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Corks & Kegs

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Corks & KegsCorks & Kegs
BA SCORE
97
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.11%
[ Store ]

7110 Patterson Ave
Richmond, Virginia, 23229-6755
United States
phone: (804) 288-0816

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @corksandkegs

Notes:
Open 7 Days a Week
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

scojoman, Feb 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

mhbarber, Dec 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

sidsinatra, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

blbarnett3, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of McBraniel
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

McBraniel, May 31, 2013
Photo of antique
4.41/5  rDev 0%

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...

antique, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

beer2day, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of JBrew13
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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 :)

JBrew13, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of nandemo1
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

nandemo1, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of jdb8507
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

jdb8507, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of ramseye4
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

It's about a ten to fifteen minute drive from my apartment. I walked in and couldn't help smiling at the huge number of 22 oz bombers laying in front of me. An employee immediately greeted me and began speaking with me about BA and recent tastings he had. I came to find out he was the General Manager, and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. Prices were about what I would expect to find, and very reasonable. Decent selection of six packs as well, but I personally was all about the 22oz. Huge selection of wine and cigars also.

ramseye4, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -9.3%

For me this place is a little out of the way, so I was looking forward to the chance to get there on a Sunday and spend a little time looking around.

If you DO live in Richmond or work in town, it's likely that this place could be a great place to visit. For me, it'll be a great place to hit 22 oz. beers.

Speaking of, I do not believe that I have ever seen such a respectful and deep display of 22 oz. beers in any one place. I was totally impressed by the selection of 22's.

I was hoping for a bit more of a selection in the single bottles, but they did have a sign noting "Pardon their mess", which leads me to the assumption that they typically have a much better selection than what I found. I did, however, find a few singles that I have never seen before - so that's a huge plus.

Their selection of 4 and 6 packs was on par with most any other store I have been to in terms of varied selection, as long as you aren't going there to see thousands of run of the mill beers. If you want something special or hard to find, this may be the place.

The layout was nice, seeing as how they have beer confined to 1/3rd of the store, right to the right as you walk in.

The service seemed friendly, but a little distracted. Can't really fault them for this as they were searching for good music to play while I was there, which I did appreciate greatly.

This place won't be my first stop (geographical limitations) but I look forward to Sunday drives or afternoon jaunts to see what special things they may have available.

gopens44, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -9.3%

clean mid-sized store with a few horizontal wine-style racks filled with various 750s, a section of coolers with a nice range of micros, and some others in room temp storage, small selection of singles, good variety of beers spanning most styles and locales to include most of our VA locals, surprised to see KBS in the store as it's been scooped up most everywhere else, not a particularly wowing selection but everyone will likely find something new and enjoyable, I left with a couple Legend singles and some Troegs Java Head

the gent working the store that day was certainly nice, probably could have pointed out some alternatives to the customer who came in looking for something that wasn't in stock, but was still helpful in her search, wasn't really in need of assistance myself

blackie, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of phydeau
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I discovered Corks&Kegs on one of my frequent road trips from Georgia to NY. Always looking for good beer, I Googled Corks&Kegs on my Blackberry, and got right off I-95 and went straight there.

I was well-rewarded! The store features a massive and wide-ranging selection of beer from all over. I was especially pleased to find a good selection of Belgian and Belgian-style beers displayed on racks like fine wine. It was immediately clear to me that the folks at Corks&Kegs *respect beer*!!

March and Paul, the two guys who took care of me, were great! Very friendly, helpful, and welcoming.

I've been back to the store twice since my first visit, and will continue to make this place a regular stop to wet my whistle on the long trips to NY.

~phydeau
St. Simons Island, GA

phydeau, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of dtivp
4.85/5  rDev +10%

I occasionally travel to our corporate office in Richmond, so I decided it was time not only to drink good beer while there, but bring some back to the WV beer wasteland. After looking at reviews on the beer advocate website, C&K stood out.
They definitely earn the great reviews that everyone has given them.

Very nice well kept store, the two employees were very helpful and knowledgeable on the beer they sell. Very good selection of North America craft beers and some of Europe's best. Price is very reasonable and thanks for the volume discount, which was referred to as the WV discount, nice touch.

I will be back when I'm in Richmond.

dtivp, May 08, 2010
Photo of raverjames
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I hit this place on my first day in Richmond. I was really glad that I did. The first thing that I noticed as I walked in the door, were the wine racks all over. I was kind of sad at first, then I noticed the wine racks were filled with beer bottles. Impressive. Lots of beers I knew and plenty that I have never seen before. All the Legend Brewing Co beers were in the back cooler, and I was very happy to find their latest barleywine for sale. I was also pleased to find Schlafly Reserve brews for sale. The guy working there was pretty knowledgeable about craft beer, but when I stumped him with a question, he looked up the answer. My only complaint was that the selection was very scattered. I would find one or two beers from each brewery, but never the full line. Distributors here must be pretty cool to allow that. I am used to being pushed into carrying all the beers from a certain brewery. This may not be the best beer store out there, but definitely worth checking out.

raverjames, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of HopeinHop
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Recently voyaged to C & K and was pleasantly surprised with the "bomber" or 22oz selection. Bomber brews that range from Stone (plenty), assorted belgians and IPAS, and plenty others. Was excited to see Ommegang Adoration there too. There was an extensive six-pack selection as well, some I see at other microbrew stores and others that were new to me. The owner was very helpful and helped me find beers I may like and pointed out good values. Half of the store is for wine but knowing less about wine I cannot comment on the quality of selection

I will go back!

