Save-On Craft Beer & Wine


68 Ratings
Save-On Craft Beer & WineSave-On Craft Beer & Wine

Type: Store

7411 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio, 44060-5405
United States

(440) 918-1905 | map

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Added by adamette on 11-10-2009

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Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

I added this place to Beer Advocate so I will be sure to represent it well here. First learned about this place while at Ballantine's in Willoughby by its owner/operator as it had just opened at that time. It has been open since approximately the beginning of October, 2009. During my first trip I met and spoke with the manager, Wally, who is middle eastern and a very approachable fellow. I found it interesting that he was managing this place with so many incredible beers but he himself had not sampled very many of them at the time. During that first trip I recommended that he try all of the trappist beers (they have each of the trappists represented except for the Achel and Westvleteren) as well as Old Rasputin.
I returned there earlier tonight, spoke with Wally and he was glad that I had made those recommendations. He reported that he really liked them. He also indicated that he liked several others and recommended those to me.

Quality. American Craft beers greet you as you enter, probably 150 different varieties with six and 12 packs below and singles ...of every available beer... displayed on the top shelf at eye level. Big signs throughout the store encourage "mix six packs" and this is very nice for a shopper such as myself since I enjoy tasting a lot of different beers. Anyway, three rows of American Craft, one whole row of Belgian, one row of German and most of a row of English and Scottish beers with some "wildcard" American craft to finish out that row. There are easily 500 different craft and imports in this store. That is just the "shelf" beers. The coolers that exist on the right and back wall are filled with 12 and 24 packs of a wide range of craft, import and, yes, a few BMC beers. In case you wondered, there are also 6 rows of wine and a huge supply of pipe tobacco, cigarettes and all manner of cigars. The place is clean (It is only a few months old now) and everything is displayed very nicely. Oh, they currently have gift sets from Samuel Smith, Corsendunk, Troegs, Brewery Ommegang and Petrus. 4.5

Service Well really very good. See comments above about Wally, the operator who was very patient, engaging and enthusiastic about his store. 4.5

Selection The best in the area. World Wines and Liquor in Mentor used to have this honor with honorable mention going to the various Heinen's but this place surpasses both of those. See some of my comments above for more details. 4.5

Value They break up any six pack and simply divide the price of the 6 pack by six and that price goes on the singles. That is rare as far as I have seen and it is very much appreciated.

Addendum 1 11 10: I went there for a fourth time last week and Wally gave me 4 New Glarus beers that he said that he could not sell due to not having distributorship in Ohio. He said that he was keeping them for his good customers as a thank you. I am certainly increasing my "service" rating from the previous 4.5 to a 5.0. What a great move, one that I wanted to share with others.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ohiou84
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My go to place for craft beer in Cleveland. I travel an hour out of my way to visit this place every other week. The staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend. Lots of great local stuff.

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Photo of ManBat12
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This place is worth the stop

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Photo of headbangingteacher
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

While visiting my father in law about 15 minutes away, I visited this place, ultimately twice, because of the reviews I read here. I am glad I did and I feel compelled to write my own.

This is not a huge store and a good portion is dedicated to wine and various tobacco products. What is present in the world of craft beer is interesting, plentiful and quite varied given the limited space, and compared to what I am used to, priced very well.

I went in on the day after Christmas to the sounds of some very religious Christmas music. The employee behind the counter greeted me right away and asked about my holiday. I asked about his and he chuckled that he was "recovering". Over the course of the time I was there and other people came in and out, the guy greeted himself twice more and apologized for doing so, referring once again to his previous day's exploits. I mention all this because despite the generic appearance, this particular employee, who was the only person there on both my visits, was very engaging and spirited, and that definitely improved the overall vibe of the place.

Things were definitely a bit picked-over because of the holidays, but there were still lots of goodies organized mostly in rows dedicated to domestic, import, Belgians, regional?, and finally, Ohio. Along the three walls are refrigerators with a few items not on the shelves, but not many.

