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43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
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4701 Talmadge Rd
Toledo, Ohio, 43623-3008
United States
phone: (419) 473-3232

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Reviews by Realale:
Photo of Realale
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Update: 2/24/07: Was in the store on Saturday afternoon, and the selection seemed somewhat smaller than before. I also noted more out of code products, so pay attention. The place was absolutely slammed, so perhaps they just haven't had time to restock shelves from Friday night.


Really nice selection in this truly unique big box retailer. Beer occupies a full aisle (both sides with stacks of largely macrostuff down the center of the aisle). There is also a partial wall of coolers with a bit more than one door's worth dedicated to craft beers, though all of this was duplicated on the warm shelves as well.

There was a nice selection of both domestic and foreign craft beers, with the domestic having a distinct edge. There were a few out-of-code bottles noted, but these were largely in the "make your own six" sections and Great Lakes products, which have a notoriously short "best by" date. Producers have been noted ad nauseum, so I'm skipping that bit. I found a couple of beers here (Rodenbach being a particularly pleasant surprise) that were not at Bailey's, but the converse was also true.

Service was miraculous given the crowd in the wine and beer section of the store. I hit it about 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon. I was asked on two occassions if I needed any help, and was quickly given an empty wine box to help schlep all the 750 mls and bombers I was buying. Well done, but the help (I only saw one person working the whole beer and wine section) was definitely stretched to breaking.

Quality of beers sampled seems fine so far, but it's a notch below Bailey's Beverage which keeps much more of the stock cold. It is worth checking dates too, as a few out of code products were noted. Well worth the trip and fighting the crowds. Personally, I'll hit Bailey's first for the more laid back atmosphere, and the better storage, then the Anderson's to see if I missed anything. Prices between the stores were largely identical, or within a few cents one way or the other.

Realale, Feb 27, 2006
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Photo of Storm21
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%

Very friendly staff that offered to help me find whatever I needed. The staff was also very knowledgeable about the different types of beers. Very good selection better than the Anderson's market in Sylvania. Honestly, probably the best place to get Craft Beer in all of Toledo.. Singles were a little pricey, but not overly so. I have gone back multiple times and will continue to do so.

Storm21, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%

This is the greatest place I have ever been too for beer. Upon entering the beer section, Which is damn near 5 aisles in length, You are surrounded by almost anything you could possibly imagine at very fair prices. Six-packs, over 800 different single bottles to choose from, A walk-in cooler filled with keg-can's of beer that I have never even heard of.

The atmosphere is great and the beer area manager is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. If you can't find it, He will find it for you in a matter of seconds. They still of course have your usual InBev products but they're kept to a minimum. this place is all about the craft's.

I only wish it were closer to me, As I live in Michigan. This place knows how to market and sell beer. I guarantee you will never leave here empty handed, Or just with one full mix-a-six.

SometimesIfart, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Stopped on a recent business trip.

Incredible selection. Tons of single bottles on about 4 sets of shelves, plus 6 or 7 end caps, to make your own sixers. Weyerbacher, New Holland, Shorts, Lexington Brewing, Dogfish Head among the many singles and sixers available. Also good selection in the coolers (3 or 4) with a good mix of imports (many belgians), domestics, and locals. Several Clipper City Heavy Seas selections available.

Although assistance wasn't asked for, a manager in the area did offer to help me out and grabbed a box for me to package my selected brews. I like a place that offers help even when you don't ask.

Prices seemed about right for what I was used to in Chicago area. A couple singles seemed a little high compared to what a full sixer costs. But otherwise, everything seemed reasonable.

Another place in Toledo to stop in to find a gem or two.

JamnesCameron, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Anderson's is a great grocery store. Not only do they have a great beer selection, but you can put together a bread and cheese plate in the same visit.

They have an excellent selection of local craft beer. Large variety from Founders, Southern Tier, New Holland, Arcadia, Great Lakes, Shorts, Weyerbacher, Hoppin Frog and just about every available beer from Bells.

They also had a good amount of top shelf imports to choose from.

The liquor department is helpfull. Prices were fair as well. Definately worth stopping by.

rye726, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

I'm just getting around to reviewing The Anderson's after several months. The Anderson's is a general store including groceries, lawn & gardening supplies and general merchandise. The location is very close to Joseph's Beverage Center, another of the must stops in Toledo.

