Amity Wine & Spirit Co.
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4.31/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
OK atmosphere: basically a large wine and spirits store.
Shelves seemed to be stocked and cared for regularly; the only old dates I saw were on bottles for which it is entirely appropriate (e.g. Belgians).
I had good experiences with three different staff, all of whom were friendly and knowledgeable.
The selection is near as good as I have seen, with tons of local brews, but also a great selection of craft from throughout the US, and a massive amount of imports. They had two full long aisles of nothing but craft brew, and stacks of cases available (of good stuff, too).
Prices were exactly what I'm used to for craft: no gouging noticed, but no bargains, either.
This is so much better than what I have in SE CT. Then again, that's to be expected. Chances are they've got what you need, and if it's a bit rarer or limited distribution, they've got a good chance of getting it in; keeping it, or not selling out within hours, is another story entirely.
12-24-2013 22:14:02 | More by Roguer
2.84/5 rDev -31.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Amity Wine & Spirit has an amazing selection of craft beers spanning 1.5 isles and a few reach in fridges. However, the wide inventory suffers from poor management. I have had three instances where the beer I purchased were past the sell by date on the bottle (Oskar Blues, Smuttynose and a German I could not remember). They provided a refund or store credit, but seemed more annoyed with me than the issue at hand. Always check the date on beer with low turnover.
Avoid shopping here in the evening. This store is frequented by questionable characters looking for inexpensive alchohol and young people looking for cheap beer.
12-06-2013 02:09:39 | More by BlueMeanie
4.73/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
My wife and I were heading to Philly for a long weekend and decided to get some growlers filled at the New England Brewing Company. We got there 30 minutes before they opened and decided to kill some time in Amity Wine & Spirits, just down the street.
We were blown away when we walked into the store. It's big and has everything you could want for an alcoholic beverage. Since we were looking for local beers we stayed in beer aisles. We quickly ended up talking with the beer buyer and he really knew his stuff. We got into conversations about Italian sours, american brewers and meads. He pointed us to some rare European finds as well as a few good local CT beers that I can't get in the Boston area. The manager told us he gets all the New England Brewing releases, but they usually sell out quickly.
By the time we left we had over $120 worth of beer in our cart. Some bottles were a bit pricey due to what they were (imported sours, barrel aged stouts), but I thought the price was reasonable for what I was getting.
If I'm in the area again I'll definitely be stopping by Amity Wine & Spirits to buy some more beer gems.
10-14-2013 19:20:11 | More by WanderingFool
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stoped here based on a recommendation of a worker of the NEBC. I stoped by the brewery to pick up some bot, and wanted some cans for longer keeping and he told me about this place. Never would expect it from looking at the outside, but this place rocks. They have a huge selection, both warm and cold. Lots of bombers and odd six/four packs. Being from NY, they had some CT only brews aside from NEBC, but I was only there for the bot and 668.
Not much in the way of service, but the workers were generally nice. I didnt ask for help and nobody approached me either. Thats ok with me...
There was a sign that says to not take apart the 6 packs because there were singles in the cooler up front...when I checked that out, it was just malt liquour and bud products...oh well.
oveall, the prices were about the same as most places, maybe even slightly lower.
Eventhough this place is about 45mins from my house, I will be back to buy more bot next time they make it, or if I am ever driving by. Worth a visit for sure.
12-29-2011 21:12:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Amity wine and spirits is a very good beer distributor for craft beer. Their selection for domestic and imported beer is great but they do not get a lot of rare releases often, aside from all of the releases from New England Brewing Company which is within a few miles of the store. The staff is very friendly and decently knowledgeable about craft beer in the United States. The craft beer there is generally cheaper than most stores that I have been to which I love. Overall it is a good distributor and worth stopping in if you are in New Haven, Connecticut.
07-30-2011 19:25:40 | More by Pete27lax
3.89/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I have shopped here a good half dozen times or more and figured it was time for a review. Definitely seems to be one of the best selections in all of CT, and stacks up well on a more macro level, as well. Particularly for domestic micros their selection is quite good and reasonably priced. They don't offer singles but the 6 packs and bombers are well organized in a long, single aisle as you enter the store. Imports come after that and the one area where I think they are somewhat lacking is in the Belgian import selection. It's decent, but not great.
One nice thing about Amity is that it's the best place to find fresh New England Brewery beers other than NEBC itself (which happens to be around the corner, FWIW). If Gandhi Bot has come out recently, for instance, you'll find it here. In my many visits I have never been approached by an employee asking if I needed assistance, which is fine by me since I would have declined anyway, but at the same time that doesn't exactly equal great service. All in all this is well worth a stop when you are in the area.
05-20-2011 03:15:49 | More by number1bum
4.14/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Coming form Chicago, this place reminded me of our local Binny's. It's stacked with a wide combination and selection of spirits, wines, and beers. I was kind of growing weary of the tiny package stores around the area and asks the in-laws for some recommendations. They quickly suggested Amity and I was very impressed. The service was very accommodating and had great suggestions for Imperial Stouts as I was in the mood to have a couple of dessert style beers from the New England area after a few slices of New Haven style pizza.
Amity had most of your typically macros available, in the way back, but what I was really impressed with was the selection of craft brews that were available as soon as you walked in. They had a long aisle full of domestics and imports. They also had tones of brews from the New England area like Magic Hat, Weyerbacher, Sebago Brewing Company, and Saranac to name a few that are hard to find in the Chicago area. Definitely worth checking out and will be visited again next time I'm in town.
04-25-2011 07:30:29 | More by ferrari29
3.84/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has a pretty great selection, but is a bit picked over. It seems to be the place that carries great beer; standards and limited releases. The problem is that people know about this place. The good thing is that there is another Amity Wine and Spirits just 15 minutes away that isn't as picked over. I didn't purchase anything here but was referred to the Amity in Hamden to purchase the more rare beers I was looking for.
The quality and quantity of great beer is excellent here, but, unless you are on the ball with purchasing the more limited beers, your luck might be better at the other Amity.
04-08-2011 04:09:42 | More by cullumbeer
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a very good beer store. The selection is huge, and has a lot of beers that are never available in the Hartford area. I saw a four pack of (brown!) Saison Dupont bottles, and some Ithica brews that are hard to find in CT. I was also able to find the Duvel gift set that is always sold out by this time of year.
Prices were average, and service was quite good. I was asked if I needed help twice on a busy Friday night. My only complaint from this store is that their refrigerated selection was very small and in a seriously cramped area. You can't even push a cart through the cooler area. Otherwise, the stock was reasonably fresh and there were enough beers to warrant the "cart status," so this is a good store in my book.
12-19-2010 21:05:08 | More by jeffthecheff
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on my way back from the New England Brewing Company just down the road where I got a growler of Gandhi Bot. Nice little spot, they've got a HUGE selection of wine and liquor and a very substantial beer section, two big aisles, one of Americans and one of imports.
I found the prices to be just a bit cheaper than in MA on almost all of the stuff, but their selection was a bit less. I ended up getting a 6er of NEBC Sea Hag IPA & Elm City Lager, there were some of each in a singles cart so I put both in one 6er, and I got an Avery Beast from 2006 for only $4! Awesome deal I thought.
Worth checking out if you're going to NEBC, and if you're going here - also go toe NEBC down the street and get a growler!
09-25-2010 18:26:32 | More by kingcrowing
Amity Wine & Spirit Co. in New Haven, CT
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