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Hops & GrapesHops & Grapes

Type: Bar, Store

2420 N Center St
Hickory, North Carolina, 28601-1335
United States

(828) 267-2672 | map

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Added by Loki on 08-31-2005

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by rodrot:
Photo of rodrot
4/5  rDev -10.1%

This is a cool store located in the North Pointe shopping center off of highway 127N. The selection is very good. Basically, any beer that is currently available in NC is sold here. If a beer is out of stock or they just haven't carried it , it can be ordered for you. Wine seems to be the main attraction here, but beer is also given a bit of respect. The owner told me that they regularly hold beer tastings as well as wine tastings. My only gripe is the confusing roads in Hickory and the amount of traffic. For a fairly small city, Hickory seems to have horrendous traffic at nearly all times of the day. That being said, Gails has the best beer selection in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir area and is well worth the visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of katmandu72
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of valrxman
4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by to meet another BA while I was passing through. Excellent selection of NC locals as well as every other beer you could imagine. Worth a stop if you are in the area. Lots of wine too. Cheers

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Photo of KentSchrock59
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of beckard13
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Love this place. It amazes me the selection of beer. Love the vibe too. Wish I could sample all the beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Great little store in Hickory NC. Although they do have a great selection, better than many other stores, I had to put 4.5 because they are still not up to the level of Sam's in Durham or one of the shops in Asheville. Nevertheless, solid store and nice people I would definitely check them out again if I was passing through the area. Which is kind of the only downfall, they are in a strange part of Hickory that people from out of town might have a hard time finding. Which might be a plus for the local patrons!

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4.56/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I just moved to HIckory from New York. I was stunned to find out there isn't any Beer Distributor type places anywhere. In New York there'd a BD in every town. I found this place after doing some searching via google for good beers. This place has it all, and more. Half the place is beer and the other half is wine. Amazing selection and has a growler station. Very intense selection of beers. Definitely recommend.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of asams10
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Not really having a beer store near me, but being within 30 minutes of plenty of good ones, I consider Hops and Grapes my go-to store. Sit and have a beer and chat with the friendly staff or just browse the endless selection. Always something new to try and nice beers on tap.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of HopsAndGrapesHickory
3.87/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Hey, I'm biased. I own Hops & Grapes. (Gail has not been involved in over 2 years).

We carry a great selection of local, NC and national craft brewed beers. There's too many to name them all, but the list includes Lagunitas, Founders, Bell's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, Left Hand, Avery, Allagash, Foothills, Olde Hickory, Highland, Triangle, Natty Greene's, Howard, Catawba and many many more.

We do our best to bring in the best. If you're looking for a beer, give us a try. We'll track 'em down, if possible.

Always 8-10 beers on draft; growler fills and on-premise consumption- yes, you can drink in the store.

We alternate wine and beer tastings every Thursday. To sign up for our informative newsletter, send you email address to: [email protected]

Cheers, Bobby

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Photo of aleckpa
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is an excellent place to buy craft beer in Hickory. Their selection is outstanding. The prices are reasonable, but maybe a few dollars more than something from Total Wine or Lowes Foods. However, I keep coming back because I like to support the local business. The people who work here are knowledgeable of the beer and always ask if I need help or if I'm looking for anything in particular. Also, they have 5 or so beers on tap so you can enjoy a beer while you shop. They have tastings and other events. They will special order anything for you (within reason). Another cool thing is they have a very large glassware selection. Wine is also sold, and it seems like a decent selection.

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Photo of wr3ck00n
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Absolutely love this place. The staff is very friendly and more than willing to help, be it with finding something specific that you've come in looking for or with suggestions when you're lost/overwhelmed by the options. Very clean and welcoming, with the added bonus of a few brews on tap that they are more than happy to let you sip while you browse. They also do tastings once a week, sometimes wine and sometimes beer. Price varies by what you're wanting.. seems to be fairly in line with local standards, occasionally a little high. Overall, I'm very glad to have such a place so near!

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Photo of treznor
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'm in the store all the time as its just down the road from my house. Very nice selection and the new owner (Bobby) has been working to expand the beer list past where it was under the prior owner (Gail), which was already a pretty decent beer list. Wine is covered well also, though there isn't quite the knowledge of wine as there is for beer.

This is the first bottle shop I've been to where you can drink at the shop. Don't know if that says something about the places I've been or what... There are a couple drafts on tap and, especially after 5/6pm, there are a handful people around the store drinking a bottle or so.

Really, a great shop and I'm glad we have it in Hickory.

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Photo of JdoubleA
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A- Really welcoming. Great place to have a beer and peruse the cooler.

Q- Good.

S- Great. Staff has always been knowledgeable and quick with suggestions and pointing out new arrivals. Also really interested in hearing what you have to say, which is awesome. With Bobby in the picture now a whole other level of knowledge is in that store.

S- I've seen bigger, but this is by far the best store in hickory. I'd like a little more beer and less wine, but I get how that works so I can't really knock it.

f- I gave it an n/a, but they do offer a varied selection of cheeses, spreads, chocolates, and other specialty stuff that you wouldn't really know where to get if somebody asked you.

V- Compared with every other place, it's right in line.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A beer/wine store that presents both fermented products with equal reverence. Most beers are in coolers, with a few newer releases on display on several tables, tastefully laid out. Tons of North Carolina beers, also a very good cross-section of the distribution available in the state, from CA to IL to MA.

They also have 2 taps for growler fills, serving Black Chocolate Stout and something else I don't remember. Prices were about average, well worth it for properly cared for beers sold by people who seem to care. Definitely worth a stop, maybe nothing too rare (or maybe you'll get lucky), the type of place I'd always shop at if I lived in Hickory.

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Photo of Lantern
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Previously 'Gail's Hops & Grapes'.

Under new ownership (Now simply 'Hops & Grapes'), there is more focus on great beer. Thanks to Bobby, there's a better selection of NC brews, and more availability of beers distributed to NC. Most of the same great staff is here, ever helpful and smiling.

Go in, pop open a brew, go to a tasting, or partake in a beer lesson with Bobby. A lot of great things happening here now. A great place just got better. This place is much need in the Hickory area, where there are no other bottle shops to speak of, and grocery store selections are not very good at all.

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Photo of Msquared2
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I live in Hickory half of the week and decided this past week to google craft beer up there. Amongst all of the Olde Hickory links, Gail's popped up and I decided to stop by on the way back home. I was expecting some Olde Hickory beers and maybe some other easily accessible beers. However, I was pleasently surprised by the extent of their selection. I walked out with Ballast Point, Laugintas, and some Southern Tier. The customer service was also great. The two women working were very knowledgable about the selection and I always like to meet fellow women involved in the craft beer scene. The value was also comprable to the other craft beer stores that I frequent in Charlotte. Overall, it is an awesome place and I will be a regular patron from now on.

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