(Visited 08/2008): Blacklick Wine & Spirits is on the east side of Columbus a few miles east of I-270 on Broad Street. There is a decent-sized private lot out front that is shared with some other places in the strip mall.
The interior is open and laid out well. Wine and spirits are near the entryway, with beer being in the left and rear of the store, most of it in coolers. There is a long counter along the right side of the store that almost looks like a bar.
The beer selection is very good. Lots to choose from representing the Ohio and Michigan regions, from GLBC, Bellís and Founders to goodies from further away like Avery, Rogue, Stone etc. Decent selection of imports from Belgium and the UK especially.
Service here is very good, and these people clearly care about the beers. Our first visit was during a "Dogfish Head and Cheese" tasting and it was great. They really went out of their way to get someone from DFH who could speak with authority on their beers and what complemented the flavors. BW&S does tastings very frequently judging from their mailing list.
Overall this place might be a haul for people not living on that end of the city but this place is definitely worth a trip.
Dedicated parking lot in a strip mall, plenty of parking. Descent smaller selection on the back left of this place, refrigerated on the far left, a few shelves of some interesting bottles on the right. I landed a bottle I was looking for. Prices seemed average. The guy working asked if I needed help. Selection was a little limited, but I like this place pretty well.
"Yeah, Iíll take a 6 of Ruination and a 4 of Double-Trouble to go?!" This place is the first craft-beer place Iíve seen with a drive thru. This is probably the best beer store Iíve yet found in Columbus, although my exploration is so far limited to this spot, From the Vine, and a few area grocery stores.
This is a state-owned l;iquor store, but has a decent amount of cooler and warm space devoted to beer. As you enter, thereís a small cooler of imports, as you go deeper in the store thereís a long beer cooler along your left, and thereís warm storage of bombers and 12oz singles to your right and front. You can mix and match a 6-pack from a small selection on a shelf. Prices are a tad high, but pretty typical for a specialty shop.
The help here is pretty transparent. They all seem young, and the place is usually busy enough they seem to be occupied with just keeping the registers and drive-through running.
Iím not exactly blown away by this store, but as I said, it is the best Iív
I just moved to this end of town, but Iíve been working up here for years and had no idea this place existed until a few months ago. This place is awesome! Wide selection of micros, macros and imports. Pretty decent selection of singles that rotates frequently. Iím not a huge fan of wine and liquor, but they seem to have a good selection of these as well. Joe is the resident beer guru and he hosts weekly beer tastings. I believe they also do weekly wine tastings. Get on their e-mail lists to receive weekly updates about the tastings. And if you donít see the beer youíre looking for, mention it to Joe and he will do his best to order it in. Maybe living on the east side wonít be so bad.
I love the feel of this store.Small and quaint.A small selection, but above average selection. You can buy singles here, sixers and they both come cold.Great little shop.Thank you Dawn for showing me this place.
Updated: 8/1/08...I just wanted to update here, since I was the original person who entered this store. They ahve expanded their craft beer selection in the last year. A whole wall of coolers house six packs, and they ahve two coolers dedicated to singles. They now offer quite a few shelves of singles as well. They host beer tastings and bring in guests as well. VERY NICE place for the East side of Columbus. Great wine selection and they sell liquor too. How can you go wrong???
This store has apparently gone through an expansion. I was told it used to be a straight liquor store but it is far better than that now. A fine beer selection with plenty of everything. Plenty of alcohol to suit your needs both high and low end. And the wine selection looks decent as well. I get up that way about once a year and I will certainly make it a regular stop.
This place is a little bit of a drive for me. Thats what has kept me from visiting until the other day.
Its at the end of a small shopping plaza off of the right side of Broad street. The sign is big and easy to see. This is a good thing because many shops in Columbus are very hard to spot if you dont know exactly where they are.
When I first walked in I was surprised at how nice it was in there. Off to the left there is a wine cellar style room made of rocks and fine wood shelving all filled with wines. There is a small bar there with wines set out for guests to sample.
At first all you are greeted with is wine. The shop is probably 60% wine and 20% beer 20% spirits. The beer is mostly 6 packs kept in a big long cooler. Only about one door in the cooler and the inside of the walk in is for domestics, the rest is craft.
I was pleasantly surprised with a few of the beers I found there. They still have HopSlam (about 3 cases!), 21 Amendment, all the typical Bellís, Founderís, Lots of Elevator (stuff I didnt know was being bottled).
Outside of the cooler there are a few shelves. Some bombers and singles. There was a 4 pack and 3 singles of KBS just sitting out in plain view! It seems like this shop might get overlooked when it comes to those highly prized beers we get in Columbus. The other shelf had beers that were marked down really cheap, they must have been sitting a while.
The last shelf is the best one. Its very tall and is filled with all their Belgian and German selections. The typical (and not so typical) selections from Unibroue are among others like St Bernardus.
At the end of the counter there was also some beer set out for tasting. This time it was Rouge Mocha Porter.
Behind the counter, spanning the whole length of the establishment are their spirits. It looked like there was some high end stuff.
The only employees I saw were just young guys who seem to just be working there as a clerk for an after school job. I didnt ask any questions but I felt like they would not be as knowledgeable as the folks at other area shops.
This is a very clean and well kept place. I think I will be headed back for more HopSlam and Ill keep this place in mind when the next rarity come through Columbus.
Iíve been wanting to stop by this place but havenít since its about a 45 min drive, but after stopping in I decided this place is worth the drive. Nice selection, found lots of stuff I canít find at my usual craft brew stops,canít really comment on service since I didnít have much questions, but overall id say this place is pretty solid and worth the trip if you are somewhere in the area.