A bunch of the Cincy beer bloggers and I are collaborating on a joint effort to share our favorite, local, sometimes hole in the wall, bottle shops. Luckily, we live in different areas of town, meaning there is a broad swath of small, local businesses being featured this week.
The below list will continue to get updated as the posts come in, so far we have:
- Beer Mumbo – Dutch’s Bar and Bottle Shop (another favorite of mine, see Local CIncy Faves)
- Queen City Drinks – Cappy’s Wine and Spirits
- BeerQuest ABV – Root Cellar
- Queen City Fresh – Hyde Park Wine and Spirits
- Brew Professor – Jeff’s Marathon
Market Wines, you ask? Yes, Market Wines is a wine and beer shop. Saturdays and Sundays, past the sea of people tasting wine and beer lies a tiny craft beer lover’s haven. They don’t have the largest selection, so don’t go in thinking this is the Party Source, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality, which is so much more important.
I have found some truly wonderful beers here, from the tried and true, to the new and hard to find. On my most recent trip I picked up a four pack of the new Dogfish Head Piercing Pils – a Bohemian Pilsner style brewed with pear juice and white pear tea, a bomber of Juliet – a limited edition wild ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries by Goose Island), and the Cask Aged Tripel by Rockmill Brewing I raved about in my most recent Top Three Tuesday post. I even spotted the new Blank Slate Brewing Company and Triple Digit Collaboration, Fruition, an imperial saison with raspberries and blackberries. This beer is limited edition and extremely delicious – it won’t be around for long so grab it if you find it!
They really do have a fantastic local beer selection which I love, plus lots of great Ohio beers such as Fat Head, Great Lakes, and Brew Kettle. In addition to local, they round out with a nice, well curated selection of East and West coast beers, not to mention a fantastic Belgian beer selection. Petrus, Duvel and Chimay, oh my!
In addition to a stellar selection of beers, they also have six excellent rotating beers on tap, such as Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and Great Divide Hibernation. Sit down at the lovely wooden bar and have a pint, or get a growler or half growler to go. Their prices, from what I’ve seen so far have been really reasonable, both for beer bottles and growlers. (Bring in an empty growler to fill or buy one for $5 + beer price.) I’ve bought the same beer bottles at Party Source at the exact same prices (or even slightly cheaper at Market Wine’s).
Their wine is also excellent and very reasonably priced (mmm Campo Viejo Rioja!)
The hours for Market Wines are Tues – Thurs: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. I’d recommend going on a weekend to enjoy all the hustle and bustle of the market. Plus, if you haven’t made a trip to Findlay Market (perhaps my favorite place in Cincinnati), then here is a great excuse. Stop at Eckerlins for the pepper bacon, and Silverglade’s for the whiskey cheddar while you’re at it.
Make sure to stop into Market Wines soon!