Kenny Road Market

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Kenny Road MarketKenny Road Market
BA SCORE
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72 Ratings
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
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4658 Kenny Rd
Columbus, Ohio, 43220-2799
United States
phone: (614) 538-1100

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 52
Photo of mlockman
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Best convenience store selection in the area with plenty of craft beers, still outdone by the larger supermarkets in the area, however.

Photo of nevai
1.28/5  rDev -69.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2

In January of 2015 I bought a 3 pack of Chimay and when I opened it at home I saw it was brewed in 2011 but the store refused to refund my money or to replace the beer.

It is a real low class looking place with a large domestic beer selection but apparently they are not interested in making sure that their stock is not outdated.

Stay away from them!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Decent selection of stuff, divided into aisles and coolers. Most beers are available both cold and on the shelf, which is nice. A bit dingy on the inside, doesn't look like much from the outside, either. The standard selection of Ohio brews and the beers one can get in Ohio. They seem to carry the good stuff behind the counter. I asked if they had any Three Floyds, they said they just ran out of Gumbalhead, but had Blakkr, which I happily bought along with a 6er of White Rajah. Good service and upselling, for sure. Prices were reasonable, middle of the road.

Photo of Natesquatch
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place has an amazing selection, supposedly the best in the Columbus area. As an out-of-towner, I sought it out based on word-of-mouth reputation, and I was not disappointed. The stocked all kinds of stuff that I can't get in my home state of West Virginia; for example, Thirsty Dog's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Siberian Night by the case. Highly recommended and worth going out of your way to find.

Photo of apasternak
4.8/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This store has one of the better beer selections in Columbus. I have tried a ton of new beer through them, and they can even request a beer if you know what you are looking for. Their snacks section is solid if you need some munchies. They also frequently have fancy beer mugs, glasses and shot glasses for really cheap. I got a Jim Beam engraved glass for a dollar and one of my coolest shot glasses for $1.50

Photo of MikeSt
4.59/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

As many of the reviewers said, you wouldn't know it from the looks, but an excellent selection and variety of beer. Went here on Beer Advocate's recommendation as an out-of-town visitor to get some other regional microbrews and was pleasantly surprised. The employee helped me walk through many recommendations and spent the time to answer all of my questions. Staff very helpful and knowledgable also. Great choice in Columbus. Our last few beer tasting nights have been much more enjoyable thanks to the Kenny Road Market.

Photo of phidelt649
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I really enjoyed coming here. I'm new to the Columbus area and from the Kenny Road Market image I was actually a little nervous as it looked like it might be in a "ghetto" part of town. I was pleasantly surprised to find it in a nice neighborhood and not run down at all.

I'm relatively new to the craft beer world (6 months and going or so) so, to me, the selection was extensive. I've been making my way through Rogue stuff and they had a few things I hadn't seen anywhere else. James, the store clerk, is amazing. He knows his stuff inside and out and likes to chat. Don't pop in here if you're in a hurry as he is really knowledgeable and turned me on to quite a few things I have never heard of.

Having been to just about every store on the Beer Advocate list, I'd have to say that this and Andersons are my two favorites. Since I'm still refining my tastes and finding out what I do and don't like, I like having the ability to mix sixes and grab bombers. Kenny Road Market had probably the largest selection of bombers I've ever seen.

Definitely worth checking out!

Photo of beesy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Small, easily looked over shop. Houses a U-haul rental store.

A small carryout stores that has its share of lottery junkies, bmc seekers, 11am alcoholics, beer geeks and everything in between. Usually my weekly stoppimg spot as its between my office and our main patient office.

A very nice selection of american beers with a cooler or two of brews from across the pond. The main focus is on american beers. Hoppin frog, avery, anderson valley, southern tier, bells, founders, sam adams, GI, Alesmith, Stillwater, Great Lakes, Dark Horse, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Stone are some of the more commons you'll see here. One of the wider selections in town.

The service is pretty nondescript. Its rare i get somene to come back and ask if i need anythign, but most of the guys recognize me, so im ok with that. If you could get someone to help you without going to the counter, a few of the guys are into beer and a few know enough to get by.

Overall, a nice little spot to sto by if you're in the area.

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Never judge a book by its cover. Although Kenny Road Market is an older store and looks a little run-down, it's alive and well on the inside. I always used to pass this place on my way down to Ohio State for classes to get various sodas and snacks that no other places carried (which still holds true today). I never took the time to notice their beer selection since I wasn't of legal drinking age until a couple years ago. I decided to give it a visit today since it had been a while and I needed to stock up.

