The Andersons General Store


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The Andersons General StoreThe Andersons General Store

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7000 Bent Tree Blvd
Columbus, Ohio, 43235-6903
United States

(614) 766-9500 | map

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Photo of wingedeel
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sadly I guess this place is closing later this spring. Too bad as they have a fantastic selection of beer and mead, including Schramms. Beers were nicely laid out, and easy to browse. Prices were reasonable.

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Photo of jp32
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Very nice selection. Decent pricing, not perfect, but decent. Very well categorized by brewery location and/or bottle size, so it's easy to browse through everything without feeling lost, and also fairly easy to go straight after what you're looking for.

It's one of the better places to buy craft beer in the Columbus area that I've been to.

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Photo of bsk295
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The best selection in the area. Service is good but it depends on individual taste. The atmosphere is basically a grocery store with a gigantic selection. Prices are reasonable but hard to compare since they have such a large selection. The NW Columbus location has a much larger refrigerated section.

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Photo of JArt
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place has an amazing beer selection. Obviously, it is a grocery store, so there's nothing special to see. However, if you are looking for good beer at good prices, then this is a must visit.

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Photo of dcotom
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My go-to beer and wine destination whenever I'm back home. The "vibe" is nothing special, but I have always found the staff to be helpful and knowledgeable. On my last visit, I was able to pick up three of the beers on my want list (BP Sculpin, Sorachi Ace, & DFH Palo Santo Marron) on one brief trip down the singles aisle. I could spend hours just browsing here. (And I have.)

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Photo of mlockman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Best selection in Columbus! An entire aisle of individual bottles for sale, ands-down the most helpful staff, and the largest selection of bombers and six-packs I've ever seen. Also features a bar with nearly daily sampling.

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Photo of burkat
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

This is my most frequented beer destination in the Columbus area. The selection is second to none in the area. Service can be hit or miss. Some employees are very knowledgeable about craft beer while others are lacking and more familiar with wine. The atmosphere is nothing special. After all, it is just a department store of sorts. Prices are reasonable and generally fall in line with other retailers; however, many of their 12oz singles are marked up significantly.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

My favorite store in Columbus. The selection is incredible, and they always have great beers like Wulver, Backwoods, a bunch of Jackie O's, and a huge selection of Hoppin Frog. They have vintage J.W. Lees almost every time, and a great selection of craft beer from around the country and beyond. Service is good, and the vibe is fine. Selection rocks.

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Photo of Lightman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a beer drinker's heaven. The largest selection of craft and imported beers, IMHO, of any store in the Columbus area. Competitive pricing and a huge array of bottles available is singles. Can't believe it has taken me this ling to wander over to their store. Three thumbs up ;-)

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Photo of Mikus
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The Andersons was excellent. The atmosphere of the beer aisles (where I was hanging out) was just fine, there was a wine/cheese sampling going on... folks were casually perusing the aisles. While I wasn't checking around for dates/etc, all of the items I purchased were fresh (although the Bell's Expedition I picked up was about a year old, which is excellent). Several employees in the beer/wine section guiding patrons to their beers, and one particularly knowledgeable employee running about like a madman helping folks make their selections. I was asked several times if I needed a hand/etc. As far as I have heard, if it is distributed in OH then it is at The Andersons. Wonderful selection. Prices were on par with most I have seen.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Andersons General Store

Not very close to me and can be a real treat to visit when I'm in the area. I'll keep this review short and sweet . . . Bottom line is this . . . If it is distributed to Ohio and meets the 12% law currently on the books Andersons has it. Period !

I was seriously blown away by the selection of beer. By far the best central Ohio has to offer at the time of this review.

I won't go into what beers you'll find because like I said before . . . If it's distributed to Ohio then Andersons has it.

Only bummer was they had such a great selection of ipa's that some of the really hard to find stuff was out dated . . . Yes, hard to find, rare ipa's just sittin there covered in dust.

