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Blacklick Wine And Spirits Brew Thru

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 13.74%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

7199 E. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio, 43004
United States
phone: (614) 322-6689

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2006)
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Reviews by CoolJosh:
Photo of CoolJosh
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Found out about this place while driving back from Akron, Oh. I'm always up for hunting down a beer store, and was very impressed with this State run store. Upon entering, there is a wine tasting area to the left. To the right, a huge stock of behind the counter liquors. As I continued my walk to the back of the store, I was spotted by a huge cooler section, filled to the brim with 4/6 packs galore. All sorts of great stuff from Founders, Bells, Great Lakes, Avery, Goose Island, and many others. There are also a couple shelves full of beer singles stored at room temperature. They have decent selection of belgians as well as some harder to find lambics. I stumbled across an unlabeled bottle, and asked the store clerk what it was. He had no idea. To add to that, I don't think he had any idea about any of the beers. To that I was a little disappointed but fortunately enough it really wouldn't have mattered as I know what I'm looking for. I left with a founders 4 pack of their elusive Imperial Stout (was shocked), and a 4 pack of Cane and Ebel, my favorite rye beer. All in all I would the trip was worth the drive, and would be up for stopping by again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Lightman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and if you are patient and wait for the right person to help you out, you will find some very knowledgeable assistance. Had a few breweries I had not been able to find at other stores in the Columbus area, in particular Three Floyds but in very limited supply that turns over quickly. Definitely on my list of regular beer shopping stops.

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of OU_Bobcats
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

LOVE this place! First, their beer selection is excellent, especially given the tiny size of the store. If it comes in a bottle or a can, is available in Ohio and they don't have it, they'll get it for you. The employees are friendly, knowledgeable and will help you make an informed decision. They recently installed taps (2? 3?) for growlers, and usually have Ohio beers. The absolute best thing about it is the weekly tasting Thursday and Friday nights. There's always a theme - a specific brewery or style of beer. It's a great way to try things you wouldn't normally buy without the investment in a six-pack or even a pint!

Photo of willi803
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Blacklick wine and spirits has a nice selection of craft beers. I live only a mile away and have frequented many times. Just recently realized that there was actually a walk in cooler. Occasionally can find a hidden gem in there. I have found beer here that is nowhere else on the east side including Anderson's. Just recently seems to be getting shipments of floyds. Any Ohio beer you want, this place pretty much has. Owner is helpful and will walk around with you giving suggestions. The guys behind the counter are knowledgable and will tell you if a beer you are buying is not worth the money. It's my kind of place!

Photo of BHobbs20
2.73/5  rDev -35.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

PRICE GOUGING- I started coming to this place because they were close to work and alerted me when they received shipments of Great Lakes Xmas Ale. The selection was ok, but I pretty much stopped in out of convenience. Three weeks ago I was charged $14 for a 6-pack of the Xmas Ale, which is a little more than I typically would pay for a 6-pack but since it was seasonal I thought of it as a gift to myself. Three weeks later I get a notice that they received their final shipment and I stopped in and was charged $16 for the same 6-pack. I know the beer is in high demand, but this is bad business. They are not the only place in Columbus that sells the Xmas Ale so please go elsewhere!!!

Photo of lancehenry
2.66/5  rDev -37%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

I was visiting my sister and her husband out in Pickerington and they recommended this place for our beer run. First off, they are not big into the craft beer scene. The most adventurous they get is Newcastle and maybe Oberon in the summer. Not that there's anything wrong with those beers, just...anyway I stopped in here on my way to there house. The store itself is pretty nice, lots of wine and lots of liquor. Too bad I don't drink the hard stuff. I was told hello when I walked in but thats pretty much all I heard from anyone until I checked out. Their selection was ok but just did not wow me. I'm in Columbus for 2 wks and I've been to stores with much better selection. It's not that they have a small selection, just nothing that wowed me. Would probably stop back in when visiting again for that sixer of Newcastle or Oberon.

Photo of ohiobrewtus
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Convenient location off of 270 from the airport.

Great first impression, with a $.50 per sample wine tasting goin on when I was there (FRIG the tastings for both wine and beer are a regular occurrence). There was an employee dedicated to the $.50 per sample wine tasting that was going on when I was there on 11-13-10. The .'sampling room' is decorated very nicely with faux stone, giving the impression of a completely separate space from the rest of the store.

