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Harvest Wines & Spirits

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Harvest Wines & SpiritsHarvest Wines & Spirits
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42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
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842 Farmington Ave
West Hartford, Connecticut, 06119-1511
United States
phone: (860) 906-1623

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @harvestfinewine

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Place added by: ianmhall on 03-11-2010

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by DanE:
Photo of DanE
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is a gem. Reviews about Ian, the owner, are in no way exaggerating. The vibe is very laid back. Good music abounds you as you first walk in. The selection is as great as it gets in CT. Great selection of east coast and west coast varieties. Nice rarities and beers for special occasions. Anything you see on the shelves is for purchase. The prices are very reasonable. You will not be gauged. It isn't exactly organized but that's ok because it gets you to walk around, explore, and hang out. A place for either your favorite session beer or your unique treasure. I highly, highly recommend this place. But only those that...RESPECT BEER.

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Photo of redhook
3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Based on all the good reviews, had to check Harvest out. What gives? It is convenient but it very cramped, disorganized and kinda dirty. Guy behind counter was nice and seemed to know his stuff. Selection was good but not great. I would go back if driving by but not a destination store.












for this store. Good selection but cramped and kind of dirty.

Photo of AaronF
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great staff willing to help and give suggestions. Has turned into my go to spot. Nice sour selection. Gets as good a distribution as anyone in Hartford County. Yes small space and can be a little disorganized but you need to browse a little.

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Found this spot by accident. Excellent spot for craft beer, with knowledgeable workers. Small and cozy.

Plenty of selection from all over, including a number of aged Belgians. Large Beer Cave: a walk-in cooler with plenty of chilled 12-packs and 6-packs of craft beer.

Definitely recommend hitting up this spot if you're in the Hartford area and looking for a place to buy some good beer.

Photo of grahuba
3.86/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Small place, kind of disorganized. Helpful friendly owner. Not a huge selection.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

Down the road from the Half Door pub, Harvest Wine is a small and crowded booze store.

There are cases of beer and wine and bottles everywhere! Not very organized… I saw a bunch of dusty bombers, but the cooler with single bottles as you enter to your left across from the register is neat. Some good options there (I went for an Evil Twin barleywine).

Weyerbacher, Victory, Hebrew, Allagash, Southern Tier and Cambridge Brewing were among the brands I saw, but nothing rare or exceptional. They do have a shelf behind the register with awe-inspiring stuff like Utopias, but that is mostly for drooling purposes. Nice, super helpful guys. Give it a try, they deserve some business.

Photo of jrep21pr
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I moved to the Hartford area in March and found this small little store a month later. Is definitely my favorite store in CT I like the selection that they have in stock even though there were a quite few that were missing but I was able to find at other stores in the New Haven area. But overall is a great store staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.

Photo of VictorWisc
4.87/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I decided to check out the two top-rated stores on a trip to Hartford. This was one of them. The selection is quite good, if a bit uneven. Some rare sightings here, but also big gaps in coverage (available at other CT stores, so it's not a question of distribution). Prices very uneven. Some appear to be quite good or comparable to the better stores in the area. Others are 20-25% higher for no apparent reason. The guy behind the counter claimed to have had some rarities in ample supply when they came out, unlike other locals who barely got 1 case or less. Of course, that does not mean that they lasted long, but this still would be the place to look for rare releases or to sign up in advance.

The store is a bit cramped with beer spread out over four different areas, including a walk-in cooler. Wine is distributed in a completely unpredictable manner, but feels a bit like a cellar, which saves it from a downgrade. The guy behind the counter looks like Todd and knows his beer. And the place is known locally for sure -- the few customers that I encountered in the store came for the real stuff, not BMC. Definitely seems to be a go-to local spot, but if you're driving, there may be a couple of other stores to check out.

Photo of Chegui
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the place to go if you're in the Hartford/West Hartford area. These guys know their stuff and can get you something if not available on site. I come here at least 2 - 3 times a week. I love this place. Pay them a visit, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of yeti123
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The guys who work here are great, they're super knowledgeable and friendly and are always willing to chat. They have a great selection of beers and pretty good prices. They are always on top of the newest releases and willingly accommodate special orders.

