Winerak Market

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BA SCORE
87
very good

11 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2336 Maple Ave
Zanesville, Ohio, 43701-2029
United States

(740) 454-6333 | map

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
87
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
14
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
19.15%
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

Not a bad little shop, and certainly more than I expected from this little town. Winerak does have a certain distortion to wine, but also had a pretty good selection of craft beer. The selection was better than what I'd seen at most Columbus-area liquor stores, and included a nice selection of Alesmith, which I've seen in the Cinc-y area, but not in Columbus for some reason. I picked up an Alesmith, a Lindeman's Faro (the last beer-style I haven't tried!) and a few odds and ends. This store had a lot of different things but also had some issues with turn - there was A LOT of old beer here, so caveat emptor on that issue. One of my odds/ends was a Barrel House beer which was wretched - and I assume at least part of the issue was age and handling. Still, this store was easily accessed from the I70 and would be a decent stop for those traveling across the state.

Note - my "quality" rating is intended to get all the old beer on the shelves here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great Beer store, liquor store, wine store, and deli. The beer selection is the only thing I focused on, but they sell it all including beer making supplies. The beer is for the most part on the shelves which is disappointing, but understandable there are only so many coolers. What I liked about the selection besides having a wide variety of the national guys they had some nice selections of small Ohio breweries you don't find most places like Buckeye Lake Brewing, and Wolf's Ridge. The mix-a-six section seemed a little weak, because it appeared most of the section had older beer such as seasonals that were past their prime and what not. Otherwise, this is a great store with a nice varied selection. The Winerak also has great imports too if you are looking for some beers from across the pond.

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Photo of buckeyePA2015
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The Winerak is the best shop in Muskingum County and probably Eastern Ohio in regards to getting your craft beer. There are always great brews in stock and therefore it is pretty easy to blow some money here. Was able to get the likes of Three Floyds Dreadnaught & Permanent Funeral, Breckenridge 25th Anniversary Vanilla Porter, Founders Project Pam, Epic's Big Bad Baptist, Alpine's Hoppy Birthday and Nelson, as well as plenty of other great brews and great Ohio brews that I am forgetting.. Any craft beer lover would find something here. Keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of mugsoh
4.79/5  rDev +27.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is by far the best bottle shop in Zanesville. Selection is greatwith many limited edition and hard to get seasonals showing up. If you're in town, this is the place to stop.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bogforce
2.34/5  rDev -37.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Overall the store is okay but has been getting worse. Some of the problems with the store are the organization of the beer,the lack of beer stored cold, and the lack of turnover is the biggest issue.

Most of their IPAs are 6 to 12 months old and seasonal will sit on the shelf until that season comes around again. It's nice that they offer singles but it seems like it's just the old stuff and they put price stickers over the dates.

If you need some good beer in a pinch or don't have any other options the Winerak is an okay option but check bottle dates!!!!

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Photo of Cartercalvin
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of BlueMusky07
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

The Winerak has by far the best beer selection in southeast Ohio. I have always have found the staff to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The store also has a great selection of wine, liquor and deli foods. I most enjoy the selection of individual beers that can be bought by the bottle. The store generally rotates between 40-50 at any given time. For those who enjoy great variety and different types of beers, this is definitively a place to check out.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Nice, clean, well lit store with a very solid selection. They have really improved the singles options and organized the beer recently. Some of the stuff on the shelf you have to be carefull with as far as dates just because it isn't as busy as a Columbus location so beer doesn't all move as fast, but I see that almost everywhere now with the amount of inventory they have to carry/offer.

The best thing about this place is the staff/service. Mike, and the rest of the people I have met in there over the past few years are always very nice and seemingly in a great mood. Smiles everywhere. They are very helpful, and will be happy to try and order stuff for you. I think the Beverage Source in Newark usually has some of the harder finds if that's what you are after, but the Winerak has a lot to offer and has the edge by being a state store (plenty of bourbon!)

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Photo of Keffa
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

I'm a regular at the Winerak.

As it's name suggests, this store has an obscene slant towards wine and champagne, and is a full state licensed liquor store. However, it's craft selection is overall decent, with the standards available (Stone, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc) along with some rarer stuff (GI Belgians, actual Belgians, Hoppin Frog BA Boris, Hopslam, etc) once in a while. They started carrying Liefmans, which was a shock for me today when I went in. I picked up a bottle of the Cuvee Brut for 9.99, which I considered a decent deal.

Turn is a HUGE issue here however. Always check for dating. I've found outdated stuff here a lot. If you look, you can find a steal once in a while as well (2008 Stone RIS for 4.99). They also keep vintage product for long after the vintage (there are many 2009 Matilda sitting on the shelf for regular price).

Overall, Beverage Source is a far better shop, especially for freshness. If I don't have the time to drive to Newark, I'll go here, otherwise, I stick to Beverage Source.

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Photo of yuengling
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

I frequent this gem of a beer store and I find their selection to be very good with some selections that I could not find in beer stores in Columbus. Th staff here is very friendly and helpful if not the most knowledgeable bunch. The close out specials are very good deals. For example, they closed out their winter seasonals and I was able to score six packs of Bells Winter White and Rouge Santas Private reserve for $6 each. Plus, they even have glassware for very reasonable prices. A very positive experience and definitely a place to look for while in the area.

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Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

I happened to see this place on the way to BW3s and am glad I stopped.

The store itself is nice, clean and well lit. They carry beer, wine, liquor, and it also sells a lot of food items, including gourmet and kosher products.

They have a very nice selection of beer, one of the best in a non-beer specific store. There are regional beers from Ohio (Great Lakes, Columbus, etc), Indiana (Warbird), and Pennsylvania (Troegs, Weyerbacher, etc), and Delaware (Dogfish Head).

They have a nice selection of imports, including English, Scottish, Irish, German, Belgian, and Canadian brews.

They have some macros of course, but have far more craft/micro/import/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. There are singles, 4/6-packs, bombers, and semi-kegs available.

I picked up a four pack of Great Lakes Black Out Stout and a bottle of Lindeman's Faro.

The staff was friendly and offered their help. I'm not sure if the girl really knew her beer, as she stated that she prefered porters over stouts. Guess that means she doesn't know much or she has a very good taste for beer and can tell a large difference. (Good for her if she can, I always can't.)

I'll definitely try to stop back by there on my trips between Indiana and West Virginia.

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Photo of telefrog
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

The Winerak has a fairly decent selection of beer for the region, probably the best in East Central Ohio. The selection consisted mostly of US micros, but I was impressed with the quantity. The staff (i.e. the girl behind the register) didn't seem too knowledgeable-- although I found what I needed so I didn't ask any questions. I picked up a pack of La Fin Du Monde and a Great Lakes Elliot Ness. Prices were reasonable, and most selections of "the good stuff" were dusty from sitting awhile. Found quite a bit of stuff that was beyond it's 'best by' date... which made me wonder how long things have been on the shelves.

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Winerak Market in Zanesville, OH
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.
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