I would estimate that they are about 40% wine, 25% beer and 35% liquor. Despite that, they still had a decent selection including Founders, DFH, The Bruery and all other readily breweries in Ohio.

They also had a very solid selection of Belgians and DFH/Bruery vintage beers.

Photo of troywhittaker
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

I'm in Columbus on business and sought this place out based on previous reviews. It's east of the airport a few miles but very convenient from 270.

I was absolutely floored by the selection, especially the number of aged beers. Being from Florida, I sought midwest and northeast breweries, which were represented well.

Lots of great scores including: New Holland Dragons Milk Oak Aged (12 and 22oz!), DFH Buff and a 2002 Unibroue Quelqe Choise.

Everyone was friendly and actually pretty knowledgable about beer, even if a little heavy on the promotion of IPA's.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

This place is a little bit of a drive for me. Thats what has kept me from visiting until the other day.

Its at the end of a small shopping plaza off of the right side of Broad street. The sign is big and easy to see. This is a good thing because many shops in Columbus are very hard to spot if you dont know exactly where they are.

When I first walked in I was surprised at how nice it was in there. Off to the left there is a wine cellar style room made of rocks and fine wood shelving all filled with wines. There is a small bar there with wines set out for guests to sample.

At first all you are greeted with is wine. The shop is probably 60% wine and 20% beer 20% spirits. The beer is mostly 6 packs kept in a big long cooler. Only about one door in the cooler and the inside of the walk in is for domestics, the rest is craft.

I was pleasantly surprised with a few of the beers I found there. They still have HopSlam (about 3 cases!), 21 Amendment, all the typical Bell's, Founder's, Lots of Elevator (stuff I didnt know was being bottled).

Outside of the cooler there are a few shelves. Some bombers and singles. There was a 4 pack and 3 singles of KBS just sitting out in plain view! It seems like this shop might get overlooked when it comes to those highly prized beers we get in Columbus. The other shelf had beers that were marked down really cheap, they must have been sitting a while.

The last shelf is the best one. Its very tall and is filled with all their Belgian and German selections. The typical (and not so typical) selections from Unibroue are among others like St Bernardus.

At the end of the counter there was also some beer set out for tasting. This time it was Rouge Mocha Porter.

Behind the counter, spanning the whole length of the establishment are their spirits. It looked like there was some high end stuff.

The only employees I saw were just young guys who seem to just be working there as a clerk for an after school job. I didnt ask any questions but I felt like they would not be as knowledgeable as the folks at other area shops.

This is a very clean and well kept place. I think I will be headed back for more HopSlam and Ill keep this place in mind when the next rarity come through Columbus.

Photo of spage
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

This place is by far my favorite beer store in the Columbus area.

The beer selection is beyond what you would expect when walking into the place. There is a nice selection of singles, and a 10-door walk-in cooler that is filled primarily with American craft brew. There are several display racks in the store featuring semi-local brews such as the "Mad Brewer" beers. There are 4 shelves dedicated to Belgian selections. These don't look like they get turned frequently, but Belgian beers generally age well anyhow.

The store also sells kegs, has an impressive wine selection, a humidor filled with specialty cigars, and a full liquor store. The homebrew supplies are located on the other side of the walk-in cooler, and they stock most any ingredient you would need for basic brews, whether you do extract or all-grain.

You can purchase items in the store, go through the drive through, or have it delivered - a nice option if you are having a party, which they can cater if asked. The staff is generally friendly, and they have one dedicated "beer guy", and one dedicated "wine guy". The store hosts both beer and wine tastings every Thursday and Friday, with a nice crowd of regulars, most of them home brewers.

Pricing on many of the craft brews seems to be on-par with other Columbus area stores, however some of them are 5%-15% higher. Guinness and Hennepin seem to be in this category. Prices on the homebrew supplies are very reasonable, with many of the items priced lower than online suppliers.

Overall a fantastic stop, I have been attending their tastings for about a year and a half now and I plan on continuing. Stop by and ask to be put on their email list. You will get one email per week regarding the tastings that week, any new specialty brews in the store, and any beer related news that week. I hope to see you around at the tastings!

Photo of beveritt
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Just getting around to reviewing this place, but it has been my "local" for 6 months or so. Located on the Blacklick/Reynoldsburg area, just outside of the 270 bypass, this place is convenient to my work and easy to get to from 270 or 70. I have never used it, but they also offer a drive thru.