There is also a growler station, and here management has decided to display new and interesting beers (Otra Vez) and beers behind the counter. Two of these at the time were Gumballhead and YumYumYum. Given that I cannot get and have never had 3 Floyd's, I enquired as the availability of these items to which the gentleman replied excitedly that he had some behind the counter. Worried, I asked about price and he said he could only part with two of each, but singles are priced in proportion the price of the 6ers, so these were 2.18 each. Ecstatic, he then asked if I had ever heard of Zombie Dust, and when I replied in the affirmative, he wondered whether I would like one bottle of that, same price. More points for this dude and his place. After grabbing some Clown Shoes bombers and a bunch of singles of beers I cannot get in MD, including a bunch brewed in Ohio, I headed to the counter. After telling the dude I was there because of reviews I read on BA and that the place lived up to the hype, he continued to that me profusely. When total rang up, he ran off behind the counter and brought back a Unibroue glass for me. I stopped by once more before heading back home and will make this a regular stop whenever visiting the area.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.22/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

You can tell by the photo this place ain't all fancy and pretentious. The guy in line in front of me was getting a 30-pack of Miller Lite and the woman behind me a box of wine. Meanwhile, I got a six-pack of Anti-Hero, something from The Bruery and a bottle of KBS -- all at almost half the price of my usual craft beer shops in Pennsylvania. Plenty of friendly banter initiated from the guy behind the counter, too. Would stop here all the time if I lived anywhere close.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Awesome, organized selection. Clean place with a friendly staff that I visit every time I am out in the Mentor area. Highly suggested.

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Photo of BeechwoodJim
4.29/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Tons of bottles to pick from but if you want to fill a growler call before you as they don't update the website as often as needed.

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Photo of JSahrle
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place. Best beer store I visited on my trip to PA and Ohio. Wish this was closer to home!

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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of mtomlins
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best use of an old Dunkin Donuts location EVER!

Doesn't look like much, but what a great store. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. They are willing to let you browse or will walk around pointing out all the gems. Hell, they even carry your cases (yah, I bought a lot) out to the case for you. An incredible selection on the growler filling station as well (Bodhi, DirtWolf, Breakfast Stout, Hop JuJu, Speedway!). If you spend a few minutes shopping and talking with the staff to prove you aren't a D-Bag, you will most likely be rewarded....that's all I'm sayin' ;).

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Best store i found in the Cleveland area. the workers were very friendly and knowledgeable. the manager also hooked it up with some floyds from the back! will definitely be returning next time i go home to CLE

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Photo of cbutova
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in due to the great ratings on here while driving through Ohio over the summer. We arrived about 5 minutes after opening time on a Sunday morning only to find the store looking closed.... luckily for us it wasn't. The owner was inside, opened the door and turned the lights on. He was very welcoming and had many suggestions of what brews were new and good. Very helpful.

The selection enormous. It seemed like most of the stuff was laid out in singles but six/four packs of mostly everything could be found. Lots of singles both in the cooler and out on the shelves, of which there are many. This was certainly my sort of store where you could look around and seemingly find hidden treasures at every corner. I am sure he would have told me where anything was but I kind of find it to be part of the fun looking around myself at first. Left with four mixed-six packs of brews from OH, MI (ton of Bells) to CA (which I can't get some of in MA). Honestly probably one of the best selections I have seen in ANY beer store around the country. Didn't seem overly dusty but also didn't seem like they moved things as fast as the best of them. Plenty of US craft as well as Belgian and foreign bottles as well. Prices were much better than what I am used to paying in MA, save-on indeed. Anyone with a selection of singles around them like this is very lucky.

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Photo of ClePaul
2/5  rDev -56.9%

Good stuff, Wally will only take care oif you on the rare ones if he feels like. Which is about 50% of the time. James has grown on me but is still a bit 'out there' Amazing selection of singles, most of which are cold.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of LostHighway
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mrosinack
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Does not look like much, but wow. Varied and extensive selection of craft beers, both domestic and import, local and regional. Knowledgable staff, extremely friendly and helpful. All around great shop!

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sethpezar
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of tommyguz
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of garuda
4.5/5  rDev -3%

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Save-On Craft Beer & Wine in Mentor, OH
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