Riverside Beverage Company
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Reviews by hippityhophead24:
5/5 rDev +33%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Riverside Beverage Company is right down the road from Greenlife Grocery. They have two stores, one for beer and one for wine, liquor, and high gravity beers (TN's cap in a beer store is 6.3%). The wine side has a large selection of great liquors, wine, and champagnes for any lover of the spirits. They probably have the largest selection in town. They also have a great selection of higher gravity beers above 6.3%. I go there often to pick up some of those. The beer side of the store has everything ranging from Budweiser to small brew craft beers. The best part is the growler station. I believe they have about 10 brews on tap and they are reasonably priced. Great place
08-15-2011 21:01:56 | More by hippityhophead24
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
small craft brew store is an extension of what was a thriving wine store(now next door).
The plus's are the staff is nice and now somewhat knowledgable, and the store is clean and organized(albeit small). "Trey" has gone on to bigger and better beer things - too bad, that was the best guy manning a beer store ever! If he was still there I'd give the service, atmosphere, and quality scores a 5. Thanks Trey!!! You are missed! Staff is still above average, but Trey really brought an energy and service that is unmatched when you walk-in today.
The have about 6-8 beers on tap, and while it's not the biggest selection, they have a good idea of the best to have on tap.
They sell singles, and it's only about 8 bux to fill a half gallon growler if you have the bottle... 13-14 if you need the bottle.
I like the store because the staff is friendly.. often playing decent music when you walk in. I also like it because from the driving to the perusing - you can get in and out of this place quick, and it's basically downtown(just across the ol' jotty bridge from the baseball stadium).
Not gonna dock this place too many points for carrying everything they can in tennessee - it's the states fault they don't have even more.
The prices are very fair... you can get ayinger's for 3-3.50, rogues for 5.50-6, and just about every good craft six from 7-12 bux. The also have every domestic in case you got lost on your way to bonaroo:) everything from stoudt, marble, terrapin, avery, rogue, left hand, and a huge hunk of german offerings.
one down side is they must be under-staffed because this place locks the beerside door OFTEN and you often have to get someone to walk over during the day to let you in(after 5pm usually somebody is manning the beerside)... It's something they could fix(even a door ringer to save the short walk would be a plus).
the best craft beer store in chatt, tn, but that's only because Beverage World is about a 15 minute drive south of downtown(near ft. oglethorpe ga), and because they have no other 'serious' competitors.
worth checking out... if you're staying downtown - it's your only decent option.
09-10-2013 21:29:18 | More by witster18
3.66/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
This was my only real source of quality beer and spirits until my recent discovery of Beverage World just across the state line. This store is divided into two with beer on one side and wine and spirits on the other. There is a fair selection of microbrews and there are always some selections on tap for filling growlers. It is a shame that there is not a Founders or Bells to be found thanks to the distribution gods. I will continue to make purchases here but if I travel another 20 minutes I can be at Beverage World so Riverside will get my spirit dollar but not my beer dollar.
11-15-2011 18:31:33 | More by Nuke77
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.61/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went in here to check out some beers in the area. They do have growler fills available, which is quite nice, with a good representative selection of brews. Overall, their selection is pretty good. They have a good stock of beers from all over the states and a pretty good selection of imports as well. The place is just pretty funky and the beer area smelled like rotting beer and old yeast. Staff was not too helpful really, just pretty basic folks staffing a place. If you can get over the decor, its a decent place though.
09-02-2011 02:42:25 | More by doopydoogle
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Like other's have said, this is your best bet insude the Chattanooga city limits. The low ABV section in the beer store has a pretty good selection of what you'd expect for the SE: Terrapin, Sweetwater, Yazoo, BBC. They also carry Rogue, Victory, SN, Avery, Stoudt's, and a number of Europeans. The biggest knock on Riverside is that it's not Beverage World, but a couple noteworthy breweries that Riverside does carry are Caldera and Marble (great addition to their selection). They also have about a half dozen taps to fill growlers, and they rotate pretty well.
