Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits - North Willow

Your Rating: None
10 Ratings

Type: Store

2342 W 86th St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46260-1906
United States

(317) 228-9463

// CLOSED //

No notes at this time.

Added by JoeQuinn1 on 10-21-2010

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TallPaul07
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Kahn's North WIllow is a pretty cool store. It's not as convenient for me as the Keystone store, but it embodies much of the same things that I like about Keystone. It's a big shop, huge selection of craft beer (local, international, hard to find, etc.). The staff are very knowledgeable and professional and hit all the marks for what you're looking for when going to find something new or just go get your favorites. Nothing worse than a place with good beer, but terrible service...Kahn's couldn't be more opposite.

One of my favorite things about this Kahn's location is that they hold monthly beer tasting events and then raffle off rare beers at the end (i.e. Cantillon, Bourbon County Coffee, etc.). They attract a good sized crowd for these events, get local goodies and other rare beers I wouldn't otherwise get to try, and put on a really nice tasting. They are beer advocates in every sense!

 904 characters

Photo of MordorMongo
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally time to review some of my go-to stores, have been meaning to for a while now!

Kahn's Willow is my most visited store by a mile, it is where I go not only for daily drinkers but anything off the wall that strikes my fancy (second only to Kahn's- Keystone in selection in Indy IMO). Very large store, wide, roomy aisles, extremely clean. Beer to the left once in store. The main beer aisle has all the coolers on the left, the center is for fresh seasonals/promos and to the right is the warm selections. Despite being in the store hundreds of times I never fail to find something new and interesting. Given the location this store gets less traffic than the Keystone location and many other Indy stores and without fail seems to always have the sometimes harder to find Three Floyds, Sun King and Upland (all locals for that matter) line-ups. Their local selection is only topped by their huge import section found mainly on the right side of the main beer aisle. Trust me, if it is available they have it! The staff is very friendly and always willing to look for something for you or get you some information on upcoming releases, etc.

One of the great perks of Kahn's are the tasting events. Quite often they have themed (and some non-themed) tastings, one of which is an annual 3-4 day Battle of Belgium which is ran NCAA pool style with blind matchups everyone votes on, they have had sour tastings, hoppy tastings, local tastings, etc. All very enjoyable and ran smoothly. At these events they have raffles of rare, limited bottles for K-Club members (extremely cheap annual membership (ten bucks I think)), I have seen KBS, Bourbon County Coffee, Fou' Foune, etc up for grabs. The membership isn't required for the events, just for the raffles, and it comes with some other special perks as well...definitely worth looking into!

No food per se, though they do have some snack stuff and a cheese/cured meat selection.

Kahn's isn't the cheapest for each and every bottle but they are not the most expensive either, given their selection I feel they are priced about right and consistent for the area.

 2,117 characters

Photo of stouts4me
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A: nice store, laid out well, all the beer to the left.

Q: overall, not bad, not great.

Serv: the guy on the floor was nice, and helpful, would look in back if you did'nt see what you wanted.

Sel: the craft selection was fair, the belgium and foreign was pretty large.Found my first bourbon-barrel aged stout in a can from Great Cresent Brewing ( will review that, too.), and one of my all-time favorites - Samichlaus Helles in a four pack. Greedy Binny's back in Illinois ( if they even have it ) sell it only single bottles.

F: n/a

V: prices were o.k., some looked a tad high.

 583 characters

Photo of tsauce2
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A: This location used to be a grocery store, so it is a large space and now feels a bit like a warehouse/industrial. Everything is well set up and pristine.

Q: Everything I have purchased from this store has been of the highest quailty.

S: Service is good. One employee in particular in the beer section is very personable, knowledgable, and informed on all of the new products coming into distribution.

S: Probably the best beer selection on the north side of Indianapolis. There are two other locations that are close, but this location always gets things I see nowhere else. Huge selection of wine and liquor.

