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Grape & Gourmet

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Grape & GourmetGrape & Gourmet
BA SCORE
100
world-class

83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.42%
[ 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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Photo of HWood
2.88/5  rDev -39%

I had just returned from a trip overseas and stopped in to see if I could find the beer I recently had while abroad. I decided to make a quick trip in and ask. Instead of getting a simple "Sorry we don't carry that selection try somewhere else." I got the snobby attitude that my beer of choice wasn't worth being carried. For that I won't ever go back. Sadly it was the owner that I got the attitude from.

Photo of FurnitureBuilder
3.65/5  rDev -22.7%

Yes, the store has a decent selection, and some hard to find beer, but the prices are through the roof. I'm sure the service is as good as the previous reviewers mention, but not worth it at their prices. A 6 pack of Founder's Stout was $18.00! I quickly put it back on the shelf and rapidly exited before I was charged admission. Check out Total Wine for a bigger selection and much better prices (in some cases almost 1/2 the price!). I don't mind paying a more to support a small local store, but I do have some limits.

Photo of m111062
3.75/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Brewzer1010
4.24/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%

Grape & Gourmet

In a strip mall off of Virginia Beach Blvd. Down the road from Gordon Biersch.
Walked in and this store is mostly about wine. Aside from the wine there are wine glasses, racks, t-shirts, etc... So much Ctotchke crap, but on your right there are several shelves of beer including a fridge. Every bottle is individually labeled and the selection covers a wide range. One table has plenty of German and English and another table had newer beers. The workers were very friendly and helpful and the customers were chatty. This is the best Liquor store in VB that I know of!

My haul;
Firestone Porter $5.99
Firestone Double Barrel $1.99
Blue Mtn Full Nelson $1.99
Breckenridge 471 $2.29
Breckenridge Vanilla $1.69
Breckenridge Oatmeal $1.69
Breckenridge Amber $1.69
New Holland Full Circle $1.89
New Holland Red Tulip $1.89
New Holland Sundog $1.89
Tommykncker Brown $2.29
Tommyknocker Butthead $1.49
Tommyknocker Cocoa $1.59
Green Flash Hop Red $2.19
Blue Grass NutBrown $1.59
Blue Grass Jefferson $4.35
Legend Hefe $4.49

I think it came to $50.

Highly recommended if you're in VB or driving through!

Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%

Great place! We arrived just before 7:00, but the employee in charge of the beer tasting event kept it open for us anyway.

A great, if not horribly large, selection of beer to choose from. Excellent brews from around the world, many of which are not that common. The beer selection is strictly craft and import. Craft tends to be East Coast with some California and Colorado brews thrown in.

I picked up some BrewDog, Brooklyn Brewery, and more importantly, some Irish beers I've never had before, from the Porterhouse (Dublin).

A definite stop for the beer lover if you're in VA Beach. I just wish it was closer to the beach itself. Still, it was worth the fifteen minute drive.

Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%

Grape & Gourmet might be classified as your larger-than-average hole in the wall. It is in an inconspicuous location in a strip mall. I gave the service a 5 only because of Kevin (Owner/Manager). He shared his knowledge of his beers with me, and helped me make some final selections. He carries a lot of different brands: Ommegang, Allegash, Stone Breweries, Hitachino Nest just to name a few. He's got hundreds of beers on hand and the store setup is nice and easy to figure out just by walking it. His best sellers are right near the door, his unusuals are up on the wall shelf and on a aisle style shelf that is about half the height. I haven't had a lot of opportunity to go, but if you are in the area....you have to pay them a visit!

Photo of joebrewer
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%

Stopped in to see what's available in VA. Very good selection. I picked up Bell's Two Hearted, Expedition Stout, and Troeg's Mad Elf. The store prices 12oz bottles individually (no discount for 6 packs), which has positives and negatives. I'm used to paying up for beer, but I'm not used to paying $15 for a 6 pack of relatively local beers. The store also doesn't sell much that's cold, so it's a poor choice for something to drink immediately. Despite my complaints, this is a very good bottle shop and I anticipate returning when I'm in the area.

Photo of Pinto21
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Photo of Wasupmx
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Extremely nice inside, super organized. Great staff, great tasters.

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 BZero007
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

On the Way back from the Beer Festival in Norfolk we stopped at the Grape and Gourmet. First the biggest compliment would have to be the people there and the service. We stopped on Sunday afternoon and the two ladies running the shop were extremely friendly and helpful. The store was organized very nice and had some nice glass ware towards the front. Any question we had they helped allot. Selection in the store was a bit above normal. I did enjoy that some of the beers they carried the vintage of. They had the small 08 bottles of Stone's RIS there as well as some others. There wasn't much that the beer stores in NOVA didn't have except some of the vintages and larger bottles of beer. The price also was around a dollar or more above the avg that we are use to paying. Would recommend stopping here to any one as we will be again.

