I try to stop here whenever I’m in Richmond .... A nice hidden gem... great selection, a little overpriced but who cares about paying an extra buck for something that sells out before you get there, somewhere else ....... no pressure, they will answer any question you have if you ask, but they leave you alone ..... this place has a nice hometown feel and is a must visit if you’re in Richmond
This place definately has quite the selection. I too, like stegosaurus, have had to wait up to 5 minutes to get checked out before, but it is well worth the wait. But I actually LIKE the fact that the staff isn’t constantly trying to ’help’ me. I enjoy it when a beer store just lets me scope out there selection in search of those not-so-common brews. I always feel better when I find a good rare beer myself than have a clerk try to shove bottles in my face just because he likes a particular style.
i went in, i bought A LOT of beer, like 160 bucks worth. i had a pile of beer on the counter and made several trips. they didnt care. cracked jokes with me and were very personable. cashier filled up boxes for me and helped me carry them to my car. much more beer than the typical small wine spot. dug it. will go back. lots.
Stopped by while in town for the Richmond race. My only complaint was that I couldn’t fit more beer in my suitcase. This is one of the best selections that I have ever seen. I e-mailed the store, and Emily put a 120 minute and a RR Tempation behind the counter waiting for me. Great Service. Bear Republic, Allagash, plenty of Unibroue, Dogfish Head, Russian River to name a few, but too many to list. A great beer store.
Stopped for some take-homes after the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival and was heartily impressed. Even though my wife was hurrying me along, I walked out with a case of singles, mostly imports, but even some Rogue, Green Flash and Stone that I can’t get in SE Virginia. And the proprieter gave me a 5% military discount. All the way nice.
Stopped here while in Richmond Va for two days. Not a lot of beer, but still a nice selection. I picked up a Double Bastard ale, Bells oberon, and a Girardin Black Label while i was here. I also saw a large selection of Dogfish, Stone, russian river Damnation, a slew of belgians. Not a bad place at all. They were havin some type of wine tasting when i was there, so there was nobody there to ring me up for about 5 minutes, and i was never asked if i needed help, but i would go back if i was in the area.
Richmond tour Final stop: The shop appeared to be a converted 7-11 with plenty of space, half wine, half beer. It was bit off the beaten path, at least to an out-of-towner like me. Staff was friendly and helpful. He seemed fairly knowledgeable but I didn’t press him on anything. I saw quite a few rare beers. There were plenty of belgians and small single imports. I got a Sammy Smith, but I’m kicking myself for not getting the marked down Ayinger Oktoberfest, but by this stop, I’d already spent way too much. Next time, I’ll start here first.
Really good selection, a little overpriced, but for that it’s worth it. The staff are nice, but the guy who runs it is a creep. I’ve heard things that lead me to think he’s a dirty old man, totally seems to believe that guys are his buyers and squeezes customers and employees alike for every penny. I do like the food products & wine selection too, just wish the ownership would change over.
JCB (289) Durham, North Carolina | December 28, 2006
I’ve now been to Once Upon a Vine 3 times. I think it’s much easier to find than people suggest - just a few minutes off 95 - though certainly not in an eye-poppingly obvious location. The guy who runs the place is really great, always pleasant to chat too, and the whole staff *really* knows their beer (and wine too, for that matter). I’m always eager to check in to see what’s available there that I can’t get at home, and they always have the goods - Southampton 750s, Oaked Bastard, Panil (!), and Russian River Temptation, baby. Lots of good local stuff like Legend and Dominion. Really the best place to go in the area (though I still like Carytown Beer & Wine and River City Cellars too).
gputty (12) Virgina Beach, Virginia | September 24, 2006
Tough place to find if you’re not familiar with the area, but completely worth the effort. Fantastic selection and very helpful staff. Can’t ask for any more, except that they open another store closer to me.
amazing selection for a small place. i guarantee that anyone can walk in there and find at least one bottle that they will think, wow, i didn’t think i would find this here. i dropped 90 bucks before i could blink.