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Ale Wine & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
7560 Guardwell St
phone: (740) 881-0318
(Place added by: burntcarpet on 11-21-2010)
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| Reviews: 16
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | $$$
Decided to check this place out after over-hearing about it at a party. Looks pretty much brand new on the inside and out. Walked inside and really wasn't greeted by anyone. I got a short hello a few minutes after being in the shop but that was about it. Store seems to be very dedicated to wine and liquor. Found a 6pk of GL Xmas for the gf, very over priced compared to other shops where I've found it! Picked up a btl of Hoppin Frog Boris and a 6pk of North Peak. Nothing really spectacular unfortunately. Wouldn't really recommend this place unless you're pretty much right next door. Too many better places in Columbus.
12-29-2011 00:16:01 |
More by kenyj
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$$
Stopped in here after my nephews lacrosse game. Store looks fairly new. Nice atmosphere inside. Staff seemed a bit disinterested..could have been the way I looked, maybe I was out of place in this upperscale area, who knows. Found their selection of micros and imports to be ok, nothing to write home about compared to other stores i've been to on this trip. Picked up a 6pk of Oberon, nothing really exciting. Think if I was in this area again on a visit I would hit up Anderson's or From The Vine again. Again, atmosphere is nice, selection is just ok. Did find out when I was checking out that this is the "sister" store to Blacklick wine and spirits.
05-20-2011 00:31:26 |
More by lancehenry
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Decided to try this place out yesterday. First impression was everything looks high end and new. Great selection of beer, many great locals that are hard to keep on the shelves at other Columbus places. Was greeted right away and help was knowledgable unlike other reviews. Have a few isles of home brew supplies and good amount of wine and liquor as well. Looks to me like they do tasters in the corner of the store. Overall is a nice store to shop at if you live close but I won't be going out of my way to come back. Other places around town that are closer for me and have better selection or hard to finds.
04-19-2012 15:55:16 |
More by Jballn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Checked this place out while killing time in Columbus this afternoon. The setup in the store is sort of interesting, mostly because the beer is sort of spread out in a manner that you could easily miss half of it if you aren't paying attention. Back wall is lined with coolers, with everything from craft to BMC. Some 22's in the cooler, but not as many as other stores. If you are after singles, make sure you check on the back side of the island as you enter the store or you will probably flat out miss it. Small selection of glassware and home brewing supplies. The store is primarily a liquor store, at least inventory-wise. Off in a corner there is a bar where it looks like they do tastings, but nothing was going on today, nor did it look like one has been held anytime recently. Did manage to snag a 10.10.10 Vertical Epic for $9.99, of which they had 10+ sitting out at this tasting stand unrefridgerated - hope it is still ok. Staff seemed friendly enough and willing to help. Overall, it was worth checking out, but since I don't live close it's unlikely I will be back soon.
04-29-2012 03:33:48 |
More by JakeFrancis5150
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited today, 11/30/10 on my way home from work. This place just opened in September on the north end of Sawmill Rd. near the intersection with Home Rd. A little bit off the beaten path but a good location for a quality beer store.
I didn't verify with the employees, but I believe this place is operated by the same people that own Blacklick Wine & Spirits, and seemed to have some similar themes as well. Beer and Wine tastings are held every Thursday and Friday, cost is $8. December's list includes Great Lakes, and Winter Warmer variety, and Founder's.
Selection included refrigerated 6's of many U.S. crafts, a good and varied bomber selection as well, also refrigerated. Macros and imports were also present of course. There was a section of singles for sale, all individually priced, probably included at least 50-60 vareities, not the most around, but a very well-rounded selection. They had even split up a Bell's Hell Hath No Fury, which "some other places near Sawmill Rd." haven't done for me in the past.
I thought they also had a unique selection of 750s of several Belgians and imports, highlight for me was the Duvel Triple-Hopped. A couple things you don't see in that size elsewhere.
I was leary of the prices when I entered the store, as the Powell area seems ripe for a steep markup, but prices remained pretty average for the Columbus area. $10.99 for a 6 of Stone IPA is one that I remember. Nothing seemed out of range.
Staff seemed very knowledgeable of the availability of beers, and they were eager to help. As in many places, a well thought out question will get you more volunteered information than just a basic "Why don't you have GL Christmas Ale?"
They also had several odds and ends, brew & glassware combo packs including Lindeman's, LaTrappe, and Chimay. Several other pieces of branded glassware, most for $3.99 (DFH, Bell's, Unibroue). They had a homebrew section, but I don't have any experience in that area to comment on what they did or didn't have, from my perspective it seemed well organized, in fact, the entire place seemed well taken care of, but it has only been open a couple of months. Wine, Liquor, and Cigars also included.
12-01-2010 04:16:29 |
More by Franz4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited a multitude of times since they opened. Located on north Sawmill at Home Rd. There is a decent-sized private lot on the front and side of the building.
The interior is cleanly laid out with the beer selection in the back of the store, both in coolers and on shelves (plus a couple end caps). Singles are available. There is also a small bar in both the beer and wine sections. Lastly there is a separate room set aside for private parties, events, etc.
Ale Wine & Spirits stocks a couple hundred beers, including many local and OH breweries like CBC, Thirsty Dog, Elevator, Neil House and GLBC. Many other domestic micros like Epic, Stone, Stillwater, Victory etc. Many imports from the likes of Mikkeller, Fantôme and Wittekerke too.