Walking in, it's just like a larger-than-normal convenience store. I spotted some beer toward the back of the store and ta-da! The back 50% of the store is loaded with beer. The selection is better than what I had expected. They had nearly all of the new releases from the local/Great Lakes region breweries, plus the best selection of Bell's I have seen on the northwest side. They also have a large selection of bombers, probably equal in quantity to Anderson's but better in selection. Walking to the back-left of the cooler, there are some more 4's and 6'ers of American micros and then it goes into a pretty solid selection of Euro and Non-Euro imports; especially British, German and Belgian beers. Walking to the back-right, there's plenty of American macro if you're into that stuff. There's more non-refrigerated beer on the end-caps of where the wine (decent selection) and snacks are -- mostly seasonal 6'ers. They do have some discounted beer that is nearing or a little over the "best by" date, it's good if you're cash-strapped. Contrary to other reviews, the stuff I got from the coolers was brand new and the guy had no quips about brown-bagging my bombers.

The thing that really sets this place apart from other stores in the area is the customer service. The guy running the store and unloading the beer is the most outgoing clerk I've ever met. Very chatty but in a good way and LOVES to talk about different beers. If there's something new/rare, he'll point you right to it. If there's something you can't find, he'll bend over backwards to try and order it for you. The store was actually doing decent business for 1pm on a Friday and he was checking up on everybody even though he was all by himself.

All in all, I will be going back to Kenny Road Market. The prices are between cheap and reasonable, actually a buck or two lower than Anderson's or Ale Wine & Spirits on the bombers. It may not be the largest selection in Columbus or the Northwest side but it's worth driving an extra 5-10 minutes past Anderson's to support a local mom & pop with great service. And yes, they do rent U-Hauls.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Kenny Road Market was pretty easy to find right on, you guessed it, Kenny Road. The store front looked more gas-station than beer store, but inside awaited some pretty nice goodies. This wasnt exactly the best selection in town, but it was pretty sweet. I saw Elevator and Columbus Brewing as far as locals. Also saw Alesmith and Great Divide as well as many others. It seemed as though the majority of the selection were in sixers in the refrigerators, but they had a nice selection both warm and cold. I prefer Palmers or Pace-Hi, but this place had great service. The guy working was enthusiastic about beer and very willing to help.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

Stopped into Kenny Road as part of a small tour of local beer markets.

It's small, but a pretty good selection. Saw most of the staples that you can find in the Columbus area, plus a good selection of other hard-to-find brews, pretty similar to the selection at Weiland's.

Import section a little less than some other beer markets but pretty much up to par if not a little better than others in the domestic selection.

Better selection of singles than I've seen elsewhere, but all are priced the same, so there's no ability to get singles of beers out of a certain price range.

One of the best things about Kenny Road are their 'clearance' deals, as you can usually pick up a lot of beer for cheap if they're just trying to get rid of it, especially seasonal beers.

Though I don't particularly care for it, you could get two 6 packs of Harvest Moon for $6.99 total, or a case of it for like $12.99.

Photo of peddlesup
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

This market is kind of strange yet kind of cool too. They sell all the typical market things but they also rent uhaul trucks! Their beer selection was pretty awesome! I think they boast like 500 different beers, not sure about that but they do carry alot more than the other shops I've been in. I personally think this place blows Anderson's away! They had Alesmith, Bell's, New Holland, Stone, Dogfish Head and a good amount of imports. Service was spot on, there was a young guy that helped me out, his name was Jim or James..very nice and knew his beers!

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

This little store has always had a great selection of world famous beers - and if you ask they can find and order what you are looking for (within reason) -

the prices are within reason compared to most places that put a high sticker price on premium beers

This is where I buy my Delirium Tremens -they also carry a wide selection of wines and the service is always friendly and helpful -

I would recommend you try this place if you are ever in search of a hard to find beer or wine - I know they will try to help you in your search ...

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

I met one of the guys from Kenny Road at Weasel Boy in Zanesville. He was hanging out there and we started talking- he told me to come check out his store, "largest selection of cold beer in Columbus", "largest selection of Bell's in town". So there I went...

It's OK. I would stop by occasionally to pick up a brew or two, but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here. Their selection is good but not outstanding. They don't sell singles because of a license problem. I didn't see the amazing Bell's selection...

Lots of local Ohio brews, that's nice. I found a four-pack of Great Divide Hercules, which I don't recall ever seeing on 12-oz format. Nice!

But I mean, nothing mind-blowing. Just a nice beer place that is more of a convenience store. I don't know about their "500 beers" claim, but they do have a *good* selection.

With The Andersons so close, I don't see myself coming back here... but hey, it ain't bad at all!

