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Bert's Better Beers

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68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.54
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1100 Hooksett Rd
Ste 105
Hooksett, New Hampshire, 03106-1073
United States
phone: (603) 413-5992

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 42
Photo of SawDog505
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Excellent selection, knowledgeable staff, but my only complaint is the prices. He seems to jack up the prices a bit, especially on the more rare beers.

Photo of swalsh666
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection. Single bottle/mix pack options. Bert is a really unique guy!

Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%

A real nice place that is very neatly organized and presented.

The selection is fairly good, with a good mix of local New Hampshire stuff. You will find the occasional Maine and Vermont stuff in here, but not the highly regarded and demanded stuff such as Alchemist for one thing.

Staff are really nice and knowledgeable. They will easily chat you up for any needs, or desires you may have. They know the product well and can answer pretty much anything, there will be no glassy eyed stares or I don't know kind of responses here. They are extremely helpful.

You wont find everything in the world here, but it's a decent basic selection, and well organized. Also I like the fact they have a shelf dedicated to "what's new" which is something I always love when shopping.

I will be stopping by again if in the area for sure.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Made my way over to Bert's for the very first time and from the moment I opened the door I was impressed. I was greeted quickly and got a friendly hand shake, after stating it was my first visit, from the gentleman who ended up being Bert himself. There was cheese and crackers available and since it was 4:30pm on a Tuesday I was just in time for some beer tasting samples. The selection was out of this world and the take-what-you-want availability of any beer on the shelves made it easy getting whatever I wanted to make my own six-pack. The prices were fair and reasonable and on-par with other beer places I've visited. This may have been my first visit but it will not be my last! Bert's Better Beers is truly an amazing place in central New Hampshire!

Photo of scotorum
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

All beer all the time. Well and hard cider. But mainly beer. Lots of it.

Great little store, especially for mixed sixes. Good selection of everything.

Attractive middle aged female clerk was very helpful and pleasant. Two men (one might have been the owner (?) were also ready to assist if I was looking for something specific.

Only negative might be it tends to be a bit pricey, maybe $1 more per bomber for many compared to some other stores. But then it may be worth it not to have to wade past aisles of wine and hard liquor. You walk in the door, and there's beer, front, back and sides..

Plus I don't recall seeing any price games being played. You know, not pricing the most popular new stuff. The Otter Creek/Lawson's collab Double Dose had just come out, and I asked if they had any left. They had a case of it opened behind the counter, two bottles per customer. I filled out a mixed sixpack with four others I had not tried, and was a very happy customer.

On the way out I picked up the new issue of Yankee Brew News, which apparently came out in between my beer store visits last week. Also a copy of Ale Street News, a publication I had not seen anywhere else before. So all in all a great visit, highly recommended if you live in or are passing through or near the greater Manchester area.

Photo of mlichens
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

It's the best beer shop in New Hampshire. Burt knows his stuff and loves to help introduce folks to his passion. I'm no newbie to beer, but I'm always trying to expand my palate a bit more and this place gets the job done.

However, it is NH and the distribution laws limit what they can carry. I still can't get a Lion Stout in this state, which makes me a sad panda. All the same, that's not Bert's fault so I don't fault him.

There is the not much to say for the atmosphere. It's your run of the mill shop that focuses on beer. There are tastings, which are enjoyable and constructive, but don't expect a huge party.

Photo of Doshkin
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This store is an absolute gem. The clerk welcomed me and my friends warmly and offered full assistance with anything we needed. He knew exactly when to lend help and otherwise let us browse. If the three of us gathered in one section with puzzled faces searching for a particular beer, he would chime in and guide us toward the beer we sought. He gladly accepted our opinions about some of his new beers that he'd yet to try, while responding with some great reviews of his own about beers we questioned. This man's clean appearance, knowledge, friendliness, and enthusiasm weighed heavily on my fond thoughts about this store.

