This store has been entirely over rated for this area. True, there are some unusual Belgian beers, but other stores in this area have these beers (Pannepot, 3 Fontienen, etc.). If you live in this part of town it is worth a visit, but I will not be driving out of my way to get here.
Nice little shop in a plaza on more of a residential road. Large selection of wine but a GREAT selection of beer. Yes, as others have mentioned the selection is small, but what they carry is high quality. Picked up an 07 and 2011 Pannepot, an 07, 08, 06 Stone Vert Epic and a couple of Epic beers from Utah. The owner is very knowledgeable and very talkative and friendly. Highly recommended.
Expected a much bigger selection when walking into this place. Lots of empty space and empty shelves. The focus is obviously on wine, but venture to the back and you might find some elusive beers. Organization is a bit lacking but it won’t take long to check everything out. Picked up some Gueuzes from Hanssens and 3 Fonteinen. Very surprised to see a 2000 vintage of J.W. Lees Harvest. If you’re searching for some rare beers give it a shot.
DiarmaidBHK (959) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 18, 2011| Updated June 22, 2012
There’s no way in hell this is the top beer store in Columbus. Imagine a craft beer store located in Soviet-era Russia and you’re pretty close. They do have a few good craft bottles but what they have more of is empty shelf space. That’s odd since only a 1/4 of the store is beer. There just ain’t that much shelf space. There’s no reason to head all the way out here. Andersons and Weilands are much better options.(Update) After I posted my review I got an email from the owner berating me for my opinion whilst slagging off Weilands and Andersons. Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, of all my visit experiences the past 18 months I’d put this one in the bottom 5.
This is my second visit since Christmas of last year. Visited on a Saturday and the selection always seems like someone has been there and picked them apart. There are holes on all of the shelves and all of the racks. Sometimes they have Alesmith, Green Flash, Founders, Two Brothers, Stone, and lots of American and Belgian brews. Some times they don’t have a darned thing. It is a bit of a gamble, and when it pays off, it pays off big time. Even when it does not pay off, this one has some finds, but I am not sure. First priority seems to be the wine, but sometimes there are incredible and hard-to-find beers. Service is spotty- depends who is working. This gamble could pay big dividends.
I had to stop here because this store is so highly rated. It was a bit out of the way and my GPS sent me to someplace in Westerville, but I eventually found it. When I first walked in I wasn’t sure if I was in the right place because all I saw was wine. The girl at the counter (found out later she’s the owner) asked if I needed help and she took me over to the beers. At first I thought there was no way this was the place because it was only one aisle of beer. After seeing the selection my opinion changed. They have about 8-10 cooler doors dedicated to six packs and singles and they have about 4-5 wooden racks of bombers, singles, 750’s etc. They carry 3 "bad" beers..bud, bud lt and miller lt, everything else is high quality. I walked away with, Evil Twin Yin, Soft Dookie, 3 different Fantomes, Ommegang Zuur, Hop Dam, Mikeller’s Our Side and a Dugges 1/2 Idgit. All in all this was a great stop. Service was great, the owner knows what she’s talking about when it comes to beer. If you’re looking for maybe not the largest selection but the selection with great quality beers, this is the place to go.
Always seems to get the newest beers in and tries to make sure she has some of every style. very good place to buy beer.
chibuck (589) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated December 24, 2011
I headed over here because of the super high rating and decided to give it a shot. I like walking that there is two signs, one says no hard liquor sold and two that the store is kept at cellar temperature. That sadly was pretty much the high point. This store is mostly centered on wine, over 3/4’s of the store is devoted to wine, with a sliver against the wall containing wine. The quality of the beers there was actually pretty good, as was the pricing a buck or two less than most places. Selection was really blah though, they did have good beers but nothing outside of 2 Buckeyere Brewing beer and Alesmith beers that I can’t get in Chicago. A decent place if you want to stop by, but this is NOT a destination place for people outside of Polaris let alone Columbus... service is knowledgable but the attitude is off
First off I love Jaimie. Shes by far the most helpful and knowledgeable shop owner in the area. It is suggested that you at least ask her a couple questions you may have. She gives great insight on the distribution network in Franklin and Delaware counties, makes helpful recommendations and will help you find a beer you are looking for.
Selection varies here somewhat. The majority of the beer area remains relatively the same. Alesmith, Southern Tier stouts, special Unibroues, Smuttynose Big Beers and the six packs of the season.
The very back shelf has become my point of interest. Special, rare or vintage stock is found here. Without giving too much away, Ive seen Stone VE 04-08, Pannepot Reserva, Fantome and others here.
Prices are about equal to the rest of Columbus. Any variation is probably because this store is located in Delaware co. Obviously there is some mark up for vintage and rare beers, but its nothing like Ive seen on ebay or other websites.
Highly recommended. I dont make it out here enough.