Photo of BeerDude203
3.63/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Nice neighborhood shop tucked away in the middle of West Hartford off Farmington ave. Good feel and vibe. Some nice wines but seems to be a more beer centric shop. Kind of unorganized with beer being all over the place with no real meaningful set up. Not much product has pricing on it which makes it annoying to ask each time what a particular beer costs. The guy at the counter seemed pretty nice and helpful. In the back is a walk-in cooler with cold 6 packs and cases. A recommended spot to check out with a good selection.

Photo of shigg85
4.73/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I frequent this place whenever i'm in or around Hartford. The staff really makes this place worth it -- very eccentric and passionate about beer, totally up to give you recommendations and warnings, knowledgeable and friendly. The beer selection is top-notch stuff, but a bit limited, possibly due to the size of the store. Stuff is also very much hidden sometimes behind other bottles/labels (but for me, that makes it kind of like a treasure hunt!) I found a 2007 Avery Mephistopheles' Stout sitting on the shelf here a month ago; I bought a Lava Stout today and a Procrastinator Ale, so they definitely have rarities and quality brews. Overall, I highly recommend this shop if you are in the Hartford area! You will NOT be disappointed!

Photo of BrewDocCT
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Harvest is a boutique style beer and wine store near the Hartford/west Hartford line. It's small but selection-wise really can't be beat in the area.

The beer cave is filled to the brim with quality 6 packs from all the major players and locals. They also have a nice selection of bombers, and a couple areas dedicated to imports you won't find in other CT package stores.

The service is very personal and helpful. they'll give you an honest opinion of what customers have liked, not liked.

One minor complaint is that prices aren't marked for everything and I'm a cost conscious beer shopper. I think they have a price list, but I find myself asking once per visit what something costs.

Otherwise, harvest is worth a trip.

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by on a 2 day trip just to try and grab some things I can't get around me on Long Island. The man working there knew a good amount about beer, and seemed very nice. When you first walk in, there are a few fridges that have cold single beers. Towards the back they have all kinds of craft brews and a refrigerated room to keep a lot of craft beers and regs (bud, coors, etc) cold. Also behind the counter there are some rare treats if you keep an eye out. It was a little disorganized, you really have to look through everything, even the wine section to find the beers you want. For example I found some Stillwaters in 3 different places.

All in all a good selection but they really need to work on their organization.

Photo of winklebrau
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped in at Harvest tonight for my first time to check out a beer tasting even that was going on. The staff was very knowledgeable about beer and very friendly. The store is small in square footage but full of great craft beers. In the front they have a cooler full of singles. There are racks and shelves full of single bottles dispersed throughout the store and in the back they have a cooler called a "beer cave" that is full of 6 packs and 12 packs. They have a great selection of 6 packs including Anchor Steam, various local breweries and some imports as well. The friendly staff even gave me a few beer chalices for free when I inquired about glassware. I highly recommend this store to anyone in the Hartford area looking for great service and great selection.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Harvest is a very welcome addition to the area.

Ian is helpful, knowledgable, and very friendly.

The shop is very welcoming, like a boutique setting without the attitude. The interior has a great character that makes a visit much more enjoyable than all the sterile, industrial, big-box-booze supermarkets.

Ian was also instantly able to order some beer for me that every other store in the area told me they "couldn't get" (or didn't want to take the effort to get.)

Good luck Ian on your new shop!

Photo of hnthere
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

A great find and I never would have thought to go in if not for the fact that it's so close to home. It looks like an ordinary neighborhood liquor store from the street, but the "beer cave" sign in a window is a clue that there is more inside. The beer cave is less impressive than it sounds, but I still can't get over the variety & knowledgeable service in a store that looks like that. Someone else suggested taps & growlers and that would put it over the top, but maybe they need to build up their customer base first. I hope they do. As for price, it's competitive with the big, discount places.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

I'm not sure when the store opened but scoped it out last month and will be a regular from now on. I moved to West Hartford a little over a year ago. Unfortunately the beer store scene in WH kinda sucks balls, the wine selections are covered but beer not so much.

It's a small place off of Farmington Ave, on the left just past the Troutbrook intersection if you re heading toward Hartford.

Nice cooler in front full of some impressive singles. They always have rare and new releases right at the counter and up-front so you don't have to scour the floor for them. A couple shelves of wine & booze. They have a large walk-in cooler full of regulars, seasonals, 6 and 12 packs.

