From The Vine
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Reviews by BeerBelcher:
3.65/5 rDev -19.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I am relatively new to the Columbus area, having moved here a few weeks ago, and I must say that if this website is correct, and that this is indeed the best beer store in the area, I have some reservations about my beer-drinking future here in Columbus. Compared to beer stores in Wisconsin, the selection at this store was limited and what was present was massively over-priced.
This is primarily a wine store, and the beer selection is limited to one aisle. And much of that aisle seemed empty or out of stock to me. And what was present was not mostly mind-blowing. Some Great Lakes, some Hoppin' Frog, some Bell's. I bought two Brew Master bottles I'd also seen at Blacklick Liquors. However, they did have some hard-to-find beers such as Struisse and AleSmith.
And what was present was highly over-priced. The few 12oz singles were mostly priced at $4.99; many of these same singles would be less in WI. IL, or IN.
The lady proprietor behind the counter was very friendly and helpful. But I can't say her store offers a great bundle of value for the discriminating Beer Advocate.
02-16-2009 00:00:06 | More by BeerBelcher
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4.53/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in Columbus last weekend for a wedding and wanted to pick up some BA B.O.R.I.S. while I was down there. I read some reviews and was going to try Kenny Market, but decided to ask at the hotel if there was anywhere closer. They sent me here and I was very glad they did.
When I walked in I was prepared to be disappointed. It seemed like they mostly dealt with wine and I didn't immediately pick up on the beer section. As I walked toward the back I found the beer in the back corner. What they may lack in selection, they more than make up for with quality brews. And for the record, the selection was good enough for me, but just not quite as much as you would expect from a top notch bottle shop.
I grabbed my BA BORIS, a Brux, a Chocolate Yeti and an Imperial Biscotti Break. As I was cashing out I saw some FFF 22's behind the counter with "Do Not Sell" on them. I asked what they were out of curiosity and the cashier told me they were Arctic Panzer Wolf, Apocolypse Cow and Hoppin Frog Naked Evil. They were also for sale, they were just tagged that way so the entire case wouldn't be sold to one person, which made me happy to hear. I picked up a bottle of Naked Evil and gave them a little bit more of my money.
I will definitely be stopping back in next time I am in Columbus.
07-19-2012 00:59:15 | More by MacJenkins
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been shopping off and on at From The Vine for the past several years. Jamie the owner has always been helpful and always loves to talk beer. She has a tiny dog that she ocassionally brings to work with her that always seems delighted when each customer comes in. While I'm more of a fan of their beer selection my daughter is more of a fan of the puppy! She only dedicates about an aisle to beer but what is in that aisle is top notch. She has all the Stone Verticals with the exception of the 02, I picked up an 04 for $25! Their prices seem to be spot on with everyone else and she does seem to have quite a few things that you're not going to find elsewhere, like: Stone Verticals, which she commented about a previous review noting they've been on the shelf for years, she said the beers are rotated with back stock so they are not out in the light for more than a few months at a time. My last haul I picked up: 04 Vertical, Pannepot, Hop Heathen, Backwoods Bastard, Better Half and a bottle of Immort. Highly recommend this shop! Support local businesses!
04-27-2012 16:51:27 | More by kenyj
3.36/5 rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
The store is fairly large, but the beer is shoved back into a corner and takes up a small fraction of the store compared to wine. The beer was a bit disorganized, with some of them having no price labels and some beers stocked in multiple spots. The lady working the counter seemed nice enough and offered help.
The selection was decent, though nothing that really excited me. Perhaps it was good by Ohio standards, but I was a bit underwhelmed given the reviews. The only thing that really caught my eye was some older years of the Stone Vertical Epic, but opted out of getting any since I tend to distrust beers that are years old sitting on a shelf in the open.
Prices were a little above average. Not unreasonable, though.
Overall, a decent store. I don't know how it compares to other stores in Columbus, but it wasn't nearly as impressive as the score had me expecting.
04-19-2012 00:31:00 | More by n2185
2.85/5 rDev -36.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
She does get some rarer things in compared to an Andesons or Kenny Rd Market or Weilands. She has a very nice wine shop and it just seems the beer selection filled empty space in her store, but that is ok I guess.
I have always been treated nice here, which is a plus. The service has been the best thing about this store for me. She does seem to have her regulars and seems to treat them better than the occasional shopper, but thats to be expected in a small shop.
Overall, a small selection, which may include rarer brews, with friendly service.
11-24-2011 04:52:38 | More by beesy
4.94/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was able to get many local beers from the area that I cannot easily get, nor get at all in California. Jamie the owner was able to answer my questions and gave me some advice on a brewery to visit since I was passing through Akron. I did find some Founder Breakfast Stout, KBS, Dirty Bastard, then some Southern Tier crème brûlée Imperial Milk Stout, mokah, pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Of course I got some Columbus IPA, and then Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt. I should have picked up some Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, but I did so at their brewery in Akron. They also had Hoppin Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout.
