The Wine Source

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The Wine SourceThe Wine Source
The Wine SourceThe Wine Source

Type: Store

3601 Elm Ave
Baltimore, Maryland, 21211-2402
United States

(410) 467-7777 | map

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 57
Photo of ffeeltheburn
1/5  rDev -76.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Terrible customer service. Terrible selection of NA beer. Not one type of NA is available for purchase cold. Completely rude and unacceptable service from staff. Walked out of store asking for my money back because of how terribly I was treated.

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Photo of bl00
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Local place with great selection of things not widely available in the area. Growler and crowler station with around 15(?) taps. Excellent service, particularly for fills. Very friendly staff, they are happy to chat and make recommendations. Prices are reasonable, particularly given the selection. Also great selection of wine and liquor.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Up front, it's important to understand that The Wine Source is predominantly a wine and liquor store with perhaps 20% of the shelf space (refrigerated and not) dedicated to beer and another 10% to cider/perry. That said, the selection of beers was quite impressive. There were numerous local Maryland/DC varieties (I was able to obtain from Union Craft, RAR, and 3 Stars), but the selection of domestic craft beers included a range of styles from high quality breweries throughout the US and was quite remarkable. Most selections are canned or bottled, but growlers/crowlers are available and reasonably priced. The vibe was very contemporary and business-like, but the staff were helpful and pleasant. Wine Source also has dedicated parking, useful to know in an urban environment. Would likely be my go to place, if I lived nearby.

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Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I've been in to craft beer for about a dozen years. The scene has gotten packed and vicious, with doughy white drunkards canniablizing one another whenever a hot new release comes out as if they were 30 fetid rabbits crammed into a small cage.

As such, I have stopped chasing rarities. It's not that I'm above it morally, or anything. Just that I moved away from the midwest and lost all my connections, and I'm too damn old and tired to go about bribing new clerks just for the privilege of buying beer.

Here's an example of how bad it's gotten. Two years ago, christmastime, I stumbled into a bar in the Chicago suburbs. They had a case of Proprietor's Bourbon County Stout sitting next to a pile of raffle tickets. I'm not a betting man, but what the heck, I put ten bucks down and, hooray, I won! Only--only I didn't win a bottle. I won the opportunity to buy a bottle, for 40 bucks.

Nuts to that.

I mean, I paid for it, but the process just seemed dirty and exploitative. I asked the dude what the raffle money went toward, hoping it was like a charity or something, and he said "we use it to buy more beer." There was not a hint of shame or self-awareness in his voice.

Anyhow, what I'm getting at is, I'm not writing as someone who has access to the "inside scoop" of where to get rare stuff around Baltimore. I'm just a regular beersman. And from that perspective, the Wine Source is easily the best spot in the city.

The selection is wide and very-well curated. It leans toward local and regional beers, with a very respectable selection of European imports (getting rarer and rarer to find that, these days). They have two separate Belgian sections (abbys and wilds), with a decent rotation of beers in each.

You can buy packed or growlers/crowlers, and refill prices are dirt cheap. Better than New York state, even. The package selection is very broad, but the draft selection leans toward whatever is presently popular.

My only complaint is that instead of rotating some old stock, they just knock down the price. Right now I am consuming some Rouge Mocha Stout, which was very reasonably priced at 11/sixer but is clearly at least 8 months old (it tastes a little like a porter, a little like canned tomato soup). So, as always in life, you should be leery of products that seem slightly under-priced.

Overall, quite good. It's impossible for me to say how good exactly, since I'm out of "the game," as it were, but from a pedestrian's vantage point it's the best you can do in Baltimore.

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Photo of BeanWolf
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

My favorite beer store in the entire DMV metro area, excellent selection of imports, barrel aged beers, and sours. Growler station gets interesting beers and they do crowlers so I don't need to drag around a growler anymore. IPAs and other date sensitive beers are mostly refrigerated. Prices are way cheaper than competitors, maybe on par with Total Wine. Also a great wine store with a nice selection of liquor, coffee, and gourmet cheeses as well. Almost makes me want to move to Hamden. They even do wine and beer tastings in an actual tasting glass and have clean public restrooms.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

I lived in Baltimore for a while but never got to check out The Wine Source because it’s all the way up in Hampden and I didn’t have a car back then. This time around, the wife and I are traveling down to DC and made a quick stop in Baltimore to visit the BAM and stroll around the funky streets and stores of Hampden.

So while she does her thing, I went in to the Source. What a place! A veritable supermarket of booze- all kinds of booze. Right away I see Black Xantus ($15), Old Stock 2011 Brandy ($25), Boulevard Bourbon Quad ($13.99) and some other good stuff from Perennial and Dogfish. The bomber selection is tasty and enticing, while the six-pack situation is not as exciting but fine.

