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915 Burke St
phone: (336) 722-2774
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Certainly the best place to go in Winston-Salem to find a wide range of different beers. Not only that, they offer special orders, even if it's only one bottle! They have both refrigerated and non-refrigerated sections, which is a plus. Now that the cap is popped, they're the first place here to have new beers.
The staff is very helpful and pretty knowledgeable about what they sell. Their prices are higher than, say, Total Wine's, but I'd much rather support a local small business, especially since they have a much better selection and seem to care a lot more about beer than a larger wine-oriented store would.
The only problem I see is that they do have some old stuff sitting out, but it's pretty easy to spot what's old (out-of-date seasonals, etc.)
Overall, great place. I rarely buy my beer anywhere else if I'm shopping locally.
08-31-2005 12:15:38 |
More by hyuga
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
My first foray to City Bev after having linch and a few brews at Foothills,as I walked in I noticed a few brews near the counter that I have not had or seen for that matter a Smiles English ale along with Croptons Calamity and off to my left a big shelf of beer with some magnums of 2003 Anchor Special ale as the most eye catching.With the 6% law keeping the beer quality and selection down around here in NC this place has pretty much the best selection I have saw a good selection of German,English,and as much as you can get of the Belgians.A very nice American micro slection as well,I picked up a sixer of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice wich hasnt hit Greensboro as of yet,a big slection of NC micros was the highlight.A nice place to find some different things this place will kick some major arss I would guess "when" the laws change down here.
07-03-2005 18:14:29 |
More by oberon
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by City Beverage today after reading some of the beerfly reviews. This place was tiny but loaded to the brim with beer and wine. They had quite a mix of good micros, especially for NC having its 6% cap. I can't remember all of the brands I saw but there was some Cantillon, Left Hand, Brooklyn, all of the NC brewerys, and even some lower abv Belgian beers. The guy at the register seemed nice and asked if I needed help, but I was only looking, but picked up a 6er anyways. I'll definately be heading back to this place more often. Prices seemed decent, but not cheap. It seems many smaller places are like this though.
I've very pleased to have this place so closeby. They will be receiving my business quite often over the next few months.
05-21-2005 02:00:10 |
More by blitz134
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
City Beverage was my big go-to for craft and import beer when I was in school in Winston, and I remember it fondly now that I'm under the iron grip of the PA case law. Although it sells both beer and wine, there's a pretty good focus given to beer; most larger imports are available. The big tent sale they have once or twice a year is a great time to stock up on seasonals that are going out at dirt cheap prices, but there are almost always good case sales going on year-round. The proprietor, whose name escapes me now, is a fantastic help when you're looking around, remembers your name (wish I could remember his), and is generally pleasant. Great place to get a keg, too; they couldn't make it any easier for you.
01-21-2005 02:00:27 |
More by whartontallboy
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
I arrived in North Carolina from Texas to see my parents for the holidays. After my family commitments, I began looking for beer. After checking the beerfly section I decided upon two places...the first being City Beverage.
I was very impressed with the selection. Many east coast breweries were there in the cooler along with the uncooled stacks along the front wall. There were also a few west coast beers not available in Texas. I was duly excited to see Loast Coast, Harpoon, Brooklyn, Left Hand, and many other breweries represented. There was also a fine selection of beer glasses as well as home brew equipment and, oh yeah, wine too.
The man at the register was quite friendly. He told me I was free to break nearly any 6-pack to build my own selection and I did this without any problem. All-in-all this was a really fun expreience for me. I hope to be back when I return to visit the folks.
01-08-2005 05:12:49 |
More by kindestcut
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
Service was astounding. I first called the guy from a pay phone, cause I was lost, due to my girlfriend losing the directions. He helped me get there. Then when I got there, he showed me what would be acceptable for the 6 pack thingy they have. Then he gave us directions to get back on the interstate and home. Very nice guy.
Beer selection was ok. Fairly good for NC, due to the alcohol laws. Quite a few micros from the NC area, as well as micros from the US, mostly of East Coast origin, and lots of imports.
Overall an ok place, just not as good as I was expecting. Not a bad place to stop by.
12-30-2004 04:39:36 |
More by JISurfer
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
We walked here from the Adam's Mark. I have to say that downtown Winston-Salem was DEAD on a Saturday late afternoon. You probably won't have any problems finding this place or finding a parking spot.
The store itself seems to cover both wine and beer pretty equally. Most of the beer is in a cooler but they do have a small section at room temp as well. There is also a small selection of glassware. The best part is they allow you to get mix-n-match 6ers of just about anything they have in 6 packs for $11. I found a nice selection of NC beers (Highland, OBX etc) as well as some other micros, and even a '98 Anchor OSA. They do what they can with such limited space.
The staff was all very helpful, and even made recommendations on a good place to watch the OSU game.
All in all, aside from Old Salem and maybe a jazz bar or two, this place is a must-stop for a beer lover visiting the city.
09-03-2003 14:49:23 |
More by Dogbrick
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I would have rated the selection higher but North Carolina laws don't allow them to have a First Class beer selection due to 6.0% ADV limits. However, one of the best selections of beer in the Piedmont Triad, if not the state. (They have a good selection of wine, port, and mead as well)
They also have the only home brew supplies in Winston Salem and 20+ mile radius. Good selection of quality products and if they don't have it they can get it for you.
Owned by a father-son team, Spencer (son) is incredibly helpful and knowledgable. He is a homebrewer as well so has good knowledge and knows most, if not all, of the homebrew clubs in the area. They have regular beer and wine tastings, not to mention an semi-annual tent sale where they asked there distributor for close-outs and special volume deals and move large amount of beer and wine and very discounted prices for the weekend. Great Place. Limited only by NC alcohol laws!
[Edit] Value: This is my one and only problem City Beverage (other than it's not within walking distance of my house but nothing is). They are consistantly 10-30% higher than other regional stores. I don't know if it because they have the best micro/import selection in town, or because their the only homebrew shop in a 30+ mile radius, or both, but they are more expensive. Not outrageously pricey enough to warrent a 30 mile drive, but enough to be annoying.
04-12-2003 05:01:40 |
More by Loki
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
The service at City Bev is first class. If they don't have it, they'll get it (within the law of NC though). Helpful beyond what is expected of a retailer. Need help locating a beer, advice with homebrewing, or just want to chat, City Bev is the place to go in Winston Salem.
The selection is the best in the area. However, due to NC laws, anything over 6% is prohibited. Otherwise, they have a vast selection of micro's and imports -- the best in the area.
BTW, did I mention they sell quality wine too?
12-21-2002 16:03:47 |
More by philipt
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