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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Taps: 16
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

1214 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607-6835
United States
phone: (919) 832-5232

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ridgewoodbeer

Notes:
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(Place added by: beer2day on 02-16-2012)
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4.14/5  rDev -7.8%

RyanAU, 42 minutes ago
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Soto, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

raleighwho, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

OldhouseRecs, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Zimm, Aug 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Love2talkbeer, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

SFNC, Aug 03, 2014
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4.86/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

CavemanRamblin, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

dmwcpa, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

jak, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

woodchip, Jun 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

struttinj, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Brewski, Jun 08, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

raleigh_blue, Jun 06, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

Great beer selection and cool customers.

jerefreakinmiah, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

tdm168, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bexley10, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Packlifenc, Jan 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

flipdog0, Dec 18, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Phenomenal spot for your favorite craft beers. You can have a seat in their "bar" section, which includes the unique touch of a digital screen behind the bar that displays how fresh, full, or empty a given tap is. Also, if you get into "Untapped," you can rate your beer, and an icon will display your avatar next to the beer you reviewed on their screen.

The prices here are very reasonable, especially at the bar for a pint. The bartenders are very knowledgeable, and willing to help you make a selection.

Highly recommended for your shopping, or just to kick back and have a few.

RWLawman, Oct 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

There really was not as big a selection of beer as I was hoping for. On the plus, I ordered Carlsberg and they had it in next day. Wine selection is great too. Service was outstanding, no problem at all. I didn't get a chance to see what they had on tap, but they had a nice setup with tables and the bar

meschick, Jun 13, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +9.1%

-First let me say, wine occupies probably 2/3 of the store, but don't let that fool you. This is a top tier bottle shop. Let's just say...16 selections on tap. There is always a beer available to appeal to your palate. One of the things most people tell me when I take them there for the first time is that they can't believe the draft selection, its comparable to the best beer bars in Raleigh.
-The atmosphere is very laid back and relaxed. You can pull a stool up to the bar or sit at a table...take your pick. I am a big fan of the couches and armchairs...so inviting and comfortable, it makes you feel right at home.
-The guys are awesome! Top notch and very knowledgeable. They are always willing to slow down and carry on a conversation or just ask you how your day has been. Its like being around a bunch of friends. And they value customer's input.
-Although their bottle selection is not the largest in the area, they offer a great variety of superb beers. Hard to find beers...check they've got'em. Local...Yep. Just being distributed to the area...Got those too.
-Of course everyone wants to know the bottom line...and they excel there as well. Ridgewood seems to always have the lowest prices around.

This is definitely my preferred bottle shop, these guys treat their customer's right and want you to enjoy your experience. Do yourself a favor and stop in...you will be glad you did.

ncstateplaya, May 08, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +4.5%

-A GREAT selection of things you'll want to buy...maybe not the largest, but great selection.
-Incredible beers on tap always. Always surprises me when I see the things they have on tap. Beats out most bars in this respect.
-The staff is very knowledgable and will talk to you for however long you want to.
-Also, the best prices in town. Consistently lowest bottle price out of any of the Raleigh stores.

phishbfm, Apr 10, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +8.2%

Since its birth this February, this is my favorite craft beer joint in the triangle, probably in all of NC. The beers on tap are well priced and well poured. If the staff isn't slammed which happens on Fridays from time to time, they will gladly navigate you to a beer that arrouses your beer palate.

The atmosphere is a wood covered lounge with beers surrounding you on one side and a great wine selection on the other while listening to some chill tunes from artist like Nightmares on Wax. If you need some food as a base to your beer drinking adventure, stop at wholefoods(around the corner,next door) for a treat and enjoy the rest of that meal in ridgewood as you enjoy one of their 16 taps. Taps range from $3-8. Right now I'm enjoying olde hickory imperial stout for $5 with a 13 oz pour, their standard.

This is a great place to start the evening or finish your work day. They close at 7 most days but Friday is there special night were the stay open a little later. If your lucky and in good company you might experience some rare craft bottles that the RW staff has or some their loyal customers bring. That's the RW experience I've come to know and love, beer exploration with some education. Ridgewood is my jam! Come check this place out and have a bit of patience if you see they are busy. I'm sure they'll do their best to take care of you with a yummy beerski and help you find a tasty treat from their bottle selection. Thank you beer and RW!

BeerXav, Dec 07, 2012
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4.86/5  rDev +8.2%

Ridgewood has quickly become my top choice for beer in the Triangle. A close look at their beer selection will show that they actually take time to think about what beer they want to carry. If you want to guarantee a quality beer purchase, this is the place. Also, their 16 rotating taps are always flowing with a variety of seasonals, rarities and quality standbys. On top of that, they have the best prices anywhere on the Triangle. Sometimes it's by 50 cents, sometimes it's by 4 bucks. Honestly though, the prices aren't what keeps me coming back - the customer service here is bar none. The staff takes the time to get to know what you like, and their recommendations have never steered me wrong. They get to know their customers, and if you're a regular, you're treated like a regular - with gratitude for coming in and who knows, maybe a bottle of something that is sold out, but saved for you. You get the feeling like its not all about getting the dollar out of your pocket, it's about having a good time and a shared love for great beer.

JCam9981, Nov 28, 2012
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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co. in Raleigh, NC
96 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.