The Pipe & Pint
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Reviews by Onenote81:
4.14/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have wanted to visit this place for as long as I have been on this site, and finally got a chance to swing by today. Like others have noted, the signage for the place isn't the most obvious, so I drove right by and had to turn around. The store is set in an old house. When I pulled up in the back of the place, there was a ring of chairs in the grass filled with guys smoking cigars. Ahh. What a wonderful aroma to my nose. Nice tobacco smell when you first enter the store, as there is a huge walk-in humidor to the right as you walk in. The beer is sort of scattered about with stacks of cases and sixers smattered around. Though the majority of the beer is to the left near the back. In the very back, there's a room dedicated to wine, which is nice as well. As for the selection, this place has by far the greatest selection of Belgian brews in the area. I was amazed at the variety of Belgian beers they carried. Many of which I hadn't seen anywhere else around. There's one small cooler section that carries a good amount of 12's and 22's, as well as some kegs. I didn't see any growlers at all. The corner of the "beer section" is dedicated to domestic craft offerings, of which they had a decent selection. Grabbed a bottle of Old Rasputin XIV and a cigar and I was on my way. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
[Edit: They do now have price tags on all of their beers - in response to SaCkErZ9's review].
01-25-2012 19:46:17 | More by Onenote81
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4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
great place! a little crowded as the new location is a tad small but that seems to add to the homieness... one small tap on a kegerator in the back just for tastings and a small room on the side to smoke in. as the name suggests this store is beer, wine, and tobacco. upon approaching there is a strong smell of cigar and pipe smoke and its almost overbearing, but once your inside it fades. immediately greeted by the staff who was extremely polite, respectful, and very helpful. they knew their stuff. relatively small beer selection with a lot of trappist selections and and a few gift packages. prices ranging anywhere from $2-16 per bottle. small glass front fridge with a decent cold selection and some kegs. NOTE: THERE IS NO DRINKING ON PREMISES AS THEY DO NOT HAVE THAT PERMIT! I went and did not know that so don't plan on hanging there unless you're smoking a pipe or cigar. they also have a small glassware selection and even a fancy perfume decanter selection (not sure what that's about.) at any rate, its a good local buisness and I enjoy shopping there. as another note: beers are arranged by brewer (brand) and are mostly 750s and no growlers. just wish they had there on premise permit.
12-17-2011 00:47:54 | More by NickH07
3.3/5 rDev -18.9%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
The Pipe and Pint has moved to a new location at 3160 Spring Garden street, just down the road from the old place. The new place is in what looks to be an old house. The house is right on the road and I nearly drove by as the signage was hidden.
I have been to other place several times but like this place better. As the name suggests, they sell beer and tobacco. The tobacco smell is a bit nauseating when walking in, which is one thing I dont like about this place. Another thing i detest is the lack of any kind of price tags on the beers. It is so annoying to have to ask what price everything is. When that happens, I tend to leave without buying anything because the hassle is too much. On this case, I left empty handed.
The guy working the counter seemed pretty nice. I just wish they would get some price tags; that is so annoying. I doubt I will come back. Plenty of other places that dont smell like smoke and have prices on the beers.
01-13-2011 22:54:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
4/5 rDev -1.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited this location a recent trip to Greensboro. Upon looking outside it did not appear that this location would be that good. However upon entering and going to the back, I noticed that they carried quite a nice selection of brews and quite a few I had been looking for. The cigar smell was actually pleasant when I went inside (I don't smoke). This might have been because there were only two gentlemen in the store at the time in the lounge area. The employees were very nice and chatted with me for awhile and made some suggestions on which other locations I should stop at for some hard to find brews. They also had a VERY nice glassware selection on the top of the shelves. This place is definitely worth dropping in to check it out.
06-01-2010 18:58:53 | More by thagr81us
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
There is a very similar place up in Ohio I remember from a few years back and as soon as I walked in that was the only thing I could think of, though the selection in Ohia trumpted this by far. Still though it was relatively solid and a nice little stop. I stress the word little as it is indeed a small store but they made good use of the space keep a good selection of the craft available in the area in stock for sure. Prices were a touch higher then what I saw at Total wine but over not a bad place to stop into.
04-22-2010 01:46:49 | More by mikesgroove
4.85/5 rDev +19.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
If you haven't been in in a while, whoa!
