Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe


233 Xenia Ave
Yellow Springs, Ohio, 45387-1832
United States

(937) 767-7077 | map

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alleykatking from Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

I stopped here when I was passing through town. Nothing really too special about the store. I expected them to tailor to wine which they do. I was only in the shop for about 10 minutes while picking out some beers from Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, Fantome, and AleSmith. There wasn't a huge selection but from what they showed it was above average. I think there might have been 30 beers or so give or take 5 to 10 beers. Cashier was nice and asked if I found everything alright. I wasn't looking for anything really when I walked in and came out with some nice gems I would have paid a little more for at home. Will keep this place in mind next time I'm in the area.

Dec 28, 2010
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kirok1999 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1%

It's worth a visit just to get to experience Yellow Springs. Quaint little place that blends in with all the other shops along the strip. Nice selection of coffee and wines along with the beer. They serve sandwiches and have a few tables to sit at. You can also sit outside.
Service is laid back Yellow Springs. Don't expect to move too fast, and that's OK.
Nice selection of brews, DFH, Stone, Lagunitas, ST. Some unusual offerings, Belgians and many European brews.
Prices are at state minumum as far as I can tell. Stop in, have a sandwich and pick up some nice brews.

Jul 18, 2009
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ShareANevada from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

Taking an after breakfast stroll through this cool town, we passed by this wine store, and I just had to see what they might have.

Impressive, for small store, small town. Right off, we had Jolly pumpkin seasonal, some mikkeller (santas, to from), hardys, jw lees, many germans, and a handful of belgians. There were also several coolers of goodies. Bombers from lagunitas, Stone RIS, Dogfish red & white, Cassissona, 3 Fonteinen Kriek.

There is another cooler set slightly apart, which to my pleasure, housed Immort, Burton Baton and others. Also Lagunitas Maximus was given a nod by the helpful clerk.

My purchases:
Lagunitas Lucky 13- 22oz $5
Immort $14
Burton Baton $14
Maximus 6er $8-9
Santas $13
and a farmhouse I can't remember $10

As a note: Returning home and visiting the mega-store (the Party Source) they were selling Burton for 15.79, and had no Immort. (Tho comet is selling in bottles, for those interested)

The clerk was friendly and seemed fairly knowledgeable, which is good for a shop obviously mostly tailored to wine.

I will return. Gladly.

May 12, 2008
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Natural510 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

Certainly the best selection in Yellow Springs. Not the most affordable prices, but then again it is better than the BMC alternative. Speaking of which, I didn't see a single American macro in the joint. Kudos for that.
The Emporium doubles as a coffee shop; one side is all beer, wine & liquor, the other side are tables where one can sit & enjoy coffee, juice & pastry in a relaxed setting.
I picked up a 1998 JW Lee's vintage, as well as a bottle of aged Olde Suffolk. They had quite a good selection of Belgian, British & German as well as two refrigerators packed to the gills with domestic micros.
Only drawback was, similar to the BP gas station, they disallow breaking up a six-pack. I suppose Wine Works in Springfield is the only quality beer store in this area which allows that luxury.

Mar 23, 2008
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Schroppfy from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

I live in town, and Vick of The Emporium is a great beer buyer. Call them, ask if he can get something prior to it coming out and he'll try. Lots of great stuff; some Jolly Pumpkin seasonals are arriving, some of the Mikkeller stuff, etc. As others have said, fair selection of Bell's, DFH, Stone and a couple of Three Floyds. Some locals such as BBC brews. Still a couple of Drie Font Schaarbeekse Kriek on the shelves. Great little small town store where you can get fine beer, if not the rarest on the planet...

Dec 18, 2007
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jdoolin from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

The Emporium is located in the small college town of Yellow Springs, full of interesting shops and stores and a very diverse population.

It had a pretty good selection of imports and domestics. Chimay, Lindeman's, Rodenbach, St. Bernardus, Aventinus, Samuel Smith's, Unibroue, Great Lakes, Pyramid, Dogfish Head, Stone, Weihenstephaner and many others. The choices aren't staggering, but it would definitely be my go-to place if I lived there.

The prices were reasonable and I walked away from there with quite a nice little haul.

Aug 17, 2006
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becktone from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Stopped here yesterday after riding the bike trail from Xenia to Yellow Springs. This store is focused mainly on wines but its beer selection should not be underestimated. This store has one of the better selections that I have ever seen. All the beer in the store was dedicated to craft beer. I didn't see a single macro-lager there, nothing from BMC. They carried several brews and seasonal brews from GLBC, Sierra Nevada, Bells and Dogfish Head. In addition to those and the rest of the domestic craft and micro brews they had several imports. The selection of imports was just as good as the selection of domestic beer. I was overjoyed when I saw a large bottle (looked kinda like a bomber, but maybe not so large) of Aventinus. In addition to that they also carried some St. Bernardus, it was packaged with other St. Bernardus beer and something else (a glass perhaps). Overall this store is something that one should visit if in the area.

Apr 16, 2006
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

This is a neat little shop with a great lineup of beers. The beer range is from average to great. There many singles available, but mostly cooled sixers that cannot be split. Still, the number of singles is impressive. Sandwiches and coffees are also available. Staff is mostly young college students with limited knowledge of the beers and aren't really able to help very much if the customer is not knowledgeable. Parking is dear on the village shopping district streets. It is a good stop for hunting for great beers.

May 10, 2003
Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs, OH
Place rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 10 ratings