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Grape & Gourmet

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Grape & GourmetGrape & Gourmet

67 Reviews
Reviews: 67
Visits: 88
Avg: 4.71
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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Reviews: 67 | Visits: 88
Photo of Dodo2step
5/5  rDev +6.2%

My buddy was stationed and Va Beach and raved about this place. He actually brought me some beer up when he came to visit. My fiance and i went to Va Beach for a DMB show and this was placed into our trip as ihad to see this place.

Walked in and was truly amazed with the selection of microbrews that they had. They also had a fine selection of wines that my fiance perused.

A great guy named Kevin (who works there) found me perusing and we striked up a good convo about some beers i should buy.

Service was awesome and Kevin seemed to know everything about each beer that was there. I love this place. Please think about opening one up in Harrisburg. I will gladly manage

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Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Quality: The beers available are the best that the state of Virginia will allow within it's borders.

Service: Kevin offers a hand to those who are clueless as I was about a year ago at this time. If I have a question, he answers and if he doesn't know it he'll find out.

Selection: Best selection that I've seen in Hampton Roads. A section devoted strictly to UK beers, another for Belgian Style and then three for domestic brews. No macro's here, just craft deliciousness.

Value: About $0.50 more per bottle than the other guys here in town.

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Photo of oldsailor
5/5  rDev +6.2%

They have an awesome selection, they tell you what they have on the shelves and they're willing to hold a bottle or two so you can make it down there on your own time and not just get lucky. Love 'em!

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Photo of Misha
5/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

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Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

G&G gets my vote for the best bottle shop in Hampton roads. Kevin and Gabe are knowledgeable beer connoisseurs and the selection as well as pricing is the best around. Now equipped with taps and a growler fill station, Grape and Gourmet is my favorite destination when I'm looking to stock my beer shelf!
Keep up the good work guys!

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Photo of hellcatsjg
5/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of MistaRyte
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Easily the best bottle shop in the Hampton Roads area. If it were a little closer to me, I'd be in there every week. Owners Kevin and Deb are very friendly and know their stuff. They are very responsive on social media with new arrivals and requests for holds.

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Photo of aburke21
5/5  rDev +6.2%

My favorite place to buy beer. Great selection. Kevin is very knowledgeable and will give an honest opinion.

Case discounts and Thursday night tastings (which will include rare and expensive beers such as 2 Turtle Doves) are outstanding.

Kevin fights for better distribution and is very loyal to dedicated customers. They also have a great wine selection.

The only thing that would make this a better beer store is a growler station like the one at Charleston Beer Exchange. Otherwise great product, honest service, and good prices.

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Photo of teromous
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +6.2%

First things first, the name...why can't we throw in something like Grape, Grain, and Gourmet. Fine Wine and Ales, or Fruit and Funk of Belgian Style Brews. I understand this is a wine store, but the beer selection not only rivaled the wine selection but pretty much stole the show. Check out the website, Kevin the store owner and operator has done a great job of selecting the best of the best. There's a Total Wine and More down a couple exits from Grape and Gourmet. Don't make the same mistake and go to both, and the Farm Fresh that's listed in the database as an A minus doesn't even stock a selection like they used to so somebody better keep some tabs on these stores living in the Virginia Beach area. Wide selection of brews while I was visiting a rep from B United and a family member of the Schneider (Aventinus) Braurei was in house before heading off to a local beer bar for a beer dinner. I left the store with Smuttynose Imperial Porter (the best since Perkuno's), both versions of Hopfen Weisse, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop, and many more fine brews. Kevin and staff were great for both beer knowledge and conversation, enjoyed my short trip to the store and I can't recommend it enough. World class beer selection that I'm glad I made the gamble to visit.

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Photo of kwakwhore
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Stopped in yesterday while visiting Virginia Beach. Located in a strip mall, this place is a little hard to find if you aren't careful. I got directions from the proprietress or I would not have found it. I was greeted by her(can't remember her name) and Kevin, the proprietor. While they have a large amount of wine, the beer section has only been in place for two years, and according to Kevin, the beer specialist of the pair, it should continue to grow. One can only hope. Logically organized with a large selection of American micros, Belgians, European imports. I found lots of Stone, Vertical Epic, XII, Ruination, Southern Tier Unearthly, DFH 120 minute. It was a miracle to leave there spending less than one hundred dollars, but they gave a nice quantity discount as well. Great place, great selection, great folks. Check it out whenever you're in the area.

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Photo of CWiggins
5/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

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Photo of mgbickel
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of vfgccp
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Yes it is a bit pricey but there are good reasons. You're paying for quality, pure and simple. The owner knows his stuff and goes out of his way to get the best and keep the selection as diverse and well-stocked as possible. He's also a fan of the IPA's as we are but he's quite knowledgable about all things beer.

Grape and Gourmet offers regular tastings and monthly store-wide discounts at their cheap and cheery events, which offer free snacks and additional tastings. They also maintain a twitter account that updates the newest releases and upcoming events.

In the Hampton Roads area, there is no comparison to Grape and Gourmet's quality and selection diversity. For everyday purchases, go to Wine Plus but for something special, give Grape and Gourmet a try.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
5/5  rDev +6.2%

This is the best place in the tidewater region to pick up your hauls. The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable about the beers they carry. They have a great selection of almost anything you want i just picked up a brew dog paradox (5) which is hard to find anywhere i think.

They know just what they carry and where it is could help me find all i was looking for. The prices are ok brew dog was a bit expensive but that is to be expected.

i highly recommend this place to anyone in the area or anyone visiting.

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Photo of csbinva
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

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Photo of DanforthPewter
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.93/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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!

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Photo of Ysgard
4.87/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA
100 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.