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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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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
Photo of GJ40
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%

Corks & Kegs offers an even split of beer and wine. The beer section is in the front area of the store where you enter. It's nicely laid out with most of it out on shelves and a small refrigerated section that mostly holds the mass produced beers.

The selection is pretty diverse. They seem to do an especially good job with Belgians and highly rated European beers. They present them nicely, like their wine, and seem to be trying to attract that crowd to them. They also have a wide variety of American beers. They had a big Bell's display in particular. But the other breweries (such as Stone and DFH) seemed to be represented by just a few of their beers. Still they have a lot to choose from. I bought a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Beer Republic Hop Rod Rye and He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA.

The service was enthusiastic. A young guy readily offered his help. He seemed somewhat new to craft beer but working hard to learn the ropes.

Corks & Kegs is a nice local store with a good commitment to beer.

GJ40, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

This was part of a little beer run into Richmond for the day, and a nice stop. I didn't go hog wild in the store, but picked up a couple interesting things

Selection here is decent... and, as they state on their site, prices are pretty good. I put together a mixed 6 pack that I am looking forward to digging into. The cost on that is a dollar or two higher than many other places I go to that allow the same thing, but it's nothing too extreme in the least.

The service here is stellar, and was a pleasant highlight of the trip. The owners were very friendly, quick to make conversation, and have a friendly little dog (pictured on the bottom of their webpage) that loves kids and kept my son entertained so well that he broke down when it was time to leave. Sometimes, I will continue frequenting a store simply for the service alone, and this is one of the stores in Richmond that provides that on top of a good choice of beers. Can't go wrong there.

Certainly a place worth checking out if you are in the city, especially if coming in from out of town and making some 'necessary stops' in Richmond.

Proteus93, May 21, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

One of my favorite places to stop at while in the Richmond area because they almost always have exactly what I'm in search of and more, at a very reasonable price. The place is separated into 2 sections, wine to the left, beers to the right. All the stuff is fresh and in date, they've got a great Belgian section, some singles, plenty of micros in 6 packs and bombers, and many things refrigerated for those who need a fix pronto. Things are priced very reasonably, some cheaper than even where they come from originally, and the top stuff comes with little notes showing their rankings from the beer sites to help troubled shoppers decide. If that doesn't work, the employees seem to know their stuff and offer suggestions and any insight they can, truly helpful people who are passionate about the beverage. Glassware is also for sale and inexpensively priced.

HopDerek, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Today was my second visit to Corks & Kegs. While they still don't have quite the bomber selection of Once Upon a Vine, they do still have a very respectable selection. Since my last visit, they have also added a mixed six pack option at the front counter, with mixed sixers going for $10.99. When I saw a few sixers I wanted just one of that were not on that shelf, and he said just bring up the six pack and he'd sort the rest out. About a third of the beer was in a cooler, but that didn't matter to us as we were taking it all back to Raleigh anyway. This place is certainly a must visit while in the area.

atsprings, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I've been in Richmond for about three and a half years now and have never stopped by Corks & Kegs, until about a week ago that is.

It's a nice place, though, comparable in some ways to Once Upon a Vine, though I think it's a bit smaller. I didn't browse the wines, but it seemed like they have a good selection, and most of the people who were there went to the wine section. I like how they have more of the big Belgian bottles in wooden boxes, though it's odd to pick one up and place it back in some sense.

Still, they do have quite a selection. I saw a few brews I'd never seen before, though I don't remember the names. But they have all the staples covered with harder-to-find micros and those more popular: Troegs, Rogue, Stone, Victory, Allagash, Great Divide.

I didn't ask for help because I didn't know what I wanted going in there, but the man and woman at the counter were very nice, and of course told us to ask if there were any questions. When I paid, the woman told her to let her know of any brews they could try to get if they didn't have them. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Richmond's not getting Three Floyds, which is a bummer, but that was a nice gesture.

I left with a bottle of Victory Baltic Thunder, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and a 6-pack of Troegs Nugget Nectar. The prices seemed to be better and a bit cheaper than most of the other places in Richmond, which was nice.

