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Mountview Plaza Wines & Liquors

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Mountview Plaza Wines & LiquorsMountview Plaza Wines & Liquors
BA SCORE
97
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
[ Store ]

727 Rubber Ave
Naugatuck, Connecticut, 06770-3642
United States
phone: (203) 729-5445

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Reviews by opwog:
Photo of opwog
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Who could have guessed that a small town such as Naugatuck could play such a relevant role to the national beer community. This is a smaller shop when compared to locations such as Amity Liquors in New Haven, but every inch of this shop is effectively used to cater to the full spectrum of beer drinkers; from Miller Lite all the way to the newest and rarest Belgian releases. It doesn't mater how rare the release, if it is within Mountview's reach, it is most likely on the floor. I am sure that local Bud drinkers probably balk at prices when they wander into the larger, specialty beer section, but their pricing is completely in-line (if not even cheaper)than most stores offering a similar selection.

Also, they are very involved in tasting nights around the area and have almost single handedly brought good taste to the Naugatuck Valley over the years.

opwog, Aug 02, 2008
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4.04/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

grahuba, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of MarsMoose
3.6/5  rDev -21.1%

Beer selection is large, but not massive. Specialty beers don't seem to be sold quickly, though, so be mindful of freshness dates. This can sometimes be a good thing, if you're looking for something that ages well, is out of season, or is out of production (which is why I went there; wanted some Christmas beer in July).

MarsMoose, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of UconnHusky
3.16/5  rDev -30.7%

I have no idea how this place is getting such high ratings. The place is tiny and the beer section is similar in size to an average living room.

The service is lousy. I was approached by a younger gentleman who was only able to categorize beers by their color so he was basically worthless.

I attempted to special order a six pack of a local brewed beer that can be found in most liquor stores, but the manager was very hesitant because I wasn't purchasing the entire case. Nevertheless, he took down number and said he would place the order and give me a call...well, it's been several weeks and no phone call received so I'm assuming the order was never placed because the manager didn't want to stock the remaining 3 six packs.

The only place near Naugatuck that deserves an A+ rating is DeCicco's in Brewster. It's definitely worth the trip.

UconnHusky, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev -9%

This place is a little out of the way for me, but I was in the area and decided to stop in. Odd that the fabled Mountview doesn't even have the name "Mountview" on its store frontage. Just "wine and liquour." Made me wonder if I had found the right place. Walk to the back and there's a compact area of micros and imports. Great selection, but honestly not better than the other top-notch spots in CT. I did see one brewer I'd never seen before (Kisser) and a few Southern Tier selections that I hadn't seen anywhere else, but no other real revelations. Excellent selection of Belgians and other imports. Great spot, but not necessarily worth going out of your way unless it's closer than some of the other top CT stores.

far333, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of HarleyRider
5/5  rDev +9.6%

BringusKilkenney Quote " but obviously there are no craft beer drinkers in the area."

As a craft beer drinker that gets all his brews from Terry I am going to have to strongly disagree with you on this. LOL

Very true Terry has hard to get beers in stock when most others are sold out or just can't get their hands on them. Reason Terry is the go to Beer Guy.

The store from the outside looks like a standard liquor store. Same when you first walk in. Get passed the hard stuff and spoiled grape juices to find a beer lovers dream in the back section. Make a list before entering or you might get lost trying to figure out what you want to indulge in. Tons of imports and micro brews. Hard to find beers you can buy in singles. Great to make a six pack of beers you can't normally find in any store never mind in singles. Being a local and having known Terry for years doesn't make things easier. He can get his hands on anything made with barley. I also look forward to any beer events Terry is working on.

Don't forget to look in the back left corner next to the beer fridge for your copy of BA.

Jay

HarleyRider, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of BringusKilkenney
3.9/5  rDev -14.5%

I found this place on beer fly while i am in CT for a week with my job.
First off i can't believe what was on the shelfs, not that it was bad, but obviously there are no craft beer drinkers in the area. I found a Dugana, Vertical Epic 09, and a Stone 13th anniversary on the shelf. The selection was great it isnt really anything i can't get where I am from, Norfolk, but the fact that the beer i found sold out months ago was great. I wold recommend this place to anyone that is passing through and wants to find some things that are sold out everywhere else in the world. This place really is a diamond in the rough because this area is a black hole for beer lovers.

