Gentile’s, The Wine Sellers
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3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Due to the lack of beer stores on the west-side of Columbus, I usually stop here on my way home from work, as it's somewhat on-the-way. It's a decent option if you're in the area, but there are better options worth going to if you're from out of town.
The service is usually pretty decent, however, you can get snarky remarks if you're asking a question they're heard several times throughout the day, or if someone is in a bad mood. It really all depends on who you're talking to. I will say I've received excellent help on a few homebrewing questions when I've asked. Their selection of ingredients is fairly decent, and by far the best option for me convenience wise. The beer selection isn't overwhelming due to a lack of space, but there are good options available, and they seem to get small amounts of limited releases. The wine selection seems to be exceptional - if it matters to you.
The shop is a little cramped for me, being a big guy, but they have a pretty good setup for the small area they have available to them. In the end, if you're driving by, stop in.
03-04-2014 16:12:37 | More by zimm421
4.65/5 rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
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 +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Gentile's, with it's convenient location to campus, has become a "must-stop" for me as both a beer buyer and homebrewer. I can give run downs of each.
Homebrewing: Superb. Just about everything you could possibly want to homebrew. Plenty of malts, extracts, grains, supplies, hops, etc. Even have some kits available if that's your route, but I'd be skeptical of freshness. Prices are very reasonable, and especially considering you don't have to pay for shipping as you would when having to buy from Midwest or something like that.
Beer: The selection is not overwhelming. But if you don't think Gentile's gets the good stuff, you're wrong. All the big releases hit Gentile's, and they also seem to stay on the shelves a little longer than for instance Weiland's or Anderson's where new releases fly off the shelf in a few hours (if they even make it to the shelf)
That said, Gentile's doesn't always get a TON of beer. They may only get a case or two of something good, but the freshness I never worry about.
Their service is superb, always incredibly nice when I walk in, and they know their beer and wine. Great place to stop
01-15-2013 17:00:30 | More by BeerBuckeye
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The score wont show it but this is my favorite store to buy homebrew supplies in Columbus.
Pros:Best selection of dry yeast and White Labs liquid in town
Best selection of hops in town overall. Niel House has a better selection of whole hops
Best Selection of DM/LME/Grains in town. Niel house is slightly cheaper per lb for grains.
They carry a large selection of Brewers Best Kits
The owner is nice
Prices are reasonable and only slightly more expensive then most homebrew websites.
Cons:I bought two defective bottle washers at the shop, after the second one I learned all you have to do is hold the slide and shake it to tell if it is defective. If you dont hear the ball bearing rattle it is stuck.
It took 3 trips before I realized they had Hops and Liquid yeast behind the counter in the fridge.
Service has been poor from everyone but the owner/manager.
If you go for the first time ask them if you can take a look in the cooler at the hops/yeast. I believe the owner is a short older guy in his 40's, he helped me the last time I was their and was super cool. He had a funny way of selling GL Christmas ale to customers that had me cracking up. Now the other younger guys at the counter have never gone out of their way to help me out even if I ask beside pointing to some area of the store.
11-14-2012 04:16:18 | More by beer1018
3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a favorite spot for me. I brew and they have supplies. I always get help and ideas for the brewing as well as wine. They have a beer case in the back jammed full of many different imports, domestic, locals and crafts. They also have a cse up front with singles, if they don't have it they usually can get it. Then ask again because they have special hidden in the fridge behind the desk, including kegs! They recently had Buckeye lake brewing and Rockmill Brewing singles I always find something here that just says take me home.
08-26-2012 00:24:10 | More by BFC84
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Agree with a previous comment, this place is not a beer store but more a wine store and very good home brew supply store. Having said that what beer they do have is a good selection of craft beers.
From a home brewing perspective they have a great assortment of grains, lots of LME & DME. Good selection of hops, both pellets and leaf, good selection of liquid and dry yeast.
The couple of times I've visited the guy at the counter did know a bit about brewing and their inventory.
This is my go to place for supplies, they have a grinder, you grind your own grain, tell them how much you have and they take your word for it, don't re-weigh anything, which is very cool.
Very eclectic place, have a pizza kitchen there as well
12-28-2011 12:06:06 | More by stercomm
2.59/5 rDev -32%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$
Checked this place out a bit back. It is quit a bit out of my way but I am checking everywhere for a new shop to use. They had a great selection of everything from wine making to beer brewing. They had a large selection of base malts and and quit a few adjuncts but did not go beyond that. I asked for some acidulated makt and the guy at the counter stared at me for @ 2 minutes before asking what it even was. When I explained he just simply said "Huh, never heard of it. Is that all your buying then, the yeast?" When I said yes he just checked me out and didn't even say thanks, have a nice day or even screw off. He just turned around and walked away.
I can say they have a good selction of equipment and some local brew offerings.
