House of Wines
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.56/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
01-20-2013 16:14:47 | More by John_M
4.79/5 rDev +16%
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.
01-13-2013 18:14:12 | More by mattsmith413
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-19-2012 01:41:58 | More by wvsabbath
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-29-2010 21:31:05 | More by earthboundagain
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
08-22-2009 13:59:00 | More by greengorilla
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
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!
08-07-2009 16:27:51 | More by zenjamin
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-24-2009 20:32:43 | More by paradox
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
02-19-2009 02:18:29 | More by corgitoy
House of Wines in Marietta, OH
92 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.