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Reviews by jim102864:
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
Located in Simsbury, this large and solid store offers a nice selection of micro/macro refridgerated options. It was the first time I found new brewery Carlson Brewery's offerings for sale. Kind of hidden from view due to the stacked cases of macro crap, a nice selection of Belgian, German, English and micro on the shelves toward the rear of the store. Nothing that can't be found in your better stores, but the fact that they're an option in this corner of the state is a sign of the maturity of the demand for quality beer in Connecticut. One of the better selections of glassware I've seen in Connecticut. It was mid- day when I stopped in so I won't wack them for not offering assistance. If I lived in that area, it would be my no brainer stop for quality brew.
11-21-2008 11:48:34 | More by jim102864
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4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
A large liquor supermarket, 60% wine, 20% spirits, 20% beer. The beer is along the left wall front to back and along half the back wall.
Front half is coolers with mainstream cases and some craft. Back half is sixpacks, bombers and singles on shelves.
Lots of room to roam and little other foot traffic when I was there on Columbus Day.
First cooler is headed "Connecticut Beers" but is mostly Massachusetts brews. There is some Hooker and Two Roads, but no New England (New Haven area) or others. Since I came down here partly to see if I could actually buy Gandhi Bot in a store, it was a disappointment not to find anything by that brewery.
However, the uncold sixpack, bomber and single selection in back more than made up for that. Good prices too, lower on many things than I have seen anywhere else. Bought Chimay Blue for $11.49, haven't seen it that cheap. 6.35% sales tax on alcohol in Connecticut, but even with that it was still only $12.23, while the lowest I had seen it before was $13.49.
Also bought the new Stone Suede Imperial Porter collab for $7.49. My local store has it for $8.65. Finally, the new Victory DirtWolf DIPA was $8.79 a fourpack. My local store price: $10.79.
Barrel of sixpack holders and lots of loose singles makes mixed sixing easy.
Downsides would be a warehouse feel and a general sense of disorganization in the beer dept. Too many holes on the shelves where stock could be.
Bottom line though is I came away happy, and I suspect you would too.
10-16-2013 04:56:48 | More by scotorum
5/5 rDev +14.7%
The best place to shop for anything. Wine, Beer, Whiskey, or whatever. Excellent selection. Have been going there since the day they opened. Top notch.
The staff is great in recommending anything you may want.
I have tried wines from $10.00 to $500.00 and have never been dissatisfied..
I am not a big beer drinker, but I do like a good beer once in a while. They have always turned me on to great beers.
Do not hesitate in trying the place out.
You will be amazed at the selection and the staffs knowledge.
I would give them a 10 if I could.
03-29-2012 14:18:26 | More by TheMan
5/5 rDev +14.7%
This is one of the most well stocked stores I have ever seen in terms of variety and volume. I currently live in NJ and there are several well stocked locations around me... I have been to several stores in CT and this one is by far the best I have seen. They have a huge cooler wall with a decent selection as well as many variety 12 packs. They also have a room temp section with everything from Ales to Weiss'. The prices are very resonable and are generally better that what I find in NJ. I highly recommend this place if you are anywhere near the Simsbury area. I picked up a Hooker Imperial Porter (4), a Farmington River Blonde (6), a Ommegang gift pack and a Raspberry Lambic. Look for the reviews in the coming week(s).
11-07-2010 21:28:44 | More by Choppr
4.35/5 rDev -0.2%
I do business here fairly regularly because of the very good selection and good turn-over (fresh stock).
They constantly have beers that other stores say they can't (or won't) get. And if I ask for something different, or even just mention it, they usually just order it and bring it in. Listening to your customer is good business.
Very solid Belgian & British offerings. I can also find my favorites fron Avery, Great Divide, DFH, Southern Tier, Rogue...
Good selection of stemware too.
I will give them points for not storing their stock in direct sunlight like CBM by the mall.
04-30-2010 20:13:20 | More by WhiteOak
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
If you are supposed to review beers within their styles(for example compare an ipa to an ipa and not an ipa to a stout) then I believe you should review stores within their states. Comparing a CT store to an IL store or even a MA for that matter is unfair. Distribution is not something the stores can control. This is the best beer store I have been to in CT. They have a great selection of every brewery that distributes to CT. Their prices are on point for my area. They have an awesome selection of glassware for great prices (1.99 for the pint glasses). The beer manager "Dave" is very knowledgeable and a very cool guy. Some of the cashiers in the store aren't the friendliest but ahhh who cares... the beer guy is cool. My go to spot in CT.
03-17-2010 19:56:45 | More by DNICE555
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
Great beer store. The selection is the biggest in the area. They have a good six pack selection and will usually have what I'm looking for. It's not big enough to go too far out of your way, unless your looking for imports. There is a section in the back, sorted by country, that has a lot of the obscure imports. I've found a good amount of limited release stuff here too.
The glassware selection here is amazing. I think I've bought most of my glassware from here, including a Rochefort chalice which I haven't seen anywhere else. They do weekly beer and wine tastings here, which is nice. There is a "beer guy" here that I've talked to once and had some suggestions for me. They have a monthly e-mail list here, which just has the info they put on the fliers near the beer coolers.
This is a good place to check out for a large beer selection and great glassware. I go here whenever I'm in the area, so it makes up a lot of my beer shopping.
02-26-2010 01:34:17 | More by jeffthecheff
3.85/5 rDev -11.7%
this place has a great selection of beer. plenty of belgians and domestic craft beers. decent glassware as well. one of the bigger local selections. though nothing i cant find closer, with the exception of what i brought home, Old Rasputin XII. the guy at the cash register was kind of a jerk, rushing us through the sale and being generally inconsiderate. both the girl i was with and i turned to each other as we left and said the exact same thing "boy, he really wants to be there, huh?" but the well above average beer selection more than compensates.
10-17-2009 22:00:14 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
In my opinion, this is one of the best beer stores I've been to in CT. Located right off route 44 in Simsbury, it's a pretty big store with a large portion of it devoted to beer (kind of a bitch traffic wise to get out of this place, I recommend exiting out the exit in the back of the plaza). Every time I hear about a new beer being released this place will already have it.. no waiting for this one. Everything on the shelves is very fresh with a lot of cooler space if you want a quick cold one. At first I thought all the beer was just in the front left corner of the store in the coolers... but in the adjacent corner in the back there is an even bigger selection of warm six packs and 12 packs. If I remember correctly there is even BA ratings for some of the beers as well. Prices are pretty good, usually average or even a bit cheaper. Also, they usually have one big markdown for the week so you can get some obscure bomber or 6 pack for a huge bargain. Staff is always around but never seem to really ask you for help.. check out staff isn't the best but hey, I'm here for the beer selection.
07-06-2009 03:33:08 | More by oriolesfan4
Liquor Depot in West Simsbury, CT
95 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.