River's Bend Wine & Spirits

10 Ratings

Type: Store

6052 S State Route 48
Maineville, Ohio, 45039-8280
United States

(513) 494-9420 | map

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Added by echo on 06-11-2005

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Reviews by Brew33:
Photo of Brew33
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%

I frequent River's Bend Wine and Spirits. Matt and his Sister are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. A nice selection of Belgians and one of the only places around that carries Lagunitas beers. I highly recommend this shop. Clean, well lit, and all beers are stored properly.

They usually carry Founders, Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin, Lagunitas, and DFH among others. Regular tastings are reasonably priced also. Awesome place to pick up beer and it's close to me which is a big bonus.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ricardo812
1/5  rDev -75.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

River's Bend is closed. New owners moved the business out to front of shopping center and renamed it "State Liquor." Store is a shadow of what it used to be back when Matt and his Labrador were there. Used to be like a museum of good Begian beer. A good bit of craft there, but pretty much all easy-to-find stuff. Oh and there's beef jerky now.

Update 8-18-17:
A friend of mine went here to buy a few bombers for my bday. She asked for what was "new and fresh." They sold her some run-of-the-mill stouts and a one year old Space Cake. Nice going!

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Rivers Bend is my go-to beer shop, right around the corner from home. As I look through some of the prior reviews, it looks like no one has done one since the change in management, which I believe occurred in late 2011 if memory serves. I really enjoyed talking beer with Matt when he was still running the place, but his one big limitation (in my opinion) was that if he personally didn't like a particular beer he wouldn't carry it, which meant that as a customer there were some things I wanted but couldn't get there. Not to worry, there are some other good options in the Cincinnati area.

I don't know the new owner's name, but I talk to him every time I'm there and he's extremely friendly, always recommending his favorites and letting me know about new arrivals. Since he took over, the craft beer selection has exploded, with a much wider range of mainly American brews but also more imports and bombers. I like the fact that he let's you break up four and six packs for individual purchase, which means there's a shelf of loose singles to choose from. I've been extremely pleased overall, and normally shop here a couple times a week. Prices are what I would consider "normal" compared to other local shops. Definitely worth checking out if you're in this area.

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Photo of agomega
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped by River's Bend Wine and Spirits this past Friday afternoon. The store is extremely clean and it is in an upscale, although relatively out of the way, shopping center. The store looks relatively new and it is extremely clean, well lit, and organized.

Most of the beer is in the back with about half of the beer stored in a row of coolers and half stored at ambient temperature on the shelves. The selection of beer is not terribly large, but most of what is available is exceptional. It seemed that the lowest end of the beer selection consisted of year round 6-pack selections from breweries like Founders and Bells, iin other words - the quality is way above average. There are a large selection of bomber's including many seasonals and harder to find beers.

I met Matt, the owner of the store, and he spent about 15 minutes talking with me and providing me with some great recommendations. Apparently Matt and the majority of his patrons are hard core hop-heads although they carry quite a range of styles and Matt is able to make solid recommendations over a wide range of styles. Matt is probably without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable and friendly owners I have ever run across.

Prices are about average - neither overly cheap or overly expensive. It seemed that the selection was well rotated and I didn't notice any older beers lurking on the shelves. There were a few surprises in the non-IPA department including a lone bottle of Blushing Monk that survived unnoticed for the last month or so. As Matt explained to me most of his regulars are IPA fans and so some of the alternative styles tend to get ignored. So while a beer like Bell's The Oracle sells out in hours, there may still be some gems of alternative styles lingering on the shelves when they have been long gone for months at larger stores like Jungle Jim's.

Overall, this is a destination well worth visiting, even if for no other reason than to meet Matt and his Sister and trade notes on the latest beer releases.

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Photo of MisterBisco
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Great selection, really great staff. Keitha came out and greeted me as I walked into the store, walked me through the layout. Wasn't in love with how the liquor and beer were mixed together (the store seemingly going with a regional approach, rather than beer and liquor separated), but their selection was really good, especially for rarer stuff. Not a wide selection, but a great breadth of specialty craft beers.

