Bestway

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Store

2113 Walker Ave
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27403-1655
United States

(336) 272-4264 | map

Notes: Monday-Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00am
Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.53
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
108
pDev:
10.82%
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I was skeptical of this place when I saw it from the street since it is the size of a small grocery store. The other advocates were spot on. There’s plenty of liquor and a sizable selection of beer, both microbrewed and imported. There was a large quantity of Drie Fonteinen, both the Oude Gueze and Armond & Gaston. They sort the beer with North Carolina stuff at the front and then branch out regionally, nationally, and finally to imports. All but the imports are mostly stored cold. Nobody asked if I needed help, but the staff was friendly.

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Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: I stopped at this place on a Saturday morning. The beer department is located along one aisle on the left side of the store. There was one cooler that ran along the full length of the store and included all of the domestic beers, starting with North Carolina beers followed by beers from the East Coast and beers from the West Coast. There were some separate racks in the back with beers from other countries, which were not refrigerated.

Quality: Beers were stored out of direct sunlight and about three quarters of the selection was stored in the large cooler.

Service: There was only one other customer in the store (shopping for groceries) so I didn't see any staff walking around the aisles. The only person that seemed to be working was a checkout clerk.

Selection: The store had a very extensive selection of domestic beers and had a particularly good representation of local beers from North Carolina. It had one of the biggest selections that I've seen in the Piedmont Triad area.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Cool grocery in a little coo/progressivel part of town....this place has a HUGE selection of the good stuff from far and wide...I ws most interested in the locals and I was not dissappointed....well worth a visit if in the area...also located very close by were a farmers market, coffee shop and a few cool looking bars/restaurants...

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Photo of KP_McPurg
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We're really lucky to have the Bestway in Greensboro. The service and selection are second to none! If you're going to be anywhere nearby you should make a stop and check the "wall of beer" I'm sure they'll have some of your favorites.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I have going to this place for the last year every time I visit family. Excellent beer selection both the hot new stuff and the great local stuff. I always ask for good local suggestions and so far everything has been great. Beer is fresh, they have regular tastings and the place is pretty easy to find. I must stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Picture a smallish, outdated grocery store with an amazing beer selection- a beer selection so comprehensive that its very existence in said store creates a sense of incongruity strong enough to be almost unsettling, in a Twilight Zone way. That's Bestway on Walker Ave in Greensboro.

Man, have they got beer! It's organized by state/country of origin, with NC getting more space than anywhere else- their selection of NC beers is very comprehensive. The refrigerated beer section stretches from the from the front of the store to the back, and seemed to be all domestics- mostly craft/regional with a small amount of space for the big-name AALs. Running down the middle of the beer aisle is a grouping of free-standing shelves for unrefrigerated imports; their selection of German and Belgian beers in particular is just mind-blowing. They fill growlers as well, but I didn't make it past the "wall of beer" so I can't speak to their draft selection. I didn't see any evidence of a mix-a-six option.

Service? Eh, it's a grocery store. The young lady stocking beer made a point to ask customers if they needed help finding anything; that's about as good as I expect service to be in a grocery store. I didn't ask staff any questions, so I can't judge their beer knowledge (or lack thereof). Prices were about what I'd expect in a smaller grocery store: not as good as box-store prices, and a bit higher than you'd pay at a bigger grocery store. The thing is, you'd not find 99% of this beer in a box store or a "normal" grocery store, so I don't begrudge them a bit more per six pack.

If you're in Greensboro and you are looking to pick up a six-pack or twelve-pack of good beer, you're probably wasting time going anywhere but here.

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Photo of W_Des
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great local grocery store with a wall of beer. The selection is very good and they will get specialty release beers. They update their beer menus page often which is great when I want to check out what is in stock. They have a growler fill area but you have to use their growlers which is where I docked some points. Overall a great beer place.

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Photo of ssslowboat
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Amazing selection! Best in the triad, hands down. Of course you can find rare and very expensive beers, but I can always find something in my price range and haven't had anything but fresh beers and friendly service. Most def worth checking out!

