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915 Burke St
phone: (336) 722-2774
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 69 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
Small store, not well organized. I see that they have GF West Coast IPA cases on sale. I asked the older fella behind the counter how old it is. His response? "That beer will be good for another 8 months". The guy working the floor (old guy's grandson?) says, "We've only had it for about a week, I'm sure its older than that, but it will be good for a long time". As politely as I could, I said that freshness was very important with IPAs, and none are truly good for 8 months" He says, "Sure it is, see this stuff in the bottom of the bottle? It's the hops. That means it'll be good for at least a year"
I just laughed it off and winked at my buddy. Then I checked the case and it was dated "Nov 2011"
Now, I'm not the type to criticize over old stock (it was on sale after all). But to tell me that this 8 month old IPA will be fine for another 8 months? That kind of service is worse than no service at all--more deceptive than Hopstuff's blurry picture, above.
The prices are high, the selection is low, and the customer service is insulting. If you're thinking about stopping by, go to total wine first. You won't hear me say that often, but I would never give these people my money again. The only reason it's is so highly rated is lack of other options in the area. If you do check it out, be prepared to spend an arm and a leg and deal some nasty people.
07-31-2012 19:54:42 |
More by beerFool28607
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I dont know about all the high marks for this place...
To start off with, the service when I was there sucked. Badly. An older man was working the register. I'd assume it was the owner, and he seemed severly disinterested in what he was doing. I asked a few questions about beers in stock, but barely got more than a grumble & detached shrug, or a point in the general direction of what I was looking for.
The hours are ridiculous as well. The latest this store is open on any night is 8pm (fridays). Every other day its closed at 7pm, and on Saturdays at 6 (?!). That makes no sense from a business perspective (especially for a liquor store). Totally closed on sundays.
The selection, of course, is the best in the area. But even this has its problems. The biggest one is that the beer selection is not well organized at all. Like I said, the owner barely seemed to know, or care, where things were. I went looking for some Fantome beers, and I found 3, but they were all in different places. And then I found the same bottle in 3 or 4 different locations. Frustrating. Sometimes similar styles of beer seemed to be grouped together, but not always. Random glassware was scattered across the shelves.
Prices were also all over the place, comparatively speaking. There were some beers a dollar or two cheaper than other stores in the area, and then other different beers would be a dollar or two more expensive. There didnt seem to be any pattern or logic to the pricing. For example, I broke up a St Bernardus 4 pack of whitbier, and got a single for $2.50. But the 4 pack costs $12+ (?!). And then two other domestic microbrews I bought were also $2.50 each, when the whole six pack was $8-9 total.
If you are familiar with this store, and you can find a specific beer you're looking for without assistance, by all means shop here. For me, being out of town & browsing, it was a frustrating, overwhelming experience.
01-21-2006 23:01:40 |
More by chOAKbarrell
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
City Beverage is located in the heart of Winston-Salem and is in walking distance from Foothills (which is great). They have a great selection of wine & beer on hand. They also have around 4 to 5 taps in their tap room. They keep great stuff on tap aswell. City Beverage has a great atmosphere and I have been there many times, but I will say it it much more expensive than other craft beer stores that I have been to. City Beverages prices usually run about $2-$3 more per bomber than other stores in the area. Also, I have had a bad experience with the service there. There was a 12oz. bottle of random double IPA on there shelf with no price on it, and when I asked how much it was, I was immediately accused of trying to mix and match a six pack!?!? Other than that, City is fine with me.
01-04-2012 12:39:16 |
More by UNCCTDawg
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
We walked here from the Adam's Mark. I have to say that downtown Winston-Salem was DEAD on a Saturday late afternoon. You probably won't have any problems finding this place or finding a parking spot.
The store itself seems to cover both wine and beer pretty equally. Most of the beer is in a cooler but they do have a small section at room temp as well. There is also a small selection of glassware. The best part is they allow you to get mix-n-match 6ers of just about anything they have in 6 packs for $11. I found a nice selection of NC beers (Highland, OBX etc) as well as some other micros, and even a '98 Anchor OSA. They do what they can with such limited space.
The staff was all very helpful, and even made recommendations on a good place to watch the OSU game.
All in all, aside from Old Salem and maybe a jazz bar or two, this place is a must-stop for a beer lover visiting the city.
