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Hops & Grapes

Hops & GrapesHops & Grapes

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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 5.84%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Store ]

2420 N Center St
Hickory, North Carolina, 28601-1335
United States
phone: (828) 267-2672

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(Place added by: Loki on 08-31-2005)
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HopsAndGrapesHickory

North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Hey, I'm biased. I own Hops & Grapes. (Gail has not been involved in over 2 years).

We carry a great selection of local, NC and national craft brewed beers. There's too many to name them all, but the list includes Lagunitas, Founders, Bell's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, Left Hand, Avery, Allagash, Foothills, Olde Hickory, Highland, Triangle, Natty Greene's, Howard, Catawba and many many more.

We do our best to bring in the best. If you're looking for a beer, give us a try. We'll track 'em down, if possible.

Always 8-10 beers on draft; growler fills and on-premise consumption- yes, you can drink in the store.

We alternate wine and beer tastings every Thursday. To sign up for our informative newsletter, send you email address to: [email protected]

Cheers, Bobby

12-18-2013 22:23:26 | More by HopsAndGrapesHickory
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rodrot

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

This is a cool store located in the North Pointe shopping center off of highway 127N. The selection is very good. Basically, any beer that is currently available in NC is sold here. If a beer is out of stock or they just haven't carried it , it can be ordered for you. Wine seems to be the main attraction here, but beer is also given a bit of respect. The owner told me that they regularly hold beer tastings as well as wine tastings. My only gripe is the confusing roads in Hickory and the amount of traffic. For a fairly small city, Hickory seems to have horrendous traffic at nearly all times of the day. That being said, Gails has the best beer selection in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir area and is well worth the visit.

06-29-2006 20:55:16 | More by rodrot
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Made a point of stopping by Gail's after reading the Beerfly Reviews. Located in a little strip mall that sits at the bottom of a hill. If you didn't know where this place was you would miss it completely. Needs signage on the main road. Anway, really nice store when entering. Beer coolers located on the left with the rest of the store dedicated to wine, glassware, high end snacks. Pretty nice selection. One cooler is dedicated to NC beers with Olde Hickory, Duck Rabbit, French Broad, Natty Greenes, Mother Earth among those represented. Other coolers are dedicated to nationally recognized names like Allagash, DFH, Terrapin, Starr Hill, Great Divide, Avery, Boulder, Founders, etc...Another section is where you will find the imports with a small but decent selection of Belgian and German beers with some random Euro-Asian lagers thrown in for good measure. What really sets the store apart is that you can actually drink a beer in the store. If you ask, they will give you a glass so you can try any of the beers you bought. Pretty cool if you ask me. Shared a bomber for the French Broad Rye beer and glad I did. Picked up another bomber before I left. Overall, really classy and well done store. Definitely worth a stop. Highly recommended if in the area.

05-17-2010 11:39:25 | More by SwillBilly
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Macky20

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I can't remember where I heard of this place, but I make bi-weekly trips to Hickory and I always stop in during lunch. If you go on Mondays there's a slight (very slight, 5% i think) discount on all beer. I've never been able to, but they do allow you to sit and enjoy a beer on site. There's maybe 12 coolers on your right with great selections from all your local breweries and also coolers dedicated to imports including Trappist and beers from the UK and Germany/Belgium. They also have one cooler dedicated to seasonals only. A few non-local breweries represented from memory are Bear Republic, Founders, Allagash, Great Divide, Terrapin, Sweetwater, Left Hand, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, Rogue, Bells... and of course tons more. Gail is great to talk to as well as a few of the other employees. Some are more knowledgable than other, but all are very nice and acommadating. Use a GPS to find this place if possible, it sits down low off the road and is difficult to see. I highly recommend it for beer advocates, as they have tons to choose from! Unfortunately, I never spend less than $60 everytime I drop in....

12-04-2010 02:31:10 | More by Macky20
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ChemistBrewer

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

Nice shop done up very well. Devoted to wine overall but beer is almost half the store so thats good. You can drink a beer in house while you shop which is great!

Quality/Selection: Overall a pretty deverse selection especially for the area. Best in hickory id say. Almost every style is available and locals are well represented.

