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The Wine Source

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The Wine SourceThe Wine Source

31 Reviews
Reviews: 31
Visits: 46
Avg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
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3601 Elm Ave
Baltimore, Maryland, 21211-2402
United States
phone: (410) 467-7777

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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 46
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3%

I lived in Baltimore for a while but never got to check out The Wine Source because it’s all the way up in Hampden and I didn’t have a car back then. This time around, the wife and I are traveling down to DC and made a quick stop in Baltimore to visit the BAM and stroll around the funky streets and stores of Hampden.

So while she does her thing, I went in to the Source. What a place! A veritable supermarket of booze- all kinds of booze. Right away I see Black Xantus ($15), Old Stock 2011 Brandy ($25), Boulevard Bourbon Quad ($13.99) and some other good stuff from Perennial and Dogfish. The bomber selection is tasty and enticing, while the six-pack situation is not as exciting but fine.

Prices are good, I think. Very good indeed. Heck, I had paid 24 dollars for that Bourbon Quad a couple of days earlier in Philadelphia… they also sell cheese, charcuterie and other foodie goodies. It’s all there, under one roof.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Situated in the Hampden neighborhood, the Wine Source offers a real great selection. Parking is a pain, and the area is quite busy with walkable stores, and there aren't many spots but they eventually turn over.

The place is large on wine, but about 35% of the store is devoted to beer. It's nicely laid out in many sections, from seasonals, to the coolers, to the bombers, and then sections on sour beers and Belgians, UK, German, even to some degree hop and malt. There is also a small section of broken up 6 packs so that you can purchase 12 oz. bottles on a whim as well which is nice.

I conversed with the staff quite a bit and there wasn't a question they didn't have an answer for. THere's a lot of selection here and well defined. The other items of the store are also laid out real nicely as well.

There's a section with a nice cheese counter as well. This is a real good place for a real nice beer shopping experience in Baltimore.

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Photo of TaraMascara
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I found this store by looking on Beer Advocate for great places to buy beer while I was in Baltimore visiting. I was very impressed with the selections offered not only with beer and wine, but with the cheese and meat selection as well. I drove to Delaware to visit Dogfish Head's brew pub I made sure to stop back in Maryland just to visit this awesome store. If you're anywhere close by, you should definitely check it out!

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This place is very well designed with a nice layout. They have a small, cramped parking lot and if you can't get a spot in there then it can be a bit hard to find one without a bit of a hike.

Everything has its place and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. They are actually pretty knowledgeable too and willing to help out.

They have a pretty great selection, especially in bombers. There is a wall for singles but they all seem to be old and are usually by breweries that I have never heard of or ever heard good things about. That is what you can make your mix six out of, or you can ask to break up a six pack that isn't on the wall. They have a wall full of refrigerated beer as well. There is also a nice selection of cider here.

Also, they have a great selection of food, for food pairings. The food here is a bit exotic and pricey, but you can't get it at many other places. Their cheese selection is top notch.

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Photo of Swift989
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great selection especially of local wines and east coast beers. Was there on a Wednesday and they had a nice wine tasting with Tablas Creek Vineyard with the owners/operators there.

Employees are SUPER helpful and nice and love their products. I talked with one guy for 20 minutes about different beers and whether organic beers really mean anything different and whether their quality is worse. He had legit recommendations for craft brewery batches that came in inconsistant and not worth the $$ or up to par with past years. Really really fun and interesting chat.

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here earlier this week. I have always heard good things, figured it was time to finally check it out for myself.

Atmosphere was pretty good. A very nice feel to the store with all of the bottles laid out before you. People milling around in the aisles looking at bottles of wine and such. Service was good as well. I was asked multiple times if I needed help and when I did need to know a price they were quick to find out the answer.

Quality was pretty high. Lots of top notch wine, spirits and beer throughout and even some snacks to boot. They even had some rarer spirits / beers that I hadn't seen in awhile. Beer selection was pretty solid. Lots of locals mixed with the typical national offerings, and even some more obscure overseas offerings too boot. Prices were more than reasonable in my book. Overall a really solid bottle shop, I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.

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Photo of Kanegarden
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

First time to the Baltimore area....definitely enjoyed some of the local estabilishments i.e. Of Love and Regret Pub and Provisions and Max's taphouse to name a few. Decided to pick up a few bombers at Wine Source after reading some of the reviews on BA. Greeted with a friendly and knowledgeable beer bro who first introduced me to a few of his favs current favs. Jolly Pumpkin's Madrugada Obscura, Boulevard's Harvest Dance, MOA a NZ brewery's Pale Ale, Maine Beer Co.'s Titus, an austrian brewer Stift Engelszell 's Benno, and lastly a local Heavy Seas Siren Noire. Then the helpful fella offered me a tasting of one of Flying Dogs single batch imperial ipa....a definite gold star for service when offered a private tasting. Nicely organized with domestic/american craft beers, german, belgian, all separated. Definitely will be back to explore other destinations in Baltimore i.e. Brewer''s Art, Heavy Seas, Stillwater...and of course this place again for some new beers to try. Cheers!

