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The Winerak

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.85
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2336 Maple Ave.
Zanesville, Ohio, 43701
United States
phone: (740) 454-6333

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2.9/5  rDev n/a

Not a bad little shop, and certainly more than I expected from this little town. Winerak does have a certain distortion to wine, but also had a pretty good selection of craft beer. The selection was better than what I'd seen at most Columbus-area liquor stores, and included a nice selection of Alesmith, which I've seen in the Cinc-y area, but not in Columbus for some reason. I picked up an Alesmith, a Lindeman's Faro (the last beer-style I haven't tried!) and a few odds and ends. This store had a lot of different things but also had some issues with turn - there was A LOT of old beer here, so caveat emptor on that issue. One of my odds/ends was a Barrel House beer which was wretched - and I assume at least part of the issue was age and handling. Still, this store was easily accessed from the I70 and would be a decent stop for those traveling across the state.

Note - my "quality" rating is intended to get all the old beer on the shelves here.

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Photo of Bogforce
2.34/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Overall the store is okay but has been getting worse. Some of the problems with the store are the organization of the beer,the lack of beer stored cold, and the lack of turnover is the biggest issue.

Most of their IPAs are 6 to 12 months old and seasonal will sit on the shelf until that season comes around again. It's nice that they offer singles but it seems like it's just the old stuff and they put price stickers over the dates.

If you need some good beer in a pinch or don't have any other options the Winerak is an okay option but check bottle dates!!!!

Photo of Cartercalvin
5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of BlueMusky07
4.75/5  rDev n/a

The Winerak has by far the best beer selection in southeast Ohio. I have always have found the staff to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The store also has a great selection of wine, liquor and deli foods. I most enjoy the selection of individual beers that can be bought by the bottle. The store generally rotates between 40-50 at any given time. For those who enjoy great variety and different types of beers, this is definitively a place to check out.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.24/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Nice, clean, well lit store with a very solid selection. They have really improved the singles options and organized the beer recently. Some of the stuff on the shelf you have to be carefull with as far as dates, but I see that almost everywhere now with the amount of inventory they have to offer. The best thing about this place is the staff/service. Mike and the rest of the people I have met in there over the past few years are always very nice,helpful, and will be happy to try and order stuff for you. I think the Beverage Source in Newark usually has the harder finds, but the Winerak has a lot to offer and is a state store (plenty of bourbon!)

Photo of Keffa
3.65/5  rDev n/a

I'm a regular at the Winerak.

As it's name suggests, this store has an obscene slant towards wine and champagne, and is a full state licensed liquor store. However, it's craft selection is overall decent, with the standards available (Stone, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc) along with some rarer stuff (GI Belgians, actual Belgians, Hoppin Frog BA Boris, Hopslam, etc) once in a while. They started carrying Liefmans, which was a shock for me today when I went in. I picked up a bottle of the Cuvee Brut for 9.99, which I considered a decent deal.

Turn is a HUGE issue here however. Always check for dating. I've found outdated stuff here a lot. If you look, you can find a steal once in a while as well (2008 Stone RIS for 4.99). They also keep vintage product for long after the vintage (there are many 2009 Matilda sitting on the shelf for regular price).

Overall, Beverage Source is a far better shop, especially for freshness. If I don't have the time to drive to Newark, I'll go here, otherwise, I stick to Beverage Source.

Photo of yuengling
4.15/5  rDev n/a

I frequent this gem of a beer store and I find their selection to be very good with some selections that I could not find in beer stores in Columbus. Th staff here is very friendly and helpful if not the most knowledgeable bunch. The close out specials are very good deals. For example, they closed out their winter seasonals and I was able to score six packs of Bells Winter White and Rouge Santas Private reserve for $6 each. Plus, they even have glassware for very reasonable prices. A very positive experience and definitely a place to look for while in the area.

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev n/a

I happened to see this place on the way to BW3s and am glad I stopped.

The store itself is nice, clean and well lit. They carry beer, wine, liquor, and it also sells a lot of food items, including gourmet and kosher products.

They have a very nice selection of beer, one of the best in a non-beer specific store. There are regional beers from Ohio (Great Lakes, Columbus, etc), Indiana (Warbird), and Pennsylvania (Troegs, Weyerbacher, etc), and Delaware (Dogfish Head).

They have a nice selection of imports, including English, Scottish, Irish, German, Belgian, and Canadian brews.

They have some macros of course, but have far more craft/micro/import/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. There are singles, 4/6-packs, bombers, and semi-kegs available.

I picked up a four pack of Great Lakes Black Out Stout and a bottle of Lindeman's Faro.

The staff was friendly and offered their help. I'm not sure if the girl really knew her beer, as she stated that she prefered porters over stouts. Guess that means she doesn't know much or she has a very good taste for beer and can tell a large difference. (Good for her if she can, I always can't.)

I'll definitely try to stop back by there on my trips between Indiana and West Virginia.

Photo of telefrog
3.45/5  rDev n/a

The Winerak has a fairly decent selection of beer for the region, probably the best in East Central Ohio. The selection consisted mostly of US micros, but I was impressed with the quantity. The staff (i.e. the girl behind the register) didn't seem too knowledgeable-- although I found what I needed so I didn't ask any questions. I picked up a pack of La Fin Du Monde and a Great Lakes Elliot Ness. Prices were reasonable, and most selections of "the good stuff" were dusty from sitting awhile. Found quite a bit of stuff that was beyond it's 'best by' date... which made me wonder how long things have been on the shelves.

The Winerak in Zanesville, OH
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