The Bucket Trade
The Tri-Cities #1 Beer & Wine Bottle Shop
The Tri-Cities #1 Bottle Shop and Growler Bar in Chester, VA and Old Towne Petersburg. Your one stop for craft beer, wine, growlers and provisions. We have 16 taps in Chester and 12 in Petersburg featuring both international and national rotating taps by style and the best Virginia beers and hard cider.
We have a full bar and deli in Chester while Petersburg is to go only. We can also special order kegs and have wine and other gourmet products at both locations. We are your full service source for craft and beyond in the Tri-Cities!
13131 River’s Bend Boulevard
Chester, VA 23836
Old Towne Petersburg Location
116 West Bank Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
A Great Menu
You didn’t think that we would offer you an outrageous selection of beers without filling you up with great food, did you? Oh yes, we have a great menu. An awesome menu.
What does “Bucket Trade” mean? Before Prohibition and before bottles and cans became widespread, if you wanted beer outside of a bar it was put into a bucket. The buckets of beer were then taken to the thirsty by “bucket boys”, usually carrying several on a pole. This process was called the “bucket trade”. This eventually led to the “growler” which we know and love today!
Now more than ever, bars across the U.S. showcase the wide array of offerings from the more than 3,000 breweries in operation throughout the country today. To help navigate the nation for some of the best places to imbibe, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—surveyed its audience for its annual list of Great American Beer Bars.
More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. We were selected as a Top Ten Great American Beer Bar in the South Region.