Bailey's Beverage Center
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by nicholasofcusa:
4.85/5 rDev +10%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Driving to the parents house in PA from MI I decided to make a few stops and check out the quality places I read about in Beerfly to pick up some brew not normally available to me. This was stop 1 of 2 in Toledo.
As soon as I walk in the door I was greeted by the guy working behind the counter asking if I needed any help, appropriately enough wearing a BA shirt. Long conversation about beer ensued. Their selection is excellent. Offerings from Weyerbacher, Bells, Founders, Stone, Great Divide, Great Lakes, Avery, Unibroue, Southern Tier, Three Floyds, DFH, lots of Belgians etc. No Alesmith though.
At one point the owner approached and talked me up for a good while, walking down the aisles picking up beers asking if I had tried them, making recommendations, telling me about the bar he was going to open next door, etc. Since none of my friends are BAs his lively banter was more than welcome. After I made my selections, he helped me carry my purchases to the car, then invited me back in to show me the basement storage areas and his entire stock of beer. He even offered to sell me a couple of (rare) beers from his private stash which werent out front for sale. I told him I planned to check out Josephs and Andersons after leaving his place, and he invited me to come back afterward and sample a few beers. However I had a long drive ahead and it was getting pretty late so unfortunately I declined.
I checked out Joseph's afterward, and their selection was considerably larger, though almost all the craft beer was unrefrigerated, whereas here everything on display was also in a cooler downstairs. Overall a great establishment.
06-10-2006 02:23:01 | More by nicholasofcusa
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I had been wanting some Alesmith for a long time so I decided to make the trip to Toledo when I knew I was going to be in Ann Arbor. I called ahead the day before I was going down and this was the only place in Toledo that I could find that had some Speedway Stout. The guy I talked to on the phone (I didn't get his name, sadly) was nice enough to hold some bottles for me. When I got there, they brought out the bottles that were being held. They had quite a bit of Alesmith, some 3F, Bell's and some Belgians. The selection was not outstanding, but for a Michigan guy, it was cool to see a lot of stuff that I have not seen in any store that I frequent. A lot of stuff was in coolers and some was on shelves. The guys behind the counter (surrounded by bullet proof glass) were very nice guys and made good conversation. One of them was even wearing a BA t-shirt! Overall, Not the best selection around, but it's a worthwhile visit.
03-10-2007 22:11:00 | More by david131
3.3/5 rDev -25.2%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by on the way home from the wonderful Toledo Zoo. Picked this store based on beerfly reviews, but was disappointed by the reality of it. Small store with bulletproof cashier chamber (ugly). 4 beer coolers hold bombers and Belgians and some Germans, but the shelves were only half-filled. More coolers hold six packs and macros, but, again, these were only half-filled. Across from these coolers were shelves with micros and some imports at room temp. A lot of the bottles were dusty and some bottled dates (of non cellarable beers) were over a year old. Again, these shelves were only half-filled. It looked like the place was having a clearance/going out of business sale. What they did have was decent (Stone, Alesmith, Weyerbacher, Old Dominion, Thirsty Dog, 3F, Bell's, etc.) but not great (i.e. they only had some of the available offerings from these breweries). Imports were hodgepodge and scattered. The sales guy was nice, but didn't seem too knowledgeable. Prices were good relative to MI, although I would rather pay more at Bellovino (especially now that MI has Stone) and get better quality, service, and selection.
10-16-2006 17:20:55 | More by alexgash
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been making the trek to Bailey's for almost 2 years now and I can't believe I haven't written a review yet, well here we go...
Bailey's is a small store that really cares about their beer. They are the most accommodating store in the Toledo area. All beer is available cold. If you want something special they will get it, if its available in the Ohio. Some of the beers they carry Stone, Three Floyds, Alesmith, Abbey de Rocs, Great Lakes, New Holland, Southern Tier, and Unibroue. Just about every time I go there they point out what is new to make sure I don't miss anything.
08-31-2006 19:57:12 | More by brotherfraz2
4/5 rDev -9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here on the way back home from Detroit last week, hoping to find something I hadn't seen before. It turned out everything they had was basically available to me already, but the selection was pretty good anyway.
I ended up not buying anything but decided to rate it mainly for anyone living in Detroit. For some reason Stone is not available it Michigan, but Bailey's had every current Stone beer available at standard prices (and just over the border from Michigan):
Arrogant Bastard 3.99
Smoked Porter 3.99
Ruination IPA 5.99
Russian Imperial Stout 5.99
Vertical Epic 06.06.06 6.99
Otherwise the selection was pretty good with lots of Unibroue, Bell's, maybe 30 Belgians (including a few Trappists), about 20 German beers, and so on.
07-02-2006 12:07:55 | More by TurdFurgison
4.85/5 rDev +10%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Got a wild hair up my ass and decided to make my first ever beer run. Since, Toledo is only an hours drive, I said what the hell. Thanks to Beerfly for directing me to this store. Easy place to find by way of mapquest. Huge sign out front, and also signs on the side of the building. Looks like an old farmhouse, parking on the side, kinda tight.
Beer stores in Ohio rock, all prices are on the bottles and also on the shelves. Never a doubt what each brew cost. Also, most prices seem to be a little cheaper than in Michigan. The kid working the counter was wearing a Bell's t-shirt, so I knew I was in good company. He was very helpful and pointed out some beers I should try. He is also a big fan of Founder's.
Good selection, lots of Mi brews, Stone, Great Divide, Alesmith, and a few from Three Floyds.(no Dreadnaught damn) Single brews are in the cooler up front. On the shelves are single six packs of each brew they have. The rest of their stock is kept cellared in the back, very nice!!!! Some Belgians not many. Prices were excellent. I can see a return trip in the future.
