You can pack a few 6 packs of many different beers, excellent value.
CHECK THIS PLACE OUT, YOU WILL ENJOY IT!
04-28-2011 15:19:58 | More by BeerLover99
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on 8/21/07.
Walk in and head to the left. Skip the coolers at the back of the store -- not much there. Only complaint is that most of the good stuff was warm.
Quality was fine, no dust and appropriate seasonals. Having sampled a few of my purchases, no problems.
Service was good. I was greeted and offered help about 3 times. No hovering, just a number of folks walking around and asking me if I needed anything.
Selection was quite good. Singles were available, but looked a bit seasonally focused. Probably about 100+ beers to pick from. DFH, Victory, GI, Founders, GL, Rogue, 2 Brothers, and 3F (somewhat limited). Extensive import options, with Germany and Belgium well represented.
Overall, a fine place to stop and get some beer.
09-05-2007 20:31:10 | More by
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was pointed in the direction of DiCarlo's from a friend who lives nearby in Libertyville. He actually took us there to check out their Whisk(e)y selection, but was very satisfied with their beer selection.
It's your typical warehouse style liquor store, with rows of booze, and three or four rows of beer on the shelf. A very broad selection ranging from limited selection of Cantillon to some Hoppin' Frog, Port Brewing, and DFH. Lots of stuff that wasn't on the shelf DT in Chicago at Binny's, Warehouse Liquors, West Lakeview Liquors, etc.
This is a good stop that isn't too far off the freeway if you are heading into the city from the great north woods of Wisconsin or Upper Michigan.
11-10-2011 23:01:34 | More by MarcatGSB
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
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
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DiCarlo Fine Wines & Spirits in Mundelein, IL
93 out of 100 based on 19 user ratings.