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Grape & Gourmet

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Grape & GourmetGrape & Gourmet
BA SCORE
100
world-class

77 Ratings
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.64%
[ Store ]

4000 Virginia Beach Blvd
Ste 180
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452-1743
United States
phone: (757) 486-9463

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(Place added by: Px2GrafX on 11-03-2006)
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

ohhsnap, May 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Flowyn82, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -15.1%

Fantastic bottle shop with a large assortment of styles and a great mix of regional, national and international brews. I'm from NC and hit this place on a recent vacation in VA, I picked up a handful of brews unavailable back home. They've got a very nice selection of Belgians. The customer service was top notch. Definitely a great bottle shop.

Mantooth, Apr 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

SharkNado, Mar 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

RonJeezy, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -15.1%

avisong, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.93/5  rDev +4.7%

Superb customer service that will hold bottles for you either by phone, email, or via twitter. They carry a wonderful selection and are always willing to help you find what you are looking for. I can't speak any more highly of Deborah and Kevin!

Their wine selection is just as top-notch as the beer! You won't be dissapointed!

Cubatobaco, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Ysgard
4.87/5  rDev +3.4%

I've been going here since ~2008 when I got into craft beer. Back then I thought they were expensive, but that was from a fairly inexperienced viewpoint. Now they typically are right in line, and they bottle price everything, and give case discounts. They support local organizatoins too, and often have brewery and winery reps in to talk about their brewery's lineup while doing samplings.

Kevin will give honest opinions on whether you should try a beer based on what you say you like, and even warn you away from older discount beer if he knows you're a hophead. It's always great talking about our local scene and getting insight from him as well.

They have free juiceboxes for kids in the display fridge, nice little perk to keep the kids occupied long enough to take a short peek at the inventory. Great about letting people know about noteworthy new stuff on facebook and engaging with the customers.

Can't say enough good things.

Ysgard, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%

This was on my list as a place to visit while I was down in Virginia Beach. It's a small, cozy little place with wine, beer and mead in good quantities. I was especially interested in their selection of B. Nektar meads since we don't get any in the Philadelphia area. The owners were friendly and even held some bottles aside for me until I arrived once I saw their posts on Facebook. Prices were completely reasonable for the market. Highly recommend this place if you're down in the area. As far as bottle selection goes, this and Total Wine were the best.

ShanePB, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of jtk
4.86/5  rDev +3.2%

Great little store. Asked for a few recommendations on beers that aren't distributed to SoCal and the employee was knowledgeable enough to point me right to them. Talked with him and the owner (man) for a few minutes about craft beer in general and things they can't get there and things I can't get on California. Friendly place. Very good selection for the physical size of the store (not real big). I thought the prices were pretty good, though I don't have anything to compare them to except Ca prices. Definitely recommend this store. I can't imagine many other good beer stores like this are in this area.

jtk, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of 2Xmd
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Visited while on vacation in Virginia Beach. About 8 miles from VA Beach. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Good selection of quality beers. Didn't really notice a lot of old stock. Everything I got was fairly fresh. (Maybe I just got the popular stuff..). Prices are very reasonable ...being from New York.

Overall a great experience. Previous reviews I had read on this site were pretty spot on. The owner Kevin and his wife were beyond nice and went out of there way when I asked for something I couldn't find.

Wish this place was near me because I would go there all the time.

2Xmd, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DanforthPewter
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%

Stopped by on my home from North Carolina. Beer. Beer. And more beer. Whole right side of store is loaded with craft beers from all over the world. 90% of beers had a rating and small description of the beer. Very helpful for a beginner like myself.
Service was exceptional. After he walked the wall chatting and helping one couple, gentleman was right their to help me. Can't wait to go back next year.

DanforthPewter, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.61/5  rDev -2.1%

Always a great experience at Grape and Gourmet, very welcoming environment, friendly and knowledgeable staff, great selection and they do a beer tasting every thursday...what more can you ask? My favorite part is they are great about communicating when new beers come out.

I put them down as reasonable in the value category as most of their beers are well priced but some are a little on the high side. Also docked them a bit for having some IPAs that are past their prime on the shelves at regular price, I am really not a believer in the dropping off of an IPA after a month or two, but some are six months old sitting around, it would be better to discount them to rotate the stock.

