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Grape Vine Market - Austin
$$ - reasonable
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7938 Great Northern Blvd.
phone: (512) 323-5900
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 32
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
This is the best place to buy beer I've found during several visits to Austin. I would characterize it as a very nice wine store that happens to carry a decent selection of craft beer. They have quite a bit of beer, and three quarters of it or so is refrigerated. This store carries more 12oz single bottles than I've seen other places, although it seemed like a lot of the shelf space was empty or a lot of items were out of stock during my visit. Also, a lot of the local stuff that I'd seen in 6-packs at Central Market weren't here...which was a shade disappointing.
The staff answered a question of mine regarding how long something had been sitting on a shelf well-enough, but they definitely seemed more interested in the wine clientele, even though there was no one really shopping the wine aisles at the time.
I thought the singles were a very good value; a lot of times when I purchase singles I find myself subject to a pretty severe mark-up and that didn't occur here.
A pretty good place to shop for beer.
10-31-2007 01:40:56 |
More by BeerBelcher
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Checked out the Grape Vine with a print out of the current (10/10/03) top 50 beers. They carried the following in stock:
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout
Stone India Pale Ale
Duvel (Red lettering)
Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (available seasonably)
Chocolate Stout (Rouge)
La Fin Du Monde
Old Rasputin Russian Imp. Stout
Fuller's London Porter
Bigfoot Barley (well, they claimed, they were out of stock)
Don de Dieu
All in all, not bad. They had a lot more than what's listed above, beers I've never heard of before, etc. They also allow you to break up 6's into singles (even provided extra six pack carriers to build your own). Good hunting!
10-12-2003 02:53:10 |
More by HardTarget
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My first beer store visit since moving to Austin, and MAN, what a store it was. The beer selection is off to the left once you enter the store, and has two open-faced fridges on either side. The right side is mostly German imports, while the left side is American craft brews, both local, regional, and otherwise. Then there's a third open-air fridge at the end of the aisle, with lots of bombers of American craft and Belgian brews.
The selection is exceptional, and I was surprised to find Pike Brewing (from Seattle) all the way in Austin. I also picked up 1 of each of Boulevard's Smokestack series, some Bear Republic, Left Hand, and North Coast gems that I just couldn't find on the east coast. Prices were a bit on the steep side, but not exceptionally so. I ended up with a fairly massive haul (Twelve bombers and two 12 oz. singles) for around ~$100. The service was good, and although no one stopped by to ask if I needed help, it was New Year's Eve day, so it wasn't a big deal. There was also a greeter at the door directing people who needed it, so that was cool. Cashier was friendly and just the right amount of chatty.
Although I'm going to miss my local NC breweries (Duck Rabbit, Foothills, Asheville, Big Boss, etc.), I have a feeling I'm going to be a bit spoiled in Austin.
01-01-2009 00:46:23 |
More by wagenvolks
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dropped in late one evening, about 8:00. Huge store primarily dedicated to wine and fine foods. Beer is to the left and is still one of the larger beer areas I have seen in Texas. There were a few people milling around, but not packed. Two walls of coolers as well as a double sided cooler on the floor. Almost everything is refridgerated. Singles of almost every six pack lined the top shelf of the coolers and they had empty sixers for you to mix and match your own. Excellent domestic craft selection. Strong representation of the Texas craft scene with Southern Star, Saint Arnolds, Independence, Real Ale, and Rahr all represented. Also had Green Flash, Deschutes, Flyind Dog, Oskar Blues, Stone, Avery and many more. A nice import selection as well. Some of the standouts I remember are de Proef, Duchesse, Ayiner, Wheinstehpaner and many more. My only complaint would be with the service. Asked a guy at the checkout counter if they had Deschutes Inversion IPA. His response was a simple "was it on the shelf?" Only one guy so I am not going to hold it against the store. I have heard the beer guy there can be a real help.
