Cork & Keg

Cork & KegCork & Keg
Cork & KegCork & Keg

120 East Main St.
Salem, Virginia, 24153
United States

(540) 387-2688 | map

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

Re-reviewing, as I think I was overwhelmed by the place as it was the first beer store I'd been to- I definitely scored it way too high.

This is a pretty small store, and most of the space in there is devoted to wine. The selection isn't bad (it does have a few brews that can't be found at other nearby stores) however, many of the beers are very old. Lots of these too-old beers are not beers that age well, so definitely pay attention to bottling dates (if available) when buying here. However, I have heard they will take special orders, but haven't tried that myself.

The people working at the register are friendly and the "beer guy" is knowledgeable, but there is hardly ever anyone actually in the Cork & Keg section, and the "beer guy" isn't always there to answer questions. (Cork & Keg is part of a larger store named Countryside Classics).

The selection is fairly modest, but not bad. There are a number of good imports (i.e. Chimay, Orval, Ayinger, Samuel Smith's) as well as a nice selection of domestics (i.e. Stone, Rogue, Brooklyn, Dominion). Again, though, many of these beers were bottled as far back as 2006 so you will need to pay attention to the bottling date.

Due to the fact that this store is right across the street from Roanoke College, I would go there when I didn't feel like getting in a car. However, many of the area Kroger stores have pretty good selections and there beer is fresher. Also, many of the beers that can be found elsewhere are cheaper (in addition to being fresher).

To sum it up: this store is worth a look, but you don't necessarily have to make it a mission to stop by.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Cork & Keg is a small part of the larger Country Treasures store. It has a pretty good selection of American micros and a modest selection of international beers. I do worry about freshness in this store because some of the bottles have dust on them and I'm not sure how often the product moves out of here. Also, the beer is a bit on the pricey side, but not prohibitively so. The employees are pretty content to let you browse uninterrupted and I've never really had to ask them a question, so I'm not sure about their usefulness. It's about the only place in Salem to buy beers besides Kroger, so it's definitely worth a shot if you're in town.

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Photo of beer2day
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%

This is a good place to stop if in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip. ~60 sixers and 25-30 bombers make up the selection. Lots of good choices (DFH and Stone are well represented), but not much in the truly special category. Virtualy no service, but that doesn't matter much since the selection is pretty straightforward.

Picked up Stone 07 VE, DFH 120 Minutes, Full Nelson (sixer), and a couple of Bear Republic bombers.

Make sure to look on the floor around the center wine rack. Some extra sixers are lurking there.

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Photo of monoXcide
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

I went there about 2 weeks ago to order 2 cases of Spaten.

The store is actually called Countryside Classics and the beer portion of it is the Cork and Keg. Countryside Classics is a gift shop, is fairly large, and appears to be mainly what the store is all and a mom and pop version of Orvis outdoor stuff. The Cork and Keg is just a sub section of the store.

The staff that was there was friendly but was usually busy with the gift/outdoors portion of the store and appears to be ran by just 3 people. No one was in the Cork and Keg portion of the store and I went to the counter at the Countryside Classic side to ask if they ordered cases for people. I ordered two cases of Spaten for New Year's which showed up 2 or 3 days later. When I came to pick it up, it was in a big walk in fridge unit with the temp on the outside fluctuating between 40 and 41 degrees.

The guy who orders the beer for the Cork and Keg is named Josh but I have not seen him. Josh must like Dogfish Head because there is a bunch of it there including the infamous 120 minute IPA. There is also a wide selection of beers that I need to try. If you are also into wine then they got you covered too with plenty of Virginia wines including the Johnson's Farms Peaks of Otter wines.

Even though it is about 50 miles away from me, I will gladly go there to get what I want.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

It was a total accident that a friend and I found this place. We were looking for Market St. in Roanoke, but I guess we read the map wrong and ended up on neighboring Salem's Market St. While looking around and realizing we screwed up, we found an upscale gift shop called Countryside Classics, which had an adjoining store called Cork & Keg. We walked in and were pleasantly surprised at the beer selection.

Seems they specialize in U.S. micros. Local-ish stuff like Weeping Radish and Legend, and also North Coast, Victory, Dogfish Head (bought my first bottle of Fort here), Stone, Weyerbacher, Three Floyds, Bear get the idea. Also a commendable selection of UK, Belgian and German beers. Good balance between singles and 4/6 packs. About 20% of their stock is in a cooler, the rest is shelved room temperature. (They have wine too, if you're into that scene.)

It seems the US micros move better than European selections, as there was dust on a lot of the Euro bottles...and their old tags used to bear the year of the pricing. I saw bottles from 2002! (and they had about 25 bottles of Val-Dieu Biere Du Noel from the '04/'05 season.) A shame this stuff has been sitting that long. Cool if it's a beer that ages well, not cool if it's one that has limited shelf-life. I passed up quite a few bottles I would've otherwise liked to have purchased because of this. This shouldn't be a reflection of the store so much as the sad fact that this area doesn't hold a lot of people who appreciate (or can afford) good quality beer. Right, those prices...this place is definitely on the pricey side. I put down some bottles I knew I could get cheaper elsewhere.

We were there about 25 minutes, and nobody came to ask us if we needed any help. We didn't, but while being rung up (which is done in the gift shop part of the store) it seemed they were somewhat knowledgeable about their stock (commenting on my Fort) and were friendly and easy to deal with.

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Cork & Keg in Salem, VA
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