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House of Wines

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
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[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

4339 State Route 60
Marietta, Ohio, 45750-5353
United States
phone: (740) 373-0996

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zbodnar1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of John_M
3.56/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25

WARNING about this place. The selection is excellent here, but apparently they have a hard time moving inventory, and so a lot of stuff languishes on the shelf well beyond it's Best by Date. A couple of days or even a week I can understand, but selling bombers of Sculpin that are nearly two months past their "best by" date is inexcusable. Alas, House of Wine seemed to have quite a lot of it (tried to shoot them an email, but the website is stil down), and the one bottle I opened was just awful.

Decided to make the drive over from Morgantown, hoping I might find some Hopslam (which I did).

From the outside, the HOW is a pretty unassuming low wooden building, that doesn't appear all that large. My intial impression upon walking in wasn't all that much better, as the place doesn't seem all that large. There's a modest size wine selection area to your left that takes up most of the building, and then to you right is a modest size dining room. So the beer selection is right in front of you and around you as you walk in, but as I looked around, I was impressed by what I saw. HOW had several wall racks of beer, a number of displays, and a couple of good size cold boxes in the back with 6 packs and bombers. The craft selection was particularly strong, and HOW had one of the better Bell's selections I've seen (10 or so different offerings, including hopslam). I ended up picking up a couple of bombers of sculpin along with my hopslam, though I easly could have dropped a lot more money given what was available. They also hapd plenty of Founders, Ballast Point, Stone, Left Hand, Heavy Seas, Victory, etc., and I was pleased to see bottles of Speedway here and 4 packs of Dragons Milk. As for imports, HOW had a pretty good selection of Belgian stuff, but I didn't see too much beer from Germany or England. I asked the helpful and knowledgeable cashier about 3 Floyds, and she indicated they get whatever the distributor has available, which unfortunately isn't all that much. She mentinoed they received a case of Zombie's Dust on one occasion, but that was it.

Service was pretty good; as noted above the cashier (sounded like she's the buyer for HOW as well) was friendly, helpful and knew her stuff.

Prices were OK, but a bit on the high side I thought. The hopslam was $18.99 a six pack, and my bombers of sculpin were $8.99. In both cases, that was about a buck more than I was expecting to have to pay. Still, this place is kind of out in the sticks, and I was more than pleasantly surprised by the selection. Pretty sure I'll be back at some point.

Photo of mattsmith413
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

We were home for the holidays and found that this place had some good reviews. The beer selection is the best in the area and the food is awesome. They have an executive chef on staff and is very reasonably priced keeping this in mine. Lots of great beer brands- Alesmith, Bells, Founders, Sixpoint, and Great Lakes.

Again they didn't disappoint...found Mirror Mirror, Rabbid Rabbit, and a couple other great ones.

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in since i was in the area and was looking for some craft beer. Soon as i walked in the place the beer section is right at the front, nice display of stone, troegs, great lakes, and mixs of many 22 oz'ers. About 200 different beers there, most sitting on shelves, some inside 2 coolers. Nice selction of alesmith, founders and a few brew dogs even. Most of the local ohio beers are there like hoppin frog, brew kettle and great lakes along with everyting else ohio is able to get ahold of. Found a few from the bruery, all the samual smiths, almost all the stones, north coast and even the recently back in the state 3 floyds. The prices were really nice, either right on or a little less then average. There was plenty of people coming in just to eat so im guessing the food is good. The owner knew about alot of the beers i got and was friendly and thanked me for stopping in. The store was clean, had tons of wine and even some cigars for sale. If your within the area id for sure stop in.

Photo of earthboundagain
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

House of wines is a shining star in the beer starved Marietta, Oh/Parkersburg, Wv area. The owners and employees are friendly and have good knowledge of their wares. While it is a wine shop they have a nice selection of beers. You will find Great Lakes, Avery, Southern Tier, Smuttynose, Sierra Nevada, Great Divide, Fuller's and many more. The only complaint I have is old bottles and expired dates, while they are getting better about this, just make sure you keep an eye out. But you do find a few nice aged stouts and barleywines this way. The food is a bit high but is all very good, and the deserts are made fresh daily. They even have a small bar, with a nice selection of bottles.