Oh, and there were a few really expensive Belgians that I had yet to see anywhere else, though I don't remember the names.

Certainly worth a trip. I'd say paired with Once Upon a Vine, these are the two stores that you need to hit if you're in Richmond for the first time and need to stock up. I'll be checking into this place more often from now on for sure.

asabreed, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

We recently stopped by here (our 2nd visit) on the way through Richmond on the return leg of a trip down South. The beer side of the store offers a great selection of some fantastic beers. I like this place a lot since they always seem to have singles and six-packs of the rarer Stone and Bell's beers that I can get in PA but don't feel like buying a case of. Plus it's a great place to pick up bombers of the local Legend seasonals that I'm always on the look out for. The place is very bright and clean with everything organized neatly on shelves or coolers and the Belgians in the basket presentation gives things a classy look. They also have a mix and match single station up by the register but I think that you can only buy them in a six-pack (no single sales). Prices are pretty reasonable and are what I would expect to pay at other VA liquor stores. Service was friendly and knowledgeable for the most part. Definitely a must hit in Richmond for a great selection of what's available in the state.

Kegatron, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Stopped in after a business trip to Quantico. This is a great place to buy beer. The Belgians are laid out in bins, very easy to get to and browse through. Everything else is arranged on shelves in a logical fashion. The place is well lit and spacious. The selection is excellent. I even got a Russian River beer (Damnation), hard to find in any places I have ever been to. Service is super. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable and enthusiastic about beer. If I hit this place before going to Grape and Gourmet back home (Va Beach), I would have given it 5.0's across the board. It's a little less special since I know I have a place that is comparable in my own backyard. Grape and Gourmet will let you raid just about any 6 pack to make up your own set of singles. Corks and Kegs has their beers for "mix and match" pre-selected for you, not every 12 oz'er in the place is eligible. Corks and Kegs is a great asset for the Richmond beer lover and the I-64 and I-95 travelers through Virginia.

JayQue, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of bullywee
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

A great selection, beer side is to the right against the wall, very well organized, with bombers on the top and six packs below, Belgians are down the middle. I picked up mostly bombers from Green Flash, Stone, Firestone, Avery, Smuttynose, Bear Republic, six packs of SN Anni and Shoals pale. lots of high gravity stuff, seasonal's and anniversary brews. lots of stuff from Bells, Portsmouth, Avery, Stone etc. Service was exceptional, all of my questions were answered, the owner was very helpfull and full of suggestions. A must stop if you are in the area or want to make a road trip for stuff you cant get at home.

bullywee, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of derrickt007
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

I love this store. I have been in a couple times passing through on the way to DC and have had a great experience every time. Ashok and March really know their store and beers, and will go out of their way to help you, which is always a plus. The selection and prices are great especially on Stone products. They have lots of Bell's, some Russian River, Green Flash, Bear Republic, and a good bit of Belgians as well. As some have said it seems a little random where the beers are, but all you have to do is ask and they can point you in the right direction. I will stop in every time I am passing through the area, and I highly recommend stopping in for good conversation, as well as a great beer selection!

derrickt007, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Finally made it over here and i must say, this place definitely competes with Once Upon a Vine for best beer store in richmond (and maybe one of the best I have been to anywhere). Huge store with more floor space dedicated to beer than most stores - it is definitely more of a beer store than anything else. Tons of big bottles, six packs. Lots of rare americans, belgians (ful llineup of Brasserie Des Rocs) and cheap prices!! only complaint is that the beers dont seem to be in much of an order, so you really have to search through everything. Last stop i was there i picked up an 07.07.07, a 6 pack of Bells 8000, and a Des Rocs Ambree, but had i been in town longer, I would have come home with a whole lot more.

As others have mentioned, the onky problem I can see is that they won't let you buy singles of the 12 oz beers (except for the high alcohol belgians). This is really a problem for me, as I like to try lots of different things and don't always want a sixer. They do have some mixed six-packs that they made, but that isn't quite the same as doing it yourself.

a great beer store, and the help seems nice and knowledgeable as well.

will be returning on each trip i make back to richmond.

Lnedrive14, Aug 27, 2007
Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
97 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.