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Photo of DRBiser
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place has one of the better beer selections in Baltimore City and arguably county. It's a large shop with the beers in the back nicely organized with separate shelves based on geographics and styles. They also group together certain beers by brewery. I fully appreciate that it's tough to choose the best way of stocking your shelves, but this place has it set-up as nice as i've seen.

I particularly enjoyed their great selection (and nice rotation) of beers from Jolly pumpkin, Evil Twin, and Mikkeller.

Only knock would be service. It's a big shop with a ton of people at registers so the wait is never a problem, but they don't offer much in the way of help as you browse. They're happy to answer any questions you may have, however.

There's also a little deli section with gourmet cheeses which looked pretty solid, but i can't speak to the quality or selection.

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Photo of steebo777
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I were visiting family in the Baltimore area so we decided to check this place out. Really cool vibe on the outside with a slick sign.

Inside was laid out nicely. Everything was very logically placed and very easy to get to. Nothing was out of stock and there were a ton of things I wanted. Prices were exactly were I expected them as well.

The staff was very friendly and courteous at the front counter. We chatted for a few minutes and as we walked out my brother-in-law said this is his go-to place from here on out.

All in all a great beer and wine store that I would DEFINITELY hit again and again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I came here based on a recommendation from kegatron. I was pleased with the ease of finding the place and the interior is well lit and organized. I checked out the prices which are all very reasonable. I think they have a very good selection and the place has other things besides beer and wine. The service is ok, they didn't really acknowledge I was in the store until I checked out and it wasn't busy, though.

I would return based on the ease of finding the beer you want -it is grouped by American, Belgian, German and UK beers. They have a good deal of stuff from 12% including Evil Twin. I like the prices and the stuff I bought was fresh so from a quality standpoint they are moving the product. I recommend them for the fair prices too - so if you are in the area, check them out.

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Photo of raznug
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I found the wine source when I was moving my sister to Hopkins. It has a very small parking lot but it is worth your while to taking a look. The have a great selections of beer in coolers as well as warm. The employees were more than helpful in knowledge of their selection and prices. They have helped my sister plenty of times when she doesn't know what she wants or can't find the brew. The Wine Source is a must stop when in Baltimore everything thing from the good selection belgians to the local brews like Heavy Seas, and plenty of beers from across the country and world.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great bottle shop. Large selection of bombers, six packs, four packs and singles. The 12oz single selection is a little thin, but overall this is a great shop for most beers available in MD -- Green flash, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Long Trail, to local favorites like Brewers Art, Stillwater, and DFH. Nice selection of imports (Belgians) too. Jed, the beer manager, is the man...he's tried everything in the store and is willing to help locate any brew in the shop or available in their distribution.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Once upon a time, I used to work right next door to the Wine Source over at the Rotunda. Of course in those days the beer selection there was a complete afterthought, while now it's pretty much the best in town.

Like a few other liquor stores I could name in Baltimore, the Wine Source is not the easiest place to find. Likewise, parking is pretty limited (6 or 7 spots right out front), and so one's initial impression is really not all that great. However, once you walk in, it's readily apparent that the Wine Source is not your typical Baltimore liquor store. Aside from their stellar wine selection, they also carry gourmet coffee, a wide selection cheeses, cigars and a nice range of glassware. The beer selection has always been located straight back to the right when you first walk in the door, and has grown considerably over time. I've visited the WS a number of times, and I can honestly say that the selection has just gotten better and better over time (I'd rank this as probably the best spot for craft beer in the city now). There still is a cold box of macro crap as well, but it's only in the cold box and the selection of macro swill seems to be dwindling. As for craft beer and imports, the selection is extensive, though I never did figure out how everything is organized. There are some shelves dedicated exclusively to Belgians, though another shelf with predominantly Belgian stuff also had a row of Mikkeller. I was here this day hoping to pick up some CC Thank you, Thank you very much, and it took a while to find it. It wasn't located in an exclusively "locals" or IPA section, but whatever... at least they had it (I called all over town trying to find it, and they seemed to be the only store in town that had any). Otherwise, the selection of craft beer and imports is vast and impressive, and I confess I never find it too arduous a chore looking over row after row of great beer.

As for service, I'm not really sure what to say about it. I was in the store looking around for roughly 20 minutes and never had anyone stop by to ask whether or not I needed any help (not that I did). On the other hand, when I walked to the back of the store to take a gander at some half bottles and some pinot noir, I was asked almost immediately if I required any assistance, or was I just looking around. In any event, everyone here was otherwise very pleasant and polite.

