Grape & Gourmet

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83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: n/a
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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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Photo of surfer4life
4.6/5  rDev -2.5%

I will not drone on as so many others have more than substatially stated how great this place is! I myself am a bit of a begginer when it comes to fine brew and a bit intimidated when it comes to knowledge of beer. Kevin, the shops owner made it such a pleasant experience. He directed me to the styles I knew I liked and suggested several more I had never tried (and absolutely loved). I don't know if it's possible to find a guy with better knowledge of beers in this area. This place is the diamond in the rough and I highly reccomend it to any beer enthusiast.

Photo of PhageLab
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

After several recommendations I finally decided to seek this place out during my quest for Stone RIS. The store was easy to find, well lit, neat, and extremely clean. No dusty bottles, and each one was individually priced. Kevin (the co-owner) certainly knows his beer, as well as his wine. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming, and friendly. As far as the selection goes, it could very well be the best in the area. A massive selection of Belgians, aged signature brews, locals, and rarities are all available. Just from memory they had a diverse selection of Stone, Bell's, Avery, St Bernardus, Rochefort, Breckinridge, He'Brew, Unibroue, and Lagunitas as well as some I'd never even heard of before. Prices were extremely reasonable and anything can be sold as a single. This is definite beer destination and I will never have an issue making a 45 minute drive to buy from this place, highly recommended!

Photo of clayrock81
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

Went here the past two days, including the place's 2nd birthday on Saturday the 23rd of Feb. This is a self-run business, and I can't remember the gentleman's name but he and I talked about beer for a solid 5 minutes, which is pretty good since he had other things to do and it more of a wine store first. But I will gladly help the little guy over shitty, non-customer friendly corporate chains - especially when he actually truly cares about the beer.
For such a small place tucked in the middle of a non-descript shopping plaza on the way to Towne Center (shout-out: If you want something to eat and are in the mood for a slice of pizza or two walk down the plaza to Reginella's), there are close to 400-500 beers, almost all available in single bottle form but there are a few six-packs.
Probably the best part, which is hard to say because the people that work there treat you great, everything is moderately priced (nothing crazy like $1 beers but you can afford to shop here regularly) is the fact that out of five beer "bookcases" (imagine five bookcases stacked next to each other but with beers instead of books), about two are American microbrews, one is a mix and the other two are solid Belgians. I'm not just talking about the ones that you can find at most places (St. Bernardus 12), but harder to find ones like Trappist 10, St. Bernardus Triple (the whole St. Bernardus line and some Celis), and then I found (for only $5 each mostly) the D'olle line, including the christmas beer and Mad Bitch. There were other harder-to-find to almost rarities, especially in this town, like the Kerst seasonal (which is in my closet now) and they had some extra Delirium Noel. Any beer lover in Va Beach/Norfolk.Chespeake has to come to this place at least once. If you do, try and make it on a Thursday from 4:30-7 during a beer tasting (it's free).

Photo of JayQue
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

Awesome resource for the Tidewater Virginia beer lover. Excellent selection, the first time I have ever seen Green Flash, Bear Republic or Bell's in the Tidewater area!!!! Kevin is super enthusiastic and knowledgeable. His regulars are real beer lovers and he goes out of his way to stock the beers they are asking for. He has beer tastings every Thursday and the web site is updated every week or so, whenever he gets new beers in. I have noticed a ripple effect at Total Wine in recent days, it seems their selection has recently got better as well (probably because Grape and Gourmet has raised the bar in this area).

If you can only make one stop in Tidewater / South Hampton Roads, Grape and Gourmet is the place.

