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West Richland Beer & Wine

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5 Ratings

Type: Store

4033 W Van Giesen St
West Richland, Washington, 99353-5151
United States

(509) 654-4963 | map

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Added by martyrx on 09-26-2009

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Photo of rrock44
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I am in town for work and was looking for beers to take back to DC. My colleague and I arrived around 6:00; she started tasting wine and I went to the beer. The owners (whose names I'm blanking on, sorry) were incredibly nice -- gave me about 3 free samples on draft, and even called around to other stores to try to find a beer they were out of. Before I knew it, it was 8:00 -- we'd spent almost 2 hours tasting beer and wine and talking to the owners and their wine distributors about wineries and restaurants to visit in the area. I bought a ton of beers to take back to DC, and had a blast in the process. I can't recommend this shop highly enough to craft beer and wine lovers in the area. If I lived here I'd be in this place all the time.

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Photo of Beerfusion
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The new owners have really improved, not only the atmosphere, but quality of service and beer selection. From what they have told me, they have gotten more aggressive with distributors to bring in rarer items and a greater variety. And, from what I've seen and purchased recently - they're correct. They also sell pints now, and you can buy a bottle, sit, and drink it. A definite improvement from the previous owners. The new owners are rather knowledgeable, which has led to a greater increase of interesting craft taps. My only complaint isn't specific to this establishment, but of my general area, which is the low quantity of specialty craft beers or lack there of. Hopefully, the increased craft beer presence in the Tri-Cities will lead to great selection, and I'm already seeing an increased variety of selection. If you live or visit the Tri-Cities and are looking for craft beer the West Richland Beer and Wine Shop is the place to go. Very satisfied!

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Photo of JAust
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%

Sadly, this is the closest legitimate beer store for me, so I visit often.

They have a pretty decent selection of beers, but the distributors apparently don't like they guys that work there. The owner and his one employee will read the label of a beer if you ask them about it, so don't bother. They sell things like Consecration and Older Viscosity, but have never tried them. They serve free beer, but as a result there is almost always a freeloading dirtbag standing in front of the counter trying to touch my Angle's Share and remarking on the prices. Which are real high.

As a result, while they do get several Goose Island brews, the owner told me the distributor wouldn't give him any bourbon county stout (he just knew it was a stout...). Same with Russian River, no Pliney. And so on.

Overall though, the selection is pretty great if you can identify the good bottles without help, cause you won't get any.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -2%

Visited 2.13.2010, this new bottle shop is well off the beaten path, some 10 miles from Columbia Center Mall, where I dropped off the little lady while I went beer hunting. After driving all the way through bucolic West Richland, a quick phone call resulted in easy to follow directions. Located in a strip mall and open since June 2009, West Richland Beer and Wine features a diverse array of brews, along with some wines. I believe the beers outnumber the wines-as they should. A good sprinkling of San Diego based brews (Lost Abbey, Port, Stone) samplings from America's best microbreweries (Dogfish Head, Hair of the Dog) , along with a vast array of Washington microbrews (Scuttlebutt, Iron Mountain, Old Schoolhouse, Ice Harbor) stamp this small store as an up and comer worth visiting. Additionally, they feature six taps, when I visited they had Terminal Gravity, Widmer's new spring seasonal, Manny's Pale Ale, and they were more than happy to pour samples, fill growlers, and all in all very helpful. A talk with one of the co-owner's revealed they'd even had a keg of The Abyss on tap. Prices were quitecompetitive. Hey, West Richland ain't all that bad!

The only critique I'd make was their lack of cold case space, the majority of their craft offerings were at room temperature. It might be worth investing in some more refrigeration, given the relatively high quality of beer. Upon reflection, this is the best selection of craft beer in the Tri-Cities area, beating out my previous visit to Yoke's Pasco location. If you are looking for a special bottle or two (I picked up LA Gift of the Magi and HOTD Adam), this is the place to visit.

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West Richland Beer & Wine in West Richland, WA
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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