Green's Beverage Warehouse

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Green's Beverage WarehouseGreen's Beverage Warehouse
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Reviews: 36
Visits: 50
rAvg: 4.49
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4012 Fernandina Rd
Columbia, South Carolina, 29212-3358
United States
phone: (803) 744-0570

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Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Bar none, this place has the best selection of beer in the Columbia, SC, area and probably the best across the entire Carolinas if you ask me.
They don't have this kind of selection anywhere in the Charlotte, NC area as far as I know.

The staff is knowledgeable and courteous. They help you find what you want and what you need. Management goes way above the call of duty when it comes to the growler station as there is always a style you would enjoy! Rare keg Thursdays, I mean really rare AND creative! They have a passion for beer and it shows.

I almost forgot their FREQUENT BUYER program on the growlers. Get a free growler(max $9.99 value) after buying 10 growlers at any cost!

I say 'inexpensive' because their prices are probably better than 99% of any others, including a cash/debit discount. Keep in mind that they sell everything from 'natural light' to 'Chimay' so be prepared to pay for what you get. There are some expensive beers out there.
Definitely worth a try if you are in the area.

EDIT: Dang, that might even be my car in the picture! Probably not, but I do spend too much time there... can't help it :) Too many goood beers! (1,154 characters)

Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I have visited this Green's location a few times in the past while traveling through the Columbia area and just have never gotten around to giving them some review love! Great selection and I always seem to be able to knock a few beers off my wants list with each visit. Store is very clean and organized and they seem to employ a very knowledgeable staff. The local beer geeks have a hot spot in their backyard and I would recommend any out of towner's swinging through Columbia make a quick pit stop! (502 characters)

Photo of TravisCowan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the place where, after drinking 'beer' for 30 years, I finally discovered what real beer is and learned to love it. Their twice to three-times a week tastings regularly include brewmasters from the best regional and national breweries from the Southeast to Maine to Washington to anywhere that amazing beers are brewed. The brewers will spend all the time in the world talking to anyone who shows up. They recognize how special Greens is and actually listen to and stay in contact with the customers they meet And these brewers often bring special batches unavailable anywhere else in the world just for the incredibly lucky folks who know and love Greens and attend the tastings. Their 24 tap growler station fully rotates more than once a week, and the Beer Gurus Wes and Joseph never fail to guide and teach beer lovers of all tastes and experience. They'll even change out a tap on request if they have a special beer in the cooler if you simply ask if they have it. Greens has stoked the fire for beer lovers in South Carolina. And thanks to their innovation and effort several spectacular breweries have blossomed across South Carolina and in Columbia making the area a virtual beer heaven.

Note: I tried to keep this review low-key and held back on how I really feel for this place! (1,299 characters)

Photo of BJRHOMEBREW
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Green's has been my go-to spot for all my beers needs since moving to SC 4 years ago. They have a very knowledgeable staff that can help direct you whatever style of beer you may be looking for. They have an awesome 8 growler station with taps rotating every week, the selection of bottled beer is massive and with new arrivals every week can sometimes be hard to keep up with. No matter where i have traveled I have not found a beer store that can match the selection or quality of people that Green's Piney Grove has to offer. (528 characters)

Photo of koil
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Can't really say enough about these guys. Love this place!

Located off the Piney Grove exit off of I-26, this is my favorite location and by far the best in Columbia.

Being a relative noob to the craft beer scene, Joseph and Wes have been extremely helpful in answering my questions, guiding me towards the beers I like, despite my lack of experience in beers to compare to.

They have a great wine selection, which takes up one side of their store, but the other side is all beer and it is a beautiful thing. Lots of singles, foreign and domestic, sixers, whatever you're looking for....really great selection for a beginner into this (almost too much) but it's really opened my eyes to several delicious beers and styles.

...but the gem here is the growler station. They have 4 taps currently (another station going in this week, I believe, bringing the total to 8 taps!!) and the kegs they get in are from local breweries, as well as all over the country, and cross the gamut in styles. I look forward to getting the weekly email from Joseph, letting us know what is coming to the growler station, what the "Rare Keg Of The Week" (that never makes it that long) is, and what swag or reps will be there. They have tastings on Thurs and Fri, and often have reps in the store as well. I've personally met with the Bells and Stone reps the last time they were there and enjoyed the chat.