Hanzo, May 25, 2012
Photo of CWinchell
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Found this place while visiting my brother in Norfolk. I am so glad I decided to come by. As others have posted Va beach is a little lacking in the take home beer department. Being from out of town I was curious to see what was available here that I couldn't get back home.

Not only was the owner extremely helpful but I managed to find some ridiculous IPA's that I hadn't tried or seen before, all at very reasonable prices. The owner was super friendly and you can tell he is a man who loves his profession.

Whether or not you live here or if you ever find yourself in the area, do yourself a favor and check this place out. Knowing that I can come here on my next trip to VA will make my family visits so much more enjoyable!

CWinchell, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
5/5  rDev +6.2%

The go to place in the area for craft brew, and wine if you are into that. Awesome staff, Kevin the owner is awesome to talk to about beer and his wife who runs the wine part is super funny. Really good people! They offer a free weekly beer tasting the often features some really great beers, it is a great way to expand your beer experiences. Overall selection is great, and very diverse. Prices are fair, and if you add in that you get the free tastings it really adds to the value. Definitely the best of the best in the VB area.

vfgccp, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ViennaBeer
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

I stop in once or twice a year when I'm back at the Beach and am always wowed.

5s across the board with the exception of atmosphere. Given the selection and service, who cares? They have everything I could want in terms of limited domestics, everyday 6 packs, and hard to find local offerings.

Most impressive are the level 10 obscure imports. Pricey on these items, maybe, but where else can I find them to compare? NO WHERE within 3 hours. This aspect of their selection shows they certainly talk to the relevant importers as much as they speak with the wholesalers. That may sound unimportant, but as a retailer myself I can appreciate the time and difficulty G&G endures to obtain some pieces of their outstanding selection.

Despite my very infrequent visits, Kevin, the man in charge, always remembers me and takes the time to talk (or rant) beer with me.

I can't say enough good things about this oasis in a *relative* beer desert.

ViennaBeer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of teromous
5/5  rDev +6.2%

A: This place is awesome. I buy most of my beers through them, because they carry such a large variety of beers (and wines). They have beer and wine tastings *weekly* and it's always a great time. It's a real "mom and pop shop" which I think is cool.

Q: They always take care to place their beers and wines on shelves (except some of the bulk cases that sell out fast), and don't mind if you take them out of the 4 or 6 packs to make your own. You can tell they really care about their products. They can get many of the quality craft beers that I can't find anywhere else.

Serv: They have great service. They always greet me when I enter, and are always ready to let me know when a certain beer is coming out, etc. They know a lot about breweries and have the latest news as well. One important thing, is that they are honest. They will tell you whether a beer is good or bad, but won't judge you on what you choose to buy. This is important, in the event that you want to try one of the bad beers anyway.

Sel: They have a great selection of everything. What I like, is that sometimes I can get seasonal beers from past seasons. They also take care in posting ratings and info tags for beers so you can make a more informed decision. One key thing to mention, is that in addition to wine, they also carry a good selection of mead and cider. It's rare to find a place that carries these.

(Food): They do carry an assortment of cheeses, chocolates, etc but I don't think it's fair to rate them on this because their selection is more of a novelty that you can buy if you're putting together a gift or something.

Value: I've noticed that their prices are cheaper on some things, and more expensive on others. Mostly the wine is more expensive. It's my opinion, that value is not just a ratio of goods vs price, but the service and experience that you get from the establishment as well.

teromous, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.64/5  rDev -1.5%

Like many specialty beer stores, the price is a bit high (higher than you'd pay for the same beers in the high-end supermarkets -- assuming you can find them there at all), but the selection is out of this world!
The owner is an ex-Navy guy who clearly experienced many a brew from all over the world, and has made the beers he tried abroad and loved available to the unwashed masses.
There is something for just about every taste, from all over the world and covering every style. There are literally hundreds of examples stacked 6-ft high across the length of the shop -- if he doesn't have exactly the brand you want, he'll find you something very close (I do recommend you talk with the owner if you have questions, although the employees are fairly knowledgeable as well).
For the wine lovers, his wife has provided an impressive collection filling the other half of the store, but that's for a different review.
They have tastings every Thursday for those looking to try new beers before slapping down their cash; or, if you want to just broaden your horizons, you can take a chance and buy something new off the shelf (it would take years to properly taste all their offerings).
Bottom line: You'll have to pay a little extra for the selection you get here (of course...), but if you're looking for new beer experiences, this is your place!