Check em' out.
Know what your looking for before you buy and pay attention to the bottle dates

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Photo of BeerBaron
2.86/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

This place has one of the best selections in Cbus, but due to terrible customer service, I will no longer be shopping there

Last night I called to them to see if they had received any Backwoods Bastard and the clerk on the phone assured me that indeed they had two four packs left. When I arrived in the store, I approached the same gentleman that I talked to on the phone and he went and got a four pack of the beer for me.

At this point, I decided to go talk to the beer dept. manager about KBS and whether he would taking names for reserving some bottles when Anderson's received them since they usually go within an hour or so. He told me that his policy is first-come-first-serve and that he would not be taking any names. This is understandable, but I thought I'd ask since some stores around Columbus do exercise this practice.

At this point, he realized that I was holding a 4-pack of BB in my hands and asked me sternly "Where did you get that?" I told him that one of the clerks had given it to me when I asked if Anderson's had any left. Immediately he grabbed the beer out of my hands without asking for it or anything! As he walked towards the store clerk, he said that this was reserved for someone else. He reprimanded the store clerk for not asking him first and the store clerk apologized to me and to him, but assured the manager that they had several 4-packs left. The manager said it didn't matter, they were reserved, and that he should still check with him first. The manager didn't issue any apology or explanation to me, and was more concerned about publicly reprimanding the store clerk (there were about 10-12 people witnessing this event).

This was disappointing for several reasons:
-I was mislead about Anderson's policy of "reserving" beer

-The manager grabbed the beer out of my hand, didn't ask for it, making me fee like I had done something wrong.

-The manager didn't issue any apology or explanation to me, other than "this is reserved for someone else" right after he got done explaining that this wasn't his policy

- I was not offered any consultation deal, like an opportunity to buy 1 bottle, 1/2 a 4-pack, etc

- I felt bad for the store clerk who was publicly reprimanded for doing nothing absolutely wrong, in my eyes, but was still apologetic towards me.

- I've been a long time customer (6 years) to this Anderson's store and have spent thousands of dollars on beer alone in this time frame. I also always recommend the store to someone who asks about which bottle shop I prefer in Columbus. I love this stores selection, but am disappointed to say that I will no longer be shopping there and will be recommending that people take their business elsewhere like Whole Foods down the street or Savor in Clintonville.

-This is not the first time I've had an experience like this, with the same manager. The first time wasn't as bad, but similar to this situation, I called ahead to see if they had received any Better Half. He told me that they indeed had a case but he wouldn't be selling it until 6pm on a first come first serve basis. For good measure, I showed up 15 minutes early to assure that I could get a bottle. As I approached him, he told me that he was already sold out. When I reminded him of our conversation on the phone, he dismissed it and didn't offer an explanation. Yes, this was disappointing, but I didn't make a big deal over this because I know that there are forces outside of our control (maybe he had a large line at 5pm or something that was distracting to the other shoppers), especially when retail stores receive these highly hyped beers and come up with some way to be fair. Unfortunately in the end, there are always some that end up empty handed. So I chalked this situation up to misfortune and didn't raise any complaint.

But I feel that this new situation that happened last night was unacceptable from a customer service experience, for the reasons I stated above. I don't know if there is something going on behind the scenes, if there's some inner circle of customers that get dibs, but this has been twice now where I ended up getting short-changed and this manager has treated me poorly.

I'm sad to say that Anderson's has lost a long time customer.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Before I get into my review, it's important to note that this location remodeled/expanded their Beer department about 3 years ago. This expansion really bumped Anderson's up from a regional chain general store to a craft beer destination in the Columbus metro area.

This store is a little off the beaten path from Sawmill Road & 161. During peak shopping hours it can be kind of tricky getting in and out of the store and back to main roads. They have a huge parking lot, however it gets near full at peak times. It's a big store because it has just about anything you'd need to get in one trip, electronics not withstanding. Compared to other stores in the area, the atmosphere is a slight turn off (for me) just because it's usually very crowded. The beer area is essentially the extreme southwestern corner of the store (if you don't include the gardening center). It consists of 5 aisles, 3-4 free-standing racks, and a big cooler in the back. It can be kind of close quarters because there are people with shopping carts and employees constantly stocking shelves. This can make it a little tricky if you want to browse comfortably.

