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101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Not Rated.
101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

115 N Willow St
Kent, Ohio, 44240-2559
United States
phone: (330) 677-9444

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Reviews by Rhynes2:
Photo of Rhynes2
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I agree that this place is a little tucked away. It's off of a main road in a plaza and there are not a lot of signs to point you where to go. I like this place because of it's convenience. It is close to campus and actually has a decent selection of brews. I know too many college towns where the only option within walking distance is a gas mart with Natty light. a nice change of pace in this town. Service is alright, not exceptionally knowledgeable about their products but friendly. It's not too crowded either. I'll be coming back to this place for a while.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jmarfy
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

No better place for selection. Plus there's a very knowledgeable staff

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Fantastic selection, knowledgeable and helpful but not pushy guy working the counter. Even my non-drinking wife liked this place. Lots of local (Ohio) selections. Will be stopping by every time I'm in Kent.

Photo of sbizanovich
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ShoopKip
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Great place to go for beer. I come here fairly often after work to have a glass or two with my coworkers. The selection is fantastic for such a small place, and the service is incredibly friendly. I've also never been disappointed ordering from the huge array of delicious craft brews on tap.
I highly recommend going here at least once!

Photo of stealth17
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Cyaw123
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Taylor_Cooper
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of csmit942
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ttcummings
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Fantastic selection and a great tasting room with an awesome selection of beer that changes often. They have some wonderful events including Tap Takeovers and the occasional food truck. I have never been disappointed with Bottles 101.

Probably the best beer selection in Kent. You definitely need to hit the tasting room and browse the selection while sipping on an amazing beer.

Photo of TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Neat little tasting room and good bottle shop, but a step behind Lizardville in price and tap selection, and service. Some good taps on, but you have to find them yourself as list badly out of date. Most beers sold are refrigerated, and few six packs broken up.

Photo of Dan_Bowman
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is pretty awesome. 101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall always has an absolutely stellar tap selection. Constantly rotating kegs. You are bound to find at least a few brews you enjoy on draft. A few perks... you are able to have a drink while you shop, and you can buy and fill a growler or just simply have your $4 Acme growler filled while you are there (that's me).

Food? OK, so they don't provide food at this place but there is a penn station right next door and a heated patio to enjoy a few beers and sub in the fall/winter time (or spring / summer).

The bottle selection is unlike any other in the area. They have some of most rare beers you could ever imagine (from a local shop). They have all your regular big name beers but so many beers that I almost guarantee you have not tried or have not been able to find (bold statement, I know).

They also have a cooler filled with with Kegs. Anything from your typical BMC beers or the more rare DFH 90 Minute kegs (again, sure there is something to spark your interest).

If you or someone you know is not a beer drinker, there is plenty of wine to choose from as well!

101 Bottles is about a 30-40 minute drive for me and I never leave disappointed. Service is hit or miss. They people that work their know beer! They love to talk brews and suggest beers you might like. Other times, they simply don't want to talk to anyone (I'll leave it at that :) ).

Also, they often have beer events including brewery tap takeovers. Recently they have had Bells Brewery, local winter / Christmas beers, and Three Floyds (in a few weeks) tasting/ tap takeovers.

Photo of asigler
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Bottles is pretty consistent with a good variety of beers to try. The bar tenders are all pretty great folks and always provide a nice and much calmer atmosphere to any other bar in Kent. I find myself always looking forward to checking their listing each week for what new beers were added to the draught list. Most of the bar tenders there are also extremely knowledgeable and offer great insight. I definitely appreciate that. They provide a lot more than a bar with a billion IPAs on tap and for someone who isn't a big IPA fan, I like that.

Photo of cooncat
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A most impressive collection of brews. Fully stocked shelves AND coolers. You can also mix/match your own 6 pack. I've been to a LOT of beer stores, and this place can hang with the best of them. Personnel were knowledgeable of the beers. Being able to have a great draft and walk around the place whilst shopping or browsing a nice plus. Clean in the store, at the bar, and even in the men's room. This place is definitely worth looking up. Its not in a prominent place, but you won't be disappointed if you look it up.
Cheers!

Photo of stouts4me
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A: Wow ! Shop for great beer and drink great tap selections while you shop ! Awesome !

Q: top notch quality all-around at this place, plus a nice patio, and if you like order a sub from next door and they will bring it over.

Serv: The guy knew his beer, and had his favorites to reccomend as well, pretty steady stream of customers and he knew alot of them by name, very good service, plus he threw in a couple of the store pint glasses in !

Sel: Wow ! top-notch selections ! Coolers all along the walls, snelves of beer, boxes, displays, walk-ins, tons of beer. I found the Alesmith family and scored Horny Devil, Old Numbskull, and Speedway Stout. Then I see Nightstalker in the cooler, 4 of them, plus 6 on the shelf ! Crazy !Found a Las Vegas Imperial Stout - Tenaya Creek, Epic Brainless on Peaches and Cherries, Troegs Doublebock and Flying Mouflan.

F:n/a unless you order from next door.

