The Winemaker's Shop
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by csmiley:
4/5 rDev +13%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a small homebrew shop north of the OSU campus that covers almost all the basics for ingedients and equipment. The store is heaven for the person that is just starting out home brewing. The more experienced brewer can also find this store worth checking out. They sell recipe kits that are well put together as well as the ingredients a la carte. Everything seems reasonably priced. It is a very convenient place for a quick stop to replace an airlock or blow off hose. And when you crack your 5 gallon glass carboy...a quick trip to this shop can net you a new one very quick. On the few occasions that I have been there the service is always very nice. Selection is average but the rotating stock keeps it from scoring as such.
They also have a selection of wine making equipment. Since I don't make wine I can't comment in detail on this section of the store.
01-23-2008 18:30:06 | More by csmiley
More User Reviews:
1/5 rDev -71.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$$
SNOBBY. this is by far the worst customer service I have EVER recieved.
I purchasing $70 worth of merchandise, and then made the mistake of asking for some simple advice about yeast. I was told "books are over there". They already had my money and I was told "the books are over there". Are you kidding me! I may understand if this was from a part time employee, but this was from the so called "owner" of the shop. I didn't know this at the time but after looking at their web site I saw her pic as the owner. Really!? This is how you expect me to continue GIVING you my business. I WILL NEVER COME BACK TO YOUR HOLE IN THE WALL SHOP AGAIN!!! I GUESS MY MONEY ISN'T GREEN ENOUGH FOR YOU!!! The books are over there. REALLY!! Get over yourself! Your not the only shop in Columbus that I can by supplies from. If you are thinking of going here, don't. Do your self a favor and shop online, over sea's, on the moon, anywhere but here. Sure they have wine and beer making supplies, but so do other places. And THEY don't give me attitude AFTER taking my money!
03-24-2013 01:25:41 | More by Zenllama
2.05/5 rDev -42.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$$
Ok, I wanted to like this place. They have the beginnings of a great brew shop but first, LOOSE THE ATTITUDE. We get it your different and against the norms of society. Get over it!
Also the prices are way over inflated. I did a batch that I have done many times before and know its a big grain bill. Any other time the grain bill costs me around 45, at this place it hit me 75!!!
The selection of hops and yeast are pretty good but the grain selection is pretty small. They have @ 4-5 base malts and a small selection of adjunct grains. Also all there grains are open and never sealed after opening making for a stale tast in my finished beer.
Also I was listening to the guy behind the counter give some very wrong advice to a lady getting some equipment for a birthday gift to her husband. After I walked out and she was leaving to I stopped her and had a long talk with her. She even said what they were saying didn't make any sense.
I just moved to the area and have used some great shops before back home and this place has the makings for one of those but they have alot to fix. First starting with the higher than thou attitudes. As a craft beer and brewing community we are to help and enjoy beer together. Not point our noses down at each other just because you own a shop.
12-18-2011 14:29:08 | More by tat2dhllblly
1.85/5 rDev -47.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
I went here when I was trying to decided where to purchase my equipment from when I first started brewing during last summer.
I walked in and the place was small, the person behind the counter seemed completely disinterested in my presence and when I tried to ask a question about ingredients I was led around and given a brewing tutorial which I already knew. I felt like I was being talked down to the whole time and I left empty handed. It must be more about wine making than beer because I didn't really get a lot of beer making tips...
I noticed someone posted a review(back in 2009) about Gentile's not having chocolate malt and that this place had a better selection of beer making stuff, this is definitely not true today so just go to Gentile's and get stuff. The staff actually knows beer and the selection is incredible. I can't give the Winemaker's shop a good rating on a beer site.
12-09-2011 20:34:57 | More by TyrainDreams
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I had been to this shop a few times before, but I felt that a review was worthy after buying my own brewing kit here a few months ago, for my personal graduation present. The available kit is the standard brewer's best that comes with a pre-hopped extract that is ready for the boil. But for a few more dollars, I was able to get the BB Kolsch kit. After I purchased a wort cooler, they also threw in a WYEAST Kolsch strain to sweeten my desire to return. There are a few other homebrew shops in town, but they know how to keep loyal customers.
