Palmer's Beverage Center

Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center
Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center

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

(614) 263-7444 | map

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cratez from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

What I bought: Sixpoint Bengali Tiger, The Brew Kettle Old 21 Imperial IPA, Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale, Bell’s HopSlam Ale, and Sixpoint Resin.
What I liked: Grabbed some nice finds and everything was very fresh, so I was certainly happy with the quality of my purchases.
What I disliked: LOTS of empty space on the shelves, took about 15 minutes for the cashier to ask me if I needed any help, smaller selection than Weiland’s with seemingly higher prices, just okay in comparison to other U.S. craft beer stores.
Would I go back? Maybe.
Overall Rating: 68

Jan 29, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Although this is a small corner store without a ton of room for stock, the selection is high in quality. Quite a few Belgian and UK offerings, plus many Ohio brews. Staff were very knowlegdeable and helpful and seemed to enjoy talking about the state of craft beer in Ohio. Very enjoyable visit, and the proprietor has a friendly dog who greets customers as they shop. Take the time to visit this place - it's worth a stop!

Oct 17, 2017
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HerdNo1 from West Virginia

2.59/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

May 31, 2017
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burkat from Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

Jan 09, 2015
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Lightman from Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Jul 05, 2014
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Photekut from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jun 29, 2013
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AleWatcher from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Jan 23, 2012
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Bung from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Darker interior with wood shelving makes it feel fairly cozy. Also looks like this is a fairly old establishment. 2 guys working, one older, neither seemed too interested in me. I prefer to not have anyone bother me though. At the same time absolutely no conversation at checkout, meh. Even the cashier at the Total Wine usually has something to say.

Good selection of US micros. Foreign stuff looked good too. Coming through looking for stuff not available to me in NC, this pretty much meant Ohio locals, Alesmith, Troegs and 3Floyds. More interesting 22s and 750s but some local sixers. Really wasn't blown away by the selection of stuff I was looking for, but maybe I just came at a bad time. Still a quality selection. Alesmith well represented, grabbed a couple along with a Flying Mouflan. Black Sun was the 3F, which I had and is good, but I find 3F to be higher priced to buy repeats.

I think there must be a real dearth of stores in the Columbus area. This place was fine but really was a step down from the "top rated" stores in pretty much every other state I've been in. I personally found Wieland more interesting. Would pop in though to see if anything interesting was around.

Jan 06, 2012
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pBRale from Iowa

4.74/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Palmer's beverage center may look average from the outside, but immediately upon entering the store it is obvious that this is an outstanding store. The atmosphere is good, the selection is awesome, and the prices are fair. The only downside is that they do not have any singles to make your own six pack, so I had to leave the store with a lot less variety than I would have liked. They do have an excellent selection of bombers and most are very fairly priced. The 6-packs were a good value as well, although I did see a few here and there that were overpriced. On the whole, the value is great though. The employees were very helpful and very knowledgeable, and I was able to pick up Stone vertical epic 2010 that was properly cellared for the past year to go with the 2011 I bought as well. It is a great store and a great place to find good beer.

Nov 19, 2011
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fantasyroach from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here driving from NC to Detroit after check to see what places got good reviews along the way from Beer Advocate and could not have been happier to stop in. Lucky for me I showed up on beer delivery day, so not only did I have the option to pick from their wide variety of beers, I had the option to pick from beers right off the truck. Emily was very knowledgable of all their beers and was a big help in my selection. Top notch place and if you're in Ohio and get the chance, you have to stop in here.

Aug 14, 2011
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warbird07 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Happened upon this place in my many travels for work....what a cool place, with about four aisle sides and a couple end caps, and numerous cooler doors devoted to different brews..clean and pretty well organized accroding to domestic and imports..and a great selection of both indeed.both in bombers and sixers..I am used to Michigan shops, and I know what is distributed in MI, so what is available here jumps right out at me..Alesmith, Green Flash, Hoppin Frog, Two Brothers, etc, I was pleased..and the prices were fair..The woman behind the counter was friendly and knowledgable, and was quick to inform me what was new in this week(it was also written on a chalk board as well...I also picked up a couple glasses from a nice 3.99 a piece...It was a great place to go that I will go too again...

Aug 08, 2011
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smithm1970 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Palmer's is one of the best beer stores in the Columbus area. I always know they will be able to access the hard-to-find beers that make their way to the Columbus market, and I have found them to be very knowledgeable about their beer selection. The place is well-maintained and the staff are always willing to offer to help you in any way they can.

