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Palmer's Beverage Center

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Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center
BA SCORE
95
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of Risser09
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

Risser09, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of ianranderson
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

ianranderson, May 23, 2008
Photo of ndekke39
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

ndekke39, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of fantasyroach
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Stopped in here driving from NC to Detroit after check to see what places got good reviews along the way from Beer Advocate and could not have been happier to stop in. Lucky for me I showed up on beer delivery day, so not only did I have the option to pick from their wide variety of beers, I had the option to pick from beers right off the truck. Emily was very knowledgable of all their beers and was a big help in my selection. Top notch place and if you're in Ohio and get the chance, you have to stop in here.

fantasyroach, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of smithm1970
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Palmer's is one of the best beer stores in the Columbus area. I always know they will be able to access the hard-to-find beers that make their way to the Columbus market, and I have found them to be very knowledgeable about their beer selection. The place is well-maintained and the staff are always willing to offer to help you in any way they can.

They carry an excellent selection of Belgian beers, and I always know they will be able to have an decent amount of midwest brews when others are only given limited quantities.

If you plan to visit Columbus to buy beer, you should definitely add Palmer's to your list of places to visit.

smithm1970, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of genog
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

genog, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of kvnklingler
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Fabiand
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Fabiand, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

crashdavisinoh, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of pBRale
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%

Palmer's beverage center may look average from the outside, but immediately upon entering the store it is obvious that this is an outstanding store. The atmosphere is good, the selection is awesome, and the prices are fair. The only downside is that they do not have any singles to make your own six pack, so I had to leave the store with a lot less variety than I would have liked. They do have an excellent selection of bombers and most are very fairly priced. The 6-packs were a good value as well, although I did see a few here and there that were overpriced. On the whole, the value is great though. The employees were very helpful and very knowledgeable, and I was able to pick up Stone vertical epic 2010 that was properly cellared for the past year to go with the 2011 I bought as well. It is a great store and a great place to find good beer.

pBRale, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bevdaddy
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

I stopped in here on a trip through Columbus based on the reviews here. I was very pleasantly surprised.

There is a wide selection of great beers, mostly in bombers. I saw Avery, Founders, Goose Island (Nightstalker, no less), Troegs, Stone, etc. There is also a cooler selling cold singles of decent beer.

The reason I stopped in was to try to find something VERY local to Columbus. After spending a few minutes speaking with Emily (who I think is in charge of the beer section), who was awesome and very helpful, I decided on a four pack of Elevator Brewing Horny Goat, which ruled.

Great place, great people, great selection, and very reasonable prices.

bevdaddy, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

This is one of my go to places in Columbus. I think it has the largest selection of beer in town. It is mostly bombers and magnums. They do not have the option to create your own six pack.

It is well organized with the first isle being English/Irish/Scottish breweries. All the Sam Smith, lots of BrewDog, all of the J.W. Lees Harvest Stout series, Thomas Hardy, you get the idea. The end of this isle is where the German ales reside. Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Aventius etc.

Down the middle isle to the left side is all the Belgian breweries and Belgian style breweries. Lots of hard to find Unibroue, Cantillon, Lindeman's Gueze, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Rochefort and more.

The right side is one half of the American craft selection. This is the best place, or only place, in town to get Jolly Pumpkin. They have a lot of JP. I just got a bottle of La Roja recently. There is also all of the AleSmith brews in this isle.

The last isle is a continuation of craft beers. Lots of The Bruery, Avery, some of the better DFH like their 750ml bottles and 4 packs, and Hoppin Frog. The bottle shelf of this isle is where they keep their 6 packs. There arent many, this shop mostly has bombers.
At the end of this isle is where Bell's 6 packs and The Brew Keeper and Buckeye Brewing can be found.

Along the wall there are coolers with some 6-packs but I usually just ignore them. All the good stuff is on the shelves.

MbpBugeye, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of jdoncbus
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

jdoncbus, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of lancehenry
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

I had to stop in here due to all the good reviews they've gotten. I must say, I was quite impressed! It seems to be an older store but fairly maintained. My girlfriend loved the dogs. She's not a beer lover so it was nice that they kept her entertained while I shopped. They have several aisles of bombers, singles, sixers etc, and them several coolers full of beer also. I walked away with some Maharaja, Duvel, Hoppin Frog Boris and a Hippie, which I can't wait to try. All in all, a great little shop.

lancehenry, May 17, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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....

DoctorDog, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Was actually on my way to Weiland's when I decided to hit Palmer's instead today.

Wow, I was impressed. I told the cashier that I was having some sensory overload, because the selection was outstanding.

(disclaimer, I'm not huge into Belgians/German beers, so I can't attest much to the import selection). But as far as American selection goes, I was not disappointed.

Great selection of sixers and bombers from all the great breweries, and even ones that might be a little more difficult to find. And they only had a single cooler of BMC =)

Not really many singles to speak of, but that was okay.

The pricing was amongst the most competitive I've seen in Columbus. All their stuff was as least as low as I've seen at other beverage places, and some was even a couple dollars cheaper.

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Honestly, the fact that Weiland's and Palmer's are so close together can basically make them a single store. Hit these two places and you probably have hit the best selection in Columbus.

BeerBuckeye, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of amietaj1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

amietaj1, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of cueball52
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

cueball52, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of JimmyT19
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JimmyT19, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of RattlinRidge
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

RattlinRidge, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

CoolJosh, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Yetiman420, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of greenbeaner
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

greenbeaner, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

csmiley, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of MDekker
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

MDekker, May 20, 2008
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Palmer's Beverage Center in Columbus, OH
95 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.