Beer Run

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

156 Carlton Rd
Ste 203
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902-5496
United States

(434) 984-2337 | map

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Added by Proteus93 on 04-29-2008

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is one of my favorite places to visit in VA outside of where I live. Pulling up to the front, it doesn't appear to be too much, but then you walk in. There you have a nice 7-8 person bar with 9-10 taps and a beer always on cask. Yesterday I had a Gulpener Mestreechs Aajt and an Epic Sour Apple Saison on tape. With 10 oz, 16oz and 20 oz options, you choose how much or how little you want.

There is also ample seating inside and outside on the patio as well. The food is top notch. They make their own lager bread which is quite tasty. I've had the Hogwaller each time that I've gone because it's so good.

The best part is the beer selection; one of the better selections in VA from what I've seen and the prices are quite reasonable. FW Parabola was $15.99 for instance. Quality selection of belgians and domestics alike. Very clean ... the people running this joint obviously take pride in their product. I mean a guy was dusting the beer bottles as we were perusing the selection.

I'll come here everytime I visit Charlottesville!

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is ok. A bit gray and unattractive. They working on it.

Quality is good. Everything is solid and consistent.

Service is great. Knowledgeable and friendly. There are times when it's slower that you might sit for a little while and not get checked on, but when it's busy, you'll be checked up on often.

Beer selection is superb. Both the take home and draft selections. Lots of stuff to try and they are great about ordering stuff if it's available. They even have a firkin for their casks!

Food is unique, good, and consistent.

Value is equal with quality.

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Photo of Wilson27
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I wish my town had a place like a Beer Run. Great food, great selection of brews, great service. It was pretty crowded when we got there, and we eneded up sitting outside - no problem - except for the sun was beaming down right onto us. It was harsh. As soon as another table opened the staff quickly cleaned it and got us under an umbrella.

Lager bread and quality meats = amazing sandwiches. Their homemade potatoe and pasta salads were great too, something different than the standard chips with a sandwich.

Great selection of regional micro brews and internationals. Overall, two thumbs up. Next time I'm in the area I will stop in again.

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Photo of ABVfreak
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Researched this place upon a recent trip to Charlottesville and it did not disappoint! One of the best beer selections I have seen in quite a while. They had local Meads to Scaldis to Croton! They also serve food which is less than memorable and some decent beers on tap (FYI, if you buy and drink a bottled beer onsite, there is a "capping fee" so I recommend to buy your beer and RUN) but there is no reason to go here other than to browse and buy their amazing selection of craft beers!! Next time you are in the Charlottesville area, make sure you carve out some time to go to Beer Run (in spite of the the ridiculous name) and pick up some rarities and some classics.

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Photo of veech
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Made a visit with the wife and daughter on a recent trip to Charlottesville and really enjoyed the concept. The draft selection was quite nice and featured local and regional breweries which is what I always to try to patronize when traveling so that was a plus. The retail selection was impressive as well and I made a nice haul back home with some nice stuff. we were there on a Thurs night and it was pretty packed. an expected cross section of college kids from UVA and middle aged locals made up the clientele as expected. Didn't try any food so nothing to weigh in on there. Would seek it out again if I'm back that way.

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Photo of 1111k
2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

I was very excited to try Beer Run and left very disappointed. The beer is fresh and interesting selections are tapped. The pours are all the way to the rim of the glass so expect a wet glass delivered to you. I was not impressed with the food or service. You are only allowed to pick from lunch items during lunch so if you had your mouth watering for wings, you are out of luck. The food ingrediants sound healthy and good for you on paper. However, the food (sandwich)I received was extremely portion controlled and downright skimpy. Two slices of ham and two slices of cheese with house mustard that supposedly had horseradish in it. I couldn't taste and horseradish. I may return for the beer but not for the food.

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Photo of afausser
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beer Run is great! It's a coffee shop in the morning, restaurant all day (with great brunch!) as well as a bar and bottle shop. And it does well on all these counts. A lot of the university students don't make it this far out, and while it can get crowded, it's rarely frustratingly so. And even if there's a slight wait on a table in the winter (plenty of outdoor space in the warm weather) you can use that time to look at the bottles.

The atmosphere is really great--sometimes on weeknights they have live music there.

One of the great things about Beer Run is the tastings they have--they do both free wine and beer tastings, which is a great way to get introduced to good craft beer--take a friend along on a Wednesday night and get them into it! This happens in the area with the bottles, which are largely unrefrigerated but there's an area with some singles that are kept in a cooler.

One thing I will warn you about here is that there is a corking fee on bottles--so it can add quite a bit to your bill if you buy a bottle to drink there instead of getting something on tap. This should be a rare occurrence, though, as there is usually something quite interesting available on tap (especially now that they have a new firkin every week!). Beer in the bottle shop is competitive with local prices but usually slightly more expensive. On tap, though, it is quite inexpensive in general, especially when it's local brews. They get some stuff on tap from Starr Hill that's not bottled, which is nice to try, and usually have something from Blue Mountain as well.