They carry an excellent selection of Belgian beers, and I always know they will be able to have an decent amount of midwest brews when others are only given limited quantities.

If you plan to visit Columbus to buy beer, you should definitely add Palmer's to your list of places to visit.

Jun 01, 2011
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BigDRS from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this past Friday after reading reviews here on BA.

Place had a great selection, far better than any place I've come across in the year or so I've been living in Columbus. There were about three small aisles of beer. A good amount of singles were on the shelves. In addition to those aisles, they have an ok selection of beers kept refrigerated along the wall. About half of the stuff in the cooler was BMC products, the rest was Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, etc.

Employees were really friendly. There was a girl cleaning up who asked me if I needed any help, I declined as I prefer to browse on my own. A couple of guys were hanging out behind the counter watching "The Office" on a TV located near the door - made for a pretty chill environment.

This place is a bit out of my way for where I'm living at the moment, but I'll be back for the awesome selection. I didn't see the dog that others have commented on ... maybe I'll run into it when I stop back.

May 28, 2011
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lancehenry from Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I had to stop in here due to all the good reviews they've gotten. I must say, I was quite impressed! It seems to be an older store but fairly maintained. My girlfriend loved the dogs. She's not a beer lover so it was nice that they kept her entertained while I shopped. They have several aisles of bombers, singles, sixers etc, and them several coolers full of beer also. I walked away with some Maharaja, Duvel, Hoppin Frog Boris and a Hippie, which I can't wait to try. All in all, a great little shop.

May 17, 2011
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BeerBuckeye from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was actually on my way to Weiland's when I decided to hit Palmer's instead today.

Wow, I was impressed. I told the cashier that I was having some sensory overload, because the selection was outstanding.

(disclaimer, I'm not huge into Belgians/German beers, so I can't attest much to the import selection). But as far as American selection goes, I was not disappointed.

Great selection of sixers and bombers from all the great breweries, and even ones that might be a little more difficult to find. And they only had a single cooler of BMC =)

Not really many singles to speak of, but that was okay.

The pricing was amongst the most competitive I've seen in Columbus. All their stuff was as least as low as I've seen at other beverage places, and some was even a couple dollars cheaper.

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Honestly, the fact that Weiland's and Palmer's are so close together can basically make them a single store. Hit these two places and you probably have hit the best selection in Columbus.

Apr 18, 2011
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

In my opinion, Palmers has the best selection of beers in Columbus. I didnt get a chance to visit every store, but this one stood out as far as selection goes. The gentlemand working at the store wasnt very approachable and seemed kind of mopy, but his dog was cute. Palmers was a mix between Brawleys in Charlotte (because of the dog), Sams in Durham (because of the look), and City Bev in Winston Salem (because of the layout). Prices seemed extremely reasonable with everywhere else in town. Perhaps my memory is fading, but I swear all of the Bruery beers here in OH are nearly $5 cheaper than in NC. Due to the super easy and convenient location, this place should remain quite popular.

Jan 19, 2011
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Anytime I get paid, this is the first place I go. Being a broke college kid, I get in here probably 3 times a month. They have a great selection, and I love finding something new that I'm not expecting.

The shop is well organized, sorted by brewery and it makes things fairly easy to find. They have coolers stocked with beer as well, but the selection in there isn't nearly as impressive as what's on the shelves. The back half of the store is all wine, and they have a pretty nice selection of wine as well.

The service is fairly good. If you need anything, you just have to ask and someone will help you out. This is definitely my go to store. It's fairly close to campus and has everything I could need.

Aug 20, 2010
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Spider889 from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Just recently made my first trip here after all my years in Columbus.

They have a very large selection of bombers, to the point of near exclusivity. There are some six packs of the common bells and bigger breweries you could get at the grocery store. As well as many seasonal 4 packs. (They had a ton of Breakfast Stout when others were running out).

The best reason to come is that they often have more limited beers that many stores around town never get. Some stuff from Mikkeller/Brewdog, limited Hoppin' Frog, a ton of Jolly Pumpkin, BA Gonzo, and even a handful of 1.5L bottles of Thirsty Dog BA 12 Dogs.

The prices are on par for the most part, but I did notice that some things were about $1 more a bomber/4pack than some of the competition.

Recommended stop for sure, you'll not walk out empty-handed.

Aug 05, 2010
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jimbus from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

Stopped by here today for the first time. Better selection than most places I've been to locally. Lots of bombers to pick from, a good amount of 6 and 4 packs. They don't let you mix and match to make your own 6 pack though. Attendant working was less than friendly and seemed annoyed by beer related questions/conversation.

