United States > North Carolina > Winston-Salem
DrBayern (39) Morehead City, North Carolina | November 13, 2005| Updated December 19, 2009
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
(November 2009). I hadnít been here in about five years, and I was impressed. Since my last visit, they had built an addition out the back of the store devoted almost exclusively to beer. Not only is the selection equal to or better than any other beer store in NC, but the organization and presentation of their collection is top notch. Much better organized and displayed than Samís or Brawleyís. Three on site taps add to the allure. Very helpful and friendly staff. I spoke with the owner who told me that he orders every beer that is available in the state, and that his philosophy is, "You canít sell it if you donít have it." Prices tend to be a little on the high side, especially for singles. This is arguably the top place in NC, although Bruisin Ales may beat it on the basis of having growlers from the local Asheville brewers. In any case, this is a must stop if youíre in Winston, and is worth going out of the way for if you are in the area.
zappuh (2) North Carolina | February 15, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great store for anyone living in the Triad. A huge selection of beers with a bar that has like 5 taps.
Boungustatio (18) South Carolina | July 12, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Best selection in Winston-Salem. When I arrived they had local farmers tasting customers on cheeses. The beer guy was tasting customers on an about-to-expire and heavily marked down bottle of beer. Their selection was amazing. I drank a Fat Tire on tap/ in correct glassware, poured correctly so their was a big pillow of foamy head on top that resembled a fat tire!
I left with 2.5 cases of assorted craft brews, bombers, etc for $150.
They had a huge book listing all the brews they carried. Big Boss out the whazoo, tons of Founders, and Dogfish head Specialties. A must-go if you are in the Winston Salem area looking for a bottle store.
Hussey (21) North Carolina | March 13, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place. Super knowledgeable folks working there. Especially like the layout by beer type rather than alpha. Cool room to the left just full of great hard-to-find stuff. A gem of a store. Another mecca for NC beer geeks.
grat (6) ST. Louis, Missouri | September 7, 2004| Updated January 31, 2006
94 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This place is my oasis of beer in what is otherwise the most drab beer desert in the Universe. First they freaking open at 9 in the morning...crazy. Second they certainly have the best selection in town with the laws they have to deal with around here. I have bought, Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek (1996). Not bad for a state with a 6% beer law. The prices are a little steep I am afraid. $9 for a half size bottle of Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus...come on. However they are the only competeing faction in town aside from the Whole foods which wonít break up sixers and which doesnít have as solid a selection. The owner isnít much help and could use some help with his ordering but otherwise you must stop here for good beer in Winston-Salem,NC
zizzybalubba (72) Elizabeth City, North Carolina | December 13, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Made a quick stop here after the Olde Rabbitís Foot release at Foothills. This is a really nice downtown location in a cool looking building. Service was excellent. On the day I went I was asked immediately if I needed help finding anything and the samples of the beers they were tasting were immediately offered up (always a big plus). An excellent selection of beers, one of the best I have seen in the state. The store is also very neat and orderly. Most of the prices were inline with other stores altough I did see a few bottles that seemed to be priced a little high. Overall, this is a quality store that beer fans will certainly not want to miss.
Onenote81 (74) Winston-Salem, North Carolina | April 20, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
So happy to have this gem of a bottle shop in town! Though the prices can be on the steep side, this is THE place to get your beer hook-up. I canít even begin to describe the enormous selection. Everything is organized well, so finding your genre of beer is not hard at all. Decent keg and growler offerings as well. A must-stop!
Thorpe429 (58) , Illinois | September 1, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I love that this place opens up at 9AM. Why? That means after we got inside Foothills -- for both regular and BA Sexual Chocolate this year -- weíre able to sit down and have a coffee when they open at 8AM and then stroll over to City Beverage at 9 before the bottle sales start. The only drawback to this approach is missing out on the draft selection inside the beer store.
Very cool atmosphere inside the main beer area with a bar with several draft lines off to the right and a nice assembly of shelves with plenty of beer. Really nice import selection and plenty of glassware to go along with it. Service has always been great. While I havenít asked specific questions about their selection, whenever Iíve started chatting with an employee theyíve always been very enthusiastic about beer and have been enjoyable to talk to.
The only caveat I have to all of this is that the homebrew selection is fairly weak. I get this impression itís kind of an extra service, so I wonít complain too much, Iíd just say that if thatís what youíre looking for -- rather than a top-notch beer store -- Iíd go elsewhere. That said, if youíre looking to pick up some bottle caps or some rice hulls during a beer run, this is an added convenience.
Beergirl (1) | August 17, 2005
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This is one great beer and wine shop. I love the feel of the place, hardwood floors and jazz music accompained with some great beer. The selection was great and will only get better with the new 6% law. They also have a great home brew section and the owner was a big help with starting me off on my first home brew experience. One of my favorite shops in the city!
Butters (184) 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.
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