grat (6) ST. Louis, Missouri | September 7, 2004| Updated January 31, 2006
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
Big store. Two rooms. Mostly beer. Bar is in the back/second room, but was empty when I visited on a Wednesday late afternoon. Extensive selection. Organization seems to have improved since earlier rates. Prices are slightly high but not bad. Nice place.
Cool little place. A little hard to find the first time and parking is not great. Good selection, though not very organized. Everything is just kind of thrown in there and the isles are not very easy to move up and down in. Staff seems to have a decent knowledge of beer if you ask, but the actual service leaves a little to be desired. Prices are definitely on the high side. I like to go here but not my first stop.
Visited the place after BA Sexual Chocolate release. Selection ok, probably better in the winter and spring. Many of the locals. Probably the best selection of beers in Winston-Salem. Service was really good. The staff was very helpful.
visited 2x in last 2 days. spencer was more than helpful both times. when you walk in looks a bit cluttered but focus your eyes coolers straight ahead on left and home brewing supplies in same area and plenty of wines. off to your left is the beer room with plenty of bombers to choose from. as others say prices are a bit high but I noticed that some prices were cheaper than other places. enough said on that. overall found some great buys and beers I havenít seen before so I was more than pleased. next time there will make it a point to stop in and find something worthy of my purchase.
Itís all been said before: great selection, cool old-fashioned vibe, somewhat high prices. Theyíve been throwing some cool events on in the parking area too. If you live in Winston-Salem and like beer, youíre almost certainly buying some here.
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.
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.
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!
Sikash (1) North Carolina | April 7, 2012| Updated July 25, 2012
Just off the bat this is the GO TO place for Winston when it comes to craft brews. Total Wine in Winston is nice and way cheaper but has a less of a selection. I have been going to this place for a while now and here are my thoughts.
Ambiance: A little small but overall good, has a nice beer with great beers on tap at a decent price that are nice to grab as you browse.
Service: The old guy that I think owns the place is minimally helpful at best. The two younger guys that are there regularly in the afternoons and on the weekends are extremely helpful and always a joy to work with.
Selection: As stated earlier they tend to have the best selection around when it comes to craft beers and Winston. I do not recommend their growlers as I have had multiple (I think) skunked growlers because they tend to sit there in an open glass window for a while. I also question how long some of their yest/hops have sat in their fridge in the back.
Value: This is the ONLY reason I dislike this location. Everything is overpriced (except the beers on tap). Expect to pay a couple bucks more than anywhere else for things. I also STRONGLY recommend not buying singles as buying a single of a beer is close to half the price of a 6-pack. If they dropped their prices by 2-3 bucks per beer (for most but not all) it would be perfect. HOWEVER, when they have sales they are very worthwhile and a must whenever they have their bi-annual Tent-Sale Event.
Overall: This is my go to place for beers in Winston, the service is great as long as the older gentleman is not working there alone. The store is overpriced in general which is a huge drawback but the selection is wide and the atmosphere is pretty solid. They do tastings every Saturday which is a huge plus. Overall itís a decent place but could be awesome if they brought their prices down a bit.
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.