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55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 17
Bottles: 285
Cask: Y
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156 Carlton Rd
Ste 203
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902-5496
United States
phone: (434) 984-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerrunva

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 32
Photo of MrGrumpfish
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Photo of Hrodebert
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of raveskdr
2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
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?

Photo of nriech
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great place to get good local and national beers on tap and to go in bottle or growler. Ive eaten here numerous time also and the its pretty good. Plenty of vegetarian options also.

The staff here, especially the owners and those behind the bar have a good knowledge of whats going on. Its no problem to get a few samples to figure out what to get a full pour of first. 20 taps. They also typically keep at least one cider on too since theres a local cidery.

Excellent bottle selection. If you go into Richmond, the stores there get raped the second something comes out. Here you stand a decent chance of getting one offs or high demand seasonals.

Go Jay!

Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Best place we have found yet in C'ville. Stopped in on a Friday night and were thrilled to get a table right away. This place is a combination coffee shop, gourmet food and beer market and restaurant. For all that the dining area is rather roomy inside with plenty of outdoor seating as well. We got a nice table just inside the door.

Beer list is quite extensive with about 20 taps and a long bottle list. I went for a refreshing Union Jack and then a SN Black IPA. Vickie had an Allagash Yakuza, which is one of her favorites.

Food was a highlight as well. We had a great turkey sandwich, shrimp "burger" and mussels (menu changes each month I think). Service was friendly and prompt. Can't wait to go back.

HV

Photo of McBraniel
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Favorite bar in Charlottesville. Everything's great here. The food is good and relatively inexpensive. The service is timely and friendly. The beer selection is quite good, and is always on rotation. If you can't find something on tap, then you'll almost certainly be able to find it in the extensive bottle selection throughout the store.

Photo of bburghart
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.5

Definitely the best place to find rare beers in Central VA. They always bring in exotic kegs from around the world and change their taps weekly. Atmosphere is best in the summer, otherwise very cramped and service can sometimes get backed up. Not a fan of their food at all - just stick with the nachos and beer and it'll count as a meal. Wouldn't mind seeing them move to a different, more open location. Feels like you're in a gas station.

Photo of TomCat11
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

By far, the best place for the widest selection of beer in Charlottesville. if you sit at the bar, you will find just about everyone is very knowledgeable about beer. They selection is so wide and they change beers (drafts) weekly so if you're not sure of some of their beers just tell them what kind of beer you like and they will get something you will enjoy about 95% of the time. Like many places, they offer a "taster" for you to try before ordering.

Free Beer Tastings on Wednesday starting at 6. a great opportunity to try new beers you probably are not familiar with. Tastings are just about always different and it is really great that oftentimes, someone from the feature brewery is on site giving the tasting and telling a great story with each beer.

The place is unassuming if you don't know where to go but if you are in Charlottesville, definitely ask how to get to Beer Run. you will not regret the stop!

Photo of Lantern
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on my way to a concert at John Paul Jones Arena. I wasn't sure what to expect, my only knowledge of the place coming from their web site the day before. 

Driving up from the back, you'll swear you took a wrong turn. Trust me. Then you see it, and you're like, 'Really?'  I imagine you'd feel better about it if you came in from the main road.

Approaching the entrance, you see tables to the right of the door for outside seating. Once inside, it simply looks like a beer store with a few (and I mean few) tables and a small bar.  The atmosphere is nice and cozy, however. 

Craft beer lovers (like myself) will be in heaven when they see the amazing number of beers available at Beer Run. I could see myself spending a lot of time checking out all they have to offer. Unfortunately, that wasn't an option this time around. 

I was promptly seated, menu in hand, but there was no beer list. As it turned out, the coolers were the beer list. Huge, huge selection!!

Food: The nachos were amazing!!!  There was a giant heap of them on my plate, smothered in cheese and toppings. I highly recommend them!  My friend had a buffalo burger, and said it was good as well. 

After the nachos, the Mad Elf, the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and Trappiste Rochefort 10, I was good to go! Well, all except what I needed to take home with me...  

Beer Run is small, but the beer selection huge. If I'm ever in Charlottesville again, I WILL be stopping in.

Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First time I've stopped here in many trips to Charlottesville. Won't miss this place on my next trip.

For the area, a great selection. Evolution and some rare Victory were good finds today. Also, some nice DuClaw pickups. Putting a nice room in the back for import beer with custom built wood shelves.

