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Somersworth Village Market

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 14.03%
[ Store ]

35 Washington St
Somersworth, New Hampshire, 03878-3242
United States
phone: (603) 692-3572

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(Place added by: VanillaMike on 06-19-2009)
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Reviews by ElGallo:
Photo of ElGallo
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

First time I went in, my friend and I chatted about rare beer with Mike (one of the owners) for almost an hour. Service is excellent - incredibly friendly, and they are always up to speed on what's coming down the line from distributors. Affordable glassware. Frequent tastings/samplings as well. The downer is that they're in NH and therefore subject to a limited selection from distributors compared with the surrounding states - but you can't fault the owners for that. However, they do carry everything available in NH, and the staff knowledge and service go a along way in keeping customers coming back. Keep up the good work boys!

EDIT: Under new ownership as of 1/4/13.

ElGallo, Jan 25, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of revaaron
3/5  rDev -33.2%

I loved this place for the selection... but they over charged me for a beer by x2 ($15.99 instead of $7.50) and when I brought this up on my next visit, they said sorry they couldn't do anything for me. So I don't go there any more. Sucks for me cause their selection is so good.

revaaron, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of TMath524
5/5  rDev +11.4%

It's a craft beer store tucked into a proper convenience store. I couldn't possibly enjoy the owners, Mike and Steven, any more than I do. They're incredibly knowledgeable, wholly informative, and fun guys. I seriously would go there just to chat with them about beer for a while. They keep people apprised of their latest releases, and things that are new, or are coming to the state via conversation in-store, or on facebook. They cater to everybody, offer thoughtful suggestions, and share stories because they're involved in the scene too. When I go in there, I learn what owning a business is supposed to be about, and I leave with delicious beer every time.

TMath524, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of 05Harley
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%

Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever expected a beer store selling this quality to open up in of all places Somersworth. As a kid here in the 80's this use to be a Laverdia's drug store where I would buy fishing poles and bb's for my air gun, imagine that.

Be it as it may, this is a quality beer shop with great customer service. Watching the BMC move steadily down the cooler line replaced with high end craft beers has been a pleasure over a short time. Mike and Steven are the beer brothers here so if you have questions ask for them by name and they'll provide you with top notch service.

The shelves are pretty much stocked with whatever NH has to offer which is improving by the day. Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, North Coast, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Brooklyn Brewery, Oscar Blues, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery along with all of the local treats can be found perusing the floor.

It should be noted you must pay with cash here and it's ok with me because it keeps the prices down. An ATM is close by so don't sweat it. Also keep an eye out for their special price deals when their moving out of season product, it can be a bargain. I'm told the reason they don't except credit cards is to keep the cigarette prices low. Prior to a beer shop they were known as cigarette city so those customers are still treated with a certain amount of respect.

Keep up the good work guy's. I look forward to watching the store grow as more craft brewers trickle in to our fine state.

***Update 7/27/12***
Unfortunately now their getting busted for allegedly selling bath salts illegally. I won't be going back anytime soon..

05Harley, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of anichols70
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Used to live right around the corner but never went in. Definitely my loss. Looks much better inside than out. Clean and well organized. Selection is very good for the area. Spoke to one of the kids working there, very friendly and helpful. Pointed out a couple of new additions and offered recommendations without being pushy. He explained that their goal is to carry everything that's allowed in the state. I did find the Firestone Walker Double Jack that has just started appearing in NH.

Only real downside is that they are cash only, so plan ahead. They do have an ATM there (with a fee), but no credit cards can be a pain.

anichols70, May 28, 2011
Photo of Joppa
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Great little gem inside of a general store. You wouldn't expect such a good selection and knowledgable service from the outside appearance, especially for locals who used to know this place as "Cigarette City."

For me, its an instant thumbs up when the number of coolers of craft and imports outnumber the coolers full of AB and the like. I'm going off of memory, but I think it might be something like 6 or 7 to 4.

Great selection here, and one of the two brothers who handle the beer selection are almost always on hand, and more than willing to take time to talk about what's new in the store and make recomendations based on your preferences. They appear to work hard to carry new items as they become available in NH.

Prices are fair, definitely cheaper than I have seen at similar places in Maine, and there is nothing with as strong a selection within a 15-mile radius. They often have blow-out prices on out-of-season flavors and brewery overstock.

