Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants

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Peabody's Wine & Beer MerchantsPeabody's Wine & Beer Merchants

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1104 Highway 105
Boone, North Carolina, 28607-4617
United States

(828) 264-9476 | map

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Photo of argock
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Peabody's is an excellent beer and wine shop in Boone. While the grocery stores definitely carry a lot of the typical local brews, Peabody's is the only one that will have the locals and then a bunch of other stuff that will surprise you. I wnet in planning to spend about $60-70 on local beer. I spent about $45 on local NC beers from Mother Earth, Olde Hickory, French Broad, and Highland, but also found brews I don't have access to including Boulder Beer Mojo Risin', Hoppin' Frog BORIS, and Ballast Point Sculpin and Black Marlin Porter. They had a ton of Belgians as well, and I bought my first German marzen of the year as well. I would definitely stop back the next time I am in Boone, either for during the trip or for future at-home consumption or trading. Kevin was very helpful in pointing me in the right directions regarding local beers, and he asked about what I liked and provided some really good DIPA finds. Make it a point to stop in -- you'll be glad you did. Their prices are average to slightly above-average, but they have the goods and service to back up their prices. An excellent beer store.

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Photo of branimal9
4.3/5  rDev -9.9%

Always drove by this place when I was younger when our family would visit Boone, but I had never been inside until a few years ago. i've only been there once, but when I did, there was a great selection - cold and at room temperature, as well as a very helpful staff member there who helped me pick out the Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, which my girlfriend and I enjoyed. Been a few years since I was in town, but I will certainly stop in next time I'm in the neighborhood, as it is the best beer destination in town.

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Photo of BS68280
4.05/5  rDev -15.1%

After living in Boone for 4 years i have had many mixed experiences from this place. They have the best beers in the area, but the only competition comes from grocery stores. The only person there who i really thought was ever polite and helpful was Kevin, and one of the other guys is pretty helpful as well. Unfortunately some of the guys just plain lie to you instead of telling you they don't know. The prices are also kind of up there on some things, but it is the only option for all the college kids in the area. I still stop by there every time i am back in town.

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Photo of HolmesBrew
4.35/5  rDev -8.8%

This is pretty much the only place in Boone to buy any "High-End" specialty beers. There is always good service and help from the staff. Peabody's has a good selection of American micro-brews, world beer classics, and specialty high-end varieties and styles. A bit pricey, but this is the only place in Boone to get these kind of beers, so if you want the good stuff you got to pay for it. If you are ever in Boone and want something that the local grocery doesn't have or would just rather buy from the specialists, then this is the place to go.

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Photo of jraycee
4.54/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the few great things of continuing to live in a college town. Peabody's has an amazing selection of great beers. Their staff always seems to care as much about the beer customers as much as the wine buyers, which seems to be rare when both are involved. All of the beer that I have gotten from Peabody's has been fresh, which is more than you can say about the local grocer. They carry all of the good locally brewed favorites and craft brews from California to New York. There is no better place in Boone period.
Revised: Still the best. Ask and you shall recieve. Waaay better than those fools at Bulldog!!

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Photo of scooter231
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

I was visiting Boone for the first time, saw this place while driving around, and decided to check it out. I am VERY pleased I did. This place has a very good selection- lots of Belgians, Stone, Unibroue, and a very good selection of local brews.

The owner spent a good amount of time talking to me, telling me about the local selection. He said they didn't usually split 6packs up, but if I really really wanted to (being out of town and wanting to bring home a lot of local stuff) he would. I almost took him up on this til I found a 6er sampler of local stuff and just went with that.

Their wine selection looked to be pretty good as well, but I was there for the beer. Prices were a wee bit high, but I guess I can't blame them as there aren't a whole lot of places like this around. Overall, a little gem of a place.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -19.3%

Now this was definitely the highlight of my trip. I walked into a great store with a fantastic selection of brew here. Now I would still have to say this was a wine store, but the selection here is top notch. They had pretty much everything I could have wanted, and numerous past seasonals and imports that I just saw nowhere else on my trip. There was a bit of a price discrepancy here as they were a bit pricey, but heck they had the goods no one else did, so supply and demand in full force. If you have to make one stop in the area, this is your stop. They pretty much have everything you would need and then some, I even found some of last years wake and bake, which is just awesome that it was still there. Great store and really the kind of place that I look for and search out. This is defiantly your one stop in the area.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.15/5  rDev -13%