The store isn't huge, but for a store entirely dedicated to beer, it seemed the perfect size. Unfortunately, if my friend didn't know the location of the store I probably would have overlooked it on my own. The layout has a nice flow that allows one to naturally wander through each isle without interfering with other patrons' shopping experience. Everything was organized in a very logical sense. You can go to each section of beer and find a beer you love and right beside it will be all of its competitors. This makes it very easy to decide on new beers to try.

The atmosphere was professional, clean, and cheerful. I remember the music being exactly to my taste and I sang along to each song while basking in the glory of all sorts of beer. This really is a kid-in-a-candy-shop type of feeling - my friends and I were having a great time. We made a big detour in our travels that day to visit this store, so we didn't stay nearly as long as we would have liked. Still, we spent a solid half hour to 45 minutes and left feeling like we had unfinished business.

The selection included much more than I expected, having never heard of the place before my friend brought me there. I had a hard time weeding out exactly what I wanted because I could have easily dropped hundreds of dollars and been very pleased with the beer that would have gotten me. I ended up with great selection of beers that I haven't even seen before. The gentleman working was kind enough to bag all of the beer my friends and I purchased into re-usable beer/wine bags that I've used ever since.

Overall I'd have to say this is one of the best beer stores from which I've had the pleasure of purchasing. I can't stress enough how much I appreciated the perfect attention (or lack thereof, when appropriate) that the gentleman working gave us. I really wish this store was closer to where I lived so that I could visit every week. I would truly recommend this store for anyone who desires to buy some great brews while taking pleasure in the whole experience of simply being in the store.

Best of luck to this store and I hope to visit again soon!

Photo of slentz
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in at Berts Better Beers during a vacation to Franklin, NH. First thing I noticed when I walked in is that its very bright and the floor plan is well laid out. There is a huge 4 or 5 door 6 pack cooler as you walk in past the imperial stouts. To the left are more shelves of belgians, ipas, etc. All beers are sorted by style and have a card indicating color, food pairings, abv, etc. To the left is a huge 6-7? door cooler of singles from all over. Here and through out the store you can mix and match your own six pack. This is definitely one of the nicest bottle shops I have ever seen. I picked up some nice White Birch Wild Ale bottles along with some others. Bert and the other owner (sorry I forgot your name) were very informative and helped us along the way. They also have a decent selection of glassware. I wish they had some more "rarer" releases but the White Birch I picked up was actually pretty limited. All in all this is a great place for beer and if you are in the area you should definitely stop in. Thanks again guys!

Photo of jamescain
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I noticed while shopping here that some of their beers are a bit pricy. Its not too much of a concern for me since I'm usually visiting NH and I don't have a car so I wouldn't want to make my host drive me around to different beer places to save some money per beer, just an observation.

The first time I went there the store was relatively small, but they packed a lot in. The next year when I returned it had expanded into the space next door. Although the store was larger, it didn't seem like they offered too much more then they had before, just more space between the selves.

Their selection is vast and they carry many local beers and some glassware. The service depended on who was working. The first two times I went the person working was very nice and helpful, the second time he for some reason seemed suspicious of me. I'm not sure why I felt that way I just did, maybe because I had to look at all of the beers. It is slightly annoying that they arrange their beers by style instead of by brewery, so if I wanted to try say all of the smuttynose offering I would have to search throughout the entire store. Its a good beer store and easily the best in the area. If you live in Manchester I definitely recommend going, if you don't and you're just passing through the only reason to buy beer is because there is no tax but every surrounding state, with exception of Maine has a better selection then NH.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.49/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've decided to re-review this location as things have changed.

The selection is the reason for going to Bert's. They get everything that comes to NH. They have cellared vintages on top of the already impressive selection.

Atmosphere is standard for your beer store: Clean and well displayed. With the recent expansion there is now a ton of space which really helps during tastings. The only knock is I'm not a fan of how some of the beer is grouped by style rather than brewery. I can see how that would be helpful for a noob, but I like being able to see an entire breweries selection in one spot.

