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The Pipe & Pint
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
3716 Spring Garden St
phone: (336) 218-8610
(Place added by: philipt)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
If you haven't been in in a while, whoa!
The massive disorganization is gone and it looks great. Not sure what caused the change but it's a huge difference.
The selection now seems to be a few of the micro main-stays (Founders, Bells, Dogfish, etc.) and a TON Belgians.
Those of you who remember amazing service from the owner but stuff stacked everywhere, well, the service is the same but stuff is no longer stacked on bookcases (and in and around most of the store).
The main business is still cigars, pipes, etc but the owner seems very passionate about the bier. Nothing is priced but just ask, he seems more than happy to provide you one.
11-20-2009 05:08:21 |
More by beerinch
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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: 4.5 | 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: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my favorite bier store in the triad or triangle. Larry, the owner, is one of the best customer service people I have encountered. He is also friendly, ready with a recommendation about bier, port, or cigars, and is always open to conversation about bier, cigars, and politics.
The bier choice is eclectic. Many american micros as well as belgian and german selections. There are couches and a few chairs for you to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the place...very homey.
Overall, Larry has created a nice, friendly bier store that has a loyal following and clientele. I recommend it.
12-13-2008 23:11:49 |
More by nocheinsbitte
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A small independent beer/cigar shop located in the Lindley Park neighborhood of Greensboro, (conveniently down the street from my house)
The selection is good, and at this point in time the best in Greensboro, with offerings from Bell's, DFH, Avery, Heavy seas, North Coast, Great divide, Rouge, Highland to name a few. Brews from Belgium, England And Scotland are also very well represented.
The availability of seasonal and special releases is pretty good, I recently picked up some Bells's Hopslam/Expedition Stout/Third Coast, DFH Palo Santo, Highland Cold Mountain and North Coast Old Stock and Le Merle.
The service is great, the owner Larry is always happy to help and extremely attentive. One thing is that the beers have no prices on them, but Larry knows them all, and as far as i can tell are usually pretty good.
An other thing is the smoke, this is a cigar shop so the smoke should come as no surprise, but the beer is all the way in the back and the smoking area is in the front, so if you don't like smoke my advice is to go when they open or soon thereafter(the smokers tend to show up in the afternoon). The layout and organization of the beer can be crazy at times, but has gotten better, there are boxes everywhere so you may want to ask or do some digging to find what you want.
02-28-2008 16:18:06 |
More by bullywee
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have wanted to visit this place for as long as I have been on this site, and finally got a chance to swing by today. Like others have noted, the signage for the place isn't the most obvious, so I drove right by and had to turn around. The store is set in an old house. When I pulled up in the back of the place, there was a ring of chairs in the grass filled with guys smoking cigars. Ahh. What a wonderful aroma to my nose. Nice tobacco smell when you first enter the store, as there is a huge walk-in humidor to the right as you walk in. The beer is sort of scattered about with stacks of cases and sixers smattered around. Though the majority of the beer is to the left near the back. In the very back, there's a room dedicated to wine, which is nice as well. As for the selection, this place has by far the greatest selection of Belgian brews in the area. I was amazed at the variety of Belgian beers they carried. Many of which I hadn't seen anywhere else around. There's one small cooler section that carries a good amount of 12's and 22's, as well as some kegs. I didn't see any growlers at all. The corner of the "beer section" is dedicated to domestic craft offerings, of which they had a decent selection. Grabbed a bottle of Old Rasputin XIV and a cigar and I was on my way. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
[Edit: They do now have price tags on all of their beers - in response to SaCkErZ9's review].
01-25-2012 19:46:17 |
More by Onenote81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
great place! a little crowded as the new location is a tad small but that seems to add to the homieness... one small tap on a kegerator in the back just for tastings and a small room on the side to smoke in. as the name suggests this store is beer, wine, and tobacco. upon approaching there is a strong smell of cigar and pipe smoke and its almost overbearing, but once your inside it fades. immediately greeted by the staff who was extremely polite, respectful, and very helpful. they knew their stuff. relatively small beer selection with a lot of trappist selections and and a few gift packages. prices ranging anywhere from $2-16 per bottle. small glass front fridge with a decent cold selection and some kegs. NOTE: THERE IS NO DRINKING ON PREMISES AS THEY DO NOT HAVE THAT PERMIT! I went and did not know that so don't plan on hanging there unless you're smoking a pipe or cigar. they also have a small glassware selection and even a fancy perfume decanter selection (not sure what that's about.) at any rate, its a good local buisness and I enjoy shopping there. as another note: beers are arranged by brewer (brand) and are mostly 750s and no growlers. just wish they had there on premise permit.