Long story short, great location, awesome staff...if you're looking for beer, come in and ask for Wes or Joseph. They always seem to be there and are more than willing to help you out. (1,575 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Quite simply the best store in the state. I have been finding myself making the hour and a half drive down more and more frequently as of late, mostly for rare growlers, and imports. The store is just sublime. I think i know just about everyone that works there and everyone is beyond helpful. There are the store that gets everything, prices are better then anyone else and I can always find something new. Hard to believe that a store this great exists in the state. There is no excuse not to stop in here if you are in the state, period. (540 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Green's is a great place to go for anybody that appreciates beer! The whole staff is very knowledgeable and always provide ample service. The eight tap growler station provides several unique opportunities to try different brews. Thursdays and Fridays are two great examples of how unique Green's is compared to other beverage shops. The prices are actually better than any where else in the state. I often travel to Pawleys Island and find there to be an increase of $2-3 in price. When ever I head to the Piedmont region it's only about $1-2 more. However, they lie in the region in which Dogfish Head does not distribute (they do sell Dogfish Head in the Piedmont and Coastal regions). Green's still provides a high amount of unique brews. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area! (790 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.85/5  rDev +8%

I lived in Columbia for years and never went here and now I could kick myself. This place is amazing! Great selection! The place is very clean and they have almost anything you could ask for. The best thing about this place is how nice the staff is and how everyone, even customers, are outgoing. I spend 45 mins in one aisle talking to a guy about tenfidy, home brews, and hiking the AT. It's been 2 years since I've visited friends up here, and now I have a big reason to come back. A must for anyone driving through Columbia on I26. (535 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.85/5  rDev +8%

the guys at the store are awsome! Wes & Joseph are well versed in quality beer. They will steer you right every time & they strive to get us the good stuff. The growler station ROCKS! Now with tastings one thurs. & fri.
great selection of craft brews!
very well located, right off I-26 @ st. andrews exit. the traffic getting in at times is a mess though. thank goodness they have two pull ins on opposite sides of parking lot.
Keep up the good work guys! keep spreading the word of good craft beer in the midlands!
looking forward to the expansion on the growler station! (572 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Wow.... what a beer store. I had no idea. It's the place to stop in Columbia. Talked to Wes, that is very knowledgable. I was very imperessed with the slection and price. Well displayed, clean store with phenomial hard to get brews. Many Founders, Rockers, Terrapin, Bruery etc.... to grab. I'll be in Columbia quite a bit and this will be my store to check things out... Great place.... One of the best beer stores I have been to. Belgian slection was huge and there are tons of mikkeler selections to chose from. Can't wait to save uo more money to stop by again.... Great store and I'm a big fan of Wes, one of their beer specialist. Thank you! (647 characters)

Photo of gs1397
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been going to the Green's on Piney Grove Rd. for quite some time now. Wes and Joseph have really worked hard over the years to transform this store into what it is today. They've got a growler station with eight taps which rotate often and tend to include a few rare kegs a week. They like to have brewery reps "take over" the station and host special events frequently as well, which they tend to sweeten with "double punches" on frequent growler fill cards. They also have a Randall (3.0) they pull out from time to time to put an interesting twist on the classics... sometimes it's organic whole cone hops that were grown locally in Columbia, sometimes it's Maraschino cherries and orange slices... these guys are the good kind of crazy.

The service at this store and the prices (almost always lowest in town/the state) are what brought me here years ago. The service and ever-growing solid selection are what have kept me. Barring recent distributor issues which are outside of Green's control, the guys at Piney Grove succeed at bringing in new domestic and international (particularly Belgian) brews as well as keeping the classics well stocked. Kudos to Wes and Joseph! If you live in the Midlands or happen to be passing through, make time to check out the Piney Grove Green's! (1,291 characters)

Photo of Craigory
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Green's on Piney Grove is the best place for purchasing beers in the city, probably one of the better spots in the state. They get lots of great stuff in, sell it at a good price, and acquire many rare brews, to boot.