Service is pretty good. Bert is a very cool, knowledgeable, approachable guy and most of the staff is pretty friendly. However, there is one staff member (who shall remain nameless) who can be less than friendly.

I used to shop here a lot but I've all but stopped going because of one big reason: Price gouging. While I love having a huge selection, it's not necessary in NH. 99.9% I will take a slightly smaller selection with much cheaper prices than Bert's. It's getting to the point where everything is at least a dollar or 2 more than everywhere else, sometimes it's as extreme as $5 or $6 more a bottle! You lose my business when you get to that point.

NOTE: I put the quality so low because I believe pricing should be included in the rating. I simply don't care to shop at a place that has unfair pricing and think ratings should reflect that. After all, fairness is part of the better business model, no?

Photo of brewandbbq
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Bert and Ron have the best beer selection in the state of NH, and have had a serious influence on the increasing availability of craft beer in the state as well.

A new row of coolers and a massive expansion has really ramped up the inventory and will allow the ever-increasing influx of imports and micro's plenty of room to land.

Literally a minute of I93 in Hooksett, with easy-on, easy-off access ramps, Bert's is a no-brainer for anyone heading to the White mountains from points south if you want to save some cash on you favorite brews.

Photo of bilyboy65
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is fantastic. Bert greets you when you enter and is very inviting and knowledgeable. There aren't many beers in the shop that he hasn't tried, so would be a great resource for finding a new beer for a special occasion or as a gift. The first time I visited this place I suggested a beer registry for their website. He hasn't done anything with that yet, but maybe if more people ask for it. HINT HINT...WINK WINK.

The service is fantastic and the only thing that hurts this place is the NH laws about what can be sold and the organization. It doesn't seem to be in any particular order. Would be nice if it was by brewery or style. Also everything isn't marked with the price.

Great points is that everything is available as a single cold or room temp. They have very neat 6pack bags to carry everything home in. I don't think a beer is sold in NH that can't be found here.

Photo of ElGallo
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Finally got to visiting this place while in the Manachester area on business. It's a simple store front in a low-key, industrial-style strip mall. The shop is very inviting, and Bert came right over to greet me when I walked in.

Selection is very good, and luckily more and more labels are coming into NH each month, so it's getting better, though not nearly as good as Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

Bottles are arranged nicely, though the organization is a bit hard to figure out, so take a walk around to ensure you've seen everything. Prices are listed on most beers but not all. Singles in the coolers are a nice addition. In fact, that's what I like about this shop the most: everything here can be purchased as a single. I do wish, however, that the prices were in line with more NH bottle shops; the high prices kept my overall rating down.

Overall a great shop with excellent customer service and a fine selection of beer - and only beer :)

Photo of HopNuggets
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

I wish this place was around while I was in college at SNHU a few miles down the road. I finally made it in after they have been open for over a year.

Q - Quality of beer is solid! It's an all beer store so you don't have to worry about any other type of booze getting in your way.

S - Service makes this place! Bert is extremely knowledgable as well as the other workers. His facebook page is a great way for people to follow releases as he keeps it updated multiple times daily.

S - Selection is among the best in NH. He has all the specialty beers released in the state as well as some that other places many not have heard of. I have a feeling that local breweries find him and bring him brews to sell.

V - A bit high on prices but the selection makes up for it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Decided to check this place out after reading the reviews on here while I was in the area over the holiday.

A small store with a few mini-aisles and 5-6 fridges. A pretty good selection of New England beers. I made my own mix 6 of some Trout River, Sebago, Shipyard, and an offering from the relatively new Squam brewing company. A pretty impressive selection for the area, they were featuring Oskar Blues which just recently entered the NH market.

There were not a ton of high end, rare beers, but in my opinion that isn't a problem. The service was great and the guys working there were extremely friendly and helpful. They also have premade mix 6 packs usually featuring a different style.

I was hoping for some White Birch, but they only had one style (can't recall which one), and it was a little pricey so I passed.

Photo of akorsak
3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bert's Better Beers is located on the main drag in Hooksett. At night there are no signs, so you need to scour the strip mall in which it is located.