Tennessee is one of the states with goofy laws, so the higher ABV brews are next door in their wine store. Stone, Moylan's, and a decent selection of Belgians are there, but my experience is that freshness is an issue, so take a close look before buying a bottle.
Prices are pretty reasonable. Lighting is poor. I used to get excited about walking in and having a good conversation and getting solid recomendations, but it has not been the same since Trey left a month or two back. Nevertheless, I'll continue to buy at Riverside and encourage others to check it out.
07-09-2011 16:14:50 | More by dsauter
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
First I have to say that two out of several ales I bought on the high grav side of the store were spoiled: the Sue from Yazoo and the Atwater Voodoovator. They were happy to give me credit, but not a good batting average.
What I found odd was how few southeastern regional beers they have. Vermont, Michigan, New York, not to mention Avery from Colorado in abundance.
Still, it's a lot of different beers. Other thing I didn't like was on the low grav side the lighting is so bad, you have to take beers out of the cooler and find a patch where a bulb is shining to see what is what. A few singles available on the low grav side, very few on the high grav.
Beer guy was jolly. "Take your time, you got all day."
11-18-2010 03:28:10 | More by mactrail
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hands down the best beer store in Chattanooga. Good selection, and the staff are beer geeks who know their stuff - they'll bring in just about any quality beer they can get their hands on.
The ten or so taps for growlers are, I think, unique to Chattanooga, and they rotate through the selection pretty regularly, so there's always something different. My only complaint is the flat $9 price. Works out for more expensive or otherwise unavailable beers, but isn't that great of a deal for beers that sell for under $10 a six-pack. On Friday afternoons, there's usually a promo with a discount and/or swag.
A huge plus is that they've recently expanded the high-gravity selection on the liquor side and hope to add even more. Used to be that you had to drive to Georgia for a big IPA, but not so much anymore. Again, if they can get it, I think you'll see it on the shelves.
01-28-2010 17:47:40 | More by freakpower
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in town to visit a friend who is also a beer lover, and he took me to Riverside. First of all, I was pretty damn impressed at the growler filling option. I haven't been to very many beer stores (in the state of Tennessee at least) that have this option.
Despite our 6% law, this store had a really good selection. About a dozen taps, lots of different bottles organized by origin, and a decent number of bombers as well. I've heard this is the best beer store in town and I don't doubt it.
I've been spoiled a but by Bruisin Ales in Asheville, but they don't have the percentage handicap that we do in Tennessee. Working within these restraints they've put a great store together. The local AB distributor even had the Kona Brewing Company sales rep in today. I know it was just good timing on both of our parts, but it was still a nice touch to see one of those guys there.
Overall, I would recommend this store to friends, and I will shop here again when I'm back in town.
04-02-2009 21:09:00 | More by Likeburning
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This review comes after two visitations within close succession.
Clean store, both sides (ridiculous TN law).
When I visited the high-gravity side (liquor, wine, hi-grav beers) there were two attendants, both were eager to assist in helping me find what I was looking for. I ended up buying a small bottle of vodka (Ciroc) that I had recently found to be quite enjoyable. Their high gravity beers were in desparate need of restocking with many holes on their shelves, but an obvious array of a selection available though limited in comparison with other stores I've been in.
The beer side had a seemingly wide selection, though needed some restocking when I passed through. I think the cases could use a little better lighting, but that's just me: maybe they were after that environment. Everything was labeled appropriately that I could tell. I bought a couple of select bottles and had a 1/2gal growler filled with one of the 6 selections available at the time. The cashier was unintrusive and filled my growler reasonably fast.
They've won me away from the liquor store I had been going to in service, though I will be making some price comparisons to know which to go to for what.
09-05-2008 01:51:42 | More by n00tz
Riverside Beverage Company in Chattanooga, TN
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