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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: n/a
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249 Sheep Davis Rd
Concord, New Hampshire, 03301-5747
United States
phone: (603) 369-4501

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Place added by: barleywinebrewer on 03-27-2006

Formerly known as Capital Convenience
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3/5  rDev -14.5%

When i walk into a store that has no prices, naturally I get nervous. No difference here with Capitol convenience. It's not unlock discount beverage in Brattleboro which has virtually no prices on it's beer. SUCKS!
Why should I asks how much does this cost???
Beer selection is good for middle of nowhere NH. I wouldn't stop here on my way from here to there. The selection is okay, but not what I'm used to.
With that said Ryan and Casey, and Table and vine are my benchmarks for beer.
Are you up for the challenge?

More User Reviews:
Photo of jco3
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SawDog505
3.86/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

This store has one of the best selections in the state, but she Jacks up the prices like few stores. Maybe she should sell all beer and she could lower prices. Staff knows beer and the set up is nice. The price gauging is ridiculous! I walk out limping, because she bends over customers. Specialty beers are 4 to 8 dollars more than other stores. If you are looking for an awesome selection go, but understand you will pay more than you should!

Photo of NHbeerguy
1/5  rDev -71.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Wow!! Didn't stick around very long once I saw the $35 price tag on Broklyn Black Ops!! I am sure that other beers are over priced. A couple bucks maybe but $15 higher then almost everyone else!! That is crazy. Best of luck to this store I know I will never be back.

Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of 603to843
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of The_Blaster
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Barb specifically promised me that she would order me a case of Moat Mountain Brown before my long trek to the NH area. She said it'd be there friday, I said GREAT I'll grab it Sunday on my way home!

They never told me that they couldn't order the beer until the WEDNESDAY following that sunday.

This was AFTER I swung by on sunday 10 minutes before closing ( I told them I would do this as I was on a tight schedule, but had already ordered the case and was willing to spend the money).

Absolutely FETID service, HORRIBLE prices. Did I mention that the per can price, even with a case discount, the per can price was still about a dollar more than most stores that carry it?

Pathetic. Permanently lost my business. I emailed barb herself and the BEST she could give me was "SORRY, WE TRIED TO CONTACT YOU!"

Yeah, an email a week later, and no call? 1/5, would never support again.

Photo of smanson56
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ctone
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of 2ellas
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Staff is very friendly and helpful. Reasonable selection in general and by far the best selection in the area. The only complaint I have is that they are noticeably more expensive than other NH shops but not having much for competition can do that. I've been there a few times and will certainly be back.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BierBliss
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Barb's is a great little place tucked away in Concord NH. The selection is superb and I usually can always find something new when I stop on by. I think the prices are reasonable but if it is seasonal or a hot commodity then the prices rise. The staff is friendly, the place is clean and it never seems to be too crowded. I would recommend Barb's to anyone looking to find something different for their beer selection!

Photo of Carpentiere
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ScotNH
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.51/5  rDev +28.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by this gem while up in Concord recently, actually stumbling into it turning around in the parking lot, so I figured why not I'll stop. Clean little store tucked away on Route 106. Not crowded at all, I was the only person in the store at 5pm. Probably well over 500 beers to choose from. They had domestics microbrews from all over the country and a large selection of good imports from all over the world. I asked the clerk to suggest a local microbrew and she walked me thru each case and each beer explaining what was good and what was new and what she thought of that beer. Great service. Prices were not bad, some of the newer beers were a little bit more than I would expect them to be, but not terrible on price. If I happen to be up there in that area again I will most likely stop by.

Photo of dmf01
1.68/5  rDev -52.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

We tried to order kegs of beer for a wedding at Barb's beer. They gave us the wrong tap for the keg, which meant that we were unable to use the keg for half of the wedding. When we returned to the store, in the middle of the wedding weekend, to try and get the problem remedied, the owner was abusive (literally shouting over the phone at us) and, rather than apologizing, blamed the problem on the distributor and nearly refused to give us the correct tap so that our guests could enjoy the rest of the wedding.

But, of course, the *entire* reason that you get a keg from a store like this is so that it takes the responsibility of being the middleman between you and the distributor. That's what they get paid for!

