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Sonoma Wines & Spirits

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
[ Store ]

30 Welles St
Glastonbury, Connecticut, 06033-4232
United States
phone: (860) 633-2254

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(Place added by: Leftfield00 on 03-11-2010)
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Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

On the upscale side of the beer world, beer, wine and booze place in the middle of several shopping malls. Respectable beer selection is located towards the rear as you enter on several shelving units and a cooler or two.

Burnside and Opa Opa growler selections are always a nice option, even though they seem to enjoy a solid distribution in the general area. Also choices from Stone, Ommegang, DogFish Head, Victory. Add in the typical locals, a smattering of quality Belgian, British, and German imports and you have a place thats while not being anything spectacular, is fairly solid and worthy of a visit. You will find ample BA quality brew, service was friendly and knowledgable, prices a bit high, but prolly reasonable for the area.

To the first reviewer...all Fives?...really?

Billolick, Jan 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of BuzzedCT
4.96/5  rDev +14.8%

BuzzedCT, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Casterbridge, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of DJScottJ
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%

I love this store. Great for most beer needs, but lacks some of the rarer beers. The service is always steller. I always order a craft keg from them for parties and they can get it in the door in less than a week. If you don't see something in the store, just ask and they can special order most things as long as their distributer carries them.

DJScottJ, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of jbhollis1180
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ScottieD
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ScottieD, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Newbiebeer
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%

I'm a local but other places usually get my business until recently. My usual spots have been dissapointing. I went in here looking for 2 things. Brooklyn Black Ops and whatever BCBS variant they hopefully had. I go in and ask about Black Ops. He hands me over the last bottle. I ask about some BC variants. He pulls out a 4 back of BCBBW. I took both and was in and out in a minute. That's what I like. I'll be back.

Newbiebeer, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of MJSawyer
4/5  rDev -7.4%

MJSawyer, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
5/5  rDev +15.7%

This is my go-to package store in my home town, I don't go anywhere else.

Sonoma has the best beer selection on Glastonbury hands down. They have a knack for getting in rare and hard to find stuff as well. They just started expanding their beer selection as well which helps them because their location isn't in a huge space., so things can only get better. They maintain a good balance of imported and domestic brews, with a sizable selection of bombers and large bottles along with a good selection of individual 12ozs for sale, with even more selection in the walk-in beer cave.

The atmosphere is nice and relaxed; it's not an intimating place to step into unlike some other stores in town. Plus they also seem to always have good music playing faintly in the background. The staff is always super friendly and quite knowledgeable about everything on their shelves. They are also good at giving recommendations for customers. Another plus is that they can place purchase limits on certain hard to get brews, so when a rarer beer arrives in store, one person can't just come in and clean out the stock, which I have seen at other stores around town.

Aside from beer, they have a quite good wine and spirit selection, to which the staff equally as knowledgable about. Prices for everything are on par with the Glastonbury area, and can be cheaper than in other similar towns (West Hartford, Avon, etc..).

If you're a beer advocate and want the best craft beer selection with the best staff in the Glastonbury area, go to Sonoma.

KelsoSaaz, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of gdkersey
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%

There are a few liquor stores in the Glastonbury/Manchester area that have decent to good beer selections, but Sonoma is where I frequent most often when visiting family or friends in Glastonbury.

The selection they have can't be compared to something like Julio's in MA or Manchester Wine & Liquors, as it's a much smaller store; however the quality of their selection is awesome, they always have a good mix of styles and domestic/international breweries. The have a nice selection of bombers and 750mL bottles at the front of the store, but they also keep a large majority of these bottles cold either in the walk-in or the big fridge at the rear of the store. They even keep some 12 oz gems in the rear cooler (including some De Dolle Stille Nacht a few months ago).

The service is always friendly, and there is a guy (who I'm assuming is the beer manager) who is always willing to talk about what they've recently got in and help pick something out for those who aren't sure what they're looking for. From what I can tell, they are also super knowledgeable about wine and have a quality selection.

Prices are on par with the area, and in some cases cheaper than what I can find in Boston (a plus when visiting). Definitely recommended for people in the area looking for craft brews.

gdkersey, Oct 17, 2011
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Sonoma Wines & Spirits in Glastonbury, CT
93 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.