Artalé Wine Co.
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4.07/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
After a hurried stop at Woodmans and leaving empty handed due to long lines, it was refreshing to stop here and get great service. The staff quickly pointed me to the beer section and fielded questions about their monthly beer tasting event.
Located in a shiny new shopping center, Artale had a slim storefront, but it was very deep, stocked with many beers towards the back. I'd say about 8 cooler doors, plus a couple tall shelf sections packed with bombers and 750s. Noticed Rodenbach Grand Cru for $9 or less, a full selection of Lost Abbey, Southern Tier bombers, and other quality Belgians on the shelves. In the coolers a few things were on sale, Sprecher (buy 3 get 4th 4-pack for a penny). Noticed Hopslam for $15.99, and 4 packs of Founders brews like the RIS and Double Trouble.
Overall the selection overlapped with Woodmans, some slightly higher or matched prices, but far better specialized service.
02-15-2010 02:11:20 | More by emerge077
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Hope it isn't too late to review this place, hit it up on the way to DLD.
Service was cool, they ask if you need help, chill out while you look, engage you with some good banter. Cool all around. Place is located in a strip mall essentially, found it by chance when koufax21 was pulling $ out of the bank. What a find.
All the Dark Horse and Founders stuff. Really, they had all the midwest stuff, then some good stuff off both coasts. Picked up a Stone Bashah there, but also picked up a Southern Tier Oak Aged IIPA as well. Kicking myself for not grabbing some Breakfast Stout that was only $11 a 4 pack at the time. Damn. They got some Brewdog stuff too among others. If you're into wine, they got lots of that.
08-11-2010 20:29:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been here a few times when I go to visit my sister.
Walking in it is a, well as the name suggests, more of a wine store than beer store. However, there are a few cooler sections that are filled with good craft beers, and also two tall wooden shelves with other craft beers. The selection is decent – honestly it has a few things that I don’t see elsewhere in Rockford and/or some stuff that might be sold out in other beer stores closer to Chicago. I came here during Christmas and they still had some Bourbon County Stout from GI when literally all the Binny’s in the area were sold out.
The atmosphere was pretty good. The guy running the place (same guy every time) is always ready to strike up a conversation (though I don’t think he knows a ton about beer). I will admit there was some beer that had dust on it…that shouldn’t (i.e. some Hoppin Frog IPA’s and such). I don’t even want to know how long some of this beer has been here. However, overall the beer selection was pretty good, though prices were a bit more than other stores for similar products.
I will always stop here when I come to Rockford – not the rarest of beer, but better than pretty much anything else in the area.
06-30-2011 02:54:29 | More by SpdKilz
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here after visiting Anderson Japanese Gardens. A great cozy store with a great layout. There's a warm atmosphere when you enter that goes along nicely with the dim lighting. The first half of the store is dedicated to wine with great bookcase-esque displays across each of the walls. If you're a wine lover you'd find plenty here!!
Walk back to the back of the store and find the coolers with feature a good deal of craft brews. Ballast Point and Heavy Seas which we don't get in the western burbs is cool. Turn around and you'll find a bunch of various bombers and 750's on the shelves as well. An overall good selection of domestic and import crafts. I grabbed a bottle of Le Terrior which I never saw anywhere out my way!
Overalll, this is a great shop for craft beer in Rockford and the staff is extremely friendly and they seem to really care about both beer and wine. Support local, independent shops like this, there are not enough of them around!!! Highly recommended :)
09-06-2011 00:29:35 | More by orbitalr0x
4.64/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In my opinion, Artale is the best place in Rockford to purchase craft beer. As the name suggests, it is a wine store but has done a nice job with their craft beer.
The staff is always available to ask if you are looking for anything in particular or offer suggestions. They have a nice selection of the Midwestern beers and others from around the country. Two full shelves of bomber bottles and a cooler stocked as well.
I have made Artale my choice. Small family run place that treats their customers well.
07-10-2011 13:55:24 | More by hoosier222002
4.39/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has been an interesting development.
