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Denny's Craft Beer & Wine Cave
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$$ - reasonable
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4400 Heatherdowns Blvd
phone: (419) 214-0101
(Place added by: benmiliron on 01-08-2009)
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| Reviews: 22
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Near UT to drop off a fedex envelope and B&W Cave is only a few miles away. Two tater tots in tow.
Atmosphere: The store is connected to a butcher and requires you to enter through there. BBQ sauces and other accoutrements dot the aisles on the way to the beer cave. Through an archway, you are there. Beer to the left, homebrew back past that. Wine to the right.
Quality: The beer cave has a few stools, most are up near the wine though. I wasn't expecting a wall of coolers...
Service: Service was average, nothing great and nothing bad.
Selection: I'll admit it, I'm stumped. The selection is good but that's it. Locals are plentiful, as are seasonal (pumpkin) beers. But the selection wasn't that deep and nothing wowed me. Great Lakes was in abundant supply, as were Flying Dog, Founders, and Bells. The selection, I'd say, is just below some of the regional Andersons stores, good but ordinary.
Food: Plenty of meats and related items to be had but we weren't indulging.
09-05-2011 01:00:04 |
More by akorsak
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A non-BA friend of mine told me about the Beer and Wine Cave a while ago, and I've finally made it over. The location is in a strip mall across from the Stranahan in SW Toledo.
The first thing you'll see as you enter is wine. The front half of the store has racks of vino on both wall and through the center. Beyond the register lies the beer. The south wall holds shelves of room temperature stock, and the north wall is lined with refrigerators loaded with beer.
One of the most notable thing about the selection is how fresh everything seems to be. There are stores with more choices, but sometimes those choices are past their prime. Beyond that there is some really good quality beers here. Belgian ale and regional craft beers are very well accounted for, as well as some other surprises.
Service is excellent. Matt and company know and love beer. What more do you need to know? They do wine tastings Wednesday and Thursday nights. (maybe a little beer too) My only regret is not visiting sooner.
10-12-2010 17:59:31 |
More by frazbri
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is located at 4400 Heatherdowns in South Toledo. It's connected to Meats and More and, from what I've read and heard, the owners and staff take great delight in being able particularly to pair their meats and cheeses with the right beverages. I'd say dedication and store space is pretty much evenly split between beer and wine. There's a nice selection of some good quality beers. A length of shelves against one wall with a large cooler area across and a smaller cooler on the end of the shelf in the doorway leading to the deli makes up a very solid beer selection. Since I've been there I've made more effort to talk to whoever's working and everyone seems to really know what they're talking about. I also don't have to wait very long for service. The owner, Matt, will put together an amazing tasting and really knows the business and beer in general. For our tasting, he actually made bruschetta, mushroom soup, and boursin cheese with crackers. He also took some of his own bottles of the shelves for us to try(for the record, Ithaca Flower power and New Holland Charkoota rye doppelbock). Another really nice thing about it is that they have alternating wine and beer tastings so that on a given night you can go and sample some choice brews. All in all a good place to go check out if you're in the area.
Edit: after a recent tasting, scores have been changed. I edited the original review.
03-19-2009 19:10:08 |
More by Brenden
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Because of the rave reviews I had to stop in on the way down to Cleveland from Detroit on a Friday morning. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. They have a very small selection of quality beer, some singles, but I didn't see anything special or worth going out of the way for. No customer service to speak of. I was the only customer in the store for the 15 min I was there. Nobody ever came over to offer assistance. Not that I needed any, but ignoring a customer who is there for about 15 minutes is not good service.
07-27-2011 00:35:09 |
More by FLBeerGuy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
The guy who helped me out (I assume Matt by the other reviews) was great. Being from Ca. he showed me all the local stuff I might be interested in. He was very knowledgable and also homebrews and holds tastings.
I ended up buying about 30 or 40 dollars worth of beers. He also offered me his last Blushing Monk he had in the back and was fairly priced but I was going for more of a variety being I've never had access to a lot of those beers.
This would be one of my go to places due to the great service.And since they do tastings once or twice a week it's a great way to try new things.
08-11-2011 00:49:22 |
More by Eriktheipaman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in Toledo for a concert last friday and I made sure to hit up beerfly before leaving of course. Checked this place first, and scoped out everything before going to the next stops to see what was in store. I kept tabs on the selection, because I really wanted to go back. They had some of the very few cases of Goose Island Big John along with a few other goodies I was interested in. When I returned for the second time, Matt(the beer and wine guy) was there and was able to answer any questions I had, and even gave me a few suggestions when I was browsing around.
The selection here isn't mind blowingly large, but there is a fantastic variety of offerings, and they haven't been sitting around very long. Matt told me that he likes to keep the stock at a moderate level so that the freshest beer can be available for purchase without sitting in the store for too long. He also assured me that if I ever came back to visit Toledo, that I could shoot him an EMail and he could order in whatever beer I was looking for! Highly recommended for great service and fresh brews with a good selection variety as well.
04-26-2011 04:07:08 |
More by superspak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here on based on BA's recommendations. Had a great chat with Matt(?) the beer guy, who walked and talked me through his current stock. He was extremely friendly and helpful. If I spent more time in the Toledo area, I could easily see this becoming an excellent bottle shop, as Matt seems to really care about his regulars - he mentioned he tries to listen to what people/his regulars want and subsequently tries to stock it for them. For sheer amount, the Andersons has a much better selection, but you can't go wrong with the Beer and Wine Cave. I even picked up a Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09! Will definitely stop by again when I'm in town.
02-19-2011 23:07:26 |
More by duffcalifornia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in a few weeks back while passing thru Toledo. I only had time to stop at one place and this was it. Matt was friendly and knowledgeable. Selection was small but high quality and it sounds like things sell and rotate pretty quickly. Picked up some local microbrews, Big John, and 21st Amendment. The 21st was a treat as I cant get this in IN or IL and I've never even seen it in SoCal. Sounds like there is a pretty active craft beer scene in the area. Meats and cheeses are connected in the store next door. Nice place. I would definitely return.
06-05-2011 03:28:56 |
More by eopacich
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
I stopped here in Toledo after seeing the pretty glowing reviews of the place. It's a nice enough little place, though having to walk through a meat/grocery store attached to it was a bit weird.
The selection was pretty underwhelming. I try to go to beer stores whenever I visit a new city and this store was definitely one of the least impressive, especially considering its ratings. It has one long shelf and about 3-4 coolers' worth of craft beer, so there isn't much room to begin with.
As for service, there was not another soul in the beer half of the store. No one greeted me or talked to me until I went back over to the butcher counter to try to check out, at which point a guy walked me back over to the beer half of the store, fiddled with the cash register for 5 minutes, and then made me walk back over to the butcher counter to check out.
The prices were decent. Not unreasonable, but not great.
Overall, I would not go to this place again. It's not bad really, but it's one of the few times I've regretted driving out of my way for a beer store.
04-17-2012 00:37:51 |
More by n2185
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped here thanks to the reviews from Beer Advocate while I was driving from NC to Michigan and was glad I took the time to pop in.
Matt was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the beers they had and had some good recommendations on new things to try. Only real issue I had was that the selection wasn't as big as I expected it to be after reading some reviews.
However, the stuff they did have was top notch, just left wishing there was more of it there. Would definitely stop in again, if nothing else just to chat with Matt about some great beers.
09-16-2011 14:55:52 |
More by fantasyroach
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