LinusStick (65) Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 13, 2010
I was doing a beer tasting at Geneva on the Lake for a family reunion and posted a distress call for a bottle shop nearby as the attendance was going to be double what I planned for. Someone wrote either Chuck’s or this place. This place was 53 minutes away and Chucks was an hour 14 minutes or something. Sorry Chucks. Anyhow, after getting lost in rural Ohio, I found it and was astonished. This place was a maze of alcohol. Walls of beer in the front that I thought ended but the owner showed me a path that led to 4 more walls all entwined with walls of wine. Found enough here to get me to 2000 ratings. Will go back every year I am in the area
Place is in a fairly big strip mall with plenty of parking right in front. Looks like a regular bottle shop, but definitely has some craft selections. Several guys working to help. The beers I had questions about they looked up in the computer. Nice quantity on the beer and some nicer one. Almost all beer are in cooler to preserve freshness (reducing the temperature is important in slowing the oxidation rate for most beer). Pricing was over all good. I picked up a few brews and would be interested in coming back.
This place is in the middle of nowhere. It is huge. Really big selection and all the latest things. The staff was super friendly. for most people this place is a bit out of the way but worth a visit.
Brigadier (321) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | September 23, 2013| Updated February 2, 2016
Revisit in 2013
This place has gotten even bigger. While some of the same gotchas remain the selection now dwarfs anything else. Drawbacks are no breaking six packs and some beers might be more "vintage" than expected. Otherwise though it is a must stop and with a new location opening in Mentor a growing part of the Cleveland beer scene.
Based on reviews I stopped by on a Sunday afternoon. The beers are stored in two rows of coolers. One side is mostly imports (Belgians, French, etc). The other is all domestic - ranging from Stone, Weyerbacher, Full Sail and many locals. They are apparently expanding as well in the near future. I’ll be sure to stop by at that point to see how things change.
If you are making a run to Chuck’s this might be worth a stop as well. It’s only a fifteen minute drive away.
Part of the appeal is how unassuming this place is. From the outside to the inside there’s nothing that hints towards the treasures hidden in plane sight.
The whole staff is extremely knowledgeable without a hint of snobbery (well I guess a bit, but in a fun way that includes you).
The selection of cold micro-brews is the largest I’ve ever seen! And if I was a wine drinker I’d probably be just as impressed with their wine selection.
I went there on a recommendation of a causual beer drinker (Miller lite type) But he said they had a good selection. NO doubt about that. What an awesome collection of brews from all over. I was mostly surprised to find some hard to find or limited production brews. The staff was very helpful in suggesting various possiblilities and types of beers. Not the sexiest of places and it is a bit out of the way. But it is worth the drive. Highly recommend Red Wine and Brew
What a massive selection! In addition to over 4,000 wines they also have over 1,500 beers. They claim to have everything everything that’s available in the state. I think that’s true for the most part except I didn’t see any Mikeller. Most everything they have is in the cooler which is an interesting touch. The owner of the store took me on a tour the minute I walked through the door which is a first. There’s only two big knocks. They don’t have any outside line creeping in but they do have more lighting in the coolers then I like to see. Plus they don’t let you make their own sixer, which given their selection is a damn shame.