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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 Eric585
1.88/5  rDev -57.4%

Eric585, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Ccomp
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

Ccomp, Jun 26, 2014
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 julielynndubee
3.75/5  rDev -15%

julielynndubee, Jul 21, 2014
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 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 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 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 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
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Soto, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

I'm from the Charlotte, NC area - this bottle shop carries a wide variety of brews I can't pick up at home and the prices are very reasonable. The staff is knowledgeable, even hooked me up with their last bottle of a barrel aged one-off from a local brewery. They even knew my boy, Chris from Peabody's in Boone, NC. Great bottle shop with good people, check em out.

Mantooth, Apr 10, 2014
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 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 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
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

scojoman, Feb 13, 2014
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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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 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
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

HoppyBastard2, Jun 08, 2014
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Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
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