Blacklick Wine And Spirits Brew Thru
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Blacklick Wine & Spirits is on the east side of Columbus a few miles east of I-270 on Broad Street. There is a decent-sized private lot out front that is shared with some other places in the strip mall.
The interior is open and laid out well. Wine and spirits are near the entryway, with beer being in the left and rear of the store, most of it in coolers. There is a long counter along the right side of the store that almost looks like a bar.
The beer selection is very good. Lots to choose from representing the Ohio and Michigan regions, from GLBC, Bell's and Founders to goodies from further away like Avery, Rogue, Stone etc. Decent selection of imports from Belgium and the UK especially.
Service here is very good, and these people clearly care about the beers. Our first visit was during a "Dogfish Head and Cheese" tasting and it was great. They really went out of their way to get someone from DFH who could speak with authority on their beers and what complemented the flavors. BW&S does tastings very frequently judging from their mailing list.
Overall this place might be a haul for people not living on that end of the city but this place is definitely worth a trip.
08-31-2008 23:33:26 | More by Dogbrick
3.5/5 rDev -17.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
"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.
02-16-2009 00:16:19 | More by BeerBelcher
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
03-27-2010 21:20:59 | More by MbpBugeye
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
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow...what a gem! This place is right on East Broad Street so depending on the time of day, traffic could be a little dicey. It's in a little strip mall area so parking is nice and convienent.
When I walked in, I was greeted by 3 different people who asked if they could help me. I politely declined but it was nice to know I could approach them if I needed anything.
It's hard to remember everything they had but a great selection of sixers, bombers, and singles. They even had some Celebration which was kind of crazy seeing as it was April when I was there!
They have casual tasting every Friday and Saturday and a newsletter that highlights special events. It's worth the stop for me every time I'm in the area.
05-09-2008 20:43:22 | More by mattcrill
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-06-2009 19:53:36 | More by nrbw23
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Blacklick Wine and Spirits is a hidden gem for beer lovers in the Far East Columbus suburbs. In addition to beer, they also have a large selection of wine and spirits. Their selection is very good, and they've made an effort lately to improve even more. Prices are very reasonable, no complaints there. They regularly stock Stone, Dogfish Head, Bear Republic, Left Hand, Lagunitas, Founder's, Bell's and Great Lakes, and that's just a few of the brands they sell there. Service is very good too, they listen to their customers and ask for ideas as to what beers/brands to sell in the future. They've also started weekly beer (and wine) tastings too. Lately it's become one of my regular stops for beer. If you get a chance to stop in, you should!
10-21-2007 00:07:49 | More by bluejacket74
4.85/5 rDev +14.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
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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