Prices are good, I think. Very good indeed. Heck, I had paid 24 dollars for that Bourbon Quad a couple of days earlier in Philadelphia… they also sell cheese, charcuterie and other foodie goodies. It’s all there, under one roof.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Situated in the Hampden neighborhood, the Wine Source offers a real great selection. Parking is a pain, and the area is quite busy with walkable stores, and there aren't many spots but they eventually turn over.

The place is large on wine, but about 35% of the store is devoted to beer. It's nicely laid out in many sections, from seasonals, to the coolers, to the bombers, and then sections on sour beers and Belgians, UK, German, even to some degree hop and malt. There is also a small section of broken up 6 packs so that you can purchase 12 oz. bottles on a whim as well which is nice.

I conversed with the staff quite a bit and there wasn't a question they didn't have an answer for. THere's a lot of selection here and well defined. The other items of the store are also laid out real nicely as well.

There's a section with a nice cheese counter as well. This is a real good place for a real nice beer shopping experience in Baltimore.

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Photo of TaraMascara
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I found this store by looking on Beer Advocate for great places to buy beer while I was in Baltimore visiting. I was very impressed with the selections offered not only with beer and wine, but with the cheese and meat selection as well. I drove to Delaware to visit Dogfish Head's brew pub I made sure to stop back in Maryland just to visit this awesome store. If you're anywhere close by, you should definitely check it out!

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This place is very well designed with a nice layout. They have a small, cramped parking lot and if you can't get a spot in there then it can be a bit hard to find one without a bit of a hike.

Everything has its place and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. They are actually pretty knowledgeable too and willing to help out.

They have a pretty great selection, especially in bombers. There is a wall for singles but they all seem to be old and are usually by breweries that I have never heard of or ever heard good things about. That is what you can make your mix six out of, or you can ask to break up a six pack that isn't on the wall. They have a wall full of refrigerated beer as well. There is also a nice selection of cider here.

Also, they have a great selection of food, for food pairings. The food here is a bit exotic and pricey, but you can't get it at many other places. Their cheese selection is top notch.

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Photo of Swift989
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great selection especially of local wines and east coast beers. Was there on a Wednesday and they had a nice wine tasting with Tablas Creek Vineyard with the owners/operators there.

Employees are SUPER helpful and nice and love their products. I talked with one guy for 20 minutes about different beers and whether organic beers really mean anything different and whether their quality is worse. He had legit recommendations for craft brewery batches that came in inconsistant and not worth the $$ or up to par with past years. Really really fun and interesting chat.

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here earlier this week. I have always heard good things, figured it was time to finally check it out for myself.

Atmosphere was pretty good. A very nice feel to the store with all of the bottles laid out before you. People milling around in the aisles looking at bottles of wine and such. Service was good as well. I was asked multiple times if I needed help and when I did need to know a price they were quick to find out the answer.

Quality was pretty high. Lots of top notch wine, spirits and beer throughout and even some snacks to boot. They even had some rarer spirits / beers that I hadn't seen in awhile. Beer selection was pretty solid. Lots of locals mixed with the typical national offerings, and even some more obscure overseas offerings too boot. Prices were more than reasonable in my book. Overall a really solid bottle shop, I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.

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Photo of Kanegarden
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

First time to the Baltimore area....definitely enjoyed some of the local estabilishments i.e. Of Love and Regret Pub and Provisions and Max's taphouse to name a few. Decided to pick up a few bombers at Wine Source after reading some of the reviews on BA. Greeted with a friendly and knowledgeable beer bro who first introduced me to a few of his favs current favs. Jolly Pumpkin's Madrugada Obscura, Boulevard's Harvest Dance, MOA a NZ brewery's Pale Ale, Maine Beer Co.'s Titus, an austrian brewer Stift Engelszell 's Benno, and lastly a local Heavy Seas Siren Noire. Then the helpful fella offered me a tasting of one of Flying Dogs single batch imperial ipa....a definite gold star for service when offered a private tasting. Nicely organized with domestic/american craft beers, german, belgian, all separated. Definitely will be back to explore other destinations in Baltimore i.e. Brewer''s Art, Heavy Seas, Stillwater...and of course this place again for some new beers to try. Cheers!

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Photo of DRBiser
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place has one of the better beer selections in Baltimore City and arguably county. It's a large shop with the beers in the back nicely organized with separate shelves based on geographics and styles. They also group together certain beers by brewery. I fully appreciate that it's tough to choose the best way of stocking your shelves, but this place has it set-up as nice as i've seen.

I particularly enjoyed their great selection (and nice rotation) of beers from Jolly pumpkin, Evil Twin, and Mikkeller.

Only knock would be service. It's a big shop with a ton of people at registers so the wait is never a problem, but they don't offer much in the way of help as you browse. They're happy to answer any questions you may have, however.