12-31-2008 13:37:57 |
More by ckeegan04
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place specializes in wine in liquor but have a good selection of beer. They have 200+ beers. Most of the beers that they carry are sold as singles. All of the beers that are carried are broken out by country/region. They carry beers from Germany, UK, Ireland, Belgium Japan, Thailand and the US. This is store has a few locations and at least two in the Austin area. They carry Lagunitas, New Belgium, Anchor, Chimay, Fuller, Guinness, St. Arnold and so on. If have not been back to this location but have been to another location in the Austin area. They are worth a visit.
03-07-2008 02:57:53 |
More by harpus
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Probably my favorite place in Austin to buy beer, I just wish it wasn't so out of the way for me. Hands down the best selection in Austin (maybe tied for 1st). If they don't have something here then its probably not available (or you have to go to WhipIN and over-pay).
The prices here are very average I'd say, I definately don't make the drive up for the price- especially since I usually buy mixed singles ($1-$2 per bottle mostly, but watch out for the damn Sam Smiths $3+)... and as every reviewer has mentioned, the ability to break any 6-pk on the shelf is the best part- sometimes I need to drink a beer I know I don't like just to make sure I still don't like it and this is the perfect place for that. The liquor looks pretty overpriced though, but I don't go for the liquor.
07-14-2007 17:17:37 |
More by BeerZack
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in a couple of weekends back during a day trip to Austin. Overall the selection was great, but they were out of a few things when I was there. One of them was something I specifically went there to buy knowing I could not currently get it in Dallas, so that was a bit of a dissapointment.
Overall it's a decent place, lot of gourmet items...beer, wine, cheese, chocolate, etc.
While one of the guys stocking the shelves went out of his way to try and find something for me in the back, I will say the number of checkers on duty was not great. I think there were 2 people checking, with one guy....I dunno...supervising...and with 10 people in line it would have been nice to open another register to speed up the line. I had a similiar experience as another reviewer where my checker seemed to like to pack my beers in the box sideways, upside down & all around.
11-17-2006 22:59:06 |
More by briman
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So I am in Austin for my best friend's bachelor party. These are not really beer people. I missed my shot as most of Austin's good beer spots but I did get them to go here. Very nice selection that had a decent focus on locals. Got a 2007 and 2008 Sisyphus. Quite a bit of Saint Arnold though none of the devine series. The prices were really good compared to the beers we could get in NY. The wine people were happy and the liquor people were as well. 18 for a handle of Tito's vodka. I know it is made in Austin but that is really cheap. The price on Stone beers was dirt cheap. The only bad thing I would say about this place is that the local stuff was priced way higher than anything else. I really don't know about texas beer laws but that kind of was a disappointment. By far the best beer store I saw in town.
06-09-2009 21:57:58 |
More by aerozeppl
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
One word. Wow. Never seen a selection like this in the stores I frequent most. Lots of brews I haven't seen in awhile in Texas made me think it was Christmas morning. Though mainly a wine store, the brews were packed over in the corner in a neat manor, more beers in the fridges ready to go than sitting out, which was sort of a negative for me since I had to trek them back. But, the easily biggest plus for me was that they had a hefty stock of DFH 120. I've never seen this in a Texas store (I don't know any liquor stores in Dallas that have really good beers, point me there if so!) So I was very happy to see this. Prices were also noticeable different, being 4-5 bucks cheaper on the 750's and a buck or two on 4-6 packs. No bulk discounts because, I assume, everything is pretty low to start with. The manager was wondering around and seemed pretty helpful, though I missed the beer buyer when there. Overall, thinking if its in Texas, its here before there.
02-11-2008 18:48:42 |
More by ballewblake
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
I saw this place from the freeway and decided to make a quick trip and check it out. From what I could tell this was a liquor superstore with a selection of foods to complement wine and for parties and such. I mainly scoped out the beer and ignored the rest of the store. This store had an excellent selection which was organized by country. Central Market's selection may beat this store, but just barely. Quality wasn't an issue, except for a few seasonals that were probably past their expiration dates. I also noticed that they sold a large number of their beers as singles, which is a great way for someone like me to try many new beers without spending all my cash. I didn't notice anything special about their service, but I didn't ask for help either.
07-29-2004 20:06:51 |
More by Gagnonsux
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