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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 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
Photo of BryanC
4.85/5  rDev +10%

This is my local store, so I'm in here pretty frequently. My most recent visit was last night.

Corks & Kegs has a great selection of craft brews. Roquefort to Bell's (lots of Bell's), Russian River to Allagash. There isn't much available that I've wanted and not been able to find. Pretty good wine selection, too.

No singles, but they do have some pre-selected variety packs at a reasonable price. I'll probably pick up the Oktoberfest mix pack next time I'm in.

There is a cooler for chilled stuff, everything else is either in crates on the floor (which I admit sounds strange, but it's actually pretty easy to browse) or on some shelves around the rest of the beer area.

The staff is great, very friendly and quick to help if you want it. Also seems to be a beer fan, and enjoys discussing his products.

Anyway, highly recommended if you're in the area.

BryanC, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of rborthwick
4.85/5  rDev +10%

This store has one of, if not the largest beer selection in the Richmond area. Seems that Total Wine & More and some others are demoting their beer in favor of a concentration on more wine space. This store is just the opposite. The selection of beer has really come on in the last 6 months and continues. Staff is very knowledgeable on beer and is willing to discuss their passion with you. The store is open and uncluttered and in a good location. Only complaint is the lack of a build your own sixpacks area.

rborthwick, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of boxofepilepsy
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Location might not be the most convenient for west-enders, but great place. Entire wall of six-packs and several dozen odd singles along with pick of chilled beer. 2 racks of belgians as well. I found a lot of stuff here that is extremely rare in the city-- Lion, Rochefort, Bell's, and most everything by Troegs. Service is very friendly, eager to chat and willing to offer suggestion. And the Bell's sampler sixer they made was pretty awesome. Price is average. This is the kind of place I'd support on principle alone even if it were more expensive.

boxofepilepsy, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.85/5  rDev +10%

This is an edit from a previous review. I originally thought this store was more geared towards wine. Now they seem to be more 50-50 if not more beer geared. the guys that work here are great, i dont think i have been in a more personable and kind store than this. I talked with one of the guys taht worked there about the quality of the product, they never sell anything thats even close to pastdue, in fact they pull it from the shelves before it goes bad...ou can NOT ask for better quality. many of my fav stores have brews with dust on them, you will never find dust here. The selection here is very good, especially on belgium beers. my only complaint is that there doesnt seem to be a huge push towards singles. that said i have bought some singles as well as pre mixed mixers, which are a fun way to try new things without bias. i would prefer a whole shelf of just singles and maybe if i asked i could split some up. Regardless my opinion of this place has definatly changed since last summer, and its now my go to beer place....especially for good convo, and some knowledge on the beer i buy

Redwood21, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of nriech
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Pretty decent place. As said before for some reason this is the Bells headquarters of the area. Also a few Tommyknockers I havent seen. Lots of other good stuff you dont normally see everywhere including some expensive stuff from Allagash. 6 Coolers of a mix of decent micros and macros. Then an entire wall of 6 packs. Also about 16 wine crates with the 750ml bottles.

Went on a tasting night. 3 beers and 3 wines. Pretty decent and all involved were fun and knowledgeable. Prices are pretty on par, maybe a touch over on a few things but only in comparison to Kroger.

nriech, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Took a trip here a little while back to stock up on some Nugget Nectar. This was my first time out here, as I usually stick to a couple stores closer to home. Nevertheless, I needed some Bell's and NN, and was happy that I went the extra distance. The place was kind of in between phases on the floor, in terms of organization and presentation. Overall, somewhat nondescript inside, but it was really all about the beer. Oh, and I'm pretty sure they had a wine section as well :) The beer selection, however, was quite extensive. While it was on par with some other stores, the offerings were a cut above. Plenty of high quality, hard to find, or just downright drinkable and afforable beers that I'd always keep in stock, were that I owned a brew store. Talked with the owner for quite some time about the industry, his store, and of course, the great items he had available, a good portion of which I had yet to try. All in all, I'd say this place has a keen eye for the good stuff, and is more than worth it to take a visit here. After looking around, you won't want to walk out empty-handed.

CharlieMopps, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Made the trip up from Newport News, to pick up some Bell's mainly. Place is located on Patterson ave right near the corner of Threechopt. Nice neat place with good beer taking up almost half the establishment. The owner, March, I believe his name is and the other gentleman were very cool and helpful with anything we needed. Good guys with great taste in beer.

They had loads of Bell's stuff...so mission accomplished there. I also got some stuff that has shaky availability around where I live...Hop Rod...Double Simcoe. I'd estimate over 100+ different sixpacks and alot in the cooler. Singles are available to purchase mainly just for bombers or high tag items. Otherwise, they do have some Stout and IPA mixed sixers that are a niced touch filled with good beers. They also have some cigars, wine, and other assorted stuff.