There's also a little deli section with gourmet cheeses which looked pretty solid, but i can't speak to the quality or selection.

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Photo of steebo777
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I were visiting family in the Baltimore area so we decided to check this place out. Really cool vibe on the outside with a slick sign.

Inside was laid out nicely. Everything was very logically placed and very easy to get to. Nothing was out of stock and there were a ton of things I wanted. Prices were exactly were I expected them as well.

The staff was very friendly and courteous at the front counter. We chatted for a few minutes and as we walked out my brother-in-law said this is his go-to place from here on out.

All in all a great beer and wine store that I would DEFINITELY hit again and again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I came here based on a recommendation from kegatron. I was pleased with the ease of finding the place and the interior is well lit and organized. I checked out the prices which are all very reasonable. I think they have a very good selection and the place has other things besides beer and wine. The service is ok, they didn't really acknowledge I was in the store until I checked out and it wasn't busy, though.

I would return based on the ease of finding the beer you want -it is grouped by American, Belgian, German and UK beers. They have a good deal of stuff from 12% including Evil Twin. I like the prices and the stuff I bought was fresh so from a quality standpoint they are moving the product. I recommend them for the fair prices too - so if you are in the area, check them out.

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Photo of raznug
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I found the wine source when I was moving my sister to Hopkins. It has a very small parking lot but it is worth your while to taking a look. The have a great selections of beer in coolers as well as warm. The employees were more than helpful in knowledge of their selection and prices. They have helped my sister plenty of times when she doesn't know what she wants or can't find the brew. The Wine Source is a must stop when in Baltimore everything thing from the good selection belgians to the local brews like Heavy Seas, and plenty of beers from across the country and world.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great bottle shop. Large selection of bombers, six packs, four packs and singles. The 12oz single selection is a little thin, but overall this is a great shop for most beers available in MD -- Green flash, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Long Trail, to local favorites like Brewers Art, Stillwater, and DFH. Nice selection of imports (Belgians) too. Jed, the beer manager, is the man...he's tried everything in the store and is willing to help locate any brew in the shop or available in their distribution.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Once upon a time, I used to work right next door to the Wine Source over at the Rotunda. Of course in those days the beer selection there was a complete afterthought, while now it's pretty much the best in town.

Like a few other liquor stores I could name in Baltimore, the Wine Source is not the easiest place to find. Likewise, parking is pretty limited (6 or 7 spots right out front), and so one's initial impression is really not all that great. However, once you walk in, it's readily apparent that the Wine Source is not your typical Baltimore liquor store. Aside from their stellar wine selection, they also carry gourmet coffee, a wide selection cheeses, cigars and a nice range of glassware. The beer selection has always been located straight back to the right when you first walk in the door, and has grown considerably over time. I've visited the WS a number of times, and I can honestly say that the selection has just gotten better and better over time (I'd rank this as probably the best spot for craft beer in the city now). There still is a cold box of macro crap as well, but it's only in the cold box and the selection of macro swill seems to be dwindling. As for craft beer and imports, the selection is extensive, though I never did figure out how everything is organized. There are some shelves dedicated exclusively to Belgians, though another shelf with predominantly Belgian stuff also had a row of Mikkeller. I was here this day hoping to pick up some CC Thank you, Thank you very much, and it took a while to find it. It wasn't located in an exclusively "locals" or IPA section, but whatever... at least they had it (I called all over town trying to find it, and they seemed to be the only store in town that had any). Otherwise, the selection of craft beer and imports is vast and impressive, and I confess I never find it too arduous a chore looking over row after row of great beer.

As for service, I'm not really sure what to say about it. I was in the store looking around for roughly 20 minutes and never had anyone stop by to ask whether or not I needed any help (not that I did). On the other hand, when I walked to the back of the store to take a gander at some half bottles and some pinot noir, I was asked almost immediately if I required any assistance, or was I just looking around. In any event, everyone here was otherwise very pleasant and polite.

Regardless, the Wine Source is a very fine beer store and prices are fairly reasonable (by Baltimore City standards). I'd definitely call it the preeminent beer store in the city, one that is on a par with State Line and the Perfect Pour. Just wish it wasn't such a hassle to get to from my West Side home and office in Woodlawn.

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Photo of shivtim
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

I visited this place with a friend while in Baltimore. For a wine store, they have a really great beer selection. Lots of refrigerated six packs and some singles, and a very large selection of un-refrigerated bombers and individual bottles. There's a wide variety of options, including a sizeable Belgian selection, a full range of Rogue, Stone, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, etc, some random singles from places like Goose Island, J.W. Lees varieties, and a few local brews (like Pub Dog). Definitely worth a stop if you're in the city.

