Ale Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 16
4.75/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great place to have near my house. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about the products and there is a great selection. I have recently the rotation of beers going through their growler station. It is a great store to continue exploring and learning more about beer.
08-29-2013 11:49:41 | More by TeeRex
4.86/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Can only speak of the brews but this place rocks if you love craft beers. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is outstanding in recommending beers to suit your taste.
Speaking of taste, tastings are held every Thursday & Friday nights from 6-8pm and are a fanatastic way to try new brews. They usually have a "theme" which allows you to try several styles by one brewery or the same style by different breweries. Great opportunity for a newbie (like I was) to become knowledgeable. Miss having Kevin at the store but his replacement Kyle is certainly worthy. Can't say enough good things about this place. If you live within a 20 mile radius of the store it is well worth the drive to check out. You won't be disappointed.
09-08-2012 18:25:33 | More by Fitwitchik
4.73/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ale Wine and Spirits (AWS) has been in Powell over a year (as of September 2012). Their staff and owner are very friendly and helpful in the selection of any item you might be looking to find.
My wife and I began going there when they first opened and participated in a couple of wine tastings. It was on the second wine tasting we noticed the beer tastings and have not returned to wine. AWS's beer geek Kevin, got us hooked and now my basement is full of great beers mostly purchased from AWS. They have a great beer selection and do a great job recommending beers to suit your taste. If in doubt when in the store ask. They provide great advice.
Kevin who introduced us to great beers has since left to become a rep for one of the beer distributors, but often attends the weekly beer tastings. Kyle is the new beer geek and does a great job. Tastings are every Thursday and Friday Night from 6 to 8. We have a great group that attends. If you are local to AWS or just passing through I recommend you drop by especially for the tastings, you'll have a great time.
09-08-2012 18:08:16 | More by CERNJOH
4.06/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Checked this place out while killing time in Columbus this afternoon. The setup in the store is sort of interesting, mostly because the beer is sort of spread out in a manner that you could easily miss half of it if you aren't paying attention. Back wall is lined with coolers, with everything from craft to BMC. Some 22's in the cooler, but not as many as other stores. If you are after singles, make sure you check on the back side of the island as you enter the store or you will probably flat out miss it. Small selection of glassware and home brewing supplies. The store is primarily a liquor store, at least inventory-wise. Off in a corner there is a bar where it looks like they do tastings, but nothing was going on today, nor did it look like one has been held anytime recently. Did manage to snag a 10.10.10 Vertical Epic for $9.99, of which they had 10+ sitting out at this tasting stand unrefridgerated - hope it is still ok. Staff seemed friendly enough and willing to help. Overall, it was worth checking out, but since I don't live close it's unlikely I will be back soon.
04-29-2012 03:33:48 | More by JakeFrancis5150
3.93/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Decided to try this place out yesterday. First impression was everything looks high end and new. Great selection of beer, many great locals that are hard to keep on the shelves at other Columbus places. Was greeted right away and help was knowledgable unlike other reviews. Have a few isles of home brew supplies and good amount of wine and liquor as well. Looks to me like they do tasters in the corner of the store. Overall is a nice store to shop at if you live close but I won't be going out of my way to come back. Other places around town that are closer for me and have better selection or hard to finds.
04-19-2012 15:55:16 | More by Jballn
2.15/5 rDev -50.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | $$$
Decided to check this place out after over-hearing about it at a party. Looks pretty much brand new on the inside and out. Walked inside and really wasn't greeted by anyone. I got a short hello a few minutes after being in the shop but that was about it. Store seems to be very dedicated to wine and liquor. Found a 6pk of GL Xmas for the gf, very over priced compared to other shops where I've found it! Picked up a btl of Hoppin Frog Boris and a 6pk of North Peak. Nothing really spectacular unfortunately. Wouldn't really recommend this place unless you're pretty much right next door. Too many better places in Columbus.
12-29-2011 00:16:01 | More by kenyj
4.44/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited a multitude of times since they opened. Located on north Sawmill at Home Rd. There is a decent-sized private lot on the front and side of the building.
