Cappy's Wine and Spirits

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Cappy's Wine and SpiritsCappy's Wine and Spirits
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Cappy's Wine and SpiritsCappy's Wine and Spirits
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

309 W Loveland Ave
Loveland, Ohio, 45140-2935
United States

(513) 677-2599 | map
lovelandcappys.com

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Added by gradergator on 11-24-2013

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Reviews:
21
Ratings:
40
pDev:
5%
 
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5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MatthewE
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

Cappy's review in Beer Advocate.

Hands-down, without a doubt, the best bottleshop in the greater Cincinnati area. As a matter of fact, it could be argued that Ben at Cappy's has crafted the best shop in the state of Ohio as well. I have traveled this great country from Maine to Florida to Michigan to Texas to California bouncing in and out of bottleshop after bottleshop, and personally have yet to find one that exceeds the merits of Cappy's. Here it is spelled out:
5) Ben has built Cappy's from ground up completely focused on the customer and their ever-changing needs. For six years they have been accommodating my relentless crazy requests with a 100% track record.
4) Cappy's has a 16 tap PEGAS growler fill station stocked with some of the rarest, premium, sought-after craft beers from around the Midwest and the country. PEGAS means you can fly home out-of-state with a growler now -- 30 days of freshness from fill if kept sealed. Pi-yahhh!
3) You will find no pretentious hipsters on a power trip hugging whales behind the counter at Cappy's. The staff is knowledgeable, humble, & completely devoted to the needs of the customer. Ben and mgr Sam run a tight ship.
2) Their selection of fine American craft, Belgians & European beers is impeccable. The stock selection is well-thought out and logically displayed.
1) No dusty bottles here. What I appreciate most of all about Cappy's is their continuous, laser-focused attention to the quality and freshness of the beer they sell. It is doubtful that you'll ever find an out-of-date IPA here...even if it isn't stamped on the bottle. Nothing chaps my a** more, than coming home after beer shopping out-of-state at BA highly rated bottleshops, only to find that all my non-date stamped IPA's and DIPA's have already aged and morphed into a sugary, butter-toffee malt bomb devoid of any remaining hop profile. Cappy's also moves a lot of beer, so their stock is continuously rotating...even the obscure selections as well.

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gradergator
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fantastic selection and the staff is just awesome as they truly cater to the customer. Don't forget to bring your growler as the tap selection is stellar. If you are on the eastside of Cincinnati make sure you stop in and pick up some of the freshest beer around.

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5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Chris33
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of GenghisK
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love going to Cappy's. They have a selection like I have not seen anywhere else in the area. The people that work and go there to drink are all great. They have a nice deck out front that is great for enjoying a beer and hanging out with a very nice crowd.

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Photo of benlanelsu
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great place to get high quality craft beers. They help you out if you need to pick the perfect beer. Their recommendations are very good. They even hold beer for you until you can get in the store to pick it up!

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Photo of UcDru
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Service is unlike any store I have ever been into. Ben has never met a stranger and may not know the most about beer but will never claim to. He, as we all are, is constantly learning more and more every day and strives to carry the best selection of both shelf stuff and limited release stuff. If you spend 5 minutes in his store do not be surprised if 5 people come in who he knows by name. The service, selection and his top notch growler station is what keeps me coming back week after week when there are other shops much closer.

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ricardo812
5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of the best craft stores in SW Ohio. It's not much to look at on the outside. Don't be deceived! It's also set back from the road a little and you could overlook it, like I used to. Don't! The owner is one of the few store owners around here who bother to get to know his clientele. He really tries to take care of them. He pretty aggressively goes after cool beers, and does not disappoint on bottle stock or what's on tap. He's got a great filling system that keeps growlers fresh for weeks. I've pushed the envelope and I have personally had some fills go six weeks plus and they are like the day they were filled. Other staff in the store know and like beer and can help get you headed in the right direction. This is a growing store that is already giving the big boys a run for their money. If you go in here you can not only consistently find great beer, but you can actually get some decent advice on what to select. Anyone would feel comfortable here. No snobbery, just great beer and service to go with it.

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Photo of michael_kirk44
4.97/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best selection in the greater Cincy area. Love the events they run on a weekly basis. They strike a great balance of supporting local brewers, and spotlighting new and rare brewers. 40 taps providing a great variety whether you come in for a pint or few, or need your growler filled. In addition to the taps, they have an amazing selection of product, from sixers to bombers. Staff is knowledgeable, and you can tell they're beer people at heart. Provides a great atmosphere for the business, and makes you want to support them with your business. Covered, heated deck out front to sit back and enjoy pint nights, with local food trucks on hand to soak them up. Great spot.

