Big shop with a nice sitting area and a large selection. Kind of cramped, disorganized, and hard to navigate, but if youíre in Winston, this is your place. Pretty heavily trafficked place, but plenty of parking. Service was OK. I donít think it is in the same league as Bestway or Samís, but definitely the best in town.
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.
JCB (272) Durham, North Carolina | October 24, 2010
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.
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.
doboy (24) Morehead City, North Carolina | March 22, 2010
Had heard of CB for a while but had not been able to get there! What a SELECTION. My only complaint was trying to figure out their filing system. Seemed somewhat scattered for a first timer. Found some really great beers there! Prices seemed a bit high, but they also had some of the top end beers that cost an arm and a leg too! That was good to see! I WILL be back!
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.
Awesomeness. This is one of the better beer stores Iíve ever set foot in. Hell of a selection, stuff I didnít even know you could find in NC. Three good beers on tap (when I was there, Duck-Rabbit Doppelbock, DFH Immort Ale, and Anchor Liberty Ale). Hundreds and hundreds of good bottles, including some vintage stuff. Prices are very reasonable given the quality. Atmosphere is pretty cool and log cabin like. Met a few fellow Beer Advocates there. This is THE place to pick up beer in the area, make no mistake.
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.