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Rozi's Wine House
$$ - reasonable
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
14900 Detroit Ave
phone: (216) 221-1119
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Rozi's is a corner store located on the corner of Detroit Ave and Cook Ave. It's directly across the street from the Marc's Plaza. You know what that means! If you don't, it means that there is plenty free parking and you don't have to deal with those annoying parking meters. When you first walk in, you know you are in the presence of one of the greatest wine stores on the West side of Cleveland. They got wine from all over the count....oh wait, this isn't Wine Advocate, this is Beer Advocate. At least 85% of the store is dedicated to wine. After you enter the door, squeak (they have some of the squeakiest floors) your way down straight past the small counter until you encounter a small wood display and two small refrigerators with Belgian beers. Go around the second refrigerator and you will see a refrigerator with yeast for homebrewing and a refrigerator filled with macros. Turn around and there is another small wood display, a German (?) refrigerator, an English (?) refrigerator and a metal rack to the right of the small wood display. The back wall is just one big refrigerator dedicated to American micros. At the end of the American micro refrigerator, turn right and you will encounter a boat shaped make your own six pack for $9 shelf. Don't get your hopes up on the make your own six pack shelf. It's a joke! It was only filled with craft beers and macros that are only worth $.80 a bottle. All they had on that shelf was just Sierra Nevada, St. Pauli Girl, Sapporo, and Penn Pilsener. When I saw that, I said this can't be it? But it was. It looked like a single rack they would have at Giant Eagle and not a good beer store. Like I said before, it was a joke and an expensive pathetic joke at that.
When I walked in I was at least greeted by someone, but it looked like the 2 of them were very busy varnishing the wood below the window. I didn't want to bother them with any beer or store related questions because they looked content doing it. I will however give them the benefit of the doubt that they know a little something about the beer they sell. After I bought a bottle of beer, I could have turned around and easily taken one of their many $100 bottles of wine with me because they were going to finish varnishing come hell or high water.
The first wood floor display you're going to notice has a few six/four packs and 750s of imported beer like Saison Dupont and Ayinger Celebrator. That is also where you can find a 750 of Southampton's Saison. I didn't bother to get a real good look at the first display. The Belgian refrigerators were filled with a bottle or 2 of Cantillon, a few varieties of St. Bernardus, Val-Dieu, Chimay, Trappistes Rochefort 8 and 10, Delirium, Lindemans, Reinaert Flemish, La Chouffe, and a few more. Their German and English refrigerators were on the bare side and only had a pony keg of Kapuziner, more 4 packs of Ayinger Celebrator, Unibroue (probably is in the wrong spot), 500ml bottles of Stiegl, Samuel Smith, one 750ml of an English IPA that I didn't know, and a few Young's. There were more, but they were beers I didn't get a good look at or they were beers you can get anywhere else. The metal rack next to the English refrigerator had some high octane beers like Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout, Rogue's Morimoto Black Obi Soba (not really a high octane beer) Rogue's ceramic bottles of Morimoto's Imperial Pilsner, Old Crustacean, and Imperial Stout. The American micro refrigerator wall is the best part of Rozi's. That was filled with bombers/packs of Hoppin' Frog, Southern Tier, Stone (including their seasonal), more of Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout and Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, North Coast's Brother Thelonious, 3 or 4 varieties of Great Divide, Great Lakes (including their seasonal), 750 of Dogfish Head's Pangaea and Burton Baton, a repeat of Rogue's Old Crustacean and Imperial Stout and few more high quality American micros. On the other outside wood display is where they kept the 2 or 3 varieties of AleSmith (including Speedway Stout), bombers of Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter and Behemoth Blonde Barleywine, the big 3 Liter of Stone's Double Bastard, more Mephistopheles' Stout, more bottles of Rogue's Old Crustacean and Imperial Stout, 6 packs of Jolly Pumpkin, a few six packs of Bell's, and just a few more quality American micros that I couldn't remember. I should also mention that they have a large selection of branded beer glasses. They had every type of beer glass from an everyday pint glass to a once in a while goblet.
After looking around I noticed that they specialize in only expensive and uncommon beers. If you don't have $300 to spare on 3 bottles of beer, you gotta go somewhere else. If I ever decide to go here again and they filled up the German and English refrigerators, I know it will be filled with $10 beers that I wouldn't be interested in. Only go if you're in the area and there is parking available at the Marc's Plaza.
02-16-2007 04:51:42 |
More by AltBock
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
On a very "Main Street USA" kind of neighborhood, which was a nice change of pace from the warzone our GPS system made us drive trough to get there.
