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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

17 Reviews
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
www.ridgewoodwineandbeer.com

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Added by beer2day on 02-16-2012

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
44
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
5.67%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by ewright:
Photo of ewright
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is, hands down, my favorite store in the area. No, they don't have the largest selection in the area. However, everything they have is top notch. They have 16 taps and, as of tonight, 15 of them are beers I enjoy or want to try. That's a pretty damn good ratio for anyone, much less a relatively small shop that is more than 50% dedicated to wine.

The prices are the lowest in the Triangle, often by a wide margin. I have a hard time just stopping by for a beer after work. I'm always tempted to take home some bottles ... and often times do. The vibe is really laid back, the owners are all really great guys (don't really get that "dick" comment from another review), always straight up if they have/don't have beers I want.

If every store was run the way Ridgewood was, I might not be as loyal a customer. But when you mix a decent selection of great beers, awesome prices, good, friendly management and more than a dozen taps of top notch beers, you're a winner in my book and will have my business as long as possible.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of racer15
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kingkong
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Boston970
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of katmandu72
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of RandyV
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jel225
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of GoldenArms
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Awesome place, classy, good people and always something solid on draft.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NCbeerfan138
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RyanAU
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of raleighwho
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Love2talkbeer
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of dmwcpa
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jak
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Ridgewood Wine & Beer Co. in Raleigh, NC
95 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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