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Root Cellar

Not Rated.
Root CellarRoot Cellar
very good

19 Reviews
Reviews: 19
Visits: 26
Avg: 3.84
pDev: n/a
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7699 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236-4235
United States
phone: (513) 984-4111

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Place added by: nlmartin on 06-07-2006

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Reviews: 19 | Visits: 26
Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Although I have a friend who hits up the Cellar and can grab me special stuff as needed, I checked it out firsthand today. Nice little place, more wine than beer, but the guy has boxes of beer tucked into every conceiveable place, really maximizing the inventory as best he can. I saw beers here that I haven't seen elsewhere, and promptly snapped 'em up! Most of the beers are room temp but some are stashed in coolers, which is a better bet for sake of freshness.

There is a table of singles to mix/match a sixer. Check for dates as I saw a wheat ale bottled in '07 that really should not be sold.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JustinSparks
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is my go-to place for craft beer. I pass it on my way home from work every day, so needless to say I am here at least once a week. The people are always helpful, give great advice on which beers are being released, and I've found many rarities here – KBS, Black Note Stout, Wulver, etc. For being so small, this place packs a LOT of beer! Great wine selection as well, if you're into that.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A decent little place for selection - one of the few places around Cincinnati I've seen Haandbryggeriet, and one of the few places around to see any Habanero Sculpin. It can be called anything except organized, however, with six-packs and bottles seemingly shelved according to a system of "meh, whatever", so if you're looking for something specific, it's best to ask the folks working there unless you have a little time to search. The storage is haphazard as all get-out, with little rhyme or reason as far as what's on shelves in the middle of the store, what's in the coolers along the walls, and what's just literally piled on the floor wherever space permits.

Given that I've only been in once, on a seemingly slow Sunday afternoon, I can't comment with much authority on the staff, but the two guys working the place gave every indication of being baked out of their minds. They also didn't seem to know all that much about the beer selection aside from a general notion of where any specific beer might be located in the shop. Still, a decent selection of beers at not a terrible markup!

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Photo of Enochase04
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Dannywhitewash
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of vikinghorn
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UcDru
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of screamking
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very small store with very nice selection. Product is stashed everywhere, with bottles hidden behind shelves and in nooks. Very little order to be found here. Found some old bottles of IPA's they were way past there date. So make sure to check the date. Not bad, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of yeahman
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best small beer store in town. I go there often on my drive home. This is my place when i am looking for something that the big guys dont have. Staff is always knowledgable and friendly. The 5l mini keg of Hopslam that they held for me was fantastic.

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Photo of drunkcyclist
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bigger variety than anyplace nearby. There's beer here I can't find other places. Definitely worth a visit. West Coast, East Coast, and some very tasty Regionals. Friendly guys at the counter. Take your time looking around, there are some finds tucked away on the shelves. If you're looking for something hard to find, start here. Great collection of Stone, Dogfish for the more popular good stuff. I don't get the staff complaints in some of the reviews, they answered every question I ever asked.

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Photo of gradergator
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A very good selection with some major finds. Was able to get the 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone, it came in the same day. The store was somewhat cluttered not very organized but the beer selection made up for it. They still had some Vertical Epic left, both 10/10 and 11/11. I was also able to find some Oak Aged Choc Yeti, Stone Russian Imperial Stout and Hoppin Frog's Boris the Crusher. They also had a six pack of Sculpin! (In Cincinnati)....Nuff said. I will definitely go back as they are trying to get more of a selection from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of scott2269
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

I was in town for the weekend and stopped in here because it was the closest place to my hotel. I was very impressed with the selection. It took me quite a while just to see everything they had. I didn't come across any rare gems, but they had lots of high quality beer. I picked up a Rochefort 10, Alesmith Speedway Stout and some DFH 90 Minute. My only complaint is that the guy working there was not friendly nor knowledgable at all. Overall a good place to get some good beer if your in the area.

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Photo of lacinakboy93
4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great customer service, Me and friend visit this place often. Has a fine Beer collection. I could spend hours in here, Even though it is not that big. The place is packed with single pints and and six packs in every single corner. Really is just a fantastic place. Best in Cincinnati from where I have been. Party source in Newport is big but the idiots that work there think Bud Light is a quality beer. I recommend this place to everyone I can. Keep on doing what your doing Root Cellar. Their Stone and Laughing Dog and somewhat Founders collection is extensive. They get seasonal Beers in relatively quick which is always a plus. All in all a quality establishment.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

I was just introduced to this establishment this weekend and was told that it's the place to go when every other place is out of what I may be looking for. Probably not a bad description since it took a little longer to get there as it's a little out of the way, but they definitely had some very good items as well as a couple that I hadn't seen elsewhere yet.

Quality: Very good - some higher end beers as well as a very solid import selection.

Service: Nothing to really say here as I was checked out appropriately. I think we were the only people in the store at the time and it's not as if we had any questions, so I was cool with being left alone to my own devices and to just search around.

Selection: Not especially diverse like some of the other area stores, but it's still solid and I came out with two beers that I haven't been able to find anywhere else in the area, and that's including the Party Source and Jungle Jim's, so I felt prety good about it.