BringusKilkenney, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Excellent bottle store with excellent service, only 10 minutes from me. As per many of the previous reviews, Terry knows his stuff (hes more than friendly too). The rest of the staff that I have talked to are friendly and appear to be somewhat knowledgeable.

The selection is top notch as far as what we can get here in CT. Sometimes you'll find a surprise too. Ive stumbled upon IST and Black Ops when reserves were dried up everywhere else. There is a towering four sided pillar dedicated to Belgian stuff. Other countries are well represented as well, including somewhat lesser recognized beer countries such as Poland and Italy.

Keep an eye on bottle dates. Some of the stuff in the warm six pack area hasn't turned over in a while. Same goes for some of the foreign stuff. Also, I wish I could break up six packs at Mountview, but alas I have to travel a bit farther to Amity for that.

zoolzoo, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of xanok
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Had a very pleasant experience there earlier today.

Place is very clean, well organized and beers are separated by country. Not much fridge selection but hardly an issue.

Talked to two people, both were very helpful and knowledgeable about beer. One was able to point out a few gems that he had hangin around, including an Old Raspy Anniversary and a Rogue Old Crustacean.

For Connection, the selection is great, although a couple places have a tad more. This place has a wider selection of imports than most.

I found everything reasonable priced. A couple things were a dollar more than what I normally see.

Great experience, highly recommended.

xanok, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of t8000shx
4.65/5  rDev +2%

Great spot in an out of the way part of CT (basically, it's not on 95, 84 or 91, so I consider it out of the way), but this worked in my favor as they were one of the last places around to still have IST! Terry was very helpful in reserving a bottle for me over the phone, and even called me the day it came in to let me know he had them in hand and confirm when I would be at the store to pick them up.

The selection isn't necessarily the broadest I've ever seen, but it is excellent, and even moreso when looked at in comparison to the other CT stores.

I've been living in NYC for sometime now, so prices pretty much anywhere else seem great, and Mountview is no exception. Prices are the same as other CT stores, and if anything slightly cheaper. All in all a great spot, recommended if you're going to be at all in the area.

t8000shx, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of JMD
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Mountview Plaza Wine & Liquors is a gem hidden way in the back of strip mall. If you weren't looking for it, you might never see it. Nestled in between Stop N Shop and a Dollar Store, Mountview is one of the best beer stores around.

Head all the way to the back of the store and you'll find their tremendous beer selection. Relatively speaking, it's actually a small beer space, but it's packed with great brews. They stock pretty much everything available in CT. Regional brews, domestic craft, imports, rare belgians, seaonals or speacial releases, they have everything. Ask for Terry, and he'll tell you what's new, or suggest something worthwhile.

All in all, Mountview is awesome. They may not have the stock of a place like CT Beverage Mart, but their selection and quality is top notch. Plus they run the Brass City Beer Fest, which is a rapidly growing Beer festival in Waterbury, and puts most others to shame. If your in the Naugatuck area this place is a must.

JMD, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Mountview is about 10 minutes off exit 17 on I-84.

Right next to a Stop N` Shop in a strip mall, you would not necessarily expect to find an exceptional beer selection, but here you will. Upon entering, head all the way to the back, and there a re a handful of racks and a couple of coolers for the beer. It is a very solid mix of craft beers from the U.S.A., and then great beer from Germany, Belgium, Italy (best I`ve seen), Norway, Canada, and some other countries. I did not have a chance to meet Terry, but I did meet a young gentleman who was very helpful and friendly with their offerings. It was a bit of a drive for me, but I am glad I made it out. And I only blew $40 on some really great beer, it would be easy to spend a whole lot more at Mountview.

mltobin, May 10, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
3.65/5  rDev -20%

A decent store for the location, smack dab in a plaza next to Stop & Shop. The selection is huge! The service is adequate, although they aren't a huge help if you have an advanced question. A good place to find rarities or stuff that's obscure. A good selection of some local favorites as well, I was able to find a couple Carlson Brewery bottles here, and now that they are closed I might have to go back and pick up some more. Good selection of wine and liqour as well but who cares about that stuff. If your looking for a beer and haven't been able to get it anywhere else, chances are, this place will have it. Will defintley go back.

thespaceman, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of klee44
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Thank you GPS! Even after I got to the address I thought this couldn't be the place. Right next to Stop N Shop w/ no indication of "Mountview". I walked in, saw the variety, walked out and got a shopping cart.

