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The Andersons General Store
$$ - reasonable
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7000 Bent Tree Blvd
phone: (614) 766-9500
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am a frequent visitor to this location. I was in today to pick up a four pack of Great Lakes Blackout Stout.
The atmosphere is definitely that of a general store but the beer selection is exceptional compared to other similiar stores.
The employees do their best to be helpful but often lack the expertise of some other locations.
They carry a very extensive line of domestics and imports both in 6 packs and 22 oz. bottles.
The variety of selections is hard to beat although they may not have some of the specialty selections you will find at "From the Vine" or "Palmer's."
If you are looking for a good beer store this place will fit the bill.
03-21-2007 03:05:46 |
More by cueball52
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to The Andersons for about three years now and they never disappoint. It's turned into a ritual where I hit The Andersons and follow it up with Whole Foods. For some reason The Andersons always has that "hard to find beer," the most recent example being Founders Double Trouble. I hit a few mom and pop/local stores with no success only to be surprised by The Andersons.
The quality & selection is always solid with your high end Alesmiths, Jolly Pumpkin, JW Lee's, etc. and of course the micro staples such as Bells, Founders, GLBC, DFH, etc.
I have never had to ask any questions and I rarely see any employees lurking in the beer aisle; though they are very evident in the wine sections.
The prices are about the same as you find at most stores. Definitely a good place to hit especially if the local/home grown stores don't have what you are looking for.
01-27-2009 14:49:16 |
More by jdoncbus
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
One of my general stops when in the Columbus area and pretty good for the city. A lot of craft six packs and imports to choose from in particular, with Michigan being represented very well. Also, two shelves of import and domestic singles, with some rarer releases usually to be found. I picked up an O'Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoke on my most recent visit. Prices are about the cheapest in the area as well and better than the neighboring Whole Foods. There is usually a clerk on staff in the department who knows the stock pretty well also. Overall, one of the better stores in the Columbus area and definitely worth a visit.
03-29-2010 03:15:47 |
More by boatshoes
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped into the Anderson's for the first time just to check it out.
Definitely a good selection available here, especially in the singles area. Just a ton of singles available.
I didn't find the overall selection that much better than say, Weiland's, but still a good place for beer.
One thing though was that everything seemed a bit overpriced here. Some of the singles were running a good $1 more than other places. In fact, I bought a single of Founder's Dirty Bastard at the Kroger on 161 for over a dollar cheaper than they were selling it at Anderson's.
Again, good selection, but unless I absolutely cannot find the beer at a place like Weiland's, Whole Foods, etc, I doubt I'll be back
02-04-2011 13:37:56 |
More by BeerBuckeye
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is generally where I purchase most of my beer and it's a great place to visit. They have a great, broad selection and prices are very reasonable.
You can find most microbrews here. They also have a very good selection of imports and domestics. I drink a lot of microbrews and I think I prefer From the Vine in that department. But, for all intents and purposes, the Andersons' is likely to have most things to appease me. Location is probably the biggest factor for me.
All in all, this is a great place to buy beer. If you haven't checked it out, you're in for a very pleasant surprise.
02-13-2007 16:55:28 |
More by prototypic
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
A short jaunt off of W Dublin-Granville The Anderson's General Store is an impressive site.
Full of nearly everything you could want, including a massive array of beer and wine.
4's, 6's, 12's, Singles, 22's, and 750's of almost everything I could ever want. A ton of offerings from Rogue, including Old Crusty, Impy Stout, and Imperial Pilsner in the 750 bottles. Alot of Stone, GLBC, Flying Dog, and I was quite impressed to see Deus there. Alot of this stuff was very reasonably priced and I even picked up a 12 oz single of '02 Old Crusty for 2 bucks and some change. Was impressed to see some Thomas Hardy's sitting there for the taking as well. I couldn't believe this beer selection was out in the middle of nowhere in a general store.
Definitely going to come back here on my next visit and pick up some more things. I was limited to Blackout Stout, Old Crusty and Rogue XS Impy Stout. I could have a hey-day in here with a little bit bigger bankroll.
Check it out if you're in the Columbus area.
05-14-2006 07:01:18 |
More by trep
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The atmosphere at Anderson's is great for the general shopper because it is a one-stop shop. As for my beer purchasing preferences, it was a bit crowded, noisy, etc. but nothing I couldn't handle.
The quality of beers available was excellent, and they had everything from local brews to founders, bells, dogfish head, stone, lagunitas, bear republic, southern tier, etc. All the seasonal offerings from these breweries as well as their regular brews as well.
The service was not very good and I actually found the staff to be more annoying than helpful. They obviously didn't know much about the beers they had, suggesting a bourbon barrel aged stout for a woman who wanted suggestions for a lighter beer, and telling her it was a combination of beer and bourbon. Need I go on?