TappaKeggaBrew, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of travisnd
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%

Finally went here looking for some pumpkin ale's that I couldn't find elsewhere. I had emailed them the day before asking about their updated inventory and received a response within 24 hours, which was nice. When I arrived, the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Though only thing I didn't like was how spreadout a lot of the beer was. I had a difficult time trying to figure out what was what, other than that, it's a nice store. The prices were what I expected to pay, comparatively speaking. Will be going back soon!

travisnd, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Cyrano41
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%

They have the largest selection of beer in the area without a doubt! It is a wine shop by name, and maybe a good one, but the beer is not just an afterthought here. I can't put a number on the available selection other than it takes up a wall over 50 feet long with shelves 5-6 high with 1-2 bottle to the front type of display. The beer manager is very knowledable and extremely helpful. The once a week beer tastings are a very nice feature and offer a way to expand your palate without breaking the bank.(They're free!)I look forward to trips to this shop and highly recommend it to anyone. The only negative is the shock and awe effect when perusing the stacks.

Cyrano41, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Brewzer1010
4.24/5  rDev -10%

Visited 8-11-11 while on a brief trip to VA Beach. I had heard about thursday tastings so I made sure that was the day I visited. Gabe (I think) who hosted the tasting was very informative about what was being poured (Life and Limb II, Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin, among others), and although our conversation was brief, I enjoyed talking beer with him. For what seems to market itself as a wine and specialty shop, the beer selection was impressive. Tons of stuff I don't see in CA (Bell's, Founder's, Southern Tier, Schlafly, Hoppin Frog, etc.), and lots of it. I happily stocked up for the weekend (6ers of Two Hearted and Oberon, a few Southern Tier bombers and a couple other randoms), at what seemed to be a reasonable price (not sure how it compares to other shops in the area). I will definitely be visiting this place on future trips to the area.

Brewzer1010, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
5/5  rDev +6.2%

After some quick research and review reading, this was my main target while on a recent vacation with the family to Sandbridge, VA.

Lots of wine and beer...a toy store for people like me! Very clean and nicely decorated...think of a fine gift shop, rather than a liquor store. The beer lines most of the right wall, with a few center islands also housing selections.

The selection and quality are awesome...right up there with any other major bottle shop. I imagine they get pretty much everything that is distro. in VA.

What really sets this place apart and garners such a high rating is the service. Both Kevin and Gabe are extremely knowledgeable and super big beer fans. It is easy to tell that they enjoy beer as much as anyone shopping there and are quick to tell you HONEST opinions about some of the offerings you may not be familiar with. Kevin even keeps juice boxes for kids (free!!) in one of the beer coolers...this tiny gesture shows what kind of person he is and what kind of business he runs.

I hope the people in that area of VA know how lucky they are to have such a great place right in their own back yard.

mgbickel, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of pjs234
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%

I stopped in here during a vacation to Virginia Beach based on reviews on this site. I did a quick pass through to see what was on the shelves and was immediately impressed with the selection. At first i was confused because none of the six packs had prices, but as i was trying to figure things out, the store owner, Kevin, came over to offer assistance. I then found out that everything was by the bottle, which was very cool, as there are not a lot of package stores in CT that have "by-the-bottle" pricing. Kevin and I then conversed about beer for the next 30 minutes. He was very nice and has a great knowledge of beer. He also made some great recommendations for beers, which was helpful, as there were many beers that I was not that familiar with, since they are not distributed to CT.

As for the pricing, I really can't comment, as I only purchased brands that I can't get in CT.

If and when I am back in the area, I will definitely be stopping by here again.

pjs234, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of stckhndlr
5/5  rDev +6.2%

I make monthly visits to this store. Each month I grab a sixer of round the world beers and every time is a treat. The staff is extremely cheerful and polite. Then again, who wouldn't be cheerful when you get to work around beer and wine all day. What a life. Kevin the owner is always friendly and very helpful. This guys knows everything and is always willing to share his knowledge and love of beer with anyone. Their selection is outstanding and although they are a bit pricey the also have some really great values in there as well. I highly recommend you give it a try.

stckhndlr, Mar 15, 2011
Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA
100 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.