Vintage Cellar

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Vintage CellarVintage Cellar
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1338 S Main St
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060-5526
United States

(540) 953-2675 | map
www.vintagecellar.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
88
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
7.13%
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by hyuga:
Photo of hyuga
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

I've wanted to make the trip up to VC for a long time, and I finally did a couple of weeks ago. Went back yesterday, too.

Needless to say, they have a great selection, one of the best I've seen. Having been in some of the best beer stores in the country, I was impressed. I picked up several old favorites since I've been +6% beer deprived for a year and also got a few new ones to try. Was able to get my hands on a Russian River Supplication, and can't wait to try it. Even after our "cap" was "popped," there's still plenty of reason to come up here, most importantly the beers that aren't distributed in NC yet and won't be for some time (like Stone).

The staff is very helpful and friendly, and will go out of their way to help you out, especially if they know you've traveled so far to come to their store. They were nice enough to give me a case discount since I came all the way from NC, even though I hadn't actually bought a "case."

As far as the prices go, they're reasonable. I've read some reviews on the Kroger at the other end of the strip mall where VC is located... seems they have lower prices and a selection that seems out of the ordinary for a grocery store. This is something that saddens me, not just in relation to VC, but when this happens with any small, privately owned business. It looks like Kroger is trying to push them out of business. After asking me about how the law change was going in NC, the cashier half-jokingly told me that with the new NC law and another wine store nearby that had been put out of business by a local grocery store that had lower prices and just about as good a selection, they may have to look for a new line of work soon.

Lower prices are great and everything, but if there was no more Vintage Cellar, where would we be? I for one certainly wouldn't drive to Blacksburg to go to Kroger. To me, it's the same as BMC trying to push our favorite breweries out of the market.

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Photo of Riff
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A place I regularly stop in when I'm in town. Good vibe from generally polite employees who are enthusiastic about the products they sell. The store is half a wine store and half craft beer, it used to just be wine but adapted to serve the needs of craft brewers and took the same approach to selling beer that they do to selling wine. Good mix of local and national brands. Pricing can sometimes be a dollar or two higher for a six pack versus Kroger for the brands that they both sell.

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Photo of slusk
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Great all around place for everything beer. Great selection of locals, domestic craft and imports. Their service isn't what I would define as spectacular, but adequate. I actually don't mind that much but sometimes, it's nice to have someone ask if I need anything. It's definitely worth a trip.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

My review is an online purchase from Vintage Cellar. Once in a while I order shelf beers I haven't had from other parts of the country. I've been fortunate to find great retailers that sell singles and are reputable. Vintage Cellar is just that.

My order was promptly processed, and I received a status email from their shipping manager.

I am very happy with my order and service they provided. I will definitely order from these guys when I have the urge to purchase beers from this area.

Cheers!

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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Very good selection and great customer service. The store was a little.......warehousey and disorganized. Prices were average. I recommend stopping here if you're in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of dsigmon
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I have been visiting the Vintage Cellar for many years now as I attented Virginia Tech and I absolutely love this place. I have no idea how the previous review could have been made outside of the fact that with a smaller staff at times and a very busy store, sometimes you have to wait your turn for service. I have NEVER had a bad experience purchasing beer here and as far as service is concerned I have nothing but great things to say. The staff is extremely personable and will go out of their way to pair beverages with food or just to shoot the crap with you about a recent drinking experience.

Now about the beer. The Vintage Cellar has a HUGE selection of import beers from Belgium to Germany and anything in between in the form of singles and bombers and a very solid domestic selection. They tend to get a better distribution than other stores in the area.

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Photo of scubagray
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Living in West Virginia, the craft beer selection is very limited. It is worth the two plus hour drive twice a year to "stock up" on the beers that are unavailable in my area. I have been making this drive since 1996 and the selection continues to get better. Great selection of micro's, import's, and seasonal's.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dmk91
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great beer selection, good price. Kegs are even pretty reasonable. Huge wine selection also. Fridays they have a free beer tasting, with usually 3-5 beers, they also do wine tastings on saturdays if I remember correctly. Staff really knows their stuff and is very friendly and helpful. It is well organized and easy to find what you are looking for and also very easy to just have a look around.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Mantooth
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Spent a day in Blacksburg recently (second time ever) and sought this place out due to comments here on BA. I'm glad I did. I'm from NC and this bottle shop carries a lot of great stuff that's not available in my neck of the woods: Firestone Walker, Maine Beer Co, Troegs (to name a few), and of course, a lot of locally crafted brews. The beer section isn't huge but it covers a lot of brands and styles. The service is impeccable. I had a list of brews I specifically wanted and the guys found my stuff quickly and helped me carry the haul to my car. I'll stop by every time I'm in the area.

