Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.

BA SCORE
95
world-class

44 Ratings
Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

1214 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607-6835
United States

(919) 832-5232 | map
ridgewoodwineandbeer.com

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Added by beer2day on 02-16-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
6.21%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 18
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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located in Ridgewood shopping center around the corner from Whole Foods.

Beer is down the far left side wall. Most of the floor space is devoted to wine, but they have a decent selection of beer organized by style along that back left wall.

Nice bar area for the sip-and-shop experience. 16 taps running now with very nice selections on when I visited. They do a good job of mixing variety on the tap handles. The selection grade above reflects the tap handles more so than the bottle variety.

Bottle selection is not extensive, but the quality of selection was good. Nothing extraordinary, but a very nice selection nevertheless. Prices are extremely competitive.

Staff was eager to help, but not overbearing. Knowledgeable about the products they offer.

This would be an excellent stop while your SO is shopping at the WF around the corner, given the nice selection of tap handles.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Ridgewood Wine & Beer was my last stop in a little beer trip to Raleigh. It is located in a strip mall not particularly close to anything remarkable other than a Whole Foods next door, a bead store for the wife while I shop for beer and an Einstein Bros bagel shop for breakfast (not bad).

The place is spacious, almost too big for what they carry. There is a register to the left as you enter, a growler bar right across from the register and the bottle shop proper in front of you just past the entrance.

"Great beer selection, just check out the wall of fame. An empty of just about every sought after beer you can imagine", said one reviewer before me. This might be true of their trophy empty bottles... but otherwise their selection didn't struck me as outstanding.

Unlike at Tasty Beverage in downtown Raleigh, I didn't find anything rare, vintage or unique here. Their growler bar is more interesting, though, and I was elated to get a growler of Prairie Bomb for just about 32 dollars (cheaper than next door at Whole Foods where it was close to 38 bucks).

I found the guys working there to be a little aloof/cold. I don't need a beer nerd accosting me in the aisle, but it is nice to have a smile and maybe an offer for help.

Good enough overall, but I will not revisit when I'm back in Raleigh.

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Photo of racer15
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kingkong
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Boston970
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of katmandu72
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of RandyV
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited from Arizona recently. This is a very cool place to hang out for a while (nice sitting areas with music played at a reasonable level); have a beer on draft (very thoughtful selection); and browse the beer and wine for sale. The beer selection is respectable and reasonably priced. Raleigh is fortunate to have a place like this.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jel225
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great beer selection, just check out the wall of fame. An empty of just about every sought after beer you can imagine. They definitely know beer. The selection was excellent, so good, I had to leave some behind for the the rest of you all. Actually, I just couldn't fit any more in my suitcase. Got some really good ones from Wicked Weed and others. Also several high quality brews on tap for sampling or take out. Top notch place, if you're in town on business like I was, this is a can't miss. Oh, I have to give them a prop for staying open on a day of ice and snow when the rest of the city (and bottle shops) had closed. The weather wasn't that bad!

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Photo of Macsimus
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NCbeerfan138
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of RyanAU
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of raleighwho
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Love2talkbeer
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is my go-to spot in the Raleigh area. While it primarily functions as a wine shop, they have 16 quality beers on draft at all times and this usually represents the best tap list that you'll find anywhere in town at any given point in time. The owners and other employees are extremely knowledgeable and will go out of their way to ensure that your experience is top-notch and that the shop's high standards are maintained. The clientele is great as well, consisting largely of familiar faces and folks who really know their stuff when it comes to beer. However, newcomers and beer novices are always made to feel welcome as well.

The selection is significantly smaller than what you'll find at some other shops around town, but everything on the shelf is quality and turns-over rapidly, which means it's generally as fresh as possible. The prices are also extremely fair, both for drafts and packaged beer. 6-packs or bombers I purchase here are generally at least a buck cheaper than they would be elsewhere. Two of my favorite things about the place are: 1) they fill growlers and 2) they also offer small 4.5 oz. pours of all their drafts.

My only qualm is that they don't stay open a bit later (close at 7:00 most nights). But that's part of what makes the place so attractive - it's not a sports bar, it's a classy shop.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co. in Raleigh, NC
4.35 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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