I stopped in a few years ago, and I found it to be overpriced and filled with the kind of bier people who pretend to like bier drink; it seemed like they were catering to a class of bier drinkers who were ignorant, but had money to burn.
I've been back recently, and WOW!
The prices are GOOD, if not GREAT! This has become my go-to spot for bombers. They have stuff I've never seen in the Midwest, and stuff that is definitely not around locally, otherwise.
The staff was a bit distant some of the time (then again, I don't fit the look of the typical wine drinker, haha), but as I've gone in more often, they're warming up, and are really nice (not that anyone was ever rude to me). Maybe I just intimidated them from my appearance?
I still predominantly go to Woodman's for my bulk bier needs (Two Brothers from the Rockford one, and New Glarus/Ale Asylum in Beloit or Janesville), but this is now my top choice when I am in the mood for something interesting. The few 6-packs they sell are pretty much winners (of their craft selection). You'd be hard pressed NOT to get something there that made you go, "Oh, wow! They have that!?"
Fantastic little shop. Don't let the wine fool you, or intimidate you. The person who selects which brews they sell REALLY has a passion, and knows what to stock. Quality, not quantity.
Also, they sell Central Waters!!!
10-25-2012 01:48:13 | More by TheSSG
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a newer place in Rockford. They host a beer tasting in their store. I've only been able to make it to one so far, but it it was a nice event, with a wide selection. They had five tables and the cost was a ten dollar suggested donation to a local animal shelter. You are given a 3-4 oz glass to go to the various tables that have 5 beers on it. You are allowed to sample as many from each table as you would like. They even supplied some appetizers. My only suggestion would be if they would use something with more neutral flavor to help cleanse the pallet.
Their cooler was stocked with a nice large selection of beers from across the US and some imports.
They also have a nice wide selection of wines and other spirits. (I was also noticing their nice Scotch selection).
They are a bit on the pricey side for some of their beers, but not too bad. They had items in their selection that I had not seen anywhere else in the region. If they don't have it in stock, they will see about ordering it for you too.
03-19-2009 03:39:29 | More by Contagion
4.75/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere: Feels small and cozy. Front of the store is all wine while the beer is located toward the back of the store. Warm feeling, everything is right on top of you.
Quality: I go to school in the Rockford area and this is by far the best selection in town. Absolutely top end quality stuff, only a small cooler of crappy domestic beer.
Service: By far the best aspect of this establishment. Highly knowledgeable staff who are very friendly and always willing to chat about beer with a fellow beer geek. Very relaxed feeling when dealing with the employees, no rush or pushing particular products.
Selection: Like I said above, best selection in the area. I know the beer guys at Artale go out of their way to acquire different products that cannot be shipped to them. Just all high end products which will make the snobbiest beer geek happy. Quality over quantity for sure.
Value: Right on point for the most part. Certainly don't mind paying a little bit more for some products due to the quality and service overall.
Overall: Instantly became my favorite establishment in Rockford upon finding it. Look it up and go get yourself some awesome beer!
01-25-2013 03:48:04 | More by KFBR392
3.59/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This isn't a bad place, it's just that the store is predominately wine, then liquor, then some craft beers.
The beers are in two locations in the back - either in the cooler or on two sets of shelves across from the cooler.
There are certainly finds to be had here, but most of the selection can be found at other stores nearby and for a better price. You'll eventually find something here that isn't available elsewhere in Rockford, though, so it's worth stopping in to see what they have...but be sure to shop around too.
02-25-2011 02:31:19 | More by bertram
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Artale on 01-19-2011
One of the nicest selections of craft beers in the area. The staff was very friendly.
The prices are competitive.
They are also willing to try and get in other beers as they become available.
I will definitely be going back.
Rockford doesn't seem to be a large market for craft beers and we don't have the large stores such as Binny's that have huge selections to choose from but the trade off is that you get more personal service from the smaller stores such as Artale.
01-21-2011 21:01:47 | More by kevin7912
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Artalé Wine Co. in Rockford, IL
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