Capitol Market - The Wine And Cheese Shop

very good

14 Ratings

Type: Store

800 Smith St
Charleston, West Virginia, 25301-1213
United States

(304) 343-9463 | map

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Given that my home state of West Virginia just popped its 6% ABV cap not too long ago, I'm glad to see the Wine and Cheese Shop making strides to bring the capitol city a decent beer selection.

Choices include Rochefort, Rogue, Chimay, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada (plus their Anniversary series), Stevens Point, and several others.

Granted, it's not going to turn any heads with selection, but when the next closest good beer store is 1.5 hours away in South Point, Ohio, you learn to make do or live without.

That being said, you do need to be careful about buying expired beers's the nature of the beast, and I can't exactly put all the fault on the W&C Shop. Staff is friendly and seems to be knowledgeable. Prices are a little steep, but it's not gouging-level antics.

Worth the stop if you're driving through Charleston, or if you live anywhere in the middle of WV.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

Very nice, but small selection of craft brews, also have growler filling station. I only wish I could try the draft selection before I fill my growler. Oh well, I just try and buy a single of what they have draft for future reference. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the location is very convienyant. Bought my last 2 make my own 6-packs there.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Capital Market is known for their wine and cheese, but carries a decent beer selection as well. Of the few craft breweries that WV gets, they carry most of them, including most of the seasonal releases. Service has always been helpful and easy to strike up a conversation about beer, but they seem to know more about wine.

The rest of Capital Market is a great place to check out for lunch with lots of fresh meats, cheeses and vegetables. If you are close by, it's worth stopping in. About 90% of the beers that they carry can be found a couple of miles down the road at either of the Drug Emporiums, for a couple of dollars per bottle cheaper.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of zbodnar1
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

On my trip from NC to OH, this was my second stop. I arrived at the place at 11:50am but they didnt open until 12. However, in WV, like most of their beer laws, they dont sell beer before 1pm. Who organizes and passes a law to prohibit beer sales before 1pm on Sunday. That time seems so arbitrary. Im guessing churches are in session around noon?

The selection was quite good. I noticed several beers over 6%abv so I dont know if the limit has been increased or if there were some illegal beers there, but the had Sam Adams Double Bock and a couple of other high gravity beers.

I was disappointed that I couldnt purchase any beers, but they had a nice selection. I noticed some of the beer were out of date so roatation and quality are probably not of the utmost importance. I really loved the whole feel of the building. It is basically like an indoor farmers market with artisan cheeses and foods. I loved this place. Service was decent but kind of missing.

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Photo of Nickls
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

(From notes)

I usually hit the Capitol Market Wine and Cheese Shop for brews when I'm visiting home (outside of Charleston). This is the one lone place that I know I can get multiple decent brews, and their selection has actually even gotten better over the past few years IMO.

Granted, it's not the hugest selection or even the best brews I encounter on a regular basis elsewhere. However, given 6% restriction in WV, they have a damn fine selection. I definitely like the fact that you can mix six packs, and also they have a selection of a few bombers.

I was there about a week ago and was able to pick up SN Porter, Stout, and Pale Ale as well as a couple of Rogue brews (namely the Mocha Porter). I also noticed a few other decent US micros, but only a couple of your run of the mill imports (Boddington's, Warsteiner, etc.).

I give this place some respect because of the tougher circumstances of the abv laws. However, the service probably was just a touch over average as little help is ever offered with the beer selection (not that I've asked), but the staff is ready to jump over to anyone in the wine section.

Definitely worth a stop if you're hard up for decent brews while in the area.

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Photo of ahatcher78
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Probably the best selection I've seen in WV. We're severally crippled by the current 6% law. With that said the selection is pretty good. I think you get 10% for a mixed 6 pack which is pretty ok by me. The service is always pretty helpful. This is mostly a wine shop, but given our archaic laws with good reason. I don't go here a lot. Capitol Market has that whole trendy thing going on. Where it's more exciting to buy something at a premium in a reclaimed section of downtown that was previously abandoned. Luckily its just as close to go to Blacksburg for me.

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Photo of flood
4/5  rDev +7%

If you are a homebrewer - one of the few places in Charleston you can get Grolsch fliptops. The selection is decent for WV. The prices on vary from high to average range. If you chit chat with the staff you can learn something they are very helpful for a mainly wine stock. Overall good - however if you are expecting a totally wine and more or something similar you will be disappointed. Next to Liquor Mart on Patrick Street the best selection in town. They do have a decent selection of pumpkin ales come October.

The 10% discount rules!

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Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Although this place is mainly a wine shop you can find some cool brews here. I think they will even let you mix and match 6-packs a little which is cool when you want to try something. The bad thing is no refrigeration. All beers are just on wooden shelves. if you've ever been to a "World Market", it's kind of like that only a lot smaller.

The atmosphere of Capital Market is cool and can make for a fun weekend afternoon time killer, with some good beer to take home for later. They even have fresh cut meat and fish and locally grown vegetables, so you could, in theory, plan a whole special evening with everything you take home from this place.

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Photo of rabsten
4/5  rDev +7%

Fours across the board. Altho, the serve kinda takes a ding on Saturday (the Market's busiest day).

First, you gotta keep in mind that this is West Virginia, which is crippled by the twin evils of a 6% cap AND feudalistic distribution systems. Where a distributor can "own the rights" to exclusive distribution of a brewery, and elect NOT TO CARRY ANY OF THE BREWERY'S PRODUCT. Anyway, that said, The Wine and Cheese Shop does what it can with a bad situation.

There's virtually no Macro product, save for Blue Moon and Killians. All the Rogue, Great Lakes, Harpoon, Sam Adams and Saranac products you can get in WV are avaialble, and are decently priced. Mixing sixes is encouraged, and if you buy a full six, there's a discount. They make an effort to rotate the stock, which is nice. The wine selection is good too, so you can pick up a bottle of Reisling for your friends who don't really like beer.

Worth a trip if you're stuck in Charleston or worse, heading through Charleston on your way to somehting touristy like Whitewater rafting. If you are and you want something good, you'd better stop here 'cause in the New River Gorge, Bud Select is considered High Class.. (I talk smack b/c I'm a native, BTW.)

++Update++ More Macro product these days: Michelob Dunkel Weiss, Pabst, Genesse Cream Ale, etc. - but also a lot of crafts and imports. All the Mountaineer Brewing, lots of Rogue, Magic Hat, and all the Wychwood stuff. Still the place to go in the 304.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

The Wine and Cheese Shop is inside the Capitol Market which is a long group of shops under one roof. This store is Suite 900 and is in Hall 2.

The beer selection is small, but devoid of hardly any macro's. The beers are pretty standard fare, some from overseas and a few from CA, but most of the brews are fairly local, of course there are no local WV breweries, only brewpubs so most of the beers are from PA. Factor in the ABV law and you get the picture.

I did find some Great Lakes brews in the small cold merchandiser that has the cheese and a few bottles of wine. I snagged those puppies and made for the register. They give 10% single beers if you purchase 6, but I only found four of interest.

I did not inquire about the hours but the Capitol Market has a website at The service was good, he wanted me to pick out two other bottles, but I declined. He also said the beers and wines had to be carried out in bags so I took one. When in WV...

I'd go back to The Wine and Cheese Shop, it has a decent selection, but mainly because there are only two games in town.

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Capitol Market - The Wine And Cheese Shop in Charleston, WV
3.74 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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