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$$ - reasonable
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4129 Talmadge Rd
phone: (419) 472-1421
(Place added by: plrooney)
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| Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Joseph's Beverage Center is second, only to the Anderson's, in being best place to buy beer in Toledo.(Funny that the best two places are less than a half mile apart!) The selection is very good. Many styles of micros including many locals. Large selection of international brands. A few loose bottles of mixed varieties so you can build your own six-pack. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to order beers not represented if they are able. Once I ordered some Pripps for a Swedish friend of mine who could not find it in Chicago, they were happy to order it and didn't require me to purchase the whole case (I did of course) Another good place worth the drive. You won't be disappointed.
08-21-2008 02:08:52 |
More by guntherhophead
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
## UPDATED REVIEW FROM AUGUST 4, 2008 ##
* see old review below
Nothing really changed since the last visit in terms of supply and helpfulness of employees. To be maximally helpful to people that may visit this store, here is what I bought and what it cost (Note: 3F is currently unavailable in Ohio):
6pk (2x) Oaked Arrogant Bastard $15.99/6pk
6pk Ruiniation IPA $??
750ml Alesmith Grand Cru $12.99
750ml (2x) Alesmith Speedway Stout $12.99/ea
22oz Stone Arrogant Bastard $4.49
22oz Stone Old Guardian $6.99
22oz Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout $6.99
22oz Arcadia Coco Loco $6.99
22oz Hoppin' Frog Bashin' Berry $6.99
22oz Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher $??
22oz New Holland Black Tulip $7.99
22oz New Holland Dragon's Milk $7.99
Total was around $150 +- $20
(--- --- --- OLD REVIEW --- --- ---)
It has been nearly a year since I have been in this store but I took notes after my visit (I just found the notes).
This is a small store tucked into a run down shopping center (or at least it looked that way at the time I visited last August). The store is relatively crowded with all of the beer in the back half of the store. They have a great selection, though, including Hopping Frog, Great Lakes, Three Floyds, Southern Tier, Stone, Mad Hatter, a range of belgians and other imports, and a bunch more.
Prices were a bit higher than I would like but they are nothing compared with what I paid in Pittsburgh last month. There was a rather nice guy who helped me find some of the beers I had on my list. When he could not find a specific beer, he was quick to offer substitutions. I thought his suggestions were off and this was confirmed when he asked me if I had ever tried Red Stripe. :( So the service is nice and friendly but the suggestions are a bit off the mark.
Overall this was a good visit and I bought $150-200 worth of beer here. I spent the same amount the next day at Anderson's too. That store was more personable and the selections varied slightly but overall the beer experience was the same (cheaper at Anderson's).
08-11-2008 18:39:17 |
More by Big78CJ
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I came here when I had a little free time during a weekend in Toledo in search of crafts immpossible to find in Wisconsin. I was able to find the Great Lakes that have been eluding me, Hopping Frog, Three Floyds, Brooklyn, and some Belgian and British brew that I have not seen on shelves closer to my area. The staff was great. Not pushy, but very friendly and easy to find when I had a question. The prices are what I expected, but you do get what you pay for. This was a real highlight of my trip.
10-02-2007 21:07:16 |
More by Homerbag
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the first place I went to buy craft beers and continues to be a great establishment.
The store has a great staff and the beers are set up buy location. They have a great selection of craft beers from the Midwest area and beyond. Bells, Great Lakes, Hoppin' Frog, FFF, Stone, Brooklyn, are always around. They also carry craft beers from around the country and have a good selection of beers from Belgium. The staff is very friendly and eager to help.
This is a great place to go when in Toledo to get craft beer.
06-11-2007 15:34:26 |
More by robocrouch
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A visit en route to Dark Lord Day.
Quality: The store is well-lit, clearly signed (imported and microbrews in the back) and laid-out nicely. Beer are generally arranged by geography, making shopping easier.
Service: I was greeted by at least one employee on my way back to the beer aisles. There appeared to be several people patrolling the store to assist.
Selection: Selection was very impressive. In a strange way, it was exciting to see Bell's six packs lined up for purchase. I saw (amongst others) Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, Great Lakes, Bell's Stone, Ommegang, New Holland, FFF, Alesmith (wee heavy for $12, holy shit!), Thirsty Dog and Hoppin' Frog. A very good selection of Midwest beers.
As always, value is what you make of it. Several New Hollands, a Hoppin' Frog, a Consecrator Doppel and Great Lakes Blackout ran me $34, so I'm not complaining. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
05-02-2007 19:52:54 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This was also a stop on my Toledo trip where I also visited Baily's. I had called ahead to ask about some of their stock, and the guy on the phone was helpful. When I showed up and found my way to the back of the store where the beer was, I was kind of shocked at the selection. There is a cooler with some beer along the wall, but most of the beer is on shelves. Just some of the stuff I saw was 3F, Stone, Bell's, Founders, Rochefort, Sierra Nevada, Siberian Night, Hoppin' Frog, Victory, Alesmith, Brooklyn, Unibroue, Ommegang, Chimay. The selection was insane. Prices were ok, but again, with a selection like this, it's hard to keep things cheap. Overall, the service was alright, not a lot in the fridges, but there was so much beer, it'd be unreasonable to expect it all to be chilled. Worth a visit for sure.