The massive disorganization is gone and it looks great. Not sure what caused the change but it's a huge difference.
The selection now seems to be a few of the micro main-stays (Founders, Bells, Dogfish, etc.) and a TON Belgians.
Those of you who remember amazing service from the owner but stuff stacked everywhere, well, the service is the same but stuff is no longer stacked on bookcases (and in and around most of the store).
The main business is still cigars, pipes, etc but the owner seems very passionate about the bier. Nothing is priced but just ask, he seems more than happy to provide you one.
11-20-2009 05:08:21 | More by beerinch
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my favorite bier store in the triad or triangle. Larry, the owner, is one of the best customer service people I have encountered. He is also friendly, ready with a recommendation about bier, port, or cigars, and is always open to conversation about bier, cigars, and politics.
The bier choice is eclectic. Many american micros as well as belgian and german selections. There are couches and a few chairs for you to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the place...very homey.
Overall, Larry has created a nice, friendly bier store that has a loyal following and clientele. I recommend it.
12-13-2008 23:11:49 | More by nocheinsbitte
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A smokey little hole in the wall in a small strip mall on a road with out tons of traffic. There were several wanna be "cool kats" smoking their cigars and talking about anything except diets hanging out as I came in. The air was smoke laden but there was lots of good beer!
I was not looking but it seems to me this place has little in the way of mass produced american lagers and that sort, but plenty of actual beer! There were good selections from Avery, Heavy Seas, chimay, Bells, and even a couple of the small bells kegs!
The owner is a very nice guy who was more than happy to help me sort through the piles of boxes that made up the "isles". His suggestions were very helpful, and he even sujested a great cigar!
The selection was good, some of the best in the triad! I feel I got a good value for my money, and will be back when my travels bring me to this part of Greensboro
10-15-2008 16:55:05 | More by ncbeermonger
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've heard/read a lot about this place via BA and a few friends, so in some spare time without the kids or wife around I checked it out earlier today.
Mostly a cigar shop with a lot of beer crammed in a back corner, I can imagine it'd be a lovely place to come if one was a regular. I was, however, a little intimidated by the hoards of mid-20's to mid-30's guy smoking cigars and talking a little loud. Add to that the fact that I was scared I was going to knock over giant towers of boxes or step on heaps of tobacco while I was simply trying to look at beer and it really wasn't all that comfortable of a place for me. As everyone has said, freshness is questionable and I tried to find dates on what I bought. Bottles were a little dusty, and moreover, some of the boxes I had to move to look at the bottles were dusty, leading me to believe some of the beer was extremely old. I haven't tasted anything I bought there yet (it's in the fridge) but I won't be surprised if it's subpar. On the plus side there isn't really any light exposure to the beer section.
The owner was very nice, and once he came over and politely asked me if I needed any help I felt a lot better about stumbling around boxes to look at beer when everyone else was enjoying their cigars. I had a few questions about some beers I was looking (HopSlam and Westvleteran were a couple I asked about) and he informed me that he didn't have any, but obviously knew his stuff. I'd like to go back when so many people weren't crowded in there and really talk to him about what he has.
The selection looked good, but it's so fucking disorganized that I found myself looking at the same shelf 2 or 3 times before I spotted something I wanted. Mostly microbrew stuff, but imports were well represented. A little disappointed at the lack of German beers.
The pricing seemed pretty fair, though the bottles had no prices on them so I chose carefully and just looked at the register to see what he was charging. A lot of independent places compensate for their vast selection by upping the prices, but my best guess is Pipe and Pint's were just under what this stuff might cost in a corporate store.
I'd like to go back with a little more of a beer agenda as it's not the most friendly place to browse. Overall a decent shop and a man who knows beer, but the delivery is a little off.
*Update* As I began digging into what I bought today late this evening, I discovered, upon emptying into a glass, that the bottle of Dogfish Head's Festina Peche was nearly a year old. It was bottled on May 31, 2007. Beware, and look for the dates harder than I did.
Update, Sept 15, 2008. I visited this place again after about 4 months, and I must say things have improved. The bottles don't seem quite as dusty and out of date, there are a lot more newer offerings, and the beer section has been cleaned up substantially; I can actually get to, and pick up every beer as opposed to having to move around boxes, step over things, crawl on the floor, etc.
09-16-2008 02:24:26 | More by PatrickJR
The Pipe & Pint in Greensboro, NC
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.