08-31-2011 13:55:15 | More by hyprlt
3.3/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I have been here a few times. The store is mostly just boxes of supplies sitting out in stacks. If you want something specific your best bet is to just ask for it, it may take a while to find it, if you even can.
I'd say about 3/4 of the store is dedicated to wine-making, or at least more dual-use equipment. Small selection of grains and extract, but a decent selection of yeast.
The owner is helpful, but always seems a little stand-offish. I feel like I am being scrutinized if I ask for something, like she's sizing up whether I am worthy of buying from her.
The biggest issue is price. I can buy anything sold in the store online, and it would always be cheaper, especially when factoring in the $7.99 flat rate shipping from Northern Brewer. I also get the feeling that ordering online from one of the big guys will ensure a fresher product as well.
I cannot prove it, but due to the sometimes 30-40% mark up over NB prices, I wonder if the owner just buys online, then increases the price for profit.
The extract I bought was hand bagged into a gallon ziplock bag, which again made me wonder a bit about freshness.
But due to price mostly I will not shop here unless I am really in a bind and have to have an item that day because I am brewing and cannot afford to wait on shipping times.
The Winemaker's Shop will get the job done, but your wallet will be a little sore afterwards.
07-19-2011 17:54:55 | More by Spider889
4.85/5 rDev +37%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great resource. I wanted a brewing kit without having to wait for mail order. I explained to who I assume is the owner that I wanted to use fresh hops and malt extract. She gladly obliged and asked me if I wanted American or English hops, and what kind of beer I was going for. She was then kind enough to write up the suggested hop drops for me. I will definitely be back.
If you are new to the craft, I would suggest reading up on the basics before heading in, so when you get the tutorial you aren't completely lost.
02-15-2011 01:20:47 | More by askurato
4.7/5 rDev +32.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Update, my previous review of this place will stand. I went in yesterday to buy grain, hops, and yeast for an ESB I will be brewing. I also got some other supplies(caps, sanitizer, irish moss, etc....). I still believe this place is amazing, and certainly the best homebrew store I've been to in CBus. The owner is very helpful if you just tell her what you are looking for. She is also very knowledgable. The ESB recipe called for flaked corn(maize) which they didn't have, but I wasn't put off by that at all since I view flaked corn as a poor adjunct( i was just trying to stay true to the recipe). I just added another pound of british two row to make up for it. Prices seem very fair, definitely will be supporting this shop in the future!
I came across this establishment as a result of my disappointment in Gentile's of Grandview. Gentile's didn't have chocolate malt for my brown ale recipe so I came into the Winemaker's shop in hopes that they could help me.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this establishment. The woman working there seemed a bit disinterested in my patronage at first, but once I told her what I was looking for she helped me right away. She was not surprised to hear about my issues at Gentile's(it must happen to a lot of people). Her grain mill looks like it is from the 40's or 50's and looked like it was probably made in the USA. This is a very good thing since I consider american made machinery to be top notch. It gave an excellent and consistent crush.(unlike gentile's)
I will be returning to this store in about a week to buy ingredients for my next batch and I hope I can give an update!
12-07-2009 17:47:38 | More by markmilliren
4.5/5 rDev +27.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I found the Winemaker's Shop from their listing in the back of Zymurgy and dropped down this morning and was pretty impressed. I'm still new to homebrewing(a few days away from bottling my first batch!) so I wasn't 100% sure exactly what I was ultimately going to leave with.
Nina was very patient and helpful with me even though I was overflowing with excitement for my new hobby and she made lots of helpful suggestions, thankfully I brought a list to keep my thoughts semi-coherent! The prices were on par with what I've seen in other shops and slightly above what can be found online which is reasonable all things considered.
Overall a solid shop with a very knowledgable owner; I will definitely be shopping here again!
06-24-2009 05:08:32 | More by Auspice
The Winemaker's Shop in Columbus, OH
84 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.