Palmer's Beverage Center

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Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center
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48 Reviews
Reviews: 48
Visits: 68
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
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3375 Indianola Ave
Columbus, Ohio, 43214-4132
United States
phone: (614) 263-7444

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Reviews: 48 | Visits: 68
Photo of burkat
1.78/5  rDev -57.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5

I've read and heard great things about this establishment and decided to check them out on three separate occasions over the past two months. I was not at all impressed with this store. The store had a musty/moldy smell and the shelves were bare on all three visits. There were entire isles that only had about a half dozen 6 packs or bombers on the shelves spread feet apart from one another. The selection was nonexistent and pales in comparison to your average Kroger or Giant Eagle grocery store selection. (510 characters)

Photo of Lightman
2.4/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Kept reading all of the great reviews so was extremely excited to stop by and check it out. Finally stopped in before the holiday. Store had almost no selection, shelves were empty and what was there was very typical grocery store pedestrian offering. Very disappointed. (270 characters)

Photo of jimbus
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Stopped by here today for the first time. Better selection than most places I've been to locally. Lots of bombers to pick from, a good amount of 6 and 4 packs. They don't let you mix and match to make your own 6 pack though. Attendant working was less than friendly and seemed annoyed by beer related questions/conversation.

I haven't much gotten into the Belgians & other imports yet but it seemed that they had a pretty impressive selection. Impressive selection of local beers, including lots of Hoppin Frog. I prefer Pace High but will continue to stop by here to check out what they have. (594 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

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. (472 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.8/5  rDev -10%

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. (377 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

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. (533 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

In my opinion, Palmers has the best selection of beers in Columbus. I didnt get a chance to visit every store, but this one stood out as far as selection goes. The gentlemand working at the store wasnt very approachable and seemed kind of mopy, but his dog was cute. Palmers was a mix between Brawleys in Charlotte (because of the dog), Sams in Durham (because of the look), and City Bev in Winston Salem (because of the layout). Prices seemed extremely reasonable with everywhere else in town. Perhaps my memory is fading, but I swear all of the Bruery beers here in OH are nearly $5 cheaper than in NC. Due to the super easy and convenient location, this place should remain quite popular. (691 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Darker interior with wood shelving makes it feel fairly cozy. Also looks like this is a fairly old establishment. 2 guys working, one older, neither seemed too interested in me. I prefer to not have anyone bother me though. At the same time absolutely no conversation at checkout, meh. Even the cashier at the Total Wine usually has something to say.

Good selection of US micros. Foreign stuff looked good too. Coming through looking for stuff not available to me in NC, this pretty much meant Ohio locals, Alesmith, Troegs and 3Floyds. More interesting 22s and 750s but some local sixers. Really wasn't blown away by the selection of stuff I was looking for, but maybe I just came at a bad time. Still a quality selection. Alesmith well represented, grabbed a couple along with a Flying Mouflan. Black Sun was the 3F, which I had and is good, but I find 3F to be higher priced to buy repeats.

I think there must be a real dearth of stores in the Columbus area. This place was fine but really was a step down from the "top rated" stores in pretty much every other state I've been in. I personally found Wieland more interesting. Would pop in though to see if anything interesting was around. (1,193 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a decent little shop-- I found many of prices to be cheaper than Pace High.
In my opinion, the selection is better as well.

Usually when reviewing beer shops in new states or towns I prefer to check out several places before I review any of them...
We first hit Pace-High, then came here, them went to Amderson's General store. I do this so that I can compare the selections an prices.
Anderson's was the best shop, but this was second place, well ahead of Pace.

This particular store didn't have Rivertowne Lambic (which was one I had been looking for), and the employees didn't seem to even know what I was asking for. There was some Tilquin available, so all was not lost.

This would certainly be a decent stop to grab some locals, but the 15 minute drive to Anderson's is worth it in my opinion. (814 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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. (522 characters)

Photo of flexinwext
4/5  rDev -5.2%

I think this is probably the best place to go to find that hard to find beer in Columbus. They have a great selection of bombers and a pretty decent six pack selection. It seems that whenever I walk in for one thing, they have something I've never seen or been dying to try that I just have to splurge on. The prices are a little higher than other places I've been, but they do tend to have a much better selection so you are paying for availablility. The workers are very knowledgable and are good at giving selections. Overall, if I am looking for something hard to find, this is the place to go. (598 characters)

Photo of budsboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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. (649 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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. (648 characters)

Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Small place and almost missed it as I was driving down Indianola.

Walked and and I immediately liked what I saw. Kind of a whole in the wall place, but there was a good amount of beer to pick from. The one complaint that I may have is that you could only get BMC products cold and the better stuff was all warm, but this is not the biggest deal to me.

Did not receive any help from those working there and the two guys seemed a little uninterested, but I went straight to what I wanted and then wandered for a little while so I may have looked like I was a person who did not want any help.

