Once Upon a Vine

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4009 MacArthur Ave
Richmond, Virginia, 23227-4050
United States

(804) 726-9463 | map

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Reviews by claaark13:
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claaark13 from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Q: Good atmosphere. We arrived on a Friday night during a beer/wine tasting. There were tents off to the side of the building for the Oktoberfest that they were having the next day. Bob (the Owner) told us that the festival would be $7/person with German food and unlimited Paulner and Spaten refills. The store is a medium sized Wine/Beer store, with a selection also expanding to cheeses and candy (the store is child friendly, as the events that they hold are family friendly).

Svc: I had called ahead of time to have them put a few items on hold for me. These included a 2006 Aventinus and (2) 2008 Oerbier Reserve, (24) Old Chub. They were happy to help. The owner and Casey (son?) were also very helpful when I arrived, offering to help me find stuff and to answer any questions. It seemed that just about every person that walked into the store knew Bob by name and were greeted kindly. You don't see that too often.

S: This is difficult to judge because I was only in 2 Virginia stores. I would say that there seemed to be quite a good selection of the local fare from the East Coast. National distributions from Stone/Rogue were there, as well as the Oskar Blues I can't find in the Mid-West. Good selection of Belgians, all of which were reasonably priced. I didn't buy any, but they had a couple bottles of BFM beers too. I can say that Bob used to work in distribution, so he seemed to have a good idea of what to stock and where to find it. I was overall happy with what I found, and I would say that if the store were local to me I would return regularly for the selection. I am pretty sure that anything they are "missing" would be due to a sold-out situation. There is also a selection of glassware, most of which I don't see in the Mid-West. Kwak, 20cl Karmiliet, La Fin Du Monde were some. All glassware was reasonably priced (especially compared to what you'll find online). The only reason that this section isn't a 5 is because I've been to a couple stores in the US that are bigger and give me the feeling of being blown-away.

V: Overall, some prices were higher and some prices were lower that what I see at home. The higher prices were all below the "highest" range of what I find regularly, so considering that I would call them reasonable. I can't speak for the local beer, only for what I am used to. There were a few quality items of Dogfish Head, Avery and others that were lower than what I usually find, so props on that.

If you are driving through, I would stop by to see if you can find something. I would go as far as to say that a beer geek should put this on the list if they are in the area. I will stop by the next time I in the area, that's for sure.

Oct 18, 2010
More User Reviews:
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vabeerguy from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 16, 2017
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 14, 2016
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papat444 from Canada

4.01/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Has a Nice selection, very good service. They let you break open most of the six packs. Watch the dates a bit as I found somr dust on some shelf beer. Still a great place, about 5 minutes from highway.

Jul 09, 2016
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uvachief from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

May 11, 2015
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tridge85 from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

May 03, 2015
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Spreetaper from New York

4.14/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Feb 23, 2015
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EJXL from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Feb 22, 2015
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Drifter1 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Jan 28, 2015
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Dec 14, 2014
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embass from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Great selection. I've been twice and both times I only meant to stay 10-15 mins at tops and got lost just looking around.

Dec 04, 2014
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RyanGuynn from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Nov 09, 2014
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qchic from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Fave place to buy beer when in Richmond. Tucked away in a residential area, and the beer while occupying a smaller area than the wine is packed with goodies. I can always get my Michigan beer fix (when will they come to MD!?) and last time I also got some Hardywood Park and Cigar City. Bam! Folks are generally helpful and prices fair. The thing I always think of, though, is how someone once forgot to pull their e-brake and their car drifted across the parking lot while I was in there. Thank god my rental car was not in its path! We all had a good chuckle. Maybe you had to be there...

Oct 30, 2014
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Soto from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sep 23, 2014
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Wattie from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Aug 06, 2014
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JFear from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Jul 29, 2014
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Links41 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 24, 2014
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julielynndubee from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Jul 21, 2014
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Precog640 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 17, 2014
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joegard from Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Mar 06, 2014
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Cody101 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Feb 22, 2014
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Jackbiersh from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Dec 22, 2013
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garuda from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Oct 09, 2013
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