ContemplateBeer (153) Louisville, Kentucky | February 13, 2016
- AMBIANCE 3/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 8/15
- FOOD 8/10
- VALUE 8/10
- OVERALL 14/20
Overview: The WIne Rack is a local shop dedicated firstly to wine (as you’d imagine), but also carries a variety of beer, cheeses, cured meats, pastas and other hors d’oeuvres. The owner, John Johnson, has been a wine sommelier for 15 years, so this is definitely a place to drop by if you are a wine enthusiast. As others have mentioned, the shop is located just a couple doors away from Crescent Hill Craft House, and also isn’t too far from The Irish Rover. The store’s interior features lots of wood- wood floors, and wood racks for the wine that take up much of the middle retail area. Food is on the right, and beer is on the left and in the back, where the growler station is also located (8 taps up a small staircase).
I was pleased to see another employee besides John during my last visit; both John and this employee (didn’t catch a name) were friendly, and offered to help whenever I had an inquiry. Beer selection has expanded over the years, but it’s still not huge or particularly noteworthy in and of itself: lots of classics mixed in with some solid craft options; the growler station does add some variety. A small selection of cider can be had here, mostly from Virtue Cider. The food, as already mentioned above, is why I usually drop in. Not only is the variety of cheeses (for instance) respectable, it is also competitively priced. Good size options also make this a good place for "cheese ticks," if such a thing exists. Everything is priced just right for the area.
PROS: Helpful service, nice variety of food options, well priced. CONS: Pretty much all of the beer can be found at a Liquor Barn or similar locations, so not much to draw you in here. OVERALL: I’d come for the cheese/wine, and tarry a bit for the beer here. It’s not a beer destination, but it’s definitely worth a look for the wine and cheese enthusiasts among us. Frankfort Ave. can be a hard place to park during peak times, so you might have a bit of a walk if you’re coming at dinner time. No dedicated parking area here as far as I can tell.
Brigadier (321) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | December 29, 2014
- AMBIANCE 3/5
- SERVICE 7/10
- SELECTION 10/15
- FOOD N/A
- VALUE 8/10
- OVERALL 16/20
Located adjacent to the Cresent City Craft House, the Wine Rack offers a good place to kill time while waiting for a table. Mostly focused on grapes and whiskey, you must head to the back of the store to find a limited selection of craft beers and a growler station. While small it does not cater to the Bud Light market. A couple of local cans from West Sixth compete with brands such as Evil Twin for space. The prices for growlers seem competitive with other spots. If I lived in the neighborhood I might stop in from time to time to get one filled.
This is not a destination to go out of your way to visit but given its proximity to the bar next door deserves a quick peek. Maybe you’ll find something interesting. In the worst case scenario it kills a few minutes while waiting for a table next door.