Not much cold stock, but enough to keep you in immediate beer. By C-ville standards, the selection is large and the quality was very good. Open very early to accommodate those pre-game beer runs!

Talked to the beer guy (Roger?) and he was quite knowledgeable about his product and fun to talk to.

I'll hit here again on my next trip through.

Photo of Pharkle
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is my favorite place for beer in Charlottesville. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and will always let me try samples of what is on tap (many handles, usually at least couple of locals, even a beer engine cask) until I find something I want in a full pint. The food is good, and not expensive compared to other places in the area.

Carry out selection is exceptional, and I always find something new to try. The beers are arranged by state/region/country rather than style, which is helpful in finding beer one may have tried somewhere while traveling.

Don't pass this place up if you are in the Charlottesville area.

Photo of nandemo1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in yesterday as part of a brewery hopping tour.

Selection was outstanding, had all of the local breweries available (those that package) as well as a huge number of others sorted by region. Had items that we don't get or have not yet seen in Richmond.

Staff seemed knowledgeable about product. We sampled some of the stuff on tap and the beertender spent a good amount of time telling us about it. They had maybe seven or eight taps.

Seating inside was sparse but outdoor patio seemed nice. Will try food next time.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is one of my favorite places to visit in VA outside of where I live. Pulling up to the front, it doesn't appear to be too much, but then you walk in. There you have a nice 7-8 person bar with 9-10 taps and a beer always on cask. Yesterday I had a Gulpener Mestreechs Aajt and an Epic Sour Apple Saison on tape. With 10 oz, 16oz and 20 oz options, you choose how much or how little you want.

There is also ample seating inside and outside on the patio as well. The food is top notch. They make their own lager bread which is quite tasty. I've had the Hogwaller each time that I've gone because it's so good.

The best part is the beer selection; one of the better selections in VA from what I've seen and the prices are quite reasonable. FW Parabola was $15.99 for instance. Quality selection of belgians and domestics alike. Very clean ... the people running this joint obviously take pride in their product. I mean a guy was dusting the beer bottles as we were perusing the selection.

I'll come here everytime I visit Charlottesville!

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is ok. A bit gray and unattractive. They working on it.

Quality is good. Everything is solid and consistent.

Service is great. Knowledgeable and friendly. There are times when it's slower that you might sit for a little while and not get checked on, but when it's busy, you'll be checked up on often.

Beer selection is superb. Both the take home and draft selections. Lots of stuff to try and they are great about ordering stuff if it's available. They even have a firkin for their casks!

Food is unique, good, and consistent.

Value is equal with quality.

Photo of Wilson27
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I wish my town had a place like a Beer Run. Great food, great selection of brews, great service. It was pretty crowded when we got there, and we eneded up sitting outside - no problem - except for the sun was beaming down right onto us. It was harsh. As soon as another table opened the staff quickly cleaned it and got us under an umbrella.

Lager bread and quality meats = amazing sandwiches. Their homemade potatoe and pasta salads were great too, something different than the standard chips with a sandwich.

Great selection of regional micro brews and internationals. Overall, two thumbs up. Next time I'm in the area I will stop in again.

Photo of ABVfreak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Researched this place upon a recent trip to Charlottesville and it did not disappoint! One of the best beer selections I have seen in quite a while. They had local Meads to Scaldis to Croton! They also serve food which is less than memorable and some decent beers on tap (FYI, if you buy and drink a bottled beer onsite, there is a "capping fee" so I recommend to buy your beer and RUN) but there is no reason to go here other than to browse and buy their amazing selection of craft beers!! Next time you are in the Charlottesville area, make sure you carve out some time to go to Beer Run (in spite of the the ridiculous name) and pick up some rarities and some classics.

Photo of veech
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Made a visit with the wife and daughter on a recent trip to Charlottesville and really enjoyed the concept. The draft selection was quite nice and featured local and regional breweries which is what I always to try to patronize when traveling so that was a plus. The retail selection was impressive as well and I made a nice haul back home with some nice stuff. we were there on a Thurs night and it was pretty packed. an expected cross section of college kids from UVA and middle aged locals made up the clientele as expected. Didn't try any food so nothing to weigh in on there. Would seek it out again if I'm back that way.

