Beer Study


12 Reviews
Beer StudyBeer Study

Type: Bar

106A N Graham St
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27516-2322
United States

(919) 240-5423 | map

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Added by Sayson on 12-11-2012

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Photo of MacMalt
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of those places that make a Beer Advocate smile. A bottle shop with an intriguing selection that also serves pours in an eclectic atmosphere. The bar area is small but attracts a combination of students, bohemians, hipsters, and true beer geeks. It features and excellent selection of North Carolina beers, and other craft beers from the US and europe, in bottles and cans. In addition to several good NC offerings, I found a beer from Ohio that I always wanted to try. The bar also features an interesting assortment of beers on draught, including local beers from the Triangle, other areas of North Carolina, and other parts of the country. The staff is friendly and enjoy talking beer with you. They are generous when it comes to letting you sample before deciding what to order. All in all, this is a must-visit for a BA visiting Chapel Hill.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Finally dropped by and wasn't disappointed. Exactly the kind of spot I dig. Great little bottle shop, with several one-offs from local breweries on the shelves. Walked in, found things I wanted, asked a guy behind the bar what he suggested and snagged some of that too. Helpful guy. I've never had a beer there, so I can only speak to the spot as a bottle shop - but the bar was neat and the drafts were interesting. Nice spot to land. The outdoor area in the front reminds me a bit of Common Market in Charlotte. And it's just around the corner from Al's... great burgers, cheers!

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Photo of planbee
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of the top 5 bottle shops in the Triangle in my opinion. I'm always impressed with the amount of limited releases they get, and the quantities. The shelves are always full of stuff I want. Frequent awesome draft options and great people running the place. Crowd skews young because it's Chapel Hill, so that can be interesting at times.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I finally made it by after hearing a lot about this place. Great location just off Franklin street between Chapel Hill and Carrboro (two of my favorite places).

The atmosphere is really what you make of it. I could understand loving it or feeling it left a little to be desired. My favorite part is the tables out front (though they were all occupied during our visit). The crowd is just what you'd expect from the area: passionate, diverse and interesting. And they're very dog friendly which is a plus.

The beer list was solid with lots of locals and plenty of good options from the rest of the country and brewing world. Our top choice had kicked earlier and the rest of the options that interested us weren't anything we couldn't have found elsewhere. I had a Stone Chai Spiced IS and my wife an IPA flight.

I'm glad we made it over and would certainly stop again if in the area. But the Triangle has a lot to offer and this one, while adding to the list, doesn't especially stand out.

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Photo of msscott1973
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love this place! I have seen better beer selections, but they pack a lot into a small space and they let me bring my dog! Their smaller inventory is more than made up for by their atmosphere, location and customer service. Plus, they offer online pre-order on their beer, even some of the limited release stuff. Very nice! The only real negative here is the bar stools are wobbly and too short for the bar.

Oh, and these guys are always hauling Charlotte beers up so that us locals can enjoy fresh Hop Drop & Roll, etc. that do not distribute outside of Charlotte.

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Photo of Sayson
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I am a regular at Beer Study. I believe it's the perfect bar/beer store. First, the vibe is very laid back. The staff are friendly and know the names of many patrons, but are also warm to new folks to the bar. As far as quality, the owner/operator, JD, is very present and makes sure that there are enough staff so that no server is overwhelmed, plus he's at Beer Study nearly every day. JD has also worked to establish good relationships with brewers and distributors so that Beer Study gets a nice mix of special release kegs. There are beers for all level of buyers from the cheapie six pack, right now a Founder's black IPA for $4.99/4 pack to the $30 Cascade sours. Selection is great too. The focus is on beer you won't find at 7-11 or the local supermarket. All in all, Beer Study is as good a bar/beer store as I've been to. I think you'd like it, too.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Went here because of it's BA ratings, a very interesting place. It's basically a beer store with a bar and a TV in the corner. We ordered a couple of beers on tap and browsed the beer selection. Bottle selection was pretty good, and pricing was awesome (cheaper than both Total Wine & Sam's Quick Stop). You could purchase and bottle and drink there, or just take it home with you. I've heard that they get some really good beers on tap, if you follow their FB page. Would definitely check out again.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Beer Study is a bar. A bar with really interesting beers. Almost all local or regional. All very enticing. Beer Study is a bottle shop with a decent selection. During a visit in Dec 2014, Taylor, the bartender/beer geek extraordinaire helped me choose some on-tap beers to try and some bottles to buy. All were great choices. The people I met in the place were very cool and fun to talk to. On my second visit, they had BCBS--coffee infused on tap. They make frequent trips to Charlotte to pick up some fresh NoDa. On my visit, I got cans of Hop Drop n Roll that were canned the day before! Definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Small shop, but pretty packed with interesting offerings.

