Dan Patel wasn’t always interested in selling beer and wine. He spent many years in New York City working with computers. One day his brother-in-law, who lived in Wilmington, told him the owner of Hidden Carry Out wanted to retire. So began Patel’s career selling beer.
The store’s name is true — people sometimes drive by the store a couple of times before they find it. The store is known for carrying unique beer. Patel carries New Holland’s Dragon Milk, Dogfish Head’s Flesh & Blood IPA, and Dayton Brewery’s Warped Wing.
One customer had no problem spending $80 on beer. He doesn’t have a favorite kind of beer — he enjoys “trying all of the craft beer, and buys a different kind” each time he visits. He also likes the fact that he can try all sorts of beer without driving all over Cincinnati or beyond!
Dan even makes a special trip to Yellow Springs Brewery for his customers.
Another customer says the “coldest beer in town” is found at Hidden Carry Out. Patel says, “Everyone is welcome to try the beer and be the judge of how cold it is!”
Patel’s son, Nayan, is temporarily helping at the store. Patel is proud of both his son and daughter: Nayan just graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. His daughter, Dimple, has a Masters in Education Policy and now lives in Washington, D.C. where she works for the Native Indian Organization. Dan’s wife, Karen Patel, works for a foreign bank.
If you can’t find a beer within the 500 brands at Hidden Carry Out, you may find a unique wine. The store carries eight kinds of Bogle and 17 kinds of Valley Vineyards — an extensive stock for any store!
The Wilmington area is fortunate that Patel also owns Caesar’s Supply in Harveysburg, which carries fishing and hunting supplies, and The Circle Drive Thru in Wilmington.
Hidden Carry Out
975 W. Main St.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.