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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.

Taps: 16 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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Reviews by ewright:
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ewright

North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $

This is, hands down, my favorite store in the area. No, they don't have the largest selection in the area. However, everything they have is top notch. They have 16 taps and, as of tonight, 15 of them are beers I enjoy or want to try. That's a pretty damn good ratio for anyone, much less a relatively small shop that is more than 50% dedicated to wine.

The prices are the lowest in the Triangle, often by a wide margin. I have a hard time just stopping by for a beer after work. I'm always tempted to take home some bottles ... and often times do. The vibe is really laid back, the owners are all really great guys (don't really get that "dick" comment from another review), always straight up if they have/don't have beers I want.

If every store was run the way Ridgewood was, I might not be as loyal a customer. But when you mix a decent selection of great beers, awesome prices, good, friendly management and more than a dozen taps of top notch beers, you're a winner in my book and will have my business as long as possible.

04-20-2012 22:49:10 | More by ewright
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

07-21-2014 12:16:20 | More by CavemanRamblin
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dmwcpa

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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jak

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

07-07-2014 04:14:53 | More by jak
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

06-24-2014 20:23:21 | More by woodchip
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struttinj

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

06-21-2014 21:45:41 | More by struttinj
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

06-08-2014 01:38:14 | More by Brewski
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raleigh_blue

North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $

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
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

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
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

04-02-2014 15:45:29 | More by tdm168
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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co. in Raleigh, NC
97 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.