The first aisle has some more common import beers (from every continent except Antarctica) in 4/6 packs and local brews (Rockmill, Columbus, Thirsty Dog, Hoppin Frog, The Brew Kettle, Rivertown, etc.). The second aisle has more regional craft beers (Great Lakes, Bell's, Weyerbacher, Founder's, Southern Tier, etc.). The third aisle has mostly West Coast craft beers (Green Flash, Stone, Rogue, Lagunitas, etc.). The 4th aisle is mostly BMC in 6'ers. The 5th aisle is all singles, big bottles to the left and 12oz bottles to the right. The free standing racks in addition to all the end-caps tend to have some really good, hard to find bottles. Look behind the bottles that are in front because I've found some good stuff hidden away (BA BORIS, BrewDog, Mikkeller, De Molen, etc.). The coolers along the back wall have some decent craft and import beers. The cooler in the back is primarily BMC but also some imports and craft beers that might not be in the aisles.

I can't give them a 5 on quality for one reason, they have a problem with rotating out old product in their 12oz. singles selection. 2/3 of the times I have put together a Mix-6 (no discount by the way) of singles, I get bottles that taste way past their prime. If it doesn't have a date on it, buyer beware! I would ask someone if there's no date on the bottle to see if they know when they got it in. Other than that, they rotate their stock quite often because it is a VERY high volume store so the other parts of the store almost always have in-date beer.

This brings me to service. While there seems to be enough staff covering the area, most of them don't know much about craft beer. They seem to be mostly wine stewards that are helping to stock the beer. There's a younger guy, Matt, who seems to be their "beer guy". If you can find him, he's the guy you wanna talk to -- he's great and knows about everything they have. They do tastings on Tuesday nights and have flyers for local events (beerfests, tap takeovers, brewery dinners, etc.) which is kind of cool. They don't seem to have a social media/e-mail presence that I know of... this is kind of a bummer because it makes it hard to know what new stuff is coming into the store and when.

Overall, this store has the largest selection of beer in Columbus. If you can't find the beer you want at another store in the area and it's available in Ohio, chances are Anderson's has it. The quality, with the exception of 12oz. singles, is always great. Price-wise it's about the same as everywhere else on the Northwest side. The atmosphere is a little crammed and uncomfortable during busy hours but it's something I have tried to get used to. The service could be a little better. I know wine is still their big thing but since they have the bodies there, they might as well get more than 1-2 people who actually know their beer and can properly assist customers with their beer inquiries.

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Photo of kenyj
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I shop in this Andersons when I'm up in the Sawmill area. I like their store a little better since they remodeled. Service seems to be ok, sometimes you find someone that's knowledgeable sometimes not. Their selection seems to be hit and miss with the rarer beers. Maybe you just need to hit the store at the right time, who knows. Prices seem to be on par with other stores though their singles prices seem to be much higher than other stores I've been in. Overall a decent selection, though I tend to prefer to support the local businesses over big stores like Anderson's or Whole Foods.

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Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

the andersons is the spot for beer. i go there about two times a week to pick up something different. there is always something i haven't tried. the service is great there's a heavy set guy who really knows his beer. there is a great food selection for good paring. the only bone i have to pick is that their singles are a bit overpriced. overall they have well priced everyrhing but singles. they have a beer tasting every tuesday evening. the lady who does the food for them always does an extremely good job.

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Photo of pBRale
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere at Anderson's is great for the general shopper because it is a one-stop shop. As for my beer purchasing preferences, it was a bit crowded, noisy, etc. but nothing I couldn't handle.

The quality of beers available was excellent, and they had everything from local brews to founders, bells, dogfish head, stone, lagunitas, bear republic, southern tier, etc. All the seasonal offerings from these breweries as well as their regular brews as well.