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Photo of dctjf0290
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Cappy's is where it's at. They have a great selection and an always rotating tap list. Plus, they just expanded their outside deck by adding more space! Plus plus, it's a covered space now!

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Photo of djtothemoney
4.93/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I learned about Cappy's about 9 months ago and it's really opened up my eyes to what I should expect in a Bottle Shop. Unfortunately, it's not near my house, so it usually takes a special event to get me here anymore, or something I want to come in.

Vibe - Really improved over the past few months. Their weekly Thursday Tap Takeover events has necessitated more space. They have certainly made an improvement by building a large deck on the front, which will be wonderful spring-fall. They also recently added some panels around the outside of the deck to keep it warmer in the winter.

The inside of the store is a little cramped, but fairly easy to navigate. With the amount of things they get in the store, and having to manage liquor and wine, they make everything fit in fairly easily.

Quality - If it's distributed to southwest Ohio, they get it. One of two places I've ever seen CBS on tap in southwest Ohio. They recently added to their PEGAS system and now have 40 total taps. Bombers galore, everything very neatly organized and easy to find. If they weren't as friendly as they are already, it'd still be super easy to find what you are looking for.

Service - Staff is quick and knowledgeable. They will do holds on items, which is great, but also kind of a problem now that they have such a large following. They are quick to respond to questions on twitter and on the phone.

Selection - I gave them a bit of a knock in this category. While the selection is great, people sitting on Twitter all day can get a better pick of "Holds" which I think hurts things a bit. They seem to be backing off on the holds a LITTLE bit now. Also, limits on some beers kind of knocks them down a bit (i.e. 1 or two bottle limits on 6 packs.)

Overall, if you are in Cincinnati, this is one of the places to check out!

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Photo of SandyF
4.93/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great selection of craft beers along with excellent growler selection. Always friendly staff. Definitely not a yuppie beer snob hang-out. Love it the way it is! Friday night is not the best time to get your growlers filled since the place is usually rock'in. But then again, you can grab a pint and chill while you wait.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.93/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

It took all of one visit to convince me that this is the single best place on the Ohio side of the Greater Cincinnati Area to purchase beer, period.

While fairly small, this store has a staggering amount of good beers, including beers I was told never made it to Ohio by other shops in the area (Boulevard BBQ, ahem). Their selection of amazing, more-rare-than-common beers from US brewers is outstanding, and their import section, while small, is well-curated. Slap on the sizeable PEGAS growler station (from which they will serve you pints while you shop, if you are so inclined), and what else might one look for?

Oh, right, service. Well, I was greeted warmly as I came in the door, given a mini-tour of the place, and had at last two other employees (including the owner) come up to me as I was browsing to make sure I was finding everything all right, and to just shoot the breeze for a second.

All in all, I was quite impressed, and this place has a significant portion of my business for as long as I remain in the Cincy area, and on any trips back to visit family once I'm gone!

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Photo of KSOZE
4.91/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Consummate bottle shop with everything you could ask for. Knowledgable staff, great service, amazing selection, constant events and other exciting things going on. Just the best place in Cincy.

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Photo of Jeffries55
4.88/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ben (owner) and staff are extremely helpful, they will go out of their way to make sure you leave the story happy, he even offered to personally deliver a growler of beer to a customer who came for some Waka Waka, but they were having problems with the keg at the time (new growler system, they're going through some growing pains ATM, as the draft system is new to them). I also must add they have one of those growler systems that purges the bottle with CO2 before filling!

Also, the staff regularly checks beers to make sure they aren't out of date, if they are they're taken care of. Ask for something and they will bend over backwards to help you or find an alternative. Genuinely feel like they are trying to recommend beer you might like based on what you tell them, not just trying to sell you something and get you out the door. And no, I do not work there, this place is just that awesome!

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Photo of beerslushy
4.88/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great bottle shop! Both the selection and service are exceptional. This is truly a place for lovers of craft beer. The employees like to talk about beer as much as I do. They have an impressive tap list and the most modern growler station I've ever seen. Absolutely the best beer store in the area! They will soon be selling pints of beer so that you can shop and drink at the same time.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.87/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I've been going to Cappy's for a couple years now. They have great customer service. Their staff takes time to get to know you and your tastes. They might not have the largest selection for growler fills, but it's guaranteed there will be a few things on tap you can't find anywhere else. They stock an enormous selection, I'll go out on a limb and say it rivals Jungle Jims, even if they don't carry the inventory.

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