Palmer's Beverage Center

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

69 Ratings
Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

3375 Indianola Ave
Columbus, Ohio, 43214-4132
United States

(614) 263-7444 | map

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
12.09%
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of HerdNo1
2.59/5  rDev -38.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2

I really wanted to give this place a higher rating as it was one of my introductions to craft beer. Unfortunately, it seems to have declined dramatically in the quality of the selections, the quantity of the selections, and the knowledge of the staff. I'm only in the Columbus area occasionally and haven't been in to Palmer's in a few years. There used to be a dog that greeted you when you walked in. OK. Nothing to do with beer but it certainly added to the ambiance. More importantly, the staff could tell you something about nearly every beer they had in stock. There selection might not have been quite as extensive as something like Giant Eagle but they more than made up for it in the quality of their selection and the service of the staff.

Unfortunately, that has changed. I went into the store on May 30, 2017 and the selection was pedestrian at best. Most shelves were, at best, 3/4 stocked and some were less than half full. I saw a total of two Belgian beers and I don't recall any other international offerings. There were a couple of beers on the shelf that I asked about and the person behind the counter had no idea about either. I would much rather support a local business like this than one of the big box stores but I honestly see no reason to go back until they upgrade both service and selection.

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Photo of mlockman
2.3/5  rDev -45.5%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of burkat
1.78/5  rDev -57.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5

I've read and heard great things about this establishment and decided to check them out on three separate occasions over the past two months. I was not at all impressed with this store. The store had a musty/moldy smell and the shelves were bare on all three visits. There were entire isles that only had about a half dozen 6 packs or bombers on the shelves spread feet apart from one another. The selection was nonexistent and pales in comparison to your average Kroger or Giant Eagle grocery store selection.

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Photo of nhirsch04
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Not what it used to be. Lots of empty shelves and poor overall selection.

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Well
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JeffONeal
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of sethpezar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Lightman
2.4/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Kept reading all of the great reviews so was extremely excited to stop by and check it out. Finally stopped in before the holiday. Store had almost no selection, shelves were empty and what was there was very typical grocery store pedestrian offering. Very disappointed.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Lynn
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Jmitchell3
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Austinmschauer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JimmyT19
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kvnklingler
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of falcon1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Fabiand
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Photekut
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

A little more expensive and a little less selection than at Hyde Park WS, but the service was great.

I was able to find all the best IPAs in Ohio as well as some Jolly Pumpkin, Bells, and Founders.

I will for sure be back each time I pass through. If stores were like this in TN, I would be a regular.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a decent little shop-- I found many of prices to be cheaper than Pace High.
In my opinion, the selection is better as well.

Usually when reviewing beer shops in new states or towns I prefer to check out several places before I review any of them...
We first hit Pace-High, then came here, them went to Amderson's General store. I do this so that I can compare the selections an prices.
Anderson's was the best shop, but this was second place, well ahead of Pace.

This particular store didn't have Rivertowne Lambic (which was one I had been looking for), and the employees didn't seem to even know what I was asking for. There was some Tilquin available, so all was not lost.

This would certainly be a decent stop to grab some locals, but the 15 minute drive to Anderson's is worth it in my opinion.

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Palmer's Beverage Center in Columbus, OH
4.22 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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