12-17-2011 00:47:54 |
More by NickH07
quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've heard/read a lot about this place via BA and a few friends, so in some spare time without the kids or wife around I checked it out earlier today.
Mostly a cigar shop with a lot of beer crammed in a back corner, I can imagine it'd be a lovely place to come if one was a regular. I was, however, a little intimidated by the hoards of mid-20's to mid-30's guy smoking cigars and talking a little loud. Add to that the fact that I was scared I was going to knock over giant towers of boxes or step on heaps of tobacco while I was simply trying to look at beer and it really wasn't all that comfortable of a place for me. As everyone has said, freshness is questionable and I tried to find dates on what I bought. Bottles were a little dusty, and moreover, some of the boxes I had to move to look at the bottles were dusty, leading me to believe some of the beer was extremely old. I haven't tasted anything I bought there yet (it's in the fridge) but I won't be surprised if it's subpar. On the plus side there isn't really any light exposure to the beer section.
The owner was very nice, and once he came over and politely asked me if I needed any help I felt a lot better about stumbling around boxes to look at beer when everyone else was enjoying their cigars. I had a few questions about some beers I was looking (HopSlam and Westvleteran were a couple I asked about) and he informed me that he didn't have any, but obviously knew his stuff. I'd like to go back when so many people weren't crowded in there and really talk to him about what he has.
The selection looked good, but it's so fucking disorganized that I found myself looking at the same shelf 2 or 3 times before I spotted something I wanted. Mostly microbrew stuff, but imports were well represented. A little disappointed at the lack of German beers.
The pricing seemed pretty fair, though the bottles had no prices on them so I chose carefully and just looked at the register to see what he was charging. A lot of independent places compensate for their vast selection by upping the prices, but my best guess is Pipe and Pint's were just under what this stuff might cost in a corporate store.
I'd like to go back with a little more of a beer agenda as it's not the most friendly place to browse. Overall a decent shop and a man who knows beer, but the delivery is a little off.
*Update* As I began digging into what I bought today late this evening, I discovered, upon emptying into a glass, that the bottle of Dogfish Head's Festina Peche was nearly a year old. It was bottled on May 31, 2007. Beware, and look for the dates harder than I did.
Update, Sept 15, 2008. I visited this place again after about 4 months, and I must say things have improved. The bottles don't seem quite as dusty and out of date, there are a lot more newer offerings, and the beer section has been cleaned up substantially; I can actually get to, and pick up every beer as opposed to having to move around boxes, step over things, crawl on the floor, etc.
09-16-2008 02:24:26 |
More by PatrickJR
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Let me start off this piece by saying that I don't like smoking: cigar, cigarette, or any other kind. With that said I can tell you that The P&P was a nice hidden treasure. I have lived in this city for over 15 years and have never heard of this place until searching on this website. Its tucked away in a strip mall(with strip being the operative word bc there is a sex shop at the end)
The smell of cigar smoke hits you as you walk in with a lounge area directly in the front of the store. The beer selection is in the back of the store beside the humidor.
Now the things I liked about the space were the varied and hard to find selection that the space has to offer. Their were mainly imports from Germany and Belgium but they also had craft brew American stuff as well. The man working came right up to me with a genuine smile and asked if I needed any help. I told him not at the moment but if I needed help I would ask. He thanked me for coming in and left me alone to sift through the selection. At check out time I purchased two Hefe's that I thought would total 15-20 bucks, guessing because there were no price tags. I was pleasantly suprised to have my total come to 10 and change.
Unfortunately there were a few things they could improve on. Some might think this is a plus, but I felt that the unorganized nature of the beer was a minus. The tobacco was neatly organized, why not the beer? I didn't like the scavenger hunt theme but others might find that fun. I would have prefered things to have had some order. The gentleman did remark that they were in the midst of reorganizing so I might have just caught them at a bad time. Also as I stated earlier there were no prices on any of the beers. Again not a huge deal unless you had budgeted a set amount you wanted to spend when walking in. And of course there was the smell of cigar which permeated the whole shop.
Overall a great shopping experience and I definately plan on returning to purchase more from them.
05-13-2008 18:50:22 |
More by cbros
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