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River City Cellars

Not Rated.
River City CellarsRiver City Cellars
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 6.52%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

2931 W Cary St
Richmond, Virginia, 23221
United States
phone: (804) 355-1375
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Just down the street from "For the Love of Chocolate", one of my wife's favorite stores. Makes it easy for me to get here.

As others have indicated, this is a wine first shop. They do have a small, ok very small, selection of beer ... but what they carry is top notch. Boutique-like even. Picked up Spike&Jerome and what appears to be the last of Richmond's DFH Pearl Jam.

Very small cooler with a few cold choices.

The cheese cooler is also worth a look. Some very interesting choices in there. That's where the food rating comes from :-)

If you are in the area, definitely stop in. You might find a jewel or two here.

12-08-2011 02:11:59 | More by beer2day
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raverjames

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

River City Cellars has a small beer selection, as the store is primarily devoted to wine. However, what they don't have in shelf space, they make up for in quality. David always brings in some of the best European beers to hit Richmond. His knowledge on craft is vast, and the other employees are not too shabby either. Their prices are always on par with other beer retailers in the area. The best part about buying beer at River City, is that they also sell rare and decadent cheeses. I definitely recommend hitting this place, if you will be in Carytown.

07-13-2011 17:30:31 | More by raverjames
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$

this is definitely the kind of place you stop into for the service much more than the selection. located in the hip strip of carytown.

when you walk in, the shop is narrow and long with a very impressive selection of artisanal cheese at the adjacent end. beautiful wine racks hold a quality selection of vino, while the beer is annexed to a small shelf in the back corner of the store.

the service was both personable and helpful. before even asking, i was offered some samples of cheese and had a nice chat about some of the beers they had to offer.

my biggest complaint against the selection is mostly due to size. this is a wine store first, with a small craft beer offering. had some local bottles, some belgians, and some other somewhat rare offerings from european craft breweries. but overall the selection is too small, and too pricey, to really seek out individually. however, if you are in carytown, it is worth stopping by to sample some cheese and maybe leave with a bottle.

03-25-2011 11:41:42 | More by Jimmys
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MrOH

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$

Tiny little place, with a very small, albeit very high quality beer selection.

Staff is always friendly, knowledgeable, and very easy to talk to, which is a huge plus.

Selection is not nearly as big as any other store that focuses on craft beer, however, its all really good stuff, and they put all of their bottles on the shelves for anyone to buy. The only reason I give it a 3 rating is because it's so damn small.

Not my regular store by any means, purely due to selection, but its nice to stop in here and there just to see what they have in stock.

09-20-2010 23:01:06 | More by MrOH
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blackie

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

RCC is located in a very busy area of shops and restaurants, try cruising the block around the store and parking should be relatively easy to find

it's a clean, comfortable little shop with a nice selection of wine, cheese, and a compact but totally quality variety of craft beer, ranging across countries, regions, and styles, anywhere from Legend and Duck-Rabbit RIS to 21st Amendment Back in Black, OB Ten Fidy and Ommegang Zuur and some top-tier Belgians, not entire selections from these breweries of course but one or two of the most desirable, and some nice singles as well

it's tough to drop a 3.5 on them for selection, but it's indeed quite small despite how well focused, might not be the best selection in town and probably shouldn't be your destination if visiting, but it's most definitely worth a stop if you're anywhere nearby

the two running the shop were really nice and helpful, and were cool with me browsing around for a few minutes after they had officially closed, wasn't really in need of help browsing the selection but it was offered, beer and wine tastings are conducted monthly and announced via the mailing list

07-29-2010 02:40:40 | More by blackie
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wbwestpark

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

As a beer connoisseur and purveyor of fine libations (I own a shop across town), I have to say that RCCs put's forth a thoughtful and well managed beer selection.

It's great to see classics, but, more importantly, there's a seasonal rotation of beers that over delivers for the modest beer space.

Every time I stop in for cheese (delicious for the beers too!), I'm quite impressed with the beer set.

It get's me thinking about what it is I really want to be drinking. I highly recommend a regular visit for an exceptional beer schooling.