09-03-2003 14:49:23 |
More by Dogbrick
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went there on reviews from this site. Glad I did, this place was worth 30 min drive. It says that it sells both beer and wine but the beer portion takes up at least 75% of the store's spaace. You walk in and right in front of you is the minimal wine selction and a row of coolers that hold various 6 packs. If you take a right then you go into the back from and this is where the majority of the beer is. The beer is lined on shelves, and even though there is no disearnable way the beers are placed you can easily find what they have. I like the fact that the beer is not broken up into sections, that way you are forced to look through every shelf and aisle. I was able to pick up some stuff that is not available in any stores in my town. The other cool thing was that at the far end of the back room was a little tasting area. When I was there, their were 3 people, 2 customers and 1 worker talking about a bottle of Scotch Ale. It sounded like the guy behind the bar knew what he was talking about. I also read a sign stating that you could "hav a pint while you shop", I didn't take them up on the offer them but on my next trip I might just have too. Their calendar had alot of upcoming tastings and events and their website talks about a biannual clearing house sale. I plan on making it to that.
The prices where a little more than comparable things in my town but the selection cannot be beat.
08-03-2008 00:07:13 |
More by cbros
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: 4 | $$$
My first foray to City Bev after having linch and a few brews at Foothills,as I walked in I noticed a few brews near the counter that I have not had or seen for that matter a Smiles English ale along with Croptons Calamity and off to my left a big shelf of beer with some magnums of 2003 Anchor Special ale as the most eye catching.With the 6% law keeping the beer quality and selection down around here in NC this place has pretty much the best selection I have saw a good selection of German,English,and as much as you can get of the Belgians.A very nice American micro slection as well,I picked up a sixer of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice wich hasnt hit Greensboro as of yet,a big slection of NC micros was the highlight.A nice place to find some different things this place will kick some major arss I would guess "when" the laws change down here.
07-03-2005 18:14:29 |
More by oberon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The store is kind of cramped with a lot of stuff packed into it and has about 6 cold cases of beer as well as an entire other room for room temperature bottles. They have a few beers on tap and a decent amount of glassware. Tough for me to figure out the organization but fun to look around.
People working in the store were friendly and helpful and pleasantly gave ni attitude when I asked for a fairly hard to find beer - and let me purchase one since they do not do a list to get in line for it. Also, they were knowledgeable about the beers they were selling and made a couple of good recommendations (though they were beers I have easy access to where I currently live so I did not grab them).
This is one of the best selections in the triad area of NC - possibly only bested by Bestway in Greensboro. There is a good selection of both domestic and foreign craft beer but judging by a couple of the other reviews, it might be best to check dates before purchasing as I am not sure how quickly the inventory moves.
Prices are a little higher than other shops in the area for bottles but they do have a really nice selection. The draft prices seem on par with other places in the area.
11-29-2012 05:15:19 |
More by dbrauneis
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
I don't know how anyone can give this place anything OTHER than $$$$ on price.
I get that many of their selections are rarities, I'm not critcizing their prices on those. You get a rarity, sure, price it at whatever you want. But SO many beers that you can buy at literally ONE THOUSAND other places statewide will be 1 or 2 (sometimes 3) dollars more at City Beverage.
That being said, the selection is unparalleled in NC. As much as it saddens me to say, they even beat Sam's in Durham in selection with their rarities and aged beers.
Service was friendly, guy was able to answer a couple questions I had about availability of certain products.
04-08-2010 02:29:27 |
More by GoApps
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere: Great feeling when I walk in the door. Nice hardwood, creaking floors. Felt right at home. Very open, this place could hold quite a few people. I enjoyed my time while I was there.
Quality: This store is divided into two different rooms. One has a fair amount of cooler space and a spattering of local beers and some other random six packs. The other room seemed to have a little more of the "top end" stuff, along with some great looking aged stuff from Belgium. Very dim lighting, almost too dim to see some of the buried stuff, but at least the place isn't lit up like Vegas.
Service: I think the service would have been there if I needed it. The gentleman was friendly enough and asked if I needed some help, but since it was my first time there, I just wanted to browse. I made a little small talk while he was ringing me up, and he was obviously very knowledgable.
Selection: Huge, massive, ginormous. Lots of goodies here, from a lot of different breweries. I browsed for 20 minutes or so, and to cover the whole store I had to move rather quickly. Lots of east coast beers, lots of midwest beers, lots of imports, not as much west coast stuff, but this is North Carolina.
Value: A little on the pricey side, but nothing outrageous. Most of the prices I took note of were a few dollars more than I am used to.
02-09-2011 00:43:49 |
More by otto251068
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