Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits - Keystone

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5341 N Keystone Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220-3603
United States

(317) 251-9463 | map

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Photo of marksto
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

An update on the old review posted below. The Keystone store is now the only Kahn's, as the Carmel store sadly now has new ownership, a new name, and seems to have shifted away from beer. Keystone has also relocated to a new, much bigger building a block or so to the south of the old location.

The selection is still excellent, and the new roomy digs allow several tasting stations throughout the place, one of which is in the beer department. You often find the knowledgable staff pouring samples at this station, and on a recent visit they were giving samples of Siberian Night RIS. I came, however, for the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and they were the only retailer I found on the northside who had it. One caveat - you will pay for the privilege, prices are steep. For the most part, though, if you're into beer enough to be reading this the prices are worth it.

Overall, a must visit for anyone looking for a great selection on Indy's north side.


Though I reside in Florida I was born and raised in Indy and still travel there often to visit family. Kahn's has been a favorite haunt of mine for years - both the original store and the newer one in Carmel. They offer an excellent selection of imports and micros and I've also often seen some unusual kegs in the walk in cooler at the Carmel store. That store also has an attached gourmet food market with an oustanding selection of cheeses.

I do have to add one major complaint though. Store management changed their policy this year to prohibit sales of individual bottles of micros. Where you used to be able to mix and match or try a single bottle, now you must commit to a 6 pack if you see something interesting. I asked a store person why this rule, and they said they found they were stuck with odd numbers of bottles. This is a sad excuse. Kahn's has a long tradition of introducing a large variety of new and exciting labels of both beer and wine. This policy flies in the face of that tradition. They need to change it. I still patronize them for their import selection (which they still stock with individual bottles), but now I take my micro business to the nearby Hop Shop on 106th. Though their selection is not as expansive, they happily stock and sell individual bottles of micros right next to the 6-packs.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Located right on the corner of 54th and Keystone this is a very unassuming and somewhat run-down looking location. However, stepping inside, you are blown away by all the options. Almost every square inch of space is used. There just enough room for one person to walk around and that's about it. Obviously, wine is the name of the game here but the whole back wall has stocked coolers and 2-3 nice shelves of warm stuff leave the lucky BA with many options to choose from. A nice selection of American craft beer, an ample selection of beers from MI, IN, OH, and IL too. The usual Belgian fare with maybe some harder to find ones here and there. I question some of the freshness of some of the bottles. They looked awfully dusty and some of them were 2003 so...buyer beware. Prices were a little on the high side. I wouldn't give $86 for the 3L oak aged Arrogant Bastard. But I think that's too overpriced everywhere I go. Still, some of their sixers were a little on the high side. The Carmel store is bigger and newer but this one is closer to our family and has plenty of great things to keep me coming back again and again. If you have time, hit both stores. It's worth it.

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Photo of schoolcb
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Holy cow does this place have a selection, and I'm not talking about the wine that takes up the majority of the floor space. I'm up from Texas visiting and saw their listing here and had to stop by as none of the local shops have a decent selection of beer. Their stuff is a bit more expensive but in my opinion it is worth it to have so much to choose from. Service was excellent. They were unobtrusive but happy to answer my silly questions, and give a couple of recommendations. The choices were so many I had a hard time deciding, but I walked out with enough to keep me in good spirits for some time.

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Photo of RustyShackleford
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I have been to both Kahn's many times ( 54th and Keystone, and Carmel drive) and I have never left the store disappointed. They have a very large selection of imports and micro brews, though some area package stores are catching up or are offering some selections that Kahn's does not have. The staff are usually able to answer questions or at least hand the phone to someone who can answer them. I would say that the Carmel location ( on Carmel drive) has the better store mostly because of the walk-in cooler, but the Keystone Ave. location gets most of my money and time, plus they are open until 9 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. As their name says, they have a very large selection of wines and assorted glassware, decanters, and several beer glass styles i.e. Aventius, Paulaner, Orvel, etc. The prices for beers are pretty reasonable considering the different beers available. Good beer costs more, Right?

They also have some of the Magnums of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Bastard, a couple belgians (in a 9L package?, bigger anyway) and Paulaner Salvator 2000.

