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Kroger - Gables Shopping Center

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1322 S Main St
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060-5526
United States

(540) 953-7004 | map

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Riff
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First I'll address some of the other reviews, comparing this place to Vintage Cellar isn't ideal, this is a grocery first and a beer store second while Vintage Cellar is a beer store first. They just don't compare well. For a grocery store this place is pretty ideal, the usual macrobrews you find everywhere and a darned good selection of craft brews that they recently moved closer to the front of the store. They do regularly bring in seasonal packs, especially of some of the local companies like Starr Hill and Devil's Backbone, and have a ton of Sierra Nevada on hand. Prices are solid to good, and if they have it they will generally be cheaper than Vintage Cellar.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I went shopping here when I visited Blacksburg to drop off my daughter in school. While she was shopping, I went over to the beer isle and I was very impressed with the selection of beer they had!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Solid selection for a Kroger. Tons of craft 6packs and even a small section of bombers. You might even find some beers for a $1 or two cheaper than Vintage Cellar next door, but won't find any specialty or limited beers.

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Photo of dwoolley1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Many reviews of this mention the next-door vintage cellar, but I cannot speak for that. However, I can compare this to other Virginia Kroger stores (I mostly went to ones in the Roanoke area, though).

For a Kroger, this store has a very good selection of craft brews and imports, as well as having typical supermarket macro beers if you so choose. It does not have as extensive a selection as the Kroger on Brambleton in Roanoke (if you must go to a Kroger for beer, and are in the area, go to that one), but still has one of the better selections to be found at a supermarket.

Being in a Kroger, the quality of the beer is extremely reliable and prices are affordable. Service was rated highly due to the self-checkout line, which I like.

So, as others have said- maybe try the Vintage Cellar first, or, I would recommend the other Kroger in Roanoke as its selection is better. Still, this is a pretty good store for beer and it's got other things if you need 'em!

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Photo of eweneek83
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

While it's nothing compared to The Vintage Cellar just beside of it in the shopping center, This Kroger has a great selection and good prices for the area. The prices are slightly cheaper than The Vintage Cellar, so you can shop there first. The service is bland, just like at any grocery store, but it's the only one I've ever seen real Belgian Beers at (St. Bernardus, Chimay, etc.) They have a great Rogue selection as well, even the stone bottles for aging. They also have all the cheap American swill you need, I'll pass on it though... and a large beer wall outside their little cave for 6packs and such. Not a bad place by far.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

This is usually the grocery store I go to when I need good beer, cheap (or the Kroger on Main Street). The selection is better than most grocery stores and the prices are very reasonable. There is a good variety of domestics and imports and the usual American fizzy yellow beer (e.g. A-B, Miller, Coors). They carry a good variety of seasonals as well, which is very nice for the changing of seasons in college. Bottom line, when you're in a crunch, it's nearing midnight, and you can't stand to drink another warm Natty Light....this place will brighten your weekend significantly.

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Photo of ahatcher78
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

This is always my first stop in Blacksburg before I hit Vintage Cellar. The selection is descent, and the prices are generally cheaper then VC. The selection isn't as good, but they have some standards that are always on hand. DFH, Smuttynose, Troegs, Brooklyn, Unibroue, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Stone and Ommegang to mention a few brands. Generally widely available stuff as opposed to seasonals or bombers. Just as a point of reference on my last trip I priced a case of Mad Elf at VC vs. Krogers the difference was $11 in favor of Krogers. Pretty much self service, but hey it's a grocery store.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

I was passing through Blacksburg this past weekend abut it was early in the morning and the Vintage Cellar was not going to be open. Thankfully, this Kroger is open 24 hours and has a pretty nice beer selection.

Three big collers full of beer, not counting the walk-in cooler as well as some room temperature beers. A really nice selection of American craft beers as well as British, German and Belgian imports. I got soem Troeg's and some Stone beers since those aren't available in GA.

Stuff looks fresh and I didn't need any service save the checkout. Prices seem to be really good.

The selection does not rival Vintage Cellar but in a pinch, it's a nice backup.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

I have to admit I'm always suprised by the variety at this kroger. They have a huge walk in fridge for the cases and macrobrew style beers, they have a wall style fridge full of imports and microbrews at decent prices. The even have some singles. They also do a good job of getting seasonal specials in and keeping them for a while. I have actually talked with their beer buyer(i believe that was his title) at any rate he tries to do a good job of keeping the more popular microbrews in which is good to know. When i go back to Northern Virginia im always annoyed by the poor selection at the grocery stores, so high marks to this college town kroger for not just carrying the macrobrew cases.

