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Carytown Wine & Beer

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89
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
$$ - reasonable
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3144 W Cary St
Richmond, Virginia, 23221-3504
United States
phone: (804) 257-5910
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Reviews by avylover:
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avylover

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Considering this is the best beer selection I've seen (Nothing in the hampton roads area compares to this except maybe the Bier Garden for imports) I wanted to give this place all fives. But then what happens when they open the Beer Outlet Mall next to my house that i've dreamed of? Well, this is the next best thing. Tons of beers I had never seen but recognized instantly, and a ton I had never heard of. They had all the Stone & Rogue products I was trying to get my hands on and some great suprises. (Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine comes to mind). The guy that helped me was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to show me around. Worth the two hour drive. My next trip will be to get my victory V12 replacement for a bad V10. Great Shop!!

03-27-2003 12:34:19 | More by avylover
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esv

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$

The store is located in a strip mall in a section of Richmond called Cary Town. I purchased beer from the location for 2-3 years before discovering some real gems like Once Upon a Vine and the small but diverse selection at Ellwood Thompson.

When you walk in you've got your wine on the left and your beer on the right. Nice selection of beer. Limited cooler space. A solid selection of singles available (mostly warm). The selections rotate and I've never had an issue with dating.

The TV is always on and is in keeping with the laid back atmosphere.

There is one cashier, who may own the establishment, and has never failed to be an ass the few times I've encountered him there. One of the first times I visited, in the early stages of my journey towards appreciating and respecting beer, I asked if he could suggest a stout. I think he was appalled that I was in his presence, let alone speaking to him. He waved his hand as though casting a curse on me, though I think he was gesturing towards the beer shelf, and I think I heard him mutter something about not liking stouts.

More recently I stopped in on my way home from work and picked out a refrigerated single and when I pulled out "plastic" to pay he couldn't just inform me that they had a $5 dollar minimum (no bigee and that would've been cool) but he acted like my finger had fallen from my hand onto his counter and it had become awkwardly apparent that I was a leper.

The only reason I rated the service a 1.5 and not a 1 is because generally the store is attended to by a very laid-back guy willing to offer a suggestion or discuss the local beer scene.

The selection served me well for those first couple years but I don't intend to return any time soon.

02-25-2008 02:48:20 | More by esv
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

In a little strip mall on Cary Street with off street parking, this is basically a large open square of a store with wine on the left and beer on the right. A few coolers line the back wall. Standard selections, with a nice section of shelving devoted to Trappist Ales (though no Westvleterens, of course). Decent mix of sixers. Singles are limited compared to OUAV or Westpark. Staff was present, not very interactive, but nice enough. Certainly a place to check occasionally. Not exceptionally convenient unless you're in or about Carytown. But if you are, there isn't a compelling reason to buy your beer anywhere else, unless you really need something special.

12-24-2006 02:01:48 | More by pentathlete
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I've been stocking up at this place for a while and it's been a reliable little venue for quality beer. The service is adequate, but usually friendly, so it's worth stopping in. The selection is fairly diverse, and somewhat geared toward the sixer-side, but they've usually got great stuff in stock. And the prices seem fairly reasonable for hard-to-find beer. They've also got a nice little Belgian enclave toward the back. If you're into wine as well, it would seem to be a good place to go for the vino, but I usually dart straight to the beer section. Overall, a nice place to shop, in a nice part of town, with a quality selection.

10-14-2006 17:07:22 | More by CharlieMopps
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

This store is in the coolest little village/town setting. Nothing but cool shops and boutiques and restaurants up both sides of the street. I went in looking specifically for Stone. Very big, nice neat shelves. great selection of micros, belgians and imports. They had a cooler with a good selection as well. I bought a Bear Republic Racer 5 and a Stone IPA. I knew what I was after so I really didn't need help but the guy at the counter was very friendly. Thanks to nreich for the heads-up. I would go back if in the area.

