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Vintage Estate Wine and Beer

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Vintage Estate Wine and BeerVintage Estate Wine and Beer
BA SCORE
100
world-class

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.14%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 1,100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

7317 South Ave
Boardman, Ohio, 44512-5718
United States
phone: (330) 629-8080

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @vetastinglounge

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(Place added by: ramrod666)
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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

This place is in a little strip mall and it doesn't look like a beer mecca at all. As you walk inside there are two small tables to sit at with rows of wine behind them. Flanked by the wine is one wall of beer in coolers and one wall of warm beer. In the back is a small bar with 6 taps and a white board with the brews of the day. They were all craft beer and if I wasn't trying to beat a blizzard home I would have stayed for a beer or two.

The cooler has a good number of local 12 oz singles with more bombers and bigger bottles as you work your way down the cooler. They have a decent selection of Belgian beers and more on the not so common side that most places. The warm beer selection is just as strong with many of the same beers. They had a good selection from Stone, Alesmith, Souther Tier, Jolly Pumpkin, Bell's and many more. I only saw one Alesmith on the shelf so I asked the owner if they had others. They were so busy they hadn't put out the new ones so he got four other varieties of Alesmith out of the boxes for me.

This is a great place to find regional beers aswell as some gems from other countries.

rhoadsrage, Dec 30, 2007
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This spot was voted the best beer store in the world and I whole-heartedly agree! Phill is an extremely accessible owner and very knowledgeable. Everyone (owner, staff, and patrons) is so friendly and helpful. The selection is unbeatable. After visiting this establishment, I don't ever want to buy beer anywhere else. Thank you Vintage Estate and thank you Phill!

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seakayak, Apr 15, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev -0.2%

I've only been here a couple times, and haven't tried the food or bar. Haven't spent any time in the wine room, so I can only speak to the beer-to-go section. The place doesn't look big, and it's not. But they do pack an awful lot of fermented goodness into the available space.

The beer selection is separated into 4 main sections from what I remember--Belgians, "other" imports, domestic crafts (with a subsection dedicated to regionals), and "new stuff". There is also a large refrigerated cooler on one wall. The first time I was there I was offered a brief "tour" and explanation of how everything is organized. I like how they group things by breweries, rather than styles. That way I can see everything they have from Founders, Lagunitas, Fat Heads, Stone, North Coast, etc. without having to go back and forth. The overall selection is not the best I've seen, but probably better than 75% of craft retailers.

Prices are well within the reasonable range, given the extensive selection. I look forward to trying the food sometime soon.

glass_house, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of KevBot89
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

KevBot89, Mar 03, 2014
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Adkins721, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Haze76
3.84/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

Haze76, Oct 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

twonder23, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

ejimhof, Oct 09, 2013
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4.57/5  rDev -1.1%

This is easily one of the best places to find and buy beer in the world. I'm not that well traveled, but I find it hard to believe that there could be very many places that can even compete with Vintage Estate. The beer selection and prices are as good as anywhere you can go. Friendly people and a nice atmosphere as well.

KJ2013, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of keithmurray
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%

Atmosphere - It is a little bit dark and dusty in this place, they have 3 sections to their store. One for wine/liquor, another is a pub serving 10 beers on draught and the middle is craft beer about 5 coolers full as well as walls full of beer

Quality & Selection - the selection here was excellent, lots of local brands, national brands as well as Belgian&German imports. If there is a place out there with more selection than this place, I'd love to visit. Negatives : a lot of the beers have layers of dust caked on them and are also missing bottling/best by dates.

Customer Service - There were 3 people working, all asked me if there was anything in particular they could help me with, they also gave me good suggestions based upon my beer style preferences. Over at the pub, the girl working was kind enough to let me sample a couple of their draught offerings.

Value - This place is quite pricey. They don't sell their beer at common six pack pricing, everything is priced as if they are singles with about a 35% markup tagged on. Some of the beer there is reasonably priced, you just have to wade through everything. They should consider giving a discount if you buy 6 of the same beer. A beer that is really an $8.99 six pack goes for over $13 here.

If you are coming here, make sure you have at least 90 minutes set aside so you can properly take in everything they have to offer. I was under the gun in terms of time when I came here and still managed to spend over $90 and could have easily spent more. If you're in the area, be sure to check them out.

keithmurray, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of guajolote
3.94/5  rDev -14.7%

This is the kind of place you wouldn't expect to find in Boardman, Ohio. I know, I grew up there.

First off, the bottle selection is incredible. I haven't been to every bottle shop in Ohio, but I would be surprised to see one that's better. I always like going to Vintage on my trips back home to pick up stuff that's not distributed in Oregon.

HOWEVER, freshness can be an issue, so you need to be vigilant about checking bottle dates. If you're not sure, don't buy it. I've been burned a few times buying old IPAs from Vintage. I think one of their major problems is their sheer volume of inventory--they just don't have enough turnover for a lot of the beers, and a lot of it sits for much longer than it should.

Service, at least knowledge-wise, is spotty. Some employees know what they're talking about, some don't. However, there's usually someone around to help you if you need it.

Atmosphere is decent. The bar side is cozy and there's a nice outdoor seating area. The bottle room also has a seating area, but the inventory takes up a ton of space and leaves the space feeling cramped and cluttered.

The tap room has a fantastic rotating selection of craft and imports. Prices, however, are steep. And while you can drink any of the bottles they offer on-premises, be prepared to pay a corkage fee. I think I paid $1.50 for them to open a Rochefort 10, and they charged my wife something like $4 to open a $15 bottle of wine. Come on, man!

Overall, I'd recommend Vintage Estate, especially considering the options in the area. You won't leave wanting for beer, that's for sure. Just remember... CHECK THE BOTTLE DATES or you may be sorry.

guajolote, Jul 22, 2013
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Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman, OH
100 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.