Photo of vtfan77
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

This is a great little wine and beer store, and undoubtedly the best I've found in Virginia Beach. It's located on Virginia Beach Blvd. in a shopping center called Loehman's Plaza. Anyway, it's a great place with a good selection of micros and imports. There's a big wall of beer on your right as you walk in the door. There's also a smaller cooler on the right with a few chilled items (it's on your right before you reach the main beer section; kind of inconspicuous, it took me a while to even notice it). Most of the major craft breweries that are available in this region are represented, as well as a hefty selection of Belgians and other imports. There's not usually anything too exotic in the selection (although they did have an Ommegeddon, which I hadn't seen before), but it's still very nice and you'll have no problem finding something good. The service here is great. I'm always greeted when I enter and asked if I can be helped. I had a nice long conversation about beer with Kevin. He seems to know his stuff and isn't afraid to tell you what he thinks about a beer, even if it means potentially scaring you off (like Ommegeddon tasting like Hennepin mixed with dirty socks). He was sure to let me know what beers would be arriving in the near future. Apparently this place holds tastings on Thursday nights, which is unfortunate because I have class at that time. I'm sure they're worth attending, though. All in all, this is a great store that has earned my business. I suggest you give it a try if you're in the area.

Photo of Havinapretzel
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

I visited Grape & Gourmet for the first time today, and it was a very pleasant beer shopping experience. I came here intending to just check it out, and maybe get a few beers, but I ended up getting a lot more.
I was helped by Kevin, who I think is the owner (I didn't ask); he was very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. We talked about beer for a while in there, even after I was done shopping. I found the selection to be quite good. I only saw a few beers that I hadn't seen elsewhere in the area lately, but it's always nice to see them all in one place. One thing in particular was the 11.2oz St. Bernardus Abt 12 - I picked up a 4-pack (he also has all the other St. Bernardus beers in 11.2, and the Abt 12 in 750mL). I also got some Bell's, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, the last of his Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin (this is the only place I've seen that for at least a couple of weeks). He also had plenty of the Stone XI, and a lot of Belgians (Kevin said he'd have even more once it started getting colder.)
In addition to the beer, I got a Ruination shirt, mug, and pint glass, an Arrogant Bastard pint glass, and a Delirium tulip, none of which I've seen anywhere else in this area. Kevin told me he had an order in for more Stone glassware, including IRS and Double Bastard glasses.
I really liked this store and would come here often if I didn't live in Newport News; I'll probably come back every couple of months, though, because it will be worth the trip.

Photo of theformula
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%

So this is my new obvious favorite. Kevin was incredibly knowledgeable about his beer and had no problem allowing me to taste some new Lagunitas and Weyerbacher he just got in (beer tasting every Thursday) as well as chatting at length about the selection and how he hopes to expand it.

His enthusiasm is great when most grocers/beer/wine stores just try to push product and not necessarily quality product. He really tries to attain hard to find brews and the variety is pretty stunning. Many Belgians and microbrews that are constantly expanding, around 250 right now. I picked up some Girarden Gueuze 1882, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Bells Kalamazoo Stout among others.

Great selection and awesome service. Very highly recommended.

Photo of hellcatsjg
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great shop that is constantly expanding their selection. 250 brews and shooting for 300 soon. This is the place to go for your microbrew needs in the Virginia Beach area, with more to choose from than any of the other shops or grocers in town. Great service overall, and Kevin is the resident beer expert and will be able to answer any questions that may arise during your visit. Bottles are sold as singles, which is nice when it comes to trying singles. They hold tastings every Thursday evening. Easily recommended.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

After reading a few reviews of this place on this site, I had to swing by last time I was in Virginia Beach. Truth be told, I was a bit skeptical of the high marks this establishment received, and thought to myself, "What could I find here that I can't get in Richmond?" Well, turns out, quite a few things.

With a fine selection consisting of some of America's top breweries, as well as great imports, Grape & Gourmet has its ear to the street when it comes to providing the good stuff. Also, a few vintage selections definitely make it a worthwhile stop. I ended up purchasing some Gueze Girardin and some aged Aventinus, as well as some limited release items from Williamsburg Ale Werks. Their specialization makes them a unique store, which I love because when you find a few regional stores that have certain items, it makes stocking up that much more fun.

