United States > North Carolina > Winston-Salem
DiarmaidBHK (732) Pennsylvania | September 11, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Imagine an alternate universe where they had craft beer stores in the 1950ís and your pretty close. Lots of wood paneling gives city beverage a clubhouse feel thatís immediately inviting. They have most of their bombers in the room to,your left with coolers straight ahead from the entrance. They also have a home brew supplies section. They have a ton of local and imported crafts with a nice cider and mead section as well. The only real drawback, as others have noted, are the prices. Theyíre a bit a higher thean other places in the state. Still itís a nice find.
Dogbrick (701) Columbus, Ohio | April 19, 2004
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
We walked here from the Adamís Mark. I have to say that downtown Winston-Salem was DEAD on a Saturday late afternoon. You probably wonít have any problems finding this place or finding a parking spot.
The store itself seems to cover both wine and beer pretty equally. Most of the beer is in a cooler but they do have a small section at room temp as well. There is also a small selection of glassware. The best part is they allow you to get mix-n-match 6ers of just about anything they have in 6 packs for $11. I found a nice selection of NC beers (Highland, OBX etc) as well as some other micros, and even a í98 Anchor OSA. They do what they can with such limited space.
The staff was all very helpful, and even made recommendations on a good place to watch the OSU game.
All in all, aside from Old Salem and maybe a jazz bar or two, this place is a must-stop for a beer lover visiting the city.
NachlamSie (582) Denver, Colorado | September 16, 2006| Updated February 19, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Obviously this is a manditory stop in Winston-Salem. I stopped in to pick up a case of the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter and found a few other gems while I was at it. They allow the creation of a 6 pack from most of the reasonable sixers. Plenty of micros and imports, including a shelf of Belgians are to be had. Some frat kid bought two kegs of Busch Light while I was here. I really like this store.
This place used to be a very good beer store. Since my last visit it has become a ridiculously thorough and expansive treasure trove of beer. The sheer amount of beer is staggering in the room with a tasting area set up. Unfortunately, it makes me think of how long that stuff has been sitting on the shelf. I saw a lot of product that has long since vanished from most other NC stores, e.g. 6 cases of Expedition. Homebrew supplies are also available here, which is kind of neat. There were three taps available to drink: Bells Hopslam, Bells Expedition, and Terrapin Rye. I bought some weird brews here Iíve never before seen.
Drake (476) Free Union, Virginia | March 6, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 16/20
Located very close to Foothills (about 4 or 5 blocks) so walking between the two is easy. Parking in the back. The owner was there and was nice and helpful, but the beer guy was not. The place probably has more beer than wine, with a ton of American, German, English, Belgian and a smattering of other countries. Very wide ranging selection. About 6 coolers of chilled beer along with an entire good sized room of nonchilled. There is no problem with pulling singles. They are, however, very, very expensive. Except for the sales. They had a list of about 15-20 cases of beer on deep discounts. Some were out of stock, including the Allaghash Grand Cru for $25 a case (!!!!) but there were a lot of good deals. Overall worth a stop, but if possible due to the prices, try to make it your last stop.
Capa (268) Manama, Bahrain | August 17, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped here on my road trip south and Iím glad I did. Large micro and import selection including many ciders. Well organized, and knowledgeable employees made my search for good local beers a breeze. I only bought a case of new stuff but would have tripled that amount if I werenít strapped for time. Iíll make this stop again next time I pass through Winston-Salem.
JCB (223) Durham, North Carolina | October 24, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Rolled in after the Foothills BASC release, a bit bleary after a fine evening. Low ceilings, dark wood, and a precariously dense stock arrangement could reasonably be described as "cozy" but I thought it was a bit confining. Aside from the general clutter, however, it was a very pleasant store. No real service whatsoever, which suited me just fine (gentleman at the register was quite friendly, but no silly questions on the floor). Stock was excellent overall, with a very good representation of whatís available in NC (latest Stone, New Belgium, Founders, and imports). Good sales and discounts, mixed sixers available, and itís definitely worth stopping in for Olde Hickory and Pisgah beers, which arenít available further east.
Butters (180) Richmond, Virginia | August 10, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place rocks! I have been trying to stop here for over a year and my travel plans just never worked out. Iím so happy that my last business trip afforded me the opportunity. Hands down the most beers I have ever seen in one place. This store has it all, both quality and quantity. Iíve been in many a wine store that has a selection of beer, but never a store that FOCUSES on beer and has some wine on the side! It is a bit pricey, but I cannot wait to return.
rumproasts (140) Grand Rapids, Michigan | October 7, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
huge selection and nicely organized. however, there didnít appear to be any/many singles available. all i saw were a few random bottles stacked along the bottom of some coolers. the place was pretty busy with a wine event, so i didnít take the time to ask for help.
decaturstevo (132) decatur, Tennessee | February 4, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice place nice selection. A tap room what about that. I wish I had had time to drink one. Beer was seperated out by styles I think which made it difficult to track down Duck Rabbit beers and others, but they were more than willing to help you find what you wanted. They had homebrew supplies in the corner by the cooler too. Pretty nice place just a little on the pricey side.
NYHarvey (124) New York, New York | February 22, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very nice selection. A little pricey for NC, but still affordable by Florida standards. Picked up a lot of eclectic stuff and they still had Duck Rabbit Barley-wine and Scotch ale when no one else did. Stuff was sort of all over the place, but I like that. Browsing about for gems is part of the fun of beer shopping for me. Iíd say itís a definite must stop if in the area.
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