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Palmer's Beverage Center
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
3375 Indianola Ave
phone: (614) 263-7444
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Palmer's lies north of the OSU campus area. You are definitely only going to find this place thanks to word-of mouth. They have a small storefront parking lot and don't ever seem to be too busy so there should be no problems there.
It is worth seeking out though because the selection is one of the better ones I have come across for such a small store. There was a definite focus on micros and Belgians (I saw Duvel, Rochefort, Bruegel, Chimay etc). Some cooler space as well, along with a decent selection of singles and a few various samplers.
The staff was accommodating. Overall there is plenty here to keep a beer lover busy for awhile.
12-07-2002 14:43:33 |
More by Dogbrick
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found this place on beerfly, and it's only 20 minutes from home. I stopped by to check it out, and to see if I could find some of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout which just came out. No KBS left, but I had a good time browsing anyway.
The selection is stellar. Most of the selections are available in several other locations in Columbus, but there were a few which seem to only be available here (DuPont Avec Les Bons Voeux jumped out at me at $7.99 per large bottle). Prices were average, sometimes higher than elsewhere ($15.99 for Urthel Hop-It 4-pack vs. $13.99 average) and sometimes lower ($6.99 for Sam Adams Double Bock vs. $7.99 elsewhere).
It's a little out of my way, but I'll definitely stop by again whenever I'm in the area.
03-24-2007 22:50:09 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
In my opinion, Palmers has the best selection of beers in Columbus. I didnt get a chance to visit every store, but this one stood out as far as selection goes. The gentlemand working at the store wasnt very approachable and seemed kind of mopy, but his dog was cute. Palmers was a mix between Brawleys in Charlotte (because of the dog), Sams in Durham (because of the look), and City Bev in Winston Salem (because of the layout). Prices seemed extremely reasonable with everywhere else in town. Perhaps my memory is fading, but I swear all of the Bruery beers here in OH are nearly $5 cheaper than in NC. Due to the super easy and convenient location, this place should remain quite popular.
01-19-2011 00:55:54 |
More by SaCkErZ9
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The final stop on a beer store tour of the five most acclaimed Columbus beer stores according to beerfly (From the Vine, The Andersons, Kenny Road Market, Spagio Cellars).
Compared to the others, Palmer's has the selection and quality to match. I asked about a the mysterious appearance of Black Albert and the guys working the counter didn't know about it. This would be an indicator of a great cover up or lack of super beer geek knowledge/access.
In any event, the selection was great and if you're on 71 passing through town, it's an easy stop.
03-03-2009 16:01:19 |
More by Yetiman420
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Tough little spot to negotiate; the traffic in this area is congested and the parking, in front, is minimal. But, oh my, once you're inside it is a little bit of beer paradise as the first two groups of shelves are dedicated to beer and they are loaded. I saw some stuff in here that I've not only not seen elsewhere, I've never heard of it either, particularly some Russian beer.
Most everything is unrefrigerated, except for the higher rotation macros, and the service is, well, available. Truly worth a visit to view the stock.
09-06-2003 12:21:17 |
More by AtLagerHeads
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
In Columbus for holiday so I stopped by one of the highest rated beer stores to compare to Chicago. While its nothing remotley close to Binny's in LP, its pretty damn good for Columbus.
They have 4 rows of beer, placed appropriately by region and nice great selection of West Coast brews I can't get in Chicago. Great selection of Stone and Alesmith, then some great semi locals like Troegs then an awesome Yeti seasonal pack. The price is great, I got a great bottle of Cantillon for 15, more like 29 in Chicago.
12-24-2009 21:04:13 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Darker interior with wood shelving makes it feel fairly cozy. Also looks like this is a fairly old establishment. 2 guys working, one older, neither seemed too interested in me. I prefer to not have anyone bother me though. At the same time absolutely no conversation at checkout, meh. Even the cashier at the Total Wine usually has something to say.