The quality is good, the beers appear to be rotated properly and there is a good turn over (not many stale beers).

The service is only fair. There is staff offering help often, but the craft beer is in a very busy section of the store (between the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker), and you are constantly tripping over people when trying to make considered selections. I'm not sure if "service" is the proper place to air this complaint, but it needs to go somewhere.

The selection is good. They do a great job of getting the seasonal displayed and available, better than some stores in the area. Everything available in six packs is also available as a single. There is a wide selection of local and national and international micros, just don't expect any rare finds.

The value is reasonable. Singles are a little high, but not terrible. They do have mark downs often on slow movers, but watch at the cash register, some of the mark downs are not on the computer.

kegger22, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of giblet
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

this place has a good selection. the prices are decent for the quality and quantity. i think that i like their maumee store a bit more but this one is closer to me. a lot of the beer is stored at room temp which i dont like but it would take a lot of cooler space to hold as much as they have.

the beer is sorted by country and then style. a better selection of U.S. craft beers than imports. i think maumee shines more on their selection of imports. i was hoping to find some more selection from belgium and germany than i did. maybe i have had too many!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

giblet, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Hands down the most craft beer knowledgeable staff!
I tend to only visit this store in the early mornig. I believe they open at 8 A.M.
This is do to the popularity of the store based on their respective quality of goods they sell as well as personable and knowledgeable staff they employ. This has been a family based business out of the Toledo area for a long time.

The amount of craft beers is amazing! What they don't have they'll order for you. What they do have is average in price and fresh. They are conscious of dates. They do offer end-cap sales on craft beer that are super bargains.

They hold beer tastings! This is a great way to sample beers before buying.

They also have a wide selection of wine.

GordonQuid, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

This is my favorite place to get beer, hands down. The selection and service are excellent. I usually go on Saturday mornings when the beer is all stocked up for the weekend. There is a section for both foreign and domestic beers as well as and endcap and section of seasonal beers depending on the time of year(summer ales,octoberfest, Christmas ales,etc.)
There is always someone around to greet you and ask if they can help(by now they know me by name). The beer "gurus" are very knowledgeable and will order something for you (if at all possible) if they don't have it in stock. What I especially like about the Anderson's is that they do a lot of business in the beer section so you can almost always count on a fresh offering.
If you've never been to the Anderson's they don't call it a "general" store for nothing. You can get everything from a wrench to a salad, a two-by-four to a Two-Hearted Ale. The beer section is located in the back, right corner, close to the meat counter where you can grab a couple of free samples to munch on while you browse the "beer library". Did I mention empty six-pack holders are available to mix and match just about any beers you want? This is a great way to sample a big variety without having to buy a sixer of something that you might end up not liking. Also, on most Saturdays they have beer tasting(you heard that right) of different styles and varieties, just call ahead for times and flavors.
Overall, if you are in the area(or maybe not even that close), the Anderson's would certainly be worth your while if you're looking for a good selection of craft,foreign, or specialty beer. And don't forget to pick up a weed-whacker and a Tony Packo's hot dog on your way out!

hosehead83, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%

Visited en route to meet kryptic for a trade at Marino's.

Quality: The Anderson's is an all-purpose grocery store, so there is something for everyone. Cleanliness was paramount, as I made a pitstop there - no complaints. Service and selection were good or better.

Service: I asked for directions to the beer aisles in my 'I Hate Ohio State' shirt and was not mislead! I didn't ask for any help while shopping and was in and out rather quickly.

Selection: A broad selection of Midwest brews with a surprising amount of PA selections (victory, etc.). AleSmith and Jolly Pumpkin stand out. I went with some Two Brothers bombers (Red Eye and Bonfire). Imports, sixers, singles and cases abound. Well worth a visit, especially with its proximity to Joseph's.

akorsak, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

I stopped in here rather quickly, as I was on my way to the Toledo Zoo with the family, and did'nt want to keep them waiting long. The beer was located in the back right corner area of the store, which seemed pretty big. It seemed like a grocery store, liquour store, hardware store, gardening store and wal-mart smashed into one. As far as the selection went, it was pretty decent, they did not have a few beers I was hoping to find, but I did leave with some pretty good beers. A six of Racer 5, a 22 of Big Bear Black Stout, a 22 of Mojo Risin, and a mix 6 of some weyerbacher and troegs. The pricing was reasonable and all this cost me about $40. There was a decent selection of belgians and seasonals. I was asked if I needed any help and had a few questions answered. The workers seemed friendly. Definitely worth the stop.