Matt Lake
WBW

04-01-2009 15:28:53 | More by wbwestpark
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in today to check out the mix-a-sixer deal and was surprised. It being my first time here, the staff was very helpful, perhaps because the place was so small. Still, very friendly and informative. The beer selection was a tiny portion of the store, but with very good options to choose from. Not as big as other stores, but some top-notch picks here in terms of singles/bombers. Picked up some Corsendonk, Victory, Spaten, and saw some nice larger Belgians in the wine-like rack. For such a quaint place, they've got a right good offering.

10-14-2006 21:17:20 | More by CharlieMopps
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asabreed

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is about a 2-minute walk from Carytown Wine and Beer, and I like them both a lot.

It's much smaller in area, which means not as many beers as some bigger places. But there's a wide variety of beer styles -- just don't go in stumbling around or you may break stuff.

The thing I like mostly about it is that you can build your own 6-pack. You don't save any money by combing a 6-pack, since all the bottles are priced as singles, but I love going in there and having a choice, rather than having to buy a 6 or 4-pack of something I want to try but don't know if I want to pay around the $10 mark for it.

Just for example, the 6-pack I built a few days ago consisted of 2 bottles of Weyerbacher Decadence, 1 bottle of Great Divide Hibernation Ale, 1 bottle of Three Floyd's Pride and Joy, 1 bottle of Heavy Seas Peg Leg, and 1 bottle of Unibroue Ephemera (apple) -- so that tells you how many beers they have. There's a wine-rack type contraption for bombers and corked and caged Belgians, too.

They also have a machine to chill your beers for you if you'd like, which I think is pretty cool.

And there are beer tastings on Wednesdays from 5-7, usually featuring either a brewery (last Wednesday was Magic Hat), or a style from 3-4 different breweries.

For how small a place it is, I really enjoy it. Like I said, they usually will have stuff other places don't, like Decadence for example, which I was unable to find anywhere else in Richmond thus far.

It's worth the trip, especially to do the dual River City and Carytown Wine and Beer trip -- those two stores together have a selection that surely equals a 5 rating. But River City also stands well on its own.

08-14-2005 23:07:24 | More by asabreed
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RealityDeviant

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Thanks again to BA’s directory that I looked at this place. Since I was in the area today, I decided to pop between this place and Carytown Wine and Beer to compare the selections, prices, and so forth. It seemed to me that the prices were overall the same, but I saw some beers here that I hadn’t seen elsewhere. There were several bottles of St. Bernardus and Great Divide’s Hercules Double IPA that looked appetizing. The Belgian selection seemed much thinner than I thought it’d be, but I was told that they sold several just recently.

I wouldn’t mind patronizing this place if I were in Carytown, and I’d not rate it far below Carytown. There’s far less beer there in toto, but the selections nice enough. It does lack the Victory and Weyerbacher beer that I generally enjoy, however. Also not much in the way of six packs. On the plus side, it’s one of the few stores in Richmond that has much in the way of Legends beer.

The woman at the register didn’t seem to know much about beer, but the person that orders the beer came in a bit later and chatted with me for a bit. Seemed like a nice guy and he was eager to help or maybe order a beer if I was deadset on getting it. No luck on the Westvleteren front, but maybe in the future. He encouraged me to come to the beer tastings on Wednesdays (I believe they are between five and seven).

Considering the relatively short distance between this and Carytown Wine and Beer, Carytown's not a bad place to go for your beer needs. If there were only something that could be done about the traffic and parking...

05-25-2005 04:15:39 | More by RealityDeviant
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located just down the street from Carytown Wine and Beer. Its a much smaller space and therefore the selection is not nearly as large as Carytown's is. The service is friendly although not really too terribly beer savvy. Decent selection of Belgians and things are well marked. I did see a couple of old labels on some beers, but they were beers that would hold up well. My only big complaint is the lack of six pack offerings. Most things are sold in singles, which while nice for trying new beers, doesnt work well if you know what you want. I would give it a shot however because they did have a few hidden gems. I would walk between here and Carytown Wine and Beer and price shop and compare.

07-11-2004 21:00:47 | More by TinusTime
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River City Cellars in Richmond, VA
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