Picked up the AleSmith IPA yesterday, Keitha said I was lucky to find it then - evidently, they only get an alesmith shipment twice a year. They seem to really appreciate craft beer drinkers!

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Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev -1%

Just got back from my first visit here. I heard they had got a shipment of Peche Mortel so I figured it was time :) Very clean store with a helpful lady to point me in the right direction. She knew her beers and pointed out a few other new arrives with descriptions of each. The layout of the beer section was rather odd and I had to make a couple passes to make sure I checked everything out. The selection wasn't massive but they had all the usual suspects and a good amount of surprises. Multiple vintages of JW Lees, Thomas Hardy, and Fuller's Vintage. A good Belgian selection, maybe rivaling Dilly Deli. The prices seemed fair enough. Way out of the way for me but worth the occasional trip, especially since they have a dedicated person/account on that other sight that will tip you off to new arrivals.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

I visit this place rather often.

The staff is ALWAYS super friendly and their beer variety is ALWAYS great. The store is always clean and well-organized. Granted, they have lots of wine and liquor, but who cares about that (This is BEER Advocate, after all!!!).

I commonly see Founder's, Southern Tier, Rogue, Bell's, Thomas Hardy, Three Floyd's (when it's is distributed to Ohio) and MANY, MANY Belgians and odd imports, to name a few.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Northern Cincinnati. Ask for Matt before visiting, he's very helpful and will hook you up.

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Photo of telefrog
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

I've been to River's Bend to stock up on several occasions now. River's Bend has a mix of wine, liquor, and beer-- I'd say at least 1/3 of the store is devoted to the brew. It sits in a strip mall, and you could easily miss it! They've got a great selection, and lots of Belgians. Its not as extensive from a floorspace standpoint (ala Jungle Jim's), but the great service and quality of the stock makes up for it many times over. I haven't made it to a "tasting friday" yet, but I believe they have one every month on Fridays. I'm going to make it a point to go. Last time I visited the owner was very helpful at making some recommendations. They also post reviews directly underneath the shelves, similar to what you'd see in a wine shop. Very helpful for someone who isn't overly familiar with the brands or who wants to try something new. I'd pick this place over the Jungle any day.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Happened to drive out on a Friday night that they were having a St.B's tasting as well as Yulesmith tasting. First off, I love the idea of sipping a beer while perusing the selection. They've got the usual culprits, but they also have one of the best Belgian selections that I've seen in the area. They usually are the first to get some new release beers in.
The help is some of the most friendly, knowledgable people I've met. I just wish the store was closer. This has to be a planned trip for me, no way to get there quick.
If you're in the area, this is a must stop. You can't go here and walk out empty handed.

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Went here tonight for the first time for a JW Lees tasting. Apparently they do beer tasting about 3 times a month and after tonight I'm definitely interestedin attending more. Albeit an hour and ten minute drive.

The store is very nice with very nice wooden wine racks consuming the entire store holding not only the excellent selection of wines (very good barolo selection) but many of there beers as well as spirits.

The selection was very good with some very hard to find wines. Bought a bottle of Allagash Victoria, Catillon Lambic (forget exact name) and some Dreadnaught. But they had a plethora of other goodies. Many lambics, Founder's, Three Floyds, ah hell the usual Ohio brews but with many of the rare limited edition bottlings abound.

One of the most knowledgable sales staffs I've encountered at any location. Very easy to talk too as well without much pushing too buy or try something. Overall a wonderful establishment. I just wish it was closer.

Oh yeah if in the area try to attend a tasting. Very knowledgable with good pairing foods. Tonight for the JW Lees tasting they had Stilton, white cheddar, and munster, with good French bread.


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River's Bend Wine & Spirits in Maineville, OH
Place rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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