Large wine store in a strip mall. Almost a third of the space is filled with beer, nicely organized by country and US region. Large tasting area, which is odd since you cannot drink in the store, and there are no taps. They do events, I was told. Selection is large, service is good. Would be much better if they had an ABC license that allowed in-store consumption, since Blacksburg overall has relatively few places for adults to sit and drink good beers.
Have purchased from them a number of times over the last few years. The selection is outstanding for someone from the west or midwest, but the problem I have with Vintage Cellar is their amatuer packing job. Twelve ounce singles were placed in a paper 6-pack holder and them covered in yards of saran wrap, and then placed into a box of popcorn. This does not always ensure that there is no bottle-to-bottle contact. However, I have not received any broken bottles from them. Their shipping is cheap compared to the better known west coast online retailers, and their shipping is prompt. I would LOVE to order from them again, but for reasons unknown my state is now on their Will No Ship To list.
The store looks quite small from the outside, but is rather expansive once you get in. I froze when I got to the beers because I could not decide where to start. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The selection is vast and diverse.
Visited on a Friday night and it had a nice buzz about the place. They were doing tastings of the new pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers that had just arrived. It’s good to see the outreach in a college town. They had a nice selection of local and regional craft as well as strong Belgian and Scandinavian section as well. They had most of their stuff available for pick sixes. All in all its a pretty solid place.
Drake (781) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 3, 2009| Updated February 21, 2014
What a great beer store. Located in a strip mall with ample parking. Employees are all very friendly and helpful. Huge selections of bottles, and everything is available in singles. Cases of mixed singles are 10% off (as well as anything above a case, not just full cases, which is very nice). The US, Germany, Belgium, England are all well represented, as well as a ton of other oddball countries. Wine, cider and sake as well. A very small selection of glassware. Some cheese, soda and oddly, a whole rack of hot sauces. Very cool place and definitely highly recommended. The only knock against them is their website is not up to date.
Wow, Vintage Cellar has a crap ton of beer. The import section is not overly intense, but there is a very large amount of American microbrew and most everything is available in singles. I didn’t come across anything mind-blowing, but the selection is certainly staggering and I saw quite a few things I have never seen elsewhere. The staff is helpful and well informed. It is a mandatory stop if in the area.
Online order with email followups. Lots of items not commonly found on the left coast. 10 Bells/4 Brooklyns and others. Some beers were temporarily out, and it took two email exchanges to make up 24 for instant shipping, and they were very helpful with filling the holes. Shipping 3000 miles is reasonable when a 200 mile roundtrip is required to get to a beer store that carries some of the uncommon (1500 miles up and back to Bottleworks), given the price of gas and my truck’s mileage! Woud not hesitate to do again: in fact I will! Shipping and handling for 24 small bottles was $41, and the packing was double wall with peanuts between. Just excellent.
Stopped in here early Saturday afternoon and again a few hours later to pick something up I couldn’t live without. Parking is strip mall standards. Plenty to go around. When you walk in, the front half of the store is dedicated to wines with some nice glassware and hot sauses close to the door. The back half of the store is all beer with everything available as singles. If you wanted a four or six pack of something, it was available, but most were already broken out for individual sale. Pricing is very fair on all their bottles, but one thing I noticed and didn’t care for, was not everything was priced. Its not a huge deal to walk up to the counter to ask, but when I was there, the store was pretty busy and it took a few minutes to track a free person down to get a price. For the most part, I was very happy with both of my visits. If ever I’m in the area again, I will be back.