Joppa, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of HomebrewNurse
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I am fortunate to live about a half a mile from The Village Market and have been a customer for aver 2 years now. As a home brewer I am always looking for good beers and Steven and Mike know their stuff. These guys are excited about good beer! Also, they really take pride in being able to offer local stuff like the mead from Moonlight Meadery in Londenderry, NH and very small batch specialty beers from White Birch brewing in Hooksett, NH. Don't be deterred by the mom and pop feel of the place when you first walk in, just head toward the back and you will see a vast array of beer coolers offering every beer that NH will allow in. Unfortunately, there is a pretty tight cap on the ABV that can be sold in NH for beer but these guys make sure to get what they can.

Make sure to look for them on facebook for updates on what is coming off the truck and check in with them about tastings which are typically on Fridays. I have not had the opportunity to attend a tasting yet as I work every Friday evening, bummer...

HomebrewNurse, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Brewfanatic55
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Talk about a worth while trip. Was recommended this place by a local bartender/server at Pepperland Cafe. Walking in seems as if it's solely a convenience store but as we approached the back coolers, I was immediately happy.

Great selection, various imported and limited release 750ml, great seasonal selections, as well as those hard-to-come-by four and six packs.

At first my friend and I had difficult time making up our minds, but one of the staff members was able to help us out. Very personable, willing to shoot the shit and be a down to earth beer proprietor. So many beer markets have the right selection, but having someone that's knowledgeable is key.

I'll be back for sure!

Brewfanatic55, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Went up just looking for something new. Asked one question and the clerk answered it and many others that came after. Recommended three brews, all of which were well worth the trip.
Happy it was recommended to me. I love a place where the clerks know there product and will share their excitement over good beer with customers.
It has one of the finest selections in NH. And while their are closer places with large selections, they have forgotten customer service. And are selling beer solely as a business with no passion for the product.

lou50rp, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of blsdmf33
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%

Not a bad place to shop as a back up to my other beer shops.

The selection is decent and the staff are somewhat knowledgeable if you happen to catch the right person on, yet they don't seem very personable.

I understand to an extent, but not accepting credit and doing cash only has got to be a downer. Like I said, this is a back up for me, so if I do have to go here, I prepare for it and bring cash, but it can be a downfall.

The prices seem reasonable for the area, but you can find cheaper close by.

blsdmf33, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of tozovr
5/5  rDev +11.4%

A true Diamond in the Rough. A huge treat to have found this little market in the middle of Somersworth...a town known for folks who prefer Natty Light in their Lucky Charms in the morning. One entire wall of coolers devoted to beer geeks is a huge thing, but be sure to check the small dispays...always great stuff lurking everywhere in the shop! Erik and Mike are constantly having tastings and are more than happy to answer my random questions. They're also handy to have around when it comes time to try something newI live in York, ME and frequent Tulleys, but I work in Somersworth and I find myself here much more than in Wells. The guys know their stuff. A+++

tozovr, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Greygor
5/5  rDev +11.4%

A huge selection with knowledgable employees! They get a lot of the seasonal brews as soon as they come out. If you live on the seacoast in New Hampshire there in not a store aroung with more variety with traveling hours. The store regularly has brewery come in and give tastings sometime you can even pick up a free gift if you buy certain beers. There set up is nice with huge section of the store devoted to beer. I also won $50,000 on a scratch ticket I bought from the store. (Results not typical)!

Greygor, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of nitram44
5/5  rDev +11.4%

A suprising and convenient store to have close to home. The "brothers" work hard to have local(Maine and New Hampshire) offerings and popular items on the shelf. Their individual appreciation of beer can definetaly been seen through the improvement of this store over the past few years. It is not only a place to go purchase beer, but to talk beer.

The staff has always been friendly and coutreous in my experience. One thing to note, cash only, but an ATM is on site.

I also second brewone's comment on homebrewing supplies.

nitram44, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of brewone
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Like many others have said, Somersworth is not the first place you'd think of a decent beer store. As luck would have it, its home to an excellent beer store! The owners have a great sense of beer and are doing everything they need to to make sure the beer is kept well, unlike some other stores in the area.

This is NH so they can't get everything, but they get everything they can and are always happy to talk about beer. Once they start selling homebrew supplies, they will be even more press.

Keep up the great work gentlemen, love having a great place to purchase beer within a mile of my house. Cheers!

brewone, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Stringth
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

First visited a few months ago because I heard they had some White Birch--and indeed they did! Have stopped in a few more times and their selection just gets better and better. Showed for the Sam's Barrel tasting day before yesterday and, lo and behold, NO Barrel to taste. That sucked. Wasn't a wasted trip tho, got to meet Mike & Steve, the owners, as well as John (?) from Sam's who was pouring the usual winter brews as well as 2 of the Imperials (YUM!). All friendly and enthusiastic guys happy to wax brew-etic on all subjects beah.