Quality: The store is cozy, just a few short aisles and a couple of coolers. But in that small space there is a lot of good beer. I counted three staff working within the small confines.

Service: I was there on a mission for White Birch, having just left the brewery. A gentleman that I can only surmise was the one and only Bert helped me as he was juggling many other shoppers.

Selection: A varied selection that is easy to please. White Birch? Only the barrel aged tripel. Other than that though, local New Hampshire and Maine beers, Sierra Nevada, Ommegang, Allagash. Six packs and singles are available, as are pre-made variety six packs that have topical themes (stouts, hoppy, etc.). A nice little store that also has a passport program to encourage trying new beers. Worth the stop.

Photo of WanderingFool
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Bert's Better Beers is conveniently located just off of Rt. 93. The store probably has the best selection of craft beers in NH and is definitely worth a visit when in the area.

On my recent first visit, my wife and I were greeted by Bert who went above and beyond the service I typically receive at a beer store. He asked what kind of beers we liked, told us what he had and even let us know his plans on expansion. He even mentioned how he personally calls brewers to ask about distributing their beers in NH. So far in 2010 he's got 25 new brewers in the state. Good job!

The selection of beers in the store is excellent. He's got local favorites of White Birches and Squam lake, plus many beers from larger brewers (Harpoon, Boston Beer, Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, Rouge, etc.). He also has a nice selection of imports including Brew Dog, Chimay and Weistephaner. The one thing he doesn't have in his store are macro beers. He is completely focused on the craft brewers.

The store is somewhat small and crowded, but his expansion should solve that problems. He also has very limited shelf space which is continuously stocked. So if you don't see the beer you're looking for ask to see if they have in out back.

I look forward to my next trip up north so I can visit Bert's and pick up some great beer.

Photo of Tortoisedr
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great place to find beer and talk about styles and options. Great selection, particularly considering what is available in NH. Many in cooler, more available warm. You are able to select a beer or a few, mix and match, get a variety to sample or a pile of your favorites. Very knowledgeable staff, friendly and helpful! Always willing to look around to find what you are looking for. Also ready to suggest a variety of your favorite styles. Veteran friendly, big plus! Must visit, I will be back again, and again...

Photo of jdhilt
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

Bert's is a small shop right on the left of Rt 3 as you are going North from I-93 exit 9. They are planning to take out the left wall and get enough space to double their selection from about 450 to 900!! Good selection now with local beer like White Birch and Squam. Harpoon with the Leviathan series, several Brewdogs including Tokyo* at 18.2% ABV, how did that get past the ABV cops (there's a NH rule: nothing above 12%)?? Several Dogfish - 60 Minute, 90 Minute, Midas etc. but NOT Bitches Brew - its a bad name and not allowed in NH.
Worth going out of your way, best selection I have seen in NH.

Photo of mrclog
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

This is by far the best beer store in the state of NH. The two guys who run the store know beer. The one female that works there does not know as much but she is very friendly and helpful.

They stock the best beers that are available in the state. They push single bottle buying and mixing 6 packs so you don't waste money buying 6 beers you may not like.

They have reasonable prices. Some beers are priced higher than other stores and some are priced lower. The good thing for them is I will be spending my money at Bert's because they know what they are talking about and are very passionate about beer.

This store is a must if you like beer and are in the area.

Photo of NEhophead
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

A bit hard to find as this store is tucked away in a shopping plaza in little Hooksett.

Although I don't live in New Hampshire, I am familiar with their distribution limitations. That being said, Bert's is commited to carrying the best of what is available. Because of that commitment, this is by far the best selection of good quality brews in the state of NH; sorry if that only translates to a '4.0' for selection.

Offerings include a full line of Rogue, Chimay, Maredsous, Victory, Allagash (four, curieux, black, etc.), Smuttynose, Boulder Beer, Brew Dog, and many more. Although some of these are 'standard' in some NH stores, it is the 'select' offerings from these breweries that makes Bert's selection impressive (e.g., Rogue's XS Scotch, Double Mocha Porter, Double Chocolate Stout, XS Imperial, XS St. Rogue Red, Smutanator, Boulder's Obovoid, etc.).

