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Peace Street Market
$$ - reasonable
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804 West Peace Street
phone: (919) 834-7070
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Reviews by slowbie:
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the place I go to most often for beer. I've noticed some comparisons to Sam's in Durham, but IMO it's not an even tradeoff. However, since I live here, 9 times out of 10 it's worth saving the driving time to go to Peace Street unless I'm looking for something I know is harder to find.
Their selection is pretty good, a lot of different breweries represented. They offer an odd assortment of beers from some of the breweries (e.g. I've seen some where they don't have half of the mainline brews but they'll have seasonals and limited stuff). One big positive of this place is that they have a huge amount of cold storage relative to the total amount of beer available. At least two thirds of their beer is in cold storage.
I'm always a little bit nervous about freshness because it seems like nothing changes when I go there, but I've bought Victory Storm King and Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot in hopes that they would be pre-aged, but both were within a month of bottling, so other than the four pack of Founders Cerise still sitting in the cooler, I don't have much real reason to worry about freshness. I won't buy IPAs there without dates though just in case.
The employees/owners seem to be nice people that enjoy good beer. I haven't really asked them for help, but I've had a couple good chats at the checkout line.
Solid beer store across the board, and It'll continue to be my go to beer store as long as it's this much closer to me than Sam's.
01-30-2011 18:42:21 |
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My go-to shop. First of all, i won't reiterate all the little details of everything that's been said. Good selection with a mix of locals, rergionals, some harder to find stuff, and a pretty sizable European lineup. I found a dusty old Catillon Rose de Gambrinus tucked behind some bottles the other day...this is the sort of place thats somewhat disorganized, but if you spend some time looking you will find something really nice. I agree that age is definitely an issue, so yes, check bottle dates when necessary. Also saw some Saison Duponts sitting on a top shelf in direct sunlight the other day...ouch.
I've never found the staff to be particularly unhelpful or unkind. A couple of the guys who work there know a thing or two about beer, and the others aren't necessarily rude...they just aren't beer nerds. Actually, I got there too late for this year's Hopslam release, and the dude who was working knew that I had been coming in every couple of days to try to catch it. He isn't particularly big into beer, but he had stashed himself a case because he figured it had to be good with all of the crazies beating down the door to get it. Without batting an eye, he sold me a 6-pack out of his own personal stash when he saw me come in that afternoon. For that, customer service gets a big score bump in my book.
07-24-2011 21:21:52 |
More by JebediahScooter
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I've gone to Peace Street somewhat regularly for some time now. At this point, it honestly seems to me that their reputation as one of the better beer stores in Raleigh is bloated by it's proximity to downtown, and based largely on the store it used to be, particularly before Pop the Cap. Since then, as I've seen other beer stores get better and better, Peace Street has gotten steadily worse...in terms of selection, service, and quality.
For starters, if I ever dare to ask the employees if they have something, they most likely wont even know, and if I insult them enough to ask them when some limited beer might arrive, they look at me like I just pissed in their cornflakes.
As for selection, it's decent, but I feel that's more due to downtown bars getting the local distributor to bring good bottles, and Peace Street just gets the leftovers, and they sell a lot of beer and get priority over several stores. However, regardless of the reason, they do carry some nice, obscure things from all over, including Europe, as well as a solid selection of locals, even including some growlers from Craggie.
Additionally, I have noticed that a lot of the beers they sell usually run about a dollar more than College Beverage or even Whole Foods down the street.
05-05-2011 02:26:07 |
More by Beerness
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I don't know why it took me so long to find this place but I finally stopped in by chance while passing by today. I thought I'd heard about it here so I figured I'd give it a shot. It's not a place that would have you thinking craft beer if you drove by but that is their business.
There's a decent selection on the shelves that face you when you walk in but that's only the tip of the iceberg. There's a cooler that pretty much wraps around half of the building. I was very impressed at how much they keep refrigerated.
They carry lots of NC and other east coast beers. But they also have a nice selection of western beers including Stone, Green Flash, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Avery, etc. I picked up a couple of sixes of Sweetwater IPA which is relatively new to the area and a favorite of my wife's.
Most of the beer is in six packs but they also have a decent selection of 22s and 750s. They don't seem to split the six packs but I didn't ask.
Peace Street is definitely an alternative to Sam's in Durham. I wouldn't say it's as good with the Europeans but it's well worth a visit.
05-11-2009 21:34:06 |
More by GJ40
quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
Great selection, terrible ownership. They're complete jerks.