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Photo of rodrot
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

This is a great store to beer shop if nearby Vintage Cellar is out of something. Kroger may still have some of whatever you're looking for. I've been able to pick up six packs and cases of stuff such as SN Bigfoot, SN Celebration and SA Double Bock long after VC ran out. The prices are better too on just about everything. I was able to pick up some 750's of Abbeye De Rocs Grand Cru and Triple Imperiale for $5.99 each! I only gave the service a 3.0 because it seems like they pay more attention to wine advocates, but isn't that the case with just about every grocery store with a good selection of alcoholic beverages? Check this place out if you're in the neighborhood.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

This grocery store is in the same shopping plaza as the Vintage Cellar, and is worth your time to visit when you're in Blacksburg, to visit the VC. The store has the best selection I've seen in a grocery, and their prices are cheaper than the nearby, Vintage Cellar. Three coolers, including a walk-in, offer a very nice variety. Several Belgian selections are available, including St Bernardus, and a few lambics. Dozens of American microbrews are available in sixpacks, and on my visit of 10-15-04, they had Lawson Creek Pale Ale, which is not available at the Vintage Cellar. I've never seen Lawson Creek anwhere, so I picked up a sixer from this Minnesota, brewery. I also bought some singles of Chimay, which were attractively priced.
Service was nonexistent during my visit, but it was a busy, Friday afternoon and this is a large, grocery store, afterall.
Still, the selection is vast and the pricing is better than the Vintage Cellar for the same items. It's worth stopping here before going to the VC. It's easier on your budget.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Ive probably been in this Kroger a few dozen times in the past two years when I have gone down to visit my parents in Blacksburg. Nice open faced coolers that are well arranged. A walk in cooler that holds cases and such. THe beers are well organized by import, region and macro vs micro. The seemed to have someone working in the beer and wine department who would help you if you needed assistance. The selection while not full of hidden rarities is solid none the less. Most major craft brewers and imports are represented as well as most major Virginia brews. Not a large selection of larger format bottles, but those are difficult for a grocery store to have and store. Over all a good place to go in especially if you are buying for a crowd as the prices are better than the Vintage Cellar. I would shop here for every day beer, while hitting VC for harder to find items.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

As far as grocery stores go, this one is the cream of the crop in these parts, and truely a great place to go. Other than the one grocery store in Boone, this one is the best I've ever been too as far as beer selection goes. They've got your regular macros, tons of craft micro brews, lots of ciders, some belgians, german brews, french brews, lots of Unibroue, and anything in between. Wow! They have a huge area that's got a walk in freezer, as well as the typical shelves. Oh, they also have some of the "wierder" beer, ie Sam Adams Triple Bock in the area with the wines. Prices are cheaper than VC, so I usually stop down at the Kroger for a cheaper big selection when money is tight. Along with beer and wine, they also have a big selection of sake. Overall a great place to visit while your in town.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

I was surprised when I decided to walk through the Kroger just a few doors down from the Vintage Cellar. I expected some BMC and that was about it. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised.

The store has three distinct cold cases for beer. One along the back wall of the store. One perpendicular to it that also houses a walk in cooler, and then a cold case and aisle facing the entrance of the walk in cooler where the single bottle selections are housed.

The prices were outstanding, and even more surprising was the selection. Unibroue, Troegs, many different Belgians and microbrews, and several European imports. Probably the first grocery store I had even been in that had a true Belgian Lambic that was not one of the more popular varieties in the cold case. There were the standard BMC beers, but the micros and import selection was excellent for a grocery store and certainly meets the BA criteria.

As was mentioned, the prices are outstanding. On some items beating the prices seen elsewhere by 50 cents and on others by as much as two bucks a bottle. A word to the wise, if the beer has a price tag on it the cashier must ring it up by hand. I went to the self checkout and the cashier was very helpful and rang up most of the items for me.

Their selection was not as vast as the one at VC of course and many of the items are available both places, but based upon price and quality, I suggest you make this the stop before you trek down the sidewalk to VC. You can certainly always drift back afterwards as well.

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Kroger - Gables Shopping Center in Blacksburg, VA
Place rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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