The service was not very good and I actually found the staff to be more annoying than helpful. They obviously didn't know much about the beers they had, suggesting a bourbon barrel aged stout for a woman who wanted suggestions for a lighter beer, and telling her it was a combination of beer and bourbon. Need I go on?

The best part of the beer area is that they had an awesome selection of singles--everything domestic as well as tons of begian imports and several things I'd never seen before or heard about. The downside to the singles is that they have a huge markup, in the ball-park of 50%. For instance, you could buy a six pack of founders dirty bastard for 10.99 but the single was $3. Still, for the variety it was pretty good. I ended up buying 5 mixed 6-packs and 2 750's and it cost me $102 which is way more than I would normally pay but I was able to get access to a lot of beers I don't have back home.

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Photo of stercomm
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is my local beer (and wine) store, have yet to find any other store in Columbus that can match The Andersons for beer selection. They have a great wall of singles that you can grab, which is a great way to sample brews. Lots of bombers which is always nice, they get a lot of seasonal beers which makes each visit an adventure.There are two guys there who know their beers, the rest of the folks are really focused on wine. They have a great walk in cooler if you need something cold. Every now and then they'll have a beer tasting.

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Photo of JakeFrancis5150
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Quite possibly one of the best beer stores in Ohio, let alone Columbus. Stopped in for the first time in a while this weekend (10/15/2011). They have recently remodeled the beer and wine areas, which allowed them to greatly expand their selection. The beer section had about 6 shelves outside of the cooler with 4/6/12 packs of just about anything you could want, from craft to crap. The cooler had the obvious high volume craft beers chilled as well as the BMC nonsense. A good selection of local brews exists as well, including Columbus Brewing Co. and Elevator Brewing.

The best part of the Andersons is their large selection of singles and bombers. 2 whole aisles are dedicated this, which is probably the largest selection of singles that I have seen recently. The 12oz singles seem a little overpriced, most about 25 to 50% more than the per bottle cost in a six pack. They also stock a small amount of logo glassware, which is nice, but it would be nice to see a general store stock plain pieces as well.

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Photo of smithm1970
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Anderson's is the only place that I can buy great beer, gourmet food, and lumber all in the same trip.

This store has a top-notch beer (and wine) section..they really know what they are doing, and the selection of beers shows that great care is made in bringing in really great brews and at the same time balancing the selection of imported with a great mix of Midwestern beers, with a focus on Michigan and Ohio.

The beer is arranged so finding what you want is easy..kudos for the wide selection of singles as well..not often found in the Columbus market, but much appreciated if you want to try several locals.

While both stores in Columbus have a good selection, the store on Sawmill Road has a better one.

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Photo of lancehenry
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

So I had to stop in here because of the large selection of beers I heard they had. Well, the reviews were right! I tell you what, the stores here in Columbus are nothing like the stores in Vegas! I was able to snag some Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas WTF, a few Ommegang's and a beer from Hoppin Frog called Outakilter. The guy working the floor highly recommended it. Customer service was great. He knew his beers and was willing to chat with me about different ones that I wasn't able to find. All in all, a must stop!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%

Stopped into the Anderson's for the first time just to check it out.

Definitely a good selection available here, especially in the singles area. Just a ton of singles available.

I didn't find the overall selection that much better than say, Weiland's, but still a good place for beer.

One thing though was that everything seemed a bit overpriced here. Some of the singles were running a good $1 more than other places. In fact, I bought a single of Founder's Dirty Bastard at the Kroger on 161 for over a dollar cheaper than they were selling it at Anderson's.

Again, good selection, but unless I absolutely cannot find the beer at a place like Weiland's, Whole Foods, etc, I doubt I'll be back

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Photo of peddlesup
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

So, this was one of the places I stopped into on my way through Columbus. The reviews looked pretty good so I thought I might find a few gems here. Not really...First of all I never quite understood the concept of this store..meat, cheese, fertilizer, lawn chairs, hardware, beer, wine?? I guess they did just remodel and expanded their beer selection. It was not bad, just not a whole lot there that I couldn't find elsewhere. I really didn't come across any gems or goodies that piqued my interest, though i did pick up a bottle of Pannepot Reserva. As for service, I didn't really come across anyone that was offering help, but then again, I prefer to paruse on my own.