I also grabbed a bottle of Stone Cherry Chocolate since it was sold out locally in California.
I could only purchase a four pack of the Founders Breakfast Stout, which forced me to drink two the night before I left Columbus. However, this was a small price to pay, as this beer is excellent.
09-17-2011 20:33:25 | More by rcklein
4.74/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped into From The Vine today with a friend of mine, just looking for something out of the ordinary. Boy, we got more than that. I guess we were lucky to come in when we did, because there were all sorts of gems on the shelf. Ended up leaving with a Black Albert, 1999 and 2001 JW Lees Harvest Ale (up to this point I've never seen one prior to 2006), a sixer of White Rajah, Nøgne Ø Two Captains, Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout collab and a Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. In addition to these, I saw Stone Vertical Epics (I believe she had 06 thru 10), Pannepot 2007, Brooklyn Black Ops, Beer Geek Breakfast, Peche Mortel, Rocheforts & Fantome among many others that I cannot recall. She has a lot of the more hard to find beers here and you won't be able to find much swill. The selection isn't real extensive, but you're always bound to find something you can't get anywhere else in Central Ohio. You'll find Founders, Bell's, Great Divide, Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, and all the more common craft beers as well... Some prices were a bit steep for some of the more rare brews, but everything is priced accordingly and some were a little under priced. The 1999 JW Lees was only $8.99, which I thought was a little low.
We reached the register to check out, and the woman said that most of the beers we were purchasing had just been put on the shelf shortly before we arrived. Apparently she occasionally pulls some of her extremely aged/rarer beers out and puts them on the shelf for sale. I've never experienced this before until today. Glad we came in when we did. I'll try and make it up to Lewis Center more often and suggest that others give this store a try. Nice to find some rare gems every now and again. Thanks much to the owner of this shop.
09-04-2011 03:30:46 | More by Bonis
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had to stop here because this store is so highly rated. It was a bit out of the way and my GPS sent me to someplace in Westerville, but I eventually found it. When I first walked in I wasn't sure if I was in the right place because all I saw was wine. The girl at the counter (found out later she's the owner) asked if I needed help and she took me over to the beers. At first I thought there was no way this was the place because it was only one aisle of beer. After seeing the selection my opinion changed. They have about 8-10 cooler doors dedicated to six packs and singles and they have about 4-5 wooden racks of bombers, singles, 750's etc. They carry 3 "bad" beers..bud, bud lt and miller lt, everything else is high quality. I walked away with, Evil Twin Yin, Soft Dookie, 3 different Fantomes, Ommegang Zuur, Hop Dam, Mikeller's Our Side and a Dugges 1/2 Idgit. All in all this was a great stop. Service was great, the owner knows what she's talking about when it comes to beer. If you're looking for maybe not the largest selection but the selection with great quality beers, this is the place to go.
05-18-2011 15:48:21 | More by lancehenry
5/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
So, I decided to stop in this shop after reading the reviews on this site and one of the other beer sites. When I first walked in I thought there was no way this was the place that got all these rave reviews..reason being, all I saw when I first walked in was wine! The young lady at the counter, who I figured out later was the owner, asked if I needed help..I asked where the beers were and she led me into heaven! Now, they do only dedicate one aisle to beer but that one aisle blew me away! They had pretty much all of the Alesmiths including one bottle of Decadence, which I snatched up! They had Black Ops, pretty much all the Stone beers and Bell's beers, Rochefort 8 and 10, Peche Mortel, tons of Fantomes and just too many others to list! I highly recommend this place to anyone that's looking for great quality beer. By the way, the owner is quite knowledgeable so if you have any questions I'm sure she could answer them!
10-30-2010 15:52:44 | More by peddlesup
3.85/5 rDev -14.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I walked in today on my way to Cleveland, hoping to find some goodies. The store is largely devoted to wine, which is cool, but not what I'm looking for. Most of the selection seemed to be understocked / sold out. Maybe they stock the place on Mondays and I'm an idiot for showing up on Sunday, but otherwise there's no excuse for how barren the place was. Still, I grabbed two ST Choklats, which I was not expecting to find. Otherwise, the selection is average for an Ohio beer store. Service was kind, but not very interested in my visit. I still think Belmont Party Supply in Dayton might be a better bet.
EDIT: I went to this place on a Sunday after a big Ohio State football game, which might explain why the shelves were a bit barren. I didn't realize that when I wrote the above info.
09-13-2010 03:21:06 | More by LordAdmNelson
From The Vine in Lewis Center, OH
99 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.