City Beverage

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97
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City BeverageCity Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store, Homebrew Store

915 Burke St
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101-2528
United States

(336) 722-2774 | map
www.citybeverage.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
88
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
8.35%
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by EasyReader:
Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +12.9%

City Beverage's beer selection has come a long way since the first time I shopped there back in the early 1990's. The store expanded several years ago after NC "Popped the Cap" and hasn't looked back. The front room has their wine selection, but also a wall of beer in coolers (six- and four- packs, along with some singles of various sizes). In the back are homebrewing supplies and books. To the left is the second room, where most of the beer is shelved. There is a wide selection of NC beers, other US craft beers, and imports. They get most everything that's available here, and I can always find something interesting. A small shelf of vintage beers is in the corner, and a bar with five taps is in the back. There are beer tastings on Saturday afternoons, and other special events throughout the year (now including the occasional "Firkin Friday"). You can't beat having a pint while you shop!

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Photo of ILMbrew
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

By far the best beer selection in winston. Be prepared to spend some time there as there is always awesome new beers and the place is packed full of just about anything you can get in nc. They constantly are having stellar deals on cases, and they even often have great mix and match cases of older beers for only $25.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hendrick24
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of crazyninjamaster
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Holy hell, there is a lot of freakin beer in this place. Make sure you carve out a good chunk of time if you are going to visit. Separate room to the right, which has a small bar tucked away for on premises drinking, as well as growler fills. There is a lounge area set up around the bar, and it feels like a pretty good hangout place. There is a long wall of coolers for cold beer, as well as homebrew supplies and a ton of wine selections. I can't even guess at the amount of beer available, from local, domestic, and foreign, and in all formats. The staff was friendly and helpful while I wandered around aimlessly. This is a great store.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Renegawam
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chmize
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

City Beverage is my kind of store. Walking in, directly to your right is the counter. The interior is sort of broken into two sections. The first, where the entrance is located houses wine, homebrew supplies, and a bank of cooler doors loaded with beer. A random cooler with some Oakham bottles, that I've never seen in bottles before, sat between the two sections.

The second section, that I will call the beer section, is stacked. It has a very home office/library feel. Dark wood shelving make up narrow aisles and each shelf is stacked full and high with quality beer. The locals and regionals are very well represented but so is everything else from around the country and world. After slowly working your way through the beer section you can go take a seat in some comfy seating across from the dark, short bar used for both a quick drink and growler fills. The employee that day was very well versed in beer and kept the store in tip-top shape. Prices were reasonable. This place is too easy to leave with too much beer. Be careful. Shop at your own risk,

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brian44556
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We stopped into this joint while traveling to the Sexual Chocolate release. Great bottle selection, well organized, great taps, awesome employees, and reasonable prices. We chatted with the guy behind the desk and ended up giving him some KY locals we had left over from the bottle share at Foothills earlier that morning and he hooked us up with a 2011 Event Horizon. Awesome gesture! If you are in town make sure you stop in.

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Photo of Soto
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Irish57
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

In the heart of downtown Winston Salem. A bit cramped, but great selection as well as a good selection on tap. Friendly atmosphere. Good selection of imports, micros and local breweries. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. My go to place for great beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The store is kind of cramped with a lot of stuff packed into it and has about 6 cold cases of beer as well as an entire other room for room temperature bottles. They have a few beers on tap and a decent amount of glassware. Tough for me to figure out the organization but fun to look around.

People working in the store were friendly and helpful and pleasantly gave ni attitude when I asked for a fairly hard to find beer - and let me purchase one since they do not do a list to get in line for it. Also, they were knowledgeable about the beers they were selling and made a couple of good recommendations (though they were beers I have easy access to where I currently live so I did not grab them).

This is one of the best selections in the triad area of NC - possibly only bested by Bestway in Greensboro. There is a good selection of both domestic and foreign craft beer but judging by a couple of the other reviews, it might be best to check dates before purchasing as I am not sure how quickly the inventory moves.

Prices are a little higher than other shops in the area for bottles but they do have a really nice selection. The draft prices seem on par with other places in the area.

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Photo of Hopstuff
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

These guys have been at the craft beer game since it was born. I love the fact this shop is family owned and family run and been passed down through that same family since it was born. Spencer is such a great resource. And the reviewer below should stop picking on the old man Sunny! (You said it all, when you mention Total Wine) Must stop if you are in the Winston area...their bi annual tent sales rock! And they always have stacks of sell beer, some out of date, but still good most of the time! City Bev Rocks!

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Photo of beerFool28607
2.38/5  rDev -46.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Small store, not well organized. I see that they have GF West Coast IPA cases on sale. I asked the older fella behind the counter how old it is. His response? "That beer will be good for another 8 months". The guy working the floor (old guy's grandson?) says, "We've only had it for about a week, I'm sure its older than that, but it will be good for a long time". As politely as I could, I said that freshness was very important with IPAs, and none are truly good for 8 months" He says, "Sure it is, see this stuff in the bottom of the bottle? It's the hops. That means it'll be good for at least a year"

I just laughed it off and winked at my buddy. Then I checked the case and it was dated "Nov 2011"

Now, I'm not the type to criticize over old stock (it was on sale after all). But to tell me that this 8 month old IPA will be fine for another 8 months? That kind of service is worse than no service at all--more deceptive than Hopstuff's blurry picture, above.

The prices are high, the selection is low, and the customer service is insulting. If you're thinking about stopping by, go to total wine first. You won't hear me say that often, but I would never give these people my money again. The only reason it's is so highly rated is lack of other options in the area. If you do check it out, be prepared to spend an arm and a leg and deal some nasty people.

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
3.81/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

City Beverage is located in the heart of Winston-Salem and is in walking distance from Foothills (which is great). They have a great selection of wine & beer on hand. They also have around 4 to 5 taps in their tap room. They keep great stuff on tap aswell. City Beverage has a great atmosphere and I have been there many times, but I will say it it much more expensive than other craft beer stores that I have been to. City Beverages prices usually run about $2-$3 more per bomber than other stores in the area. Also, I have had a bad experience with the service there. There was a 12oz. bottle of random double IPA on there shelf with no price on it, and when I asked how much it was, I was immediately accused of trying to mix and match a six pack!?!? Other than that, City is fine with me.

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City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC
4.43 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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