Red, Wine & Brew Is Here For You

There is a little beverage store in Chesterland, Ohio that you would never know was there unless somebody told you about it. The outside does this little town gem no justice. It’s not until you step inside and see all the wonders the store holds behinds its doors. The place is huge and you can literally find any kind of beer, wine or cigars that you want or can think of.

Red, Wine & Brew Sign

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This store is called Red, Wine & Brew and was started four to five years ago with only three employees. The three employees were its owner Sam Shah, his father Anil Shah and their friend Bob Patel. They are still there today greeting everyone with a smile as they walk in the front door.

“Customers are our number one priority,” owner Sam Shah said. “There are many people that have been coming here since we opened and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

Over 800 Cigars

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Since the place opened Shah has expanded his store a couple of times over the years. Whenever a space became available next to his store he was able to add it on and bring in more products so customers could have more variety to choose from. The store is a giant maze now and if a new customer doesn’t get the tour they offer of the place (just an overview of where stuff a located at), generally a newbie can get lost quickly.

Over 6000 Wines

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Today the store boasts over 6,000 wines, 2,000 beers and 800 cigars. It is all broken down by import beer, domestic beer, import wine, domestic wine, big bottles of wine and a cigar area. There are roughly ten employees who work there now that are just as helpful with the customers as the original three are. Every Friday and Saturday the store hosts a moderate wine tasting so customers can try different wines and beers plus learn about them from the stores assistant manager Alex Bossard.

Over 2000 Beers

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Bossard is the stores “wine guru” and knows a ton about wine. He is there Tuesday thru Saturday to help customers with different brands and varietals of wine. Wine is Bossard’s hobby and you can tell by the way he talks how much he loves his wines.

The store mainly promotes its self by word-of-mouth and recommendations from past and current customers. They give out business cards to customers when they make their purchase and ask them to hand them out to their friend. Shah has also placed ads in local papers such as the Scene and Chesterland News. Plus, they have taken out ads in West Geauga’s sports teams brochures.

Red, Wine & Brew has a website but it’s not totally functional yet. They have done a decent job getting the word out about the place yet they could do so much more. It truly is a diamond in the rough. I highly recommend checking out for all your beer, wine and cigar needs.

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Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!


Yuengling Hits Ohio, Finally

I know I said I would be posting about a pumpkin beer tasting I had with my friends this past week but this a very special week. Yuengling is finally being sold within Ohio borders for the first time ever. I figured if I posted the results from the pumpkin beer tasting next week, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

Yuengling has been owned and operated by the same family since 1829. David G. Yuengling came from Wurttenberg, Germany, and built his home and business in Pottsville, Pa. The original business was called Eagle Brewery. There was a fire in 1831 and a new brewery was built on a different site. In 1873 the brewery changed its name to D.G. Yuengling & Son and four years later D.G. died.

Yuengling Lager

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Over the years the brewery has survived prohibition and family deaths. The beer is so popular the brewery had to decline selling its beer in markets outside of its local area. In 1976 the brewery was placed on the state and national registers as America’s Oldest Brewery. In the late 1990s the brewery purchased two more plants to meet distribution requests by business owners.

The decision was finally made to distribute Yuengling in Ohio about a month ago. Monday was the first day local grocery and convenient shop owners, restaurants and bars had the beer on their shelves ready for sale. Before this happened you literally had to drive to PA to get Yuengling, now you just have to drive to the corner to pick out which twelve pack you want. A twelve pack of Yuengling is being sold for $10.49 which is pretty reasonable considering its three biggest competitors (Bud, Miller and Coors) sell for about $9.99.

I think Yuengling is testing the waters here in Ohio because there are only three flavors available: Yuengling Traditional Lager, Yuengling Light Lager and Yuengling Original Black & Tan. The brewery makes seven different types of beer but, the three in Ohio’s market are by far the most popular.

Since Monday, Yuengling has been flying off the shelves. There are 22 wholesalers distributing the product, and they are having a hard time keeping up with the demand from the Yuengling craze. It’s a good, cheap, full-flavored beer that almost everyone has heard about or tried in other states. The long awaited hype for Yuengling to be sold in Ohio has paid-off.

Yuengling Truck Delivering Beer

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Last month grocery and convenient shop owners, restaurants and bars had signs posted stating “Yuengling coming in October.” It created a great word-of-mouth campaign because everywhere you went people were talking about it. When Yuengling hit the Ohio market Monday, the results were phenomenal. One distributer sold about 7,500 cases in a day. Kegs are being tapped out within days not weeks. Grocery and convenient stores shelves are bare by the end of the night. It’s just nuts.

All week long radio stations have been running commercials about Yuengling. Bars and restaurants have been hosting tastings and giving away promotional items. Signs are posted everywhere the beer is sold. Newspapers and TV stations have been running stories about the beer and its sales. Even the internet bloggers and writers have been posting stories and comments about Yuengling in Ohio. Everyone knew it was going to be big but, this has it hit the top of the charts.

For more stories or information on Yuengling hitting the Ohio market, checkout:

Mansfield distributor hires extra help to keep shelves full of Yuengling

Cheers! Stow ‘Can’t Get Enough’ Yuengling

Yuengling Arrives in Ohio After 182 Years

Yuengling distributor gearing up for busy week as beer makes Central Ohio debut

Yuengling beer coming to Ohio

Yuengling beer coming to Northeast Ohio Monday

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!