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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 13.71%
Taps: 17
Bottles: 285
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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

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(Place added by: Proteus93 on 04-29-2008)
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3.89/5  rDev -8%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, May 28, 2014
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williahd, May 24, 2014
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atrocity, May 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

yourefragile, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

xseanprimex, Apr 19, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev -30.3%

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?

raveskdr, Apr 16, 2014
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Zkscharf, Dec 03, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

nriech, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

sholland119, Jul 30, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

McBraniel, May 31, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

bburghart, Jan 27, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +4%

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!

TomCat11, Nov 04, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Lantern, Jan 23, 2012
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Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.