Would not hesitate to recommend them as a must stop if you're in the area...and worth the pilgrimage if you're not.

Bleedingshrimp, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of roughsax
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I just went here for the first time on saturday. I was very impressed! They have a great selection. Some stuff you can find around town, but a good amount of bottles not found elsewhere in RVA. Prices were consistent to better than most other establishments. The shopkeep (Ashok was his name?), was very friendly/helpful. He is excited to talk beer and looking forward to expanding their inventory. "Many more belgians on the way", I was told. I picked up a six of the Two Hearted and he went and pulled a bottle of Hopslam out of the back for me, from their last six pack. I also picked up some Jefferson's Reserve, Allagash Oddessy and Four, 750 of Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel (i love that!), and a few other randoms. The pricing was very reasonable. I could easily have spent much more. I perused the keg list as well, and it is quite extensive. I look forward to shopping here again.

roughsax, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Havinapretzel
5/5  rDev +13.4%

A fellow BA and I made the trip here from Newport News (~1.25 hours), and this place was well worth it. Corks & Kegs has an excellent selection of just about everything...I can't think of anything I wanted that they didn't have. We went there looking for Bell's beer, and they had several styles I hadn't seen locally. I ended up getting 5 different sixers of Bell's, plus some other stuff I hadn't seen locally in several months. The prices here are excellent...some beers are priced similarly to around here, but most were noticebly cheaper. The service is excellent...we called ahead for directions since Google Maps screwed us; they helped us out getting there and were quite friendly and knowledgeable once we were inside. I'm definitely hitting this place up again soon, and recommend that you do the same.

Havinapretzel, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of alphaking
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I'd have to say this is by far my favorite place to buy beer yet! Huge selection and quality brews. The guys there are more than helpful and love to talk beer. They told me the selection will continue to grow over the next few months and will have plenty more. The store is under new ownership, and from what I've read about the place under previous owner it wasn't all that great before. But now I was pleasantly surprised Best selection I've seen yet, and decent prices. I picked up 2 cases of Bell's Hopslam that I couldn't find anywhere, as well as a couple 6 packs of Bell's Java Stout and Expedition Stout. Cheapest price on kegs I've see in a while also. $130 for a 1/2 barrel of Two Hearted is a steal imo. They even hooked me up with a couple complimentary stout glasses and this months issue of BA mag. Great store and will get much more of my business in the future. Well worth the drive. Thanks again!!

alphaking, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Stoo333
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

A mediocre selection here. Some singles from Victory, Sierra nevada, some Dogfish, St. George, a couple random Belgians--I didn't see much that I couldn't find elsewhere in Richmond at other places with a larger selection. They did have a selection of glassware as well.

When we walked in we got a 'how's it going' and the balding guy with grey hair went back to reading something... We made our selections and headed to the counter. Both my friend and I got double-takes when he looked at our IDs and he asked for another form of identification from both of us in a fairly unfriendly manner. (I don't mind being carded...but he could have been more polite when asking for the 2nd ID.)

I wouldn't be too upset if I skipped this place on my next trip to Richmond, but I'd be interested to see if maybe we just caught the store/employee on a bad day.

Stoo333, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

A very high quality store that I've passed up for far too long. Finally stopped in yesterday and had my expectations fully met. Not the largest selection of beers to be had in the area, but lots of high quality beers, and several beers and brands I'd not seen in my usual haunts.

Prices are exceptional when compared to the surrounding locations (Wine & Beer Westpark, Total Wine). Also, they offer more gift packs and sell some decent looking beer glasses as well, something the other area stores seem to be lacking in.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

altctrlsdelete, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev -9.3%

6-22-04
I had to drop their selection grade down. The shelves were essentially bare today and there place taken up by boxes. If it gets much worse I would take it down to a 3.0. I would not suggest stopping now, however the owner did say he was going to stock back up.


I almost passed it, but Corks & Kegs is a roomy Beer/Wine shop in Richmond. The selection is pretty good and the people in the shop are very nice. I purchased only a few beers, but was given a 10% discount without anyone blinking and eye. They have a good selection of local brews as well as some interesting Belgians and beers from out of state breweries. The shelves are neat and well laid out.

The thing that really caught my eye was the table of gift set Belgian beers and glasses near the front of the store.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of scottstrades
4/5  rDev -9.3%

A decent selection of imports (cannot remember the domestics). While not a large selection, you may find some beers not found at the other Richmond stores with larger selections. If I remember correctly, they had some of the Caracole Belgian beers before I saw them in other stores. They also had Kapuziner and (I think) Mahr’s wheat beers on at least one of my visits (two very good beers that are somewhat hard to find) Prices are fair. Though it's not the type of store that a beer guru would shop at regularly, I do recommend it for an occasional visit, especially if you're in the area (or by Regency Square Mall).

scottstrades, Aug 19, 2003
Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
97 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.