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Once Upon a Vine

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Once Upon a VineOnce Upon a Vine
BA SCORE
100
world-class

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.91%
[ Store ]

4009 MacArthur Ave
Richmond, Virginia, 23227-4050
United States
phone: (804) 726-9463

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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Had to check this out as highly recommended as it has been...

Excellent selection of beer - about 35-40% of the space dedicated. Lots in the coolers in back with several shelves of domestic craft and lots of Belgians and Germans. Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic is very well-represented. Quite a bit of Bell's in the house...great to bring back to Boston. Bob and his crew rule. Friendly as hell and knowledgeable. Max the Spaniel is an excellent store mascot, especially for those of us stopping in with young kids (place is a little small to contain them in shopping carts). Prices are solid - you may be able to get things a little cheaper at a Total Wine if they have them, but they are more reasonable than some Charlottesville outlets and as mentioned the service is stellar. A go-to place a little off the beaten path on the North Side. Good to be back home!

IBUnit63, Dec 03, 2008
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4.64/5  rDev +0.9%

Dropped by the store on the 16th. Had just about everything I was looking for and then some. Very helpful and actually remembered me from when I called and asked about the selection. Great selection. Even gave me a discount at checkout. Definitely worth checking out. You will not be disappointed. They had a boatload of 120 minute IPA and a great selection of beers that I can't find in NC. I have gone to a few stores around the area and they were fairly reasonable if not cheaper for the most part.

rwhite757, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -17.4%

Located not too far from the intersection of 64W and 95. but a little tricky to find tucked into a residential neighborhood.

Big cooler selection. A little less in the way of room temp product. Always has one or two things the other shops in town don't. Got the, relatively new to me, Singel from Hardywood and didn't find that at my other three stops in town. Also a couple of CC selections that didn't show in other shops.

Service is ok, but not terribly great. You get what you need, though.

beer2day, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%

I live only a few Miles from the Once Upon a Vine Northside, and I routinely get my stuff here. They get the popular new stuff from DFH (120 min) and Founders (Blushing Monk), but they also have a nice selection of belgians and german beers if you stick more closely to style. Obviously, that have a massive wine selection, in which case (not to be sexist, but in my case), I can bring the girlfriend in there and she'll be entertained.

Usually pretty busy on the weekend, so the guys sometimes can't help every second that you might be in there, but its a great local beer store. World class selection, I have never gotten a old batch and I shop there once a week for two years.

YumYumGumGum, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.11/5  rDev -10.7%

visited here this past weekend while in richmond. saw some positive reviews so i figured it was worth checking out.

sort of a dumpy looking shop from the outside. when i pulled up i actually thought it was totally closed. inside is pretty busy. lots and lots of bottles in not a lot of space. pretty standard as far as most boutique craft bottle shops.

selection is where this place dominates. i actually took a few laps just in awe of some of the stuff there. most notably was some of the vintage bottles they had. my go-to bottle shop here in arlington is a local Total Wine, which if comparing has an enormous american craft selection (relatively common stuff) but is definitely lacking in desirable cellar/rare beers. this place was the exact opposite. boatloads of hard to find beers as well as some serious vintage bottles. i really enjoyed the european selection. downside to these rare beers is the price tag on them, but honestly i didnt think it was too expensive.

the gentleman working there at the time was helpful with the few questions i had and also had some comments for the bottles i was buying, which is always nice to hear.

overall, i would have to say this is one of the best bottle shops i have been to and is a must check-out if you are in richmond and looking for some quality scores.

Jimmys, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of jdb8507
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%

After trying a few of the similar shops in Richmond, I am sold. This place may fly a bit under the radar, but has the best single-bottle selection I have seen. The staff are extremely nice and are willing to help out.

The layout is the only thing you can knock a few points off of, but only because they have so much stuff...which cancels out any negative thoughts. They have the most singles, except for maybe total wine, but it seems the selection is so much better.

I highly recommend this place over any of the other beer/wine shops in Richmond.

jdb8507, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of mwthomas
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%

I was introduced to this place a few months ago by a friend. Initially, I was skeptical about the establishment and the fact that about half of the shelf space was dedicated to wine, but was blown away by the selection that they provide. The selection of American microbrews is incredible--it rivals some larger places in the Richmond area and includes some offerings from some lesser known breweries--and, as I recall, they have a decent selection of Belgians (my favorite foreign beer). It is definitely a place I would visit, regardless of whether I was on that side of town.

mwthomas, Feb 09, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -20.7%

Visiting my folks for the holidays, and after reading reviews figured I'd swing by after a stop at Buzz and Ned's. Better selection than most stores I've been to in the area, with pricing generally on the higher end of still reasonable. FW14, for example, ran $23+tax. The fact that they had FW14 was impressive enough, but it's all relative: the overall selection was good but nothing terribly exciting versus other shops I've shopped at. There are a ton of high A's and A+'s listed; it's a good store, but based on selection alone, not world class as many of these scores indicate.

jwjon1, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of gopens44
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

After I realized exactly where this place was, stopping in was a no brainer.

As soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by a fellow that let me know to ask him if I had any questions.

The store is sort of small, and the beer area is a little cramped, but a cozy enough setting in an old yet visually pleasant neighborhood.

Upon finding the beer on the right hand side of the store, I noticed that the selection was pretty darn nifty. Not a zillion bottles, but way far enough for me to get lost in a child like candy land moment! Good selection of several styles and several imports. Plenty of bombers as well.

I did ask the attendant about a specific release, which he was knowledgeable about. He was also incredibly polite, and even though I asked him while he was stocking product, he stopped what he was doing, and assisted me without any hint of being disturbed.

As soon as I made my selections and approached the counter, he pulled out a new release that I hadn't heard of before to show me since it was similar to another beer I asked about. His recommendation showed me that he not only paid attention to my previous questions, but took an interest in serving his customer.