Honey, if you are reading this, the Salvator would make a great birthday present! As long as you send the kids to the In-laws!!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Stopped in while in Indianapolis to celebrate my wife's birthday and fathers day. The store was very easy to locate with their large sign out front. Upon entering, I spotted the beer in the back, and made my way through very crowded rows of wine and liquor to get to it. I was very inmpressed with their selection of Balgian and other import beers. The best display oif Cantillon products I have come across. There were many domestic micros available as well, including 3L bottles of Rogue sitting on the floor. Very cool. We were asked if we needed any help a few times, though it was not difficult to find more than I could afford to take home with me on my own. The biggest drawback is the price. Things were at least 2-3 dollars more than I would expect to pay in Lexington and Cincinnati. That kept me from getting more things while there. Overall, it was well worth the stop. I will probably be back to get some of the rare Cantillon products that I am looking to try.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Wow. What a great store. Tiny little place off a very strange road on the east side of Indy, a very strange blinking vegas style sign pointed the way. Very small, tight space with bottles climbing the walls at least 12 feet up. The beer covers the entire back wall in coolers that wrap around about 1/3 of the right wall. Singles and other warm beer takes up about 1/5 of the floor space in the back right corner of the place.

Great selection of everything. Great British selection with everything from JW Lees Harvest and Gale's vintage bottles to Coniston, Adnams and the entire Fullers line. Decent German selection with at least 6 different smoked beers, Aventinus VINTAGE!! and their wheat Eisbock! Their Belgian selection was great. At least 9 different Cantillon's including the Lamvinus and Iris. They had four or five other brands of Lambic (plus lindemans) including Hanssel's. Had at least three Flemish sour ales: Duchess, Petrus and Vichtenaar and Vichtenaar with cherries. Four different Fantomes. Westvleteren, De Dolle, De Ranke, the usual suspects (i.e. Chimay, Corsendonk, etc. etc.) Really great. Decent selection of American craft brews, but I didn't spend much time browsing those, I was there for the funk!!

The service was good. Helpful, friendly staff that once they knew I was into good beer, they staued with me and conversed knowledgeably about the beer. They weren't quite perfect, but awful close. I imagine if the beer manager was there it would have been different.

Only drawback were the prices. Pretty pricey place. I payed over 4$ for an Adnams Broadside. I mean not a big deal cause I can't get that in my town, or anywhere closer, but still pricey. The cantillon were also really expensive...but maybe that's normal. They wanted 34$ for the Lamvinus.

I'm heading back in the spring to drop another 140$!!

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Photo of soper2000
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Decided to alter my route back to Purdue so I could stop by Kahn's. After reading some friendly reviews I was ready to be let down, thankfully that didn't happen. Walking in, the store seems a lot smaller than what I was expecting, but I guess that makes the beer section easier to find. The beer layout was well organized with a huge selection both warm and refrigerated. I spent most of my time hunting out some Belgians that can't be found in Lafayette like Cantillon, Rochefort, and Westvleteren (among many many others). I really appreciated the variety of beer available as they had seemingly everything on my list. Service was as tremendous as I had a nice discussion with an employee who helped me pick out some lambics. I will definately be stopping by this store again. Easily the best beer store that I have been to in this state.

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Photo of rugger
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

I was at the formula one race last weekend and I found this store on the internet and I asked them about their beer selection and I was told that they had the largest selection in Indiana. We went there and I was suprised that they could fit that many beers along with all the other stuff they had in such a small place. Their back wall was one long cooler that was full of things that I can't get here in Arkansas, with the exeption of the the doors that had the regular domestic swill. Their warm selection was very impressive. I scored a Store Vertical Epic 04.04.04., Arrogant Bastard, Stone's Imperial russion stout, and a Stone 2003 Old Guardian Barly wine. I also for the first time purchased a 12oz Dogfish head 120 minute IPA for $8.99, by far the most I have ever paid for a single 12oz beer. I am looking forward to it, however the reviews were not that great.

As for local, or state beers I didn't really see where they promoted them, however I was able to get some Tiger Pale Ale, that went down later that night, and it was very impressive. I will definately go back to Kahn's when I am in town for next years Formula One race, but I will also try to hit their other store.

I highly recommend.

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Photo of winomark
4/5  rDev -9.1%

On my way from the Kahn's in Carmel to our hotel in downtown, I ran across their sister store. Almost missed it, but was glad to have to turn around to see what they had.

Service was almost non-existent, beyond a "How are you doing today?". Not a big deal, as the selection was all bunched into a small space and easy to locate almost everything.

Among some of the beers that I did not see at the Carmel location were Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, Avery, and some older vintages of J.W. Lee's Vintage, 1988, most notably.

Also had some nice glassware selections, like Bell's and Great Lakes pints and others.

Glad I stopped in . Even though it is smaller that the Carmel store, the added variety added enough interest to make it a stop for you when in North Indy.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

The holy grail i've been looking for.

A small storefront with a large, eye-catching Las Vegas-style sign. Looks like an unassuming downtown liquor merchant.

Inside, you are shocked to see product lined all the way up to the ceiling. As you enter, you are dumbfounded by the selection of single malts to your right: from Johnny Walker all the way up to $500 bottles.