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Photo of chilidog
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Ok,after my Lima Andersons closed, went through a type of saddness as an old friend has indeed left our area. Lucky by some staff transfered to Sawmill so some level of service exsists even though its some 90 miles away.

I went down a year or so ago, the store was ok.
I went down a week ago...Wow what a differance. What a remodel!

Nice new area, great new walk in coolers.
Selection is awesome. Saw beers I haven't seen in awhile. Weird, like seeing old friends cause I only bought alot of my brew from this store group.

I ordered by phone Stone V. Epic 10. They held what i wanted. Bought other Stone ive been looking for to no avail. Picked up Dogfish collaboration ale. Lagunitas special bombers ive been looking for. Sierra Nevada in bombers. Some Shiner odd singles, North Coast Old stock and others. A good trip. I even stayed to budget to the dollar. That was luck over tempation.

Staff was helpful. Parking free and plenty.
I'll be back before Epic 11 for sure.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Ok, wow. I have to edit this one. I deleted my old review because this store has been reborn!
I thought I was blown away from the change this store went through on my last visit back in April.

Go there now and you will find that the beer section has moved and expanded yet again. Expanded tenfold. It seems like there is a new part of the building built just to house all of the beer. There is a new walk in beer cooler (but there really isnt much of interest inside).

The new and improved beer section is STACKED. a good 2 or 2 and a half isles of 6 packs all organized by country. The more interesting/limited/seasonal stuff taking up the end caps.

Where I really became wide-eyed was the last isle. The singles and bombers isle. Almost every American 6 pack and major European 6 pack is broken into singles here. You will also find beers that are only available in singles among them. Pannepot Reserva was a kick ass find here.

The other side of the singles isle is where all the bombers and 750s are. Cantillons were a welcome surprise. Rose De Gambrinus most noted as I dont think Ive seen this anywhere else in Columbus. 3F Kriek and Geueze, all of Ohio's offerings from The Bruery and Jolly Pumpkin and every last Ohio bomber out there.

I had a chance to meet and chat with the new "beer guy" here who is responsible for this killer smorgasbord of beer. He was quite knowledgeable and showed me around when I asked him what was new. He said he is really into sours lately so I will definitely be keeping an eye on upcoming selections here.

The "beer guy" said bombers are at state minimum but I feel like some singles have a little but of a surcharge added. e.g. Pannepot Reserva was over $8

My old review, which is from when the expansion was in its infancy.
When I first got into beer and didnt have BA to help, word of mouth send me to the other location of The Andersons. Later I found this one. I believe this location off 161 has a better selection.

I have been here before but I stopped in again today out of lack of a better thing to do. I remember from my previous visits that there was a mediocre to decent selection of 6 packs and average selection of bombers. This trip however I was nearly blown away.

Many many beers that I didnt think I would find here. Double Crooked Tree, DORIS, Hop Dam, Brooklyn Local 1, Avery Dépuceleuse, Esspresso Oaked Yeti, Hell or High Watermellon and a few others.

The prices were low too! I remember seeing DORIS marked at under $10, Hop Dam for under $15. Dépuceleuse was a bit pricey though.

I left with Esspresso Yeti, Double Crooked, and Dépuceleuse.

If this werent so far of a drive for me I would come back here often. I feel like they get the rarer stuff in but noone around town realizes it so its all there for the taking!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

I like the Andersons its pretty close to home and they have greatly improved both their beer and wine selection. They had a ton of Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin, Hoppin' Frog, CBC, GLBC, and quite a few Elevator some I've never even knew were available.

I was very impressed and then I found their singles. Just about every beer they have is also available in a single. It was pretty crazy.

Price wise they seem to be right on and like every one else.

A great place that I've been to several times and will come back for sure.

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The Andersons General Store in Columbus, OH
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