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Wine And Beer - Westpark

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26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.4
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9631 W Broad St
Glen Allen, Virginia, 23060
United States
phone: (804) 965-9100
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Reviews by nandemo1:
Photo of nandemo1
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I hate to review this place because it is my regular shop and it will likely draw more people into stopping by. The folks here know their stuff and Matt is looking for innovative ways to keep customers and brewers excited. Beer theater is one of those methods, linking up customers and brewers via a Skype tasting. The selection is awesome so the only complaint is that some IPAs do sit beyond their optimum freshness. In Richmond though, you're not likely to find any better.

FYI, the right hand side are most of your US and British style beers, and left is other European styles.

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Photo of dnolan36
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was Richmond for a couple of days and this store was recommended to me by a Richmond BA.

I was there on a Sunday so it was pretty quiet as I was the only customer in there. The beer selection was good, not too different than what I can get where I live. They did have a few limited/seasonal things I have not seen at home before.

The prices were not bad, but did seam to be a dollar or two than some larger stores.

Overall I liked the place and would definitely make an effort to stop by again next time I am in Richmond.

Photo of engagechad
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I go to this place about weekly as it is the closest good beer store to my house. Its a small shop in a strip next to Martin's grocery store. Nothing fancy looking in there, cool wine racks in the front but other than that it is a store with shelves for good beer! They have a great selection of beers and they have awesome tastings. Now a days they will have "Beer Theatre" tasting where they will get a brewer via skype on the laptop and we'll run through a tasting WITH the brewer, it makes for a really cool experience. I was there for the one with Anchor, Avery and Epic. 120 came in yesterday and they shot out an email and remembered me when I walked in for my beer.

Matt and Spencer are great guys that are very knowledgeable and have a real passion for what they do. It's great to chat with them and hear what they have to say every time I go in for some brewskies.

If you're in Richmond for some Beer this is the place I would recommend.

Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Relatively easy to find next to Martin's (Formerly Ukrops) on West Broad, just east of Gaskins.

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of singles available. Several that I hadn't previously seen anywhere else in town, plus a great selection of bombers with once again, many that I hadn't seen anywhere else. I was even able to find one lonely WWS from last year on the shelf, what, 11 months after release?They also have a 10% discount on singles with a price tag on top when you build a sixer out of them (opposed to singles with price not marked with a sticker on top, which doesn't qualify for the discount).

Layout was very beer shopper friendly, as the beer section took up pretty much the entire back 1/3 of the shop. The singles were on both sides of teh two walls in back with most imports on the left and American crafts on the right. Some sixers and singles were available in the cooler.The environment was nice with the classical music playing while you looked around the woo floored establishment.

The fellow at the checkout area was very nice and helpful. He also struck up a conversation about what I had purchased and had proven somewhat knowledgeable in the beer world.

I really enjoyed my visit here and plan on going back as often as I am in this part of town!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%

Located in a strip mall, this place was a bit tough to find, but I finally found it. I was looking for stuff I cant find in NC and my mission was accomplished. The main gems I found were Viking Blod (19% abv isnt available in NC) as well as some Schlafly, Legend, and Willimasburg Alewerks seasonals. The prices were very reasonable. The best thing about this place is that they dont jack you for purchasing beers in singles. If a six pack is $10, purchasing the same beer individually may add 10% which is very reasonable. Most places raise the prices over 20% for singles, IF they even have them. Service as impecable. The guy working the counter was a bit hyperactive, but I think he just loved his job, which is always a great attribute. This is a great place to get beer. Located near the interstate. I will most definitely return in the future.

Photo of apbarwood
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Very nice selection of beers for the area. Lots of hard to finds and the usual favorites with a good balance of micros and imports. Prices were as expected, most things you'll find cheaper at larger retailers but there were a few good deals. The service was good, the guy working there was very helpful with a few specific beers that I asked about and was very knowledgeable. A great selection of Belgian beers, more than I would expect anyway, and all at reasonable prices. A lot of stuff wasn't labeled with the price which was a bit annoying but I'm willing to overlook that since their selection was so good. Definitely worth a look if you live in the area, it's only a few minutes down the road from Total Wine and they have lots of different things than TW, and in some cases better prices.

Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%

Made a stop in here a couple weeks ago while making a stop in Short Pump, since it's conveniently located only a few blocks away.

Nice little location, a good layout, and a decent selection of singles... decent selection of everything, really. Not quite as much as I feel I can find in Charlottesville, but a couple different, perhaps. Price seemed comparable to what I am used to.

