Joseph's Beverage Center

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.12
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4129 Talmadge Rd
Toledo, Ohio, 43623-3503
United States
phone: (419) 472-1421

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Reviews by Photekut:
Photo of Photekut
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

When I was at the University of Toledo, I discovered this place my Sr. year.

I was recently in town and decided to check it out again.

There was no Alesmith ( beside Yulesmith ) there, and none of the newer Founders beers I was hoping to find. ( Backwoods and the Imperial Stout )

On the other hand I was able to pick up some of my staples ( Two Hearted, Expedition, Edmund Fitz, Bigfoot ) and was able to get some of the GL Christmas ale. Id imagine those are pretty available everywhere here though.

All and all though I was pretty sad with the selection at the time I was there.

I had purchased Speedway and some New Holland Beers there in the past.

Not worth the hour drive out of my way this time.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.12/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WVRadar
5/5  rDev +21.4%

I was so impressed by this establishment that I had to write a review, only my third places review and first one in several years. I've been using this site to look for places to buy beer and find places to eat that serve craft brews when my wife and I travel, so last week while I was checking the listings for Toledo I checked this establishments website and figured I'd give it a try.

We were both impressed when we walked in and saw the variey of six packs available. We've been in several larger places in the past but this place seemed to have as many choices as the big chain we would visit in Florida while at Spring training.

One of the employees asked us if we needed help finding anything and we gave him our standard reply to that question, "Thanks, but we're just browsing right now." My wife and I are polar opposites when it comes to beer: she loves IPAs and I would rather drink beers that aren't as bitter. Also, she was always afraid to try an IPA that she hadn't tried before while I was willing to try just about anything as long as it was a style that I like, such as Pale Ales, Hefeweizens, Wheat beers, Scottish and Irish Ales.

I had already picked up a six pack of Bellhaven's Scottish Ale when she finally decided to try something new and asked the gentleman if he could recommend a good IPA. This is what sealed the deal: by asking her what she liked (Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Ruthless Rye are two of her favorites) he recommended Jackie O's Hop Ryot and White Rajah, both brewed in Ohio. Then he asked me what I liked and I told him, buth then remembered that I had tried a Saison once and asked him if he could recommend a good one. He hooked me up with a six pack of Monkey King Saison and when I told him that this was our first trip to Toledo and that we were planning on visiting a local brewery the next day he advised me against it, saying that it was in a bad section of the town and that they didn't really have much to offer in the way of customer service. He then recommended a place where we could try a lot of the local craft brews and have a good dinner besides.

We ended up talking about homebrewing for several minutes and I was again impressed by his knowledge when I told him that I had started brewing smaller batches (3 gallons) because I liked to try different hop varieties just to get a sense of what it tastes like but my last one hadn't turned out well (too bitter for me, too sour for my wife) and he told me about a method of brewing that would give me the aroma of the hops and just a hint of the taste.

If you are ever in this area make it a point to buy your beer in this establisment.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Photo of riemster
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Joe's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH is the greatest place for beer in Northwest Ohio. I frequently shop there, but have moved out of Toledo a month ago. They have a great selection of beer and fair prices. If I remember correctly, their beer guy is pretty new, but he is highly knowledgeable, friendly, and a beer advocate himself. I have always received amazing service and have been able to purchase beers I am looking for! If you are ever in the area, this place is without a doubt THE PLACE for beer. I am extremely sad I will not be living in Toledo any more.

Photo of Jay43613
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I always feel like I can count on Joseph's Beverage Center for having a craft-brew that I will enjoy. Very large selection located in the very back of the store. Good selection of Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Yetti, Avery, and you would never guess that they would have these by entering. This kind of uniquenss adds to the confidence that I am going to fill the list that I come in with when I leave. Always plenty of cashiers to take care of your order.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Stopped on a recent business trip.

Beer selection located in the back of the store. Several beers on end caps that you might miss going in, but will catch on your way out. Tremendous selection. Several big bottle selections from Avery, and a nice selection of Weyerbacher, as well as Bells. Saw some Bells I hadn't known to exist. Decent selection of imports and Belgian specialties.

Service was good. Although I didn't seek any help, the staff was available and did ask if they could help.

Prices seemed reasonable, compared to anything I can find in Chicago area, and Avery 750mls were running about $12.99, which sounded good to me, based on my experience with them.

