Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Northwest Wine and Spirits

Northwest Wine and Spirits is located in the Olentangy Plaza where the Bethel Road Micro Center store is found.  I had heard their beer selection was good, and that they had a growler filling station, so I decided to check them out while my wife was shopping at Marshall’s nearby.

Beer is kept to the left as you enter the door of the shop.  The first selection you’ll encounter is the shelf featuring seasonal and new items.

Next to the specialty case you’ll see the growler filling station.  The station offers eight taps.  At the time the picture at left was taken, these included beers from Founder’s, Great Lakes, Stone, and others.

Along the side and rear wall, you’ll find a large selection of refrigerated beers.  The side wall is primarily multi-packs (4-packs, 6-packs).  The non-refrigerated shelves across from that side also feature a number of imports and craft brews.  The back wall is where most of the refrigerated singles can be found.

Shown in the fifth picture down at the left is their “mix and match” rack where you can put together a 4-pack or 6-pack of your choice from among the beers available.

I’ve not talked with the staff about beer, so I can’t comment on their knowledge or ability to advise shoppers.  I can tell you that it’s a clean shop, well-lit, and nicely organized.  I’ve never had to wait long to check out.

I won’t list every brand you’ll find here, but some of the many included:  Abita, New Holland, Southern Tier, St. Stefanus, Unibroue, St. Bernardus, Kentucky Ale, Ballast Point, Troeg’s, Bear Republic, Left Hand, Two Brothers, Great Divide, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, many imports from around the world, Samuel Smith, Victory, and a large selection of the macro brews.

Prices are pretty much in line with what I’ve seen at other local shops, some items a little higher or lower than others.

The beer selection was more extensive than I expected from looking at the outside of the store.  The growler section in particular was a surprise.

There is also, as you might imagine from the name, a good wine selection and pretty much any spirit you might be looking for (though if you’re looking for something truly high-end they may not have that – just a guess).

Northwest Wine and Spirits
821 Bethel Road
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Phone: 614-947-0738

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