This place was a little out of the way, but worth the visit. I was clearly not the first beer geek to have come through that day, I guess they had gotten picked clean by all the traffic to Great Lakes for the BA Blackout release. But they were very friendly and willing to answer questions. Even gave me a card incase I was coming back through and might be looking for something specific. As far as selection, Stone 04 for half the price of what it is in Columbus right now. A very tempting 3L of Arrogant bastard from 2001. Quite a few imports I had never seen before in Ohio. The cooler had some goodies in it, but after he mentioned having a cellar somewhere else in the store I was really hoping to get down there instead.
This palce in in Chagrin Falls, a quaint village on the eastern outskirts of Cleveland, just a few miles from where I grew up. My two brothers live close by, and I had the occassion to stop in on a recent visit. Staff was very helpful and friendly. The selection was as good as I’ve seen, although the owner was lamenting the fact that their stock and selection was way down because of the time of the year. Could have fooled me. My brother is familiar with the place, and asked about going in the cooler which is not visible to patrons. They had a bunch of stuff back there that was not out front. Some Alesmith, Jolly Pumpkin, etc. Prices were reasonable for most of the widely available micros, but maybe a little high on some of the Belgians and other "high end" micros. On the down side, they don’t split six packs, and had only a very limited selection of 12 oz. singles. My observation was if it’s distributed in Ohio, these guys have probably got it, unless the distributor is out of it. Certainly worth a visit if you’re in the Cleveland area.
Stopped in here the other day. Chagrin Falls is a very nice little town, and worth a visit on its own. Finding good beer there is a bonus. The store had a very good selection of beers with a nice mix of domestic craftbrews to imports. The owner and another worker were there and were helpful, but they wouldn’t let me split any of the six packs on the floor or in the cooler. They do have a wall with singles that you can mix and match. There were some hidden treasures in the singles, but most of it was average stuff at best. I peeked at some of their food selections, looked nice, but I wasn’t there for food so I didn’t get anything. Overall: A bit out of the way, but worth a visit. Good selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and some great views of the Chagrin Falls.
Sammy (670) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005| Updated August 1, 2014
I pleasantly found it to be on the street that is on the 271 express (chagrin), it was in a nice small town, and it was near the off-the-wall Buckeye’s. More than 400 beers, at fair prices, with a very knowledgeable and involved owner and backup. Lots of hard-to-finds. Bonus points for throwing in a glass and other freebies, telling me about future brewery beer tastings, and breaking up some 4-and 6-packs which was a pure pleasure for my ability to import despite being a bit of hardship to them. The Bell’s(and other Michigan brews) distributor in Ohio strongly urged me to go there "These guys take a bit of everything" Updated years later to reflect current reality v. so many better stores now.
MAP (26) Lakewood, Ohio | August 8, 2004| Updated August 31, 2005
Right across from the falls, and a definite stop to go if you are in or near Solon. The staff there is almost always on the ball, unless to local beer nuts are both not there, in which case you are left with the wine nuts. They also know what they are about to get in within the coming weeks, so you can do your homework if on a budget (for us poor college folk.) The prices are generally reasonable, unless you want a single of something limited, then you might be paying $3-4 for a ImortAle. And as for food, their cheese is exelent, good varienty off different stuff you will never find at Wal Mart.