Yeah its pricey, but it does have a great selection of beers. Also tons of wines for the winos out there, but the beer is whats important. To me the staff was helpful, and steered me in the right direction. Often, when the beer selection is good, I get paralyzed, knowing I can't buy them all and don't want to leave anyone out. The staff steered me in the right direction. Located on highway 105 heading towards blowing rock, this is a good place to find beers. I'm sure I will visit frequently. There are the token macros, but thats to be expected. look toward the back corner; there you will find what you came for.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.65/5  rDev -2.5%

A great place to find uncommon beers. Excellent, knowledgable people working there. It's almost hard to get out without a suggestion even when you try not to speak. Singles available aside from the vast selection they have available. Big selection of wines as well. I would recommend this place all day. Soon after I became of age this was definitely my top choice in Boone. On one side they have tons of six packs and on the other it's 22's and other bottles. Of course there are other places you can find good beers in town, just on a smaller scale. For your best bet in the area, Peabody's will definitely be up to par.

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Photo of unclejedi
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

On a recent visit to family in east TN, I made my usual beer run to Asheville, NC in hopes of scoring some of the recently released Highland Cold Mountain. There was none to be had in Asheville, so I called Peabody's and not only did they have Cold Mountain, they were also open until Midnight, so I had plenty of time to get there. This was my second visit to Peabody's, which is a real oasis, it has a beer selection at least as good as some of the best stores in bigger cities in the area. I was also looking for Duck Rabbit Barleywine, only found one six pack in Asheville, Peabody's had as much more as I wanted. They also have a good selection of imports and US craft beers from beyond the region. I have been happy with the service, they are always very attentive and glad to answer questions or make recomendations. If Boone were a little less out of the way, I would consider Peabody's to be as good a NC beer run destination as Asheville. If I'm not in a hurry and it's daytime, it is a beautiful area to drive around, the Blue Ridge Parkway is only a few miles away.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev -13%

Stumbled across this place while driving through Boone, and was quite surprised.

quality: As much as can be gauged from a single visit, everything seemed to be fresh. Most of the six packs were refrigerated. The majority of the shelved stuff was high ABV items.

service: Helpful, knowledgeable staff.

selection: Great selection. A range of NC east coast goodies that I didn't think were distributed this far west. Awesome selection of JW Lees Harvest, including all 4 of the "aged" series (calvados, etc.). Great mix of Belgians too.

value: A little pricey, but that's about what I expected up in the mountains. There was a nice selection of monthly sale specials.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.15/5  rDev -13%

Was kind of surprised by this place when the future mother-in-law stopped at Peabody's on our way to Linville so I could pick up some beer for the week.

Much more extensive selection than I expected. The regional beers were kind of lacking. I asked about it and the fella working said they were waiting on a shipment from a distributor. Being a holiday weekend some of their stock had run low too. But still, I would qualify this as a destination beer store the selection was that impressive. Everything I look at too seemed to be in date (or dusted at least). I have a feeling the extent of the selection is only limited by the amount of space they can devote to beer (they also have a decent looking wine selection).

The staf was pretty good too. One guy approached me asking if he could help when he saw the shock on my face at finding such a decent selection. Chatted with him a bit and he apologized for running short on some of the local beer choices. Also, the guy at the counter answered some questions I had about the local beer bar scene and we compared homebrewing notes. Will definitely stop there again on my way to Linville next time.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.35/5  rDev -8.8%

Visited here after taking the kids to Tweetsie Railroad in nearby Blowing Rock. Nice selection including Left Hand, Lost Coast, J.W. Lee's vintages, DFH, SN, Avery, Weyerbacher and some others. Nice selection of imports also. Unfortunately, they were out of all Terrapin and Edenton brews when I was there. The guys working...who were very helpful...blamed it on the distributor (supply issues). Store isn't that big and the beer aisles are tight and some of the coolers were hard to get into because of a huge display of Yuengling right in front of them. The prices seemed a bit higher than what I saw at the Earth Fare and Lowes in town. I would stop here again on my next visit after I hit the other two places first though.

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Photo of bigsilky
5/5  rDev +4.8%

Well, I'm glad I waited to rate this place. The first time I was in there was a Monday I believe. The clerk explained that this day is the fartherest away from any delivery dates and that the stock would not be a good as usual. That said, on a return trip I was very impressed. One of the largest Belgian selections I have seen, including all trappist (except Westy) and De Dolle beers.

