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Grape & Gourmet

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Grape & GourmetGrape & Gourmet
BA SCORE
100
world-class

76 Ratings
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 63
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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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
Photo of csbinva
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%

I went down for business and stopped in for my lunch break. What a treat! They had several hard to find beers at reasonable prices. The owner spent some time with me talking about different beers that I typically drink and offered me some other choices. I found a bottle of Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout, actually two, I never just buy one as well as some Bell's Double Cream Stout, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Great Divide Hercules, and the new Left Hand Stranger APA.

I can't wait to head back the next time I am in town, this is definitely one of the best beer shops in Virginia!

csbinva, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of riggonomics
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%

This was my second visit to this store. Originally from Va Beach, and know its not a beer city, this place is tops! Met Kevin the owner on thie recent visit, and the guy is a beer geek, knows his stuff, and is on top of getting the best available on his shelves. Coming from Florida, I'm always glad to find Founders, Bear Republic, Green Flash and some rare Belgians I've not seen my way. Great store, obvisouly all BA thinks the same. Can't wait for the next trip, Kevin mentioned adding more!!!

riggonomics, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of tjohn2401
4.85/5  rDev +3%

I visited Grape & Gourmet this past weekend on a quick business trip from Michigan to Virginia Beach. The reviews here convinced me to check it out, and I'm SO glad I did.

The store was set-up nicely with a great selection and lots of holiday beers and gift sets. The owner, Kevin, along with one of his regular customers, helped me pick out a few great beers that aren't available in Michigan. (Bear Republic, Williamsburg Alewerks, Terrapin) After about 10 minutes of great beer talk, Kevin even went into the back and grabbed his last bottle of Williamsburg Alewerks Cafe Royale for me!

Overall it was everything a great shop should be and I highly recommend you stopping in if you are in the area.

tjohn2401, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of calir1
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Grape and Gormet is a wonderful spot. They have a huge selection of wine and beer, but I mainly go for the beer. Kevin, the owner of the store, is very helpful and knowlegable about all things beer. The atmosphere is great, the selection is outstanding and the service is top notch. I know many peopl ein the area think the same way and I am sure that is why his customer base is so big. They have tastings once a week I think and a few special tastings on many of the weekends. Great place. Check it out.

calir1, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of benyerd
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%

Everytime I walk in I am always greated with a warm smile and am always greated by name. (maybe means I am in there a little to much) A nice selection and one of the best places in the 7 cities to find quality craft beer. The selection is always slightly different everytime I walk in which is always a plus. They also have some very hard to find brews. Found one last week that was "retired." Outside of the prices being slightly high, this is a place I would say to go. *money shouldnt be an issue for passion*

benyerd, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of williestile
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%

This was my first visit thanks to finding the store on beerfly. I was offered assistance by both Kevin and his wife, who own the store, within 10 minutes of entering. I received some informed recommendations and enjoyed my purchases. Comparing to the local chain competitor, TW, I would say G&G has a better by-the-bottle selection, comparable prices, and better service. Also to note, they have only one cold beer fridge and little/no average American beer (a good thing). You can find a fairly up-to-date listing of their selection at http://www.grapeandgourmet.com/Microbrews.htm

williestile, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%

En route home from OBX, we detoured a few minutes in order to visit Grape & Gourmet. Well worth it.

Quality: A well-lit, clean store with a nice layout. Beer and wine only, with beer occupying the central right side of the store. Bottles, available in singles and sixpacks, are stacked on shelves and tables. Prices are well-displayed.

Service: I was greeted immediately on entering the store and was quickly directed to the area of the store that I needed to be in. The beers that I wanted were quickly identified and taken to the register. A very nice experience.

Selection: Top notch. Plenty of national, international and Virginia offerings. I was in search of some rare AleWerks: mission accomplished! Bell's and Founders, wide selections of each, are plentiful, as are Legend, Southern Tier and many, MANY others. If you can't find something good, you've had way too many beers. G&G will be a regular stop in our future voyages through Hampton Roads.

akorsak, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of jthor018
5/5  rDev +6.2%

This place is amazing! I always carry a list of what I'm looking for when I go in here to avoid impulse buys. This NEVER works. They have way too many beers at decent prices. The owners are awesome. One of them spent half an hour just talking about awesome beers and helping me find stuff. My list had 3 items on it, I ended up with about 12 different beers just because he saw what I liked and recommended things that he thought I might like. He pulls no punches with saying his opinion on beers, had a smile on his face the entire time, and didn't make me feel like a jackass for mispronouncing names or wanting beers that are unavailable. He enjoys beer and his job which rules. Great selection of Trappists (I saw all but Westvleteren in there) and Belgians, best selection of domestic microbrews in town, decent selection of English stuff, and a ton of wines. I asked about getting beer I knew wasn't available and he told me where to get it but offered me an amazing alternative that he had in stock. Whenever I'm in VA Beach I will continue to pop in here and load up.

jthor018, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Britton
4.85/5  rDev +3%

Grape and Gourmet is a wonderful beer store next to the Central Library in Virginia Beach, the littlest big city in the world. The staff are extremely friendly and sociable, and I usually stay and talk with Kevin (the owner) for at least half an hour whenever I stop by.

The selection may not be the largest, but is amazingly diversified and focused on beers of the highest quality. If you are a beer geek then this is the place to come when you are in the Seven Cities. American standards such as Stone, Founders, Bell's, Left Hand, Great Divide and Green Flash are available. Nearly all of the Begian trappists are represented and other standouts include Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Ommegang, LaTrappe/Koeningshoeven, and, of course, St. Bernardus. Virginia Brewers are well represented with a nearly full line-up from the newly resanitized Williamsburg Alewerks and selected seasonal releases from The St. George Brewery in Hampton.

Perhaps the best most impressive thing about this store is that the selection tries to stay focused on the best and brightest of American craft beer at any given point in time. This alone makes the store a destination for area beer geeks and one of the more dependably interesting retailers in the area.

Britton, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
5/5  rDev +6.2%

I visit the Grape and Gourmet on every visit to Va Beach and am always extremely satisfied. Sadly, it took me nearly three year for a beerfly review.

The staff are always very friendly and accomodating and are really very knowledgable about the beers they have. They alwasy seem enthusiastic to be working there, and it show.

The selection is bar none, the best in Va Beach. They have pretty much everything. Loads of Belgians and other English imports. The domestic variety is quite impressive as well. They have locals like Legend, Williamsburg Aleworks, and other stuff not available in NC like Troegs, 21st Ammendment. I even found a couple bottles of 120minute IPA a couple years back. I am sure that if something isnt on the shelves and they can get, they will get it if requested.

The only thing I can think of that I would like to change is this: All of the beers are singles only, which means there is no real advantage to buying a six pack, which makes this place a bit pricey. They do offer a 10% discount on purchases of cases, but 24 beers is a lot to commit to. An awesome place in Va Beach!

SaCkErZ9, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Pinto21
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Very nice store. Has some brews that I haven't seen before and a bunch that I have. But since I've been out on the Eastern Shore for a while and DFH being 3 hrs north, this place was heaven. After just glancing over the selection and looking lost, I was asked if I needed any help. I told them only my bank account would need some help, which it did by the end of the trip. While I was picking out some things then, who I presume was the manager came over and talked about the beers with me for a bit. Then he let me know he had just got in some Hoppin' Frog that wasn't on the shelf yet and got some for me.
Solid place all around. A bit more pricey than the Wegman's up in PA, but not by much.

Pinto21, Jul 03, 2010
Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA
100 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.