The Wine Source


33 Reviews
The Wine SourceThe Wine Source

Type: Store

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

(410) 467-7777 | map

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Photo of DRBiser
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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 dennisdrinks
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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 charmcityphan
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BeanWolf
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoovisMG
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cpezzcia
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of JArt
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Laurabmore
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of deansellers
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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 -8.2%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ross_Miller
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TaraMascara
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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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The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
4.4 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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