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Pipe & Pint, The
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3716 Spring Garden Street
phone: (336) 218-8610
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quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a little cigar shop located in the university area of Greensboro. It has become my favorite place for beer. The owner, Larry, is very friendly and extremely helpful when it comes to beer and letting you know when new releases have arrived. The selection is abundant, but disorganized, but to his credit he doesn't have much room to work with in there. He carries a great selection of domestic microbrews and imports. It's kinda chaotic to search or browse, but if it's something particular you're looking for then it's probably best to ask for assistance. Also, if you don't see what you're looking for Larry is good with special ordering if it is available.
Some of my recent pick-ups here have been the Allagash Black, Avery Collaberation, DFH Palo Santo Marron, Terrapin Hop Shortage Ale, and Bell's Expedition Stout and Hopslam just to name a few.
04-15-2008 16:55:59 |
More by beermeX2
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A small independent beer/cigar shop located in the Lindley Park neighborhood of Greensboro, (conveniently down the street from my house)
The selection is good, and at this point in time the best in Greensboro, with offerings from Bell's, DFH, Avery, Heavy seas, North Coast, Great divide, Rouge, Highland to name a few. Brews from Belgium, England And Scotland are also very well represented.
The availability of seasonal and special releases is pretty good, I recently picked up some Bells's Hopslam/Expedition Stout/Third Coast, DFH Palo Santo, Highland Cold Mountain and North Coast Old Stock and Le Merle.
The service is great, the owner Larry is always happy to help and extremely attentive. One thing is that the beers have no prices on them, but Larry knows them all, and as far as i can tell are usually pretty good.
An other thing is the smoke, this is a cigar shop so the smoke should come as no surprise, but the beer is all the way in the back and the smoking area is in the front, so if you don't like smoke my advice is to go when they open or soon thereafter(the smokers tend to show up in the afternoon). The layout and organization of the beer can be crazy at times, but has gotten better, there are boxes everywhere so you may want to ask or do some digging to find what you want.
02-28-2008 16:18:06 |
More by bullywee
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
First off, I would like to say anyone should be wary of any reviews of this place that were made before NC increased the alcohol limit in beers (summer of '05 I believe). Before that, the selection was nothing amazing. But now, The Pipe & Pint has the best beer selection in Greensboro.
The overall quality is great, as this is a small independent cigar shop, so you know that the owner cares about his customers and knows his stuff. Which he does. I have never felt awkward talking to this guy at all, and he will answer pretty much any question that you have. As stated before, prices are not listed, but a) he will tell you the price of any beer without hesitation, and b) I have never been surprised by the price of any beer. ( My last trip, when I inquired about the price of the Ommegang gift pack, he actually whipped out a calculator and told me the difference between that and buying them individually, without me even asking) It is unfortunate for the beer lovers that don't enjoy tobacco smoke (because there is a lot of it), but for me, this adds to the atmosphere of the place. Massive amounts of cigar smoke actually makes me kind of loopy (in a good way). Also, as said in another review, there is no need to worry about light-struck beers. All beer is kept at the back of the store (no windows in back) and half of it is still in the boxes.
As I already stated, there is a fantastic selection here, definitely one of the best in NC, behind only City Beverage in Winston ( and perhaps others that I am not aware of). He doesn't have everything under the sun, but what he does have will leave the buyer with a very good choice. Belgium, England, and America are all well represented here, with a decent selection of Germans. Also a decent selection of glassware.
Only downside to this store is the hours. Mon-Sat 10-6. As the owner is always there, I understand, it just doesn't fit into my schedule real well. Luckily, it is only about a half mile from my house.
12-05-2006 03:41:43 |
More by robertmitchum
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A cool little shop that offers a decent variety of Belgian, English and German beer, some other European stuff, and an interesting variety of US micros: Great Divide, Weyerbacher, Avery, Bison, Dogfish Head, others. Some stuff was in a cooler, but most of it was on shelves. The owner was friendly and attentive, but not pushy. No prices on the bottles, which was frustrating, but I was always quick to receive an answer when I inquired about price. I even got my first-ever bottle of Fantom there, and that alone will keep me going back.
They no longer carry homebrew supplies, but other than that I was not let down. They even have an excellent selection of beer glasses, with brewery logos from top-notch US, English, Belgian and German breweries, mostly.
While I detest and avoid cigarette smoke at all costs, and don't smoke tobacco of any kind, I found the air in here to be thick with pipe/cigar smoke but, oddly, not all that annoying. It kind of added to the atmosphere (which includes cozy couches and a pot of fine coffee brewing--a Costa Rican blend at the time of my visit). The box I put my beers in, and the bottles themselves, made my basement smell like cigars for a couple days, which sucked, but otherwise this is a good mom-and-pop alternative to the EarthFare/World Market/Total Wine selection in beer-friendly Greensboro.
05-07-2006 22:42:53 |
More by Metalmonk
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
this small shop is wonderful for the members of the guilford college gentlemens club. this store has a good amount of belgian beers as well as a pretty good selection of american stuff such as dogfish head and rogue brewery. the service is great and the owner is greatly helpful if your looking for something. on st. patties he pointed me towards an imperial double stout. this store also has a ton of cigars and a sizeable humidor as well as some nice glassware. i got a franziskaner weisse glass. over all i really liked this store and am a regular patron
03-22-2006 00:11:44 |
More by redelephantdane
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
A place I frequent once every few weeks because I know when the new shipments come in.A very quircky place full of cigar and pipe smokin cronys the owner is a great guy always trying to help the best he can,a very nice selection on English brewers like O'Hanlons,Daleside,Castle Eden,and Ridgeway etc...and some harder to find Belgian beers like Boones mariage parfait and Josef Spelt ale are a few I picked from there.Now besides the smoke it can be hard to sort thru the boxes on the floor in the corner to get to the beer but if your trying to find something you normally wont see here in Greensboro this is the place to come.The English ale guru here in Greensboro and the place I like to frequent most here.
04-01-2005 21:33:20 |
More by oberon
quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
First I'll say that the guys that work here are super-friendly. So are the guys that normally hang out on the sofas while smoking various tobacco products.
With that being said, the beer here is not fresh. At all. The last time I was here, the owner told me not to buy 75% of what I was looking at, and only suggested that I check out the Rogue amber that they had. He had told me before that he intends to come up with a whole new stock soon... I've been back a few times and nothings changed.
If you have any interest in tobacco products, I would go here. Again, nice guys...they hung up posters for Pop the Cap events-- I just can't possibly suggest anyone go here for beer. Settle for SNPA from the grocery store or go to GSO Wine Warehouse for some goodies.
If anyone finds out that things change, please let me know.
01-07-2005 09:32:31 |
More by Stoo333
quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4
The Pipe & Pint has a pretty easy to find location with easy access and egress. In the window are rows of glasses, some for beers from days gone by. All are dusty as can be.
You walk through the tobacco, cigars and pipes to the back of the store for the beer. The beer is on shelves and in boxes. Some of the beer is new, but buyer beware, some of it is old. Really old. On the shelves they had a few of Rock Creeks offerings and those beers have not been produced in over 2 1/2 years. Most of the beers had a layer of dust on them and with the warmth of the room I suspect the quality suffers.
The pricing is good and the customer service top notch, but be careful what you purchase if you are looking for good quality and fresh product.
I did not notice the homebrew supplies in the store, but it was a bit smoky.
A stop on the Greensboro Beer Run.
04-14-2004 13:55:23 |
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