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Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits - Keystone

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PLACE INFO

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

(317) 251-9463 | map
kahnsfinewines.com

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pDev:
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Photo of Florida9
3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Kahan's appears to be a small warehouse on the inside. Beer is all situated on the left side of the store in one aisle. Coolers on the left side of the aisle and bottled beers on the shelf across from it. Nice selection of locals (Upland, SunKing), regionals (FFF, BBC), and others (was surprised to find both Pretty Things and Sixpoint) as well as varied selection of Belgians.
Can't comment on service as no one helped me (or attempted to help me) despite the fact I was one of only two people in the store at the time.
Prices seemed appropriate for the area. Three Floyd's was the same price as in Chicago. SunKing was $11 for a four pack, but since I have nothing to compare it to, I couldn't say if that is good or not.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here as my one and only bottle shop stop I had time for... I couldn't have picked a better place.

Al, the beer guy, was great. Really friendly an helpful, taking time to show me lots of various things that I walked passed because I was oblivious to what they were....
Lots of various vintage beers, especially of euro-imports (of which there are lots!).
I hit up liquor stores whenever I'm traveling, in many different states, and this place had at least 15 beer's I had to look up on BA to even know what they were!

The beer is all along the left side of the shop. There's tons of craft in the coolers, and plenty of bottles on the shelves as well. Every brewery I've ever seen in IN is represented here, with several I haven't seen before, and many Belgian imports I'd never even seen anywhere.

The beer is kept well-organized and properly faced to make selection easy-- I know this is a minor point, but it goes to the credit of the employees.

I didn't shop the prices too hard, but from the beers I saw, the prices probably averaged out to what I'm used to seeing. Some were a couple bucks more than back in IL, and others were less.

Overall-- ale this your "can't miss" stop if you're reveling trough Indy... I know it will be mine!

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Photo of djjohnnyd
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was in town for work, and scoped out a few places to pick up some beer I can't get in my home state. I hit Crown, then went here to Kahn's. Great experience - I ended up chatting with the two guys working about beer for a good 30 minutes while making some selections. The have tons of Three Floyds, Bells, Founders, all of which is why I came, specifically the Three Floyds. They even had something in the back not displayed (one left) that they brought out for me. Overall a great experience. Also note that they move a lot of beer here, and the assured me the Three Floyds for example was fresh. I didn't have the same experience elsewhere.

I can't comment really on prices since I don't live in the area.

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Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This place was a blast for me to go to they have a limited number of American craft beers but a very extensive collection of foreign craft beer and Belgians galore. They have some beer in the back that was claimed by employee's that sometimes forget it or end up not getting it ( i got a 6 pack of Gumball head like this...score). I also was helped a great deal with the employees who were very informative and knowledgeable. The lot who were there when i went all seem to be true beer heads.

Overall I will visit this place again.

PS they have some devecent signature glass ware on top of the beer fridge.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stopped in Kahn's passing through Indy this past weekend, and I was pretty impressed. They have a big selection of American craft, import craft and macro beers in general. The beer was on the left side of the store, as they also sell wine and spirits there. They had beer stored both on shelves and in coolers. Everyone I talked to on the staff was nice and all asked if I had any questions and were all willing to help. When I was checking out I remembered there was one beer I was looking for and didn't see it in the coolers so I asked if they had any available. I don't know who it was that I talked to there, but they remembered that they just got a shipment in from their distributor earlier that day and went in the back to check, and grabbed me a 6-pack when he found out it was one of the beers they just received. The prices all seemed fair to me, and the craft selection was impressive as I found a lot of brews I was looking for and some interesting ones I had never seen before. I'll definitely stop back in the next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of jisom123
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

They take beer reservations.

They keep a wide selection of available 1/6th bbl and 1/2 bbl kegs at all times.

I've seen Coors, Sam Adams seasonals, Rouge Hazelnut, Founders BS, Sun King, Chimay, Stella, Goose Island, Upland...

They will special order beer for you if they can find it. Including Kegs.

Brennan and Al are the guys to ask for (as of Fall 2011). They are very knowledgeable.

Kahns (and Crown) are tied for the second largest collection of available beers in Indiana only because they choose not to carry the hundreds of entry level variations of malt liquors that PartiPak does.

