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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%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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troywhittaker

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

06-02-2010 23:54:46 | More by troywhittaker
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boogles

Kansas

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

12-12-2007 10:03:58 | More by boogles
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spage

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

08-12-2009 14:23:52 | More by spage
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

05-09-2008 20:43:22 | More by mattcrill
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

10-31-2008 01:20:24 | More by DoctorDog
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visiwig

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

10-17-2008 01:41:23 | More by visiwig
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

10-21-2007 00:07:49 | More by bluejacket74
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Lightman

Ohio

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.

07-08-2014 20:50:13 | More by Lightman
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shroompod

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

07-04-2008 23:26:26 | More by shroompod
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beveritt

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

05-19-2009 15:24:13 | More by beveritt
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