I haven't much gotten into the Belgians & other imports yet but it seemed that they had a pretty impressive selection. Impressive selection of local beers, including lots of Hoppin Frog. I prefer Pace High but will continue to stop by here to check out what they have.

Jun 02, 2010
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bevdaddy from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in here on a trip through Columbus based on the reviews here. I was very pleasantly surprised.

There is a wide selection of great beers, mostly in bombers. I saw Avery, Founders, Goose Island (Nightstalker, no less), Troegs, Stone, etc. There is also a cooler selling cold singles of decent beer.

The reason I stopped in was to try to find something VERY local to Columbus. After spending a few minutes speaking with Emily (who I think is in charge of the beer section), who was awesome and very helpful, I decided on a four pack of Elevator Brewing Horny Goat, which ruled.

Great place, great people, great selection, and very reasonable prices.

Apr 24, 2010
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manabozo from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

I stopped by here on the way back from my buddies place. When you walk in your instantly greeted by what just came in fresh. The beer is located on the left side of the wall. They feature a great selection of Belgian styles as well as a bunch of great American brews. And for a very reasonable price. The staff is very courteous (although i feel that they more wine people). I have been back at least 10 times since my first visit, I usually run out of there with a good selection. I recommend this place for people trying stopping through, as it is easy to get too off the highway. Take 71 to N. Broadway exit (71S: turn RT. off exit, 71N turn left toward the Sunoco), go to Indianola and turn left Palmer is 100ft on the left! See ya there!

Apr 13, 2010
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

This is one of my go to places in Columbus. I think it has the largest selection of beer in town. It is mostly bombers and magnums. They do not have the option to create your own six pack.

It is well organized with the first isle being English/Irish/Scottish breweries. All the Sam Smith, lots of BrewDog, all of the J.W. Lees Harvest Stout series, Thomas Hardy, you get the idea. The end of this isle is where the German ales reside. Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Aventius etc.

Down the middle isle to the left side is all the Belgian breweries and Belgian style breweries. Lots of hard to find Unibroue, Cantillon, Lindeman's Gueze, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Rochefort and more.

The right side is one half of the American craft selection. This is the best place, or only place, in town to get Jolly Pumpkin. They have a lot of JP. I just got a bottle of La Roja recently. There is also all of the AleSmith brews in this isle.

The last isle is a continuation of craft beers. Lots of The Bruery, Avery, some of the better DFH like their 750ml bottles and 4 packs, and Hoppin Frog. The bottle shelf of this isle is where they keep their 6 packs. There arent many, this shop mostly has bombers.
At the end of this isle is where Bell's 6 packs and The Brew Keeper and Buckeye Brewing can be found.

Along the wall there are coolers with some 6-packs but I usually just ignore them. All the good stuff is on the shelves.

Mar 27, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

In Columbus for holiday so I stopped by one of the highest rated beer stores to compare to Chicago. While its nothing remotley close to Binny's in LP, its pretty damn good for Columbus.

They have 4 rows of beer, placed appropriately by region and nice great selection of West Coast brews I can't get in Chicago. Great selection of Stone and Alesmith, then some great semi locals like Troegs then an awesome Yeti seasonal pack. The price is great, I got a great bottle of Cantillon for 15, more like 29 in Chicago.

Dec 24, 2009
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Lolli1315 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Small place and almost missed it as I was driving down Indianola.

Walked and and I immediately liked what I saw. Kind of a whole in the wall place, but there was a good amount of beer to pick from. The one complaint that I may have is that you could only get BMC products cold and the better stuff was all warm, but this is not the biggest deal to me.

Did not receive any help from those working there and the two guys seemed a little uninterested, but I went straight to what I wanted and then wandered for a little while so I may have looked like I was a person who did not want any help.

Place also seems to have a nice selection of wine if anyone is interested in that.

Aug 25, 2009
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flexinwext from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

I think this is probably the best place to go to find that hard to find beer in Columbus. They have a great selection of bombers and a pretty decent six pack selection. It seems that whenever I walk in for one thing, they have something I've never seen or been dying to try that I just have to splurge on. The prices are a little higher than other places I've been, but they do tend to have a much better selection so you are paying for availablility. The workers are very knowledgable and are good at giving selections. Overall, if I am looking for something hard to find, this is the place to go.

Jun 09, 2009
Palmer's Beverage Center in Columbus, OH
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