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

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 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 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 Lynn
3.25/5  rDev -23%

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 Wildman
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Okay, this place to is in a location you would probably overlook if not for word of mouth. North of OSU campus area, it nestled on the one of the main drags off High St. It has a very good selection of microbrews both singles and six packs cold. It has a tendency towards stocking everything of certain brewers, while ignoring others. I don't know that you can fault them, since it may be do to the distributors they use. A good place to go to select your microbrews.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.8/5  rDev -10%

Good selection. Not as many different beers as some, but has several hard to find beers BA types are likely to be in search of. Small amount of the micros are refrigerated. Why is it that the macros which likely turn over much quicker always seem to get the cooler space? Courteous, helpful staff. Prices seemed typical. Definitely check this place out if you live in Columbus.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Tough little spot to negotiate; the traffic in this area is congested and the parking, in front, is minimal. But, oh my, once you're inside it is a little bit of beer paradise as the first two groups of shelves are dedicated to beer and they are loaded. I saw some stuff in here that I've not only not seen elsewhere, I've never heard of it either, particularly some Russian beer.

Most everything is unrefrigerated, except for the higher rotation macros, and the service is, well, available. Truly worth a visit to view the stock.

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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 Bung
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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

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 Sam_Gladieux
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 Well
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JeffONeal
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Austinmschauer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of budsboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Easy to find, easy parking and a nice selection, especially bombers.

I think I dropped about $60 there and came away with Bell's Third Coast Old ale, a couple fours of GLBC's Nosferatu — both beers I adore and was surprised to still find — and a few singles. The nice young lady behind the counter took my name and number in the event they get some Victory Golden Monkey in soon. I like it when clerks do that sort of thing. They also have a dusty bottle of Double Bastard behind the counter, but I didn't ask the price.

The had a larger selection of wine, but the beer offerings make it the kind of place I'll stop by after work, no doubt.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Palmer's lies north of the OSU campus area. You are definitely only going to find this place thanks to word-of mouth. They have a small storefront parking lot and don't ever seem to be too busy so there should be no problems there.

It is worth seeking out though because the selection is one of the better ones I have come across for such a small store. There was a definite focus on micros and Belgians (I saw Duvel, Rochefort, Bruegel, Chimay etc). Some cooler space as well, along with a decent selection of singles and a few various samplers.

The staff was accommodating. Overall there is plenty here to keep a beer lover busy for awhile.

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