Regardless, the Wine Source is a very fine beer store and prices are fairly reasonable (by Baltimore City standards). I'd definitely call it the preeminent beer store in the city, one that is on a par with State Line and the Perfect Pour. Just wish it wasn't such a hassle to get to from my West Side home and office in Woodlawn.

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Photo of shivtim
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

I visited this place with a friend while in Baltimore. For a wine store, they have a really great beer selection. Lots of refrigerated six packs and some singles, and a very large selection of un-refrigerated bombers and individual bottles. There's a wide variety of options, including a sizeable Belgian selection, a full range of Rogue, Stone, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, etc, some random singles from places like Goose Island, J.W. Lees varieties, and a few local brews (like Pub Dog). Definitely worth a stop if you're in the city.

I didn't ask for any help and didn't receive any, but the cashier was very friendly. Decent prices. All of the beers looked like they were freshly stocked (no dusty bottles).

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Photo of cvito
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

The Wine Source is the place for beer in Baltimore. Although is has mostly wine, there is an extensive beer selection by Great Divide, Nogne O, Stone, and others. The prices are reasonable for the great quality of beer. The staff is friendly, and there's "the beer guy" who really knows his stuff. If you are in need of beer, talk to him. The beers he recommends are quite tasty, and I haven't regretted purchasing one of his choices. All-in-all, this place is a must-visit, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

FTB and I stopped by on the way home from Max's 72 Hours of Belgium.

Quality: The store is large, bright and inviting. Wines seem to be the focus but the beer list is no slouch. Holiday ales were featured centrally, with other bottles, both singles and six packs around the corner. Several coolers also line the far wall. There is a cheese counter, as well as other artisan offerings, plus they'll give you a free cup of coffee.

Service: I didn't seek any help until checking out. At that point, the staff was friendly, even tracking down the beer manager to handle a question.

Selection: Selection is through the roof. Belgians and American craft are prominently features, with locals like DuClaw and Brewer's Art on the shelves. Further down the beer aisle, German, English and Italian beers all get press. An excellent selection, maybe the best in Baltimore.

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Photo of BaltimoreBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +14.2%

The Wine Source really has no competition for the best beer store in Baltimore. It used to be Wells until a few years ago, Im assuming when Brian the beer guy took over. Hes extremely knowlegable, has tried virtually every beer there regardless of how recently hes gotten it, provides great descriptions/recommendations for beers, and is always more than happy to hang out, show you whats new and chat beer.

The selection is the best in the area and they always get whats new and hard to get. Excellent selection of domestic craft beers, belgians, sours, etc etc. The place is extremely clean and they dont let beers sit around to get old and dusty, they discount them to move them off the shelves if need be.

Prices are very reasonable,probably a good buck or more less per six pack then the place with the second best selection in the area. Not much more to say.

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Photo of asabreed
5/5  rDev +14.2%

After eating some great food at The Golden West Cafe, my friend told me we had to walk to this place and that I'd really like it. What worried me is how deep my wallet was and how deep I'd go to purchase some good stuff.

What's great about this place is they have a selection of wine, beer, and liquor that's pretty out of control. High shelves, extremely clean, and a lot of people working, since there are probably always a ton of people there.

The beer selection was a bit oddly placed I'd say, since it was kind off-to-the side and aisle-to-aisle, though I'm not explaining it well. But once you got the hang of it, it was easy to find what you wanted. Belgians. Stuff from Norway. Domestics. Local brews. Micro and craft brews from everywhere.

When I saw the V.2 Dark Horizon I had to get a bottle, which was $22 I think, though I plan on saving it for at least 5 years, if I can do it. The other thing I was never able to find was Weyerbacher's 2009 Riserva, and they had that for $16. A few other bombers, A Little Sumpin Sumpin Extra and Great Divide's Double Wit, and it was a $55 trip. I EASILY could've spent $500 in there, especially with the possibility of some great bottles of wine and good scotch or bourbon.

Overall, this place is highly, highly impressive. I have no complaints whatsoever, and though things can always be better, this place will probably continue to improve. Their prices are also extremely impressive and reasonable as far as what I've seen and heard about a lot of the beers elsewhere.

Don't miss a trip to this place if you're in the Baltimore area. I know I'll be going again when I get back.

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Photo of qchic
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

So there are plenty of informative reviews that I would only reiterate. Yep, quality and service are fantastic, especially if Brian the "beer guy" is there. Plenty of quality beers to be found: cold sixers of micros, belgians, germans, a growing section of italians, seasonal bombers, single 12 oz. bottles to mix and match. The store is clean, bright, organized and filled with many delicious libations (wine, duh, and liquor). They do unpretentious wine tastings at least a couple of days a week (fri. and sat.) and less frequent beer tastings. Prices are fair and while I can sometimes find things a few cents cheaper elsewhere, I am happy to support this establishment for the solid selection that they provide. When visiting the city of Baltimore, this is the place I suggest you visit to purchase some souvenirs.