Quality over Quantity.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Kahn's off Keystone IMO is the best place in the state as far as selection. They have, and get, everything. Prices can be a bit high on certain items, but can also be low on others. I've had it both ways as far as service. I had one guy that worked there that truly seemed annoyed with my questions, but I got into a 10 minute conversation with another employee and I truly enjoyed that visit. That being said, it's still top notch as far as the knowledge that they have on every beer. Unfortunately, I can't go in there every week. But, it is the place to go to find the things that you can't find anywhere else.

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Photo of CWBlues
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I live within 5 minutes of Kahn's, and I try to hit it relatively frequently. Great atmosphere for anyone interested In good wine, liquor, or beer. Unbelievable selection, particularly of the former two. It's a pole barn, but classy on the inside. Staff is knowledgeable and usually Very willing to answer questions and help out. Their selection is good, with many foreign beers lining the shelves.

They tend tonget many limited release beers as well, but there's the trick: they don't always shelve them. You have to know they're there, and ask for them specifically. Other limiteds, though, they'll put on the shelves a couple at a time, with a one bottle limit. Some consistency would be nice there.

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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I came into this place because not only one person gave me insight that they had an awesome beer selection, but at the Brugge Brasserie, Noah told me two of their beer managers would help me out greatly! He was correct.

Atmosphere is easy going, nothing too special when it comes to the place for beer. They had a HUGE wine and spirit selection (Hence Fine Wine's & Spirits). Easy to navigate around, even elevator music playing? All of the employees wore red aprons as if they were chefs or something. Very interesting.

They were definitely organized. They had each beer sectioned off by Country (Belgium, Germany, US, and others) and everything was priced accordingly to the bottle or 6 pack.

Right when walking in, two gentlemen asked if we needed help. I replied, "Yes, is Brennan around?" and it was him. Too funny. He helped tremendously and went through all of the Saisons, Sours, and Breweries we were trying to get our hands on. We must have been there for over half an hour and he stayed with us the entire time! Great service!

Selection was good as well. A bit pricey here and there but they also had over 20 boxes of beer that was all discounted inbetween the Bomber section and the coolers. For 4 bottles, the total was over $50 and knew this before I purchased but still...

Will be back if around IN!

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Photo of gekkou
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was able to stop at Kahn's on the way back to Arizona and it made the vacation, after a series of bad setbacks. The location is about 5 minutes off of one of the major highways. The staff (thanks Al!) was helpful and had great beer knowledge. The selection was pretty broad and had quite a few things I hadn't seen at other places. Sun King, 3 Floyds, Thirsty Dog, and more were represented. The prices were just a bit higher than other places, but not unusually so when considering some of the selections. I highly recommend that it be a stop if you are passing through.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Definitely one of the highlights of my Indy trip in regards to bottle shops.
Not just for beer obviously, but a sizeable selection of everything alcohol. On the far left, the wall is lined with coolers with lots of local, distributed, and imported beer all staying cold within their doors. I ended up finding alot of things I cannot find by me with not exactly cheap prices, but nothing out of the ordinary for a specialty liquor store like this one.
Overall, a fantastic place to grab some great beer that has a great selection. A must stop.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'd been wanting to visit this place since moving to Indy last month, and after seeing its high rating on BA.

My initial thought as I walked through the front door was "where's the beer?". A significant amount of floorspace is devoted to wine, which is understandable given the name of the store. Rest assured, though, that you will find a treasure trove of crafts and imports at Kahn's. The beer aisle consists of coolers along the left wall, boxes of high-end limited edition/seasonals, etc. down the middle of the aisle, and a long shelving unit down the right side.

The selection in the cooler went in approximately this order: American macro lagers, craft 6'ers, craft bombers, mix-a-six, & imports. The long shelf on the opposite side of the aisle held a wide range of single import & craft bottles. One minor difficulty I found was that bottles were grouped by brewer rather than by style. I was trying to look for some interesting sours that I'd never tried, but it was a little bit of a challenge finding them. The quality of brands, though, was quite impressive.

The highlight of my visit was being offered a bottle of a very rare brand by one of the store clerks. We were discussing one of my favorite beer styles, and I asked him if they had anything new or interesting. Surprisingly, he mentioned that they had a limited number of bottles of a highly-coveted brand left, and said he'd grab one for me. One or two other BA reviews of Kahn's mentioned the staff being stand-offish or unfriendly. My experience there was the exact opposite. The staff approached me three times during my 20 minute visit, asking if I needed any assistance.

