Corks & Kegs
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Reviews by nandemo1:
4.36/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Been in here a few times, not my regular corner shop though. Right near the University at Patterson and Three Chopt.
Pretty good lineup with all the domestic brands available in Virginia, and stuff seems reasonably fresh. Did not see any real limited stuff outside of Devil Dancer, but most supplies in the area are exhausted. Not sure about imports, haven't ventured far enough into that world to know whether the selection is on par. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Regular tastings and a large cold beer cabinet.
07-13-2011 01:34:07 | More by nandemo1
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4.57/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Very good selection, and close to work, which makes it an easy stop. The staff are great, very knowledgeable, and always friendly. My only complaint is that I wish the "mix your own six-pack" selection was more extensive. Highly recommended.
05-31-2013 22:45:48 | More by McBraniel
4.41/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A great shop in Richmond, and one of the best places to hit in the area for craft beer purchasing.
They have a somewhat large fridge with a lot of moderately common craft choices (and some macros, with the occasional uncommon choice as well). Then they have a vertical rack arranged by style with lots of six and four-packs of great stuff, but where the selection really shines is in the bomber racks and singles selections. They don't have a lot as far as terribly uncommon brews go, but they definitely have enough to please the average beer connoisseur, I'd wager, and I always leave pleased with my selections.
Some might complain about the bombers being stored vertically on wine racks, but it's never negatively impacted anything I've bought from there so it doesn't particularly bother me. There are probably a good 200-or-so beers to choose from on an average day, and the management is happy to recommend or to tell you of new stuff they have coming in. If you really want something special that they're missing, I've even had one of the management offer to order it in, but it was going to be too costly an affair overall, sadly.
What's more, they have literally hundreds of kegs, available in many different sizes, which is both great for throwing larger parties and more intimate get-togethers.
Usually they're having some sort of wine or beer tasting going on, as well as local music (there's a cello player in particular that I love hearing when browsing for beer), which is nice atmospherically.
A highly recommended establishment overall, its only real drawback being how much money you can mysteriously lose upon visiting...
01-04-2012 15:48:25 | More by antique
4.14/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Just off Three Chopt and Horsepen.
More than half the store is devoted to beer. Always a good sign for me. Decent sized cooler section across the back with varied selection, representative of the area. Large mix-a-six shelves near the checkout.
6 or 8 rows of corked and caged beers. Biggest selection I have seen. Stored in wine cage shelving. Also quite a few bombers and capped 750's. Picked up CC Guava and Bruery 4 Calling Birds.
Service is attentive without being overly so. Aware of local scene and what is coming.
Nice dog in the house, too.
12-08-2011 02:17:14 | More by beer2day
4.8/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been going to Corks and Kegs for a while now and it is a great little place to shop. I live out in the West End and i prefer C&Ks level of customer service over Once Upon a Vine's lack thereof so i'll drive out of my way to get the "mom and pop shop" feel versus what you get at Once Upon a Vine (which to me feels almost like a grocery store or WalMart). I have only 1 minor gripe:
C&K stores beer horizontal, which i am not a fan of. Call me picky, but corked beer should be upright. Dont get me wrong, those guys there KNOW their beer, and they have a wealth of knowledge about them, but given their confined space, i understand why they do it, i just dont agree with it.
Also, a few of the beers they have there are a little overpriced. The Trappist ales they have you can get at World Market for a couple bucks less, i do however put my faith in C&K that they're getting some fresher beverages vice World Market, which is essentially a larger version of a yard sale.
As a beer specialty shop, i can sympathize with their need to branch out (wine and cigars) and charge a little a bit more, and so i still give C&K 2 big thumbs up and my denotation as the premier shop in Richmond. The quality of beer and service is outstanding, and far surpasses Once Upon a Vine...i guess i just wish they would expand some :)
09-30-2011 12:52:02 | More by JBrew13
4.34/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a stone's throw from where I am currently living, which is a dangerous feature, haha. The people there are incredible. They are very active online and want to cater to the people.
The one thing that would put Once Upon a Vine over C&K would be the selection of singles. If people want to try new things, but do not want to buy a whole lot, then the selection is limited. Overall the layout is great here, but the space is limiting the amount they can, or want, to carry.
I think if they had more variety I would shop exclusively through them.
03-11-2011 18:01:01 | More by jdb8507
Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
98 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.