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The Wine Source

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The Wine SourceThe Wine Source
BA SCORE
96
world-class

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.03%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

3601 Elm Ave
Baltimore, Maryland, 21211-2402
United States
phone: (410) 467-7777

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cracker

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

A pretty decent find considering it's more know for the wine selection (hence the name). It used to be in the Rotunda (Rotunda Wine and Spirits) but moved down the street about three years ago.

They have an entire wall devoted to refrigerated beers. About 1/3 or so is BMC stuff. But the remainder is impressive...Victory, Stoudts, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Yards, DogFish Head, Old Dominion, Clipper City, Anderson Valley, Brooklyn, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Rogue, Smuttynose, Avery, Magic Hat, and more which I cannot recall right now.

On the shelves are several Belgians and US/Canadian Belgians (Corsendonk, Chimay, Rochefort, Duvel, Cantillon, De Koninck, Lindemans, Hoegaarden, Westmalle, Unibroue products, V12 from Victory, Ommegang among others), a smaller German and British stock and a few single bottles of American micros (the ones that benefit from cellaring...imperial stoudts, double IPA etc.)

Price is average with occasional products being on sale. The average six pack (for the good stuff) runs from $7 to $10 depending on the style and ABV. Single bottles (750 ml) are a little on the high side ($5 for Rogues and $8-14 for the Belgians).

The service is excellent for those buying wine but I'm not so sure about beer. I never really ask since I'm familiar with most of the beer products and usually know what I want. They probably are helpful if you ask though but don't seem to come up and ask you 'can I help you'.

It's a great place all in all especially if you live in the area (like I do).

02-25-2005 15:35:31 | More by cracker
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Ross_Miller

Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-13-2014 04:11:16 | More by Ross_Miller
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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2014 15:28:09 | More by Liberatiscioli
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.32/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$

Situated in the Hampden neighborhood, the Wine Source offers a real great selection. Parking is a pain, and the area is quite busy with walkable stores, and there aren't many spots but they eventually turn over.

The place is large on wine, but about 35% of the store is devoted to beer. It's nicely laid out in many sections, from seasonals, to the coolers, to the bombers, and then sections on sour beers and Belgians, UK, German, even to some degree hop and malt. There is also a small section of broken up 6 packs so that you can purchase 12 oz. bottles on a whim as well which is nice.

I conversed with the staff quite a bit and there wasn't a question they didn't have an answer for. THere's a lot of selection here and well defined. The other items of the store are also laid out real nicely as well.

There's a section with a nice cheese counter as well. This is a real good place for a real nice beer shopping experience in Baltimore.

12-31-2013 01:41:13 | More by smakawhat
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-17-2013 22:42:24 | More by duceswild
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TaraMascara

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I found this store by looking on Beer Advocate for great places to buy beer while I was in Baltimore visiting. I was very impressed with the selections offered not only with beer and wine, but with the cheese and meat selection as well. I drove to Delaware to visit Dogfish Head's brew pub I made sure to stop back in Maryland just to visit this awesome store. If you're anywhere close by, you should definitely check it out!

08-07-2013 17:42:12 | More by TaraMascara
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

This place is very well designed with a nice layout. They have a small, cramped parking lot and if you can't get a spot in there then it can be a bit hard to find one without a bit of a hike.

Everything has its place and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. They are actually pretty knowledgeable too and willing to help out.

They have a pretty great selection, especially in bombers. There is a wall for singles but they all seem to be old and are usually by breweries that I have never heard of or ever heard good things about. That is what you can make your mix six out of, or you can ask to break up a six pack that isn't on the wall. They have a wall full of refrigerated beer as well. There is also a nice selection of cider here.

Also, they have a great selection of food, for food pairings. The food here is a bit exotic and pricey, but you can't get it at many other places. Their cheese selection is top notch.

05-18-2013 00:56:29 | More by gillagorilla
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Great selection especially of local wines and east coast beers. Was there on a Wednesday and they had a nice wine tasting with Tablas Creek Vineyard with the owners/operators there.

Employees are SUPER helpful and nice and love their products. I talked with one guy for 20 minutes about different beers and whether organic beers really mean anything different and whether their quality is worse. He had legit recommendations for craft brewery batches that came in inconsistant and not worth the $$ or up to par with past years. Really really fun and interesting chat.

03-14-2013 17:14:13 | More by Swift989
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here earlier this week. I have always heard good things, figured it was time to finally check it out for myself.

Atmosphere was pretty good. A very nice feel to the store with all of the bottles laid out before you. People milling around in the aisles looking at bottles of wine and such. Service was good as well. I was asked multiple times if I needed help and when I did need to know a price they were quick to find out the answer.

Quality was pretty high. Lots of top notch wine, spirits and beer throughout and even some snacks to boot. They even had some rarer spirits / beers that I hadn't seen in awhile. Beer selection was pretty solid. Lots of locals mixed with the typical national offerings, and even some more obscure overseas offerings too boot. Prices were more than reasonable in my book. Overall a really solid bottle shop, I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.

02-24-2013 23:49:17 | More by orangesol
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Kanegarden

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

First time to the Baltimore area....definitely enjoyed some of the local estabilishments i.e. Of Love and Regret Pub and Provisions and Max's taphouse to name a few. Decided to pick up a few bombers at Wine Source after reading some of the reviews on BA. Greeted with a friendly and knowledgeable beer bro who first introduced me to a few of his favs current favs. Jolly Pumpkin's Madrugada Obscura, Boulevard's Harvest Dance, MOA a NZ brewery's Pale Ale, Maine Beer Co.'s Titus, an austrian brewer Stift Engelszell 's Benno, and lastly a local Heavy Seas Siren Noire. Then the helpful fella offered me a tasting of one of Flying Dogs single batch imperial ipa....a definite gold star for service when offered a private tasting. Nicely organized with domestic/american craft beers, german, belgian, all separated. Definitely will be back to explore other destinations in Baltimore i.e. Brewer''s Art, Heavy Seas, Stillwater...and of course this place again for some new beers to try. Cheers!

01-27-2013 19:58:57 | More by Kanegarden
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The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
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