Also, the service was phenomenal, as Kevin was a really personable guy that knew his stuff, and was just as excited about beer as I was. It really reminded me of why I enjoy great beer, and why I appreciate those who make the effort to get crafts and imports to the consumer at a reasonable price. To me, that's real beer advocacy. Check this place out if you happen to be in VB. You won't be let down.

Photo of CWiggins
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Based on reviews I read at Beer Advocate while researching the Virginia Beach for a recent visit, this shop seemed like a "must see" location for beer lovers. Upon entering I walked directly to the two-door beer cooler (on the right) to see what was available. I wish you could have seem my smile as I surveyed the selection; nearly everything there was new to me. Sadly realizing that I had no practical way to transport cold beer back to North Carolina, I moved on to the "beer wall," which takes up at least two four-foot sections of shelves. My even bigger smile must have betrayed my thoughts, as Kevin walked over and asked if I saw anything new here. He was nice, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Due to distribution and alcohol level issues (NC limit is 15%; no limit in VA), some beers simply aren't available in my state. They have Green Flash, high-alcohol Dogfish Head (Fort, Raison D'extra), the Stone line, some rarer Victory products, Avery's Mephistopheles Stout, and Smuttynose. Among items I'm familiar with, they have Rogue, Ommegang, North Coast, Unibroue, and Weyerbacher. There is also a large contingent of Belgian beers and a few Virginia products. Everything is available by the single bottle.

I left this store with approximately $60 in products I've never seen in my state; you can expect to see my reviews pop up in the next several weeks! This was a most pleasant and exciting shopping experience; if I lived near this store I'd be in there constantly!

Photo of Misha
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Visited here on a deployment to the area in June '07. I must say I was very favorably impressed by their beer selection, especially in the Belgian/Flemish ale area. Kevin was extremely personable both times I visited, sharing his impressions and thoughts of various beers, as well as helping direct the people I brought with me towards beers that would be to their tastes. I believe his assessments were accurate--the ones I helped with, I agreed completely with his suggestions. The man knows his brews!

I can't recommend the Grape and Gourmet more highly. Thanks, Kevin!

Photo of fn1657
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

IMHO the best beer store in VB. Kevin is friendly and knowledgable. The store stocks brew you cannot find elsewere in VB & his regular stock grows weekly. Will try to get you any brew you request. As Kevin put it " We are a beer store disguised as a wine shop". On a side note, they are first, a wine shop. Deborah is also helpful and extremely knowledgable about the vine. So when you are at the store checking out the brew, you can pick up a great bottle of vino for the misses. Also they have tastings on Thursday.

Photo of Beervis
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%

I noticed this place on here, and while I was in VA Beach for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd stop in and see what it was all about. The store is a very nice little shop that has lots of wine (wasn't there for the wine so I didn't really check it out too much!) and lots of nice gifts to keep the wife busy while I checked out the beer selection.

I was worried at first when I saw only a cooler with a few different beers in it, but then my wife noticed that on the other side of a little wall, was some shelving with beer on it. My first reaction was, oh, there's not that much. Once you look though, you'll notice that it seems to be a well thought out selection of usually not so easy to find craft beer. I live in Northern VA, so I have a huge selection at my fingertips, but VA Beach doesn't usually have such a great selection, so this place is a gem for the area in my opinion. I almost crapped my pants when I saw plenty of Double Bastard, and Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I also found this years WWS. Other selections included Smuttynose, Rogue, Three Floyds, Allagash, Green Flash, Left Hand to name a few. There is a nice Belgian selection too, the guy was unloading some Rochefort 10 while I was there. They keep a list on their website of their current selections, and it was pretty up to date from what I could tell.

Apparently the store is owned by a couple, and the man is the beer guy. The woman told me that he's all into this beer thing, and is really embracing it. It's very apparent from the selection, that he cares about what he is doing. If he keeps up like this, I think he may be successful. VA Beach BAs, check this place out if you haven't, I think you'll be happy that you did. Although the selection is on the small side, it's most definitely high quality.

Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA
100 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.