I didn't ask for any help and didn't receive any, but the cashier was very friendly. Decent prices. All of the beers looked like they were freshly stocked (no dusty bottles).

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Photo of cvito
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

The Wine Source is the place for beer in Baltimore. Although is has mostly wine, there is an extensive beer selection by Great Divide, Nogne O, Stone, and others. The prices are reasonable for the great quality of beer. The staff is friendly, and there's "the beer guy" who really knows his stuff. If you are in need of beer, talk to him. The beers he recommends are quite tasty, and I haven't regretted purchasing one of his choices. All-in-all, this place is a must-visit, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

FTB and I stopped by on the way home from Max's 72 Hours of Belgium.

Quality: The store is large, bright and inviting. Wines seem to be the focus but the beer list is no slouch. Holiday ales were featured centrally, with other bottles, both singles and six packs around the corner. Several coolers also line the far wall. There is a cheese counter, as well as other artisan offerings, plus they'll give you a free cup of coffee.

Service: I didn't seek any help until checking out. At that point, the staff was friendly, even tracking down the beer manager to handle a question.

Selection: Selection is through the roof. Belgians and American craft are prominently features, with locals like DuClaw and Brewer's Art on the shelves. Further down the beer aisle, German, English and Italian beers all get press. An excellent selection, maybe the best in Baltimore.

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Photo of BaltimoreBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +15.5%

The Wine Source really has no competition for the best beer store in Baltimore. It used to be Wells until a few years ago, Im assuming when Brian the beer guy took over. Hes extremely knowlegable, has tried virtually every beer there regardless of how recently hes gotten it, provides great descriptions/recommendations for beers, and is always more than happy to hang out, show you whats new and chat beer.

The selection is the best in the area and they always get whats new and hard to get. Excellent selection of domestic craft beers, belgians, sours, etc etc. The place is extremely clean and they dont let beers sit around to get old and dusty, they discount them to move them off the shelves if need be.

Prices are very reasonable,probably a good buck or more less per six pack then the place with the second best selection in the area. Not much more to say.

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Photo of asabreed
5/5  rDev +15.5%

After eating some great food at The Golden West Cafe, my friend told me we had to walk to this place and that I'd really like it. What worried me is how deep my wallet was and how deep I'd go to purchase some good stuff.

What's great about this place is they have a selection of wine, beer, and liquor that's pretty out of control. High shelves, extremely clean, and a lot of people working, since there are probably always a ton of people there.

The beer selection was a bit oddly placed I'd say, since it was kind off-to-the side and aisle-to-aisle, though I'm not explaining it well. But once you got the hang of it, it was easy to find what you wanted. Belgians. Stuff from Norway. Domestics. Local brews. Micro and craft brews from everywhere.

When I saw the V.2 Dark Horizon I had to get a bottle, which was $22 I think, though I plan on saving it for at least 5 years, if I can do it. The other thing I was never able to find was Weyerbacher's 2009 Riserva, and they had that for $16. A few other bombers, A Little Sumpin Sumpin Extra and Great Divide's Double Wit, and it was a $55 trip. I EASILY could've spent $500 in there, especially with the possibility of some great bottles of wine and good scotch or bourbon.

Overall, this place is highly, highly impressive. I have no complaints whatsoever, and though things can always be better, this place will probably continue to improve. Their prices are also extremely impressive and reasonable as far as what I've seen and heard about a lot of the beers elsewhere.

Don't miss a trip to this place if you're in the Baltimore area. I know I'll be going again when I get back.

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Photo of qchic
4.85/5  rDev +12%

So there are plenty of informative reviews that I would only reiterate. Yep, quality and service are fantastic, especially if Brian the "beer guy" is there. Plenty of quality beers to be found: cold sixers of micros, belgians, germans, a growing section of italians, seasonal bombers, single 12 oz. bottles to mix and match. The store is clean, bright, organized and filled with many delicious libations (wine, duh, and liquor). They do unpretentious wine tastings at least a couple of days a week (fri. and sat.) and less frequent beer tastings. Prices are fair and while I can sometimes find things a few cents cheaper elsewhere, I am happy to support this establishment for the solid selection that they provide. When visiting the city of Baltimore, this is the place I suggest you visit to purchase some souvenirs.

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Photo of shageman331
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

This has been my go to shop for quite some time now. Although their main focus is wine, the selection is very good with most of the heavy hitters present (Stone, DfH, Sierra Nevada, Trappists, Cantillon, Mikkeller, Nogne O, Allagash, et. al.). Not to mention the extensive wine and liquor selection. Also, it seems that every other week or so there is a tasting of either wine or beer (last week was Flying Dog). The service is friendly, but other than "the Beer Guy" not many seem to know that much about beer. That being said the Beer Guy really knows his stuff, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of his recommendations. Overall, this is a very good store and one that I would recommend visiting.

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