This place needs to be bigger! Excellent selection of Belgians, though not my favorite style. Wide variety of stuff although very limited on six packs, especially cold ones. I found Dieu De Ciel (no Peche Mortel) but first time I've seen it in CT, a Captian Lawrence bomber (hoping for more CL variety) again first time I've seen it in CT) and Southern Tier. Staff couldn't answer some questions but I understand that not everyone is a beer geek. Unfortunately, it was a Tuesday and their Beer Guy is off on Tuesday's. It is an hour and a half away from my house and I can't see making a special trip but if you're in the area and have a GPS, look it up and enjoy.

klee44, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of jaluria
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Stopped by here yesterday and thought that the selection was great! I do wish they had more singles available of regular 12-oz bottles instead of just bombers and 750mL bottles. The import section is quite extensive with separate sections for Polish, English, German, and Belgian beers. Full range of local and regional beers are available including: Berkshire, Olde Burnside, New England BC, Smuttynose, Allagash, Long trail, Thomas Hooker, Brooklyn Brewery.

Overall, this is a great store with a huge selection. I highly recommend this place and plan on regularly visiting the store.

jaluria, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.65/5  rDev +2%

There is a fantastic selection here, from styles of beers as well as from all over the world. There is a wide selection of high qualilty American, Belgian & German brews. There is also a whole shelf area dedicated to Eastern European beers from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovac Republic, etc. that I haven't seen elsewhere. The Italian selection is the largest I have seen as well. The majority is singles, from 8.5 oz bottles to 22+oz bombers, so you can really get a lot of different beers to try in one trip. I've been there 3 times now on trips home to CT and the rotation of the beers is also impressive.
The service is fantastic as well, especially if Terry is on. I asked him a question on Italian beers and he spent about 10 minutes explaining each one of the shelf, I bought two including Bran Reserva of which only 20 cases were imported into this country.
For people like myself that are constantly looking for new beers to try, this is a place you must check out. The selection is abundant and the people are there to help you get what you're looking for.

scottg, May 21, 2008
Photo of scthaden
5/5  rDev +9.6%

I sought this place out after reading the glowing reviews. I was not disappointed. I found the beer selection well organized and was pleased to find a lot of bottles that I had been seeking out unsuccessfully elsewhere. Terry and his assistant were both very helpful and friendly.

In the end, I left with Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Harpoon Glacier Harvest, New England Imperial Stout Trooper, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, Allagash Fluxus, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Sam Adams Utopias (for a very reasonable $145).

scthaden, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of NolateM
4.65/5  rDev +2%

This is easily the best beer store in Connecticut, at least that I've been to. It may be difficult for some to locate though, as it the name of the plaza is "Mountview" but the word is not listed above the entrance of this liquor store.

Looks like a dinky little corner liquor shop (in a plaza with a Stop & Shop and many other stores), though upon walking in, it's obviously fairly larger than it seems. Walk all the way towards the back and be amazed; behold shelf full of Great Divide brews, beers separated by origin or style, an extensive collection of rare Belgians (lambics, Flanders ales, etc. etc.), and a great stock of more normal beer too. Even some vintage selections (JW Lee's, Thomas Hardy's - not sure how old though). The owner is a really cool beer lovin' guy, and he (well, the store) even sponsors Waterbury, CT's annual Brass City Brew Fest - which is a blast!!!.

Over the past couple months, I've picked up North Coast Old Stock Ale 2006, Berkshire Imperial Stout, Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Podge Belgian Imperial Stout (yeah, I like imperial stouts), Lindeman's Cuvee Rene Gueuze Lambic, Smuttynose Hanami Ale - just to name a few.

Prices are average for Connecticut. Selection, however, is way above average, and there's always something new. Stop in.

