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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.

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

16 Reviews
Reviews: 16
Visits: 39
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 400
Cask: 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

Place added by: beer2day on 02-16-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Visits: 39
Reviews by ewright:
Photo of ewright
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. (1,030 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bostonbeans
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jel225
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of GoldenArms
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Awesome place, classy, good people and always something solid on draft. (71 characters)

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great beer selection, just check out the wall of fame. An empty of just about every sought after beer you can imagine. They definitely know beer. The selection was excellent, so good, I had to leave some behind for the the rest of you all. Actually, I just couldn't fit any more in my suitcase. Got some really good ones from Wicked Weed and others. Also several high quality brews on tap for sampling or take out. Top notch place, if you're in town on business like I was, this is a can't miss. Oh, I have to give them a prop for staying open on a day of ice and snow when the rest of the city (and bottle shops) had closed. The weather wasn't that bad! (664 characters)

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

Photo of Highbury09
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NCbeerfan138
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RyanAU
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of raleighwho
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Love2talkbeer
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.86/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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. (1,332 characters)

Photo of dmwcpa
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jak
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of struttinj
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Brewski
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of raleigh_blue
4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | 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: I have been ignored in too many times, so I have to downgrade this rating.

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. (2,043 characters)

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
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.

Great beer selection and cool customers. (762 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co. in Raleigh, NC
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