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“SO Good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beer Nuts, Inc

Beer Nuts, Inc
Ranked #5 of 33 things to do in Bloomington
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Owner description: Come visit the BEER NUTS® Company Store at the BEER NUTS® plant location for a sample, a plant video tour, or to pick up some nuts and merchandise to take home with you, wherever that may be...Ever wonder what's behind the success of America's Favorite Nuts? It's a story that begins with a lot of the attention to freshness, quality and detail that started way back in 1937. That's when Arlo Shirk and his father Edward G. Shirk purchased a small confectionery store in downtown Bloomington, Illinois and with it, the recipe for a special glazed peanut.Called the Caramel Crisp Shop, the business sold glazed nuts, popcorn, peanut brittle, caramel apples, and orange drink. The ancestors of today's BEER NUTS Peanuts were known as "Redskins" because they were prepared with their red skins intact. In 1940, at age 22, Edward Shirk's son, Russell, returned to Bloomington following his brother’s untimely death, to help manage the Caramel Crisp Shop. A stickler for quality, Russell personally monitored how every item in the store was prepared and served.In the early 1950's, the Shirks occasionally packaged "Redskins" for the National Liquor Stores in Bloomington. The product sold well under the label "Shirk's Glazed Peanuts." It was this small start and the persistence of Eldredge C. Brewster, a local potato chip and food distributor and a customer and supplier of the Caramel Crisp Shop that got things going. Shirk and Brewster teamed up as manufacturer and distributor to see how the product would sell, the first target being taverns and bars in the nearby community and surrounding areas. It was then that the product was officially dubbed "BEER NUTS" Peanuts and the now well-known trademark was registered. While Shirk produced the product in the basement at a new Caramel Crisp Shop location during off hours, Brewster began achieving market penetration through his potato chip distribution in Central Illinois. In a matter of months the product was available in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. BEER NUTS, Inc. continues to use the same unique formula for its special niche of products as they did back in 1937. All BEER NUTS® products are produced at the single 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Bloomington, Illinois, under the direction of the Shirk Family. With the same family commitment to freshness and quality since 1937, the family takes pride in the fact that the BEER NUTS® trademark brings smiles and instant recognition in all 50 states and several countries around the world.
Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“SO Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

A store where you can get all of their awesome products...we bought 2 large, an original and chocolate covered peanuts.Also, a 3 pack of new flavors to try out.

Visited April 2013
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Thermopolis, Wyoming
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Nuts You Can Grab”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

The factory store allows you to see the product, taste the many varieties and choose your favorites...we ove the chocolate covered nut clusters, the honey roasted nuts are superb as well!
The hours are limited but worth the effort, a company card helps frequest purchasers get some free product if you are a regular visitor like us...

Visited November 2012
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Bloomington, Illinois
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9 reviews
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“Beer Nuts!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

If you have ever eaten and/or loved Beer Nuts, you must stop by the factory and visit the store. Nationally known Beer Nuts are only made here in Bloomington, IL. At the store, they allow you try the different nuts or bar mixes before you purchase any. Once you try them, you will want to buy all of the different kinds!

Visited November 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great peanuts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

If you've never eaten Beer Nuts brand nuts, you have to try them. Bloomington is the Hometown for this operation and the taste is just out of this world. I won't eat any other peanuts after trying these nts.

Visited September 2011
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good Store”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

This was a good store with good service and inventory.

Visited December 2011
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