Centerville Carryout

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34 W. Franklin St.
Centerville, Ohio, 45459
United States

(937) 439-1929 | map

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Added by mcallister on 05-03-2006

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Reviews by Bierguy5:
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +4.4%

What a great selection of beers this place has. There were many imports, and American craft including Alesmith, 3 Floyd's, Dogfish, Great Lakes, etc. Some packs are in coolers, while most bombers are straight on the shelf. There were many cases and packs lying on the floor, because the shelves are full already. The owner certainly seems passionate about beer. I would however check the dates on the bottles, as I noticed a pack of Great Lakes Locktender, which passed the best buy date almost 2 years ago. I believe they only take cash as well, which can be a turn off for some. I didn't ask any questions, as the place was somewhat busy, but all in all this seems like a great stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of StonedRugger
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is a good very good beer and wine store. I would say it is currently 50/50 wine and beer with some.e liquor in there somewhere. The owner will get anything you want and will keep beers hidden for regulars. He gets limited releases and they are known to get kegs if you have a special occasion. Great store to have close by in what is otherwise white bread suburbia.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in this morning to check out what this store has to offer. To be sure, they have a large, deep inventory of craft beer, including lots and lots of boxes on the floor in front of the shelves.

There's a couple of serious problems, however, that make it very unlikely I'll return. First, they've got their inventory marked up noticeably more than any other bottle shop in the area. For instance, Wulver and BB Siberian Night are $24 everywhere (and I look whenever I spot it, including in Kroger), but here, they want $30. Jackie O's BB Brick Kiln is $12 everywhere, here it's $13, and regular Brick Kiln that's normally $6 is priced at $8.

I brought the pricing to the attention of the guy behind the counter, who said they're just trying to make a living, as if everyone else is giving the same product away. He then offered to sell me stuff at what I thought it should be priced, one reason probably being issue #2 below, but I'm not interested in supporting a place that's gouging customers, and it was offered with a tone that indicated they knew they were gouging and had been found out. I imagine pretty much every bottle is carrying similar mark-ups compared to other area stores.

The other issue is that there's simply no way they're turning that much inventory, especially at those prices, to be able to trust anything that isn't clearly dated and/or ages well on the shelf. For instance, I spotted a few Ballast Point Victory at Sea bombers, but those have to be from last year because this year, it was released in six-packs only.

Later, I was discussing my experience with an experienced area retailer who said he calls this place, "Where craft beer goes to die.". I can see why.

I suppose this place could be an option if you're looking for something long sold out at other places that you have to have and don't mind paying a premium to get it, and you're not worried about how old it is. But as far as I'm concerned, this isn't the way to treat craft beer or customers.

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Photo of majikbocks
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Best kept secret in Dayton. Not really a carryout - it is a top notch beer and wine store. Selection is great.

No reason to drive towards the mall. Right in the center of town.
If you live in Centerville you can probably save some gas.

If they dont have it and it is available in Ohio, they can probably get it.

Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

I love the IPA selection the hoppier the better. Nice sampler selections. Mikes subs are hearty and delicious. Convenience items and Lottery are available too, though that is not their focus.

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Photo of thomas937
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is kind of hidden, but now that I have found it I go there frequently.

The staff there are very nice and helpful. They often ask what I am looking for and they will try to get it in if they do not have it in stock. Sometimes, due to limited releases and seasonal releases they are unable to do so, of course.

They have a great selection of beer and often carry things that I cannot find anywhere else. I did ding them a bit on the quality, mainly for the fact that some of their beers do tend to sit on the shelves much longer than they should. If you check the dates or know which beers might age well, then you should be okay.

They are just a little more pricey than other places who might carry the same types of beer, but since it is a small local business, they are always very helpful and have a good selection of beers I do not mind paying just a little more.

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Photo of pwoods
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

This is a very odd place. I used to love making the trip to this store and just dig through all the old beers. I've heard stories about the owner, how he'll literally buy anything and everything the distributors have to offer. It's pretty cool, especially when you walk in the store and there's so much beer that he has cases stacked in front of the shelves. Then you realize that everyone is old... which still give you hope of finding some hidden gems... and this was the case for awhile. Now that the store has been picked through so thoroughly, you're left with lots of old beer that shouldn't be aged and anything that can age is mostly fresh. I'm sure there are a few other hidden gems but you'll be hard pressed to find them. He gets all of the best beers available but I can't give him a good quality score since you'll never find a fresh IPA in the place, unless you know he got it in that day. Selection is massive. Service is decent if you can get the owner's attention, which is hard because he's usually the only employee and people are constantl coming in to buy smokes or whatever. The place is pricey, too.... almost everything is $1 more than anywhere else, whether it be sixers or bombers.