From the sounds of it, the owner mules up NODA cans which is good news for the triangle. There were also some B.C. breweries that were represented that startled me a little bit. How the hell did Howe Sound and Parallel 49 (never even seen in Seattle) find it's way to these shelves, and why?

taplist was a little weak on this particular visit - seems like half the lines had been killed and not replenished. oh well - still did have some st bernie xmas and fullsteam fruitcake. In what appears to be a (tolerated?) trend in the area, everything is served in plastic cups as I'm assuming there isn't sufficient plumbing to wash dishes? Regardless, this sucks big time. It just seems like if you are going to make the effort to get high end kegs (which i understand they do), then you have to find a way to get some actual glassware in the house. Major bummer.

Cool vibe to the place - enough space to move around and some tables out front. Fun place to hang out and kill some time. Even better yet, no TV, so you don't have to suffer through any tarhole athletics

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

A regular to this place. I stop by multiple times a week whether its to pick up beer or hang out and drink a few. Don't serve food, but the burger shop next door will deliver. On most occasions you can find fellow beer enthusiasts to make conservation with over a few beers. There are over ten taps (some exclusive to the area) that are reasonable priced. If the taps don't interest you, you can open a bottle or even bring in your own. On more than one occasion, while discussing a beer not available in the area, the owner has pulled it out from his hidden stash to share. He goes out of his way by driving hours away to NC breweries such as Noda and Wickedweed to provide his customers with great beer that is not distributed yet. Overall, great place to enjoy/buy beer and meet other people who appreciate good beer.

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Photo of kristougher
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by on my way through town, definitely worth the stop, wish it wasnt 2 hours away from me honestly.

Very good selection of bottles and drafts, very impressed the owner drives to breweries to pick up stuff that isnt distributed to the triangle(NODA, Wicked Weed, Birdsong, etc.) Plenty of beer in coolers to pick from and a tv where people were playing nintendo 64.

Very friendly and helpful, answered all my questions. Even asked if I wanted an Enjoy By which wasn't on shelves.

only have one complaint, and its that I don't live close enough to it. Great bottle shop.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First review of this bottle shop. Located on the edge of where Chapel Hill and Carrboro meet right off Franklin street, the location is very nice. Parking is on the side or back of the building and free, so thats a huge plus right there. As you go inside you notice a bunch of Nintendo game systems and a TV to your right, along with some tables and a sit down bar set up in the back. Lighting is dark, typical bar setting and appropriate. Records are always playing. There is a wall of bottles on your left, sorted by brewery. You can buy any single you want from a 6 pack too, though most of what is on the wall is singles/bombers anyway. A couple refrigerated cases too. The overall amount of beers sold here isnt near as much as a Sams or Tasty, but they do have a lot of quality stuff. However, being quite new, I imagine the distributors will eventually catch on and start supplying them with more and more. For now it seems like quality over quantity. Great amount of NC beers and the import selection isnt bad either.

Atmosphere is where this place shines above the rest. Only 2 people, the owner JD and 1 employee, Andy. Both super nice guys and they both know their beer. JD drives to Charlotte regularly to pick up kegs and cases from CLT breweries that arent distributed to the RDU area, which is a huge plus. Everything he puts on is fresh. 12 taps and 1 cask going at all times, and the kegs rotate very frequently. A focus on NC taps, but they put on stuff from all over too, including imports. Pricing is reasonable and honestly even quite cheap compared to a lot of others. Typical 4-6 bucks a pint, not bad at all. The prices on the bottles are also about the same as other places.

Overall its a great place to come and enjoy great beer with other beer geeks or just to relax after work and enjoy a pint. It's my new favorite bar/bottle shop in the Triangle.

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Beer Study in Chapel Hill, NC
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