V: I think the prices were in line, no gouging here.

Photo of Schmotz411
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Why do half the reviews of this place mention Riverside? Interesting.

Anyway, this place has gotten 10 times better since the addition of the bar. There are over 20 tap handles to choose from, and it's all craft; no macros here. They also have a good assortment of flights, and from what I've heard, they have a good stock lined up for when kegs blow.

The atmosphere is quaint, since it's tucked to the side of the store. You can enjoy a beer without bothering the customers, and vice-versa. The crowd seems to be mainly beer geeks, with a few college kids coming over to try something new, which is always nice. I'd rather have a frat boy drinking Scrimshaw rather than Natty.

Service is pretty good. You get your beers quick, and the bartenders are pretty knowledgeable. They are the same guys/gals from the counter, so its a familiar face in a new role. I have one complaint about this, but I'll get to that later.

Selection, like I said earlier, is awesome. They have the standard fare for this area (Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog, Brew Kettle), along with some things that are pretty rare for the area (Alpha Klaus, Rogue Imperial Stout,). They've really done their homework on this.

Overall, it's a great place to hang out, have a beer, and relax. Some of the bartenders could be a little less "beer-snobby" and not show off everything they know, and the music selection is pretty bad, but overall, it's a great place.

Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Anymore this is my preferred place to buy beer to go in Kent. Their selection is much better than Riverside, and prices are fairly comparable. While most regular options (sixers and the like) are average in price, many of the more limited offerings and singles are $1-2 more expensive than some other establishments.

I have seen the likes of BORIS Royale and Naked Evil here, they still had numerous bottles of Life and Limb as of November, and many other local niceties.

The service is subdued - they tend not to bother you or offer help. But when I have had a question or two for the girls behind the counter she could immediately answer the question and follow up with appropriate beer banter, recommendations, etc.

Rumor has it that they installed a bar in the last few weeks. I will try and verify this along with selection when I am up north again for New Years. In any case, according to my brother they have a small bar with about 9 tap handles which are likely designed to be in direct competition with Riverside. I welcome this as one can never have enough places to grab a fresh craft beer, and I would wager that 101 Bottles would offer better draft beers than Riverside whose selection is often stagnant or boring.

The main downside is that this is essentially a liquor store that sells a ton of beer. No food, and it doesn't have the charm and class of Riverside. For every two craft drinkers I see walk in a dozen college students make 45 second fly-bys through the walk-in cooler to the register and back out again to stock up on their favorite macro lagers. The plus side of this, is that it seems to help keep most offerings in stock longer than similar establishments.

Recommended.

Photo of Ohiovania
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Six packs are right are about even as far as other places around. Bombers are the same to a bit pricey for the same stuff you'd get down the street. Great selection though. All beer is kept in coolers.

Sometimes it's hard to not get annoyed at the 15 college kids waiting to buy cases of bmc light pong beer that are in your way but who cares.

Great place, employees will literally call the distro right when you're there to answer questions for you.

Great shop that I try to go in ever ytime I'm in the Kent area.

Photo of youngac
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I don't live near Bottles 101 anymore, but whenever I'm in the area I always make a stop. Their selection is terrific. Find a lot of beers I can't find other places. I haven't been to other beers stores in the immediate area in in some time so I can't compare, but it would be hard to believe that Bottles 101 doesn't have the best selection. The only minor complaint about the selection is that it is all in coolers, no beer on shelves. Some may think that is a good thing, but I'm traveling long distances with my beer generally and would prefer to buy it at room temp most of the time. Pretty minor though. And they have a ton of yellow fizzy swill but they are in a college town and have to in order to stay in business.

As far as the service goes, I'm not really sure what the people who have rated this place's service poor are thinking really. It's been great for me. They leave you alone, unless you have questions or ask for their opinion. And if you ask for their opinion, they give you an honest answer as to what they think. They don't try to push any certain beers on you just to get them out the door and make a sale. They tell you what they like and what they think is worth trying. Isn't that what they should do?

Personally, it's one of my favorite beers store to visit. I'll be back again for sure.

Photo of JakeFrancis5150
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited this place for the first time since I moved away from Akron 5 years ago on 10/14/2011. Honestly, not much has changed, which is both good and bad. This place easily has one of the best selections of singles in Northeast Ohio, which features not only Ohio brewers, but also many other prominent craft breweries; however, singles are sold at inflated prices (about 25% over their 6 pack cost). Their selection of 4/6 packs is also quite good, but really did not contain anything that I cannot find elsewhere; however, considering that Kent is a college town, 101's selection is quite impressive while still paying homage to the walk-in of Natty, Keystone, and Beast.

101 has an extensive wine selection, if you are into that sort of thing. If anything, this appears to be more of a wine shop than a beer store, which is interesting to say the least. Glassware was non-existent, or at least I did not see any. Service was so-so. I did not want or expect to be helped, which is good because the staff seemed more interested in eating lunch than helping. Overall, not a bad shop that is about as I remember it, but not necessarily worth going out of the way to visit.

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101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall in Kent, OH
94 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.