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.
Easy to get to, plentiful parking. While their selection isnít large, what they have is of good quality. Good representation of American craft brews, plus the usual Belgian, German, and British suspects. I was bale to pick up a couple I couldnít get at home, so the trip was worthwhile. I will certainly return on my next trip to the area.
Nice little shop w/some good beer, didnít have tons on hand so maybe they turn it quickly-which would be a good thing. Had DFH, Left Hand, Victory, Weyerbacher, Founders, & BELLS, donít usually see much of that in this area; Had 1/2 dozen of them! Had some seasonals & there was a Beer & a Wine tasting going on that Saturday afternoon. Great service & prices didnít seem too bad. No 12oz singles, which was a bummer. Might be worth a trip to score on the bells, not sure if they have it all the time though. Gourmet food didnít seem all that special.
Stopped here around rush hour on a Wednesday afternoon. Located in a little strip mall next to a Giant store. Very friendly service that is quick to ask if you need help. Nothing really rare stood out to me, but the selection is quite good nonetheless. Much of what you would find at Total Wine or Whole Foods. The prices were all over the place, ranging from significantly cheaper than some Whole Foods prices, to significantly more expensive than some beers found at Total Wine. Overall I would say that it tends to be closer to the cheaper, Total Wine prices, though. Also, if you are big into DFH WWS and 120, this is the only place I have found them out here for $8.99 instead of $9.99. Worth a stop, especially since it is supporting a non-chain store.
We were instantly greeted as we came in and got asked if we needed some help, always a good sign. We browsed around the isles to take a look at the selection. They had a lot of stuff, but I was half-expecting to find a little more rarities. Maybe I caught them on a bad week, maybe there just wasnít too many outstanding brews available at that moment, who knows. A few nice imports were on the shelves, but nothing that made my jaw drop either. But they did carry a lot of the bigger micros and had plenty of local rep as well. Legend Brewing, Williamsburg Aleworks and Old Dominion were all breweries that I knew little or nothing about, so I mostly concentrated on these. They had the Millennium ale aged a few years available, but at over 20 bucks a sixer I decided to pass and go for the í08 at a more reasonable 10$. For some strange reason, itís 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, Iím glad I went (somewhat) out of my way to find this place.
March í07. 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 microís and a few Belgian/French farm ales. Only 22 ozíers 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 youíre in the neighborhood.
radagast83 (313) Alexandria, Virginia | January 13, 2007| Updated March 25, 2008
Quite a few beers Iíve 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 Iíve been there since discovering the place.
Cobra (24) , | November 3, 2006| Updated July 26, 2008
Rickís is a great place to find rare brews. Once you get in tight with the owner & manager, they will actually order & hold special beers for you.
Plenty of selection, great prices too.
Friendly & knowledgeable staff is always a plus.
This place has gone downhill bigtime. The shelves were almost bare when I was here on a Saturday, no less.
Beer selection has gone down to less than 100 beers. Sad, sad, sad.
Rickís 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.
Fairly decent selection of both domestic and imported beer. Noticed Victory, Thirsty Dog, Weyerbacher, Old Dominion, FFF, Stone, to name a few. Unfortunately was out of Victory Golden Monkey which was what I came in for. Picked up Stoudtís Double IPA for $8.99 and a bomber of Gumballhead for $4.99 which were both great deals. Well worth a visit if in the area.