F: Location does not serve food, but munchies are available for purchase.

V: Kahn's is always a bit more expensive for beer than other places, but it is still very reasonably priced. Again, there are always items at this location that I can not get anywhere else, so it is well worth shopping at this store.

 926 characters

Photo of mdvatab
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Second to last stop on an Indy bottle shop tour. In comparison to Kahn's on Keystone: Layout is similar (beer to the left, wine from the middle to the right of the store), Selection seems to be slightly less, Bright fluorescent lights beam down on the beer at the 86th location (I worry about skunking issues...)

Cold beer coolers run along the right wall, and cold beer selection ranges from clearance brews to macros, to local and regional six packs, to bombers, to imports. Running parallel to the coolers is a long shelving island holding single bottles of warm beer, ranging from imports (Belgian strong ales and sours on the far end, to farmhouse ales, to stouts & porters, to German wheat brews) to craft beer (both US, as well as UK and Japan). Small displays spot the floorspace between the coolers and warm beer shelving. Notably, the store is VERY clean, including the bottles on the shelves.

Overall, I think if I'd just moved to Indy, lived close by, and hadn't visited any other great shops in town, I would have really been impressed. Earlier this day, though, I'd visited Payless (@ 96th & 69), Parti-Pak, and Crown (downtown), The quality and selection here are superb, and not one to scoff at. That said, I would normally pick Kahn's Keystone location over the 86th location

 1,294 characters

Photo of aasher
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This store is located in what used to be an old grocery store. When you walk in the first thing you notice (aside from the cleanliness) is how wide open it is. The craft beer is on the left side of the store when you first walk in. There are numerous cooler doors carrying the majority of what can be carried in the state. Across from them are multitudes of foreign singles as well as a decent selection of American singles. But the foreign selection is very impressive. It's second only to the original Kahns on Keystone. They have almost every style known to beer geeks. They even have the Leipzig Gose, Porticus, and Berliner Weiss. They have Kellerbiers, all types of Belgians, sours, saisions, etc. You could spend an hour just looking at stuff you haven't seen before. Their beer manager, Bill, and wine manager, Todd, are both very helpful and always willing to lend a hand. This is a very solid store and worth a stop. Because they don't get the kind of nonstop traffic that Keystone does it's a great place to find Three Floyds and other locals that don't last a couple hours at the other store. Hopefully you can find some gems!

 1,138 characters

Photo of cwcolby74
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is essentially a clone of the original Kahn's on Keystone, except the place is relatively new so they're not quite there yet. The set-up is the same, except the beer selection seems smaller than that at the original store.

I still like Kahn's over most of the other liquor stores, including Crown Liquors. They get some off-the-beaten-track kind of stuff that you can't seem to find other places. The beer managers at both Kahn's locations are pretty cool guys and pretty knowledgable.

As I put in my review of the other Kahn's store, they do seem to mark up certain items well above what other stores are or would charge. This is especially true with Three Floyds' seasonal releases. But that said, Kahn's seems to have more success actually getting a larger amount of those releases in stock, compared to other stores. So in the end, it's probably worth it.

 867 characters

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Nice to have a Kahn's closer to my place. Very much like the Keystone Kahn's, there is a great beer selection, including a ton of American macros (I picked up Stone's Lukcy Bastard here) and a lot of foreign brews, too.

I do wish they would carry more Indiana brews, however.

Service was quite poor at this location, though. No one asked if I needed help and I was not even given a second glance until I went to the register. Check-out was courteous but not friendly.

I'm hoping this gets better, as they've just opened. Still, not much kills a store like poor customer service.

EDIT -- I have been back twice now, due to one of the stores managers asking me to come back in and re-evaluate. I have to give points on that alone, but Kyle did a great job of helping me with the beer selection and the gentleman at the register the second and third time I've been was friendly, courteous, and overall excellent.

 914 characters

Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits - North Willow in Indianapolis, IN
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 10 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.