Recent improvements (to an already great store) include a Belgian beer cellar, and a 24-tap growler fill station. They keep tons of premium stuff on the growler station and are constantly rotating selections. They also have tastings Thursday & Friday nights, often featuring rare kegs, brewery tap-takeovers, and free glasses w/fill.

Wes and Sierra are fantastic beer geeks who take good care of their customers. A few cashiers there don't seem to care, but otherwise the service is great and there is always at least one personable and caring cashier on duty. (780 characters)

Photo of tastyville
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

FIrst of all the staff is amazing. They are friendly, knowledgeable, beer fanatics and way over the top helpful! They had my head spinning with the selection available. I found some De Cam Lambieks just sitting in their fancy wine chiller. They threw out all the wine and stuffed it with amazing sours and belgians (nevermind though, because they're wine selection is ludicrous, too). The selection was truly overwhelming. Sierra is really friendly and she enjoys talking about beer. Wes is truly a gentleman. He is patient, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about beer- exotics and rarities. He hosts tastings and he never leaves anyone out! They've always got time for everybody. It's not so bad having to work out here in South Carolina so long as these guys are around. Prost! (783 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

This is my favorite store in Columbia. I visit here everytime I am in the area. They are one of the only retailers, maybe the only one, in Columbia to offer growlers of beer.

The staff are generally knowledgeable and accomodating. BA member khiasmus works there and I tend to chat him up on my visits.

Selection is great. Today, I purchased some really fresh Sculpin as well as one of the Terapin side projects and a growler of OBP Toasted Coconut Porter. The growler station is hit or miss, in my opinion, but just having the option is always nice.

I have been coming here for years and love this place. If in Columbia, one should certainly check this place out. Anything available in SC will be available here. (718 characters)

Photo of BS68280
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Not only do they have the best selection in the area, they also have the best prices by a long shot. They often get many rare beers in and have amazing prices on them. The rare beer Thursdays are always great, and amazingly priced. The managers there are also very knowledgeable and friendly. If you have a question they will have an answer for you. You can tell the place is run by a couple of beer geeks that share all of our passion for great beer. My go to spot for great craft beers. The only problem is it is hard to leave there with one or two things because there are so many other things there that i want. (615 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

This is the best place to get your beer at in Columbia.

They have pretty much everything you can find in the state and the selection has grown by leaps and bounds in the year and a half I have been going here. You can find a lot of the locals here including Coast.

I haven't bought any bad beer here before and I think this has to do with the staff. Some of the staff has no knowledge of beer at all, these tend to be the cashiers and some of the people walking around in the wine section of the store. This is offset by two guys in the beer section. I've seen one of them in the store every time I've been in there so any questions I have they answer. They even provide me with opinions on things I haven't had before and have admitted when they do not know much about a particular beer. They also send out a weekly newsletter via e-mail that details all their new beers, what is currently on the growler station and what their Rare Growler fill will be for the week. This newsletter is great and has definitely sent me to the store unexpectedly.

Finally I would like to talk about the growler station. This thing is great! They have 4 beers on at a time. On Thursday's they have a rare growler fill(Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Sculpin, Hopslam, Oak Aged Wake n Bake are just a few examples). I believe this is the only place in Columbia that offers growler fills and I love it! Only 2.99 for a growler and then the cost of the fills varies from 7.99 to 15.99(I think?) They also have started a reward program where you can get a free growler after buying 10 growlers.

If you are in town just visiting and want to pick up some locals this is your store, if you live here and want to find some fresh beer this is your store. Like I said in the beginning this is the best beer store in Columbia! (1,796 characters)

Photo of thegoon55
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

favorite beer store in SC, partly cause its my beer store. wes and joseph do a great job with any questions you have. have a nice large inventory and a solid grolwer station. carry all locals and a nice little back "cellar" for your belguims and lambics. if your in the area stop by it will be worth your time. (310 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Most massive beer store I've ever been to. To be fair, much of it are enormous palates of Budweiser cases.

But still, the craft beer selection is pretty vast. Roughly 4 aisles (so maybe 8 long shelf-walls) of unfridged bombers and the occasional sixers.

They carry pretty much every Trappist beer except the Westies. Hundreds and hundreds of great beers. Reasonable price.

