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$$ - reasonable
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4129 Talmadge Rd
phone: (419) 472-1421
(Place added by: plrooney)
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quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4
I remember shopping at Joseph's 3 or 4 years ago, and leaving mumbling to myself that I'd never shop there again - which was true until a few days ago.
The problem back then? I thought the service sucked to the point where the kid behind the counter was flat-out rude to me, the selection (while nice) was not properly cared for (as previously mentioned - old stock, warm, lights blaring), and people were smoking in there; I'm sorry, but if I'm going to pay top dollar for a bottle of Chimay, I sure as shit don't want it to smell like an ashtray when I bring it home.
So, I decided to give it another chance. Well, they're not smoking in there anymore which is nice, but most of my complaints from years past were still there. Lots of good beer, but lots of old warm beer, clueless staff, etc. I'm sure Joseph's does a nice job with the liquor, and they did seem pretty busy the other day, but this place just isn't my cup of tea.
Living in Connecticut for 9 years spoiled me - very few places in Ohio can match the friendly and competent service I always got at my neighborhhod packie.
12-12-2004 19:34:02 |
More by olacub
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4
I've been hitting Joseph's frequently until very recently. Its a full liquor shop with a good wine selection, soda and snacks as well.
The beer is all in the back. Little of the micros or imports made it into the coolers, which was Budweiser and Michelob territory. However, the shelves were very well stocked.
Overall the place is great, I only have a couple minor gripes. First, some of the stuff is pretty old. You can see seaonals from at least one year ago on the shelves. The slection of single bottles is pretty limited, but can be made for by price and a decent selection of sampler boxes.
In general I use Josephs as the local benchmark for judging what stores are good and not so good. Definitly the best place in town for affordability.
11-13-2004 02:20:50 |
More by BlueShirtMember
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Wow, if you are in the Toledo area, this is a pretty good selection. I had thought that this was mainly a liquor / wine store, but I sure was surprised when I walked to the back. They have a wall of coolers with lots of American swill beer, as well as some English and Irish stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, their best stuff is sitting on shelves staying warm. They have quite the selection of international beers as well as many micro brews from across the country.
The staff doesn't seem very eager to help at all, they spend most of their time behind the counter and are aren't very personable during checkout. However, this is a small price to pay for the selection offered. I frequent this place quite often, as it is the best selection I have found in the Toledo area.
01-13-2005 01:46:16 |
More by BeerFink
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
When I was at the University of Toledo, I discovered this place my Sr. year.
I was recently in town and decided to check it out again.
There was no Alesmith ( beside Yulesmith ) there, and none of the newer Founders beers I was hoping to find. ( Backwoods and the Imperial Stout )
On the other hand I was able to pick up some of my staples ( Two Hearted, Expedition, Edmund Fitz, Bigfoot ) and was able to get some of the GL Christmas ale. Id imagine those are pretty available everywhere here though.
All and all though I was pretty sad with the selection at the time I was there.
I had purchased Speedway and some New Holland Beers there in the past.
Not worth the hour drive out of my way this time.
01-03-2009 20:57:23 |
More by Photekut
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is no longer my favorite place to go in Toledo for beer. The selection is great; your typical domestics in coolers all the way down, then you get to some of the better macros; Sam Adams, etc. You'll find Leinenkugel, Bell's, etc. down the left side toward the back and then a whole slew of micros and some more popular stuff like Rogue, Stone, etc. The Anderson's, however, has a much larger selection of bottles to choose from and more breweries represented. S, there a lots of six packs to choose from, but I'm a sucker for the make your own 6 pack. There are several people working at any given time, though you can't always find them and they're usually chatting in the back, and they seem to know exactly how to help and what you need. They are very knowledgeable and can help you with questions about location and beer alike. It's also very well set up, and you can find your beers by geographic location. Still a good place to go, and I can guarantee you'll find something you'll like. You could also find almost everything that's there somewhere else, although they may have the occasional offering you can't find somewhere else.
Update: Lately they've got a lot of old stuff sitting on the shelves. I saw an Oktoberfest that was clearly marked as expiring in January of '09. Now in June, there are also lots of holiday ales clearly marked as expired and some Yulesmith dusty on the bottom shelf. Seems like they need to be rotating more.
02-24-2009 16:19:02 |
More by Brenden
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 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
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I always feel like I can count on Joseph's Beverage Center for having a craft-brew that I will enjoy. Very large selection located in the very back of the store. Good selection of Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Yetti, Avery, and you would never guess that they would have these by entering. This kind of uniquenss adds to the confidence that I am going to fill the list that I come in with when I leave. Always plenty of cashiers to take care of your order.
01-07-2013 19:37:41 |
More by Jay43613
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
The more and more I shop for beer, the more and more I find myself irritated at open-air beer storage. If the Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, which amounts to little more than a cinderblock shack with a plexiglass window where the door used to be, can store more than half of its quality beer in the coolers, everyone should be able to do so as well.
Anyhow, I was a bit disappointed to see almost all the good beer sitting out on open shelves. But I'll deal because the selection was pretty good -- a good range of midwest (Bell's, Arcadia, etc), east coast (Harpoon, Brooklyn), and west coast (Stone, Rogue, etc) beers -- and a lot of what was there can't be found in Michigan. So I walked away quite happy.
Easy access off the freeway, big parking lot, lots of beer... It's all good!
03-14-2004 01:32:00 |
More by marburg
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
A great place to buy any type of alcoholic beverage. The people there are extra friendly and know their beers. They have a wide selection from Lambics, other belgiums, Unibroue, to great micros like Victory and Bell's. A nice looking store also. It is in a nice part of Toledo right next to a mall. Prices are reasonable here also. Unfortunately they don't have many singles and they keep a lot of their beers in mass amounts of lighting. You should stop by here if you are in Toledo looking for a beer.
09-11-2003 21:34:45 |
More by Ellbert
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