The selection of Belgians here is decent, and they sit in a nice spot on the left wall (whereas most of the others are on the right). The clerks seemed a bit busy discussing some store matters while I was there, so service wasn't really something I could rate as good or bad, so average it is, with the benefit of the doubt.

Photo of atsprings
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

Stopped in here along with just about every other place in Richmond. Was greeted with a small selection of glassware followed by an entire wall of sixers and bombers. The back wall was coolers with a limited selection. There were some stacks of cases in the center with a moderate Belgian selection in the back of the opposite wall. Was very pleasantly surprised to find out they do offer mixed sixers at a 10% discount on the single bottle price. They also had Duvel tulips among their glassware that were only 4 bucks, allowing me to replace one that tragically shattered several weeks ago. While the selection was somewhat behind Once Upon a Vine, it seemed right on par with Corks & Kegs. I'd recommend visiting both if your in the area to catch anything the other doesn't have as they are not far from each other.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev -9.1%

I suppose I was expecting a lot from this place since so many of the folks before reviewing liked it a lot, not to mention a few BAs have told me to check it out if I haven't. I live about 15 minutes away since I'm in the fan, but decided to give it a go to stock up and see what this place is all about.

It's literally right to the left of the Ukrops, which I didn't know at first, on the edge of a little strip mall on W. Broad.

Upon entering, there's a lot of open space with most of the wine initially on the left and right. Toward the back of the store, on the right, you'll find the 6-packs and even further the bombers and single bottles. The cold case is the last part of the store. Toward the back and to the left are the Belgians, with 4-packs and single bottles, right next to where the wine ends.

The selection's good, but it didn't blow me away. You can get pretty much everything there at Corks & Kegs and Once Upon a Vine. They did have some single bottles of Bells normal stuff like Portrer, Amber, and Pale Ale that I wanted to try and bought. I got a bomber of Left Hand Warrior IPA and Legend Barleywine 2007.

The prices seemed lower on some things than the other aforementioned stores, but then there were some that seemed a little higher, so certainly reasonable overall.

I probably wouldn't make the trip out here again, since I live closer to C&K and OUAV, but I could see going to this place if you're closer to that area of Broad Street. Good overall, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of BryanC
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Great selection here. I recently stopped by WBW because their newsletter said they had gotten their hands on some Vintage Old Horizontal. That is one of the things I love about this place - they actually make use of their e-mail newsletter.

They have a big selection, that appears to have been expanded recently. Lots of Belgians/Belgian, singles, seasonals, and a cooler for pre-chilled stuff.

I did notice, off the top of my head, that DFH Golden Era was more expensive here than I'd seen elsewhere, which is why I gave it 3$.

Overall, a great place to shop.

Photo of cmgorman
5/5  rDev +13.6%

I am greeted with a smile every time I walk in to this establishment. The selection is great and the service is even better. With several places to choose from in Richmond I would go to Wine and Beer simply because the whole experience is there. The service, price and selection are all great. I would recommend this store to anyone looking for an every day find or something for a special occasion. The staff is very knowledgeable and always willing to offer up a suggestion. There have been several times that I have been in and found real gems.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

This was one establishment that I had yet to try, and just yesterday curiosity got the best of me.. enough to make me stop in and drop some serious loot.

The store itself is somewhat nondescript, tucked away near Ukrop's grocery store in a strip mall setup. Walking in, I was a bit unsure at first, until I saw the Bells Batch 8000 and Octoberfest in the middle toward the back. Then I knew I was in for a treat.

Looking to the right, I noticed the wall of sixers, bombers, and singles ripe for the picking. Plenty of good stuff to choose from; some Great Divide, Flying Dog, Rogue... good domestic selections, as well as some harder to find Ayinger offerings (including other German beers such as Franziskaner, too). Just a lot of commendable beers available here. Cold stuff was in the back, then to the left was a section for Belgians that contained some solid brews.

I had kid-in-a-candy-store syndrome, and had to leave fairly quickly before I bought out half of their stock. The service was great, as the staff answered my questions in detail and with a smile. Ultimately, a great place to pick up your next sixer, or stock up for your stash.. and at prices you can live with. Check out some of the older, aged beers that are going for sale prices. Some of them are definitely a good deal.

Photo of edmedina
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

For a while I was only going to Total Wine and More for my beer. However, I stumbled on this place and was very impressed with the selection. I have found the guys there are also willing to help out. They make an effort to find beers that they might not have in stock. I've found their prices to be very competitive and if you are lucky you can find great deals. While in the store if you want to find out what else is new on a weekly basis you can subscribe to their news letter.
This is definitely worth the drive to find a decent some of the more popular beers and even ones you've probably never seen before.