The selection of craft beer here is on par with any other store in the Columbus area and better than many. As you walk in, the entire wall of coolers on the left is beer, mainly craft. There is also a small section of some beers in the right most cooler in the wine room. There are 3 end caps with room temperature beers; mostly singles and Belgians. The selection is a solid representation of what is available in the region with a pretty good rotation of gems.

Service here is good to great. Everyone is friendly and helpful, but not everyone is a beer geek. This is a state liquor agency (only place in Ohio allowed to sell the hard stuff) and a wine store, so some of the staff is more knowledgable in those areas. If you want to talk beer, ask for Joe.

All in all, I have been very pleased with Blacklick and all my purchases from here. I occasionally hit up some other stores just to see who has what, but spend most of my beer budget here.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

"Yeah, I'll take a 6 of Ruination and a 4 of Double-Trouble to go?!" This place is the first craft-beer place I've seen with a drive thru. This is probably the best beer store I've yet found in Columbus, although my exploration is so far limited to this spot, From the Vine, and a few area grocery stores.

This is a state-owned l;iquor store, but has a decent amount of cooler and warm space devoted to beer. As you enter, there's a small cooler of imports, as you go deeper in the store there's a long beer cooler along your left, and there's warm storage of bombers and 12oz singles to your right and front. You can mix and match a 6-pack from a small selection on a shelf. Prices are a tad high, but pretty typical for a specialty shop.

The help here is pretty transparent. They all seem young, and the place is usually busy enough they seem to be occupied with just keeping the registers and drive-through running.

I'm not exactly blown away by this store, but as I said, it is the best I've yet found in Columbus. And happily for me, it is conveniently located on my way home! Based on selection, value, and convenience, I will no doubt return to this store again and again.

Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This seems to be the only place around Columbus where I can get a pony keg. The store is great and seems to pretty packed everytime I'm there. Walking in there is a nice wine room on the left. A great selection of brew here most of it is in the row of coolers lined up.

A great selection of singles that's always changing. Also a good selection of liquors and some nice cigars as well. Service is also top notch if you get the right guy. Joe knows his brews well and will be more than happy to take of you but some of his staff seem to be a little clueless at times.

A very solid place that I will come back to for sure from time to time. If you're ever out east a must stop for sure. Oh there's also a driver through which is again pretty cool.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

I would have never known about this place were it not for BA...so a big "thanks" to BA and those who previously reviewed it!

Right in the door, there are wines to the left and a tasting island, with some coolers containing some bombers and pints. Straight ahead and along the wall, loads and loads of beers in the wall coolers. Tons of craft/micro/import sixers....far too many to even begin to try and recall....Pretty decent selection of non-coolered singles and bombers as well. All of the standard state liquor store booze to boot.

I was immediately greeted upon entering by a man working on the floor. He casually chatted me up about what I might be looking for, what I liked, offered suggestions, talked about their beer tasting events, tasting favorites, etc., - all without being pretentious or pushy, and also while maintaining a genuinely pleasant and enthusiastic attitude about it all! Very refreshing attitude juxtaposed against what I'm used to encountering in just about any other retail setting.

What can I say? This seems like a top notch little spot to pick from a large variety of brews, they'll order in for you, they know their beers, and they hold regular beer tastings...what's more to want?

I am sure that I'll be back soon!

Photo of visiwig
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

Blacklick Wine and Spirits is just off of 270 on Broad towards pataskala, close to the highway , which is nice.

They have a wonderful selection of cold beer as well as some uncommon belgian and french imports. The selection of singles is always impressive, with many of the higher priced brews available to try at one time or another (it is always changing). They specialize in american craft beers and always have a great selection, all cold.

Tastings are held every thursday and friday from 6-8pm with a wide menu of selections chosen, and great regulars to talk to about beers and brewing.

I just found out about the place about a year ago after living nearby for years and had no idea i had a gem of a store nearby. I highly recommend this place to anyone, especially if you are looking for great american craft brews.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Blacklick Wine & Spirits is on the east side of Columbus a few miles east of I-270 on Broad Street. There is a decent-sized private lot out front that is shared with some other places in the strip mall.