On a final note, the owner is very friendly, knows what he is talking about, and displays a true advocacy to craft beer.

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I heard about Bert's Better Beers for awhile but never made an effort to shop there. I pretty much shop out of state due to NH's absurd label laws which sadly hold down the craft beer market here.

However while attending my sons Cross Country meet this weekend I decided since I was in the area why not stop in and peruse the shelves for some goodies.

My first impression was WOW, look how clean this place is. I mean spottless. The shelves, coolers, tables all neatly stocked with the nectar of the gods. As the name implies "better beers" so if your in the market for BMC look elsewhere.

The selection was by far the best I've seen in the state. A solid list of local beers can be found here from Maine, NH and Vermont. I was particularly surprised by the various Maine beers available. That being said if your looking for a vast selection of "Big Beers" you may be disappointed. But again that's due to NH's ridiculous label laws and not the fault of the store.

As a first time customer I received a Bert's Beer bag and a formal introduction from Ron (co-owner) and a tour through the store. The customer service from start to finish was flawless. The beer prices were pretty good too.

You can visit there website for more information (www.bertsbetterbeers.com) It has information on store hours, beer list, tasting events and so on.

**Update 7/28/11
What's up with the prices here!? Holyshit, finally we're starting to get great beer in the State but what's up with the price gouging, I feel like I'm buying Patriots or NASCAR tickets on-line. Maybe Bert you should do some price comparisons within the State and get in-line with your competitors.

Photo of Kinsman
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%

As far as beer store in New Hampshire go, Berts is just about the best you can get. This state has some tough label laws and not the best craft market, so understandably there are a lot of breweries that just don't bother distributing here. However, not including BMC, if it can be sold here you can pretty much be sure Berts will have it.

The first time you visit it, Bert is more than happy to introduce himself and talk beer with you. Walking into the store, its hard to believe it is a beer store. It's always clean, well organized and easy to find what you are looking for. Plus, with your first purchase they give you a reusable beer shopping bag that can fit 6 750ml bottles.

Price is on par with most other stores and the individual bottle prices are more than reasonable.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

This is a very good beer store. If you're reviewing it based only on what they are able to get in the state of New Hampshire it's probably a straight 5 across the board, but, NH does not allow for the 'bigger' beers. If you're an out of state BA visiting NH this would be the place to go (it's located at a conveninet on-off from I-93) but do not expect to find the bredth of selection you may have at your favorite local.

They stock local beers (White Birch) and a good number of Maine and Vt beers as well. The stock is not limited to local or domestic craft beer but is certainly a highlight.

The staff is knowledgable about their products and they keep the store well lit, well stocked, very clean and generally with new products or tastings so that their customers have a chance to sample quality beer.

Photo of grogane
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

After moving to NH a few weeks ago, I was beginning to get a little frustrated with the grocery store being the only place to buy any decent, but not particularly interesting, beers. Although I had to drive an hour to get to Bert's, it was worth the trip. First, Bert was in the store, and his enthusiasm and knowledge were readily apparent. Selection was good- the White Birch offerings are obviously special, but there were also some interesting bottles from the Woodstock Inn that I had been looking forward to trying. Rounded out a mix six with some Unibrous. Looking forward to taking advantage of a large selection of interesting stouts and porters when the weather gets cooler. My only complaint is that some brewers were represented by a few, but not all, of their beers, and the ones that seemed to be missing were the ones I wanted (example: had Abita Turbodog and Purple Haze in stock, but I really wanted the Restoration Ale or Strawberry); however, Bert explained that this had to do with NH regulations, rather than his own personal preferences. That will take some getting used to, but can't fault him. If this place was closer to my house, I'd be there every week, but for now it will have to be a destination store where I stock up on special stuff every now and then.

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Bert's Better Beers in Hooksett, NH
99 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.