1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Palmer's Beverage Center

Not Rated.
Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
[ Store ]

3375 Indianola Ave
Columbus, Ohio, 43214-4132
United States
phone: (614) 263-7444

view map and get directionsMap @palmersbeverage

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Not the last stop but near the end of the line during the C-bus trip. This place had some good rarer beers and a good selection. I was only worried when I saw a good bit of Christmas beers on the shelf. Makes you wonder how old the other ones are. The people were friendly but not really helpful. My friend was able to get a cool ceramic Holy Grail goblet and they had a cool dog behind the counter. Seemed a little shady since it was in a not so great part of town. Got a few Jolly Pumpkin and headed on to the next stop.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

The final stop on a beer store tour of the five most acclaimed Columbus beer stores according to beerfly (From the Vine, The Andersons, Kenny Road Market, Spagio Cellars).

Compared to the others, Palmer's has the selection and quality to match. I asked about a the mysterious appearance of Black Albert and the guys working the counter didn't know about it. This would be an indicator of a great cover up or lack of super beer geek knowledge/access.

In any event, the selection was great and if you're on 71 passing through town, it's an easy stop.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

One of the best beer stores in Columbus. Easily accessible off of the I-71/North Broadway Exit (1 block north of N. Broadway on Indianola on your left) across the street from a Burger King.

The craft/micro selection is solid. They carry the usual hitters along with plenty of bombers. The cold case is well stocked and they typically have many of the hard to find offerings.

The service is absolutely top notch. The younger gal and guy (who I taught as a student teacher LOL) are very knowledgable, down to earth, and cheerful. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be sure to help you out.

As listed in the second paragraph, great selection along with decent prices. A must visit for any beer geeks in Columbus or for those driving through town.

Photo of amietaj1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is one of my go-to spots in the greater Columbus area. It is located on Indianola, a few blocks North of the Ohio State campus (and can be easy to miss if you aren't looking closely). The store itself sells both wine and beer (with about 60% dedicated to wine and 40% to beer). I don't know about thier wine selection, but the beer selection is great. And unlike many stores that mark up the prices pretty high, these guys keep them pretty reasonable.

As echoed in other reviews, there are tons of bombers, lots of great six-packs, and decent selection of singles as well. The shelves are stocked with all of the standards that we get in Ohio: Jolly Pumpkin, Stone, Founders, Dogfish, Alesmith, Southern Tier, etc. as well as a good Belgian selection. What really makes this place great, though, is the helpful staff. They are pretty laid-back and aren't pushy at all, but are extremely knowledgable and will answer any question or give any recommendations needed.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Very well put together. I walked in as they were about to close on a dreary Saturday night. They had been working all day, I had been driving home all day. Still, I was welcomed with open arms as I step through the door 5 minutes prior to closing time. I was in shock at how welcomed I was by the owner. She was so accommodating, and was very quick to pick a few beers out for me. Her suggestions were out of knowledge and experience, this was obvious from her words on each beer. Their selection of belgians and American craft was awesome. I didn't say that right let me try again. Their selection of belgians and American craft was only second to that of Oaktree in NJ, which to date was the equivalent of a beer distributor, bottle shop that comes in the form of a liquor store. Palmer's was great, in every way. They had all of the best, East, Midwest, and West Coast offerings. Anything and everything as well as an extensive 6 pack collection. I was so happy that I had the opportunity to shop around in this spectacular store. Thank you so much Emily, you were so incredibly helpful.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Not much new of substance to add, so I'll just largely reiterate what has essentially already been stated:

Friendly/attentive staff, flanked by a friendly beagle and a friendly bulldog great you upon arrival. Next, you are met by a highly impressive variety and scope of quality brews....tons of bombers.... A small sampling of what's available: Rogue, Unibroque, Bell's, Weyerbacher, Stone, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, North Coast, Victory, Lindemans, Three Floyds, Rochefort, Founder's, Chimay, Van Steenberge, Duvel, Brugel, etc...

