Carolina Wine & Beverage

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20832 Catawba Avenue
Cornelius, North Carolina, 28031
United States

(704) 892-0406 | map

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Added by Cornelia on 04-06-2005

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Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Stopped here on my way to Charlotte for business. Reading some of these older reviews, I was expecting a beer/wine store that looked like a gas station, but this actually WAS a gas station that carried some decent beer and wine. Their wine selection was small and lacking, but the beer in the coolers was actually pretty impressive. They carried some brews from DFH, Flying Dog, Duck-Rabbit, Terrapin, SA, Big Boss, some Catawba growlers, SN, etc. For a gas station, this selection is great, but overall for a beer store, it's nothing I would go out of my way for. Glad I stopped, but would prefer to go to Charlotte for more of a selection.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

Haha, this place was very interesting. I saw the very old beer on the shelves, even bought a few of them. I got a SA Triple Bock there from '94. It was a bit pricey at $14, but I figured what the hell. It's not too often that you find one of those just laying around. I also found a very old bottle of Sublime's Hard Lemonade. I know it's a malternative and that I'd never drink it, but I am a huge Sublime fan, so it was a steal at 99 cents. They did have an ok selection of higher alcohol beers, but nothing too fancy. I was hopeing to find some more beers from NC, but it was just the average 4 from Highland and some Cottonwood Endo. That was disappointing. Where in the hell can I find some damn beer from Edenton Brewing, some of the newer stuff from Highland, and other beers from smaller brewerys? I was hopeing this was the spot that I could land something to that effect, but I was wrong. Oh well, you live and you learn. Oh yeah, and the prices were friggin' high too.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

I pulled in to this gas station/ beer/ wine store on my way through town one friday afternoon. They have a very nice selection of beers here. Some are in coolers and some are not. Most of the beers are not in coolers. I would have to agree with the precious reviewer. They have a very nice glass selection but they were very dirty. Lots of dust and dirt. I would wash the glasses atleast twice before I even thought about using them. I was unable to really inspect them because about 10 boxes of wine and beer were waiting in boxes ready to be put on the shelf. A good selection for the area but I think I will drive the extra 10-15 minutes to hit some good places in Charlotte.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Getting to Carolina Wine & Beverage is a piece of cake. Just East of I-77 on Catawba which has an I-77 exit.

The place is surprising with beer shelves lining the back wall and wine in the center. The first thing that catches the eye is the glassware. The second is the huge layer of dust and grime on it. Does anyone want to spend $7 on a grimy mug?

As you search the beer the selections are pretty interesting and varied. There is a method to the layout, but I did not figure out what it was during the visit. Then my eye lands on a sixer of Rock Creek All American Ale. This beer has not been brewed in at least 3 years and was really only designed for a shelf life of 6 months or so. Later in the cold case was a few sixers of Edenton's Winter Cheer which is pushing a year old now as well. The quality just isn't there.

I was asked a few times if I needed assistance which was a nice touch since the clerk was busy fielding phone calls.

There is a shelving unit with new above 6% beers, but very few selections. A few are in the cold case so I suspect the inventory has been depleted. I would only suggest going to CW&B to get something you needed if in the area or something you know the age of, otherwise, buyer beware. You could take home and extremely old beer.

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Photo of finepaws
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

This place is fun if you've never been. As said before, it looks like a gas station. Actually, for Cornelius, it's near a somewhat "low income" neighborhood. You may just choose to not stop from outward appearances. But inside it's a nice, dark cool store.Great place to keep beer! Lots of beer choices, both warm and cold, but alas sweet water is not one of them as mentioned before. The owner says there isn't a distributor in the area. If there is something you want and he can get it, he will. Wine or beer. He will even ask you if you want anything you didn't find. On the down side, he knows wine, not beer. Not sure if it's a secret or not, but behind this place their is a small pub. All wood, pool tables, live bands on some nights, outdoor patio, and volleyball. When I've been, it's been very friendly and nice.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

I stopped by here on a whim on my way home from work in Mooresville. What looks like a convenient store w/ gas pumps turns out to be a nice little beer and wine store. There were several long coolers w/ 6 packs and singles, and about 15-20 feet of shelf space with at least 3 levels. Some beers I recall seeing: all available Avery's, Lost Coast, Cottonwood, DogWood, Edenton, Sweetwater (I'm pretty sure), lots of Rogue bombers and 12 oz.,DeKonnick Blonde Ale, Val Dieu Blomde, Ayinger Brau-Weiss, Sierra Nevada, and much more. They had some glassware available too, I saw a sweet Koningshoevan tulip, but at $10, it was way overpriced. I would definately stop here again.

update: Stopped by here once since the cap has popped and he has a good selection of high gravity offerings, some are ridiculously overpriced though. Horn Dog for $14 a 4-pack? Everyone else in the area sells it for $8. I bought a 6-er of HopDevil and it was over $9, shoulda been $7. Oh well, beggers can't be choosers sometimes.

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Photo of Cornelia
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%

Alekeep & I were trying to escape a traffic tie-up on I-77 on the way home from Charlotte. We had considered stopping by Caroline Beer in Mooresville so I pulled out the trusty road map and noticed we could back road it at the next exit. We didn't have the directions to Carolina Beer but saw a "wine shop" (it looked more like a convenience store from the outside) right off the exit and figured they would have a six-pack of Carolina beer with the map on the bottom. I walked to the back and stood in awe at the beer selection. It was one of the most extensive I have seen in North Carolina. Everything was nicely displayed and there was also a selection of glassware. This will probably become a stop more often when the 6% limit is overturned.

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Carolina Wine & Beverage in Cornelius, NC
Place rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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