They will try to get things in if you ask for them, and he will save you a six pack of something hot, if you go in there a few times.

Photo of greengorilla
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

There aren't allot of good options for beer stores in this area, but this is the best I know of by far.

I usually stop by here once every week or two. The owner is always there to help you if you need him, but otherwise he leaves you alone to browse their selection.

The selection is very good. They have a solid base of good beers that they always carry, and a few season selections.

I have never eaten in the restaurant there, but their menu looks interesting. I don't know allot about wine, but it seems like they have quite a selection of wine too.

I don't know of any place between here and Columbus (until you get to the suburbs of Columbus) that has a better selection. If someone knows of one, please post it.

Photo of zenjamin
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Great service, great selection. Owner is a bit quiet but seems happy to answer questions and seems quite knowledgeable. Nice atmosphere. I do wish more of their beer was in coolers but its still very easy to brows through and find what you are looking for. Really the only place in the area that you can get anything like Dogfish Head or Stone. The more common brews are a little more expensive than i've encountered but i dont come here to buy those anyway.If you live in the area come and support this business, i want it to be here for a long time. Check this place out!

Photo of paradox
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Discovered this thanks to a good friend. I have lived in the area for some time and hadn't discovered this place yet as I've only gotten into craft beer in the last year or so.

Great selection for the area and the staff is quiet yet friendly when you have a question. Owner seems to really know his stuff about both beer and wine. Also you can find some good local Mead from Cincinnati (Valley Vineyards) here as well.

You'll find gems from the Avery high-gravity series here if you look closely enough.

Photo of corgitoy
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Was here over the holidays-the place is pretty
much as described in other reviews. The owner
was quiet, and pretty much left me alone to
shop, but was happy to answer any questions that I had.

A nice selection overall, especially of
beers from the East Coast, the Midwest,
and Belgians. I was also impressed by
the number of bombers available. And
compared to other places I've been locally,
the prices were amazing. Example-they
had Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout for only
50 cents more a 4 pack than the rest of
the Samuel Smith's line was going for at
my local Kroger's.

It's worth the trip down from the Wheeling area,
that's for sure.

Photo of flood
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Ditto to the WV'ers below - a must stop if you are coming from WV to any near Marietta.

Good selection - interesting owners - decent prices and even though it is primarily beer/wine (they seem to have some sort of bar/restaurant too) open at 10am! Don't ask me why I was at a beer store at 10am on a work day.

Note it is in the middle of nowhere and google maps doesn't bring it up right so a little searching is required to get to it. Find route 60 out of town (north along the muskingum river) and just keep going until you see it.

Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Let me preface this review by saying that coming from West Virginia, this place wasnt almost heaven...to me it was heaven!

Very good selection of belgians, both in bombers and singles. Six packs galore....cold and room temp.
Avery, Stone, Unibroue, Rogue, Bear Republic, Chimay, Rochefort, New Holland, Great lakes amongst the many breweries represented. This is only a few of the many.

Prices good...owner very accomodating and understanding of someone wanting to look around for a long time.
A must visit!

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I took the family on a day trip to Marietta for some shopping and this place was my ulterior motive. I needed to stock up for the Holidays and being in North Central WV It's always going to be a drive.

We got there right when he opened and I was the only customer for the entire 30 minutes that I was drooling my way around the place. They have about one rack and part of a cooler devoted to macros and the rest of the beer is craft/imports. It's all pretty centralized as his main business is wine, but don't be turned off by the tight quarters.

