Corks & Kegs
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3.5/5 rDev -22.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4
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.
04-20-2004 23:41:20 | More by Stoo333
3.85/5 rDev -14.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-14-2008 10:33:09 | More by GJ40
4/5 rDev -11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
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) Mahrs 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).
08-19-2003 12:41:17 | More by scottstrades
4/5 rDev -11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
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.
11-25-2003 02:09:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
4/5 rDev -11.1%
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
4/5 rDev -11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For me this place is a little out of the way, so I was looking forward to the chance to get there on a Sunday and spend a little time looking around.
If you DO live in Richmond or work in town, it's likely that this place could be a great place to visit. For me, it'll be a great place to hit 22 oz. beers.
Speaking of, I do not believe that I have ever seen such a respectful and deep display of 22 oz. beers in any one place. I was totally impressed by the selection of 22's.
I was hoping for a bit more of a selection in the single bottles, but they did have a sign noting "Pardon their mess", which leads me to the assumption that they typically have a much better selection than what I found. I did, however, find a few singles that I have never seen before - so that's a huge plus.
Their selection of 4 and 6 packs was on par with most any other store I have been to in terms of varied selection, as long as you aren't going there to see thousands of run of the mill beers. If you want something special or hard to find, this may be the place.
The layout was nice, seeing as how they have beer confined to 1/3rd of the store, right to the right as you walk in.
The service seemed friendly, but a little distracted. Can't really fault them for this as they were searching for good music to play while I was there, which I did appreciate greatly.
This place won't be my first stop (geographical limitations) but I look forward to Sunday drives or afternoon jaunts to see what special things they may have available.
09-27-2010 12:46:16 | More by gopens44
4.14/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.15/5 rDev -7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
It's about a ten to fifteen minute drive from my apartment. I walked in and couldn't help smiling at the huge number of 22 oz bombers laying in front of me. An employee immediately greeted me and began speaking with me about BA and recent tastings he had. I came to find out he was the General Manager, and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. Prices were about what I would expect to find, and very reasonable. Decent selection of six packs as well, but I personally was all about the 22oz. Huge selection of wine and cigars also.
10-25-2010 19:57:26 | More by ramseye4
4.2/5 rDev -6.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-30-2008 02:49:24 | More by qchic
4.34/5 rDev -3.6%
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
Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA
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