Obviously from the name on the marquee, this place is more wine-focused, the Beer section is in the right corner of the store.
Selection was good, but not great. There were some nice rarities, like Pannepot, Stone Cali-Belgique, but for some reason I was expecting more. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a place like this nearby, I've just seen better overall selection elsewhere. Prices weren't too bad, or at least on par with other stores I've seen on this business trip.
The store was clean and the guy at the cash was friendly. The only possible fault I can find is that prices are scribbled with a white pen directly on the bottles, which isn't really a fault per se, but it is when you can't read the prices correctly half the time.
02-27-2009 12:05:19 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
When I visited: May 2012.
What I had: Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA (draught), Chicken Salad Sandwich & Chips, sandwich and ginger ale for my better half.
What I bought: Founders Double Trouble, Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic Porter, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Victory, Stone and Dogfish Head Saison du Buff.
What I liked: Respectable bottle selection, attractive wooden interior (looks recently renovated), pleasant covered patio overlooking the street scape, competent and efficient staff, decent prices, tasty no frills food.
What I disliked: Must have missed something - like another room that I wasn’t aware of? - as the selection was tiny compared to most other U.S. beer stores that I’ve been to. Seemed like the stock was running thin as there were several empty spaces on the shelves. Still, I was very happy with the beers that I purchased (especially the Big Eye).
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall Rating: 80
07-22-2012 19:10:27 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
On a recent trip into Cleavland stopped at Rozi's. A nice wine shop that sells beer or was it vice versa? Anyhow, shopping about the store with a beer in hand. Yes you can buy a growler or a glass of what ever is on the growler station. It was immediately evident the owners and staff are beer guys. Very knowledgeable about beer and the stock available. The staff very attentive to the customers and able to make many suggestions based off of what I was looking for. Nice cross section of breweries and styles of beer available. I picked up a couple bottles of Bar Bar and found a few bottles of Madame Rose. Was very happy to snatch those up. I didn't try the food but found the shop to be good value if you are in Lake Wood.
05-07-2013 15:39:31 |
More by nlmartin
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I just dropped by Rozi's again and thought I'd update my review.
They are primarily interested in selling wine. They frequently offer wine tastings and occasionally pair their wine tastings with food and/or cheese. In the past, the staff have seemed reluctant to help with beer sales, preferring to steer me towards their ample wine selection. However, today I was greeted with two friendly hellos and was offered some help with the beers. Yay!
They had a good belgian and english selection, all the local microbrews and several others from around the nation. If they don't have what you're looking for they will try to get it or suggest some alternatives. Rozi's beer selection has improved greatly since my last trip and is definitely worth a stop if you're in Lakewood.
12-24-2003 02:27:39 |
More by babyhobbes
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Learned about Rozi's here on BA. Thanks for the reference. Went last night with three others. We were at Great Lakes Brewing Company which is only 5.5 miles away.
Quality. Very good. Bottles and glasses were presented professionally and all seemed to be clean and well taken care of. There were a few beers whose labels had been nearly torn off but those were for sale seperately and appeared to be at a reduced cost. Quality of brew supplies was very high indeed. I have to rely a little bit on the opinions of one of my friends there since I really did not know what to look for in terms of brew supplies but there were 12 different types of hops, there were hop pellets and plenty of other seasoning, supplies. He was plenty impressed with their selection and indeed at least two homebrew customers came and went during my visit there about 7 pm on a Saturday night, a great sign for a store like this. Beyond the beer they had plenty of cheese, crackers, wine, gift packs and other interesting items.
Service. Good but my party did not really ask for any help. Everyone was very kind and patient with us. They offered a cart when they saw that our bounty was getting too heavy. They were warm and welcoming. I saw them helping the homebrew customers very nicely as well.
Selection. Really quite good. I did see some BMC and some second tier selections in mutli packs like Stella, Hoegaarden but it was the micros and the imports where this place really shined. I saw
Founder's Backwoods Bastard
Founder's Breakfast Stout
Southern Tier 5 to 6 beers including Choklat
Hoppin Frog with several different bombers including B.O.R.I.S. the crusher and many other from their line.
GLBC well represented
Gulden Draak Christmas
St. Bernardus Abt 12 and St. Bernardus Christmas in 750 ml bottles
Aventinus 4 packs
Sam Adams Utopias with the glass gift pack
Avery (well represented with more rare options)
Kasteel Brune, two others
Corsendonk Brown, Pale, Christmas
Special Holiday Ale from Stone/Nogne/Jolly Pumpkin
Troegs (several offerings)
Bell's (well represented)
New Holland (well represented)
Ommegang (many, if not all,) offerings including Chocolate Indulgence
and many, many others.