Photo of phisig137
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

After hearing from a few friends that Westpark wine and beer had a nice selection, I figured I'd bite the bullet and drive there from my place downtown. And good lord was it worth the trip!!!

I was shocked to find a large selection, including 4 or so shelves of 6 packs, 3 or 4 shelves of singles, and 4 shelves of Belgians. There was also a large display in the center of the store, and a small refridgerated case. Wide selection of nice craft brews, with very little shelf space given to macros. What really amazed me, was the fact that they have beers that I have NEVER seen in richmond. The guy working didn't really offer any help, but seemed nice enough when I checked out.

In general, the prices seemed about on par with other stores, but seasonal items were a bit pricier than usual.

I will be going back, to try some of the other belgians that I'd never seen before. I was able to pick up a bottle of Allagash Interlude, a four pack of Oskar Blues Gordon, a bottle of Scaldis Noel, and a bottle of Fantome Saison.... NONE of which I have ever seen in Richmond before, despite looking at all of the other good beer stores. If you live in the west end, it's a great store to have. If you live downtown/fan area, it is worth the stop there if you're in the area. I know I'll be going back.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

I've been meaning to hit this one again. They kinda dropped off the scene for a bit in terms of selection. Never lowered the review, but it should have been done. Now they seem to be heading back up the charts. 4.5 for selection is almost a stretch, but I'll leave it there. If I heard right, one of the guys who used to work there bought the place and they removed some of the shelving units and it seems more open, but the selection has improved from a few months back. Also it was nice to see the availability of some single bottle selections. Check it out again if you have not been in awhile...the prices seem to be lower than some other places.

10-24-03
Quality 4.5, Service 5.0, Selection 4.5
Jason was behind the counter and was very, very helpful and knowledgeable. He assisted me in carrying the beer to the car which was extremely helpful. The selection is very good, and I only saw a few bottles showing dust, and those were beers that should be aged anyway. I definitely plan to stop by again due to the customer service and decent selection.

Photo of doerickson
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I've been beer shopping here since I moved to Richmond two years ago. The folks there are very nice, and nearly always ask what sort of beer I'm looking for or if they can give me a hand finding anything.

Selection is a bit variable, and I think is partially dependent on their distributors (it's not a big store). That said, I've never left empty-handed, and they always have some of my favorite fallback beers from New England that I've missed since moving here from Boston. Well worth stopping in when you're in Richmond.

Photo of pentathlete
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Located in a strip shopping center right next to the high end supermarket Ukrop's, a chain that doesn't sell potent potables of any sort. Nearly every Ukrop's has wine store and a liquor store somewhere close by. The smart ones carry beers too.

Wine and Beer is not just a smart one, but it is a classy joint too. Small, not pretentious, with a solid selection of crafts and imports, including a decent array of Belgians (Trappists too).

Usually, stop in midday. There are at least two people there all the time. They are very helpful and knowledgeable. And reasonable prices too.

They carry 3 Floyds and I can't seem to find that anywhere else in my area, so that makes them a regular stop. If you're in the area, this is a nice little place to browse.

Photo of afatty
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

It's good to have a driver for your 1st "official" Virginia beer run. Located in a large strip mall, it could have easily been overlooked. During my visit, I was accompanied by 3 other BAs from NC. Quite a good selection of East/West Coast and regional beers and I found some "old" nuggets like SA triple bock. Their focus is wine, but I was pleased with what I did find on the shelves. I will definitely put Westpark on my Richmond Beer Run itinerary. And, it's right on the way to the Capital Ale House.

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Part of Poitras/VA 2004 vacation...

After a bit of an adventure finding such a niche location in such a large shopping center, I adventured on in. Wine, wine, everywhere wine, but hark, looks like beer in the back right quarter of the store, so off I went.

Not a huge selection, but what they do have is impressive, ranging from a few Rogue Imperial Pilsners, to a couple different Westvleterens, and various micros, including those local and more afar. Plenty of special releases made the visit a pleasure. Miniscule singles area had little to offer, but somehow I felt the need to get a mixed-six nonetheless.

A nice store, worth the visit, and although help was too busy reading and talking on the phone to offer any assistance with selection, my purchased was packed well in a bomber case, which was appreciated.

This shop was the final stop in my VA beer gathering for the fridge at home, which has now amounted to some 4 cases of exciting things. Space getting a bit tight for the ride home to MA, may have to start jettisoning baby clothes or something...

Photo of Ninjaworm
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Wow.

I saw nothing that would lead me to believe quality was an issue here. Everything was very clean.