Service: Good when the owner or outgoing employee is there. Could be better when a less motivated staff member is present.

value: Pricey compared to other stores in other places. Theve got a monopoly so take it or leave it. Wine is def overpriced.

10-29-2010 00:45:59 | More by ChemistBrewer
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Msquared2

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I live in Hickory half of the week and decided this past week to google craft beer up there. Amongst all of the Olde Hickory links, Gail's popped up and I decided to stop by on the way back home. I was expecting some Olde Hickory beers and maybe some other easily accessible beers. However, I was pleasently surprised by the extent of their selection. I walked out with Ballast Point, Laugintas, and some Southern Tier. The customer service was also great. The two women working were very knowledgable about the selection and I always like to meet fellow women involved in the craft beer scene. The value was also comprable to the other craft beer stores that I frequent in Charlotte. Overall, it is an awesome place and I will be a regular patron from now on.

09-11-2011 16:36:26 | More by Msquared2
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Loki

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Holy crap, a very, very good beer store in Hickory! I stumbled upon this place I was with the family and the in-laws going to the fantastic Tai restuarant right next door.

Quality: 10-14 coolers full of beer, with nearly all of it being craft beer. The also are getting in all the new beers quickly. They had Brooklyn EIPA to Ommegang and Duvel to Rodenbach Flemish Red and Grand Cru as well as tons of Western NC, VA, and GA micros. Oh and somehow Mash House completely skips over the triad and hits Hickory and west.

Service: The lady, I presume Gail, was very helpful and attentive. It appears that her knowledge of beer is better than the average person and she knew what she would be getting in soon. Very pleasant and offered to help several times.

Selection: Great selection and expanding rapidly. This store is unique (at least for this area) in that the focus is beer and then wine and other stuff. Very nice. Everything was clearly labeled, priced, and arranged very orderly. Also stuff on ranks and shelves, but most of the items were kept in the coolers. Everything looked very fresh as well.

Value: Very reasonably priced, seemed like a great place to shop.

I would highly recommend this store to anybody who finds themselves in or near HIckory.

09-02-2005 13:16:03 | More by Loki
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Had to give Gails a whirl. I hate the roads in Hickory since they have all kinds of odd designations, but Gails is on Hwy 127 N beside Planet Fitness. If heading North it will be in a lower plaza on the right.

The store has wine and a coffee shop. I was asked if I needed assistance by someone stocking the coolers, but the owner was on the phone ordering beer during my visit so no speaking with her. The coolers are well laid out and very, very clean. Pricing and ABV for most beers is on the shelf tag so anything above 6% ABV is clearly marked in the coolers. I did not see any room temp beers, but no matter.

The selection was pretty darn good, not everything and not space for everything, but it did have most every standard beer that has made it into the state as of late. Some of the more oddball offerings were not present, but one that just hit the shelves last week was there in spades.

If in the area, I'd go back to Gail's. Great quality and the availability of cold beer to go with a good selection.

04-11-2006 20:55:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Wow. I was totally suprised by the selection presented here. If my memory is right, 8 large coolers with an awesome selection of beer for the area. Pisgah and French Broad bombers. A good representation of the good beers available in NC. DFH, Stone, Weyerbacher, Victory. A large selection of German and Belgian beers.

Good selection of wine, too. The woman working seemed to know more about the wine than the beer, but the beer is well presented and little assistance is needed in finding anything.

Nice table of glassware and coasters. You can pick up a pint glass to match the beer you are buying.

Easily the best beer store between Winston and Asheville. Makes my top 10 beer stores in NC.

About 3 miles north of town, but well worth the drive.

04-19-2009 01:13:44 | More by beer2day
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hartsoet

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Just went this weekend the lady was very helpful at the store. Was very friendly I'm going back to get some different beer. Had a line of beer & wine help my wife with a wine she like. So I highly recommend this place.It's small but had a lot of stuff inside. Clean inside nice cooler inside for Beer a few wines inside cooler. Wife enjoyed the staff who was pleasant on enterey. In a location that was not what you find in most small area's but called a got directions.It's in a small town so support them because it's the only one we have.

01-31-2011 00:06:00 | More by hartsoet
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Hops & Grapes in Hickory, NC
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