I was 100% pleased with my experience, and will definitely be back. Highly recommended!

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is like a Costco for alcohol. And while it specializes in wines and has a breathtaking selection of those, Kahn's also has one of the most impressive beer selections I've ever seen.

They seem to specialize in foreign bottles as individuals, and while they tend to be a bit on the high side in price I believe it's worth it. I'm not even certain of where they get that kind of selection.

They have all the bases covered for domestic breweries, and I like to stop in periodically to see what they have in that's a bit off the beaten track. They usually don't disappoint.

My only knock is they'll occasionally overprice some beers knowing they'll probably sell them because supply in the area fluctuates. Three Floyds is a great example. I'll see bottles at Kahn's that are 10 to 25 percent higher in price than other places.

But on the whole, I couldn't recommend this place more highly.

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Photo of awhipker
3.25/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Q: Nice looking store inside and out. Never had issues with anything I've bought there.

Svc: Service is mediocre. Of the multiple times I've been in there I've only been asked if I needed any help once and that was after I was staring through the door to the HUGE cooler full of beer that says 'Employees Only.'The guy I did talk to knew his beer.

Selc: Their beer selection takes up about a 1/4 of the store with the rest dedicated to wine and spirits.They have a great selection of imports. Most of their domestic crafts are kept in coolers and they have a decent selection of what's distributed to Indiana and Indiana beers (3Fs, Upland, Sun King, etc).

V: A little on the high side compared to other stores in Indy.

Overall, they have a nice selection, but there are other stores I would go to before I go there.Another gripe I have is that they only have 1 cooler door where you can buy singles.IMO, if you want more business from beer geeks you should make the majority of you craft beer available as singles, but that might not be their priority.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.05/5  rDev -53.4%

Q-Do not use the bathroom here. bad start to the visit here. The quality of beer is average at best. Just about everything that I would expect from a beer store, no more or less. Nothing impressive

S-WOW. The guy who helped me was a condescending A-Hole. He talked to me like I had no idea what I was talking about. Limited me to one FFF Behemeth (that i had to go into the employees only area to find (went there by accident)) because he says he doesn't get much FFF (Which if you go down the road, you will find plenty). That's fine, but you don't have to talk to me like I am an Idiot. I know beer, or else I wouldn't have driven from Cincinnati to your store. I didn't just stumble upon this place.

S-Everything that you cannot find at any other beer store is kept for in the employee only section. If they want to do business that way, that is fine, but don't expect me to come here ever again or say nice things about it.

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Photo of jds1469
3.1/5  rDev -29.5%

Really, how do I stand looking at the beer for 30+ minutes and NO ONE employee that walked right by me ask me if I needed help?

I really wasn't looking for anything in particular, but just knowing that people actually cared if I found what I was looking for or just wasting time matters. I walked over to the wine selection and asked if they had or could find Stella Rosa, and they guy acted like I WAS RETARDED because it did not exist. I pulled it up on my phone and showed it to him and was asked for a local distributor that carried it.

Their selection was not impressive, really I thought the place had a better selection when I worked in the neighborhood a few years ago. I drove 20 minutes today to check in with really high hopes of finding some of the rarities I've been looking for. Saw on their back shelf that their "Beer Geeks" selection was Two Hearted Ale, that was enough to make me just walk out the door. Still no one at the counter tried to stop me and ask if I needed help.

What a JOKE.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Located on the main Keystone drag and in a mid-scale buisness area, Kahn's is a stand alone steel barn-like building, set just off of the street enough to allow for ample parking in front. Stepping through a lonely vestibule/foyer before the true space, the store doesn't have the most inviting start. But once inside, the warehous-like openness is dampened by narrow ailes, nooks, and cranies that make it feel more boutique-ish.

Though the focus of the retail is majorily on better wines, they seem to cater to liquors, party supplies, and of course beers. The shotgun beer aisle lies straight ahead of the entrance and was a synch to find. With beer shelves to the right and beer coolers to the left, there were also pockets of beer cases and beer displays dotted in the aisle itself.

