Valley Wine Cellar
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by jeonseh:
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So I'm originally from the Valley but have spent most of my time in the last 4 years in Chicago. I figured this area would be a beer dead land until I decided to stop by this local establishment. I have to say it is much nicer and had probably the best selection in the area.
First off, even though this is a wine store, they still had a nice selection of beer. They had GD, Stone, lots of DFH, Great Lakes, good selection of Belgians, Jolly pumpkin, Southern Tier, Victory, Founder's, Hoppin' Frog. and even Alesmith which really surprised me.
The building itself is very nice and clean since it is a wine store and not your usual brick and mortar liquor store. The wood floors were spotless.
Additionally, the people who ran the place were super nice. This is a small store owned by two nice ladies and today, even their husband was there as well helping out. They had that nice talkative, Midwestern charm that you expect in the valley and the family run aspect of the business reminded me of the atmosphere within my own family. They were willing to help even though would not exactly have the greatest beer knowledge, which is partially to be expected by a store that added beer mainly after the calls of great BAs like WVBeerGeek.
One last note is that this is clearly an example of location being a big deal in the liquor store. For example, this place could never compete in some areas as they had a large selcetion but not very many of each kind. Yet, this is fitting for an area who lives on primiaily BMC.
05-30-2008 22:02:18 | More by jeonseh
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is a treasure. A great selection of microbrews (Stone IPA, Hercules, Epic, selections from Green Flash Breweries and the Left Hand Brewing Company). A good selection of Belgian Ale (Maredsous, Gulden Drak, good selection of Chimay).
Lots of Great Lakes beer. Rogue beer is sold here, it's one of the only places I've found Rogue Shakespeare Stout.
A more limited import selection, but still solid: Weihenstephaner, Staropramen, Porterehouse, Stiegl, Aventius, Eku, and occasionally that best beer in the whole world, Tücher Hefeweisen!
04-05-2012 18:14:08 | More by Lafayette
4.56/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Only place that I know of in the immediate area to buy singles. Mainly a wine store, but about six racks of beer in the back. This was my second visit, and I was pleased to see that the beer offerings were different. Prices are clearly marked for singles and six packs, and are very reasonable. Staff (owners?) were very friendly and helpful, willing to order anything that you want that they can get from their distributors. Great place for anyone looking to try out different beers: I'm looking forward to being a regular customer at this establishment.
03-08-2011 20:40:22 | More by WVRadar
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
As stated by other reviewers this is a wine store that also carries beer. I walked in and the beer area is on the left. About six or seven wire racks of beer. All sorts of six packs, bombers and various gift packs. They sell mix-6 packs. In fact, they encourage you to just tear a single bottle out of a full six pack and make your own.
I didn't notice any expired labels but several bottles were dusty. The women working there were helpful to the extent that they were able to quickly answer questions relating to the store.
Selection was good for the area. I drove over from PA where it's difficult to find a decent mixed six. My haul was:
Black Sheep Ale
La Trappe Quadrupel
Rochefort 6, 8 & 10
Chimay Red, White & Blue
Bad Elf Winter's Ale
Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged BORIS
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
I also noticed Bells, Crooked Tree, Green Flash, Left Hand, Avery, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Stiegl, Orval, Kentucky Ale, Troegs, Wolavers, Unibroue, Sam Adams, Leinenkugels, Bass, and Becks among others. They had an impressive showing by Stone and Dogfish Head. It would seem that I just missed DFH's Bitches Brew because the sign was still on the shelf.
A good place to visit if you're in the area or coming from PA. I did hear the woman who rang me up mention that they have 22 distributors - mostly wine I imagine. While inside, a young man remarked "They have all types of crazy beer. They have Dogfish Head. But that stuff's gross."
12-11-2010 21:45:32 | More by toolbrew
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Valley wine is first a wine store, then a craft beer store second. Probily around 100 beers on hand. There all displayed on metal racks, no coolers, which i have told the owner many times, coolers are needed. The selection ranges from troegs, bells, some victory, stone, some belgium beers like chimay and some odds and ends like alesmith and traquir at times. They have issues with the distributor that carries great lakes beer, they miss out on some seasonal beers which baffles my mind since the brewery is a little over a hour north of them. The service is always great, and they are more then happy to check on a beer and order something for you. The cooler issue is a downfall, there are beers i know that been there for 3-4 6 months that would be fine if refridgerated. I bought a alesmith ipa there that was spoiled from the warm climate there. But as stated its a wine store first, so the beer is second to them, and thats fine. Its fun to stop over once a month and score a rare special beer. Prices are decent and right on with everyone else. Worth a stop for sure.