The selection of microwbrews was great. Lot of West Coast and Colo.: Lost Coast, Mad River, Left Hand etc. They had a lot of cool bottle conditioned English and Scottish Pints I hadn't seen before. Cool German beers, Uerige Doppel Sticke, Aventinus Eisbock and some doppelbocks that seemed new. The prices were a little high, but for the selection I think it's worth it. The staff seems to know what's going on too, the guy behind counter sounded like he talk about beer forever.

I didn't like the fact that I couldn't mix my own six from the entire stock. But, they also had at least 100 different cold singles to mix from and all of the warm High-Grav stuff could be singled-out. Let's see, they have their own beer Appalachian Ale, pretty good actually, and like 20 bucks a case.

Definently worth the trip. They had a lot of glassware too.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev -9.9%

Peabody's lost a notch in selection and gained a few notches in service. The prices however are extremely high by comparison to almost everywhere in the state and in the area. A bottle of beer that had been seen elsewhere for $15 and overpriced at $19 was $23 at Peabodys. A 4 pack that was purchased elsewhere for $10 was $11 there. As mentioned the selection slipped a notch from my last visit. They have more beers and perhaps it is distributor issues, but many beers seen elsewhere in the state are missing on Peabody's shelves.

From 5-25-04
overall: 4.25
atmosphere: n/a | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Peabody's is a nice store with a great selection. When I walked through the door I was thinking if we ever change the NC alcohol laws this will be a place of wonder. My opinion changed when I inquired (as the sign said) about removing bottles from six packs. I was told they could not sell individual bottles and did not have room for them on the shelves. They guys there still were nice and helpful, but they aren't gonna take the prize without working a little to make a sell. They lost quite a few bucks of business by not allowing me to take 3 or so beers from several sixers.

No matter, the quality was good, and the selection was pretty good even with our laws. I'll be back, but probably only if I desire a sixer, and then probably only after checking the Lowes Foods on 421 about a mile or so away...

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Photo of wcudwight
5/5  rDev +4.8%

A buddy of mine went to Peabody's, came back and told me about it. I figured it couldn't be that good so I went the very next day. It was that good and more. This is the first time I've given all 5's in a review, and Peabody's deserves it. When you go in you first see wine, but then a walk to the back of the place leads to the largest beer selection I've ever seen. They have cases upon cases stacked on the floor. Beer on shelves and several coolers stacked full. They have a large selection of High Gravity Beers and many regional and national micros. They also have a large selection of imports. When a new seasonal comes out Peabody's is one of the first to have it. Ex: They had several of Highland's Cold Mtn. Winter Ale. Peabody's has become one of my new favorites and I will make make many more visits. When vacationing in Boone Peabody's is a must visit and is worthy of a road trip.

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Photo of Enola
5/5  rDev +4.8%

**Re-reveiw 1-07-07

After countless trips up the mountain to visit Peabody's it has become obvious to me that this is the best beerstore I have visited by far. The staff are knowledgable and freindly, and the selection is unmatched. The service I get here is unmatched anywhere in any kind of store. I have burned countless gallons of gas and wore out three sets of tires and one vehicle driving here to get beer. I would reccomend you do the same.

I made my first trip to Peabody's tonight and I must say I was impressed. I was not expecting such a selection. There was easily twice as many micro's in this store as any other I've been to. They have a selection of cigars and a huge selection of wine as well. The staff was friendly and knew a good deal about beer. The prices of some stuff was a little high but this place would be well worth a road trip. I will go back to this place in the future. The staff also advised that they could order anything if it is available in NC.

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Photo of qcitydarkstar
4.45/5  rDev -6.7%

This is my home base for beer purchases. In the High Country this is *THE* place to go for the procurement of high gravity ales, as they have made it their personal mission to get something new every week. Peabody's also carries virtually all of the nationally distributed microbrews, plus a large selection of the regional and local brews. Every month the owner puts a few select brews on sale at a discounted price, so be sure to stop in at least once a month.

They also have their own beer, Peabody's Appalachian Ale, that is a nice session ale permanently on sale for $20/24-bottles (with tax).

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.8/5  rDev +0.6%

I really love this place. This is the best place in Boone to get beer. Its also convenient if you stay at the Hampton Inn because Peabody's is directly across the street. It is a four lane road but isnt extremely busy most of the time. I stopped by on the 28th and then again the following morning to take some quality brews with me on the road.
Since NC has changed the alcohol laws it seem as though the selection has tripled. I was last in here about 1 year ago and didnt remember such a selection. They have all beers. I was dissapointed in two aspects: Only two types of Barleywine and no Double IPA. Great selection otherwise.
They also have a great selection of wines but I was there for the beer. Most beers are located in both coolers and on the floor.
The prices are very reasonable. Boone isnt a cheap town and the prices in Peabody's are cheaper than most prices I have seen elsewhere in NC and SC. Definitely check this out if in Boone.

