Fairly often, a group of guys will come into Kenny Road Market to rent a moving truck. They get one step in, then forget all about their reservation.

Fairly often, a group of guys will come into Kenny Road Market to rent a moving truck. They get one step in, then forget all about their reservation.

Usually the bulk of the party's drawn to a row of coolers that contain the nondescript North Side carry-out's sudsy little secret: This trusted U-Haul dealer is home to one of the city's biggest beer selections.

"We get a lot of surprise - a lot," owner John Wenner said. "They think they died and went to heaven."

Banners proclaim a stock of 500 beers on hand, though Wenner said it's now closer to 600.

"It started out as a small neighborhood convenience store and just kind of found that niche, where people were looking for the different fancy beers that were more pricey," he explained. "It took off, and we've been building ever since."

Today, his coolers and room-temperature stacks boast beer from numerous nations, from scores of breweries and in every style from abbey ale to American lager. Wenner chose to upgrade the coolers when electric bills soared to $2,800 in August.

You can buy sampler packs from nearly 20 companies, including Heavy Seas, Flying Dog, Left Hand and Abita. A full line of bombers are available from Stone, Rogue, AleSmith, New Holland, Southern Tier, North Coast and plenty of others.

Can't make a decision? You can pick from a mix-and-match bottle section that's four doors wide.

"Everyone who comes for the beer is pretty blown away when they see it," said James Delewese, a resident beer expert who keeps shelves unique and crowded. "The selection's not random, but it's very fluid."

He stocks from favorite breweries like Avery, Bell's and Founders. He scours beer publications to discern what's hot. He fields suggestions from customers who make cross-town trips in search of seasonal specials and limited-edition items.

"People are branching out and more willing to try new things," Delewese said. "The interest is definitely there."

Bombers Away!

Sometimes it's just classier to buy a big bottle of beer. Here are some unique options at Kenny Road Market.

AleSmith Horny Devil

Avery Salvation

Goose Island Demolition

Green Flash Double Stout

North Coast Le Merle

Leader of the Pack

Kenny Road Market honors the purchase method you've come to trust - and has a few six-pack varieties you've never tried.

Avery White Rascal

Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey

Southern Tier Phin & Matt's

Urthel Hop-It

Victory Hop Wallop