The Wine Source

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The Wine SourceThe Wine Source
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(410) 467-7777 | map
www.the-wine-source.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
50
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
5.47%
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Reviews by DRBiser:
Photo of DRBiser
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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 charmcityphan
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BeanWolf
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
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 seanchai
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoovisMG
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cpezzcia
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of JArt
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Laurabmore
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place is excellent. Great service and a good selection of local coffee cheeses and chocolate. Go buy their stuff.

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Photo of bmur112
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of deansellers
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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 shaebs99
4.04/5  rDev -8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Ross_Miller
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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 duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of TaraMascara
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -3%
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 +2.5%
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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The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
96 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
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