Stringth, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of PartyArtie
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Somersworth Village Market is a Gem of a place for people who want a great Beer selection at reasonable prices. The guys who run the place are brothers. They know beer and the passion shows. Mike and Steve seem to be having a blast talking about beer or sharing their reviews about recent tastings with anyone interested.

I live 5 minutes from this place and it's a blessing for someone like myself who truly enjoys beer drinking,tasting and reviewing favorite libations. The coolers are impressive indeed! Lots of selection and the guys set up a section for the seasonal brews coming in. Summer,Fall/Autumn,Seasonal/Winter it's all there! Fantastic display of brew!
It's worth the trip for a sip at some of the beer tastings too. I've gathered a rather nice pint glass collection just for purchasing a tasty rack of brew! Thanks guys.

PartyArtie, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of th1127
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

I travel far and wide for new beers to try.

I live about 2 miles from Somersworth Village Market and it gets a lot of my business.

I would not say it's the best selection I have seen by far however it is way better than any supermarket or gas station/ minimart.

It's a family run business from which I can understand and the two brothers truly enjoy drinking the product they sell. Actually it seems that is what brings in some of the variety.

From my house in Berwick Maine, this ranks third on selection out of top five favorite beer stores:

1. Downtown Wine & Spirits in Sommerville, MA
2. Tully's in Wells, ME
3. Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth, NH
4. Smiley's in Dover, NH
5. Gary's in Portsmouth, NH

In hospitality and helpfulness it gets first place due to the great two brothers that love to chat up beer and will order anything they can get for you.

1. Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth, NH
2. Tully's in Wells, ME
3. Downtown Wine & Spirits in Sommerville, MA
4. Gary's in Portsmouth, NH
5. Smiley's in Dover, NH

I see great potential for this little market even though they are stuck in a moderately low income area, Somersworth, NH.

There seems to be an ever expanding selection thanks to the family experimenting with beer. If you can drag one of the brothers away from the counter while they sell cigarettes and milk to the locals you'll find a very pleasant experience.

Keep it up guys!

th1127, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of SevaTse
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Drove by the place millions of times(without slowing down) and would have never suspected that I should stop it, were it not for Beer Advocate.
As we know, New Hampshire is one of the hardest states to sell beer in and thus selection at stores is limited by outside factors. Having said that, this place appears to have pretty much everything that an NH store is allowed to sell, as do couple other places in neighboring towns, however all of the six packs were in fridges, every price was clearly marked, and some of the outgoing seasonals were on sale at pretty low prices.
I didn't see couple of the less popular items that can be found at Smiley's, but all the Belgians/Unibroues/quality imports were there, as well as Ipswich (Mercury), which I haven't seen in NH before.

SevaTse, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Schracky
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

What a great little place! I was very surprised the first time I went in. They have a great selection of beer! They have weekly tastings with some great local and not so local breweries. It seems like their selection is always expanding. Great place! I hope it's true about carrying homebrew supplies soon, I'll have to ask about that! The staff is very friendly and always willing and eager to chat about beer. If you live in the area and really love good beer, check them out! It is very well worth the visit, as we do not have many places in New Hampshire with this sort of selection.

Schracky, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of epb2001
5/5  rDev +11.4%

First off, I had no idea there was even a decent bar store in Somersworth until I saw they had a couple of tastings coming up on the New Hampshire events page. I decided to finally make my way over there last night and check out the Sierra Nevada tasting and was pleasantly surprised. First off, the tasting was great. They had about five different Sierra Nevadas available and a nice opportunity to try their different styles and talk with the rep. After the tasting, I took a look at their other offerings and they have a really good selection, especially for NH. They definitely have a better selection of beers in coolers compared to Smiley's in Dover and you'll find a few brews you won't find there. From what I saw price-wise, they may even be a bit cheaper. I had the opportunity to speak with the brothers who own the place and they're really cool guys and are definitely passionate about beer. Mike, one of the owners, told me they're going to be expanding soon and not only adding more beer, but also homebrew equipment. Definitely looking forward to that since the closest store is probably about an hour away. Anyway, check them out and tell them you heard about them on Beer Advocate. Sounds like they have some pretty cool tastings coming up which will be worth the trip alone.

epb2001, Aug 21, 2009
Somersworth Village Market in Somersworth, NH
97 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.