Place also seems to have a nice selection of wine if anyone is interested in that. (677 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -4%

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>. (1,161 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev -4%

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 (834 characters)

Photo of bevdaddy
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

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. (660 characters)

Photo of BigDRS
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this past Friday after reading reviews here on BA.

Place had a great selection, far better than any place I've come across in the year or so I've been living in Columbus. There were about three small aisles of beer. A good amount of singles were on the shelves. In addition to those aisles, they have an ok selection of beers kept refrigerated along the wall. About half of the stuff in the cooler was BMC products, the rest was Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, etc.

Employees were really friendly. There was a girl cleaning up who asked me if I needed any help, I declined as I prefer to browse on my own. A couple of guys were hanging out behind the counter watching "The Office" on a TV located near the door - made for a pretty chill environment.

This place is a bit out of my way for where I'm living at the moment, but I'll be back for the awesome selection. I didn't see the dog that others have commented on ... maybe I'll run into it when I stop back. (969 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Just recently made my first trip here after all my years in Columbus.

They have a very large selection of bombers, to the point of near exclusivity. There are some six packs of the common bells and bigger breweries you could get at the grocery store. As well as many seasonal 4 packs. (They had a ton of Breakfast Stout when others were running out).

The best reason to come is that they often have more limited beers that many stores around town never get. Some stuff from Mikkeller/Brewdog, limited Hoppin' Frog, a ton of Jolly Pumpkin, BA Gonzo, and even a handful of 1.5L bottles of Thirsty Dog BA 12 Dogs.

The prices are on par for the most part, but I did notice that some things were about $1 more a bomber/4pack than some of the competition.

Recommended stop for sure, you'll not walk out empty-handed. (814 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

In Columbus for holiday so I stopped by one of the highest rated beer stores to compare to Chicago. While its nothing remotley close to Binny's in LP, its pretty damn good for Columbus.

They have 4 rows of beer, placed appropriately by region and nice great selection of West Coast brews I can't get in Chicago. Great selection of Stone and Alesmith, then some great semi locals like Troegs then an awesome Yeti seasonal pack. The price is great, I got a great bottle of Cantillon for 15, more like 29 in Chicago. (514 characters)

Photo of Daehpoh
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (516 characters)

Photo of manabozo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

I stopped by here on the way back from my buddies place. When you walk in your instantly greeted by what just came in fresh. The beer is located on the left side of the wall. They feature a great selection of Belgian styles as well as a bunch of great American brews. And for a very reasonable price. The staff is very courteous (although i feel that they more wine people). I have been back at least 10 times since my first visit, I usually run out of there with a good selection. I recommend this place for people trying stopping through, as it is easy to get too off the highway. Take 71 to N. Broadway exit (71S: turn RT. off exit, 71N turn left toward the Sunoco), go to Indianola and turn left Palmer is 100ft on the left! See ya there! (742 characters)

Photo of Photekut
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

A little more expensive and a little less selection than at Hyde Park WS, but the service was great.

I was able to find all the best IPAs in Ohio as well as some Jolly Pumpkin, Bells, and Founders.

I will for sure be back each time I pass through. If stores were like this in TN, I would be a regular. (305 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Anytime I get paid, this is the first place I go. Being a broke college kid, I get in here probably 3 times a month. They have a great selection, and I love finding something new that I'm not expecting.

The shop is well organized, sorted by brewery and it makes things fairly easy to find. They have coolers stocked with beer as well, but the selection in there isn't nearly as impressive as what's on the shelves. The back half of the store is all wine, and they have a pretty nice selection of wine as well.

The service is fairly good. If you need anything, you just have to ask and someone will help you out. This is definitely my go to store. It's fairly close to campus and has everything I could need. (710 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Stopped by here for the first time the other day while searching for some local bombers for a trade. This place is located in a non-descript building on the corner. Limited parking available in front.

When you walk in the door, you are greeted by two dogs, as mentioned by other reviewers. Not sure of their names, but I think it is a nice touch. They look fairly happy, snoozing on the floor surrounded by beer and wine.

The first two aisles to your left as you walk in are all room temperature beer. There are also coolers along the right wall full of cold beer, mainly six packs. The back of the store is what appears to be a fair selection of wine.

The beer selection here is comparable to other nice stores in the area. They are a little better with their Belgian selection, but everything else is on par. As is often the case, they seem to have a few beers here that other places don't and seem to be missing a few that you can find at other places.

I knew what I was looking for, so didn't talk to the staff much. I did ask them, as a long shot, if they had any KBS left. While they didn't, they were kind enough to point me to a competitor's store who they thought might have some left. Class act in my opinion. Everytone was extremely friendly and while attentive at first, seemed happy to let me wander around with my list and ogle the goods. (1,356 characters)

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Palmer's Beverage Center in Columbus, OH
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.