HopeinHop, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of madtrixter787
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Drove to Richmond yesterday with some friends specifically to go to this store. Heard it was one of the best selections in Richmond, especially for more limited release bottles. It was true, this place does have a great selection, and the owner was very helpful and nice. After talking with the owner a little bit he threw in his last bottle of last years batch of Bell's Hopslam for us to enjoy on the house which was a really cool. My friend and I had enjoyed it on tap once last year and are looking forward to this years release, so this was an added bonus to get us salivating for what is to come. Will definitely be making the trek back to this place for some harder to find releases that do not make it to Fredericksburg. Highly recommended.

madtrixter787, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

I used to hit up Corks & Kegs every so often when I lived in the RIC but was in town for a family visit and the corresponding stock-up on Bell's products that comes along with it. CK has a solid variety of local, regional, national and international craft on hand. Most of it is pretty good stuff; there's not a lot of crap on the shelves. A pleasant surprise was the Duck Rabbit product that apparently is newer to the Commonwealth. Service was quite helpful and informative; offered to help load up the truck for me since I bought so much product; in the end I dropped over 2 bills there on beer and wine and wasn't a bit disappointed with any of my purchases, so I guess that pretty much says it. The location at Patterson & Three Chopt isn't tough at all to get to for what is definitely one of the best beer spots in the area.

IBUnit63, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Just went here for the first time today and was very pleased. Pretty comparable (maybe even better) in selection to Once Upon a Vine in that they have a much better selection of micros than bigger stores in the area like Total Wine or Whole Foods. I picked up a mixed 6 pack for $11 which was pretty reasonable for the beers I selected and I couple of bombers that were comparably priced with other stores. The store was clean and roomy and the guy working there was friendly and very helpful. I'm trying to think of a negative but I really don't have any. Awesome store right around the corner from me and in a good location overall. I'll definitely be a regular.

apbarwood, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of pentathlete
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Disclaimer: I've known the proprietors for some time and consider myself a friend. I'll try to be as candid as possible.

Great location, near the University of Richmond, and easy entrance and exit from the parking lot. The store occupies the end of a small strip mall. A little over half the store is devoted to wines. Every Friday they feature a combined beer and wine tasting, often with live acoustic music.

They sell the standard BMC stuff but it doesn't take up valuable shelf space in the main store. Fine mix of locals, American craft brews and plenty of world class imports.

Everything is reasonable priced. The staff is always ready to help and, if they don't have a beer, and you want it, they'll make the effort to obtain it. They keep the prices as fair as possible, too.

They've cultivated a very friendly, almost familial, relationship with the local community. It seems as if every regular customer and the employees are on a first name basis. Great atmosphere.

You have to ignore any reviews that are more than a couple of years old. The place underwent an ownership change and with that, a complete makeover.

(For what it's worth, the POS system prints the actual beers on the receipt. I happen to like this, so that I can track what I pay for various beers at various times in various places. Wish all beer stores had this.)

pentathlete, May 04, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

I really liked this place. The guy working the counter was nice and personable and was very helpful when I had questions.

Almost everything had prices (which should be a given but isnt) and everything looked fresh. The selection was enormous. They had more Legend beers than I have seen anywhere else in town and that was a plus. They had Bells, DFH, Troegs, ST George, Smuttynose and just about anything else.

The mix six packs was a convenience. It was only $10.99 for the six pack which is pretty decent. Other prices seemed resaonable and werent too pricey.

This is a must stop in the Richmond area.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of adam42381
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I would highly recommend this place. Went with some friends while on a weekend trip to Busch Gardens (we needed some good beer after being force-fed the Anheuser-Busch swill all weekend). The selection was very good especially for the size of the store. The service was top notch. They allow you to build your own six packs. I can't remember the prices exactly but they were very reasonable. Much more personal experience versus shopping at a large store like Total Wine (which I really like but it's not the same). If you're in the Richmond area you should definitely check this place out.

adam42381, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Q: Corks and Kegs has some of the higher quality brews you'll find out there today. They've dedicated themselves to getting good beer.

S: The staff is friendly and knowledgable about their inventory.

S: A wide selection of beers: Dogfish Head (I wish we got this in Charleston), Hitachino, Troegs, Unibroue, and a host of Belgians too numerous to name. Also has a good selection of Virginia beers. Has more mainstream beers than I would've thought (e.g., Newcastle, Anchor Steam), but they're in the minority.

V: The prices here are reasonable, considering the quality of beer.

This store is an excellent source for craft beer.

avalon07, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of qchic
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

This is a place that I'm willing to drive out of my way for when I am in Richmond. It's a clean, spacious store with friendly employees. I stuck to the beer side (the other half offering wine), and found an armful of goodies, including Southern Tier and Stone beers. There was a nice section of seasonals along the front, a wall of micro 6 packs, and rows of crates to display the Belgians. There are also many coolers of cold sixers, and they offered to chill my purchases. Some singles are near the counter to satisfy curiosities. They don't necessarily carry everything available, but still a very respectable selection. I'll surely return when I am in town.

qchic, Nov 30, 2008
Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
97 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.