Hair Of The DoG Bottle Shop

Bar, Beer-to-go

401 W Duke Of Gloucester St
Ste A
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185-3602
United States

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Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.17
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
pDev:
9.35%
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Reviews by Cavanaghty:
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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great place! Amazing customer service! Selection was superb. Helpful staff in selecting local brews as well as advice on places to go for good beers. Highly recommend making this a stop if your in the area.

Jun 07, 2017
More User Reviews:
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Apr 19, 2018
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godawgs from Louisiana

4.17/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Apr 22, 2017
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LJTate from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

May 21, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Not a huge place, but they carry many beers that you will not find anywhere else. Prices, for where they are located, are very reasonable. Been there a few times and always get something new and exciting. Staff is knowledgable, especially the Shop Manager Lauren. I enjoyed speaking with her and she is very knowing of all they carry and beer in general. Great experience, will return again and again..

Aug 03, 2015
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Craft_Imperial from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

LITERALLY the worst beer buying experience of my life. Had a very large order and inquired if they offer a volume discount as they did previously, the nice staff said the owner is on his way and wait. After waiting 25 minutes at least for the owner, he decided he will give a zero discount, literally nothing. Not only is this my first experience buying such a volume with no discount, he had the nerve to make me wait, not even apologize, and didn't even make eye contact. They lost a customer over this. If you want up the board prices come here, very disappointed.

Jul 30, 2015
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intobenme from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 22, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a good bottle shop, been popping in regularly since they opened. There's one main room for single bottles where you'll find imports, sours, ciders, national crafts, and a wall of Virginia only breweries. You can find some gems here. There is a big rack of 6 packs and then a couple smaller fridge units with a small selection of cold singles.

Prices are alright, maybe $.50-$1.50 higher than normal depending on the beer due primarily to the location I think. Typical suggestion - make sure to check bottle dates on things that change quickly. Almost everything is on a shelf - one complaint on "quality" is that almost nothing is in a fridge. Lots and lots of months old IPAs etc. sitting warm on the shelves. I had an employee tell me that doesn't effect the beer which I suppose is a matter of opinion.

They have 8 taps, not 16 like listed here. This is the biggest draw for me. The taplist changes all the time and you'll find great local and regional brews, as well some harder to find national brews if you're lucky. Best part - everything on tap here is available for Growler (counter pressure system to boot) or Crowler fills. Growlers don't seem to suffer the same markup as bottles, actually, and considering some stuff on tap isn't on hand in bottles - growlers/crowlers are where it's at.

Staff is very friendly but asking questions about things like "do you know when you'll get ____?" are almost always met with "I don't know." They age beers, which can be cool if you happen in when they've pulled something you want from the cellar but there is no rhyme or reason to when that happens - it's "random." Also frustrating when you hear a beer you're looking for will go straight to the cellar without any being sold. I don't understand this as a business decision - why not add on a few dollars to the standard price and let people decide if they want to age it themselves then move it to the cellar if it doesn't sell?

Jul 07, 2015
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avisong from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jun 20, 2015
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brocktune from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Jun 02, 2015
Hair Of The DoG Bottle Shop in Williamsburg, VA
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 10 ratings