The food at Beer Run is also excellent--everything is delicious and reasonably priced. Plenty of veggie options as well. The staff is very helpful but I've found that service can take quite a while sometimes. Very friendly though and know their stuff about beer.

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Photo of garbercury
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very cool beer bar just on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Thanks to the BA's who were nice enough to recommend the place it was a great choice.

A-Nice bar surrounded on one side by tables, busy but expected on a Friday night, was able to grab a seat at the bar with little trouble, always a plus. To the left of the bar was a wine tasting area where a beautiful young lady was serving wine. Fairly large area of unrefridgerated beers which was cool.

Q-Beer was fresh and tasty.

S-Staff was really friendly and helpful, even a girl who worked there who was off went out of her way to help and let us know what was available.

S-Very solid. Draft choices included Kasteel Brune on tap along with Aventinus, Bells Double Cream Stout on Cask, and Allagash White. All told they had about 15 taps. Bottle selection was very solid. Several hard to get brews which was nice to see.

F-Told the food is excellent, stuck to liquids.

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Photo of kurrjur
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The atmosphere isn't completely bland, but it's not amazing either. Outside seating and the copper bar are a plus. Everything on tap has always been fresh as well as all the beer for sale. The service is usually pretty good. There has only been one time when there was a mistake with my order and had poor service, however they were very busy at the time. The owner has a great knowledge and is very friendly. There are always several good beers on tap, but the selection of beer for sale is one of the best I can find. Everything is well organized and easy to sort through as well. There are regular tastings as well, which is also a great thing. I have only ordered food off of the menu twice, but both times it was amazing. The prices aren't outrageous, but some things are a bit high. Although some things are a little pricey, the selection of things you can't find elsewhere more than make up for this. Everyone should visit this location to find things they can't find elsewhere.

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

followed the GPS to this beer store-bar hybrid stuck back in a small neighborhood strip mall in Charlottesville, the right side of the store is devoted to an extensive bottled selection, with the left side housing a bar and tables, there's plenty of seating outside as well, very much a store without many of the atmospheric niceties of a dedicated bar, a ragtag bluegrass outfit was pickin' on the outside patio on this relatively cool Sunday evening, upon arrival around 10 pm, we were informed that there was only time for us to get one pint in...selections made, we took our seats outside

there were something like 10 taps at the time of my visit, most of interest being Stone 13th, Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz, and Green Flash West Coast IPA...I went with the Brooklyn, and it was served in a standard pint glass, the bottled selections are extensive and as a store, it's well worth a small detour...of note was Blue Mountain Dark Hollow with a range of Stone, Southern Tier, and other locally and nationally distributed breweries represented

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My wife and I visited for the 3rd or 4th time a few weeks back on an overcast Saturday late afternoon.

The service was very attentive, but there was only one other indoor table occupied. We have waited for service when sitting outside, although never an unreasonably long time. Their beers are always served in proper glassware and are the centerpiece of all they do.

Their food is fine but nothing out of the ordinary, although I have only a sandwich to judge by. We usually go to the inexpensive Thai place next door and stop for a beer or two before or after our meal.

As a beer store, their selection is very good, but their prices are getting soundly beat by both local craft beer store establishments. They do a good job of using their available space and have a lot of good offerings.

Their bar area is plunked down between the beer store and restaurant areas and are facing the coolers which is a bit strange. The bartender has always been doing a good job of serving in proper glassware. They do have a rotating, varied tap selection that changes frequently. Their Wednesday night beer tastings are informal and free, but nothing more than an ad for the brewery of the night.

A good place that has a tough location but is developing into a neighborhood hangout in some ways. I will continue to stop there for my infrequent bar outings, but I will shop elsewhere for bottles given their prices are 10% more than the other two main beer stores for craft-brews in town.

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Photo of oelergud
2.48/5  rDev -42.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The atmosphere was ok, nothing to note really. The live band was ok as well.
I was bothered by how messy the place was. A lot of junk needed to be picked up and the tables weren't very clean. The inside seating blows as you sit right next to people standing in line to check out. The outside seating is better but there you have to deal with the cigarette smoke.
The service was bad. I asked if I could only order draft with my meal as those were the only ones listed in the menu. The server said that I could also order bottled beer. However, only some of the bottled beer could be served with the meal and he could not give me a list of which ones they were and some would have to be purchased by the sixer, wtf? I did not feel like asking "this one? what about this one? or this one? 20 times so I just ordered a hops infusion on tap and let it go.
I had looked at the menu online before going only to find that only a fraction was actually available once we got there.
If I have to go from the table to the counter and have to ask employees three times to get out of the way so I can get by, I'm not going to be a happy camper. Don't stand in the damn doorway looking out the window being oblivious to the rest of the world, especially if you work there. Don't "dance" with a customer in a narrow walkway, get the F out of the way and when you are asked for a box for the leftovers, bring the box out within five minutes and if I have to come to you to get it, you need to extend a god damn apology. Needless to say, the service was abyssmal.
The food was ok, the servings were good and the prices reasonable but I will not be back.


