Save-On Craft Beer & Wine
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Reviews by adamette:
4.65/5 rDev -2.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I added this place to Beer Advocate so I will be sure to represent it well here. First learned about this place while at Ballantine's in Willoughby by its owner/operator as it had just opened at that time. It has been open since approximately the beginning of October, 2009. During my first trip I met and spoke with the manager, Wally, who is middle eastern and a very approachable fellow. I found it interesting that he was managing this place with so many incredible beers but he himself had not sampled very many of them at the time. During that first trip I recommended that he try all of the trappist beers (they have each of the trappists represented except for the Achel and Westvleteren) as well as Old Rasputin.
I returned there earlier tonight, spoke with Wally and he was glad that I had made those recommendations. He reported that he really liked them. He also indicated that he liked several others and recommended those to me.
Quality. American Craft beers greet you as you enter, probably 150 different varieties with six and 12 packs below and singles ...of every available beer... displayed on the top shelf at eye level. Big signs throughout the store encourage "mix six packs" and this is very nice for a shopper such as myself since I enjoy tasting a lot of different beers. Anyway, three rows of American Craft, one whole row of Belgian, one row of German and most of a row of English and Scottish beers with some "wildcard" American craft to finish out that row. There are easily 500 different craft and imports in this store. That is just the "shelf" beers. The coolers that exist on the right and back wall are filled with 12 and 24 packs of a wide range of craft, import and, yes, a few BMC beers. In case you wondered, there are also 6 rows of wine and a huge supply of pipe tobacco, cigarettes and all manner of cigars. The place is clean (It is only a few months old now) and everything is displayed very nicely. Oh, they currently have gift sets from Samuel Smith, Corsendunk, Troegs, Brewery Ommegang and Petrus. 4.5
Service Well really very good. See comments above about Wally, the operator who was very patient, engaging and enthusiastic about his store. 4.5
Selection The best in the area. World Wines and Liquor in Mentor used to have this honor with honorable mention going to the various Heinen's but this place surpasses both of those. See some of my comments above for more details. 4.5
Value They break up any six pack and simply divide the price of the 6 pack by six and that price goes on the singles. That is rare as far as I have seen and it is very much appreciated.
Addendum 1 11 10: I went there for a fourth time last week and Wally gave me 4 New Glarus beers that he said that he could not sell due to not having distributorship in Ohio. He said that he was keeping them for his good customers as a thank you. I am certainly increasing my "service" rating from the previous 4.5 to a 5.0. What a great move, one that I wanted to share with others.
12-01-2009 05:31:36 | More by adamette
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4.57/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
HAD to stop in while running around over the holidays. Blown away by the selection of craft beers available. This is the type of place where you honestly don't know what to get because there is so much available. Best part of it is, is the staff are readily available to make recommendations. Prices are what the are and appear to be at state minimum judging by my "normal" purchases. If you want a beer that exists in Ohio, you are very likely to find it here. Recommend getting your favorite then build a six pack of related beers that you will find here...you may end up with a new favorite.
01-06-2014 17:29:06 | More by Jascrutch
4.55/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped by this shop because I was in Cleveland on business. Wow, the place is just what it says. Its a beer, wine, and smoke shop. Catering to all the vices. The coolers lining two walls were a bit bare, but the shelves were fully stocked. All arranged by style so it was easy to locate any thing you wanted. They also have taps to fill growlers. The guy working there was very knowledgeable of styles and breweries. This is a must stop if you are in the Greater Cleveland area.
11-17-2013 14:13:52 | More by thegrimone
Save-On Craft Beer & Wine in Mentor, OH
100 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.