Clough Shell Station


4261 Mount Carmel Tobasco Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45244-2319
United States

(513) 688-1800 | map

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nlmartin from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Who would think it was possible. Yes it is true a BP has a nice selection of craft beer available. Yes there was the normal crowd of BMC and the like; however, there was a good selection of bombers that included Stones, Allagash, Avery and the like. There was a good collection of six packs both warm and cold. They had Founders Dirty Bastard and Centinel Hopped. Overall I was really impressed with the selection of good beers available. The staff who was on duty didnt really know alot about beer. They did say to come earlier in the day if I had questions and someone would be able to answer them. This is a strange but pleasant suprise.

Feb 04, 2006
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patpbr from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A friendly staff. A surprising beer selection. I know I can get a six pack of Bells Two Hearted and is where I bought lots of Serra Nevada celebration last winter. Its a good quick stop. If I need a good beer I don't stop at a gas station. This the one exception that I have found.

Oct 20, 2013
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svraines from Kentucky

3.64/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Maybe not quite the selection as some other reviews have mentioned, but still better than most groceries on the east side and definitely some offerings you cannot find other places around here. A selection from Mt. Carmel, Sam Smiths, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, Victory, and a few others. A few varieties were sold out. I don't know if that is a good sign of high turnover or that they don't restock. The owner must be into hops as there are more hoppy offerings than other varieties. Not too many gas stations carry a dipa (Hop Wallop, $11.49). Prices were on par with everything in the area $8-9/sixer.

Apr 02, 2011
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pwoods from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Pretty damn good for a gas station. Lots of goodies to be had with all the major breweries present. The selection isn't the biggest but big enough, especially for a gas station. If I lived near here, I'd do my regular shopping here to make sure what I want fresh is fresh. With that said, there is plenty of old beer here... which isn't always a bad thing. The service is nonexistant but the were friendly and let me dig through some cases. Everything was priced pretty average and I didn't see anything too expensive. Overall not a bad spot, especially for a gas station.

Apr 21, 2010
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

I had to check this place out. A BP gas station with quality beer?!
In the rear of the store there's shelf about 20 feet long with nothing but micro's. There's also some fridge space directly across the aisle from this. Pretty good representation of Stone, Bells, Founders, Mt. Carmel and others. Outstanding selection for a corner gas station. Picked up some Jolly Pumpkin La Roja (old oval label) and some Stone Imperial Stout. It's a haul from where I live, and I never find myself on this side of town, but if your local or find yourself in the area, it's worth a stop.

Mar 27, 2009
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Ok now this place is truly a weird spot. First of all it is just a gas station. Now we all know gas stations with their beer cave full of macro garbage. This place is a bit different. When I walked in and saw growlers from Mt Carmel, some Great Lakes, Founders, and DFH….to be honest I was floored. They have more then a decent selection, and probably the best one of any gas station I have ever seen. Really high quality with a very friendly and helpful staff. They even offered to order something from Southern Tier I was looking for, but had to pass as I was going home the next day. I would love to have this place anywhere closer to my house. Their gas was cheap too! Just a really cool and interesting stop if you are in the area, I seriously doubt you could ever be disappointed.

Jan 23, 2008
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pentathlete from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerFly comes through for me again! This place is literally just down the street from my parents, whom I was visiting for Thanksgiving. Not only are gas prices decent but the beer selection is fantastic. Picked up Founders Breakfast Stout and Red Rye, a selection of AleSmith, Rodenbach's Grand Cru, Two-Hearted Ale, and others. They also carry growlers of the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company's three styles Blonde Ale, Copper Ale (an IPA), and a Stout. Plenty of Fullers and Samuel Smiths too.

Only the beer buyer "Seth" really knows much about what they carry, but how high of a standard does one hold a service station cashier to? Everything is reasonably priced.

If you are on the east side of Cincinnati, near Cherry Grove, Clermont County, Anderson or Union Townships, Eastgate Mall, etc. then this is worth a very short jaunt up Mt. Carmel-Tabasco Rd to buy a little gasoline and pick up some beer.

Nov 27, 2005
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

A real surprise, this gas station has plenty of high quality beer. Three different Scottish Borderlands beers were an early clue, but the Unibroues sealed it. There is a good supply of highly ranked beers along with a surprising supply of fine wines.

The location is not as listed on this Web site. I tried to get there several weeks ago and found a gravel pit; this is at the corner of Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd, and Clough Pike. Forget the MapQuest route and go to exit 65 from I271, right on Mt. Carmel-Tobasco and north to Clough Pike. That'll do for great beer.

Oct 26, 2003
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Alright, the important thing is that this place is documented in Beerfly. Folks, it's a gas station, a franchised BP gas station. But there's just one thing - the owner, Jerry, has a passion for good wine and good beer. As such, he has one of the best selections in the Greater Cincinnati area for beer... in a gas station. It's crazy, and if you're nearby, it's an oasis. I will speak with Jerry on Friday to get some particulars on what he likes to stock, in the meantime if you're in the vicinity, give it a shot, I can almost guarantee you are going to be surprised at what you find next to the sunflower seeds and Twinkies.

5/30 Update: They have a nice variety of beer, not comprehensive by any means, but after speaking with the owner for a few minutes, here are some of their faves to stock:
Stone products, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, a selection of the one gallon mini-kegs, EKU pils, Unibrou 4-packs, Oranjeboom (sp),
Sierra Nevada, and Great Lakes varieties. Not bad for a fillup station eh? If I get the occasion to visit in person, I'll be sure to get an even better read on their supply.

May 28, 2003
Clough Shell Station in Cincinnati, OH
Place rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 9 ratings