The best part of the beer area is that they had an awesome selection of singles--everything domestic as well as tons of begian imports and several things I'd never seen before or heard about. The downside to the singles is that they have a huge markup, in the ball-park of 50%. For instance, you could buy a six pack of founders dirty bastard for 10.99 but the single was $3. Still, for the variety it was pretty good. I ended up buying 5 mixed 6-packs and 2 750's and it cost me $102 which is way more than I would normally pay but I was able to get access to a lot of beers I don't have back home.
11-19-2011 20:04:37 |
More by pBRale
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Before I get into my review, it's important to note that this location remodeled/expanded their Beer department about 3 years ago. This expansion really bumped Anderson's up from a regional chain general store to a craft beer destination in the Columbus metro area.
This store is a little off the beaten path from Sawmill Road & 161. During peak shopping hours it can be kind of tricky getting in and out of the store and back to main roads. They have a huge parking lot, however it gets near full at peak times. It's a big store because it has just about anything you'd need to get in one trip, electronics not withstanding. Compared to other stores in the area, the atmosphere is a slight turn off (for me) just because it's usually very crowded. The beer area is essentially the extreme southwestern corner of the store (if you don't include the gardening center). It consists of 5 aisles, 3-4 free-standing racks, and a big cooler in the back. It can be kind of close quarters because there are people with shopping carts and employees constantly stocking shelves. This can make it a little tricky if you want to browse comfortably.
The first aisle has some more common import beers (from every continent except Antarctica) in 4/6 packs and local brews (Rockmill, Columbus, Thirsty Dog, Hoppin Frog, The Brew Kettle, Rivertown, etc.). The second aisle has more regional craft beers (Great Lakes, Bell's, Weyerbacher, Founder's, Southern Tier, etc.). The third aisle has mostly West Coast craft beers (Green Flash, Stone, Rogue, Lagunitas, etc.). The 4th aisle is mostly BMC in 6'ers. The 5th aisle is all singles, big bottles to the left and 12oz bottles to the right. The free standing racks in addition to all the end-caps tend to have some really good, hard to find bottles. Look behind the bottles that are in front because I've found some good stuff hidden away (BA BORIS, BrewDog, Mikkeller, De Molen, etc.). The coolers along the back wall have some decent craft and import beers. The cooler in the back is primarily BMC but also some imports and craft beers that might not be in the aisles.
I can't give them a 5 on quality for one reason, they have a problem with rotating out old product in their 12oz. singles selection. 2/3 of the times I have put together a Mix-6 (no discount by the way) of singles, I get bottles that taste way past their prime. If it doesn't have a date on it, buyer beware! I would ask someone if there's no date on the bottle to see if they know when they got it in. Other than that, they rotate their stock quite often because it is a VERY high volume store so the other parts of the store almost always have in-date beer.
This brings me to service. While there seems to be enough staff covering the area, most of them don't know much about craft beer. They seem to be mostly wine stewards that are helping to stock the beer. There's a younger guy, Matt, who seems to be their "beer guy". If you can find him, he's the guy you wanna talk to -- he's great and knows about everything they have. They do tastings on Tuesday nights and have flyers for local events (beerfests, tap takeovers, brewery dinners, etc.) which is kind of cool. They don't seem to have a social media/e-mail presence that I know of... this is kind of a bummer because it makes it hard to know what new stuff is coming into the store and when.
Overall, this store has the largest selection of beer in Columbus. If you can't find the beer you want at another store in the area and it's available in Ohio, chances are Anderson's has it. The quality, with the exception of 12oz. singles, is always great. Price-wise it's about the same as everywhere else on the Northwest side. The atmosphere is a little crammed and uncomfortable during busy hours but it's something I have tried to get used to. The service could be a little better. I know wine is still their big thing but since they have the bodies there, they might as well get more than 1-2 people who actually know their beer and can properly assist customers with their beer inquiries.
09-29-2012 16:41:07 |
More by xdefeatsy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Anderson's is the only place that I can buy great beer, gourmet food, and lumber all in the same trip.
This store has a top-notch beer (and wine) section..they really know what they are doing, and the selection of beers shows that great care is made in bringing in really great brews and at the same time balancing the selection of imported with a great mix of Midwestern beers, with a focus on Michigan and Ohio.
The beer is arranged so finding what you want is easy..kudos for the wide selection of singles as well..not often found in the Columbus market, but much appreciated if you want to try several locals.
While both stores in Columbus have a good selection, the store on Sawmill Road has a better one.
06-01-2011 04:21:05 |
More by smithm1970
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A general store should have everything. Why not beer?
My wife and I live in Pittsburgh, but because I grew up in Columbus we come out here often, and a stop at The Andersons is mandatory every weekend we come back. They do an excellent job of stocking micros and imports, even going to the trouble of getting what they can of limited releases. Their seasonal selection is always phenomenal. And the guys who work the beer/wine section seem to know a great deal about what they have on the shelves.
An aside: If you like the vino, I've never come across a better selection in Columbus. Period.
11-06-2006 02:02:28 |
More by unclecrappy
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