Corks & Kegs
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
4.41/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A great shop in Richmond, and one of the best places to hit in the area for craft beer purchasing.
They have a somewhat large fridge with a lot of moderately common craft choices (and some macros, with the occasional uncommon choice as well). Then they have a vertical rack arranged by style with lots of six and four-packs of great stuff, but where the selection really shines is in the bomber racks and singles selections. They don't have a lot as far as terribly uncommon brews go, but they definitely have enough to please the average beer connoisseur, I'd wager, and I always leave pleased with my selections.
Some might complain about the bombers being stored vertically on wine racks, but it's never negatively impacted anything I've bought from there so it doesn't particularly bother me. There are probably a good 200-or-so beers to choose from on an average day, and the management is happy to recommend or to tell you of new stuff they have coming in. If you really want something special that they're missing, I've even had one of the management offer to order it in, but it was going to be too costly an affair overall, sadly.
What's more, they have literally hundreds of kegs, available in many different sizes, which is both great for throwing larger parties and more intimate get-togethers.
Usually they're having some sort of wine or beer tasting going on, as well as local music (there's a cello player in particular that I love hearing when browsing for beer), which is nice atmospherically.
A highly recommended establishment overall, its only real drawback being how much money you can mysteriously lose upon visiting...
01-04-2012 15:48:25 | More by antique
4.14/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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 +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been going to Corks and Kegs for a while now and it is a great little place to shop. I live out in the West End and i prefer C&Ks level of customer service over Once Upon a Vine's lack thereof so i'll drive out of my way to get the "mom and pop shop" feel versus what you get at Once Upon a Vine (which to me feels almost like a grocery store or WalMart). I have only 1 minor gripe:
C&K stores beer horizontal, which i am not a fan of. Call me picky, but corked beer should be upright. Dont get me wrong, those guys there KNOW their beer, and they have a wealth of knowledge about them, but given their confined space, i understand why they do it, i just dont agree with it.
Also, a few of the beers they have there are a little overpriced. The Trappist ales they have you can get at World Market for a couple bucks less, i do however put my faith in C&K that they're getting some fresher beverages vice World Market, which is essentially a larger version of a yard sale.
As a beer specialty shop, i can sympathize with their need to branch out (wine and cigars) and charge a little a bit more, and so i still give C&K 2 big thumbs up and my denotation as the premier shop in Richmond. The quality of beer and service is outstanding, and far surpasses Once Upon a Vine...i guess i just wish they would expand some :)
09-30-2011 12:52:02 | More by JBrew13
4.36/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.34/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a stone's throw from where I am currently living, which is a dangerous feature, haha. The people there are incredible. They are very active online and want to cater to the people.
The one thing that would put Once Upon a Vine over C&K would be the selection of singles. If people want to try new things, but do not want to buy a whole lot, then the selection is limited. Overall the layout is great here, but the space is limiting the amount they can, or want, to carry.
I think if they had more variety I would shop exclusively through them.
03-11-2011 18:01:01 | More by jdb8507
4.15/5 rDev -7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-25-2010 19:57:26 | More by ramseye4
4/5 rDev -10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For me this place is a little out of the way, so I was looking forward to the chance to get there on a Sunday and spend a little time looking around.
If you DO live in Richmond or work in town, it's likely that this place could be a great place to visit. For me, it'll be a great place to hit 22 oz. beers.
Speaking of, I do not believe that I have ever seen such a respectful and deep display of 22 oz. beers in any one place. I was totally impressed by the selection of 22's.
I was hoping for a bit more of a selection in the single bottles, but they did have a sign noting "Pardon their mess", which leads me to the assumption that they typically have a much better selection than what I found. I did, however, find a few singles that I have never seen before - so that's a huge plus.
Their selection of 4 and 6 packs was on par with most any other store I have been to in terms of varied selection, as long as you aren't going there to see thousands of run of the mill beers. If you want something special or hard to find, this may be the place.
The layout was nice, seeing as how they have beer confined to 1/3rd of the store, right to the right as you walk in.
The service seemed friendly, but a little distracted. Can't really fault them for this as they were searching for good music to play while I was there, which I did appreciate greatly.
This place won't be my first stop (geographical limitations) but I look forward to Sunday drives or afternoon jaunts to see what special things they may have available.
09-27-2010 12:46:16 | More by gopens44
4/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
07-23-2010 23:35:10 | More by blackie
5/5 rDev +12.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I discovered Corks&Kegs on one of my frequent road trips from Georgia to NY. Always looking for good beer, I Googled Corks&Kegs on my Blackberry, and got right off I-95 and went straight there.
I was well-rewarded! The store features a massive and wide-ranging selection of beer from all over. I was especially pleased to find a good selection of Belgian and Belgian-style beers displayed on racks like fine wine. It was immediately clear to me that the folks at Corks&Kegs *respect beer*!!
March and Paul, the two guys who took care of me, were great! Very friendly, helpful, and welcoming.
I've been back to the store twice since my first visit, and will continue to make this place a regular stop to wet my whistle on the long trips to NY.
St. Simons Island, GA
07-12-2010 14:06:30 | More by phydeau
4.85/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-08-2010 14:22:09 | More by dtivp
Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
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