10-12-2006 16:27:10 | More by ByTor2112
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $

Unlike most beer stores I venture into, this one is huge - lots of floor space. The end result is a nice, clean store with a huge wall of 6-packs. A fair amount of singles as well, but this is definitely more of a place to come and stock up in some quality brew than to come looking for specific bottles (go to Once Upon a Vine for that). My phone rang while I was in the store, so I didn't get a chance to talk to the guy there, but he seemed very friendly.

A very nice store - not chalk full of rarities, but definitely a place to swing by on a trip through Richmond.

05-26-2006 20:12:35 | More by Lnedrive14
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phisig137

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I stop by here about once a week, and it's a quality place. They have a wide variety of six packs, and a handful of nice belgians and bombers. I'd like to see more bombers and singles, but it's still a nice selection. Pretty reasonable prices too, nothing seems to be jacked up like some other stores can be.

Service wise, the younger guy that works there, David is quite a nice guy to talk to, and very helpful. He always lets me know what's new, and what he's tried recently and liked. The older guy that owns the place and works there sometimes, is completely useless. He'll barely acknowledge your presence when you're trying to check out. Other than that one thing, it's a nice store.

04-10-2006 15:55:55 | More by phisig137
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

Cool place, I found more US micros than Belgians, and I went in looking for Belgians specifically (what's new...). The Belgians are all typical names, nothing unusual, but that's still plenty of good stuff to choose from: Delirium Tremens, Maredsous, Affligem, Duvel, Chimay...can't argue with those.

The US micro selection was quite good too. Unfortunately I had some questions and the guy behind the counter indicated I knew more about beer than he did. He was more knowledgeable about the wines, which didn't help me.

There seems to be a lot of open space in the store, which makes it easy to move around, but I wonder if that space could be better utilized? Still, it's a cool store and you can easily spend hundreds of dollars stocking up. I'd like to return again soon to see if the selection has improved or changed. And it's an amazing part of town, many great restaurants to choose from (especially noteworthy was a Thai restaurant just down the black, can't remember the name).

03-21-2006 16:49:49 | More by Metalmonk
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Jredner

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Decent enough selection, but it is 6-pack heavy. They will split, but only to a point. You can’t just go in and pull a single from every sixer. You have to tell them which you want and then they will pull it and stock the remaining beers in the singles section.

If you could buy more singles this place would be much better in my opinion....bordering on fantastic.

They have St. George Brewery (Very underrated Virginia brewery..the Winter Stout is awesome) beers in a sampler pack...worth the $8-9 bucks just to get the Winter Stout in there.

The foreign selection is decent and the American craft selection is pretty damn good. It’s in a cool part of town as well and close to lots of other places worth visitng.

01-18-2006 12:51:57 | More by Jredner
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wlhagan3

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

I was in Richmond over Memorial Day weekend (2005) to visit my mother and host a surprise birthday party for her. I had used BeerFly to determine a good spot to stock up for the weekend festivities. I ended up stopping here three days in a row to replenish supplies. The same guy was working each day and I cannot imagine what he thought after my third visit!!

A side from being in a very busy area of town and difficulty finding a parking space, this is a decent store. I stocked up on selections I cannot get in Indy (Smuttynose, Victory, St. George, Troegs, Bear Republic, Speakeasy and Weyerbacher). They carry Stone, DFH, and others (imports) as well. The place is clean and laid out with beer on the right wall/middle (warm) with the reach-in in the back (kind of small) and wine on the left wall/middle. (No booze. VA sells booze in ABC stores.) Plenty of room. The prices were reasonable, averaging $7-9 a sixer. Dropped about $270 for the weekend on beer (and some wine).

Did not receive any beer service to speak of. If I lived in Richmond and near/in the Fan district or Carytown, I would be a regular customer.

06-03-2005 16:56:16 | More by wlhagan3
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Carytown Wine & Beer in Richmond, VA
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.