The warm beer selection is next. The lineup is enticing: Victory, Rogue, Dogfish Head, Anchor, Three Floyds, many more BA-friendly craft brews. There is a quite darned nice cold selection as well, and they'll definetely break up sixers if you beg and plead. They have a bunch of German and Belgian beers, but they seem to be specializing on the craft-area more than anything.

The beer manager knew more than me *gasp* and was super helpful! He seemed very grateful to be talking to someone who knew their stuff too.

The wine selection is as the name suggests, "Fine". We're talking about upper level wines here. I had hoped to find a good $10 bottle of wine, and I did, but that's really about the cutoff.

Prices are a little higher than most places, but I am more than willing to pay a $1 more for the selection.

A great stop if you are anywhere near downtown Indy.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Kahn's was the one beer store I planned on visiting when in Indianapolis and I am glad to have made the trip. It is located on a main road and is pretty easy to find. Parking is plentiful in the small strip mall lot.

While it is obvious that the store caters to wine customers, they do a very good job on beer selection with the limited space. The back right section of the store is dedicated to beer, both in coolers and on shelves. They have a pretty good system of categorization too. English, Belgian, American, Regional etc. A pretty good selection of singles too. They had a nice selection of rarities and vintage stuff like J.W. Lee's, Harvey's, Three Floyd's seasonals and a nice selection of local brews like Oaken Barrel and Mad Anthony.

The service is pretty good, even though when I visited the "beer guy" was not present, so they were hesitant to break up 6-packs. They probably would have if I pushed, and they were pleasant folks.

This spot is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Indianapolis area. It is only about 10 minutes from downtown.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

I used to live in Indianapolis and shopped Kahn's pretty regularly. It's still primarily a wine store but their selection of beers has grown steadily. They went through a rough batch about 2 years ago but I think that was mainly due to some strange things about with beer distributors in Indiana (a novel could be written about this). I've been gone for about a year and this past weekend took me back to see some friends. I went to the Keystone location, which I find a little less pretentious, and I can ensure BA's that Kahn's is thriving and getting even better. Had a special section available on X-mas beers as well as the full line of Stone, Allagash, Three Floyds, Rogue available. Many excellent Belgian, German and UK brews available too. If your in Indy, make sure to drop by Kahn's, you'll be sure find some good beers.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

Visited Kahn's on my last trip to Indy, made the drive there from the airport inabout 1/2 hour in evening traffic. Kahn's is located in a pretty low key rectangular building that's easy to miss if you aren't looking, but you shouldn't miss it, that's for sure. Incredible selection of hundreds of domestic and imported beers including many harder to find brews. The staff was very helpful as well and within minutes of walking in I had two people off looking for stuff for me. Most beer available cold or warm, which is good. They pack an awful lot of stuff into this relatively small store, but make sure you look around well, it' seasy to miss good stuff. Prices were very reasonable as well. I filled my carryon bag to bring back to CT very quickly...

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

Located in a small, non-descript building on the northeast side of Indianapolis, Kahn's Fine Wines isn't just about wine. The beer selection is pretty damn good, too.
Situated in the rear right ΒΌ of the store, the majority of the beers are kept in refridgeration units. The store has a good selection of quality regional beers (Kalamazoo Brewing, Bluegrass, Upland, Arcadia, Three Floyds, etc.) plus some other items that are hard to come by out on the West Coast. Additionally, they have a nice lineup of Belgian and British beers, though I thought the German beer selection was lacking.
The staff was very friendly and pretty knowledgeable about their beer. Sean was quite helpful and allowed me to break down some six-packs to get a larger variety of brews. He also walked me around pointing out some of the items on my list and even made repeated trips into the back of the store to search for items. As I was finishing up, he asked if I was interested in some DFH World Wide Stout that was in back. Sure, I said, and got two.
My haul from Kahn's was a 22oz Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, one each of Arcadia Nut Brown Ale, Allagash White, Stone 03.03.03 V.E., Bell's Cherry Stout, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, DFH Immort Ale and Punkin Ale, Bluegrass Brewing's American Pale Ale, and Upland's Dragonfly IPA, Wheat, and Weizen, two each of Bell's Third Coast Old Ale, Best Brown Ale, Java Stout, and Double Cream Stout, DFH's World Wide Stout and three Bell's Two Hearted Ale. On the way out, Sean graciously gave me two Great Lakes Brewing Co. pint glasses.
Kahn's Fine Wines is a must-stop for any beer enthusiast living in, or travelling through, the Indianapolis area.

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Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Located in an older and smaller building than their Carmel shop, the Keystone Kahn's still has a great variety of top-notch beers. Pretty much everything available in the area can be found in their store. They keep around 80% of their beers refridgerated, and the beer guy (BA sprinkle) is quite helpful.

In my experience, their quality and selection are the best in the Indianapolis area.

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Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits - Keystone in Indianapolis, IN
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