Palmer's Beverage Center


68 Ratings
Palmer's Beverage CenterPalmer's Beverage Center

Type: Store

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

(614) 263-7444 | map

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Photo of lancehenry
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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Photo of zimm421
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of jimbus
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

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Photo of bevdaddy
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of manabozo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -4%

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.

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Photo of flexinwext
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of beveritt
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Stopped by here for the first time the other day while searching for some local bombers for a trade. This place is located in a non-descript building on the corner. Limited parking available in front.

When you walk in the door, you are greeted by two dogs, as mentioned by other reviewers. Not sure of their names, but I think it is a nice touch. They look fairly happy, snoozing on the floor surrounded by beer and wine.

The first two aisles to your left as you walk in are all room temperature beer. There are also coolers along the right wall full of cold beer, mainly six packs. The back of the store is what appears to be a fair selection of wine.

The beer selection here is comparable to other nice stores in the area. They are a little better with their Belgian selection, but everything else is on par. As is often the case, they seem to have a few beers here that other places don't and seem to be missing a few that you can find at other places.

I knew what I was looking for, so didn't talk to the staff much. I did ask them, as a long shot, if they had any KBS left. While they didn't, they were kind enough to point me to a competitor's store who they thought might have some left. Class act in my opinion. Everytone was extremely friendly and while attentive at first, seemed happy to let me wander around with my list and ogle the goods.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Not the last stop but near the end of the line during the C-bus trip. This place had some good rarer beers and a good selection. I was only worried when I saw a good bit of Christmas beers on the shelf. Makes you wonder how old the other ones are. The people were friendly but not really helpful. My friend was able to get a cool ceramic Holy Grail goblet and they had a cool dog behind the counter. Seemed a little shady since it was in a not so great part of town. Got a few Jolly Pumpkin and headed on to the next stop.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

The final stop on a beer store tour of the five most acclaimed Columbus beer stores according to beerfly (From the Vine, The Andersons, Kenny Road Market, Spagio Cellars).

Compared to the others, Palmer's has the selection and quality to match. I asked about a the mysterious appearance of Black Albert and the guys working the counter didn't know about it. This would be an indicator of a great cover up or lack of super beer geek knowledge/access.

In any event, the selection was great and if you're on 71 passing through town, it's an easy stop.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

One of the best beer stores in Columbus. Easily accessible off of the I-71/North Broadway Exit (1 block north of N. Broadway on Indianola on your left) across the street from a Burger King.

The craft/micro selection is solid. They carry the usual hitters along with plenty of bombers. The cold case is well stocked and they typically have many of the hard to find offerings.

The service is absolutely top notch. The younger gal and guy (who I taught as a student teacher LOL) are very knowledgable, down to earth, and cheerful. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be sure to help you out.

As listed in the second paragraph, great selection along with decent prices. A must visit for any beer geeks in Columbus or for those driving through town.

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Photo of amietaj1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

This is one of my go-to spots in the greater Columbus area. It is located on Indianola, a few blocks North of the Ohio State campus (and can be easy to miss if you aren't looking closely). The store itself sells both wine and beer (with about 60% dedicated to wine and 40% to beer). I don't know about thier wine selection, but the beer selection is great. And unlike many stores that mark up the prices pretty high, these guys keep them pretty reasonable.

As echoed in other reviews, there are tons of bombers, lots of great six-packs, and decent selection of singles as well. The shelves are stocked with all of the standards that we get in Ohio: Jolly Pumpkin, Stone, Founders, Dogfish, Alesmith, Southern Tier, etc. as well as a good Belgian selection. What really makes this place great, though, is the helpful staff. They are pretty laid-back and aren't pushy at all, but are extremely knowledgable and will answer any question or give any recommendations needed.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Very well put together. I walked in as they were about to close on a dreary Saturday night. They had been working all day, I had been driving home all day. Still, I was welcomed with open arms as I step through the door 5 minutes prior to closing time. I was in shock at how welcomed I was by the owner. She was so accommodating, and was very quick to pick a few beers out for me. Her suggestions were out of knowledge and experience, this was obvious from her words on each beer. Their selection of belgians and American craft was awesome. I didn't say that right let me try again. Their selection of belgians and American craft was only second to that of Oaktree in NJ, which to date was the equivalent of a beer distributor, bottle shop that comes in the form of a liquor store. Palmer's was great, in every way. They had all of the best, East, Midwest, and West Coast offerings. Anything and everything as well as an extensive 6 pack collection. I was so happy that I had the opportunity to shop around in this spectacular store. Thank you so much Emily, you were so incredibly helpful.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Not much new of substance to add, so I'll just largely reiterate what has essentially already been stated:

Friendly/attentive staff, flanked by a friendly beagle and a friendly bulldog great you upon arrival. Next, you are met by a highly impressive variety and scope of quality brews....tons of bombers.... A small sampling of what's available: Rogue, Unibroque, Bell's, Weyerbacher, Stone, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, North Coast, Victory, Lindemans, Three Floyds, Rochefort, Founder's, Chimay, Van Steenberge, Duvel, Brugel, etc...

