Vintage Estate Wine and Beer
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 1100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 78 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Eldalonde:
3.93/5 rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The place is a little small, but that makes it quaint. Either way, considering how small the place is, they have quite the variety of beers available. All the food I’ve had has been really good (except the beer cheese - not worth the price). The people there, from my experience, are mostly friendly, though I’ve not had to ask for too much from them yet. They may be a little pricey, but I don’t mind at all. I’d gladly pay higher prices for more places like this. I’ve driven 45 minutes to get there and it’s always worth it. Highly recommended if you can make it.
06-06-2011 21:05:21 | More by Eldalonde
More User Reviews:
4.93/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been going to VE for years now. The place is incredible.
Atmosphere: Depends on what time and day you go. During the day, its very laid back. Typically there is plenty of space to walk around and browse the amazing selection of over 1,200 beers. Choose from 24 draft beers from either of their two bars and have a field day exploring the plethora of bottles they have for sale.
During the nights, it can get a little hectic, especially on Fridays and Saturdays and occasionally on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "T-Shirt Tuesdays" are quite a treat as they offer half-off drafts and wine pours and no bottling or cork fee, provided you are wearing one of their Vintage Estate (or sister restaurant, Magic Tree) t-shirts. On weekends, expect a difficult time finding somewhere to sit and sometimes even stand. It will likely be shoulder-to-shoulder but its possible to strike up a conversation with almost anyone there about anything you want, particularly beers!
Quality: The building is broken up into four sections: a wine room, $5 bar, lounge room and the fireplace room (I'm not sure what the official names are). The wine room is a small room that contains about 1,000 wines (and Saki) from around the world. There is always a wine specialist in the room willing to offer their expert knowledge in helping you select a fine wine.
The $5 dollar bar contains a 12 draft and 1 cask bar, about 6 fridges, shelves for days full of beer and areas to sit. Though its a little confined in this area, the beer choices never seem to end. They have special sections for local Ohio/PA beers (Brew Kettle, Hoppin Frog, Thirsty Dog, Rivertown, Fat Heads Full Pint, Rivertowne, Penn, Etc), imports from the UK, Belgium, etc.
The Lounge Bar has a nice ~12 seat bar, chalk board of 11 "hard-to-get" draft beers (1 of those a nitro tap) and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (the only non-rotating beer). It also has meads, bourbons, scotches and martini choices. The room also includes plenty a few 4-seat high tables to sit at.
The last room, the Fireplace room, has a nice fireplace, two couches around it and a few tables to sit at. This room can be rented for special occasions.
Service: As I previously mentioned, the employees in the wine section are very knowledgeable and friendly. They can assist in whatever questions you have ranging from novice to expert. The servers and bartenders in the bar rooms are also experienced in craft beer. Each one of them brings different tastes and preferences in their assistance, so its helpful to talk to all of them for recommendations: although all can assist with basic needs such as finding beers, styles and general knowledge of new releases and highly rated beers they have on their shelves. Each month the employees generally pick a new beer to promote, keeping things fresh and interesting.
Selection: >1,200 beers and ~1,000 wines along with scotch, bourbon and mead. They rotate their drafts as soon as the keg is kicked, so the draft offerings are constantly changing, save Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale in the Lounge. If you're looking for a specific beer and can't find it (whoa!), the staff will help you search the store and if they don't have it, they'll try to order it for you.
Food: They have an adequately ranging menu, primarily based on fresh dough from the local area. Their flat-breads are amazing and are made of extremely fresh ingredients. If you like hot and spicy, get anything with their jalapenos or ghost peppers: its some of the spiciest foods I've ever had.
Overall, if you live anywhere between the Pittsburgh to Cleveland area, you should make the trip to Vintage Estate. Its a phenomenal place to buy craft beers and talk with some real beer enthusiasts. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The deals on T-Shirt Tuesday make buying a t-shirt a great idea and it pays for itself within a Tuesday or two. On weekends, they usually have solid local bands and Thursday's Open Mic Night offer up some high-quality local musicians.
This is a must-visit location.
03-03-2014 22:49:19 | More by KevBot89
3.84/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a goldmine for any local beer enthusiast. Almost overwhelming variety (a good thing) in both shelved and refrigerated selections. 3 or 4 different rooms, including a tasting room/mini bar with beers on tap. An outside deck to enjoy your selected taste on a nice day, and even glassware for sale. Great atmosphere that maintains the "feel" that you are in a beer store with a tasting room (good), as opposed to a bar with a beer store. I only have two complaints. 1) The beers are not displayed in an intuitive, obvious way of determining whats what, and where you would find what you are looking for. Sure, it makes sense to the ones that sock the shelves, because, well.. they stocked the shelves. But for a new customer, you really have to have someone take time to explain their setup, which still needs labeled or revised regardless. This leads me to the next complaint: 2) When I did ask for an explanation, personal beer recommendations, and so on, I felt as if I was putting them out. I had to ask 3 different times for help, each resulting in short, almost "stop-bothering-me", type answers, before a nice young lady from the tasting bar noticed that I was there and could use a little help. I should note that, at that particular time, the place was not busy at all. If it were, this lack of service may have been overlooked by me. However, there were probably 6 people on staff, yet it was just myself and another customer in the store at the time. In summary, this place needs to be more organized, or at least labeled a little better, and their staff needs to be trained in customer service and sales a bit more. A simple comment like the following would have made a world of difference: "Hi, welcome to Vintage Estate! Is this your first time here? Great!! Let me show you how we're set up... and by the way, I have a couple amazing beers you may not have tried yet, this one for example is an incredible ... ". If that were to have happened, I likely would have spent that extra $50 bucks in my pocket, walked away a happier customer, and been excited to try their suggestions that I had just purchased. Other than that, it's a craft beer lovers heaven.
10-26-2013 19:16:13 | More by Haze76
Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman, OH
100 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.