Photo of 1111k
2.68/5  rDev -37.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

I was very excited to try Beer Run and left very disappointed. The beer is fresh and interesting selections are tapped. The pours are all the way to the rim of the glass so expect a wet glass delivered to you. I was not impressed with the food or service. You are only allowed to pick from lunch items during lunch so if you had your mouth watering for wings, you are out of luck. The food ingrediants sound healthy and good for you on paper. However, the food (sandwich)I received was extremely portion controlled and downright skimpy. Two slices of ham and two slices of cheese with house mustard that supposedly had horseradish in it. I couldn't taste and horseradish. I may return for the beer but not for the food.

Photo of afausser
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beer Run is great! It's a coffee shop in the morning, restaurant all day (with great brunch!) as well as a bar and bottle shop. And it does well on all these counts. A lot of the university students don't make it this far out, and while it can get crowded, it's rarely frustratingly so. And even if there's a slight wait on a table in the winter (plenty of outdoor space in the warm weather) you can use that time to look at the bottles.

The atmosphere is really great--sometimes on weeknights they have live music there.

One of the great things about Beer Run is the tastings they have--they do both free wine and beer tastings, which is a great way to get introduced to good craft beer--take a friend along on a Wednesday night and get them into it! This happens in the area with the bottles, which are largely unrefrigerated but there's an area with some singles that are kept in a cooler.

One thing I will warn you about here is that there is a corking fee on bottles--so it can add quite a bit to your bill if you buy a bottle to drink there instead of getting something on tap. This should be a rare occurrence, though, as there is usually something quite interesting available on tap (especially now that they have a new firkin every week!). Beer in the bottle shop is competitive with local prices but usually slightly more expensive. On tap, though, it is quite inexpensive in general, especially when it's local brews. They get some stuff on tap from Starr Hill that's not bottled, which is nice to try, and usually have something from Blue Mountain as well.

The food at Beer Run is also excellent--everything is delicious and reasonably priced. Plenty of veggie options as well. The staff is very helpful but I've found that service can take quite a while sometimes. Very friendly though and know their stuff about beer.

Photo of garbercury
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very cool beer bar just on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Thanks to the BA's who were nice enough to recommend the place it was a great choice.

A-Nice bar surrounded on one side by tables, busy but expected on a Friday night, was able to grab a seat at the bar with little trouble, always a plus. To the left of the bar was a wine tasting area where a beautiful young lady was serving wine. Fairly large area of unrefridgerated beers which was cool.

Q-Beer was fresh and tasty.

S-Staff was really friendly and helpful, even a girl who worked there who was off went out of her way to help and let us know what was available.

S-Very solid. Draft choices included Kasteel Brune on tap along with Aventinus, Bells Double Cream Stout on Cask, and Allagash White. All told they had about 15 taps. Bottle selection was very solid. Several hard to get brews which was nice to see.

F-Told the food is excellent, stuck to liquids.

Photo of kurrjur
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The atmosphere isn't completely bland, but it's not amazing either. Outside seating and the copper bar are a plus. Everything on tap has always been fresh as well as all the beer for sale. The service is usually pretty good. There has only been one time when there was a mistake with my order and had poor service, however they were very busy at the time. The owner has a great knowledge and is very friendly. There are always several good beers on tap, but the selection of beer for sale is one of the best I can find. Everything is well organized and easy to sort through as well. There are regular tastings as well, which is also a great thing. I have only ordered food off of the menu twice, but both times it was amazing. The prices aren't outrageous, but some things are a bit high. Although some things are a little pricey, the selection of things you can't find elsewhere more than make up for this. Everyone should visit this location to find things they can't find elsewhere.

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

followed the GPS to this beer store-bar hybrid stuck back in a small neighborhood strip mall in Charlottesville, the right side of the store is devoted to an extensive bottled selection, with the left side housing a bar and tables, there's plenty of seating outside as well, very much a store without many of the atmospheric niceties of a dedicated bar, a ragtag bluegrass outfit was pickin' on the outside patio on this relatively cool Sunday evening, upon arrival around 10 pm, we were informed that there was only time for us to get one pint in...selections made, we took our seats outside

there were something like 10 taps at the time of my visit, most of interest being Stone 13th, Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz, and Green Flash West Coast IPA...I went with the Brooklyn, and it was served in a standard pint glass, the bottled selections are extensive and as a store, it's well worth a small detour...of note was Blue Mountain Dark Hollow with a range of Stone, Southern Tier, and other locally and nationally distributed breweries represented

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Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA
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