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world-class

85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.78%
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1338 S Main St
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060-5526
United States
phone: (540) 953-2675

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Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Never been to the store, but have mail ordered a few times. Really impressed with the overall operation, but things could be improved.

Pros: Beauties like Bell's, Smuttynose, Weyerbacher and a solid collection of Belgians are available, and much more shipped to your door. Very capable and well educated staff. Fair shipping and handling pricing, they're not ripping you off.

Cons: What's with the online inventory list? It's basically pointless since a substantial percentage isn't in stock and then they also have several beers that are not included in that list. That is the only con really.

Overall, awesome place to mail order beer. Really like this place and will order several times again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DCgolfpro
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

Very good selection and great customer service. The store was a little.......warehousey and disorganized. Prices were average. I recommend stopping here if you're in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of dsigmon
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I have been visiting the Vintage Cellar for many years now as I attented Virginia Tech and I absolutely love this place. I have no idea how the previous review could have been made outside of the fact that with a smaller staff at times and a very busy store, sometimes you have to wait your turn for service. I have NEVER had a bad experience purchasing beer here and as far as service is concerned I have nothing but great things to say. The staff is extremely personable and will go out of their way to pair beverages with food or just to shoot the crap with you about a recent drinking experience.

Now about the beer. The Vintage Cellar has a HUGE selection of import beers from Belgium to Germany and anything in between in the form of singles and bombers and a very solid domestic selection. They tend to get a better distribution than other stores in the area.

Photo of scubagray
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Living in West Virginia, the craft beer selection is very limited. It is worth the two plus hour drive twice a year to "stock up" on the beers that are unavailable in my area. I have been making this drive since 1996 and the selection continues to get better. Great selection of micro's, import's, and seasonal's.

Photo of Storning
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dmk91
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great beer selection, good price. Kegs are even pretty reasonable. Huge wine selection also. Fridays they have a free beer tasting, with usually 3-5 beers, they also do wine tastings on saturdays if I remember correctly. Staff really knows their stuff and is very friendly and helpful. It is well organized and easy to find what you are looking for and also very easy to just have a look around.

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Spent a day in Blacksburg recently (second time ever) and sought this place out due to comments here on BA. I'm glad I did. I'm from NC and this bottle shop carries a lot of great stuff that's not available in my neck of the woods: Firestone Walker, Maine Beer Co, Troegs (to name a few), and of course, a lot of locally crafted brews. The beer section isn't huge but it covers a lot of brands and styles. The service is impeccable. I had a list of brews I specifically wanted and the guys found my stuff quickly and helped me carry the haul to my car. I'll stop by every time I'm in the area.

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great location, selection, and price. Not to mention a very knowledgeable staff who are willing to help with any questions that you might have. Owner personally took me around every part of the store and explained the different styles of beer to me in grave detail. Very pleased with the Vintage Cellar, will definitely be going back.

Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I visited the Vintage Cellar on a Saturday during a day trip to Blacksburg. I am from WV where good beer is nearly impossible to find so this place was amazing to what I am used to.

Atmosphere was good, it was about 4:00 on Saturday so it was pretty crowded. As others mentioned, wine is in the front, beer in the back. I like how the beer was separated by region. My only complaint is that it was pretty crowded in the beer section. The shelves are all very close together and every time I picked an isle to focus on, it seemed like I was in someones way.

As for quality, they pretty much have the best beer selection possible in the state of Virginia, so I'll give them a 5 for that.

I was never approached by am employee the 30 mins I was there, but as I stated earlier, they were pretty busy. I did overhear a conversation with an employee and a customer and he seemed like he Definitelt know what he was along about, making great recommendations.

Selection is the best you could possibly ask for in the area. I brought my BA want list with me and crossed off many from my list, including two 4packs of FBS. The only thing that keeps me from grading selection a 5, is that I've ordered online from them several times, and they won't sell many of the popular beers to online customers. I understand keeping beers for local customers, but I've ordered about ten times now from them. They've even told me once that they didn't have beers in stock, I drove there the next day and saw them on the shelf.

Prices are about $3 more per bomber more than most. Plan to pay up to a 40% mark up on special release bottles.

Overall this place is awesome. I live almost 2 hours away but usually make a trip down here about once a month. You could easily spend $100's of dollars here.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a specialty wine and beer store, located near a state run liquor store and a grocery store. The quality of products and selection is good, although at times, it is advised to look at dates. They have pretty much anything that is distributed in Virginia. Prices are based mainly on singles, although there is a light discount for buying 6 packs or cases of one beer. Also they receive most limited releases. The staff is very helpful if you ask for assistance, and will guide you to what you want (in both beer and wine). Overall, this is a recommended store. In addition, if you want to try different beers, join their beer of the month club, which gives you a $10-20 mixed six pack of highly rated beers. Definitely a good way to try many different beers. Also, they have beer tastings on Friday afternoons, which is a time to try some beers and sometimes talk to a brewery rep.