Stop by if you're in the area, you might find a gem or two.

Photo of hosehead83
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Located in a strip mall across from Westfield Shopping Mall. Party store type of place but with a large selection of wine, top shelf alchohol and spirits, and of course many foreign and domestic craft beer. Many cold beers are available including many macros but also a nice selection of craft brews. Aisles are a bit cramped, but shopping carts are available so you don't have to carry around multiple purchases. The staff is very friendly and knowledeable, and are quick to greet you and ask if you need assistance. The beer selection is very good, although there are a few dusty "slow-movers" on the shelf. Be sure to check your dates. I often come here if I can't find what I want over at the Anderson's, as it is less than a mile away. If Joseph's doesn't have it, they usually have something just as interesting to try, as their selection is a little different. They offer a wide variety of six-packs, bombers, mini-kegs, as well as single bottles.
Overall a fine beer store with great selection, service and especially convenience.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

The JBC, this is my weekly Friday afternoon stop to purchase craft beers for the weekend.
The Staff is very knowledgeable and quick witted.
The selection of craft beers is very good and presents the opportunity to buy single 12 oz bottles for sampling. If you browse the selection you will find that the majority of craft beer is of typical price but occationally you come accross some really good deals.

The JBC also has a huge selection of wine and alcohol.

This is an excellent place to go when in the Toledo, ohio area for quality craft brew, wine or alcohol.

Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I live ten miles away so I go there often. You cannot be there more than five minutes before someone will ask if they can help you. The staff is knowledgeable. The selection is very good. All the standard stuff, great selection of local micro's (Bell's, Goose Island, Hoppin Frog and Thirsty Dog. Extra points for their Alesmith selection. Suprisingly, no Founders. Fairly good selection of singles, although most are bombers. Prices are reasonable for the general area. Location is easily accessable off of I-475 and is only 1/2 mile from another worthwhile beer stop (The Anderson's) on Talmadge Road.

Photo of brianlg
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Just went to this place for the first time today. Boy was I impressed. I took my friend and we were both in awe over their large selection of beer. I also like that they had a fairly good selection of singles available. (Anderson's down the street has a lot more singles available though). Anyways, I was greatly impressed, and I drove 30 miles just for this store. The prices were average, nothing seemed too pricey. I will definitely be back! If you're in the area, do yourself a favor by going here.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

This is no longer my favorite place to go in Toledo for beer. The selection is great; your typical domestics in coolers all the way down, then you get to some of the better macros; Sam Adams, etc. You'll find Leinenkugel, Bell's, etc. down the left side toward the back and then a whole slew of micros and some more popular stuff like Rogue, Stone, etc. The Anderson's, however, has a much larger selection of bottles to choose from and more breweries represented. S, there a lots of six packs to choose from, but I'm a sucker for the make your own 6 pack. There are several people working at any given time, though you can't always find them and they're usually chatting in the back, and they seem to know exactly how to help and what you need. They are very knowledgeable and can help you with questions about location and beer alike. It's also very well set up, and you can find your beers by geographic location. Still a good place to go, and I can guarantee you'll find something you'll like. You could also find almost everything that's there somewhere else, although they may have the occasional offering you can't find somewhere else.

Update: Lately they've got a lot of old stuff sitting on the shelves. I saw an Oktoberfest that was clearly marked as expiring in January of '09. Now in June, there are also lots of holiday ales clearly marked as expired and some Yulesmith dusty on the bottom shelf. Seems like they need to be rotating more.

Photo of ahalloin
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

This place is defintely worth stopping if you are in the area. Joseph's is located in a strip mall just off the highway. For the gigantic beer selection cruise past the liquor, mixers, wine, and the convenience store food to the very back of the store. Everything is arranged fairly nicely with most of the Belgians, domestics, English, Germans occupying their own spaces. Some of the notables include Alesmith, Founders, Avery, Moylans, Hoppin frog, New Holland, DFH, Great lakes, etc... And that is just domestics! For Belgians they had most of the available Trappists in addition to La Chouffe, Piraat(750ml), and Gouden Carolus.

What was nuts was that they had old stuff that was released long ago and should've been gone. 2006 Grand Cru of the Emperor, Avery 12 and 14, and Weyerbacher 12 as well. Dust and cobwebs (I kid you not) were on the Grand Cru!