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Photo of shageman331
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

This has been my go to shop for quite some time now. Although their main focus is wine, the selection is very good with most of the heavy hitters present (Stone, DfH, Sierra Nevada, Trappists, Cantillon, Mikkeller, Nogne O, Allagash, et. al.). Not to mention the extensive wine and liquor selection. Also, it seems that every other week or so there is a tasting of either wine or beer (last week was Flying Dog). The service is friendly, but other than "the Beer Guy" not many seem to know that much about beer. That being said the Beer Guy really knows his stuff, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of his recommendations. Overall, this is a very good store and one that I would recommend visiting.

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Photo of cwps48
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

The Wine Source definitely has a great selection. They're constantly getting in new imports and always have a good stock of some great beers (Bernardus 12, Mikkellers, Nogne O's, etc). Every time I go, I manage to leave with a good haul and it generally doesn't hurt the wallet too much (unless it's my birthday or something). The staff is unknowledgeable for the most part, being that it's a wine store, but there is the token beer guy who is friendly, outgoing, and knows what he's talking about. I have yet to be disappointed with something he's recommended. This place is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I was visiting family in Baltimore and needed to grab a case for a split...I figured might as well get something local since I don't travel to Baltimore often. I had been in communication with The Wine Source via email for a few days asking what type of local Maryland brews they had by the case, and they were very polite, quick to respond, and knowledgeable. After contacted a couple other distributors, their prices were also better by a few bucks. The only complaint I can possible make is that the store focuses more on wine (duh, hence the name) than beer. This was great for my wife since she got to browse the wine while I drooled over their beer selection. We both ended up walking away with our hands full. Great store, next time I'm in Baltimore I'll definitely be stopping by.

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Photo of strohme2
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

This place was a suggestion by fellow BA's for a visitor. I was visiting friends in Baltimore and was looking for some local brews.
The selection for not only beer but also wine and liquor was amazing. Huge selection of Belgiums, singles and rarities . Great wall of cooler space as well. The staff was friendly and asked if I needed any help although I didn't--was just drooling and pacing the aisles.
Seemed to have a cheese selection as well, too bad thats not my thing, it looked pretty cool.

The two times I have been there I walked out of the store with a boatload to take back to Michigan for a reasonable price.
Its a must visit for a quality beer shopping adventure.

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Photo of Beervis
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

I just can't possibly say enough about this place. The staff is always very helpful and courteous, and their selection of everything (wine, beer, liquor) is fantastic.

Their beer selection is quite large, with selections from all over the globe. They carry a huge selection of the Shelton Brothers imports, which is where I spend most of my money. If there's something that I can't track down in NoVA, I can usually find it here. They also sell a small selection of glassware.

If you're ever in the vicinity, definitely check this place out. They give case discounts too, but you have to talk to the beer guys to get it, as they said that the cashiers don't usually know to do it automatically. A+ for service, and selection.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A must stop whenever I'm coming or going down I-83 into the city. Located in the quaint, artsy neighborhood of Hampden amongst a multitude of eclectic shops and restaurants. They could probably use a little more parking out front but it's never been too much of an issue. The store is very neat in both inside and outside appearence. While the majority of the shop caters to wine and liquor needs, nearly the entire back part of the store is dedicated to beer, with one side consisting of warm beer on shelves and the entire back wall of coolers for six packs and cases.

Great selection here and is my go to (over some other local places) whenever I'm looking for the newest products on the shelves. They don't seem to get hit as hard by the beer people since it seems like I'm always able to find plenty of the lastest harder to find releases. Tons of the latest domestic bombers, magnums, and six packs. A couple of shelves are dedicated to just Belgians, Lambics, and Belgian style American brewed beers. I haven't been disappointed yet in a visit here. The only complaint is that a majority of the six packs (from what I can tell) can only be found pre-chilled in the coolers. They have a decent sized mix and match single selection that often focuses on seasonal beers and I believe they also have a six pack club that offers incentives for repeat buyers. They used to offer a fairly nice glass selection as well but the last time I was in there, it looked kind of thinned out.

Service has always been good. It looks like they employ a good number of local young adults that while not being the most knowledgable (and isn't too bad considering that the majority of their business seems to be wine) are always eager to help you out with something. Pricing is fair for the most part, with a few items being just a little more on the pricey side than what I've seen elsewhere.

Defintely a must hit in the Baltimore area. Nice location, good service, reasonable pricing, and a selection, that while not huge, definitley consists of some top quality beers. Check it out.

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The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
95 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.