Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.86/5 rDev +6.8%
This is my go-to spot in the Raleigh area. While it primarily functions as a wine shop, they have 16 quality beers on draft at all times and this usually represents the best tap list that you'll find anywhere in town at any given point in time. The owners and other employees are extremely knowledgeable and will go out of their way to ensure that your experience is top-notch and that the shop's high standards are maintained. The clientele is great as well, consisting largely of familiar faces and folks who really know their stuff when it comes to beer. However, newcomers and beer novices are always made to feel welcome as well.
The selection is significantly smaller than what you'll find at some other shops around town, but everything on the shelf is quality and turns-over rapidly, which means it's generally as fresh as possible. The prices are also extremely fair, both for drafts and packaged beer. 6-packs or bombers I purchase here are generally at least a buck cheaper than they would be elsewhere. Two of my favorite things about the place are: 1) they fill growlers and 2) they also offer small 4.5 oz. pours of all their drafts.
My only qualm is that they don't stay open a bit later (close at 7:00 most nights). But that's part of what makes the place so attractive - it's not a sports bar, it's a classy shop.
07-21-2014 12:16:20 | More by CavemanRamblin
4.59/5 rDev +0.9%
Atmosphere: Ridgewood is in a strip mall anchored by a Whole Foods off of Wade Ave in Raleigh. That's the worst thing I can say about it. Inside the majority of the floor space is devoted to wines. About of third of the space is devoted to beer. Display shelves line the walls and they have two refrigerator cases for a few sixtels and some stop and go varieties. There are several varnished wooden tables (4-tops) where people can sit on backless chairs and drink socially as well as a few couches/lounge areas and a few tables outside, if you want to enjoy the strip mall parking lot ambiance. It is a fairly busy parking lot on most days but this is suburban Raleigh so what are you going to do? The crowd consists mainly of regular beer advocates. This place attracts people who love great beer at great prices, which despite it being way out of the way for me to frequent, I make excuses to visit them.
Quality: They clean the lines after each beer, will assist you in cleaning your growler if it's not god-awful nasty and you can use growlers from other places here as well. Cap on foam.
Service: Ryan, Patrick and their staff are always busy, but always happy to discuss beer. I'm an opinionated sort of person and they do a good job of catering to my sometimes narrow objectives and opening new avenues for me to explore. The staff knows the beer and knows beer in general. They want to sell you beer and if you give them the chance they will sell you a lot of it.
Selection: Every time I walk into Ridgewood and look at the taplist I feel like proclaiming, "bring me the finest meats and cheeses" because the selection is the gold standard by which I judge all other establishments. They only have 16 taps, but there's always a sour, always a BBA, always a regional exemplar (Wicked Weed/No-Da et al) and always something I ain't never had before that routinely surpasses my expectations. They do not have the largest selection of beers, but they specialize in high quality seasonals / one - offs / allocated beer. When I tell folks about Ridgewood, I usually say, they don't have the most beers, but there is very little chaff - that is, they don't carry the least common denominator. They want their customers to be excited about their offerings.
Value: Ridgewood is consistently the most inexpensive place in all of RTP.
06-06-2014 01:17:06 | More by raleigh_blue
3.53/5 rDev -22.4%
Have to say that I've been in here a handful of times an am not going back. Do they have cool beers on tap? Yes. They tend to be a bit pricey, but that's OK for having cool stuff on tap.
I'm not a fan of their policy on not breaking up packs so people can try different things out. Also, was a bit miffed by one of the guys behind the bar. Asked a simple "What do you like?" that was met with a bit of snark, "They're all good." I smiled and asked what was his favorite and got a short answer about how he kind of plays a big part on choosing the beers so they're all good. No smile or inflection in his voice. Quickly turned away before I could order. The other person behind the bar was nice though to get me a drink.
Kind of represents the current snobbish, exclusiveness that's beginning to trend in craft beer. Great beer selection and cool customers.
05-13-2014 23:41:35 | More by jerefreakinmiah
Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co. in Raleigh, NC
98 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.