Gentile’s, The Wine Sellers
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
3.86/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I really want to like this shop, but there are better beer-stores in Columbus, and Cleveland and Cincinnati both offer better than the best Columbus has to offer. Still, this is one of a few games in town for homebrew supplies, and probably has the most comprehensive assortment in town (that I've seen), although it is no great shakes and Listermann's in Cincinnati blows it away from that perspective. Still, it's respectable for this town, and I am grateful to have a place for homebrew supplies.
Like all homebrew shops, it is not in a glamorous part of town. A good 20 feet of cooler space, all devoted to craft beer, yet I couldn't find anything interesting enough to buy.
Homebrew supplies took up a full aisle, but there was hardly a limitless selection. Turn seemed a bit limited.
This place is nice inside and the staff seemed helpful. The cashier I chatted with was also a homebrewer, which is a nice thing.
I'd recommend it, but only as a "local recommendation." If you're just passing through Columbus, this place is probably not worth getting off the interstate to hunt down.
04-26-2011 15:15:51 | More by BeerBelcher
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Gentiles is a great place to go if you are interested in home brewing. They have an excellent selection of yeasts and hops, and a good selection of malts. They have a malt grinder available for use if you don't have one, so you don't have to buy the pre-ground stuff which might have lost some potency because of storage time. They have just about all of the equipment you might need to start brewing with or without a kit, so you can customize your setup a bit. They also have a good amount of flavoring, hard to find herbs, and water treatments if you are doing that sort of thing.
The beer selection is excellent, but due to space, they may not have a huge volume of beers available.
Everyone here has been super cool and friendly, and if ever I couldn't find a certain malt or hop that I planned on using, they can help find adequate replacements so you don't have to tweak your recipe much.
Before you collect your homebrew stuff, order a pizza at momma mimi's - then cook it while you homebrew...so good!
06-24-2014 14:45:03 | More by BigAlofOrion
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Due to the lack of beer stores on the west-side of Columbus, I usually stop here on my way home from work, as it's somewhat on-the-way. It's a decent option if you're in the area, but there are better options worth going to if you're from out of town.
The service is usually pretty decent, however, you can get snarky remarks if you're asking a question they're heard several times throughout the day, or if someone is in a bad mood. It really all depends on who you're talking to. I will say I've received excellent help on a few homebrewing questions when I've asked. Their selection of ingredients is fairly decent, and by far the best option for me convenience wise. The beer selection isn't overwhelming due to a lack of space, but there are good options available, and they seem to get small amounts of limited releases. The wine selection seems to be exceptional - if it matters to you.
The shop is a little cramped for me, being a big guy, but they have a pretty good setup for the small area they have available to them. In the end, if you're driving by, stop in.
03-04-2014 16:12:37 | More by zimm421
4.65/5 rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Atmosphere- Real old school charm that you see a lot around grandview. The store has been open under the same name since 1953. Smiling faces, great smell of pizza and a cozy layout.
Quality- the quality of the brew supply is very good, the quality of the beers that they do stock is also very good. On top of this they are very willing to try to order in anything they do not have, do not require a minimum purchase on special orders, and they do not charge any extra for doing so.
The service at gentile's is near perfect. Most employees of the store know an impeccable amount about beer and brewing, and even wine (if your into that kinda stuff). The only problem seems to be that they at some points are understaffed and have trouble circulating in these instances.
Selection- If you keep in mind that this is a wine seller first, a homebrew store second, and a beer store third the selection is very good. They have a walk-in near the front not everyone knows is open to customers that is full of imports, as well as a cooler near the front with bombers and singles. They have a wall of coolers in the back that is not overwhelming in size however most of it is committed to crafts (they clear space by not caring beers such as miller 64, budlime, millwaukees best and such), however you are able to find 6, 12, and 24 packs of bud, miller, yeungling, and even 6's of PBR high life and a few others (again if your into that kind of stuff). They keep a great selection of Ohio beers and make sure to get any exciting new release available to Ohio. like I said earlier they will order in anything they don't have if it's available. They also sell 5 gal. Kegs of craft and make sure to always keep Ohio represented. Hops selection great. Liquid and dry yeasts, great selection of malt and equipment.
Food- gentile's themselves do not sell any food or party snacks (don't let the dated sign fool you), however they do rent a small part of the store to mama Mimi's an award winning take and bake pizza business.
Value- brew supply pricing blows anywhere else in the city out of the water! Beer is very reasonable. The wine is well priced too if you must know.
They do not do growlers.
08-09-2013 20:52:53 | More by Camwvubeers
4.34/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Gentile's, with it's convenient location to campus, has become a "must-stop" for me as both a beer buyer and homebrewer. I can give run downs of each.
Homebrewing: Superb. Just about everything you could possibly want to homebrew. Plenty of malts, extracts, grains, supplies, hops, etc. Even have some kits available if that's your route, but I'd be skeptical of freshness. Prices are very reasonable, and especially considering you don't have to pay for shipping as you would when having to buy from Midwest or something like that.
Beer: The selection is not overwhelming. But if you don't think Gentile's gets the good stuff, you're wrong. All the big releases hit Gentile's, and they also seem to stay on the shelves a little longer than for instance Weiland's or Anderson's where new releases fly off the shelf in a few hours (if they even make it to the shelf)
That said, Gentile's doesn't always get a TON of beer. They may only get a case or two of something good, but the freshness I never worry about.
Their service is superb, always incredibly nice when I walk in, and they know their beer and wine. Great place to stop
01-15-2013 17:00:30 | More by BeerBuckeye
Gentile’s, The Wine Sellers in Columbus, OH
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