Photo of Bmuncy
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place. Whenever I am visiting my parents, I go here and stock up on brews.

The atmosphere is great. You walk in and you know you're in a place where people know what they're doing and are passionate about the craft. Clean, appropriate lighting and plenty of friendly faces.

I'm not entirely sure what "quality" is supposed to mean but I'll take a whack at how I interpret it. The store is well-organized. In the front half, a large selection of wines greets the customer. The back half is all beer, organized by country. In the case of American beers, by east coast/west coast and then by brewery. They do occasional tastings, though I haven't been in enough to know how often they are.

I've seen reviews where service seems to be the weak spot of The Vintage Cellar. I happen to disagree. Whenever I go in, despite my visits often being weeks or months apart, they remember me. Moreover, I'm often given a tour of what's new since the last time I visited. They're good about giving facebook updates on what's new in the store and exceptional at taking and remembering reservations for highly sought after beer.

The selection is wonderful and expanding. Troegs, Ballast Point, Founders, Smuttynose, Ommegang, North Coast, Avery, Epic, Boulder. Many, many, many to choose from. This is the most important aspect of any store, in my opinion, and Vintage Cellar knocks it out of the park.

Lastly, the prices are absolutely reasonable. What you pay is what you would expect just about anywhere else. Fair and reasonable, indeed.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Vintage Cellar is simply epic. I cannot think of another shop quite like it on the eastern seaboard. Not only is the selection massive, but the staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable (I was in on a Sunday).

It really will take your breath away. I had been told of it's size and selection, but you really have to see it to believe it. My family and I spent two and a half hours browsing around, and I could have easily spent another 45 minutes to an hour in there.

It's as if every single bottle of beer that is distributed within the great state of Virginia is represented here. Everything. American, imports, hard to find bottles, you name it. They also have a really, really high quality selection of vino too.

This is the kind of place you make plans to visit. Book a room down the block, find something for the kiddies and the wife to do for a day or two, as you could easily spend days (and whole paychecks) in Vintage Cellar.

Photo of gps2388
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%

This is a great store for wine and (especially) beer! Awesome closeout deals and tastings on Friday afternoons!

Service- The only knock I would give this place is that the employees can take a while to warm up to you, when you first come in rarely will you get much attention and if you head to the back to look at beer especially there are only really one or two guys that will bother to help you (out of about a half-dozen employees), the others focus on wine and even then only two of them seem to be real well informed (to the others' credit however they know better than to pretend they know what they are talking about and will get one of the more knowledgeable employees).

Selection- Exceptional! Great variety of East Coast/West Coast beers, including many local ones available in single bottles, packs, or kegs. There is also a pretty good selection of foreign beers on the side wall though not as exhaustive as the domestic selection

Value- I list Vintage Cellar as reasonable; the price, as you would expect, for a lot of the more common but still high-quality beers (example: Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, etc) is higher than the Kroger next door which has to its credit a good beer selection as well (though I still buy from Vintage to support them as a small business). However, this is offset by having awesome closeout sales on a wide variety of different beers (and even better sales on wine if you are so inclined). The closeouts for example turned me on to a really good Austrian lager (Hopten Konig) that was only 4.95 for a six-pack!

They even have beer tastings Friday afternoons which are often a mix of really great beers and some that are not so good that they are trying to get rid of (admitted to me by an employee).

All in all this is a great shop and if you approach the staff they will definitely help you or even do a custom order for you, but don't walk in expecting an employee to shadow you the whole time at your beck and call. I go often and recommend others do the same!

Photo of midworken
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Stopped by Vintage Cellar when I visited the family over Christmas. Of course, the wine was up at the front of the store and the beer was placed at the way back. It was a well-kept store; clean and organized.

The selection was fantastic. I'm from an area of the country where selection is limited and good beer stores are hard to come by... All of the beers were organized by regions and were available as singles - which was great because I didn't have to buy 4 or 6 packs when I was by limited space in my checked luggage. They seem to keep it well-stocked when compared to other stores in the area. I would assume by the quantity of beers that they have the majority if not all the beers available from distributors.

My only gripe would be the service. When I walked into the store I knew exactly what I was looking for, and as a result I wasn't looking for much assistance. On the other hand, I wasn't approached by anybody (neither were my brother and father who were with me). I hardly require assistance at all, but atleast a friendly "hello" would be nice (the people shopping the wine got all the assistance they could ask for). When I went to check out, the gentlemen helping me said, "you know much about this junk?" Sorry, didn't know I was spending $70 on junk. When I visit the family again I will definitely stop by this store again, despite the service (or lack thereof).

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