Definitely a great find for me.

Photo of guntherhophead
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Joseph's Beverage Center is second, only to the Anderson's, in being best place to buy beer in Toledo.(Funny that the best two places are less than a half mile apart!) The selection is very good. Many styles of micros including many locals. Large selection of international brands. A few loose bottles of mixed varieties so you can build your own six-pack. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to order beers not represented if they are able. Once I ordered some Pripps for a Swedish friend of mine who could not find it in Chicago, they were happy to order it and didn't require me to purchase the whole case (I did of course) Another good place worth the drive. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

* see old review below

Nothing really changed since the last visit in terms of supply and helpfulness of employees. To be maximally helpful to people that may visit this store, here is what I bought and what it cost (Note: 3F is currently unavailable in Ohio):

6pk (2x) Oaked Arrogant Bastard $15.99/6pk
6pk Ruiniation IPA $??
750ml Alesmith Grand Cru $12.99
750ml (2x) Alesmith Speedway Stout $12.99/ea
22oz Stone Arrogant Bastard $4.49
22oz Stone Old Guardian $6.99
22oz Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout $6.99
22oz Arcadia Coco Loco $6.99
22oz Hoppin' Frog Bashin' Berry $6.99
22oz Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher $??
22oz New Holland Black Tulip $7.99
22oz New Holland Dragon's Milk $7.99

Total was around $150 +- $20

(--- --- --- OLD REVIEW --- --- ---)

It has been nearly a year since I have been in this store but I took notes after my visit (I just found the notes).

This is a small store tucked into a run down shopping center (or at least it looked that way at the time I visited last August). The store is relatively crowded with all of the beer in the back half of the store. They have a great selection, though, including Hopping Frog, Great Lakes, Three Floyds, Southern Tier, Stone, Mad Hatter, a range of belgians and other imports, and a bunch more.

Prices were a bit higher than I would like but they are nothing compared with what I paid in Pittsburgh last month. There was a rather nice guy who helped me find some of the beers I had on my list. When he could not find a specific beer, he was quick to offer substitutions. I thought his suggestions were off and this was confirmed when he asked me if I had ever tried Red Stripe. :( So the service is nice and friendly but the suggestions are a bit off the mark.

Overall this was a good visit and I bought $150-200 worth of beer here. I spent the same amount the next day at Anderson's too. That store was more personable and the selections varied slightly but overall the beer experience was the same (cheaper at Anderson's).

Photo of Homerbag
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I came here when I had a little free time during a weekend in Toledo in search of crafts immpossible to find in Wisconsin. I was able to find the Great Lakes that have been eluding me, Hopping Frog, Three Floyds, Brooklyn, and some Belgian and British brew that I have not seen on shelves closer to my area. The staff was great. Not pushy, but very friendly and easy to find when I had a question. The prices are what I expected, but you do get what you pay for. This was a real highlight of my trip.

Photo of robocrouch
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This is the first place I went to buy craft beers and continues to be a great establishment.

The store has a great staff and the beers are set up buy location. They have a great selection of craft beers from the Midwest area and beyond. Bells, Great Lakes, Hoppin' Frog, FFF, Stone, Brooklyn, are always around. They also carry craft beers from around the country and have a good selection of beers from Belgium. The staff is very friendly and eager to help.

This is a great place to go when in Toledo to get craft beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A visit en route to Dark Lord Day.

Quality: The store is well-lit, clearly signed (imported and microbrews in the back) and laid-out nicely. Beer are generally arranged by geography, making shopping easier.

Service: I was greeted by at least one employee on my way back to the beer aisles. There appeared to be several people patrolling the store to assist.

Selection: Selection was very impressive. In a strange way, it was exciting to see Bell's six packs lined up for purchase. I saw (amongst others) Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, Great Lakes, Bell's Stone, Ommegang, New Holland, FFF, Alesmith (wee heavy for $12, holy shit!), Thirsty Dog and Hoppin' Frog. A very good selection of Midwest beers.

As always, value is what you make of it. Several New Hollands, a Hoppin' Frog, a Consecrator Doppel and Great Lakes Blackout ran me $34, so I'm not complaining. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Joseph's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH
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