A nice store tucked in a shopping center. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and their specialty is French wines. The deli counter has a nice collection of cheeses and a few meats, the wild boar prosciutto being particularly good, although it is $39.99 per pound. The beer selection is decent, with a better bomber selection than some other shops nearby.
March ’07. Small little shop with a definite emphasis on wine, but a good-enough corner devoted to decent beers. I was able to score a half dozen beers that were new to me, including 2 American micro’s and a few Belgian/French farm ales. Only 22 oz’ers or large imports available in singles ... the six pack rack offered a fair representation, but nothing unusual. They were doing a tasting of sorts when I was there -- some obnoxious loud guy was slugging all the good stuff and asking stupid questions. A distraction, really. Overall, worth a quicky stop if you’re in the neighborhood.
Stopped here because it is VERY close to Port City. Large store with wine, beer and gourmet foodstuffs including sandwiches. I did not partake. The beer selection is small-ish, but good. I didn’t see any uber-rarities, but there was some less common stuff. Prices were very high across the board. The singles selection is very limited, and I was allowed to pull a single from a six pack only because there was an empty slot on the singles rack. Staff was friendly and somewhat helpful. Decent store, but the prices make me wary of coming again.
GT (672) San Diego, California | November 27, 2012
Go here every once in a while. Easy to find I guess amidst the nonsensical highways and intersections of outer Alexandria. In a strip mall with easy parking. Selection is actually very small I would say. Only one fridge and a few shelves. Cool thing is that they do beer tastings a lot here with brewery reps or maybe staff. Prices are not bad. But honestly I only walk out with about 1-2 bottles that I saw interesting. It’s a small store with 2/3 wine, a small deli in the back or something (?), and then a decent craft beer selection. I wouldn’t place it up there with Norms or Perfect Pour, but going to be a good bet in Alexandria for bottles. Six packs, singles, some lambics. Had a bunch of Tilquin when I was there. Good amount of local VA beer. Staff are very nice and chatty.
Quite a few beers I’ve found there which I can only find in the area after looking extremely hard.
About neck and neck between here and the Springfield Total Wine as to who has a better, or bigger selection (Ricks is smaller, but more unique). Staff was friendly and helpful, place had a decent ambiance.
UPDATE: Returned on 3/22/07, better than the selection has been as of late as it looks like they may have expanded their beer selection a bit from the last 3 times I’ve been there since discovering the place.
I’d never been here before today, and I was genuinely missing out on a great beer store that’s more convenient to DC than driving out to Vienna. Very helpful person in the beer section, a densely packed area of locals and domestics. Saw Thirsty Dog and Green Flash for the first time in VA (though I was told they’d just arrived). All told, definitely a place worth checking out.
sthlm (147) Blank, Alabama | May 27, 2009| Updated June 2, 2017
Dusty selection of normal stocked beers. There was not too much here that I could not find at a grocery store. There may be a couple of rare gems but nothing to write home about. They seem to be more concerned with wine, which is fine because it is actually in their name. I would have liked it even more if some wine snob was not going on and on about his big collection in his basement and how you should properly store it and blah blah blah.
Overall, if you can’t make it to a decent grocery store then this might be what you need. Better selection than Giant.
We were instantly greeted as we came in and got asked if we needed some help, always a good sign. We browsed around the isles to take a look at the selection. They had a lot of stuff, but I was half-expecting to find a little more rarities. Maybe I caught them on a bad week, maybe there just wasn’t too many outstanding brews available at that moment, who knows. A few nice imports were on the shelves, but nothing that made my jaw drop either. But they did carry a lot of the bigger micros and had plenty of local rep as well. Legend Brewing, Williamsburg Aleworks and Old Dominion were all breweries that I knew little or nothing about, so I mostly concentrated on these. They had the Millennium ale aged a few years available, but at over 20 bucks a sixer I decided to pass and go for the ’08 at a more reasonable 10$. For some strange reason, it’s illegal for them to break six packs. Just another one of those zany liquor laws you see now and again I guess. I talked about that with the lady at the register and another employee, they seemed like really nice people. So overall a big thumbs up, I’m glad I went (somewhat) out of my way to find this place.
Rick’s keeps a pretty nice stock of American micros and a nice selection of internationals and not just Belgians. Prices are average to high. Southhamptons, Rogues etc. I believe they do beer tastings every Saturday. Staff is mostly educated about wine and lacked the knowledge that other distributors possess. Worth a look though.