I have only met Ian, he seems like a pretty cool guy who knows his stuff and is eager to hear feedback on the store's selection and beer recommendations.

Harvest will be my go-to-move as long s I am living in West Hartford.

Cheers!

Photo of CTHopHeadMan
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This place is a nice find. I made my first of many visits to come yesterday. The owner knows his beer and enjoys talking about various hard to find and high quality beers. They have a large selection of singles that you can build a six pack with and save 10% off of the total. The price is reasonable in relation to the quality of the beer. They have a walk in cooler called the beer cave that holds a large selection of cold six packs. I'm sure if there is something you can't find, the owner would order it if available.

Photo of loftisCT
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This is the best beer store I have ever been to. This store really goes out of its way to cater to people who really love craft beer. The guy behind the counter (he's almost always there) really does love good beer. He won't give you stupid lines (like as soon as you look at ruination saying "that shit is crazy"),he'll just be happy to discuss beers with you or give advice if you need it. There selection is awsome. They may not have every selection by larger breweries like magic hat but they have almost anything a craft beer lover could want that is aivalable in CT. They have some stuff that is harder to come by like cantillon, stillwater, and a some mikkeller and brewdog beers. There is a fridge with singles (very good selection) where you can mix a sixer and get 10% off the price. You would think being a smaller store their prices would be expensive but they are generally on par or lower than prices I see in CT. Titan is 11, Ruination is 17, both atleast a dollar lower than I see in the larger stores.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

This hidden oyster in CT that has just opened up. Great selection, service and well maintained. I wish Ian and his partner the best of luck with this place.

Now the beer details. A large cooler of singles greets you when you first step in. Just about every thing is price labeled and some descriptions are posted. Lots if north east brews with a nice complement to just about every where else in the USA. As of yesterday there still some neb Ghandi Bot left. I picked up a four pack. There was a few nice lambics. Notably a cantillion bottle was there. On the counter was a new mikeller offering and about 10 "October" fest beers. Wow! And then there's the beer cave with cases and growlers. BBC and Burnside.
Some suggestions would be maby some posted specials, mix a 6 discount, advertise beer samplings. I buy singles all the time when available.
Check Harvest see what you think. Oh and if you want somthing, Ian said just ask, he'll try his best to get it.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

I'm an Upstate NY transplant (Syracuse to be exact)...so take this review with a grain of salt. I understand the CT market isn't as saturated as CNY in terms of variety, but this place was a very pleasant surprise. I've been to CT Beverage Mart and Manchester Wine & Liquors in my short stay in Hartford thus far and they were underwhelming to say the least. Harvest, although they're smaller, make up with service and class. I walked in on a random Thursday early afternoon in hopes to find some Gandhi Bot and the second I stepped foot inside the man working asked how I was doing and if I was looking for anything in particular. I right away told him Gandhi Bot and out of the corner of my eye I saw a few stray cans on the counter top so I was pretty optimistic. Luckily he had some 4-packs stashed out back and I gladly asked for two of them. The store itself is a bit cramped but I have no problem with that as long as I'm not walking on top of bottles, boxes, people, etc...They have a walk in "Beer Cave" for twelve/six packs and in front there are a few coolers for chilled singles which is a huge bonus. Ian also mentioned they plan on adding a few more coolers for singles which is definitely a plus because I'm pretty sure you don't see cold singles anywhere in the Hartford area. Young store with huge potential. One possible suggestion? With your future plans of more coolers...maybe look into getting a couple tap lines for growler fills. I understand space may be an issue, but it's just a thought. Highly recommended, I look forward to revisiting soon!

Photo of cookincal3
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Harvest is a welcome addition to our neighborhood. From my first visit I was invited to give suggestions of beers I would like to see on the shelves. Huge cooler (the beer cave) that houses lots of cold selections. With tastings every week and probably the best beer selection in a small neighborhood store you can't go wrong here! Have recently picked up Southern Tier Imperial IPA and Lagunitas A little sumpin ale, both of which are on the A list for our household now! Keep up the good work and great selections. Maybe add a beer club or frequent buyer club for those of us who visit often?

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Harvest Wines & Spirits in West Hartford, CT
99 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.