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Photo of PaulsBrew
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great location, selection, and price. Not to mention a very knowledgeable staff who are willing to help with any questions that you might have. Owner personally took me around every part of the store and explained the different styles of beer to me in grave detail. Very pleased with the Vintage Cellar, will definitely be going back.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I visited the Vintage Cellar on a Saturday during a day trip to Blacksburg. I am from WV where good beer is nearly impossible to find so this place was amazing to what I am used to.

Atmosphere was good, it was about 4:00 on Saturday so it was pretty crowded. As others mentioned, wine is in the front, beer in the back. I like how the beer was separated by region. My only complaint is that it was pretty crowded in the beer section. The shelves are all very close together and every time I picked an isle to focus on, it seemed like I was in someones way.

As for quality, they pretty much have the best beer selection possible in the state of Virginia, so I'll give them a 5 for that.

I was never approached by am employee the 30 mins I was there, but as I stated earlier, they were pretty busy. I did overhear a conversation with an employee and a customer and he seemed like he Definitelt know what he was along about, making great recommendations.

Selection is the best you could possibly ask for in the area. I brought my BA want list with me and crossed off many from my list, including two 4packs of FBS. The only thing that keeps me from grading selection a 5, is that I've ordered online from them several times, and they won't sell many of the popular beers to online customers. I understand keeping beers for local customers, but I've ordered about ten times now from them. They've even told me once that they didn't have beers in stock, I drove there the next day and saw them on the shelf.

Prices are about $3 more per bomber more than most. Plan to pay up to a 40% mark up on special release bottles.

Overall this place is awesome. I live almost 2 hours away but usually make a trip down here about once a month. You could easily spend $100's of dollars here.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a specialty wine and beer store, located near a state run liquor store and a grocery store. The quality of products and selection is good, although at times, it is advised to look at dates. They have pretty much anything that is distributed in Virginia. Prices are based mainly on singles, although there is a light discount for buying 6 packs or cases of one beer. Also they receive most limited releases. The staff is very helpful if you ask for assistance, and will guide you to what you want (in both beer and wine). Overall, this is a recommended store. In addition, if you want to try different beers, join their beer of the month club, which gives you a $10-20 mixed six pack of highly rated beers. Definitely a good way to try many different beers. Also, they have beer tastings on Friday afternoons, which is a time to try some beers and sometimes talk to a brewery rep.

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Photo of Bmuncy
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place. Whenever I am visiting my parents, I go here and stock up on brews.

The atmosphere is great. You walk in and you know you're in a place where people know what they're doing and are passionate about the craft. Clean, appropriate lighting and plenty of friendly faces.

I'm not entirely sure what "quality" is supposed to mean but I'll take a whack at how I interpret it. The store is well-organized. In the front half, a large selection of wines greets the customer. The back half is all beer, organized by country. In the case of American beers, by east coast/west coast and then by brewery. They do occasional tastings, though I haven't been in enough to know how often they are.

I've seen reviews where service seems to be the weak spot of The Vintage Cellar. I happen to disagree. Whenever I go in, despite my visits often being weeks or months apart, they remember me. Moreover, I'm often given a tour of what's new since the last time I visited. They're good about giving facebook updates on what's new in the store and exceptional at taking and remembering reservations for highly sought after beer.

The selection is wonderful and expanding. Troegs, Ballast Point, Founders, Smuttynose, Ommegang, North Coast, Avery, Epic, Boulder. Many, many, many to choose from. This is the most important aspect of any store, in my opinion, and Vintage Cellar knocks it out of the park.

Lastly, the prices are absolutely reasonable. What you pay is what you would expect just about anywhere else. Fair and reasonable, indeed.

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Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA
4.49 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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