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Reviews by Thorpe429:
4.56/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love that this place opens up at 9AM. Why? That means after we got inside Foothills -- for both regular and BA Sexual Chocolate this year -- we're able to sit down and have a coffee when they open at 8AM and then stroll over to City Beverage at 9 before the bottle sales start. The only drawback to this approach is missing out on the draft selection inside the beer store.
Very cool atmosphere inside the main beer area with a bar with several draft lines off to the right and a nice assembly of shelves with plenty of beer. Really nice import selection and plenty of glassware to go along with it. Service has always been great. While I haven't asked specific questions about their selection, whenever I've started chatting with an employee they've always been very enthusiastic about beer and have been enjoyable to talk to.
The only caveat I have to all of this is that the homebrew selection is fairly weak. I get this impression it's kind of an extra service, so I won't complain too much, I'd just say that if that's what you're looking for -- rather than a top-notch beer store -- I'd go elsewhere. That said, if you're looking to pick up some bottle caps or some rice hulls during a beer run, this is an added convenience.
07-19-2011 11:14:01 | More by Thorpe429
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5/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
We stopped into this joint while traveling to the Sexual Chocolate release. Great bottle selection, well organized, great taps, awesome employees, and reasonable prices. We chatted with the guy behind the desk and ended up giving him some KY locals we had left over from the bottle share at Foothills earlier that morning and he hooked us up with a 2011 Event Horizon. Awesome gesture! If you are in town make sure you stop in.
02-06-2014 02:53:30 | More by brian44556
4.43/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In the heart of downtown Winston Salem. A bit cramped, but great selection as well as a good selection on tap. Friendly atmosphere. Good selection of imports, micros and local breweries. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. My go to place for great beer.
06-25-2013 00:28:32 | More by Irish57
4.08/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The store is kind of cramped with a lot of stuff packed into it and has about 6 cold cases of beer as well as an entire other room for room temperature bottles. They have a few beers on tap and a decent amount of glassware. Tough for me to figure out the organization but fun to look around.
People working in the store were friendly and helpful and pleasantly gave ni attitude when I asked for a fairly hard to find beer - and let me purchase one since they do not do a list to get in line for it. Also, they were knowledgeable about the beers they were selling and made a couple of good recommendations (though they were beers I have easy access to where I currently live so I did not grab them).
This is one of the best selections in the triad area of NC - possibly only bested by Bestway in Greensboro. There is a good selection of both domestic and foreign craft beer but judging by a couple of the other reviews, it might be best to check dates before purchasing as I am not sure how quickly the inventory moves.
Prices are a little higher than other shops in the area for bottles but they do have a really nice selection. The draft prices seem on par with other places in the area.
11-29-2012 05:15:19 | More by dbrauneis
4.86/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
These guys have been at the craft beer game since it was born. I love the fact this shop is family owned and family run and been passed down through that same family since it was born. Spencer is such a great resource. And the reviewer below should stop picking on the old man Sunny! (You said it all, when you mention Total Wine) Must stop if you are in the Winston area...their bi annual tent sales rock! And they always have stacks of sell beer, some out of date, but still good most of the time! City Bev Rocks!
11-28-2012 03:46:13 | More by Hopstuff
2.38/5 rDev -46.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
Small store, not well organized. I see that they have GF West Coast IPA cases on sale. I asked the older fella behind the counter how old it is. His response? "That beer will be good for another 8 months". The guy working the floor (old guy's grandson?) says, "We've only had it for about a week, I'm sure its older than that, but it will be good for a long time". As politely as I could, I said that freshness was very important with IPAs, and none are truly good for 8 months" He says, "Sure it is, see this stuff in the bottom of the bottle? It's the hops. That means it'll be good for at least a year"
I just laughed it off and winked at my buddy. Then I checked the case and it was dated "Nov 2011"
Now, I'm not the type to criticize over old stock (it was on sale after all). But to tell me that this 8 month old IPA will be fine for another 8 months? That kind of service is worse than no service at all--more deceptive than Hopstuff's blurry picture, above.
The prices are high, the selection is low, and the customer service is insulting. If you're thinking about stopping by, go to total wine first. You won't hear me say that often, but I would never give these people my money again. The only reason it's is so highly rated is lack of other options in the area. If you do check it out, be prepared to spend an arm and a leg and deal some nasty people.
07-31-2012 19:54:42 | More by beerFool28607
City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.