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Once Upon a Vine South

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

10 Reviews
Once Upon a Vine SouthOnce Upon a Vine South
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2817 Hathaway Rd
Richmond, Virginia, 23225-1725
United States

(804) 864-9463 | map
onceuponavine.us

Notes:
Located at the Stratford Hills Shopping Center.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
26
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
6.62%
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Reviews by Shawn1974:
Photo of Shawn1974
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Being a frequent customer of the Northside's Once Upon A Vine, yet a resident in Bon Air, I was pleased when this location opened. The layout of the store is well-organized and a pleasant atmosphere to browse in. The beer selection supersedes most, if not all, other Richmond Metro beer (& wine) sellers. All beer styles are well represented, and they take risks on introducing new breweries and styles to their market--something the big chain supermarkets and big wine & beer stores fail to do, but willingly send their "covert" spies to steal ideas for inventory they are too lazy to research and attempt on their own (my subtle plea for staying loyal to the local and independent with shopping decisions). Lastly, and most importantly, the staff creates the "old-school", "Main Street" experience of taking time to talk to you, making recommendations, and making you feel your patronage is something they don't take for granted. Highly recommended!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of epyon396
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.85/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of LeeEvolved
2/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of embass
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of SmoothOneTwo
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Soto
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tabascosigned
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Gets the slight edge in Richmond, just for me personally, due to higher volume of cold-ready brews.
Great selection...somewhat nice staff.

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Photo of Kydjustus
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of julielynndubee
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Precog640
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BoboBarryCrunch
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Petermang1
2.75/5  rDev -35%

Photo of HellAwaits
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of blbarnett3
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Unless you head to the big chain store down on Robious, this is the best beer selection I've found south of the river. You've probably got a better shot at locally produced brews here than there. Ben and Tomy Harris are good fellows, helpful and friendly, and if they're more knowledgeable about wine than beer, well, it is called Once Upon a Vine. I appreciate that they're serious about beer, too. I also appreciate that they have beer tastings most Friday nights.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice shop situated right off of Chippenham on Forest Hill (near enough to Forest Hill). Relatively easy to get to.

Seemed like more space here than the other OUAV, but probably the same beer to wine ratio. Easy listening tunes softly playing as I looked through the amply spaced aisles for some beer ideas.

Quality was on par with most every other shop in town. Good number of within dates IPA's, but just a scant few blatantly out of date selections. Who knows with the Ballast Point stuff....

Kind lady asked me once if I needed assistance, to which I replied "Not just yet, but I'll let you know if I do." which sufficed quite well. She was ready to check my purchases as soon as I moved to the front. Otherwise, pretty quiet.

The selection seemed to mirror the other shop (who'd a thought...) but I think their were more canned selections here. I'll have to double check on that though. Good selection regardless.

A touch more pricey than a few other shops in town, but not enough to make me avoid the place. I'd seek this shop out again.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

located in the outer regions of Richmond, OUaVS is located in a little brick strip mall looking like any other, a banner over the storefront proclaiming the presence of great beer in this bland setting

straight through the door and to the left side of the store - a full wall of cooler space dedicated to various American micros, complimented by a full side of the adjacent aisle shelf in warm storage, the other side of said shelf holds the imports and glassware, mostly high end stuff with Germany and Belgium of course well represented, some expensive BFM bottles were tempting but I'm after the domestics

Legend bombers and six-packs; Williamsburg AleWerks stuff including the barleywine, bourbon barrel porter, and now hard to find Rapadou porter; most of the Heavy Seas stuff to include a range of the high gravity bombers; beyond these locals are loads and loads of excellent domestic micros, including stuff I haven't seen anywhere else, too many to go into, but rest assured that everybody will find something of interest here; lots of places have singles selections, but the one here is quite large and full of stuff you'd actually want to buy

didn't really experience much service while in-store, but there was only one man running the show and a steady in-and-out of one customer at a time requiring money collection, friendly guy but couldn't really offer much info about the bomber I was purchasing, either

quality seemed fine, bottles were in good condition and everything was clean, everything I picked up to purchase was in-date, lots of artificial lighting but probably not much of an issue (gotta see something to buy it, no?)

really nice selection here - I thought better than the original OUaV location, which didn't really have much by the way of singles, but I've only been to each once so take that with a grain of salt

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Photo of VABeerDude
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

I'm pretty much a beer "newbie" and a friend of mine had suggested we visit Once Upon a Vine South last week. I had gone to another local establishment previously but the way he talked about Once Upon a Vine South, I had to see for myself.

I was blown away at the quality and quantity of their beer selections both international and American. They offer a great selection for those of us just starting out to the experienced who have advanced tastes.

A huge cooler selection too as well as a number of various globe glasses. They also have an excellent wine selection along with assorted cheeses and side dishes.

This one is definitely worth a visit by aficionados and newbies alike!

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

This place as I was told by one of the manager was originally opened as mainly a wine store with beer on the side. When you first walk in it seems to be more of a beer store with wine on the side. The staff know their beer, the manager I talked with knew more about wine than beer but said he had been to SN beer school. Prices are consistent with other stores in the area. Selection is amazing, large number of american bombers and everyday 10% off mix-a-six packs. they also have good selection of English ales as well as Belgians. they also have a section of corked and caged beers. They also stock a wide variety of brewery glassware.

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Photo of Darkale
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I don't think Richmond beer stores could get any better than Once Upon A Vine South, the "other side of the river" cousin to Once Upon A Vine (which my symmetry-focused mind wants to call Once Upon A Vine North, but perhaps that adjective will never be welcome in Richmond?). Both stores are in fact excellent, and the slight differences in what they stock make them both worth visiting. To me, the South store has a bit more focus on beer glasses and unusual Belgians, but perhaps that is just a reflection of the fact that I've spent so much more time in the original location... Well worth visiting... a worthy cousin to the renowned and original OUAV.

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Photo of hedonist
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

i especially appreciated the decent selection of high quality canned beer. when enjoying the nearby james river it is mandatory.

southern tier ipa is a recent favorite
as always anything made by bell's is a favorite

they have a good selection of bomber bottle's
i thought the special edition williamsburg aleworks were very pricey

location and hours are convenient
top notch bbq joint-benny's- is nearby and has legend micro on tap
friendly staff
i have really said all i need to but this site requires a 500 word minimum,i feel like i am in high school english class again!

beer tastings on fridays :")
holiday christmas beers now in stock

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Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

The original location has become a must visit while in Richmond and was eager to see how the new location compared. The selection and pricing seemed to be almost identical to the old location, this location had more of the Southern Tier beer left that the owner had picked up from NOVA. Service was excellent, with a knowledgeable clerk who was eager to answer any questions and even took every bottle we selected to the front counter as we browsed. While I may not visit both locations on the same day in the future, it's nice to know there's two near each other in case one is out of something I want.

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Once Upon a Vine South in Richmond, VA
4.23 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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