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[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
915 Burke St
phone: (336) 722-2774
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 69 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
City Beverage's beer selection has come a long way since the first time I shopped there back in the early 1990's. The store expanded several years ago after NC "Popped the Cap" and hasn't looked back. The front room has their wine selection, but also a wall of beer in coolers (six- and four- packs, along with some singles of various sizes). In the back are homebrewing supplies and books. To the left is the second room, where most of the beer is shelved. There is a wide selection of NC beers, other US craft beers, and imports. They get most everything that's available here, and I can always find something interesting. A small shelf of vintage beers is in the corner, and a bar with five taps is in the back. There are beer tastings on Saturday afternoons, and other special events throughout the year (now including the occasional "Firkin Friday"). You can't beat having a pint while you shop!
09-30-2010 01:12:37 |
More by EasyReader
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Made the trip down to Winston Salem while visiting family just over the line in Virginia. Walked in the door to find mostly wine in the main room with some beer coolers lining the wall. I looked to my left and walked through the doorway and into the "beer room". Selection was great, lots of American micros including a decent selection of NC locals and a pretty impressive selection of imports highlighted by Fantomes, Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. My only complaint is about the organization of the place. There was really no rhyme or reason to it, no two beers from the same brand were next to each other, and it certainly wasn't separated by style. Porters with lagers, stouts with IPA's, mass hysteria. In retrospect, it was kind of fun to hunt for what I was looking for, but I had to look over each and every six pack to make sure I didn't miss it. The one gentleman I spoke to was very helpful and even helped me try to find bottle wax in their homebrew section, although they were sold out. Prices were a little on the high side, usually just a couple dollars over what would be expected. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
09-05-2010 03:59:51 |
More by 321jeff
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Got the opportunity to stop in here prior to going to the Foothill's Baltic Porter release (the joys of being early). Upon crossing the street the store was sitting just behind a restaurant in a small shopping complex with lots of parking for the area. Walked in and saw the counter to my right with all of the refridgerated brews lining the wall on the left all the way to the back of the store. Also in the back they had a nice selection of homebrew ingredients that I was not expected to find and also had all of the hops in their own refridgerator to preserve them. Walked around for a bit then went through the doorway into their individual beer selection/growler bar section. WOW! The atmosphere and look in this room was outstanding. A nice bar setup with 4 tap handles, tables, chairs, barstools, and a few couches. Very nice to say the least. The beer selection wasn't too shabby itself. Saw A LOT of things I had never seen before while browsing around. The prices were a little high, but for the selection and rarity of some of the ones they had, I can't fault them for that. The staff were quite nice and talkative which was nice as I was there by myself for the majority of the time. Very nice location that I will definitely be visiting again the next time I am in town.
08-17-2010 14:27:47 |
More by thagr81us
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Stopped in before heading to Foothills for dinner. Saw pretty much everything I had seen at Peabody's here, but for $2-3 more. Selection was really good for the area. I saw some Pisgah and a few more French Broad offerings, which I didn't see in Boone. I have to admit, I was expecting a bit more...no growlers? Great atmosphere for a beer store. Looks like you can have a couple of pints at the small bar in the back. Service was friendly and helpful. All in all, a really nice store, but I wish I could have walked out with more than a couple of bottles of new stuff.
07-29-2010 21:16:10 |
More by Imstillthegman
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
This is the place if you are looking for something rare and unusual in the area, Serioulsy a fantastic selection here but as others have mentioned you are going to pay for it. They had things I never have seen in the area before which was really nice to see I have to be honest, but I found they were charging at least 3 dollars over what I thought it should cost and that made me really question the whole concept. But you know what if you want something special and rare you are gonna have to pay for it and that is really all there is too it. Still a really great place to go look around for sure.
04-24-2010 03:17:52 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
I don't know how anyone can give this place anything OTHER than $$$$ on price.
I get that many of their selections are rarities, I'm not critcizing their prices on those. You get a rarity, sure, price it at whatever you want. But SO many beers that you can buy at literally ONE THOUSAND other places statewide will be 1 or 2 (sometimes 3) dollars more at City Beverage.
That being said, the selection is unparalleled in NC. As much as it saddens me to say, they even beat Sam's in Durham in selection with their rarities and aged beers.
Service was friendly, guy was able to answer a couple questions I had about availability of certain products.
04-08-2010 02:29:27 |
More by GoApps
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in while in town for the sexual chocolate release.
Real nice store with a clerk who is quick to greet you and provide assistance. Wonderful selection of bombers and 750's. I would guess they have nearly everything that can be had in NC.
They had a section for homebrewers and a few taps in the back for pints. There were nice sofa's and chairs where one could sit down have a beer and good conversation with a friend.
The six pack selection was nice as well, not as good as the 750's but still good. Beware though if you break a six pack the price of a single 12 ounce bottle is double.
Lots of wonderful beers on the shelf. Lots of great US brews and some pretty rare Belgian beers as well. A nice selection of glassware as well.
Real nice place. If you are not looking for 12 oucne singles this should be your only stop in Winston-Salem.
02-12-2010 21:25:41 |
More by tpd975
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here early February and wasn't disappointed. They seemed to stock most anything distributed in North Carolina, and in good quantities. The atmosphere is nice and the service was good (I was promptly asked if I needed assistance and declined). I also appreciated the location as it is close to Foothills Brewery and the interstate, but not on a busy stretch of road. My only complaints would be that their singles section was somewhat weak and their prices high. That said, it's a great stop if you're passing through town and want the best selection in one stop. I will definitely stop there on my next trip through WS.
02-12-2010 16:30:50 |
More by GeezLynn
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Quality: First off it is a wonderful looking little store. Wine at the very front of the store, home brew supplies, coolers full of beer and then a nicely sized area at the back with a very nice tasting area.
Service: All I can say just ask and Sonny will help you. I only mark down a little because he was all alone and a little busy.
Selection: Exceptional, it seems like they have everything you could find in NC. There was lots of seasonal and limit addition brews throughout. Very well organized... So much beer !!!. They also had a nice selection of glassware.
Value: They are pricey... I'd check around town first and if you cannot find it go to City Beverage.
If you are in town stop in... you will be amazed, just come in enjoy and buy a little something.
02-12-2010 04:54:37 |
More by mralphabet
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by after the SC release on 2/6/10.
This is a wine place that actually has more beer than it does wine!! Much appreciated. Also has a bunch of homebrewing supplies and the like. Beers are stored in a temperature controlled area or a fridge and all their bottles seem to be kept in tip-top shape.
Service is rather good though I didn't really ask any questions... kind of just browsing around. There were always people walking around asking if customers needed help though, so that didn't go without notice.
I can't really compare this with any other places around NC but upon first impression, they had a vast selection of beer. Hoppin Frog, New Belgium, Terrapin, Pisgah, Founders, among others... all stocked to the brim and some with different vintages too!!
You get what you pay for and so this place did strike me as a bit pricey even for someone coming from NYC and being used to those prices. However, I definitely think its worth it. A must visit if you're around the area or making a trip out to Foothills!
02-07-2010 17:09:27 |
More by SpeedwayJim
City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC
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