In Oxford for a conference. This is a quirky little place downtown--easy access to the university. It's a small store, but decorated in a warm fashion--lots of old woodwork, old shelves. The refrigerated beers are limited--about 3 fridge sections, and not much of interest in them, except for all the Great Lakes ones. Then there's a cozy little back section where you can get singles (individually priced around $1.75-$3--it's like a make-your-own six-pack but they pull 'em out and check them individually at the register). Since I was looking for variety, this was great for me. Some of the bottles had been around a while--I got a 2012 christmas beer from some place. It wasn't good--very oxidized. There's a decent selection of bombers, though most are pretty common, like Stone or New Belgium.
You can pretty much tell what their circa 2014 selection is by looking at my beer reviews for the past week--I added about 25 new ones.
Main Street Gourmet has been the go-to place for craft for the fiveish years I have spent in this town. They have a large selection of wine and coffee, and supplement it with a good but not great selection of beer. What is great about main st. is the singles section. You can get singles of pretty much any beer they carry, and they do not charge a premium for that. They also tend to get in a decent amount of harder to find beers.Dont expect to find much, if any super rare beers such as KBS, but I have no problem finding beers such as Speedway Stone IRS, and Hoppin Frog.
The service leaves some to be desired. The owner, who has been very tied up in his new brewpub, Quarter Barrel (which is great) tends to never be in anymore. The two ladies who work there no literally nothing about craft, and are clueless when I ask questions, or try to make a request.
If the service hadnt gone downhill in the last year I would rate this place higher, but it has simply been less inviting of a place in the past year, then it has in the past.
I was in Oxford on business and doing my research, it looked like this was the place to go in Oxford. Upon arriving, I was greeted by the by the owner Chris. Chris is very knowledgable about all that he sells, and was good at steering me toward things that I might like after a brief discussion.
Some of the beers are in a cold case, but all are protected from light. I wasn't really worried about anything going off here. The selection was pretty good for a small college town, and I went back several times. Chris recommended the Stein Keller for dinner, and it was great. Definitely hit both places if in the area.
At a work retreat, sometimes we all need to take a break. Several of my colleagues and I checked this place out and were fairly impressed for the find.
Quality: Quite nice in a quaint little shop in downtown Oxford, OH that screams Bobo, it's full of gourmet coffee, wine and a growing selection of craft beer. They had some nice selections and only a few were kept in the two coolers they have, and the rest were actually in the back of the store off to the right, where it felt pretty cool and was relatively dark and away from the windows, so I feel that they know to take care of their beer.
Service: The guy working was super cool. We were the only customers in the store at the time and he asked if we were all 21 because he was going to crack a new beer they had just gotten in (ST Heavy Weizen -- something we get quite a bit of across the river in Cincinnati, but I've never picked this one up) and was going to give us all samples. We all immediately thought this was really cool. He was a self-proclaimed "wine guy" but he said that he's really trying to get into craft beer as well and he asked us all questions about what we thought about the beer and he gave us his $.02 -- which was cool because he wasn't pretentious at all.
Selection: It's a relatively small shop, so there is never going to be a ton of selection, but they had stuff from Jolly Pumpkin, a fair amount of Stone, Southern Tier, Great Lakes, Ayinger, Hoppin' Frog, etc. -- pretty much the standard fare for what can be found in solid shops in this area of Ohio. For the size of the establishment though, definitely good!
Value: I would say the prices were average to even a tad below on a couple of beers around here (e.g., the Speedway was a couple bucks less than what I see it for around here), but really, you get what you pay for and I feel that they were fair. I will most certainly hit this place up again if I'm in Oxford and have a some time to kill.
Main St Gourmet is the go to place for beer and wine enthusiasts who want to be able to find selection that cant be found elsewhere. Aside from a great wine/champagne selection, there is a pretty good selection of beers from a lot of breweries, especially American microbrews. The option to mix your own 6 pack is really nice for sampling a bunch of different stuff. They also have good coffee.
The one down side is that the beer is over priced. I understand that it is a niche market in a college town but I have never seen the prices on some of the brews that they have as high as they are anywhere else. You would almost be better off drinking the same beer at a bar.
Other than that it is a nice place with nice employees and good selection. Its fun to check the selection.
Last time I was there they also had some homebrew supplies. Nothing major, just some finings like Irish moss and whirlifloc tablets
Located in uptown Oxford, Ohio...amiss all of the college bars and party store that sell to the only the college undergraduates (Natty Light, Beast, etc.) is Main Street Gourmet. Chris, the owner, is relatively knowledgeable on beer, but more so on wine. They have a nice selection of 6 and 4-pack,and bombers...and a few make your own. Since moving here a year and a half ago, I frequent this place looking for new beer suggestions to try. The place is pretty pen and Chris is always trying to get anything that you want...just put a name on it and he'll try to get some.
I have lived here in Oxford for seven years now, and have frequented Main Street since I moved here. I have watched thir beer selection grow and grow, going from mostly imported beers and some American microbrews to carrying a pretty impressive selection.
In terms of service, Main Street is solid. Chris, the owner, is pretty open to looking into beers that he doesn't carry, and will try to get them if he can. The place is tiny, and filled with wine and beer, as well as some little gadgets and accessories to aid your drinking endeavors. When you walk in, either Chris or another employee is usually sitting at a table, listening to some chill tunes, and reading...always welcoming you as you walk in the door.
As stated before, the selection keeps growing, and getting more and more experimental. Main Street now carries several Stone bombers (Vertical series, Russian Imperial), the Southern Tier Cuvee series, and some excellent Dogfish Head beers. I was very excited when he started carrying several beers from Founders! There are also some good Belgians, and a few French styles. I find myself stopping in about once a week to pick up a little something, see what's new, and ask about getting in another beer I recently heard about.
Overall, in the small town of Oxford, this place is a stand out. If you're here, you need to stop by and pick up a bottle, search the tiny corners and cabinets, and enjoy.
Located in the heart of Oxford's "uptown", Main street gourmet has a decent variety of imported and micro brews (they advertise having over 100 microbrews). They have a full lineup of Stone Brewing Company, Founders, Spaten, Franziskaner, Erdinger, Bells, Troegs and many others. Most beers are sold in single bottles and are individually priced. The also have several 6pks of the better sellers. In addition to the beer selection, they have wide variety of different wines and champagnes.
The staff is one of the most friendly and helpful that I have ever encountered. In fact, I had a question about a beer and the owner went into the back and got a cold one for me to taste test free of charge! Most of the prices on things are reasonable (16oz warsteiner for $1.89, 22oz Double Bastard Ale for $6.99, Stone RIS bomber 7.49$ etc) and the selection is very respectable. If you are looking for a laid back hole in the wall where lots of different beers and wines can be found, check out Main Street Gourmet.