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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 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 Mantooth
4.7/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'm a lucky North Carolinian. I live about twenty minutes outside of Charlotte (some nice beer stores & great bars), an hour from Hickory (nice bars & a great brewery, OHB), two hours from Asheville (beer heaven) and only an hour and a half from the mountains of the Boone -Blowing Rock area. As such, my girl and I have mastered the road trip and Peabody's is a must stop destination on our itenerary.

The shop is well laid out & I've never failed to discover some rarity I've not had before. The staff is beer-smart & helpful, super cool laid back guys.

My girlfriend is quickly becoming a beer-snob (no idea where that comes from) but she also loves her wines, specifically reds & Peabody's knows their grapes inside out.

If you're anywhere near the area, drop by & check the store out for yourself. Snag some great stuff & head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. A trip to this area without a stop at Peabody's? Unthinkable.

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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 REVZEB
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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 Bung
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 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 Onenote81
4.78/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Spent a day in the mountains with my family and made it a point to stop by the famous Peabody's. As I walked in, I was promptly greeted by the guy behind the register and asked if I needed any help. Good service already. The beer section is in the back right side of the store, past all the wine. First thing I see is a nice rack of vintage brews. They had a good selection of aged beers at fairly reasonable prices. The beer is organized well, with a nice Belgian section, NC section, European section, and a large section of coolers with chilled singles, bombers, growlers, and sixers. Very extensive selection. I'd be hard-pressed to not find something I'd want there. Some of the prices are higher than I'm used to, but some were actually lower. I was approached by the aforementioned employee, and asked again if I needed some help. We chatted beer for a bit. I'm really glad I stopped. Definitely one of the best stores in the state, and by far the best store in the area.

[11/7/12 Edit] - This is a place I always stop by when in the area, but this time I got to talk beer with Chris for a bit, and what a pleasure that was! Great guy and excellent businessman, that some of the other "big" beer stores in the state could learn quite a bit from. I was actually here as he had set aside a few brews for me from his cellar, but of course I couldn't leave without grabbing a bunch more off the shelves. This store continues to amaze me as they carry so many more offerings from breweries that I just don't see anywhere else. It is well-worth the extra time and money to drive up here. I will make this much more habitual. Thanks, Chris!

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4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

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 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 jak
4.8/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of StoutLover14
4.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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 bamadog
4.56/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I would like to start by saying that this may be the best beer store I've ever been in. I walked in, looked around and knew right away that I was going to need a box or two on the way out.

Atmosphere: Super cool. On the way out of Boone on 105, there was ample parking and you walk in and you just see a great little store with great beers (and wines, if those are your thing too), a wine tasting going on, cool glassware, a "secret stash" stand where the beer buyer for the store sells some of his own items... Super cool.

Quality: I was very pleased, probably because I came across a bunch of stuff that I don't have available to me here and I'm sure that made me more excited than anything. Good quality stuff from all over the world though and it is pretty well stocked and the people know their stuff.

Service: I read a review of this place before I went and one of the posters stated that he walked in the door and was greeted by no less than three people, and I had the EXACT same experience. Everyone working wanted to know if they could help me, they all knew their beer and stock and were able to make recommendations and pull items if you needed them. Typically I don't like to talk to a lot of employees and just browse around, but these folks were cool, I mean, just cool.

Selection: I was happy, again, because I was able to pick up quite a bit that I don't have access to. It doesn't really compare to the likes of the Party Source in Bellevue, KY, but come on, that's a freaking Walmart sized store dedicated to alcohol.

Value: For the most part, it was exactly what i would expect and when you want good beer, you always have to pay a little bit more and that's not necessarily bad. The "secret stash" stand was definitely high, but hey, who am I to judge if a guy wants to charge $30 bucks for a Rasputin XI (if I had a little more spending money, I think I may have picked it up myself), that's his business.

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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 Newbeergeek1
4.87/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

OMG!! Pretty much sums it up for me. Got lucky just spending time in Boone for a few days and had to drive by on way to and from our room. Knowledge ain't much unless shared. Chris and Kirby shared! Never been to a store with anything close to the selections at Peabody's. Well done.

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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 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 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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Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants in Boone, NC
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