Service at AWS is top notch. Kevin manages stock and will do whatever he can to fulfill requests. In addition he coordinates weekly tastings.
Overall this is a store I would frequent even if it was not relatively close to home. One of the better spots to hit in the Columbus area.
12-19-2011 01:14:49 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I made the drive up here after hitting up the Crossroads Winking Lizard for some Bambic.
This place is new and it looks it. Its very nice inside. The floor plan was actually given some thought, same with decor and color choices. There is a nice swooping island/counter/shelving display unit that curves around the center of the store just as you walk in. Being half wine, half beer and half liquor (yes 150%) the center display is fronted by wine and backed with beer. The more elegant bottles of each are arranged nicely and attractively on the top of the large display unit.
The way things are set up it took me a second to fully realize their beer selection. Since all the wine is facing the door you walk in thinking its more of a wine store. Luckily the store isnt difficult to get comfortable in and soon the wide beer selection becomes apparent.
I started with the coolers. The long back wall is all coolers for beer. Starting with chilled bombers it moves right to left, going past many doors of 6 packs and ending with imports. I did feel that the imported stuff was kinda segregated though. Being way down on the end, near the BMC and Corona and stuff I could see how some of the better European stuff could be overlooked.
Now, back to that big center display unit. On its lower shelves are the singles. Individually priced for mix and match. I was happy to find North Peak singles here. The Belgians and Belgian styles are on top. All of the new Stillwater beers looked great as they are displayed here.
I mixed a six and purchased a Delirium Tremens with an upside down label (there were several. Epic!) and a Lagunitas Ruben and the Jets which has been long gone since before this store even opened so I dont know how it got there.
Service was as good as it can get. I ended up chatting with Kevin for quite a while. He's obviously one of their designated beer geeks. He is very familiar with their stock and I would have faith in any suggestion he would make. I didn't really need much help but he was friendly and able to ask me what styles I like and tell me what some of his current favorites are. He seemed genuinely happy to have my business. The interaction and getting to meet another local beer geek made it worth my trip.
03-11-2011 17:50:51 |
More by MbpBugeye
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I am visiting Columbus over the Christmas holiday. Thank goodness for Beer Advocate's list of beer stores! This store was highly rated, so I decided to call them. They were very nice on the phone and said they had a selection of beers from Belgium. I decided they were worth a visit.
When we got there we were greeted as we went into the store. They asked what we were looking for, and someone went with us to the area with the beers from Belgium. He was very knowledgeable about the different beers, able to describe the differences in taste. The selection of quality beers exceeded my expectations. I would rate the selection as a 4.5. I was hoping they might have some of the Kasteel Bier varieties and the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor.
In addition, they had a several different beers from small breweries in Belgium that I had not heard of. Very interesting.
They also had some of the Duvel 4-pack sets with a free glass.
And they also have a very full schedule of beer tastings for a fee, including Belgian tastings and visits from micro breweries.
Excellent selection of quality beers from Belgium, including some obscure new things to try.
Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff, willing to spend the time to discuss the differences between beers with you.
The only negatives are the prices are high, and it is a bit out of the way. The Belgian 750ml's were $10.99. I'd be happier if they were $1 less.
But it is worth the trip, if you are ok with spending a bit more to get good beers from Belgium.
12-24-2010 03:36:35 |
More by aarg
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really have come to like this store. It's only been open for 1 year as of now but for the past 6 months it has been my go-to place for beer. It is a little bit off the beaten path as others have mentioned, but for those of us who live in the northwest suburbs of Columbus, it's a great local place to get some great brews. I stumbled upon it by accident one day while I was driving up Sawmill Parkway. The space of the store is kind of split between Wine and Beer -- with a nice selection of spirits lining the back of where the cash registers are. They also carry some homebrew supplies. Almost all the beer is cold and goes in a pattern from right to left along the coolers: rare bombers -> local -> micro American brews -> Euro imports -> Non-euro imports -> macro brews. The singles and import selection is not quite as big as Anderson's but it comes close. Between the two stores I can almost always find what I want if it's in Ohio. Their prices are about the same as the rest of Columbus. Kevin is their beer guy and not only is he nice and helpful but he is a walking beer encyclopedia. If they don't have what you're looking for, Kevin will try his best to order it. They have tastings at least once a week for a nominal fee and get some brewery reps to come in as well.
The thing that really sets this place apart from other stores in the area is that you can subscribe to the Beer Club mailing list and once a week, Kevin sends out an e-mail letting customers know what's new in the store for the week and what events are happening. This was especially helpful when Three Floyds made a brief appearance here about 4 weeks ago. I was able to get my hands on some bombers while everywhere else had already sold out!
10-23-2011 16:05:08 |
More by xdefeatsy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This store is a little fr from home for me, but is always worth the drive. If your looking for a beer that is sold out everywhere, then your best chance to get your hands on some is in this store.
The staff is always helpful and very knowledgeable about the products in the store. It is easy for a quick question to turn into a long conversation about other beers of the same style and future releases.
The products are well placed and organized nicely, This store is well taken care of, and there is never a dusty bottle in sight. The singles collection is also very helpful to be able to try a lot of new beers. The tastings are always worth a trip into the store.
05-15-2011 23:19:43 |
More by recall1242
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