(also worth a look is a laundrymat across the street, pool tales with a bar in the back)

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Photo of Zonian1
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This is basically a quaint small town grocery store with a killer beer section. I visited on a busy Saturday afternoon in Dec 2014. There were lots of people loading up carts with huge purchases of NC beers. The NC beer selection was the best of the 5 BA-top-rated stores I visited in the Triangle area that week. For example, they had a stack of Hop Drop n Roll cases 5 feet high--beer that was canned the day before I visited!! Amazing! Also, a really nice selection of Wicked Weed offerings. And many others I hadn't seen at other stores during my week in the Triangle area. The down side: this is a grocery store, not a beer store, which meant there was no one in the store on a Saturday afternoon who could give any advice about the beer offerings, except for other customers. I shudder to think about the business they could have been doing if they'd have had a smart beer person helping the customers. However, put that aside, do your own homework before you go, and definitely make Bestway a stop if you are anywhere close to the area.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

This place has a monster craft beer selection. Just about anything brewed in the state of NC is available here, from flagships to seasonals. Further down the cooler, you get all the craft offerings from around the country, and finally a ton of imports. There is a growler station offering rotating fills of 16oz, 32oz, and 64oz jugs. There is quite a selection of glassware, as well as some interesting t-shirts and other swag from time to time. They do quite a few tastings, and have special releases of rare beers when they have them. This is a full grocery store, so there is plenty of food available. Also, there is a decent wine selection. Worth a stop if you are in the Triad.

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Photo of pauldave1976
1/5  rDev -77.9%

Horrible customer service. These guys have always been completely rude to their customers and are WAY over priced. But today took the cake. They were the only bottle shop to receive Bourbon County Coffee and REFUSED to sell it to the people waiting. Never again will I spend a dime with them.

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Photo of Martyrob
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Selection is OUTSTANDING with tons of great beer to choose from, but they are not very friendly and many of the employees are not very knowledgeable when you ask questions so I give a 4.

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Photo of Brewndruid
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Bestway is my go to bottle shop! If you can't find it here than it is either unavailable here, or it isn't worth having!
Roger, Nancy and Leslie have put a lot of hard work into this projct and it shows. The beer knowledge is some of the best around.

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Photo of HopUpTriad
3.77/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

The selection is great, I won't deny that. There is beer gems tucked in every nook and cranny at a decent price. Wine was pretty sub-par, nothing that stood out. The problem is, you can have the best selection but the people make it a home run for me. It took forever for me to locate anyone, besides the one at the cash register. When I finally found someone, the answers I received were dismal. I wasn't even sure if it was lack of beer knowledge or maybe just not wanting to. Both employees were very unfriendly and less than helpful. Another problem, which I brought to their attention, is the outdated beer. I didn't look at snack items for dates but I found it on 3 different beers. I think this establishment is good and in a unique, but fitting, location but it could be phenomenal if managed properly.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I visited my father in Burlington, NC last week. Since I knew I'd need my beer fix, I looked around for a place that boasted a great selection. All roads led to Bestway.

I was very impressed with their selection, which was nicely set up. Local NC brews had their own display, which I thought was a nice way of promoting it. Beers were grouped by country of origin as well as by brewery. Overall, everything was easy to find.

Service was nothing special. Although, I may have just been talking to the wrong person. I saw a lot of Dark Horse displayed and asked one of the workers if they had Plead the 5th. The guy said, "I've never heard of that before." C'mon, man! Never heard of Plead the 5th?

But my complaint is a small one. If you're in the Greensboro area, this is the spot. This, or the Total Wine just off Rt. 40.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

It looks like a rundown little grocery store but inside is the best beer store in North Carolina. They have a rotating selection of everything you could want. The staff is generally knowledgeable and they have helped me select some great beers I would never have tried otherwise. Perhaps best of all, the prices are as low and fair as any quality beer store I have seen. Bestway is a serious gem.

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Photo of mwbrady12
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Bestway sets the bar for quality craft beer service establishments. Roger and Leslie go out of their way to serve their customers and it shows in everything they do. I make the 30 minute drive on a regular basis and will continue to becuase it is always worth it. Cheers to Bestway!!

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Photo of ttcummings
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

This place is awesome. I would be willing to take the 25 minute trip out here anytime. The selection is amazing and couldn't get much better. If you are a beer fanatic you need to go to this place. I have recently relocated here from North East Ohio and have done quite a bit of exploring and this is by far the best beer store around.