While specializing in American Craft beers and Belgian Imports, many other nationalities were represented fairly well. I was excited to see New Belgium, Southern Tier, Troegs, Victory, and Upland in addition to many of the better breweries available in Kentucky. Many seasonals and special releases were spotted, telling me that the staff is current and knowlegable about their orders and offerings.

While my conversations with the staff was brief, it is clear that they enjoy their jobs and are happy to talk about the beers- didn't expect that from a wine store. Though clean and neatly decored, the space seemed a bit cramp and cluttered. Regardless, I could easily find myself spending an hour or two entertaining myself with the lables and deciding on a purchase.

A bit pricey, sure. But Kahn's is a must-stop for any Beer Advocate in the area.

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Photo of claaark13
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Q: Kahn's is a nice place on the outside and very nice inside. Clean, has Beer/Wine/Spirits/Cheese and also alcohol related home furnishings (Home coolers, wine racks, etc.). One of the best kept beer stores I've visited. The only issue is that they have a massive Temp Controlled room dedicated to wine that they don't use to age any beer...but I can't dock points for that.

Svc: I have talked to numerous people at Kahn's. There are a lot of guys there who love to talk beer, and when you run into a person who doesn't, they lead you to the guy that does. I've place special orders, both kegs and bottles. They are reasonably priced and helpful with the orders. Considering the number of beer stores I've visited, I would say that the staff at Kahn's is the most knowledgeable as a whole in regards to beer. My wife has also asked some wine questions, and they seem to know their wine as well.

S: Pretty good selection. I've purchased something every time I've visited. In the Indianapolis area, this is likely the 2nd best beer selection you'll find. Great selection of American beers, as well as the better Euro Imports. There is a great selection of Belgian beer, and the German selection is better than average. Now that I think about it, this may be the best Belgian selection around. The only competitor would be Party-Pak, but I'll say that Kahn's takes the cake. Kahn's still carries Fantome, which isn't easy to find. Although I don't drink them, there are some Cantillon's that I haven't seen elsewhere. Good selection of rare 330ml bottles as well, although I'm not sure how old some of them are (both a good and a bad thing, depending on the beer). There is also ALWAYS a decent/good glassware selection. I've picked up Ayinger, both 33cl and 25cl Chimay, 33cl Karmeliet just to name a few. This is also one of the places I've found the tulip Sam Adams glass (from the commercials). Kahn's will special order anything they can get for you, and there isn't an additional price. There are a lot of things here that other stores in the area don't carry, but I've been in there when they are out of some beers that surprise me. I'd give a 5.0 here, but I reserve that for the very few stores that just blow me off my feet. I did see on some complaints on other reviews about the lack of some 3 Floyds. To clear this up, I've been actually talking to a number of unrelated stores around Indy and they are attributing their overall lack in stock to a lack of distribution.

V: Kahn's prices haven't pissed me off yet, unlike most other stores. There are a few things that could go down $1 here or there, but overall the pricing is just about right. I would say that on the high-end, none of the prices are among the highest that I've seen. On the low-end, there are some prices that I'm not sure that other stores could beat. There have been a couple times that I've bought something in there not because I had to have it, but because I found it elsewhere for $2-3 more and I'd been meaning to try it. Also, the glassware prices are very good and you get a 10% discount once you buy 3...it progresses as you buy more but I can't recall at what rate.

Overall, I would consider Kahn's a must-see if you are within the 30 minute radius. You'll find something that you either can't find elsewhere, are meaning to try or is just a good deal. It is about a 30min ride away from my home, but I go there about every 6 weeks to make sure I'm not missing anything. They also have an online listing of their product at their website, but I'm not sure how often it is updated.

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Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%

Visited Kahn's on my way through Indianapolis last week. I went mainly for Three Floyds and in that regard I was very disappointed. They had the typical 12ozers but the only 22oz I saw was Apocalypse Cow. Not even any Dreadnaught. Disappointing. Other than that, they had a pretty good selection of other locals like Upland and Sun King. Beer occupies a long line of coolers and one aisle in a very large store, and it's pretty well packed in. One thing I noticed is that imports feature prominently while I had more difficulty finding micros that I might have expected (ie 3F). They did have some not so common Jolly Pumpkins and a good selection of other micros, but I wasn't exactly overwhelmed. There was a man standing behind the counter near the beer when I went in but he never asked if I wanted help; just stared at his computer. Still, it looks like the knowledge was there had I been interested in it. Prices are a bit expensive, but not terrible. I'd probably stop again if I were driving through, but I sure wish I found more FFF.