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Photo of chaz01
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

Gave them low marks for quality based on how they keep their inventory -- not based on the quality of beers they carry. As others alluded, they have a lot of hard to find and rare beers. But they don't get a lot of turnover so some of their inventory has sat for some time ( they had 2006-2007 version of Sam Smiths Winter Welcome on the shelf yesterday). Also, front of the store is all glass windows that let's in a lot of light. Most of the beers are kept toward the back away from the window, but it's not exactly ideal cellar conditions. On the plus side, they do now accept credit cards.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

I love this place for the sheer extent and variety of their beer selection. They really could use more space to accomodate all the beer on the floor, but I do appreciate the added choices! There's even more beer in the far front corner, as well as the large walk-in cooler and smaller glass door fridge in the back.

As others have noted, you need to pay attention to what you're considering - in some cases, you can find a gem that's several years old and will age well (like the 2006 Three Phiosophers I snagged earlier this year), but in other cases the beer will likely have suffered (example - Sprecher Black Bavarian with their 20th anniversary bottle caps - which was bottled in 2005; probably no longer at its best). But the selection includes a diverse range of imports and craft beers, and they're always getting in more.

There's a limited selection of single bottles in the cooler (they won't intentionally break a 4- or 6-pack up), so you're basically choosing from full 4- & 6-packs, bombers, and cases. Prices do tend to run $1 more than some other local retailers.

I've found the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They don't always ask if I need help but are certainly available if I do, and will let you look to your heart's content without pestering you.

A local gem worth a look or repeat visits.

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

I heard from someone at Winter AleFest to check this place out. It's right around the corner from where I work so I decided to stop in and check out what they offer. Working my way to the back of the store where the beer section is. I turned the corner and almost tripped on cases that were on the floor. BEER EVERYWHERE! I'm not complaining because the selection is great but there's barely room to walk down the aisle. If there would've been two people in the store, it would be crowded. The selection really is good but you can tell they don't turn over product quickly. Dust on the bottles and items that were possibly bottled a couple years ago and not available anywhere else. That depends on what your looking for though, a four pack of '07 Thomas Hardy (great) or an Oak Aged Yeti, they age just fine, but if your searching for freshness ehh? Over all good store and I'll stop there if I'm looking for a specific beer that my first picks don't have, but I'll still be a regular at my favorite.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

I have passed this store so many times it is unbelievable. I finally noticed that the sign said "import beers" so I decided to stop in. What a find! Especially since it is 2 minutes from my house.

First thing, this is not the easiest store to navigate in. Everything is very cluttered with beers overflowing from the shelves onto the floor (not necessarily a bad thing). The beer can be found in the last two aisle on both sides top-to-bottom. 6-packs can also be found on the floor in front of the shelves (guessing because of lack of shelving space). All that aside, here is my review:

The quality of beers is good, depending on the age of the brews on the shelf. They have several import beers, such as St. Bernardus (every kind), Rochefort, Chimay, Mikkeller, and several others. Microbrew quality is very nice as well. Off the top of my head Dogfish Head, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Full Sail, ST, Flying Dog, Rogue, GLBC, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, and the list goes on.

As far as the service goes, I still have mixed feelings. I have been there 3 times, and have only been asked once if I needed help. I guess I could be a little more proactive. With all these beers, I'm assuming the owners have good knowledge of their beers.

The selection is huge. Tons of variety. Has some of the rare stuff, but not like Belmont Party Supply. Examples of the rarer stuff would be Bell's Batch 8000, Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper 2007, Flying Dog Collaborator. Also has a very large selection of bombers.

Price can be rather pricey for some of the beers by a dollar or two. However, given the option in these parts I am more than willing to spend an extra dollar or two for quality beer.

My biggest knock on this place is the upkeep. Everything is covered in a nice coat of dust, especially the beer, which makes it rather unappealing. I have found beers on the shelves from Three Floyds (hasn't been in Ohio in a year and a half), and beers 2005 and 2006. Also found several IPA's from 2006 and 2007.

In this store I would advise caveat emptor (buy at your own risk). There is a lot of decent treasures you can find in this store, but just look at the dates and look for beers that age well.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Centerville carryout is a great place to find great beers. The owner is passionate about both craft brews as well as fine wine.

I had passed it many times before and from the looks of the store and the name never stopped in. It's kind of a tough entrance and exit any ways. So when I was recently searching for some Bourbon County Stout a buddy of mine told me to go here. I did and I wasn't dissapointed.

I must not be the only one who passes this place over or does not know what they specialize in because I walked into quite a treat. They carry everything micro wise and some damn good Import also. Alesmith, Avery, entire Founders lineup, all Bell's, all Great Lakes, Southern Tier, Stone, all 3 Floyds,etc, etc, etc. Seriously the list goes on and on. Nearly as much beer as Belmont Party but he doesn't seperate his six packs and they don't take credit cards. Which are the downfall. Oh large selection of great singles in Bomber or things like J.W. Lee.

The first time I went here. Early April I bought Five bottles of Stone 04/04/04 (to complete my case for my party 12/12/12) the last sixer of Batch 7000, and two four packs of Founders Breakfast Stout. Suffice too say I've spent quite a bit of cash there recently.

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Centerville Carryout in Centerville, OH
Place rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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