...large wine selection if you're into that too.

I could smack myself for not realizing this place was right under my nose years ago... can't wait to go back....

Photo of genog
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Finally got to check out Palmers the other day and I was not disappointed. A very unassuming store off indianola and oakland. When you walk in you are greeted by a very nice bull dog that apparently guards the shop. Talk a left and you can see plenty of english and belgian imports of all styles, walk a little farther down the line and you can see just about all the founders beer you will ever see in Ohio. If you start looking at the second row you will see just about every Southern Tier offering that is ever exported. They also carry the largest selection of jolly pumpkin I have ever seen. I went there last week and they were just unboxing some green flash beers. First time I have ever seen those in Ohio, so we picked up as much as we could.

Photo of ianranderson
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Visited Palmer's yesterday looking for some southern tier ubersun. They had the Southern Tier and MUCH MUCH more! Full lines of Bell's, ST, Rogue, Sam Adams (including a mix and match 6 pack for $5!), etc. Lots of Belgians and bombers.Also the prices for the bombers were a good $2-$3 cheaper than most places. Service was great. Decent selection of wine as well. Can't believe I never visited this place before. Plenty of parking out front, easy to find. It will now be my #1 stop for all of my beer purchases.

Photo of MDekker
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Visiting my brother in Columbus, we stopped by this place. The selection was quite extensive, from a large variety of locations, including many desirable brews. There weren't any 12oz singles for sale, but we were fortunate to visit during a Sam Adams $4.99 mix-pack sale, with many styles available, so I snatched up a case of them - Honey Porter, Irish Red, Black Lager, Brown Ale, Vienna Lager, Boston Ale, and Scotch Ale - for only $16.99. Prices on all the other brews were typical. The guys behind the counter gladly looked in the back when we wanted more SA Scotch Ales. It was a satisfying visit.

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

I probably go to this place 2-3 times a week. They have a great beer selection. They usually get the more obscure beers in Columbus and it is always good to check them out on Friday after they get there shipment in.

It's nice to go to an establishment geared solely for beer and wine. Although the store could be dusted more often, the beer still tastes fresh.

They still have some Three Floyd's left, which pulled out of Ohio almost a year ago. 2007 Behemoth should be ripened to perfection by now, but still steep for 20 bucks a beer. I would prefer horndog or old guardian which they have both.

They have a great selection of 220z. bottles in cooler and shelved away from natural light.

Although I know my way around, they still tell me about new beers and ask me "Have you tried this one".

Photo of RattlinRidge
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

When I was just a kid I used to go to this store with my Dad after wrestling practice. There used to be a man sized brown plastic wolf standing on his hind legs outside of the store. While the wolf is gone, the great selection and excellent service that brought my father in (and me along for the ride) are still there.

The store has a great selection of Unibroque, Bell's, Stone, Southern Tier, Dogfish head, Victory and even some Three Floyds along with tons of others. While the majority of the selection is domestic crafts, there is a sizable selection of Belgians and other imports in the first isle to the left of the door.

The staff is very friendly and helpful and there's even a cute girl who knows a ton about beer that works there. Also, there is a friendly beagle that occasionally does a lap through the isles.

Overall, this is a great place to visit in Columbus. They have an excellent selection and are always getting in the latest season brews.

Check it out if you're in the area!

Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

This is a smallish store that is packed with beer and wine. When you walk in the door there are two options. Keep going and you will come across a row of coolers where the cold beer is kept. Or, turn left and you are presented with the rows of beer on the shelf.

They do keep a good selection of cold beer on hand. Granted, when I stop by this place I always opt to turn left at the door and start browsing.

The selection is great. Just to name a few: Weyerbacher, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, Alesmith, Bells, Unibroue, Thomas Hardy's, and some nice Belgian selections as well.

This is what I came out of the store with - Weihenstephan, Rodenbach, Bear Republic, Pinkus, and a bomber of Un-Earthly.