NolateM, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -12.3%

I've heard of this place for years and just never made the 25 minute drive to see the wonders of their beer selection until this year. Now, several visits later, I can confirm that most any beer lover will find at least a few rare goodies here. Considering its reputation, I am surprised at how crowded this medium to small store is. It's difficult to negotiate and the presentation of the products is somewhat lacking. There is minimal information available and nobody ever pays any attention to you unless you run around and grab somebody for help. Terry is the head honcho on beer and he seems to know it all. He is involved with several beer festival type activities every year among other things I'm sure. But in general, the staff always seems too busy to take any time to search out customers or offer assistance. It's easy to go unnoticed simply due to the hap hazzard layout where pillars of beer tend to hide you from view. You really have to allow some time to do a thorough search of the beer selection but they have a great range of stuff, foreign and domestic with a sampling of most all the micros available for disribution in Connecticut. Pricing may not be particularly different than anyone else for the exotic beers, but there are certainly no bargains from what I can see. You pay for the advantage of this great variety. For the real specialist, this may be the best outlet in the state. But for those of us that may be satisfied with most anything that is new and unusual I am finding many smaller, more local stores are beginning to recognize us and offer a decent selection. So Mountview is a virtual Mecca for beer, but I find better service and more beer chat elsewhere despite the trade off in selection. Definitely check this place out though. You'll need directions if you are not from Naugatuck.

Durge, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%

I had to drive nearly 40 miles to get to this place, so my expectations were at peak. Basically, anything short of superior wasn't going to warrant a return trip. My feeling is the selection for what I was looking for was there, but the service wasn't what some of my BA bretheren experienced. Still, and to get to the point, I will likely make a return trip if the selection continues to stand out.

Selection for me means Belgian, Belgian and more Belgian. Throw in a German bock or anything off the beaten path for the Connecticut area and I'm happy. The store is rather small, the placement of their finer beers to the rear of the store vs out on center stage is troublesome and everything is scattered about. Bottom line is, if you're in a hurry, don't bother to patronize the place. But the Belgian selection was very good. I had just sampled BB Bourgandier at Monk's in Philadelphia and figured there was no chance I could find it in Connecticut. M-View had it along with Val Dieu Triple, Gulden Draak, and a few others I bought that I hadn't even heard of. Nice job.

I also snagged a four pack of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock (not that I can't get it at my usual packy, but it was there so I bought it). Overall quality is there. Nice selection of other German brews and micros.

As to value, nothing comes cheap at this place. In fact the Celebrator was a few bucks more than I'm used to spending. The BB was $5 per bottle, but that's about the going rate for the better Belgians, I suppose.

As to service, one of the employees was busily stacking shelves completley ignoring me the whole time until I sheepishly apologized for being in his way. If you see a customer is spending 30 or so minutes making his selections and busily loading his shopping cart with your stock, a courtesy hello at the very least is warranted, wouldn't you say?

If you have to drive as far as I did, make it worthwhile and bring a wallet full of cash so the investment in your time and gas is rewarded.

jim102864, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

this is the only great one in naugy, and the best i've been in. The
beers look scattered, but they are somewhat organized. Lots of
stuff I have never seen before. but all the good beer you could want is there. The staff is the best, they will talk to you and help you. This is the place to buy beer! My friend told me about this place and said to just go in and ask the guy to give you something good. Well I did that and everytime im home in naugatuck I go here.
I wish the place was bigger and then maybe the selection would look less disorganized. but a great place.

pittvkyle7, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.65/5  rDev +2%

A shop that truly puts quality over sales volume. Craft beer here is the largest percentage relative to selection of any store I have been in. A little bit haphazard in the layout, but you could spend half a day deciding on your selections even if they were in one nice row.

Sales staff was busy restocking but was quick to ask if I had any questions and provided great answers. Copies of publications including the BA magazine were free for the taking.

Fantastic choices include all heavy hitters of craft brew available in Connecticut. Wide selection of imports and a small glassware selection. Prices were average to what you would find anywhere in the state. Expect to spend more then you wanted because you just "have to have" both of something you are debating between.

RedChrome, Feb 24, 2007
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Mountview Plaza Wines & Liquors in Naugatuck, CT
97 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.