MasonBeerMan, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of moshea
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

The Anderson's Toledo is my favorite Ohio stop. I make a run down down from Michigan several times a year. They carry all the Ohio and Michigan heavies: Bell's, Founders, Aradia, New Holland, Great Lakes, Hopping Frog, etc...

They have a fantastic single selection. Almost every beer they carry in a 6 pack is available as a single.

They also have a great import selection as well as many brews that are not distrubuted in Michigan. I usually make the run for an Alesmith pick up, but they also have Troegs, Werybacher, Bear Republic and several other bnrewers not availible in Michgan. For any BA's in the Metro Detroit area, Anderson's is well worth the run.

moshea, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of BrewMichigan
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

I stopped here on my back into Michigan to get some beers that don't distribute 5 miles down the road.

The store is huge, they seem to have everything. The beer was in the back right corner next to the meat. The selection was decent, a lot of Bells, Stone, Founders, Troegs, Left Hand, and others. If they carried a brand they seemed to have pretty much the entire line for that brand. They had a case of Hopslam left but I had to pass at around 60 bucks a case.

Also if they have it, you can break it and make a mix-and-match 6-pack. My avergae cost per bottle was 1.50-2.00$ for regular offerings. I got a specialty bottle of Stone for 5.

I grabbed some Troegs, Left Hand, and some Fullers. basically got what I can't get in Michigan. If the Nugget Nectar is as good as everyone says, I might make driving down here a yearly pilgrimage in the spring time.

This place is worth your time.

BrewMichigan, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Rainne
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I usually go to the store in Sylvania but I've been to this one any time I'm hanging out with friends 10 minutes west and there very similar. The bottle selection I think is the best of any store in the area. Hundreds of bottles, anything you want and the nice thing is that if something's not in they will order it just for one person. I've gotten them to order things that the Sylvania store also didn't have so that when I went down to Toledo it was in for me. The only sad thing is the Toledo store doesn't have as many tasting pairings and events as the Sylvania store. People from Toledo have to take a little drive out to Sylvania usually for that. Good thing it's not very far. The service here is great. There's always an expert on hand and he's always hovering around the beer section so he's easy to find if I have any questions and he always knows what he's talking about. The prices are a little higher for some bottles but not much at all and it's still within the reasonable range. It's worth it for the fact that there's so much to choose from. Lots of bombers too. So here's the summary.
Huge selection.
Great service.
Good prices.
This and Marinos are the best places to buy beer for miles.

Rainne, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of vince4953529
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

One of many stops of my road trip to Ohio. It is a big grocery store, sort of like a Whole Foods mixed with Targets. Anyhow,
incredible selections of 12 oz's and bombers that you can choose from, it is awesome because you don't need to buy the whole sixers. I grabbed a bunch of singles and a few bombers not available in California and, to the dismay of my wife.
The check-out gal spent a good few minutes studying and re-studying my ID, a little annoying but not a big nuisance.
Prices are very reasonable, a great store in the Toledo area that people should visit often.

vince4953529, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of brianlg
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Fantastic place to buy beer, and especially to sample new kinds. They have a HUGE selection of single bottles, which is definitely appreciated! This is a little better selection than Joseph's down the street, but I felt Joseph's had better prices on some brews. Anyways, this might be my favorite spot around now to buy beer.. I can't wait to go back and pick up some new singles to sample. I look forward to going to the anderson's in maumee since it's closer to my school.. if they're anything like the one in Toledo, I will be set for life. Best selection of singles I've come across.

brianlg, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Surprisingly good selection; this place is huge. The nice thing is that they hire beer and wine experts to help who seem to actually know what they're doing. This is a good place for the experimenting beginner as well as those who know what they want. If you yourself are an expert, the selection is firstly large enough to find what you want or something like it and secondly varied enough that you get a wide range of quality rather than just domestics or a very small variety of micros. For those who need help and decide to shop on their own, everything seems to be pretty easy to find and decently categorized. I've never had a problem finding someone to talk to, and they can answer everything about distribution, styles, etc. The selection is the best in Toledo by far; I have to go out next doorto Sylvania, and there's only one store in the region with more selection.

Brenden, Jan 26, 2009
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The Andersons in Toledo, OH
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.