Value: Pretty good. I saw Special Holiday Ale from Stone/Nogne/Jolly Pumpkin for $4.99 per 12 oz. bottle but at another nearby place had it for $8. Really reasonable prices throughout.
Notes: This is a great Beer Advocate location.
12-14-2008 17:35:28 |
More by adamette
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Reviewed from notes. Originally visited on 12/21.
I stopped here after doing a little bit of research on Beerfly. We walked in and realized this was a wine store first and a beer/homebrew store second(as implied by the name).
My friend and I did some heavy browsing before he decided on a single of Bell's Rye, and a bomber each of Breckenridge Mighty Brown and Imperial Porter. I thought their selection would be a little more impressive, but it was still very solid with regional specialties as well as some other nice rarities.
I purchased a bottle of Alesmith Speedway Stout for $14(12.99 before tax). They also had Alesmith IPA and Yulesmith at the slightly inflated price of 8.49 a bottle. The rest of their prices seemed fair but at the slightly pricey end of the spectrum.
The service was pretty good and they offered help on their slightly confusing prices. They had singles displayed to make mixed six-packs, but also a singles section that weren't priced at all.
I might make a trip here again if I was in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way again to come here.
12-27-2009 15:52:04 |
More by samie85
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by with a few local BA'ers on our way to the BA Blackout release at GLBC.
A bit unassuming from the outside "35th best wine store in the world". Definitely wine-centric as you enter across the creeky old hardwood floors.
Most of the beer is located to the left of the main entrance, with a variety of shelves, coolers, and tables. Doesnt seem to be much organization here but its kind of fun to walk around and take a few trips down the same aisle to see if you missed anything. Good selection of 4 and 6-packs, with very reasonable prices. Single bottle selection was overall good, with some hit-or-miss prices. I did find a small stash of GI Sofie (love it) in one far corner of a cooler, for $8 I bought two. Good amount of regional OH brewies which we do not get.
The few employees we did encounter asked us for helping finding anything, and were very prompt, courteous, and friendly during checkout.
I'd probably stop by if in the area again, knowing I wont find anything to blow my socks off but good for a few randoms I wont see anywhere else. Decent place.
10-29-2010 16:39:39 |
More by Stigs
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We've had the pleasure of visiting here a couple of times now over the last year, as we often overnight in this particular are which is located pretty centrally to other beer stops like Great Lakes and the Buckeye Beer Engine. The primary focus of the store is naturally as a wine shop first (and although I'm not a wine guy, it definitely looks like a very nice and organized one to me) but they do have a complete corner of the shop dedicated to beer. And it's quite a nice selection too. Lots of quality Midwestern stuff here from the likes of Bell's, Founders, New Holland (and occasionally Three Floyds) and the more local Great Lakes and Hoppin' Frog are to be had here. Plus I've had great luck picking up a good bit of quality Ale Smith beers here as well. They also have a better than average import and Belgian selection.
My only complaint is that too many beers can only be found in the cooler but if you're the type that doesn't worry about that too much, than it shouldn't be a problem. A mix and match a six pack singles shelf is also available but they never seem to have anything that interests me when I'm there. They also have some homebrew supplies and a beer glassware selection that fluctuates wildly, depending on the visit. Service has always been good here with someone always checking to see if we needed help finding anything and although prices do seem a little higher on some beers it's never anything that I would consider unreasonable. All in all, this is a sturdy stop (especially for us coming from PA) for finding those Ohio exclusive beers that we often are seeking out when we're out that way.
05-06-2008 19:56:43 |
More by Kegatron
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Good selection of beer and wine, although the area where beer is kept is a little cramped. The kid who is in charge of the beer area is probably the most knowledgeable person I've seen in any Cleveland area beverage stores. He took the time to come over and ask me if I was finding everything I needed, and we talked about all things beer for quite a while.
I found a good selection of micros, fresh local micros (lost of GLBC and a very good selection of Crooked River) and thought their Belgium collection was acceptable. They also have a very good selection of German and English brews. Other nations weren't as well represented, but there.
Overall I think so far this establishment is under rated--the store may not be as organized and brightly lit as some, but the selection is great and the service is excellent. A must visit while in Cleveland
12-30-2003 13:06:22 |
More by ubiquibeer
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