Saturday, March 16, 2013

Giant Eagle Market District–Kingsdale

When you think of places to shop for craft beer, chain supermarkets like Kroger or Giant Eagle probably don't leap immediately to mind.  In fact, when you think of supermarket beer selections, you're probably thinking about the big macro-breweries like Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, and the like.  I was actually quite impressed on my last visit to the Giant Eagle Market District Store in the Kingsdale Center in Upper Arlington.

Yes, you will find the big names here.  If you're looking for a six-pack of Bud Light or a case of Coors, you'll find it at this store just as you'd expect.  But what you might not expect is the wide selection of craft beers they carry.  It's a range that's on par with most other craft beer retailers in town.

In the picture at the left, you might recognize Innis & Gunn, St. Peter's, Young's, Well's, Theakston, Samuel Smith, Alesmith, Dogfish Head, Hitachino Nest, Rockmill, Ommegang, Maredsous, Rogue, and a few others.

In other pictures attached to this article, you'll find Sierra Nevada, Avery, Trappistes Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Wittkerke, Oranjeboom, Baltika, Unibroue, and others.

There might not be any truly rare craft beers in this selection, but several of my personal favorites can be found on the shelves at this store.

Since it's a Market District store, you'll also find groceries and a "food court" of sorts as well.  One very nice aspect to at least this particular Market District is that you can purchase a cold beer and consume it in the eating area within the store.  This is a great way to try a single beer before committing to purchase more.

While Giant Eagle probably won't replace your regular retailer, you may want to check their selection out if you're in the area or already in the store shopping for groceries.  I usually find something new there when I look.  For example, on my last visit I found Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask aged ale.  I had not seen this particular variety of Innis & Gunn in other retailers, so I grabbed a bottle and drank it with the sub I purchased at their sub shop in the food court area.  I liked it enough that I went back and bought a four-pack before leaving.

I've attached additional photos of their beer selection at the end of this article.
Giant Eagle Market District
3061 Kingsdale Center
Columbus, OH 43221

To give you some idea of the selection found in this store, I'm going to list the breweries whose products were represented on the shelves at the store during a visit in March 2013.  Note that this is not a complete list, but is as comprehensive as I can make it.

  • 21st Amendment

  • Abita

  • Alesmith

  • Anchor

  • Anderson Valley

  • Asahi

  • Aventinus

  • Avery

  • Ayinger

  • Ballast Point

  • Baltika

  • Bear Republic

  • Bell's

  • Bitburger

  • Black Sheep Brewery

  • Breckenridge

  • Brew Dog

  • The Brew Kettle

  • Brooklyn Brewing

  • The Bruery

  • Buffalo Bill's Brewery

  • Chimay

  • Chouffe

  • Columbus Brewing Co.

  • Dogfish Head

  • Duchesse De Bourgogne

  • Dupont

  • Duvel

  • Einbecher

  • Elevator Brewing Company

  • Epic Brewing

  • Fat Head's

  • Flying Dog

  • Founder's

  • Franziskaner

  • Gavroche

  • Gouden

  • Great Divide

  • Great Lakes Brewing Company

  • Green Flash

  • Gulden Draak

  • Harviestoun

  • He'Brew

  • Hitachino Nest

  • Hofbrau

  • Hoppin' Frog

  • Indigo Imp

  • Innis & Gunn

  • Ithaca Brewing

  • Kentucky Ale

  • Kona Brewing

  • Kwak

  • La Trappe

  • Lagunitas

  • Left Hand Brewing

  • Lindeman's

  • Magic Hat

  • Maredsous

  • Meantime

  • Modelo

  • Monk's Cafe

  • Moretti

  • Mt. Carmel

  • Neil House

  • New Holland

  • New Planet

  • Newcastle

  • Nogne

  • North Coast

  • Okocim

  • Omer

  • Ommegang

  • Oranjeboom

  • Orval

  • Peroni

  • Petrus

  • Pinkus

  • Pyramid

  • Reisetbauer

  • Reissdorf

  • Rivertown

  • Rockmill Brewery

  • Rogue

  • Rust Belt

  • Samuel Adams

  • Samuel Smith

  • San Miguel

  • Sapporo

  • Schneider & Sohn

  • Shiner

  • Shock Top

  • Sierra Nevada

  • Smithwick's

  • Smuttynose

  • Southern Tier

  • Sprecker

  • St. Amand

  • St. Bernardus

  • St. Peter's

  • Steigl

  • Stillwater

  • Stone

  • Teacate

  • Theakston

  • Thirsty Dog

  • Trappist Achel

  • Trappistes Rochefort

  • Traquair

  • Troeg's

  • Tsingtao

  • Tusker

  • Two Brothers

  • Uinta

  • Unibroue

  • Victory

  • Weihenstephaner

  • Well's

  • Westmalle

  • Weyerbacher

  • Wittkerke

  • Wychwood

  • Young's

  • Zatec

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