03-10-2007 22:28:26 |
More by david131
quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very nice selection in this store. Very helpful staff - I was asked no less than three or four times if I needed help, each time by a different employee. I had two nice beer-related conversations with the folks who were working as well.
Now the downsides. First, the selection is really disorganized (or at least my pea brain couldn't figure it out) - craft bombers are on two partial shelves three aisles apart, most (but not all!) of the domestic craft sixes are on one wall, but with no apparent organization to them, end caps with beer are spread throughout the store, some of which were duplicated on the beer shelves, some not. I found it utterly confusing. It was remedied by my spending about a half hour going around and around, making sure I wasn't missing anything. Fortunately, I wasn't in a rush.
The other major drawback was the age of some of the selections. I noted a lot of out of code beer, and some that was obviously old even though it didn't have dates on it (last year's summer seasonals anyone?). They do an excellent job of keeping the bottles dust free, so that's not a good guide. Almost everything is on warm shelves to boot. Since this was my first visit, I stuck largely to product with dates on it, though I did take a couple of relatively cheap fliers to see if they were fresh or not.
02-25-2007 20:39:22 |
More by Realale
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped here on the way home from Detroit after finding it on BA (I generally like to look for beers I can't find at home). The selection was outstanding, I would guess maybe >300 beers to choose from. Most were USA microbrews, with plenty from Three Floyds, Arcadia, Stone, Victory, and so on. The Belgian selection was equally impressive, and I ended up going with some 11.2oz bottles of Saxo (this was the first place I've seen Saxo in anything smaller than 750ml).
The prices overall were pretty good, about the same as Columbus or Cleveland. I didn't encounter any real service while I was there, and I also didn't see anybody else looking at the truly good beers. It seems Bud Light sells here as well as anywhere else...
06-10-2006 17:44:55 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Definitely the biggest liquor store Ive ever stepped into. Beer is located at the very back. Stopped here after Bailey's and I gotta say their selection is considerably better, even if most of it is sitting at room temp. Most of what I got were big beers which would be just fine sitting out.
Prices were about the same as Baileys, I noticed at least one case where they were cheaper, but more or less equal. Tons of six packs and bombers, only a handful of singles.
Service was pretty good, I briefly spoke to the beer guy who knew his stuff and made a recommendation. I was excited to find Allagash Double, which I had been looking for since trying it on tap.
One sightly strange yet awesome thing I noticed-they had a lot of sixers of Storm King and Brooklyn Monster Ale, and as far as I could see all the SK were 2004 and the Monster Ale were 2003. Now these are both beers which age excellently but kinda weird having a ton of two old batches and none newer. Whatever, great for BAs.
Great prices, great selection. If in Toledo, go!
06-10-2006 02:48:22 |
More by nicholasofcusa
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
My first stop on my spur of the moment beer run to Toledo. Supacelt's beerfly review got me pumped, so I left work an hour early. I must be obsessed!!! God help me!!!! Great directions from mapquest, about an hours ride. Very easy to find, located in a strip mall, next to a Christian store, too funny. Huge neon sign on front of the building.
I had no idea Ohio has stores like this!!! Nothing but booze and beer!!! Absolutely, tons of it, wine, spirits, and beer!! Fuckin' awesome, I'm sorry, but I've never seen so much beer and booze under one roof. This store is huge, goes back for what seems like a mile. Of course they keep the beer in the back half of the store. Do yourself a favor and grab a grocery cart from up front. You're gonna need it.
The best selection of beer I've ever seen. Tons of macros in the cooler and on the shelves. But the selection of craft beer is phenomenol!!!! Some six packs in the cooler, shelves of six packs and bombers. The only downside is the small selection of single 12oz. beers. But I was able to make my own six pack of Brooklyn beers. Stone, Dogfish Head, Great Divide, Allagash, Weyerbacher, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Three Floyds, just to name a few. The best selection of Michigan beers also, Bell's, Founder's, Arcadia sampler 12 packs, and New Holland. Lots of Sam Adams, Unibroue, and Belgians. Too many beers to name, just go there!!!!
Prices are great, service is there if you need it. I asked about a few beers and they were eager to answer my questions. Also, they boxed up all my bombers of Stone. Hell yeah!!!! I felt like a kid at Christmas, only better. A must stop if in the Toledo area!!!! I can't wait to go back!!!
03-10-2006 03:25:14 |
More by BigDaddyWil
Joseph's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH
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