Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants

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

Type: Store

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

(828) 264-9476 | map

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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 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 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 WillieThreebiers
4.07/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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 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 MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5  rDev -13%

Stopped here and picked up a few things. Disappointed singles were allowed only on floor beers and not on some small distribution locals, and staff didn't seem real knowledgable. Prices also seemed a little higher than in other locales, but considering its remoteness its understandable. Place was easy to get around and stocked OK. Did have some special aged bottles there of some hard to find beers which I found interesting, as that I don't think I've seen before. A good stop if you're in the area and a starting point in North Carolina.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 russpowell
4.35/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Edit: Rxd a beermail from Chris wanting to know which German beers weren't fresh. I like the fact he is trying to improve his product

Was happy to find this gem. I loved the lay out, beers were laid out by region & countries. Loved the secret stash section!

Quality was a bit spotty; of the two German beers I purchased were tired as was a Bruery Autumn Maple

Service was super friendly & enthusiastic, you can tell craft beer is a passion for the owner (Chris I believe was his name)

Selection was impressive, but could've had a few more NC beers on offer IMO. They also sell growlers

Some of the beers I purchased were quite pricey others were not so bad. If in Boone I will hit this joint again!

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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 jpro
4.4/5  rDev -7.8%

Stopped in here on Christmas Eve to pick up some supplies for the weekend...

I'd been past this place on several occasions over the years, and was excited to finally stop in to check it out. Stepping in, I was warmly greeted by the staff, as well as the huge stockpile of glassware at the checkout counter. A little browsing revealed a pretty good selection of craft brews - especially those of the western North Carolina variety... a lot of Pisgah, which was a nice surprise, as I've had some trouble procuring bottles of theirs for a while. Lots of beer in fridges (including local growlers) which is nice. One plus, was the "Deep Deals" section, which during my visit had Boont Amber 6-pks for $7.99 - wow! Other than the sale stuff, most other prices seemed on par with other shops (maybe a touch over). As I mentioned, they offered quite a bit of glassware - a separate section seemed to be dedicated entirely to NC brews... pretty cool. Staff was helpful and friendly, and I'll definitely be back on my next visit to the mountains.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.44/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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 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 kindestcut
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Conveniently located on Hwy 105 just off of 321, Peabody's is the go-to place for those of us who live in the hinterlands of Ashe County. I've been to many beer stores in my life, several much larger than Peabody's. However, this place certainly stacks up with the best of them.

All the local breweries are available but the best thing about a store like this is the availability of seasonals that you won't find in most grocery stores that have a small selection of craft beers.

The staff is exceedingly friendly and, from what I could tell, knowledgeable. The prices are a little steep at times, especially on beers that you can find at grocery stores. However, if you want a greater bredth of good beer, this is the palce to go.

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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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4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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