They had some Atlanta Brewing Co beers on clearout price earlier this year. Only 2.99 or 3.99 a 6-pack. As someone who has missed ABC I was eager to grab some. As you might expect for such a low price the beer wasn't exactly fresh. However it was not only fresh, it was 2 or 3 months past the "best by" dates on the cases.
I was going to grab a 6 pack of each variety they were offering (a case in total) and I ask him if I open one beer and I find it unsatisfactory if I can return the beer for a refund.
After initially saying yes hes feeds me some BS about what the beer is going to be like (basically describing every off feature about old or skunked beer) and then says, no, he doesn't want to offer me a refund if the beer is bad, because that would be "too complicated".
04-07-2009 06:38:11 |
More by nms1987
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My last stop on my short visit to Raleigh; it was either this place or a couple of Total Wines. I'm glad I stopped in. This is basically your average convenience except with mounds of beer piled inside.
It's obvious that a lot of this stuff has sat on shelves/in coolers for awhile, so I'd certainly hesitate before grabbing some of the hoppier brews. Lots of boxes and dust and racks filled with beer, completely disorganized, probably lessening the turnover rate.
Service was non-existence, and I can't say I expected much else as I browsed beer in the midst of Fritos, Spam, and motor oil.
Great selection. Great representation of Belgians (Trappist stuff, De Proef, St. Bernardus) with a healthy dose of English and German beers thrown in as well. Loads of stuff from typical American brewers such as Victory, Left Hand, Gordon Biersch, Lagunitas, Stone, Founders, Abita, and more. Lots of refrigerated sixers with a couple of shelves full of bombers. A few rarities to be found, though I wish more selections would've been available as singles. Definitely a stop I wouldn't mind making again next time I'm in town.
Prices were quite decent, in some cases better than some of the same items at grocery stores.
03-31-2009 04:54:20 |
More by PatrickJR
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I have mixed feelings over this place. Selection was certainly better than average and I *did* walk away with a 4pk of KBS. However, there's really no rhyme or reason to anything in this place with beer just sort of stacked where ever and I found it really easy to overlook stuff in there. Also, there are quite a few things in there that while sturdy enough to handle the amount of time they had on them, indicated to me that there were likely just as many that were long past their prime. Having said that, if you're in the immediate area around NC State and don't want to stray far off, this place would certainly satisfy you. If you don't mind driving a bit, head over to Durham and pay Sam's Blue Light a visit.
03-21-2009 01:01:54 |
More by SilentSabre
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in last weekend for the first time in a long while, and I was pleasantly surprised. The store seemed cleaner and better organized than what I remember. And at least with the beers I was looking at, they seemed to be much fresher than in the past. While PSM can't match Sam's Quik Mart for overall selection, they do have about the same amount of cooler space for craft beers, so it's a good place to go if you want something already chilled. The prices were reasonable - maybe slightly less than Sam's or Whole Foods, but slightly more than a grocery store. All in all, it's a great store if you happen to be in the neighborhood and want a wide selection of craft & import beers. Sure the service isn't great, but the staff can usually help you find something if they happen to stock it. Thanks to BA, I already know what I'm looking for when I beer shop, so I'm not relying of store staff to help me pick a beer anyway.
03-18-2009 15:54:25 |
More by gabe23
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I try to get in here at least once a month. The drive to Sam's has gotton a little harder to do on a regular basis. If we didn't have Sam's to compare to, I would think PSM (otherwise known as 7-Even) would be ranked a pretty good beer store.
Service depends on who's working. There's really only 1 weekend guy that drinks what he sells.
Prices are usually very good, beating WF by 10% or so. Selection is much better than WF as well - but not as good as Sam's. Rotation has become better over the years and I don't see as much dead product in there as I used to.
Latest marketing move is to have a big special running on at least one beer, usually stacked near the cash register.
Usually has most of the beers available in bottles made in NC. If you are passing through, definitely worth a stop.
12-26-2008 01:19:45 |
More by beer2day
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I hadn't been to Peace Street market for a couple of years until today. I went specifically looking for Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Ale... after several unfruitful trips to other local stores, I finally found some. I also picked up a 4-pack of North Coast's Stock Ale from 2007... hope this one has kept well.
I didn't talk to the guy behind the counter until after I had made my selection, but he seemed friendly enough. There was a wide array of seasonals available (both Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales), as well as the first Black Chocolate Stout I've seen this year.
Most of the 4/6-packs were stored in the refrigerated section, while a good number of singles (mostly bombers) sat out on the shelves. A minor deduction for the relative scarcity of sub-bomber sized singles.
Still, when I don't have time for a drive to Durham, this is a worthy stop to fill the beer needs.
10-18-2008 22:52:58 |
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