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Photo of Nick_RobertsM3
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place is right down the street! Which can dangerous on payday. Staff is helpful. Can accommodate most request, just ask. Best craft beer selection in Greensboro. Wall Of Beers!!! This is almost overwhelming. Give yourself plenty of time to browse.

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Photo of ghowehattrick
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A must visit in Greensboro. One of the biggest cold displays I've seen in NC. Friendly staff, knowledgeable. Good little glassware display too. Several dozen bomber size bottles for display, maybe a dozen or so growler varieties. Lots of beers you won't find at any given Total Wine.

Re-review: September 2013 I bumped up my previous ratings from back in June; after living in Greensboro for about a year, this place is the best in town. They have new stuff ALL the time, several seasonals in rotation. Best place in town for NC beers, from Old Hickory to Fullsteam to Carolina Brewery, etc. Staff really is fun to talk to.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Not too often do I go into a store and feel overwhelmed enough to ask for help. I consider myself, fairly well versed in the art of beer. This was not the case here. There were so many different NC beers, it was insane! Being from SC, I hadn't heard of most of them, so I had to get some direction from the resident "beer guy". He was somewhat helpful in directing me to the better NC beers in the styles I liked. Overall, a fairly solid place and prices were reasonable.

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Photo of irishstoutlvr
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is a gem. There are tons of beer to select from. The staff was very friendly, and very informative. I told them what I really like in a beer, and they pointed me in the right direction. They have a nice selection of growlers, to go along with all the 6 packs, and singles. This is a great place to stop in.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This place looks like a slightly sketchy grocery store (and a very small grocery store, maybe more like a glorified convenience store or bodega) but inside there is an amazing 1/4 of the store dedicated to great craft beer. There is nothing fancy about the exterior or the interior of the place but who the heck cares... Just turn left when you enter the store.

Lots of bombers, some single small bottles, lots of six packs, and a decent selection of glassware.

I didn't ask for any help from anyone here so I cannot evaluate the staff of the store - I felt a little like a kid in a candy store and had a hard time restraining myself for buying one of everything.

The selection at this place is great - just about all of the NC breweries are represented and with multiple offerings from each. Additionally there is a great selection of other craft breweries that distribute to NC and some really great European breweries.

Since it is a grocery, I am not going to review food.

Prices are competitive with other places I have visited in NC and would be good in NYC/NJ as well.

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Photo of Chaney
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I was in town accompanying my wife on one of her marching band venture, so I thought I would stop by.

Atmosphere: I plugged this into my GPS and even when we were less than a quarter mile away, I started scratching my head. Yep, this place really comes out of the blue for sure! The interior looks like a grocery store, but the left hand side is absolutely magical! Hell, the ENTIRE left 1/4 of the store is dedicated to craft beer.... and they get the good stuff!

Quality: Nothing on the "beer side" of that store sucks. Seriously. If it's distributed to NC, this place has it.

Service: I went there fairly late at night, so I imagine that whoever the beer rep is had gone home, however, from me to him: KUDOS!

Selection: Like I said, all the NC greats were represented. e.g. Foothills, Olde Hickory, Duck Rabbit, Natty Green's, etc. Additionally, they had tons of imports (especially Mikeller) and an insane amount of brewery glassware. As for me on this visit, I picked up a FFF/Mikkeller "Boogoop," a couple of Olde Hickory bombers, and a Duck Rabbit snifter.

Value: Coming from DC, I thought the prices were just fine.

I highly recommend this store. However... bring a car!

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Photo of derandscott
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

From friendly, knowledgeable "beer geeks" (Leslie etc...), to Roger –– the personable, accessible, connoisseur owner, Bestway is at the top of its class. As soon as you step onto beer aisle you are assaulted with a myriad of tasty options. If you’re like me, you'll probably wish you hadn't spent so much money there (because there are so many options and you want to taste everything). But on the bright side, they're usually $2-5 cheaper than other local bottle shops. They're the best around; I promise you, you won't want to leave.

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Bestway in Greensboro, NC
Place rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 108 ratings