The Wine Source

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The Wine SourceThe Wine Source
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3601 Elm Ave
Baltimore, Maryland, 21211-2402
United States

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

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Reviews:
34
Ratings:
55
pDev:
7.08%
 
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Photo of cracker
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

A pretty decent find considering it's more know for the wine selection (hence the name). It used to be in the Rotunda (Rotunda Wine and Spirits) but moved down the street about three years ago.

They have an entire wall devoted to refrigerated beers. About 1/3 or so is BMC stuff. But the remainder is impressive...Victory, Stoudts, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Yards, DogFish Head, Old Dominion, Clipper City, Anderson Valley, Brooklyn, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Rogue, Smuttynose, Avery, Magic Hat, and more which I cannot recall right now.

On the shelves are several Belgians and US/Canadian Belgians (Corsendonk, Chimay, Rochefort, Duvel, Cantillon, De Koninck, Lindemans, Hoegaarden, Westmalle, Unibroue products, V12 from Victory, Ommegang among others), a smaller German and British stock and a few single bottles of American micros (the ones that benefit from cellaring...imperial stoudts, double IPA etc.)

Price is average with occasional products being on sale. The average six pack (for the good stuff) runs from $7 to $10 depending on the style and ABV. Single bottles (750 ml) are a little on the high side ($5 for Rogues and $8-14 for the Belgians).

The service is excellent for those buying wine but I'm not so sure about beer. I never really ask since I'm familiar with most of the beer products and usually know what I want. They probably are helpful if you ask though but don't seem to come up and ask you 'can I help you'.

It's a great place all in all especially if you live in the area (like I do).

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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 paulish
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mig100
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dennisdrinks
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +3%
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 +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BeanWolf
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoovisMG
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cpezzcia
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of JArt
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Laurabmore
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of deansellers
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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 -7.8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Ross_Miller
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 55 ratings