12-07-2010 23:52:15 | More by wvsabbath
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped in here early in the morning on the way to C-bus. The selection is a little on the low side. Not much that I couldn't get in Pittsburgh but some gems. The lady working was somewhat helpful and atleast present. The quality of the beer was good but some of the bottles were a little dusty. I was able to find a bottle of SA Chocolate Bock for $17.99 which is a bargain compared to the $28 here in Pittsburgh. They have a large selection of wine which I did find some good local Ohio wine for my dad. They have a lounge area where they do wine tastings with some tables and big comfy armchairs. If I had more time I would have opened a beer and relaxed. Like I already said the prices are reasonable but that is compared to what I am used to.
03-19-2009 05:55:42 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Excellent selection for the Upper Ohio Valley
area. Was disappointed that I missed out on
getting some Bell's Hopslam, or Troegs Nugget
Nectar, but other than that, the staff was
friendly, and interested in getting beers that
they didn't have in stock.
The stock was a little bit picked over, but
the clerk said that since they are a small
shop, they only get stuff in from some distrubutors once a month, and from what I could
tell, the beers were flying off the shelf.
Definately worth the trip up from the Wheeling
02-19-2009 02:05:05 | More by corgitoy
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finaly found time to stop here on a day off i requested for my birthday. Have a hard time making it with the store closing at 7:00 on weeknight and i'm usually too busy on Sat in whcih i belive they close at 4:00. Wished this place stayed open longer especially on Fri. night.
The place is easy to find with a decent sized sign in front. Too bad the sign only mentions wine and nothing about beer. The place was originally ment to be a wine store with a few beers,untill some beer geeks starting coming in requesting differnt beers and the owner delivered. The 2 ladies that own the place really don't know much about beer,but are very eager to get you any beer you request and will show you a list of all the beers availble from their great suppliers of quailty craft and import beer. They recently ordered me a sixtel of Founders Breakfast Stout via the WVbeergeek, check out his list of beers on his review it's pretty complete.
The place is very well organized and very clean with the wine section as you walk in and a very nice tasting room to the left with a nice large wooden bar and a large sectional sofa. This is the room with the beer it's along the wall as you walk in to the tasting area. I would say there is well over a 100 excellent beers maybe close to 200 American craft beers,Belgian and English beer. I walked out with a variety sixer of St. Bernardus and Peche Mortel! Couldn't belive the nice assortment of beers there. Even had some Goose Island. The best selection of beers i've seen in the area. Beats going to Pittsburgh and the prices are a lot better. I would drive here from Pittsburgh if i had to. Stop in a give this place a try it won't dissapoint.
10-20-2008 02:28:47 | More by jcdiflorio
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not many opportunities to add local establishments these days but I found a good one right here in the Ohio Valley...Wintersville/Steubenville area. I guess a couple desperate house wives were struck with entrepreneurial spirits and wanted to take a stab at a wine shop in the area. First off thank you Kim and Mary, there's nothing else like it around here, put together very nice out front where the wine sleeps. Up scale new furnishing and decor, fresh and clean at first. Then you find the beer cellar located in the back understandable, I guess. Three racks full of different beers including Sam Adams Imperial Pils, Great Lakes Holy Moses, Burning River, Dort Gold, and Ed Fitz Porter. Full Sail amber, pale, and IPA rock solid freshness, so damn good. Imports heavy with Wychwood, St Peter's times 6 varieties. Black Sheep, Holy Grail, Lindeman's Peche, Penn products Gold, Hefe, and Dark. I asked if they could order some beers to carry, and I got a no problem write it down response. I ordered Hoppin Frog Boris and Mean Manalishi DIPA, along with GL Blackout Stout let's see how that process works out. So far a great little beer haven resting in the OH Valley better than having to drive to the Burgh for my beer cravings. All mixed sixers 9.99 and big bottles are individually priced, that's easy.
Edit: Recently placed an order with Cavalier Distributor from the Cincy area, quality beer across the board sometime next week.
Update:The beer has arrived the selection is now incredible DFH, Stone, Boulder, Hoppin Frog, Aventinus, Weihenstephaner, Sprecher, Cantillon, Corsendonk, Delirium, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale, and Commodore Perry IPA, Jever Pils, Unibroue, North Coast, De Dolle Stille Nacht, Thirsty Dog, Great divide, Left Hand, and many more fine ales and lagers to choose from.
Edit#2: Another distributor joined in on the action, come and see what the Ohio Valley has to offer in beer. Checkout Premium Beverage Supply's website and let us know about a beer that Kim P and Mary D do not carry but should.
01-10-2008 10:13:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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