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Not my favorite store but a really good one nonetheless. It is definitely on the list when I am making rounds.

This is basically a mini-mart that has a wide selection of beer. Some wine, snacks, pop etc. The beers are arrange fairly well. The coolers off to the left by themselves house the English, German and Belgian beers. Every Sam Smith, Unibroue, Paulaner etc.

The coolers along the back of the store keep all the American craft. Bombers on the ends and 6- packs in the middle. They pride themselves in keeping a lot of Bell's. Decent selection of Ohio stuff, namely Hoppin Frog.

Photo of nrbw23
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%

I've been to this place about a million times. Everytime I there it seems pretty much the same. If you're looking for something on the rare side or different I wouldn't come here. If you're looking for just some good quality craft brews and nothing out of the ordinary stop on in.

Service is cool. They'll talk with you but you have to hunt them down. They're pretty much out of the way here.

Like some other guys have said the mixer sixer selection is a joke. They do always seem to have some sort of beer on sale though. Usually an outdated seasonal of some sort.

Not a bad place by any means, but if you seek something rare avoid this one. Come here if you need to pick up something that's pretty much standard.

The best way to describe this place is the Giant Eagle selection on steriods.

Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%

I'm in Columbus for Holiday so I thought I would check out the two highest rated beer stores. Pulled up the place and like most posters didn't expect much. When I got inside my hunch was sadly confirmed.

The selection was ok, a couple stone and alesmith but very limited. The beers were spred out through the store impossible to find and most of the beers were in coolers which is a huge no-no.

The famous 6 pack mix and match was a joke as it was all just crappy micro's. They tease you by placing them next to a nice selection of singles that would make you drool if it was included.

Overall, a very subpar store that I would not visit unless it was very close. Surely, don't go out of your way.

Photo of mwa423
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

While you might pull up to this an expect nothing more then every different type of Keystone, Bud, and Miller but you're in for a big surprise.

The majority of the left side of the store is nothing but craft beer. There is a decent selection of mix your own six pack, but the real gem is the giant pallets full of discount beer. This past weekend I got 2 cases of Magic Hat Lucky Kat for $15 per case. I have gotten beer from Brooklyn, Summit, and others for about the same price. The only downside is that the beer is usually out of date, but it's still good beer!

If you want some beer bargains, this is the spot in Columbus to go to!

Photo of Fezfreak
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

I like Kenny Road Market. It's one of those neighborhood mom & pop stores like we had when I was growing up that are now on the endangered species list. You know the ones: Close to where you live (me 5 minutes). Weathered interior. Porno mags lining the wall behind one of the registers. Hard to get soda pops and some other things made by smaller companies are available that you don't usually see in corporate places.

The sign outside says "500 Different Beers". Believe it.

I find their selection to be a well-rounded mix of foreign, domestic and craft beers. As with any beer store dealing in these volumes, there are gonna be things that sit around and develop floating chunks. In fact, as other reviewers have pointed out, this store has plenty of outdated beer to sell. But the craft selection is nice nonetheless, with something to offer just about anyone.

If you like craft beer in 22 oz. bottles (large bottles - aka: bombers), they have an excellent variety. If you like to buy more than one at a time, take note - They have this one cashier who will grunt and openly express displeasure if you request the brown-paper wine bags (to prevent the bottles from rubbing together and breaking). Dude must pay for these out of his own pocket. It seems he would much rather put multiple glass bottles in plastic bags and leave it up to you as to how you will manage the possible breakage. Not a bad guy, just tight with the wine bags.

Overall, this is a good, solid beer store and the staff is knowledgeable about what they carry. If they know you like a certain style, they will alert you to new arrivals. But go there often enough, and you can see what sells and what doesn't.

On top of that folks, at Kenny Road Market you can also rent a truck to move your belongings! And why not pick up a pizza next door while you're at it?! (Haven't tried the pizza yet).

Strange that there is so much good craft beer available at the retail level in Northwest Columbus and Dublin. But in order to enjoy the same wide selection on draft, you must travel clear downtown, across town to Bob's or out to Granville (Brews Cafe - which offers draft, carry out AND growlers).

Photo of hossua34
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Pretty good, rotating selection and friendly staff.

However, I've noticed more than a handful of times that they sell beer there that is well past its marked freshness date. They normally have a special going on with cases stacked up in the middle of the store, on sale for an obscenely low price. Well, check the dates on those cases before you buy. I've bought a case of Paulaner there that was almost a year "expired" according to its label. I didn't notice this until I got home and naturally, it all tasted like crap. Today I got a Peg Leg Imperial Stout there as part of a make-your-own six pack for $9.99. Sure enough - it was marked best by sometime last month.

