Taps: 15 / Bottles: 490
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 50 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
4.8/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I visited the Dilly Deli yesterday getting some beers together for a BA gathering in New Albany next month. My first visit, not my last though. They are located about 10-15 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati on US-50. Once you hit a shopping center area, ignore all of that. The road shrinks to one lane, trees abound, and a quarter mile or so later these cozy and upscale shops invite you in.
The front of the store boasts a compact but impressive selection of wine. Walking through that area gets you to the restaurant, bar and beer section. Just slightly less cramped-feeling than the wine area, a quick glance at their global selection will quell complaints from all but the most claustrophobic. They haven't tried to stock beers from around the world, like Party Source. No, they have tried to stock the finest beers from the best the world has to offer. You could blindly pick any 5 beers and not go wrong, there's just no pretenders on the shelves (they keep the macros in the cold case, lol).
Thomas Hardy's Ale, JW Lees, Fantome, Great Lakes galore, even the DFH Liquor de Malt (I passed...this time), so many more that I only recognize from perusing around here. They told me they had fresh Buckeye Brewing's Hippie IPA and I got some. Jungle Jim's has it too, but won't shelve it without a UPC code label. That doesn't stop the Deli folks, they just ring it up based on the stickered price and get on with it. A big plus - you can pluck a single or two from a six-pack if you like, they don't mind.
I wish I had 500 dollars and some room on my shelves. Their space limitations obviously put a cap on their total capacity for variety, but what is missing are generally the micro-styles for which there are a dime a dozen. I didn't see Lawson Creek, for example. Wasn't looking for it, but it's just another 'okay' brewery. They have carefully selected their inventory to balance the common beers that sell on a regular basis with the upper class beers for the other crowd as well.
02-15-2005 19:01:59 | More by brewdlyhooked13
More User Reviews:
4.9/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Love the food at Dilly, whether with the family for dinner on a weekend or with the guys from work during the week, but it's Peanut and the beer that I go back for every chance I get. Great selection on the shelves, including lots of local variety and great selections from across the country and Europe. Then there are the 15 taps, including a rotating cask tap. The taps include a number of excellent regulars, like Dortmunder Gold and Chimay and a variety in between, as well as ever-new favorites on the rotating taps every time I'm in. The reviews on the tap beer list are personally written by Peanut, and they are thoughtful and descriptive and specific to the place: nothing recycled here, just great beers with truly thoughtful selection and color.
The Stone 12.12.12 is currently on tap, and excellent, as is a beautiful triple bock that hits every note just right.
12-14-2012 20:44:58 | More by JasonFisher
4.73/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place could well have the most impressive bottle selection of beers in the state of Ohio. Here, it's about offering hard-to-find, high-quality releases rather than trying to be all things to all people and selling what every other vendor investing in the craft scene has. I've been in the store twice now on road trips to Cincy, and it's become a must-visit destination when anytime near. Recent purchases include the Two Brothers Old 1713 Scotch Ale as well as the Dogfish Head Bitches Brew. Neither my wallet nor my liver can afford to taste everything my eyes desire on these shelves.
In addition, the bar offers ~10 taps of exquisite, rotating selections you're not likely to find anywhere else on draft. Especially appreciated is one tap that's a constant: Tripel Karmeliet. That's one delicious beer. The Chimay White during my last visit was almost pedestrian in comparison to some of the others offered. For instance, the Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat was available in late summer.
Dilly's also serves up some really good meals that pair well with the taps (and wine, which is really what's featured, and the corkage fee is only $5 if you buy from their store). Try the meatloaf and green beans. Or pretty much anything that catches your eye. This is a foodie's delight. It's about quality, substance, and value here rather than being hip and trendy.
If you haven't been to Dilly's yet, you owe it to yourself to spend an evening enjoying their menu, their taps, and their shelves. You'll be glad you did.
10-10-2012 01:24:32 | More by BuckeyeSlim
4.6/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Whether you come for the music the outdoor dining the food or most importantly the beer; you will leave sated.
Amazing bottle selection.
Whilst they only boast 10 on draft the Bartender; affectionately known as Peanut will happily talk shop with you all evening long.(over his handle-bar mustasche)
However dont expect your standard beer conversation! Pleasant surprise he has a great palate and decades of beer loving experience to go with that epic stache.
He keeps their taps revolving with an excellent lineup and is quick to recognize a kindred passion.
This guy ages KY Bourbon Barrel stout and Hopslam then proceeds to mix them annually for the Derby.... Talk about fun levels of inebriation!
One more bit of entertainment; when they had soutern tier creme brulee on tap he suggested mixing it with vanilla bean ice cream. I dutifully filled a growler and walked over to graeters and snagged a pint. I got home and got fat drunk and loved every beery bite!
Food overall is excellent but watch out for the bread; at times it requires a wee bit of effort to consume.
05-31-2012 06:39:08 | More by tARsh
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Dilly Deli(Cafe) is a fantastic spot to grab a delicious bite to eat and enjoy a magnificent draft or to order ahead and play carryout with both food and drink. Dilly Deli has a small and vibrant menu including their sandwich with turkey, cranberry cream cheese, and brie (Deli Gobbler) and other excellent fare. The only downside to this gem, is the fact that the only beer that is kept in refrigeration is BUDMILLERCOORS. It seems very backwards and the fact that some of the expensive beer sticks around longer and should be kept under some refrigeration. Either way the selection is amazing and Peanut, the Beer Curator, is a wonderful aficionado.
08-29-2011 15:27:27 | More by hyprlt
4.36/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dilly Deli is a nice blend of a restaurant/bar/beer and wine shop. The lighting is low and the atmosphere is pretty chill. I enjoy the selection of draft beers and the regularity with which they rotate their taps. They also have fun cask ales to try. Their bottle selection, while small, is full of fun foreign and domestic craft beers. You can find fun seasonal and limited release beers hiding here on occasion. One of my favorite things is to buy a pint and walk around the store and check out what is in stock. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. I always try to visit when I am in Cincy.
07-05-2011 15:29:45 | More by eyeenjoybeer
Dilly Café in Mariemont, OH
98 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.