Value: Seemed a little pricey, but I was getting what I was paying for so I can deal with it. I'm not sure I'd do any regular shopping there, but if there's something that I feel I need and can't find elsewhere, it'll be added to my list of stops.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Root Cellar is about 80% wine, but the 20% beer is very good. In my opinion, they have about 50/50 import versus craft beer. They are reasonably priced and the atmosphere is laid back and the staff has average beer knowledge. I've been there a dozen times and when approached, they've always been friendly and helpful. If you go there, be certain to go in the beer cave (behind all the refrigerated beers in the back of the store). Sometimes you can find hidden/forgotten goodies back there. Recommended.

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Photo of pwoods
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

In the mad scramble to try and secure some KBS during Cincinnati's release week, I was able to find a lone 4 pack at this place. Actually, I called ahead and they even reserved it for me... a first time customer! The stores located in the hustle and bustle of the Kenwood shopping area and decently easy to spot even during Friday afternoon rush hour. I didn't spend an extended amount of time talking it up with the staff but they seemed, at worst, fairly knowledgeable. They had my 4 pack of KBS tucked away while I browsed their selection. They had all the newest released items including the new Unibrou 17 and fresh Burton Baton. I picked up a 4 pack of BB and one of the clerks offered to grab me a cold 4 pack at my choosing... ready to go for when I got home :) They had a good selection of imports and Belgians(that I'm still learning) and a good stock of the big names. I also found 2 bottles of FFF Brian Boru left from when FFF was still distributed. These were the only 2 bottles that I noticed to have been sitting around awhile but I think it'd be a good idea to know what's in season ahead of time. Everything seemed to be priced about the same as other local places and a bit cheaper than Jungle Jim's. A nice little store that'll I'll definitely stop in from time to time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Did not know what to expect going into to here, but I have to say I was quite impressed. As you walk in the door I was greeted quite pleasantly by the gentleman at the counter who asked me if there was anything in particular he could help me with, I asked for beer he pointed me to the back. Now the selection here took up a fair amount of space in the back left corner and over towards the center as well with several racks of bombers and six packs, very little in the way of macro at all. I scored some goodies here I had been looking for including some Alesmith, Hippie IPA, Fullers Vintage, Arcadia’s lineup, Bell’s Cherry, Thirsty Dog, Christian Morlein Winter, Killer Penguin…I could go on but I think you catch the drift here. A really nice selection here. Prices were very reasonable, some items cheaper then others, some maybe a dollar more but everything pretty much in line. They had quite a few holiday gift packs on sale which was very nice to see. Overall, walked out with a couple of mixed cases and was very pleased. I would definitely visit this place again, a Quality stop.

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Photo of Onibubba
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Doesn't look like much from the outside, and the selection is smaller than waht you would find at the big Party stores, but I found several gems here that I did not find anywhere else on out beer run. We bought their last bottles of Fantome which I had not seen anywhere else, and Jolly Pumpkin's Noel, again, not seen anywhere else. They also had outstanding offerings from Alesmith - their Horny Devil and Speedway Stout. Lots of Seasonals in stock. I was very impressed and this will be a place to stop in again for sure.

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Photo of bergands
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

I live around the corner from the Root Cellar, and for me it's a great place to have near by. It's located just south of Kenwood Mall in a strip mall in between a Skyline and a LaRosa's. It's a small place that devotes more of the store to wine, and usually only has one person working at a time. The beer is in the back corner, tucked away. Although cramped for space the selection is worth it. Tons of bombers, and even some local stuff that you don't find other places. Pretty extensive selection of sixers from Bell's, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, Avery, Stone, Victory, etc. Service can be spotty, but the guy that works nights on Fridays has hooked me up with some good suggestions. He went to the back and pulled out Victory's Storm King for me, which was a great beer.

If you live in the area I would make the trip at least once to check it out.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Ye olde reliable Root Cellar.
A nice wine store that carries a decent stock of imports and micros. Not the most impressive of stores compared to what's around, however they do get most of the same stuff that the other stores around town get. Plus they more than likely will be the last place to have a new popular beer. I have had success getting both newly released brews as well as some beers that have been missed and purchased about a year later.
The staff is courteous and friendly. Good wine selection. The beers are split between cold fridges and store shelve space.
I grew up in this area only a couple miles from the store so it's very convenient and can always find something to drink.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

The Root Cellar is a wine store that carries some nice brews. There are about 6 coolers with beer singles and six packs; mostly micros. The is a nice selection of imports. The bombers are primarly warm on open shelves. Large selection of Bell's, Stones, Avery, DFH. Founder's products are more hit or miss. The staff does not seem to be knowledgable about beer at all; however, the will try to help you locate items in the store and they are pleasant. Prices are quite reasonable compared to other store. Sometimes, you find some great odd beers, but they have a solid selection of micros and "common" Belgians.

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Photo of cproioi
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

Took the drive across the city to go here looking for a couple of Beligian Brews: Dupont Saison and a Lambic. Walking in the door the worker there doesn't even acknowledge my presents which makes me feel a little akward becuase I was the only customer there. However, he did offer to help me because my hand where full so he took my beer and placed it at the front desk to wait for me. It's a nice place that focuses mainly on wine but has a decent import and microbrew selection. Some treasures I found there where. Stone's 10th Anniversary Ale (which I'm drinking right now). Dupont, Westmalle, Chimay, Rocheforte, Chouffe, DFH, Bells and other fine beers. I paid around 8 dollars for the Saison (reasonable in my mind seeing I've bought other Saisons for close to $10) and $6.00 for the Stone's again which is to be expected.

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Root Cellar in Cincinnati, OH
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.