Corks & Kegs

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Corks & KegsCorks & Kegs
BA SCORE
97
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61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
[ 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 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

Photo of sidsinatra
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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!!

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.

Photo of mhbarber
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of JBrew13
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
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 :)

Photo of Tringrose11
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of McBraniel
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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.

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Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
97 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.