I guess this should make sense considering the Peg Leg was an 8.00 ABV Imperial Stout that usually sells for over $10 a six pack, but still. I didn't make that connection until later, and I don't feel like I should have to be "on guard" for bad beer when I'm browsing the shelves. Most places I shop at take items off the shelves when they pass their freshness date. Kenny Road Market, on the other hand, likes to throw them back on the shelfs with slashed prices. Very sketchy.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Does not look as if it would be a great place to pick up craft beer. When one enters the store, he or she will be immediately surprised by the vast amount of beer in the coolers. Beer is separated by import and domestic and it looked as if further separated by location after that. Easy to locate what beer you are looking for making the experience more enjoyable. Asked the guy working there if he could locate a specific beer for me, didn't seem to be very acquainted with the selection, but very nice and easy to approach. Nice place to check out and better than the average place, but not a place that is the end all be all location to pick up craft beer.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

I was worried when we drove up to this store. From the outside it looks like a standard convenience store but once you get inside you see a very impressive selection of beer. They have all the standards as well as a great selection of macros and imports. For the most part everything is cold minus a few out of the cooler brews. I will return to this place for sure. I loved the small store feel it provided while maintaining a great selection of beer. The employees were very helpful as well, any questions you had were very easily answered. It's also nice you can buy numerous other things while you're there.

Photo of amietaj1
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

Kenny Road Market is located (unsurprisingly) on Kenny Road, about 1/2 mile South of the intersection with Bethel. From the outside, this place looks a little shady, but don't judge the book by its cover -- it actually worth a stop.

The store is basically a convenience store that happens to sell a lot of beer (albeit a lot of macros too). They have a great 6-pack selection, a better-than-average selection of bombers and 750's, and even a few coolers worth of imports. They have all of the standards that you see around Columbus (Founder's, Bell's, Hoppin Frog, Rogue, Stone, Chimay, Rochefort, etc.).

The big downside, however, is that they don't have much beyond the regular standards. Your not going to be able to walk in and find anything rare or difficult-to-come-by. Ultimately, I'd rank this 3rd or 4th on the list of the best beers stores in Columbus (with From the Vine at 1st and Palmer's at 2nd). If you live in the area or are new to craft beer (or at least aren't an uber beer geek), this is a great store to check out.

Photo of robey12
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

I live walking distance from the market and am rarely disappointed; they ran out of Tröegs Nugget Nectar yesterday and was really in the mood for one or two. Their selection is fantastic and you can buy many beers cold or warm. The coolers on the left after entering are foreign beers and are organized by country. Along the back wall on the left are all the Macro beers that you find at any grocery store. But the biggest section along the back wall is the Micros and they have lots to choose from. Their selection ranges from the local beers to west coast beers. Tröegs, Anchor, Stone, Bells, Bear Republic, Rogue, Great Lakes, and New Holland just to name a few. Just keep in mind that you aren't going for the atmosphere because the interior leaves a bit to be wanted. The people there are very helpful and are often willing to let you know what is new and I have even been told a few things that they are getting in advance.

Photo of scuppers
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Kenny Road Market's my go-to place in Columbus for good beer.

A broad selection of the hoppy stuff and stouts in 6 (or 4) packs and singles on the back wall. Some English Ales, stuff in cans and singles / mix and match on the left wall as you walk in. Also some macros in the corner. Wine, Snacks and Lotto seem to dominate the rest of the store.

Usually the guys in there have decent music playing, and the staff seems pretty knowledgeable. There's rarely ever a long line.

The location's kind of out of the way and a bit hard to reach from 315 because you can't turn left onto Kenny from Bethel. There's a way around this problem -- driving through the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.

From time to time, they'll have a good sale - usually the on-sale stuff seems to be located out in the store, not in the coolers.

The prices on the mix-and match are high for what you get. I've been disappointed before on what I got from mix-and-match, but on the up-side, at least I only got one or two of that kind (Heavy Seas I think), so it worked out fine. Mix and match is rarely a good value. Singles also seemed pretty pricey. Prices on the singles on the back wall were on the top shelf, which made it hard to view without taking them out of the cooler.

The sign says they carry over 500 types of beer. This place would go from great to awesome if they somehow put BA ratings on near the beers. A couple times I've gotten some beers there that ended up sounding really good, but were just OK because I didn't look it up ahead of time. In Columbus, Magic Hat brews seem to be all over, and I think the dissapointing one I got from Kenny Road Market was from either Magic Hat or Left Hand. They carry Bell's, Dogfish Head, and Stone stuff though which is fantastic. Worth the trip.

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93 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.