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Beer Run

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31 Reviews
Reviews: 31
Visits: 55
Avg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 17
Bottles: 285
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

156 Carlton Rd
Ste 203
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902-5496
United States
phone: (434) 984-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerrunva

Place added by: Proteus93 on 04-29-2008

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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 55
Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The soon-to-be-legendary Beer Run. This one's tucked away in an industrial park and was an adventure to find. But really, once I found this place I was impressed. Probably one of the better beer selections in the area...and not a lot of crap, either. Small but decent selection of Belgian and German items, quite a few Virginia brews and then a fair amount of the usual suspects such as Southern Tier, Bell's, DFH and the like. There is even a counter with about 5-10 seats and some tables to sample some wares. Lots of cooler space, too.

Service I really didn't find to be an issue the first time I stopped in here - in fact I'm really not sure I was approached for help at all, but that's quite alright. Nothing to complain about. (Edit) Then I came back yesterday and purchased a case of Oberon and around 6-8 single bottles. Although I insisted that I was going to make 2 trips for each of the boxes one of the owners brought one of them out to my car nonetheless. I thought I was at Ukrop's or something. On top of that, I have a couple new coozies and an enviro-friendly Beer Run bag, complete with bottle separators. Nice!

As mentioned there's quite a selection for this area. Prices are right in line with similar local outlets.

For the moderately-sized space they have they certainly use it well. This is a good place to check out and probably my future go-to on trips to the 434.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DavidHume
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dmode4sm
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Aforesterj
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of MrGrumpfish
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best places in town if not the best. Great selection, price and service. Jay has been very helpful.

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Photo of Nishriver
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Nice selection. Domestic and local beers, but a large section dedicated to imports. Nothing will blow you away, but more than most stores.

Bar is great. Had lunch. Good sandwiches with probably a dozen taps. They seem to keep a good mix of styles.

Bar pricing was good. Store pricing was average or a touch high, but not bad compared to home.

Would be happy to have this place in my neighborhood.

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Photo of Hrodebert
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Likely the coolest beer bar/ bottle shop I have seen.
Very good food, great selection of taps, and awesome bottle selection.
I wish we had this in Michigan.

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Photo of jaymo18
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

This is a great place for both food and beer. A fairly extensive menu and everything we sampled was very tasty, etc. The beers on tap offered a great selection, and the bottle shop had many things I never expected to find. On one visit a few years back I found they had two bottles of Hanssens Experimental Cassis in stock. This is a beer many people don't/didn't care for but that I thoroughly enjoyed. So immediately snapped up one of the bottles despite the price, which I later found to be fairly reasonable for that beer.

Defintely recommend this place for the food, beer, and the bottles.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The wife and I had only one morning/afternoon in Charlottesville before driving across Virginia and West Virginia to Athens, Ohio. Beer Run was our beer place of choice, after walking around downtown C-ville and before touring Monticello.

Beer Run was mighty busy on a beautiful, sunny Sunday at brunch/lunch time. All the outdoor tables were occupied but we found a spot at the bar. The bartenders were busy and hangover but still managed to provide good service.

17 taps, with a bunch from Founders because of a tap-takeover that had happened the night before: Backwoods, Smoked Porter, Boyl'r, All Day, Centennial... and Devil's Backbone, Yards, Allagash, Natty Boh, Lagunitas Sumpin', Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel...

The food is simple but mostly organic and local. I had an egg-scramble that didn't disappoint. Bloody Mary's are delicious too!

The store attached to the bar/restaurant ain't bad either but you won't find anything rare there. They have all the major names in American craft beer, and they are a bit pricey... 25 dollars for DuClaw Retribution, 16 dollars for Xantus... damn, I've scored cheaper in NYC!

Still, this is a great place. Beer, food, gourmet coffee... a bit of everything. I would definitely visit again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of raveskdr
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2

I was able to finally make it to Beer Run this past weekend.

A - It's fine? It feels like any bar USA. Reminds me of just about any Lost Dog Cafe in NoVA. The bar has a bit more of a retro feel, but the night was gorgeous so I was able to sit outside.

Q - Dat beer list. I'll get more into it in the selection. Some of the bottles on the inside were definitely collecting dust and had passed their code date awhile ago. But overall an OK selection. A bottle or two made me say "not bad" but a pretty run of the mill selection.

S - Our guy was attentive and knew a good amount about the beer on tap.

S - Alright. So, I don't get it. Top 100 beer bar in the country. Bottle selection is a cross section of a Total Wine. Draft list is, as my good friend MordorMongo put it, "I come across better tap lists at Mexican restaurants." The best beer was Enjoy by 4-20. The second best was...the new Terrapin/Starr Hill collab? I mean...I just got Troegs Sunshine Pils since I haven't had it this year and have an irrational like of that beer. It takes a simple preorder form 12% or B.United to make this list look crazy better. Maybe I just happened to hit the bar at the most inopportune time and came across an incredibly pedestrian list.

It's not often I end up this disappointed with a bar. It's not a bad place. It's a completely and utterly average beer bar. Just think about this: Beer Run made top 100 this year but Mekong didn't. lelwut?

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Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA
94 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.