Once Upon a Vine South
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Unless you head to the big chain store down on Robious, this is the best beer selection I've found south of the river. You've probably got a better shot at locally produced brews here than there. Ben and Tomy Harris are good fellows, helpful and friendly, and if they're more knowledgeable about wine than beer, well, it is called Once Upon a Vine. I appreciate that they're serious about beer, too. I also appreciate that they have beer tastings most Friday nights.
04-05-2013 00:16:12 | More by blbarnett3
4/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice shop situated right off of Chippenham on Forest Hill (near enough to Forest Hill). Relatively easy to get to.
Seemed like more space here than the other OUAV, but probably the same beer to wine ratio. Easy listening tunes softly playing as I looked through the amply spaced aisles for some beer ideas.
Quality was on par with most every other shop in town. Good number of within dates IPA's, but just a scant few blatantly out of date selections. Who knows with the Ballast Point stuff....
Kind lady asked me once if I needed assistance, to which I replied "Not just yet, but I'll let you know if I do." which sufficed quite well. She was ready to check my purchases as soon as I moved to the front. Otherwise, pretty quiet.
The selection seemed to mirror the other shop (who'd a thought...) but I think their were more canned selections here. I'll have to double check on that though. Good selection regardless.
A touch more pricey than a few other shops in town, but not enough to make me avoid the place. I'd seek this shop out again.
05-25-2011 18:44:54 | More by gopens44
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
located in the outer regions of Richmond, OUaVS is located in a little brick strip mall looking like any other, a banner over the storefront proclaiming the presence of great beer in this bland setting
straight through the door and to the left side of the store - a full wall of cooler space dedicated to various American micros, complimented by a full side of the adjacent aisle shelf in warm storage, the other side of said shelf holds the imports and glassware, mostly high end stuff with Germany and Belgium of course well represented, some expensive BFM bottles were tempting but I'm after the domestics
Legend bombers and six-packs; Williamsburg AleWerks stuff including the barleywine, bourbon barrel porter, and now hard to find Rapadou porter; most of the Heavy Seas stuff to include a range of the high gravity bombers; beyond these locals are loads and loads of excellent domestic micros, including stuff I haven't seen anywhere else, too many to go into, but rest assured that everybody will find something of interest here; lots of places have singles selections, but the one here is quite large and full of stuff you'd actually want to buy
didn't really experience much service while in-store, but there was only one man running the show and a steady in-and-out of one customer at a time requiring money collection, friendly guy but couldn't really offer much info about the bomber I was purchasing, either
quality seemed fine, bottles were in good condition and everything was clean, everything I picked up to purchase was in-date, lots of artificial lighting but probably not much of an issue (gotta see something to buy it, no?)
really nice selection here - I thought better than the original OUaV location, which didn't really have much by the way of singles, but I've only been to each once so take that with a grain of salt
07-23-2010 01:10:13 | More by blackie
4.3/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm pretty much a beer "newbie" and a friend of mine had suggested we visit Once Upon a Vine South last week. I had gone to another local establishment previously but the way he talked about Once Upon a Vine South, I had to see for myself.
I was blown away at the quality and quantity of their beer selections both international and American. They offer a great selection for those of us just starting out to the experienced who have advanced tastes.
A huge cooler selection too as well as a number of various globe glasses. They also have an excellent wine selection along with assorted cheeses and side dishes.
This one is definitely worth a visit by aficionados and newbies alike!
07-20-2010 01:20:48 | More by VABeerDude
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place as I was told by one of the manager was originally opened as mainly a wine store with beer on the side. When you first walk in it seems to be more of a beer store with wine on the side. The staff know their beer, the manager I talked with knew more about wine than beer but said he had been to SN beer school. Prices are consistent with other stores in the area. Selection is amazing, large number of american bombers and everyday 10% off mix-a-six packs. they also have good selection of English ales as well as Belgians. they also have a section of corked and caged beers. They also stock a wide variety of brewery glassware.
11-29-2009 01:13:33 | More by rootbeerman
Once Upon a Vine South in Richmond, VA
94 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.