This is one of the better stores I have been to in Columbus for beer shopping.

Photo of ndekke39
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I just discovered this place recently, and I'm pretty excited to have just bought a house only a few blocks away. I really can't think of anything bad to say about this place. Easy to find, with a small parking lot out front. They have tons of beer, it's all at fair prices, and the folks there are pretty nice. The store features wine and beer, and there's plenty of both. There are two solid aisles just of beer - mostly bombers and six-packs. In addition, there are a couple coolers full of stuff, and little stands of beer scattered throughout the store. I ended up wandering through the whole place b/c I kept finding little stacks of beer here and there.

Again, prices are great. Found lots of stuff from Founder's, Bell's, Stone, Three Floyd's, a whole section of German and Belgians, plus a lot more. My description doesn't do it justice.

Basically, the location, prices, and the nice folks there will make this my regular stop.

Photo of Risser09
5/5  rDev +18.2%

This was one of the better places I went to buy beer in Columbus. It was easy to find and right off one of the highways. I entered and immediately knew this was a beer store. They have lots of product on display and the wine is in the back of the store (yes!). The beer on special is on display right next to the register. I think I paid $4.99 for some Bear Republic brew (Hop Rod & Black Bear Stout).They carry lots of stuff and it's all very well priced. I also got some Jolly Pumpkin which some of the other stores didn't have that much of. They were $7.99 for a 750ml. I had to use the bathroom and the girl working was very nice to let me use it. She asked if I needed help but I refused because I like to look around for quite a bit. They had a long row of coolers that housed all the cold beer. This is an awesome place that deserves high marks. It's always good to support the local guy who is trying to get good beer at good prices to the consumer.

Photo of budsboy
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Easy to find, easy parking and a nice selection, especially bombers.

I think I dropped about $60 there and came away with Bell's Third Coast Old ale, a couple fours of GLBC's Nosferatu — both beers I adore and was surprised to still find — and a few singles. The nice young lady behind the counter took my name and number in the event they get some Victory Golden Monkey in soon. I like it when clerks do that sort of thing. They also have a dusty bottle of Double Bastard behind the counter, but I didn't ask the price.

The had a larger selection of wine, but the beer offerings make it the kind of place I'll stop by after work, no doubt.

Photo of Daehpoh
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

This is a great place. Unassuming, off the main drag and stocked with top notch craft beer. The service is great and they have always been friendly and helpful during my visits. The selection is solid, however many of the goodies are on the shelves and not cold. For superior, cold selection, Kenny Rd. Market is the place. I have found quite a few beers here that were not to be had elsewhere. Their stash of Hopslam lasted into May. Overall, I recommend this spot to anyone in Columbus, especially the campus area.

Photo of greenbeaner
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

I lived right down the street from this store for almost a year and a half before finally finding out about it from a neighbor, but man do I wish I had found it sooner! Great selection of beer, Bell's, Founder's, DFH, Alesmith you name it. The service is great, and very helpful, and they'll do their best to get in whatever you're looking for. The prices are competitive, some are a bit more expensive than other places but many are cheaper as well...Over the past month this has become my regular store for beer...good stuff!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

I found this place on beerfly, and it's only 20 minutes from home. I stopped by to check it out, and to see if I could find some of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout which just came out. No KBS left, but I had a good time browsing anyway.

The selection is stellar. Most of the selections are available in several other locations in Columbus, but there were a few which seem to only be available here (DuPont Avec Les Bons Voeux jumped out at me at $7.99 per large bottle). Prices were average, sometimes higher than elsewhere ($15.99 for Urthel Hop-It 4-pack vs. $13.99 average) and sometimes lower ($6.99 for Sam Adams Double Bock vs. $7.99 elsewhere).

It's a little out of my way, but I'll definitely stop by again whenever I'm in the area.

Photo of cueball52
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is the second location in Columbus I would have missed if I hadn't found it reviewed on Beeradvocate! I checked it out today and I was impressed with the selection and service.