...large wine selection if you're into that too.

I could smack myself for not realizing this place was right under my nose years ago... can't wait to go back....

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Photo of genog
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Finally got to check out Palmers the other day and I was not disappointed. A very unassuming store off indianola and oakland. When you walk in you are greeted by a very nice bull dog that apparently guards the shop. Talk a left and you can see plenty of english and belgian imports of all styles, walk a little farther down the line and you can see just about all the founders beer you will ever see in Ohio. If you start looking at the second row you will see just about every Southern Tier offering that is ever exported. They also carry the largest selection of jolly pumpkin I have ever seen. I went there last week and they were just unboxing some green flash beers. First time I have ever seen those in Ohio, so we picked up as much as we could.

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Photo of ianranderson
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Visited Palmer's yesterday looking for some southern tier ubersun. They had the Southern Tier and MUCH MUCH more! Full lines of Bell's, ST, Rogue, Sam Adams (including a mix and match 6 pack for $5!), etc. Lots of Belgians and bombers.Also the prices for the bombers were a good $2-$3 cheaper than most places. Service was great. Decent selection of wine as well. Can't believe I never visited this place before. Plenty of parking out front, easy to find. It will now be my #1 stop for all of my beer purchases.

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Photo of MDekker
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Visiting my brother in Columbus, we stopped by this place. The selection was quite extensive, from a large variety of locations, including many desirable brews. There weren't any 12oz singles for sale, but we were fortunate to visit during a Sam Adams $4.99 mix-pack sale, with many styles available, so I snatched up a case of them - Honey Porter, Irish Red, Black Lager, Brown Ale, Vienna Lager, Boston Ale, and Scotch Ale - for only $16.99. Prices on all the other brews were typical. The guys behind the counter gladly looked in the back when we wanted more SA Scotch Ales. It was a satisfying visit.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

I probably go to this place 2-3 times a week. They have a great beer selection. They usually get the more obscure beers in Columbus and it is always good to check them out on Friday after they get there shipment in.

It's nice to go to an establishment geared solely for beer and wine. Although the store could be dusted more often, the beer still tastes fresh.

They still have some Three Floyd's left, which pulled out of Ohio almost a year ago. 2007 Behemoth should be ripened to perfection by now, but still steep for 20 bucks a beer. I would prefer horndog or old guardian which they have both.

They have a great selection of 220z. bottles in cooler and shelved away from natural light.

Although I know my way around, they still tell me about new beers and ask me "Have you tried this one".

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Photo of RattlinRidge
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

When I was just a kid I used to go to this store with my Dad after wrestling practice. There used to be a man sized brown plastic wolf standing on his hind legs outside of the store. While the wolf is gone, the great selection and excellent service that brought my father in (and me along for the ride) are still there.

The store has a great selection of Unibroque, Bell's, Stone, Southern Tier, Dogfish head, Victory and even some Three Floyds along with tons of others. While the majority of the selection is domestic crafts, there is a sizable selection of Belgians and other imports in the first isle to the left of the door.

The staff is very friendly and helpful and there's even a cute girl who knows a ton about beer that works there. Also, there is a friendly beagle that occasionally does a lap through the isles.

Overall, this is a great place to visit in Columbus. They have an excellent selection and are always getting in the latest season brews.

Check it out if you're in the area!

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Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This is a smallish store that is packed with beer and wine. When you walk in the door there are two options. Keep going and you will come across a row of coolers where the cold beer is kept. Or, turn left and you are presented with the rows of beer on the shelf.

They do keep a good selection of cold beer on hand. Granted, when I stop by this place I always opt to turn left at the door and start browsing.

The selection is great. Just to name a few: Weyerbacher, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, Alesmith, Bells, Unibroue, Thomas Hardy's, and some nice Belgian selections as well.

This is what I came out of the store with - Weihenstephan, Rodenbach, Bear Republic, Pinkus, and a bomber of Un-Earthly.

This is one of the better stores I have been to in Columbus for beer shopping.

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