The interior is open and laid out well. Wine and spirits are near the entryway, with beer being in the left and rear of the store, most of it in coolers. There is a long counter along the right side of the store that almost looks like a bar.

The beer selection is very good. Lots to choose from representing the Ohio and Michigan regions, from GLBC, Bell's and Founders to goodies from further away like Avery, Rogue, Stone etc. Decent selection of imports from Belgium and the UK especially.

Service here is very good, and these people clearly care about the beers. Our first visit was during a "Dogfish Head and Cheese" tasting and it was great. They really went out of their way to get someone from DFH who could speak with authority on their beers and what complemented the flavors. BW&S does tastings very frequently judging from their mailing list.

Overall this place might be a haul for people not living on that end of the city but this place is definitely worth a trip.

Photo of shroompod
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Wow , I live 10 minutes away from this place and stopped in for the first time.

This is a state liquor store with a decent selection of wine and booze. The beer selection is the best on the east side.

I was asked if I needed help finding anything, I didn't. I'm not really sure if the beer guy would've helped me or not. I signed up for the E-mail newsletter.

Selection was top notch. They have no cooler space with BMC in the open!

Didn't really see value buys , or crazy markup.

I'll probably make most, if not all, of my beer purchases here.

Photo of mattcrill
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Wow...what a gem! This place is right on East Broad Street so depending on the time of day, traffic could be a little dicey. It's in a little strip mall area so parking is nice and convienent.

When I walked in, I was greeted by 3 different people who asked if they could help me. I politely declined but it was nice to know I could approach them if I needed anything.

It's hard to remember everything they had but a great selection of sixers, bombers, and singles. They even had some Celebration which was kind of crazy seeing as it was April when I was there!

They have casual tasting every Friday and Saturday and a newsletter that highlights special events. It's worth the stop for me every time I'm in the area.

Strongly recommended.

Photo of boogles
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

On the east side of Columbus, this is the ONLY place to go. Here's why:

(1) They are small but have an excellent selection of craft beers, and some interesting bombers. The cooler is small but stocked full, and the domestic swill is kept in a hidden room to prevent embarrassment.

(2) They work to score occasional impossible-to-find warehouse beers--I got Great Lakes' seasonal (Feb-Mar) Blackout Stout in June, and they had bombers of Stone Russian Imperial Stout for MONTHS, for instance.

(3) Customer service: They will order anything they can get. How much? As little as you want. And they'll call you when it comes in. Take that, everyone else!

(4) Blacklick is the ONLY quality beer (and wine) store on the east side.

(5) These guys are serious. They are growing, and I am proud. They just renovated the store, and hired wine and beer managers who know their stuff.

(6) They have weekly beer tastings and bring in reps and brewers from MAJOR breweries, like Lagunitas.

(7) The above indicates that they are our friends. I do most of my shopping here, and am glad they're making it. Otherwise, I'd have to drive 25 minutes (one-way) all the time. Please support Blacklick, conveniently located on East Broad street in Reynoldburg, on the south side of Broad, between the Giant Eagle/Kroger sprawl and the Meijer sprawl. A true gem!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Blacklick Wine and Spirits is a hidden gem for beer lovers in the Far East Columbus suburbs. In addition to beer, they also have a large selection of wine and spirits. Their selection is very good, and they've made an effort lately to improve even more. Prices are very reasonable, no complaints there. They regularly stock Stone, Dogfish Head, Bear Republic, Left Hand, Lagunitas, Founder's, Bell's and Great Lakes, and that's just a few of the brands they sell there. Service is very good too, they listen to their customers and ask for ideas as to what beers/brands to sell in the future. They've also started weekly beer (and wine) tastings too. Lately it's become one of my regular stops for beer. If you get a chance to stop in, you should!

Photo of burntcarpet
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This store is really gaining momentum! They have increased their beer selection and are going to continue bringing in new and exciting labels. They have an extensive selection of Belgian beers, IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Imperial beers, fruity beers, lambics and so much more. Their brands include Unibroue, Lagunitas, Rogue, Stone, Alpha King, Three Floyds, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Bear Republic and on and on...

They have also starting doing beer tastings every week and have brought on a beer specialist to start doing more with every aspect of the beer! Blacklick Wine and Spirits is definitely worthy of stopping by and checking out!

Blacklick Wine And Spirits Brew Thru in Columbus, OH
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.