12-18-2011 14:05:48 | More by tat2dhllblly
5/5 rDev +31.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
--THIS IS NOT A BEER STORE THIS IS A HOMEBREW SUPPLY AND WINE SELLER--
Just wanted to clear that up :P
The fact they have beer is sort of an afterthought and the beer selection they have is fairly impressive considering what they are. They tend to carry the limited run brews and collaborations like the Green Tea IPA that Stone did with the Japanese beer companies or Life and Limb the limited run from Sierra Nevada and DFH. The regular six pack collection is limited to about 5 coolers in the back and the good stuff is either kept on the counter where the registers are or in the front coolers where you'll find a mix of import and fancy Belgian bottle brews. If you are trying to get a limited run beer you can ask them for it and they will try their best to get it.
I visited Gentile's back in summer when I was first starting to get my home brewing equipment. I ended up here after my thoroughly disappointing visit to The Winemaker's Shop(see review on that page) and this is my experience to contrast what someone posted in their 2009 review of these places and I just wanted to clear something up.
If those statements were true in 2009 they are definitely the opposite now.
Gentile's has an impressive supply of hops both whole and pellet in a ton of varieties from a ton of companies. They have a good selection of dry and liquid yeast. They also have a great selection of brewers best kits for the newbie.
I can't imagine them not having chocolate malt now... considering the many barrels of malt in the home brew area available(they even sell the huge bags of pale malt for you to stock up on) to you when you make the inevitable move to all grain(they even sell the BIAB bags). I have never had any problems with their mill either and I don't believe it is operated by a power drill(looks like a toggle switch but it could all be hidden inside the table). The staff knows what they're doing and have pretty good insights for you and if they don't know consult someone who is browsing the brewing section as everyone I have encountered is really friendly and loves to talk brewing. Rarely am I the only person there shopping the brewing section regardless of what time I go.
They have everything you could need from Yeast Nutrients to various common spices for brewing. You will find Irish Moss and all the required chemicals/ingredients to adjust water hardness and PH when and if you ever get to that point in brewing. They have a nice selection of brewing books though I have never bought any from them.
The best part is that while they sell starter kits with a generous discount they also sell everything individually and I have since acquired 5 fermenters of various sizes including 3 gallons glass carboys for doing small BIAB batches and cider.
I have told everyone since that you shouldn't waste your time with The Winemaker's Shop and that's the same thing I'm going to tell you. Apparently today to get chocolate malt from the Winemaker's shop you have to special order it in advance(the impression I was given on my first visit).
Gentile's has it all and they have it all right now. I have never had to request anything I needed that they didn't have. This is a store dedicated to brewing beer and they show it.
PS. If you can't find hops or liquid yeast you need to ask to see the cooler. It wasn't obvious to us until we asked someone. Also if you think they don't have something ask where it is and if they don't have it they can probably order it for you.
12-09-2011 21:25:21 | More by TyrainDreams
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I really want to like this shop, but there are better beer-stores in Columbus, and Cleveland and Cincinnati both offer better than the best Columbus has to offer. Still, this is one of a few games in town for homebrew supplies, and probably has the most comprehensive assortment in town (that I've seen), although it is no great shakes and Listermann's in Cincinnati blows it away from that perspective. Still, it's respectable for this town, and I am grateful to have a place for homebrew supplies.
Like all homebrew shops, it is not in a glamorous part of town. A good 20 feet of cooler space, all devoted to craft beer, yet I couldn't find anything interesting enough to buy.
Homebrew supplies took up a full aisle, but there was hardly a limitless selection. Turn seemed a bit limited.
This place is nice inside and the staff seemed helpful. The cashier I chatted with was also a homebrewer, which is a nice thing.
I'd recommend it, but only as a "local recommendation." If you're just passing through Columbus, this place is probably not worth getting off the interstate to hunt down.
04-26-2011 15:15:51 | More by BeerBelcher
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped in here because I have never been to a home brew shop and I also wanted to check out their beer and wine racks.
This is a really quaint little shop at the corner of King and North Star in Grandview. They have a little bit of parking outside. The lot is small but plenty for a tiny little shop like this.
They bake and serve pizzas here, sell wine, beer, beer brewing ingredients as well as wine making equipment. I was greeted buy a young guy, about my age, working the pizza counter as I walked in.
Go past the counter and there is a small shelf and single cooler to the right that separates the pizza counter area from the wine racks. They had Sam Adams Longshot and some English, American and German bombers and singles in this area.
Venture further into the store and you will find the rest of the beer in the very back. A row of coolers houses all the 6 packs.
Typical Bell's, Founder's, Dogfish and the usual Ohio suspects are accounted for. I left with a 4 pack of Immort Ale. This is the first place I have seen this along with Longshot in town (but I wasnt really looking).
Prices for beer seem to be approaching steep. The 4 pack of Immort was marked at $15.99.
Behind the few racks of wines is where the beer homebrew ingredients and equipment is located. I walked through here very briefly, but saw plenty of empty bottles, caps, yeasts, bungs, tubes, growlers and even vanilla beans and other spices.
04-24-2010 20:30:55 | More by MbpBugeye
Gentile’s, The Wine Sellers in Columbus, OH
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