Columbia Package Store
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've been into the place a few times being it's near my work.
They have an above average selection but it's a tiny store so it can be overwhelming with a lot of beer put into a small place. There is a ton of BMC (obviously) but they carry a good micro selection.
The service they give is great and they will save bottles for you if you contact them on hard to find releases and the owner is more than willing to try to do anything to get what you ask for.
Their prices are about $0.50 higher than my usual store on big bottles but it's pretty right on with the area.
09-21-2010 18:19:43 | More by HopNuggets
3.15/5 rDev -11%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
After reading a few reviews of this establishment I figured it was time to stop. Rather small place on Rte. 66. Right side of the store is full of wine. Left side is where the brew is. The coolers yielded the norm. Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, Ithica, Rogue as well as Bud , Miller , and Coors. Cases strewn about on the floor. Small shelf had more of what the cooler had as well as McChouffe, other mixed belgians and 5 or 6 Anchor christmas magnums vintage 2001. Moved a few bottles around to find a half dozen J.W.Lees Harvest Ale aged in port casks. The gem of the day. Staff wasn't very helpful but friendly. Prices are reasonable. Knock a little dust off and who knows what you'll find.
03-11-2007 14:35:11 | More by jaxon53
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located right off of Rt-66 heading towards Willimantic. Self-described as the "supermarket of package stores".
A medium sized establishment split into two sides of wine (off to the right) and beer (off to the left). There are about six cooler doors for brew: three doors strictly reserved for macros, two doors for craft, and another door for the fruity malternatives. The two doors holding craft brew was filled with the usual suspects for the region: Sam's, Harpoon, Long Trail, Magic Hat, DFH, Gritty's, Ithaca, etc.
The floor space over in the beer section displays cases upon cases of mostly macro products, with some Sam's, Long Trail, Magic Hat twelve packs strewn about. Located on the floor space section is a three-shelf high area of warm sixers (same offerings as presented in the cooler doors), and the bottom shelf reserved for singles: 22oz, 750ml's, and the like. A sampling of singles included: the line of Ommegang, Rodenbach, Cisco's Whale's Tale, three or four Rogue (Amber, Hazlenut, Black Soba, etc), and an oddball assortment of Belgian offerings. Freshness looked to be of some concern given the amount of dust coating most of the singles.
The staff was helpful, but a bit clueless as to what they actually carried. I guess this wasn't surprising considering the typical customer: three different individuals purchasing 40's in the fifteen minutes that I was there.
I haven't really explored the Willimantic area for quality package stores, but I'd be surprised if this place is worth the trip outside Willi or anywhere else for that matter. Columbia P.S. is your typical "hometown" packy, with the exception being the odd assortment of singles that didn't really peak my interest all that much.
07-23-2006 15:23:37 | More by NEhophead
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
yeah. this is probably THE FIND in eastern connecticut. getting lost on my way home from willibrew was, on this day, not a bad thing.
place has low ceilings and is very small. one shelf, front and back, and some coolers devoted to the sudsy stuff. staff on my visit was not helpful at all, but i am told there are so many employees here and some actually know their stuff.
the shelf is full of imports and rare treats. found some amazing stuff here, but i am always out of money from pints and growlers at willibrew. last time i was here, saw four different vintages of anchor OSA magnums, the st. sebastiaan line in those cool jugs, some random cantillon beers, bernardus prior 8, vintage hooker old marley, and last year's sam adams double bock (which i should have bought, it was refrigerated!!)
lots of motorcycles out front, all the good beer is mad dusty. this is the kind of place where you arent sure whether or not you should buy the belgian for fear of townies kicking the beer-sissy's ass.
ill be keeping my eye on this place for its amazing gems. best kept secret in the area for sure.
09-09-2005 03:57:01 | More by goodbyeohio
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Located a few doors down from the Hop River Hotel, which I hoped was a sign of things to come.
Beer side of store kind of cramped, shelves and piles here, there, everywhere. Tripped over bags and boxes of empties in the aisle, which was annoying. 8 or so cooler doors split half and half between BMC and locals and micros, which wasn't too bad. Didn't see any Hooker products, which was disappointing for the area, although perhaps they were just sold out. Milled around in the beer area for quite some time, and was not offered any assistance, so couldn't ask about that particular lack. High points did include some seasoinal specials like OSA big bottles, and gift packages with glasses, etc.
Seemed to me like a nice local shop, but not something to go way out of your way to find that diamond in the rough. If it was there, it's probably already been snatched up.
01-01-2005 20:39:52 | More by ppoitras
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Small store on right coming from Willimantic, along Rte 66 just before the large intersection with Rte 6. Lets just start with the store's selection has grown at an unbelievable pace in the last year. They went from no rogue/dfh to full product lines. They also had a wide selection of Belgians and many other unique brews from Europe
I spoke to the owners Brother (he was working the register.) They seem very interested in hearing from people that like beer. They will have continued growth in the product offerings and he said some things he has trouble keeping in stock. He was sold out of the Thomas Hooker O-Fest for example.
If you live or travel thru the area is worth a stop. I will stop in once a month during the winter and if its worth it I will provide an updated review in the spring.
10-11-2004 19:44:24 | More by richdude
Columbia Package Store in Columbia, CT
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.