03-10-2006 02:57:00 | More by BigDaddyWil
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a great store! I rarely have the pleasure of running across an owner who is: (1) so passionate about beer; and (2) so passionate about treating it right.
From the moment I walked in, Bill was engaged and ready to help or just talk about beer. He knew his stock incredibly well, and checked availability of products he didn't have twice for me. Bill also made clear, that I could call next time I would be in town, and he'd let me know what he had, as well as what was available, and would put together an order for pickup. Utterly over-the-top service.
The quality of the storage is about unbeatable as well. Almost everything is in coolers, either in the main level of the store or in a storage room. He has one six pack of each item in stock displayed on a warm shelf for easy browsing, which you're welcome to take, or he will grab one from the cold room that has never seen the light of day. Incredible. No out of code items were noted anywhere in the store, and I expect to upgrade quality to a "5" upon drinking more of the beers I purchased.
Selection was great. Others have noted the brands available. I did go the Anderson's afterward and noticed a few beers that Bill did not stock, but there were also several at Bailey's that were not at the Anderson's. Both great selections, but all, except a door or two of coolers, sits on warm shelves at the Anderson's, which tips the scale decidedly in Bailey's favor for this beer advocate.
Great store, and they're opening a pub next door which they expect to have 30 craft and fine import taps. Can't wait for my next visit to the Glass City!
02-27-2006 03:33:03 | More by Realale
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is nearly impossible to overlook. That is a huge factor for me in itself. I ain't got time to ride around looking for liquor stores. Actually, I do, but nevermind that! A huge Bailey's Beverage Center sign is, I believe on three of four walls, highly situated atop a somewhat tall brick structure. At any rate it is on both sides of the building that you see while rolling down the street in either direction. I just assume the front proclaims the name of the establishment just as the sides do, I never actually looked. A sign lower down on one side says "Free Beer Tomorrow!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! Yeah right. Still sort of funny to a mind like mine. I had a hard time feeling out the socioeconomic status of the area, but once I walked in and saw the bullet proof cage surrounding the clerk's station (okay, it was prolly just plexi glass), I had a pretty good idea. It wouldn't hurt to pack your gat if you are going to Bailey's. All that crap was quality issues. I add the beer and the other crap like service to it for a weird derivative of quality. Sort of an overall type deal. Good in quality.
Service positively shines as compared to any place I have ever been. The clerk who I am fairly certain was the owner, as other reviewers have also surmised by the looks of it, was just a class example of service. He burst out from behind the counter and literally went on a ten minute tyrade about every beer he had in the cooler. Now, I really don't like it when these types try to recommend stuff to me as they have no idea what I like. This guy did that, but for some reason it didn't piss me off. I had sampled just about all of beers he recommended except Golden Draak. So, once I said I had never had it, he praised it like it was the piss of our lord and savior. Was that blasphemous? Sorry, God. At any rate he was there, he was in my face, and he made damn sure I saw everything and new that there were cold versions of the warm beers downstairs if I wanted them. He also claimed to have been on the Edmund Fitzgerald a few days before it sank. What else can I say? I wonder if he likes that Great Lakes Eddy Fitz. I should've asked him.
Selection was good. He had what I wanted which was Alesmith since I cannot procure that in my area. None of their IPA though which thoroughly upset my soul. Couldn't find it anywhere I went in Ohio. Okay, back to what was there: FFF Dreadnaught! 'Nuff said! Plus everything that is common to my regular joint was about a dollar cheaper than in Michigan. Just don't tell him that. He had a proper wall of sixers warm or cold as stated above. Many of the great ones. He had a few Belgians too. Again, these were cheaper than in Michigan. Solid selection. A really cool dude too. Only pisser was the scanty selection of singles which is big to me. Especially when I am coming in from outta town and not wanting sixers of everything that I wanted to try. Other than that, most definitely go here. Bring your heater for good measure. Times is tuff.
01-31-2006 07:32:54 | More by SupaCelt
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
A few of us checked this place out on our first trip into Toledo for beer over the holidays. Beerfly reviews were the reason we stopped and we weren't disappointed at all. The owner was very personable and knowledgeable about his products. In fact, he steered us to a few excellent purchases that we wouldn't have otherwise made. It's a small, clean place, but it's packed full of excellent beer. Not the largest selection I've seen, but almost everything on the shelves was far above average. Any 6-packs were available off the shelf or from the cooler. We were here for Alesmith and Stone releases, including seasonals, and we bought nearly everything off the shelf. Great prices on these as well -- I haven't seen prices on Alesmtih or Stone this low outside of SoCal. Lots of (fairly) local stuff too. We picked up some Bell's, Arcadia, New Holland, Great Lakes, and 3 Floyds in sixers and bombers. We'll definitely be back once the credit cards are paid off!
01-17-2006 03:19:21 | More by DrJay
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
I stopped by this place on a recent trip to Toledo.
You wouldn't go in here expecting it to be all about craft beer, but by god it sure is! I chatted with a guy (some to think of it, I didn't catch his name) whom I assume was the owner, and he was great to deal with, very friendly and approachable and most of all passionate about his beer, just what you like to see! Warms my hop soaked BA heart.
Selection was pretty good, lots of rarities and specialities that I didn't see anywhere else that day (and I hit a few of the major Toledo beer stops) Much of what he has is in coolers (yes, micros included) which is nice to see for a change. The owner went as far as to offer to order anything he didn't have as well.
Top notch spot, not as much in terms of sheer selection as the Anderson's or Joseph's, but the service is unmatched and as I said, he's got a lot of odd and hard to find brews.
02-26-2005 14:56:23 | More by Gaisgeil
Bailey's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH
95 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.