The interior is cleanly laid out with the beer selection in the back of the store, both in coolers and on shelves (plus a couple end caps). Singles are available. There is also a small bar in both the beer and wine sections. Lastly there is a separate room set aside for private parties, events, etc.
Ale Wine & Spirits stocks a couple hundred beers, including many local and OH breweries like CBC, Thirsty Dog, Elevator, Neil House and GLBC. Many other domestic micros like Epic, Stone, Stillwater, Victory etc. Many imports from the likes of Mikkeller, Fantôme and Wittekerke too.
Service at AWS is top notch. Kevin manages stock and will do whatever he can to fulfill requests. In addition he coordinates weekly tastings.
Overall this is a store I would frequent even if it was not relatively close to home. One of the better spots to hit in the Columbus area.
12-19-2011 01:14:49 | More by Dogbrick
5/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Ale Wine & Spirits quickly became my regular beer store when I lived in the area. Recently, I have moved to New York City and have yet to find a beer store with the same level of selection and service as this small store in Powell Ohio.
I am a 22y/o female who LOVES craft beer, but when I walk into a beer store, I am typically greeted by people trying to "help" me by recommending me pale ales and wheat beers, and talking to me in a fairly condescending way. I have had one person try to explain to me what an IPA was... Other times, I am completely ignored. This is frustrating, because in most cases, I am more knowledgeable about beer than the employees.
However, at the Powell Ale Wine & Spirits, this is not the case. I am always made to feel welcome. Kevin always takes the time to talk about all the new arrivals with me, and the latest beers that he has tried. The staff here is EXTREMELY knowledgeable, and have recommended some fantastic beers for me to try based on other beers that I like. I have never left this store without taking home a new beer that I have never tried before.
Their beer tastings are top notch, and their selection is fantastic. Essentially, if it is distributed to Ohio, this store receives it. They are also very good about managing limited release beers, and do so in a very fair manner. They are always willing to sell single bottles, and all of their beer is very reasonably priced.
Every time I visit home for the holidays, I make SURE I have time to visit this store.
12-11-2011 16:59:52 | More by inomniaparatus
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really have come to like this store. It's only been open for 1 year as of now but for the past 6 months it has been my go-to place for beer. It is a little bit off the beaten path as others have mentioned, but for those of us who live in the northwest suburbs of Columbus, it's a great local place to get some great brews. I stumbled upon it by accident one day while I was driving up Sawmill Parkway. The space of the store is kind of split between Wine and Beer -- with a nice selection of spirits lining the back of where the cash registers are. They also carry some homebrew supplies. Almost all the beer is cold and goes in a pattern from right to left along the coolers: rare bombers -> local -> micro American brews -> Euro imports -> Non-euro imports -> macro brews. The singles and import selection is not quite as big as Anderson's but it comes close. Between the two stores I can almost always find what I want if it's in Ohio. Their prices are about the same as the rest of Columbus. Kevin is their beer guy and not only is he nice and helpful but he is a walking beer encyclopedia. If they don't have what you're looking for, Kevin will try his best to order it. They have tastings at least once a week for a nominal fee and get some brewery reps to come in as well.
The thing that really sets this place apart from other stores in the area is that you can subscribe to the Beer Club mailing list and once a week, Kevin sends out an e-mail letting customers know what's new in the store for the week and what events are happening. This was especially helpful when Three Floyds made a brief appearance here about 4 weeks ago. I was able to get my hands on some bombers while everywhere else had already sold out!
10-23-2011 16:05:08 | More by xdefeatsy
5/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
First stumbled on this store last winter. It has been my go to store ever since. Kevin and the staff there are always helpful and can give anyone great suggestions. This has to be the cleanest and most organized store in central Ohio. They have a great singles selection that is always rotating and changing and much better priced than Andersons singles. They also have tastings for beer and wine every Thursday and Friday which includes brewery or distribution reps in attendance as well in some cases. Great selection here including all the seasonal and limited releases. I like the fact they send out a weekly email letting you know what releases are coming in for the week. If it is available in the area, I know Ale Wine and Spirits will have it.
06-08-2011 00:00:15 | More by RandyJ
Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell, OH
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.