They have one of the best selections on Rogue 22oz. bottles that I have seen anywhere else in the area. When I was there they were setting up a display of multiple cases of Bell's Hopslam. Need I say more? You won't be disappointed in the domestic or import catagory at this location.

The prices were good. A little high on some items and low on others.

I was greeted when I walked in the door and after I had wandered around for awhile admiring the beer selection I was asked if I needed any help. It was obvious that the young lady I talked with knew her beer and enjoyed talking about it.This will definitely become one of my regular stops!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Unassuming neighborhood market outside, chock full o' beer and wine inside. Roughly square floor space with coolers on the back and right-hand walls. The two rows of beer are the first two inside the door. The first row didn't overly impress, but the second row was fabulous. This place packs a lot of beer in a relatively small space.

For someone who lives in a U.S. micro-poor state (such as me), Ohio's selection is jaw-dropping. Plenty of Three Floyds, Bell's, Great Lakes (of course), Alesmith, Stone, Great Divide, Anderson Valley, Moylan's (CA is well-represented in the Buckeye state) and many, many others. I filled a 12-count box very easily with British 500's and U.S. bombers. I actually passed on Great Divide Titan IPA and several varieties of Stoudt's 750's, thinking I could get them at From The Vine (FTV) later in the day. Unfortunately, I didn't see them at the latter store and didn't have time to go back and pick them up at Palmer's.

This store doesn't quite compete with FTV as far as selection (close) and service (not close), but make no mistake, there is some great beer to be had here. Oh to live in Columbus again <sigh>.

Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

I anticipated having some trouble finding this place but not too bad at all. Only a half-dozen or so available parking places but it works just fine. The selection was truly mind-boggling. They have a ton of singles and a small refigerator with some nice selection of craft beer. They also have a big cooler for the macros. You could really get lost with the selection here. Avery, Three Floyds, Bells, etc are all in good rotation here. They also had some Belgians and some stouts that I've never seen anywhere before. This is definitely worth your time to negotiate the traffic and limited parking to check out the selection. About the only thing I can say about the service is that they took my money when I wanted to pay for the beer. The also have some nice glassware behind the counter. If you are visiting... STOP in at Palmers

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Tough little spot to negotiate; the traffic in this area is congested and the parking, in front, is minimal. But, oh my, once you're inside it is a little bit of beer paradise as the first two groups of shelves are dedicated to beer and they are loaded. I saw some stuff in here that I've not only not seen elsewhere, I've never heard of it either, particularly some Russian beer.

Most everything is unrefrigerated, except for the higher rotation macros, and the service is, well, available. Truly worth a visit to view the stock.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Good selection. Not as many different beers as some, but has several hard to find beers BA types are likely to be in search of. Small amount of the micros are refrigerated. Why is it that the macros which likely turn over much quicker always seem to get the cooler space? Courteous, helpful staff. Prices seemed typical. Definitely check this place out if you live in Columbus.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Palmer's lies north of the OSU campus area. You are definitely only going to find this place thanks to word-of mouth. They have a small storefront parking lot and don't ever seem to be too busy so there should be no problems there.

It is worth seeking out though because the selection is one of the better ones I have come across for such a small store. There was a definite focus on micros and Belgians (I saw Duvel, Rochefort, Bruegel, Chimay etc). Some cooler space as well, along with a decent selection of singles and a few various samplers.

The staff was accommodating. Overall there is plenty here to keep a beer lover busy for awhile.

Photo of Wildman
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

Okay, this place to is in a location you would probably overlook if not for word of mouth. North of OSU campus area, it nestled on the one of the main drags off High St. It has a very good selection of microbrews both singles and six packs cold. It has a tendency towards stocking everything of certain brewers, while ignoring others. I don't know that you can fault them, since it may be do to the distributors they use. A good place to go to select your microbrews.

Palmer's Beverage Center in Columbus, OH
94 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.