Palmer's Beverage Center

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Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center
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65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.23
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3375 Indianola Ave
Columbus, Ohio, 43214-4132
United States
phone: (614) 263-7444

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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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.85/5  rDev -9%

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.

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 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 Bung
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Photo of kvnklingler
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Lynn
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Photo of beveritt
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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.

Photo of zimm421
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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 crashdavisinoh
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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 vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of JeffONeal
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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.

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