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Photo of rodrot
4.15/5  rDev -13%

Peabody's is an oasis in the beer wasteland of NW North Carolina. In an area of the state known for dry counties and BMC swill in wet ones, this store is the place to go if you live within a 1 hour drive of Boone. They carry a large amount of micros from NC and beyond. The stock of high gravity beers is increasing weekly. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They also know and love beer, which means you won't have to deal with someone who doesn't know what a Double IPA is.
If something is available in NC, they can get it. Definitely give this place a visit if you're in the mountains.

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Photo of gabe
4/5  rDev -16.1%

Visited Peabody's while on vacation in Boone. I was pleasantly surprised upon entering. Extremely comfortable atmosphere with a dimly lit old wooden house feel to it. I'm not sure as to the selection at other places in Boone but I would assume they have one of if not the best selection in town. The gentleman that was working was very eager to talk beer with anyone and was knowledgeable in all areas of alcoholic beverages. AlexJ and I purchased some Mash House Hoppy Hour IPA and some Sweetwater IPA. Both were excellent scores that we cannot find in Charlotte and I will definately return the next time I am in town.

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Photo of AlexJ
4/5  rDev -16.1%

Peabodies was a pleasant surprise. I went there to deliver some kegs of Peabodies Appalacian Ale, a beer that we brew just for this store and nowhere else. I figured that if this place has it's own private ale, it must be a decent place. I wasn't dissapointed.

Although on the small side, there sure is a lot of selection in this place. There's an extensive wine selection that is quite impressive. They have more beers than most other stored in NC. They have all the various regional brews like Cottonwood, Edenton, Mash House, Duck Rabbit, and some of the other mountain region brews. They had a nice selection of West coast brews, plenty of English beers as well as other international craft brews.

Prices were fair, I left with a 6 of Avery New World Porter, a 4-pack of Flag Porter (a superb English porter), and a few assorted singles. While restricted by our retarded 6% alcohol cap, Peabodies still manages an interesting selection. Definately worth a stop if you're in Boone.

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Photo of merlin48
4.7/5  rDev -1.5%

This is a gem of a store in the heart of the beautiful, North Carolina, Highlands. I stopped by on the evening of 10-15-04, and again on the morning of 10-16-04. Even constrained by North Carolina's 6% beer limit, the proprietors(Will and Kevin) do an exceptional job in providing a memorable beer experience, with friendly and knowledgable service. Very nice selection of American microbrews, with an emphasis on southern and North Carolina, breweries like Cottonwood, Highlands, Sweetwater, Weeping Radish, and Dogfish Head(they carry the 60 Minute IPA). Other American micros include Wolavers, Otter Creek, Left Hand, Brooklyn, Troegs, and several others. They stock all the Rogue line(under 6%), and had growlers of Dead Guy Ale. They even have a house pale ale, Appalachian Pale Ale, brewed by Cottonwood, and I was presented a complimentary bottle. Peabodys really shines with their selection of English, German, and some hard to find European brews, like French farmhouse ales and a couple of Dutch oddities I've never seen in the Netherlands. The staff recommended a new German arrival, Reutberger Dunkel Export, which I look forward to sampling and reviewing. Their stock is very fluid, and their website is outdated. There are several singles available, so I didn't find their policy of not breaking sixpacks to be a problem.
The highlight of my visit was on Friday night(10-15-04), watching the patiently bemused staff deal with an inebriated customer, dressed in a bathrobe, whose credit card wouldn't permit him to purchase a half case of Bud.
Excellent store, great staff. This store would likely rate all 5's, but for the state's 6% limit. The store actively supports NC's Pop The Cap effort, with brochures and info easily located.

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Photo of mntlover
4.15/5  rDev -13%

I was in Boone for the weekend with the family and stopped by this store on the way to the hotel. I was expecting to get some local NC brews and was amazed at the selection they had. I know its NC so nothing is over 6% but I could have spent all our money and returned home for the night and been happy. Wife would have probably killed me, so I bought a case worth of different beers. I will definitley return in the future. Anyone going skiing in the Boone area its worth a stop. They have a list of the breweries they carry on the website.

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Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants in Boone, NC
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