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Photo of IBUnit63
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The soon-to-be-legendary Beer Run. This one's tucked away in an industrial park and was an adventure to find. But really, once I found this place I was impressed. Probably one of the better beer selections in the area...and not a lot of crap, either. Small but decent selection of Belgian and German items, quite a few Virginia brews and then a fair amount of the usual suspects such as Southern Tier, Bell's, DFH and the like. There is even a counter with about 5-10 seats and some tables to sample some wares. Lots of cooler space, too.

Service I really didn't find to be an issue the first time I stopped in here - in fact I'm really not sure I was approached for help at all, but that's quite alright. Nothing to complain about. (Edit) Then I came back yesterday and purchased a case of Oberon and around 6-8 single bottles. Although I insisted that I was going to make 2 trips for each of the boxes one of the owners brought one of them out to my car nonetheless. I thought I was at Ukrop's or something. On top of that, I have a couple new coozies and an enviro-friendly Beer Run bag, complete with bottle separators. Nice!

As mentioned there's quite a selection for this area. Prices are right in line with similar local outlets.

For the moderately-sized space they have they certainly use it well. This is a good place to check out and probably my future go-to on trips to the 434.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Strictly no frills deli in terms of atmosphere, though it does have a small bar area (admittedly, pretty much sitting right next to the beer coolers, which blows away any notion of intimacy or comfort). The staff, however, is quite friendly and attentive. The food is well thought out, if not fancy in any way. The small selection of taps is well thought out. When I was in for lunch, it included the excellent Blue Mountain Full Nelson Pale Ale, one of the little known gems in Virginia. The selection of beer in the cooler and warm on the racks is between good and great by the somewhat limited standards of Central Virginia. This place is far better than any area grocery store and comparable to the selections at the Wine Warehouse and Market Street Wine Shop. The location is a bit of a problem - it is in a small, poorly marked section of town and, although it is physically close to the Downtown Mall, it is a hassle to get to from almost anywhere in the city. They have recently started a beer delivery service, something of a novelty in Charlottesville, but you have to register for an account in advance and in person at the store.

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Photo of ams4k
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this place last weekend and was really pleasantly surprised and impressed. I'm coming from Boston so the bar is set pretty high, and this little place in Charlottesville held its own. It's a strange combination of a beer store and a beer bar, and it also serves good sandwiches and salads. They have some tables inside and some outside also. The whole thing is in a kind of strip mall, so it's not particularly atmospheric -- though it's sort of tucked away so you don't feel like you're in a strip mall.

But the key is the beer. They have an impressive selection of American craft beers -- lots of them cold, lots of local Virginia stuff, and plenty of the standards: DFH, Stone, Flying Dog, Brooklyn, etc. EXCELLENT Bell's selection, both in bottles, mini-kegs (Oberon in the cold fridge) and on draft-- I had a delicious HopSlam in a 10oz tulip for 5 bucks. Went back the next day for more. This is a must-go for serious beer folks in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Best selection in town. Nice folks too & fast friendly service.

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Photo of BeerMeister86
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is great. The owners are two really cool guys who have a lot of passion for what they do. They do a great job of keeping the place well stocked and will get anything for you that they don't have in stock. The atmosphere is great, they have a bar with 14 taps, always rotating great beers, and an area to sit down and get a bite to eat. The food is excellent and is all cooked and prepared fresh and on site. Prices are a few cents higher but the store is new and its always worth supporting local business, especially one as good as this.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Took a little while for this one to get added, but I suppose time has let the heart grow fonder, etc..

Atmosphere here is a little bright, but there have been measures taken to ensure that sunlight and such stick to populated areas and the beers themselves are within little more muted light.

Both quality and service here tend to be stronger points, with both owners (Josh & John) being quite enthusiastic, friendly, and show a passion for what they are doing - that kind of formula makes for good business, which I certainly appreciate. The staff, in my experience, have all been down to earth, easy going, and all out good people which has made returning to the establishment a pleasure over the last few months to see this young business grow. They make an effort to serve their beers in the proper glassware, and in proper form - and seem to have a genuine interest in improving all the time.

In the spirit of advocating both beers and wines, they conduct a tasting every week for both - typically Wednesday for beer, and Friday for wines. I usually make a point of getting to the beer tastings, which are often hosted by reps of the breweries themselves, and all free of charge. A very nice touch, and a great way to keep this town interested in craft breweries. Huge kudos for that.

The selection isn't QUITE as huge as some other locations in town, and the price tends to be a tad higher. However, one must keep in mind that it's still quite young (only going on 5 months old at time of review) and this is sure to change with time. A decent selection rotates on tap, though, and they DO have quite a decent Belgian selection, and carry other such gems as the Ten FIDY, Stone IRS, plenty of Dogfish Head & Bell's (not to mention both of these latter showing up on tap... 90 Min. IPA has been on draft a couple of times).

The food here, from what I have tried is fabulous. Their cooks have been around for a long time in previous family connections, and they are incredibly good at what they do. From comfort food to a bit of a finer side of dining, it's all here, and all seems to do well. Be sure to check out the brats... they come served in a fresh pretzel bun, with an inhouse lager horseradish mustard. Delicious. A very welcome addition to the beer selection here in town. Highly recommended.

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Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 67 ratings