slang (13) Columbia, South Carolina | November 10, 2005
Warehouse style store. Mainly wine, but has a long isle dedicated to beer. Alot of micros Avery, Flying Dog, Unibroue, etc. A decent amount of low-grav. singles. There is also a small selection of 750’s and plenty of six-packs. Their 21 yr old hassle/form just pisses me off. Prices were higher than expected, I’d go to City Beverage.
They probably get the bronze for bottle selection in Winston-Salem, with Stella Brew and City Bev well ahead. You’ll find something, but unless you’re not visiting the other two I mentioned, I don’t see a scenario where you’re finding something here that you couldn’t get elsewhere or at a better price.
This is the place I go to when I’m looking for a good selection of single brews. They have a cooler section, but it consists mostly of the big macros and some local brews mixed in. They have an entire aisle designated for single bottles. Most of the good locals are here (Natty Greene’s, Duck Rabbit, Highland, Carolina Brewing Co., etc.). They have a pretty good selection of Belgian and German beers, as well as Scottish and Czech. They carry some great selections of Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Saranac, Samuel Adams, Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, etc. They also have a pretty good variety of 750’s. All of the bottles are individually priced, but you can get a great sixer for under $12. A few of the times I’ve found outdated brews on the shelves and have tried to bring it to the staff’s attention. The staff has been helpful at times, and other times non-existent. They care more for the wine-crowd I’ve come to find out. Overall, this is one of my favorite spots to check out. I could spend an entire afternoon checking out their selection. I would recommend this place to anyone.
[EDIT] Stopped in on 4-16-09 and they completely revamped their beer section. It looks great! Things are much more organized, and they carry many more beers than they did even a few months ago. They now have Founders, Smuttynose, Lost Coast, among others. It’s good to see them raise the bar a bit.
[EDIT] - December ’10. This place continually amazes me. They keep getting in stock all the new releases to the state, many times before City Beverage even gets them. They just recently got in Laughing Dog, which I haven’t seen anywhere else around. They keep the seasonal shelf well-stocked with great beer, and the turnaround is much better here than many other TWs. I highly recommend this spot. Don’t let the stigma keep you away. This one is much better than the norm.
A little more laid-back, with more spacious ailseways than the other TWaMs I’ve been in. About the same selections as the others, with maybe a bit better emphasis on regionals. A slightly friendlier staff too. As with all of the stores in this chain, about 95% or more of the beers are available as singles, which is my main rating criteria besides the selection.
Very similar to the other one’s I’ve visited. The staff, while nice, was very unknowledgable about the beers they sold. I personally enjoy the ’warehouse’ atmosphere. Great selection of non-rare beers especially for regional variety. Good prices too. I like this chain.
Veeve (22) Winston-Salem, North Carolina | June 14, 2008
Selection crazy good.
ambiance, like a warehouse.
Service - guy knows what he’s talking about but is pressed to give recs, doesn’t know how to let people just browse.
Can get what you need there, but remember all bottles, obvoiusly.
As the name might lead you to believe, it’s more a wine store than beer store. They do have a decent micro selection, especially for Winston-Salem. The selection of macro kegs and cases is pretty good, and prices aren’t bad.