The staff seemed somewhat knowledgable, but I didn't really talk to them enough to gather the extent of their beer geekery. The cashier was too lazy to put those little plastic fishnets over my bombers to prevent them from clinking/chipping the in the bag. Other than that, they seemed pretty nice.

Saw some glassware too, but didn't really check them out.

The place gets my high recommendations. (778 characters)

Photo of southside
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The best shop in the Midlands. The guys who run the store are very knowledgeable and helpful. Best selection around, and an abundance of it. 8 taps for growlers, and great prices as well. They have rare beer Thursdays for the growler taps, and get lots of specialty barrel aged versions and limited releases. They always have the newest releases as early as anyone else, and have a better selection than the Greene's in downtown Cola. Would highly recommend this store, it is worth the trip if you are in the area. (514 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Got my first opportunity to stop by this location after passing it MANY times on I-26. Big thanks goes out to Joseph for hooking me up. Thanks again man! This is by far the best Green's as far as beer selection I have ever been to. We have one here in Greenville and the beer selection is laughable. This location is EPIC. Went to pick up two growlers only and left with a case. Oops. The beer is laid out nicely in the back right of the store and is quite easy to spot from I-26. Will definitely be stopping in when I pass by from now on. Nice work guys! (555 characters)

Photo of Ant4711
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very good place with a huge selection. I have gotten many rares there, such as SNR10, Black note, and even a westveltreen Blonde. I have to say, overall It's probably one of the best places in the Columbia South Carolina area. Also the staff that works there is very knowledgeable. (281 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

This Green's is much better than the one on Assembly. The one on Assembly is more convenient, location-wise, but everything else at the Piney Grove store blows it away.

First of all, it has a growler station. Four taps, two of which are high gravity. At last check (2/21), they had Red Brick's Winter, Left Hand Milk Stout, Southampton Double White, and Founders Dirty Bastard. It's like three bucks for a new growler, then seven for a low gravity fill and ten for high gravity.

This Green's has way more bombers than the other. Plenty of six packs, refrigerated or warm. They also seem to be pretty on top of new releases...if you want something new, this is the place to go. Very knowledgeable staff.

They also sell glassware, which is a huge plus. They've added a ton of logo glassware recently.

Best beer store in Columbia, and it's not far behind Charleston Beer Exchange for best in the state. (904 characters)

Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Reasonable prices/selection!

The staff here is pretty knowledgeable and helpful although I caught some lip from the Wine guy at the growler station just giving me a hand, at one time...but thats another story.

Bring cash or disclaim your card is debit for the cash prices at the register.

Usually there is at least 1 or 2 good offerings at the growler station for quart to half-gallon fills and usually are reasonably priced.

There is a cold cooler for the green's on assembly street where much import beer is located, also the premiums, and the piney grove store has a heap of goodness just on the sales floor @ room temp.

Everyone is willing to help, the seem to know much of the subject or they find whoever does.

Basically, you cant go wrong up in here give or take a dollar here and there at the surrounding beer stores...

hit em up! (845 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Easy access from I-26; this store sits on an unattractive parking lot almost on the interstate. Warehouse atmosphere.

This is by far the best Green's as far as beer selection I have ever been to, including 2 stores in Atlanta and one in Greenville SC.

In addition, they sell and fill growlers. About 4 taps but interesting and varied selections when I've checked.

Lots of variety in cold 6- and 12-packs in the back.

Huge international selection of singles, including many top 100 beers. Some BA and Rate Beer evaluations posted on the shelves. Nicely organized. Exceptionally friendly, helpful and knowledgeable worker there during my last visit. (653 characters)

Photo of swtdixie91
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Nice selection of Belgiums and Lambics in the walk in cellar. Four aisles of craft brews in singles and multi-packs. Also has the usual giant selection of Buds and American by the cases. Usually have 10 taps for Growlers...and usually a wide selection for anyone's taste. And don't forget to check out the small singles rack up front towards the registers...it sometimes houses singles you cannot find elsewhere.
Most of the staff is knowledgeable...aside from the cashiers who usually couldn't care less. I'm certain that the cashiers are the only place that Greens lacks in the customer service department. (609 characters)

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Green's Beverage Warehouse in Columbia, SC
97 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.