Good selection of US micros. Foreign stuff looked good too. Coming through looking for stuff not available to me in NC, this pretty much meant Ohio locals, Alesmith, Troegs and 3Floyds. More interesting 22s and 750s but some local sixers. Really wasn't blown away by the selection of stuff I was looking for, but maybe I just came at a bad time. Still a quality selection. Alesmith well represented, grabbed a couple along with a Flying Mouflan. Black Sun was the 3F, which I had and is good, but I find 3F to be higher priced to buy repeats.
I think there must be a real dearth of stores in the Columbus area. This place was fine but really was a step down from the "top rated" stores in pretty much every other state I've been in. I personally found Wieland more interesting. Would pop in though to see if anything interesting was around.
01-06-2012 03:21:56 |
More by Bung
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a decent little shop-- I found many of prices to be cheaper than Pace High.
In my opinion, the selection is better as well.
Usually when reviewing beer shops in new states or towns I prefer to check out several places before I review any of them...
We first hit Pace-High, then came here, them went to Amderson's General store. I do this so that I can compare the selections an prices.
Anderson's was the best shop, but this was second place, well ahead of Pace.
This particular store didn't have Rivertowne Lambic (which was one I had been looking for), and the employees didn't seem to even know what I was asking for. There was some Tilquin available, so all was not lost.
This would certainly be a decent stop to grab some locals, but the 15 minute drive to Anderson's is worth it in my opinion.
01-23-2012 00:09:00 |
More by AleWatcher
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is one of my go to places in Columbus. I think it has the largest selection of beer in town. It is mostly bombers and magnums. They do not have the option to create your own six pack.
It is well organized with the first isle being English/Irish/Scottish breweries. All the Sam Smith, lots of BrewDog, all of the J.W. Lees Harvest Stout series, Thomas Hardy, you get the idea. The end of this isle is where the German ales reside. Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Aventius etc.
Down the middle isle to the left side is all the Belgian breweries and Belgian style breweries. Lots of hard to find Unibroue, Cantillon, Lindeman's Gueze, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Rochefort and more.
The right side is one half of the American craft selection. This is the best place, or only place, in town to get Jolly Pumpkin. They have a lot of JP. I just got a bottle of La Roja recently. There is also all of the AleSmith brews in this isle.
The last isle is a continuation of craft beers. Lots of The Bruery, Avery, some of the better DFH like their 750ml bottles and 4 packs, and Hoppin Frog. The bottle shelf of this isle is where they keep their 6 packs. There arent many, this shop mostly has bombers.
At the end of this isle is where Bell's 6 packs and The Brew Keeper and Buckeye Brewing can be found.
Along the wall there are coolers with some 6-packs but I usually just ignore them. All the good stuff is on the shelves.
03-27-2010 22:20:45 |
More by MbpBugeye
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here for the first time the other day while searching for some local bombers for a trade. This place is located in a non-descript building on the corner. Limited parking available in front.
When you walk in the door, you are greeted by two dogs, as mentioned by other reviewers. Not sure of their names, but I think it is a nice touch. They look fairly happy, snoozing on the floor surrounded by beer and wine.
The first two aisles to your left as you walk in are all room temperature beer. There are also coolers along the right wall full of cold beer, mainly six packs. The back of the store is what appears to be a fair selection of wine.
The beer selection here is comparable to other nice stores in the area. They are a little better with their Belgian selection, but everything else is on par. As is often the case, they seem to have a few beers here that other places don't and seem to be missing a few that you can find at other places.
I knew what I was looking for, so didn't talk to the staff much. I did ask them, as a long shot, if they had any KBS left. While they didn't, they were kind enough to point me to a competitor's store who they thought might have some left. Class act in my opinion. Everytone was extremely friendly and while attentive at first, seemed happy to let me wander around with my list and ogle the goods.
03-30-2009 13:57:27 |
More by beveritt
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