The owner was very helpful, just not chatty. He told me to let him know if I had any questions, but let me browse on my own. The questions I did ask were warmly received and professionally answered. I got my planned bombers of Arrogant and Double, but was surprised when he had not heard of the oaked variety. I also picked up some Three Floyds, New Holland, Dogfish Head, St. Bernardus, Ayinger, etc. You have to make a few passes to be sure you didn't miss anything. All along the cooler on the floor he has bombers lined up and several racks with 4 and 6 packs and some smaller singles.

No you can't break up 6 packs but there is plenty to choose from even if you don't buy any sixers. There are no dusty bottles that I saw so either he cleans them regularly or he moves his stock. I'm guessing the latter.

I would recommend this place anytime you are in Marietta and for fellow WV BA's it is worth an hour or two ride if you want to visit Marietta and get some good beer while you are there.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by the House of Wines while returning a friend back home to Parkersburg, WV. Nice little shop of route 60, nice selection of micros and some imports as well. I left with Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus and Founder's Devil Dancer IPA. They had a very nice selection though the thing that irked me is that most beers where sold in sixpacks and four packs, the owner is convinced that the store would be a "mess" if he sold singles I disagree b/c I have seen it work right across town in downtown Marietta at the Wine Shop. Alot of the bottles had dust and you could tell that they treat their beer selection like their wine selection. Limited singles available at the small three seat bar in the restaurant off to the side the atmosphere was a bit uppity although service was nice it wasn't as enthusiastic and warm as I'm accustomed to. 4 pack of Founders was 16.99 a bit pricey in my opinion but I couldn't pass it up.

Complete update: New owner Sally Oliver, what a unique personality could turn this old house of wines on it's head. I stopped by after the fourth of July, with my kids...ages 5 and 6. Guess what excellent small tap selection and weekly tap selection...then guess what I met Sally as I was picking out the different beers in her shop. She has a hospitality/management degree and worked in Boston for 3 years before buying up this off the Ohio River House of Wines stomping ground. They had bottles I've never seen elsewhere in Ohio stores Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition, some easy going Three Floyd's Pride & Joy mild ale, big bottles that I can't even describe just go. Here it goes we were already here let's look at the food, a flat iron steak, with candied tomatoes, kalamata olives, candied red onions on shaved balsamic olive oils marinated portabella mushrooms excellent entree' sides and specialty soups. The Gazpacho was heavenly, and so was the steak cooked to perfection, I'm now a huge fan of this location. Cigars are still looking like they did under the old regime this is the only area of the store where I could truly help them shine. Overall I'm impressed and will continue to revisit this store.

Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

With a name like House of Wines, you know coming in that beer is not their speciality or preference. However, since I live in North Carolina, this is one the best big beer selections I've come across, especially in this part of the state. It's too bad they do not sell the 12 oz bottles in singles because they're some good choices of Bell's, Three Floyds, Great Lakes, etc. that I just did not have the money to buy them in sixers. Lots of Stone offerings and picked up the Russian Imperial Stout and Double Arrogant Bastard for a reasonable price.

The owner did not seem to have the passion for beer but is nice enough to offer to order what wasn't being offered at the time. This is also a nice wine store with a small cafe in the back that I heard had great soups and sandwiches.

A bit out the way in Marietta but I will be stopping back.

Photo of aaronh
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%

This is a decent little shop that has a very good selection of midwest beers, not to mention imports. All kinds of Arcadia, Bell's, Avery, Great Lakes, Goose Island, and Flying Dog Products, along with the usual micros like Sierra Nevada. Small selection of mainly popular Belgians, and a handful of key German imports as well. Only a few caveats here. One, most everything is sold by the sixer. Which sort of makes the decision of what to buy more difficult. Two, the proprietor seems to have a dry personality. Not rude, just rather short on words. Three, many of the bottles are dusty. Buyer beware. I may edit the quality if I get a few questionable brews. But, many of the beers are refrigerated, and there is a nice selection. I found both St. Bernardus and Petrus Tripel there for $3 each, so I left happy. And they also have a small dining area in the back to go with their decent wine selection. If I lived closer, this would be a regular stop for me.

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92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.