A mistake is a mistake, even if it spoils part of a wedding. But refusing to own up and abusing your customers is not to be tolerated. There are lots of other good places to get beer in New Hampshire. I'm never going here again.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Barb's Beer Emporium is clearly the place to go if you are in the Concord Area. Prices are reasonable enough, with the focus being on the mix-6 packs. Most singles are $2-$3.5 and you get a 10% discount for mix-6 packs. Freshness can be a little bit of a concern, but isn't out of the ordinary compared to any other NH establishments. Prices for regular 4-6 packs, bombers, and high end imports tend to be a little pricey when compared to some of the other NH stores.

The staff can be hit or miss, some of the employees are very knowledgeable while others clearly just work there because it pays the bills. The place is kept clean and organized, except for pricing. This IS a problem. I don't like having to take things to the register to inquire about pricing and as stated below, the few price sheets they have posted are well outdated.

As for selection, it's definitely one of the best in NH. Overall I consider it one of the best 1-stop shops in NH. If you want good selection and don't care to much about price, this place is a must stop in Concord. If you want a bargain, there are better places. Personally, I just go the extra 10 minutes down to Bert's Better Beers in Hooksett.

Photo of placlair
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Barb's is pretty much the go-to craft beer store in Concord. Service is certainly above average, as the staff always greets you with a smile and will gladly answer any questions that you have. They hold rather consistent weekly tastings with some of the better breweries that they carry.

For being in New Hampshire, Barb's does well with selection and offers *almost* everything that you would want a craft beer store in NH to carry. They offer mix-a-six packs on all non-premium offerings, and pretty much everything can be purchased as a single bottle (including premiums). Management is receptive to requests for additional offerings, provided that the desired product is available in NH. They also offer a limited wine selection, including locals such as Jewell Towne, and various snack items and soda.

Freshness can be an issue here. Several times, I've been too rushed or absent-minded to check the date on what I'm purchasing, only to get home and realize that the Smuttynose IPA, Dogfish Head 90 minute, or Oaked Arrogant Bastard that I just purchased "expired" a few months ago.

The biggest complaint that I have, though, are the prices. Understanding that it's the best beer store in town, they are simply too high for me to visit as often as I otherwise might. Their higher-end offerings are consistently priced a few, if not several dollars higher than similar regional establishments. Nothing is individually price marked, and while they do offer price sheets near the coolers, they are often out-of-date and not in sync with what is currently being sold.

All in all, Barb's is a solid choice if you're making a quick stop to pick up some craft brew in Concord and don't mind spending the extra money. For the reasons that I mention above, though, I find myself shopping here less and less.

Photo of bosoxyear
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

This place has changed hands twice in recent years. Formally, it was Mamos Market, a grungy yet friendly place with a great selection. The service was stellar and the mix and match 6 packs were cheap. Then it became Capitol Convenience. The interior became larger and the great selection remained. This owner brought in Friday tastings and it was decent.

Finally, it became Barb's Beer Emporium. While the great selection remained, the charm and atmosphere was lost. The mix and match 6 packs are still available; however, they have made way too many exceptions (i.e. 60 minute). They have brought in brewing supplies but only the cheap plastic kits and "bag o beer" ingredients. The tastings remain but it is truly a cluster. Not even worth the time. I used to be a regular but these changes took the fun out of it. The Cracker Barrel in Hopkington has replaced this place as my beer store.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +4%

This is a little store with a really decent selection...for NH! otherwise it's below average. I was surprised by the lack of home state hero's smuttynose...no smutty??? yikes. a serious lack of Belgian offerings, but a decent selection from our cousins across the big pond. victory, DFH, SA are all there along with some local stuff from Manchester Brewing. most of the beer is in 6-packs, and the singles in the two coolers are mostly just singles from the 6-packs. The lady I spoke with there was very friendly and seemed eager to please. Not a bad stop...for NH.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

Well I was visiting Concord for Christmas and it was planned that I stop at Barb's for a US beer refill before I head back home.

Place is small, a tiny convenience store is much more adapted to the term of a beer emporium. Service was friendly, I have nothing to say, they werent surprised to see a french guy filling cases of beer at 9 am, so that was good.

selection, I was dissapointed, I expected to see much more selections of US micro, the big players were there with selections of NH's locals

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Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord, NH
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