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Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%

I liked the feel of this place a lot. Back by the beer coolers and shelves they had some shelves up high with really cool beer glasses and some older(empty) Cantillon and Belgian bottles. They had plenty of really good bottles on the shelves, even a couple things that were sold out elsewhere in the city. I found a couple older bottles of interesting beers that I gladly picked up... though they were very expensive beers so I'm guessing they don't get tons of turn around from the beer geeks. Overall the were probably the priciest in the city, which is pretty expensive to begin with. The selection was pretty good, a bit less than a few other local spots, but they brought the ones that mattered.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%

Stopped by here on my way to Oxford Ohio. It's been a while since I've made it across state lines for beer.

Most of the beer is kept in coolers, the majority of the sixers are kept in there with a long line of bombers on the shelf. Not much different than the stores in Illinois, especially since Stone arrived. There are some beers from Jolly Pumpkin that I don't get in Illinois and a they have a pretty nice selection of Belgians that are pretty varied. Also they had Stone 04.04.04 on the shelves and considered buying one until I saw it was $55 a bottle!

Service was polite but left you to your own devices.

If I lived in Indy I would make this a pretty consistent spot to shop, but compared to Illinois stores I can't say it was worth going out of my way for.

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Photo of devilben02
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

While visiting from out of town, I stopped into Kahn's to see if I could pick up anything I wouldn't be able to find in my home state. First and foremost, the staff was incredible. After hearing my mission, they led me straight to the cooler full of a wide variety of locals and gave recommendations for a few I should try. They were also very helpful in suggesting local bars that would have the beers that I couldn't get because they didn't have them in stock that day (such as 3 Floyds Alpha King, which he offered to ship to me once their next shipment came in).

Speaking of what was in stock, Kahn's also has a nice assortment of both domestic and import craft beers in addition to the locals, and there were even some surprising bottles on the shelves (e.g., Stone Vertical Epic '04). The only failure I was was the inability to buy single bottles of the local brands. Other than that one small flaw, though, I could not have been more pleased with my visit.

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wow, this place was worth it. Picked up some great beers here.

Inside, the beer seemed a little sequestered from the rest of the store, but eventually we discovered the full scope of the beer selection towards the back. Huge long aisle shelf with a ton of great beers, from Schlafly reserves to Fantome varieties like Pissenlit and Dark White. All kinds of obscurities and old standbys. Don't miss the glassware shelf above.

Beer guy came out and talked beer with us for awhile, giving an honest opinion on the local scene. That was really the highlight.

Quality was exceptional, stock seemed well cared for. Didn't see any dust or too many old bottles. Among the best beer stops in Indy.

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Photo of brundo4
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

This is a really solid store, albeit a little expensive. They have one huge row of singles and bombers, facing a longer row of coolers, separated by a central bank of sale and specialty items. The people here are super nice and will bend over backwards to help you out. They'll dig through the back, special order, anything to get you what you need. The selection is pretty good but unfortunately the shelf stocking is never up to date, and never reflects when a shipment has arrived. Occasionally they have great deals like 2.99 Clipper City bombers, and 9.99 liters of Breckenridge Christmas Ale, 2008 vintage, as well as tons of belgians and locals. They also have a stunning wine and spirits section, especially their bourbon ale, but again, the shelves are not reflections of their actual stock.

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Photo of lbaker
5/5  rDev +13.6%

The first time I walked into this place I literaly thought I had died and went to heaven. Went to the original Keystone location and it was definetly worth the hike. The staff is very knowledgeable and very helpful. If you have a question they have the answer. What really impressed me is that they really are working for the customer. I was about to buy some extreme american ales when an employee let me know they would be going on sale soon and if I wanted to stock up I should do it then. From that moment on I decided I would only be shopping at Kahn's. I take my friends everytime they come visit and they are just as impressed as I was the first time. Beer is alot cheaper than other stores in town...and chances are if you are buying it elsewhere your wasting money on skunked brew.

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Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits - Keystone in Indianapolis, IN
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 114 ratings
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