The pricing seemed right in line with every other beer store in town. A few pennies more for a few beers, a few pennies less for others. Regardless, pricing wasn't an issue for me at all based on what I'd expect to spend most any day.

I would have returned to this store regardless of service, but after having the service that I did, which was extremely helpful, attentive and not in any way pushy, I will have to come here more often.

In a day and age where money is getting tight and repeat business is important to the success of your business - THIS is how you treat customers and make them come back! Excellent experience all the way around.

gopens44, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of TJBAIHWL
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%

I found this place a few months ago when I was checking out all the Richmond area beer stores I hadn't yet visited, and I still don't see any reason to go any other place. The selection is pretty incredible for so small a place. Almost every significant craft brewery is represented, and not just with staples like DFH IPAs and Anchor Steam. You can also find a lot of the less common brews from some of the bigger craft breweries. There's an amazing selection of Belgians, a few racks of bombers, etc etc. The staff is always friendly and helpful with spot-on recs. Overall I love this store. Great environment, great selection, great everything.

TJBAIHWL, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of claaark13
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Q: Good atmosphere. We arrived on a Friday night during a beer/wine tasting. There were tents off to the side of the building for the Oktoberfest that they were having the next day. Bob (the Owner) told us that the festival would be $7/person with German food and unlimited Paulner and Spaten refills. The store is a medium sized Wine/Beer store, with a selection also expanding to cheeses and candy (the store is child friendly, as the events that they hold are family friendly).

Svc: I had called ahead of time to have them put a few items on hold for me. These included a 2006 Aventinus and (2) 2008 Oerbier Reserve, (24) Old Chub. They were happy to help. The owner and Casey (son?) were also very helpful when I arrived, offering to help me find stuff and to answer any questions. It seemed that just about every person that walked into the store knew Bob by name and were greeted kindly. You don't see that too often.

S: This is difficult to judge because I was only in 2 Virginia stores. I would say that there seemed to be quite a good selection of the local fare from the East Coast. National distributions from Stone/Rogue were there, as well as the Oskar Blues I can't find in the Mid-West. Good selection of Belgians, all of which were reasonably priced. I didn't buy any, but they had a couple bottles of BFM beers too. I can say that Bob used to work in distribution, so he seemed to have a good idea of what to stock and where to find it. I was overall happy with what I found, and I would say that if the store were local to me I would return regularly for the selection. I am pretty sure that anything they are "missing" would be due to a sold-out situation. There is also a selection of glassware, most of which I don't see in the Mid-West. Kwak, 20cl Karmiliet, La Fin Du Monde were some. All glassware was reasonably priced (especially compared to what you'll find online). The only reason that this section isn't a 5 is because I've been to a couple stores in the US that are bigger and give me the feeling of being blown-away.

V: Overall, some prices were higher and some prices were lower that what I see at home. The higher prices were all below the "highest" range of what I find regularly, so considering that I would call them reasonable. I can't speak for the local beer, only for what I am used to. There were a few quality items of Dogfish Head, Avery and others that were lower than what I usually find, so props on that.

If you are driving through, I would stop by to see if you can find something. I would go as far as to say that a beer geek should put this on the list if they are in the area. I will stop by the next time I in the area, that's for sure.

claaark13, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of bgildea
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Once Upon a Vine is the closest and best beer and wine store to my house. They are always stocked with a nice variety of domestic and international beers. The store also has a large wine selection that I regularly ignore when perusing the beer selections. Every time I visit, I'm able to find new beers that I haven't had before.

Quality - I've never bought a skunked beer from Once Upon a Vine... so let's not jinx it. They don't keep single beers cold, which is what I primarily purchase. Occasionally, bottom shelf beers can gather some dust, but nothing significant enough to dissuade me from purchasing.

Service - The service is always friendly. It's usually staffed by one or two individuals, who are more than willing to help you out. More often than not, you'll find a soccer match playing on the TV and a friendly cashier watching. However, on one or two occasions, I've been charged the wrong (read: too much) price for a beer. Usually it can be attributed to the price tags on the beer, which are all individually tagged.

Selection - I find the selection to be very diverse with something new every time I visit. I will usually make a run when my beer supplies are low, and I'll pick up 6-12 beers. As I've mentioned before, they have a great selection of domestic beers, but their international selection is what really sets them apart from other beer stores in the area. You'll have a hard time trying to find a better selection of beers in the Richmond area.

Value - The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the wide variety of international beers. As I've mentioned, I've had the occasional error in pricing, but generally I find it to be worth the trip.

Overall - Overall, Once Upon a Vine is a great local beer store. With their wide variety, reasonable prices, and friendly sales staff, it's definitely a great place to buy beer in the Richmond area. While I'm sure their wine selection is great, this is a beer website and I'm a beer drinker, so I won't comment further on that. You won't be disappointed if you visit, and they also have a resident gumbo chef who sells gumbo and other food from a trailer in their parking lot. I haven't eaten from it yet, but a lot of people do. Overall, I give Once Upon a Vine a sold A.

bgildea, May 20, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

quick stop on my way out of town before Friday rush hour hits, the store is conveniently located just a short jump from 95

nice range of beers to be had to, whether imported or domestic micros, good local representation form Legend and B&G, a few random selections available in single form, nothing looked to be exceedingly rare but there are some gems here for sure

the guy running at the store was nice and helpful, and seemed to know his stuff - you can tell this is really a neighborhood store, as a good number of the people entering were greeted by name

a mix of cold and room temp storage is employed here, and the beer is treated well

if rolling by on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, be sure to check the gumbo truck in the parking lot, quality cajun food at a reasonable price from some really nice people

blackie, Apr 04, 2010
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Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA
100 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.