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 Hanzo
4.61/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.64/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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!

Photo of nyrangerfan
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

Was visiting VA Beach this weekend for vacation and checked beerfly for a good store to visit while I was here. Grape & Gourmet is AWESOME! I emailed them in advance to let them know I was coming so they expected me. For what was once a wine store only, Kevin has a amassed very impressive beer collection. He says he gets 5 new beers in every week and to date he has about 600 different brews. He knows his stuff and is up to date on all new releases and when he expects them in (or hard to find beers he's trying to get in). We was very helpful with a couple new beers I hadn't had before and they offer a discount if you buy a case of bombers. If you're in the area, i HIGHLY recommend stopping by to check out the great selection and talk with Kevin. You won't be disappointed and you'll walk out a happy customer.

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 BgThang
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

Everyone who recommended this place on the US south atlantic forums THANK YOU! I was not disappointed. Its etremely kewl to go in to a place and talk to someone (kevin) who knows the beer they sell. The place is a bit small as what I am used to but do not let this fool you! There is a very nice selection there.
My haul is as foillows:
Bell two hearted ale
bells expedition stout
bell's Kalamazoo stout
weyebacher blasphemy
weyebacher rasberry stout
southern tier cuvee one
stone old gaurdian 07 vintage
boulder obvoudin (some spelling like that)
boulder mojo
ballast point big sky
ballast point marlin porter
brooklyn BCS
boulder cold hops
smuttynose big beer maibock
smuttynose big beer wheat wine
smuttynose big beer smutonator
troegs mad elf 22oz bomber hell yeah

also had some stuff i could not afford like the barrel aged gonzo signature series 99.00 and the scaldis prestige 44.95
they also have old dubh 12, 16 and 30 as well as moylans stuff also.

Kevin you are a true beer advocate and Virgina beach is glad they have someone who knows their beer. This place is a must stop for anyone traveling through.

Photo of blackie
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

about a 30 minute drive from Hampton where I've been staying for work, located in a strip mall in a very long string of strip malls

quality: I get the impression that the stock rotates pretty well here, everything was clean, nothing much to say (there rarely is)

service: great service experience, everyone was extremely helpful and conversant, very friendly, and for the most part knowledgeable about their beers

selection: an exhaustive selection including both locals and beer from the far reaches of the globe, encompassing both the commonplace and the rarities you'd never expect to find, the store's website is well kept and mostly up-to-date so check there for the most current selection, most anything is available as a single...was surprised to find a nice selection of French Broad out-of-state, various Legend seasonal bombers, Stone Cali-Belgique had just sold out :(, Le Freak, Blue Mountain, Bogedal - which I'd never seen anywhere, all the Rocheforts, and on and on and on, not undeserving of a 5

prices were extremely fair

Photo of eljefe21
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

Hit this place up after visiting VA Beach for the weekend. Was able to plan out exactly what I wanted to get thanks to their great web site, which had a list of the beers they had in stock. I probably would not have stopped in had I not been able to plan my visit so well.

Kind of Zen-ed my way their after getting on VA Beach Blvd because I was unfamiliar with the area and the store is back from the road in a nondescript strip mall. Luckily my beer senses were good and I made all the right turns.

Inside, the store was neat and well organized. A lot of it is devoted to wine, but they have a wide variety of beers from around the world. Most are sold as singles, but there a select number of 6 & 4 packs. The beer was organized by county and the staff were very helpful in explaining how things were organized.

As far as my haul, I went for things I hadn't seen around me in Northern VA. I'm sure I could find up here some of what I got down there, but I can't emphasize enough how helpful it was to be able to use their web site for research before heading to the store.

I brought home singles from: De Dolle Brouwers (Oerbier & Bos Keun), Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, Brassier Dieu Du Ciel (Peche Mortel & Corne du diable), Brauerei Heller (Rauchbier Marzen & Rauchbier Urbock), a tall boy from Williamsburg Aleworks (Bourbon Barrel Porter), and just for kick a 4-pack of Founder Breakfast Stout (can never have enough of that).

The only thing they didn't have that they listed on their web site was a pumpkin ale from Williamsburg. I asked one of the employees at the store and they explained it had sold out earlier in the weekend. And speaking of the staff, they were extremely helpful. One of the guys on hand knew his stuff about the beer and steered me towards the Corne du diable which I simply loved.

As far as prices, they seemed alright for most of things, but I paid a pretty penny for a few things. Having never bought most of the stuff before, I'm not really sure if they were overpriced or not. The Founders was certainly about what I expect to pay ($10).

Overall, I was extremely glad I went out of my way to stop by. I wish more stores would keep a list of what they have on hand on their web sites. I'd certainly stop by more stores if they did.

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