I was very please with the selection of this place. Not a very large beer area but some amazing gems tucked everywhere. Picked up some beers that I thought I would not be able to sample without trading. Very good selection of six packs, though not a very exciting arrangement of 12oz singles. Most of the singles were pretty picked over.

There were spots that were empty from bottles not being restocked. Not sure of they are planning to change things around or their next batch of goodies has not arrived yet. Asked about missing beers, was told that they did not have anymore in back.

The clerk was helpful, got wine boxes to store all of our bombers and 750’s.

Can’t wait to return.

7/24
I returned again while visiting the BA gathering at the CAH. The selection was good but not as good as it was, there were many empty spaces that had not been filled. Hope things don't turn for the worst.

Photo of nomad
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Wow, what a really good beer store! After picking up some dinner at the nearby Red, Hot, and Blue, I had to pick up some beer for me, the lady, and brother in law to have with some ribs. I had read that this store was around the corner but had been holding back from wasting time and money, so I was happy that I now had an excuse to take a peak.

Overpowered by the enormous Ukrop's next door, parking is not lacking, though its sign is unassuming. A skinny but decently deep space for a strip mall location, this store exudes care. The wines aren't too numerous but well chosen, and the beer follows suit with similar attention and care. Sixer are lined down the right wall, single Belgians are stacked up, new seasonals are on display, and Stone gets its own little stump to itself. Only a fraction of beers in the few coolers in the back, and they are mostly bombers of Legend, Bear Republic, Arrogant Bastard, and some random German weizens.

Lots of beers I've never heard of from places like Portland Brewing Company, and many quality selections. Micros are nowhere to be found, while the best of the well-known micros like Anderson Valley, Victory, DFH, and so on, abound. This is a phenomenal resource for the Richmond suburbs, with great prices and many things I've never seen before to keep me busy for awhile. Too bad I visit Glen Allen maybe once a year or two.

Photo of Stoo333
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

This place is located in a large strip mall with adequate parking. The selection is a great balance between 6-packs and singles. All of the major domestics are represented along with imports and Belgians. Of note I picked up some Skullsplitter and a bottle of Rogue's imperial pilsner--I didn't see these anywhere else in Richmond during my visit.

The guy running the place was very friendly and eager to talk about beer. He even showed some sympathy for us sub-6%abv North Carolinians. This might be my top pick during my Richmond beer run. I'll be back for sure.

Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I've done the majority of my beer shopping in this store, and I've got nothing but compliments, for the most part. The selection is wonderful, especially considering the relatively limited shelf space when compared to a megastore like Total Wine. They almost always have several new beers coming in every week, and they're more than willing to bring in beers that they're not presently carrying when given a request.

The only sticking points really are that they're slightly ($0.50-$1.00/bottle) more expensive than some other shops, and service can be hit or miss depending on who happens to be working. From my experience, the guys who work there seem to know their beer fairly well while the women are more wine oriented, but still very polite and as helpful as possible. You just have to know when to go (unless, of course, you know what you want).

Highly recommended.

Photo of philipt
4/5  rDev -9.1%

I would have given my small toe to have a shop like this in NC. Large beer selection. A lot a of six packs but nothing that blew my socks off. They did have a few Belgians that I haven't seen before, and Sam Adams Triple Bock. The store is bright and roomy. The service was good. One employee was actively trying to help, but it was a long day and I pretty much just wanted to browse. Good all round beer selection and store.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Finally had a chance to visit this gem of a beer store today. Nestled next to a Ukrop's in the "West End" of Richmond, this store offers an excellent selection of beer and wine. About 35% of the store is devoted to their beer offerings. 1/2 of the right side of the store is devoted to 6-packs. Excellent selection here. Many different breweries. 4 doors of coolers keep a nice selection of beers cold "to go". Huge (and I mean HUGE) selection of singles, with many, many offerings that I've not seen before in Richmond. Excellent selection of European items as well. Prices are quite good, too.

Only downer is that the employee working had no clue about beer. Didn't know any prices off the top of her head and had a cell phone glued to one ear for the duration of my visit (I was the only one in the store).

Edit: 5/30/04 -- Need to bump up the "service"category a few notches from the original score of 3. Since my first visit, I have noticed a much better level of service, including call-backs from the beer manager when I've asked about some seasonal releases. Much, much better.

Overall, definitely worth the trip when I am in the neighborhood and certainly rivals Carytown Wine & Beer and the River City Cellars for top honors in my Richmond beer store list.

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Wine And Beer - Westpark in Glen Allen, VA
96 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.