The Warren Store
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.78/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A very nice drive from Waterbury. Cute store with the infamous Lawson's beer. The store is so Vermont. Nice little seating area with coffee and baked goods. Nice looking deli selection. Some nice local offerings of trail mix, merchandise, wine etc. The coffee was delicious. But we are here for Lawson's. It is Thursday morning at 10 am. The beer is not here as we arrive, and there are various individuals milling about the store, are they here for beer? Yes they are.
The Lawson's starts rolling in at 10:10 or so on a hand truck from the back. The store clerk is right on it. Passing out the beer with the four bottle limit per person. Up to the register to check out. Nice people, friendly, especially considering we are really just there for the beer. A very positive experience.
10-27-2013 20:32:23 | More by rikatine
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$
This was the first of several planned stops on a recent weekend venture into The Land Of Great New England Beer, aka the homes of The Alchemist, Lawson's and Hill Farmstead. The Warren Store is supposed to be one of only two main venues where Lawson's is regularly available.
A wonderful two story Victorian building with double wraparound porches, and an outdoor eating area at the edge of a solid stone chasm with a stream at the bottom. Worth visiting even if you have zero interest in craft beer, just for the setting and architecture.
Big fairly bright interior with wine on the right and various sundries on the left, deli food counter beyond on the left and old wooden-framed coolers for beer towards the back right which I naturally made a beeline for. Small display of sixpacks and bombers opposite the coolers.
As you know if you are an experienced New England BA, Lawson's is delivered on Thursdays and is usually gone by Friday afternoon. We arrived Saturday afternoon. Bought 2011 Pannepot, 2013 Sculpin sixpack and Grassroots (a Hill Farmstead collaboration) Arctic Saison at good prices as a consolation.
Young stock clerk was very helpful in assuring me that they were out of anything Lawson's while cheerfully volunteering alternatives. Checkout clerk seemed to be either the store manager or an owner. Both were pleasant and engaging.
Loved this place, but when I go back I have to make it a Thursday. (I had hoped to hit the Waitsfield Farmers Market for Lawsons when the family set up there Sept. 21, but had company that weekend and could not go.)
Fortunately we were able to do dinner at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury an hour or so later, so I still got to at least taste Lawson's Double Sunshine and also Maple Wheat.
09-23-2013 18:01:18 | More by scotorum
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
SO recently visited the infamous Warren Store on 7/25/13. We went here with on thing on mind. Lawson's. So the store is awesome. Looks like your typical vintage Vermont store and loaded with goodies. Lots and lots of wine for sale in the front of the store. We were directed to the back of the store where the deli was (the beer is located here) Well they had the Lawson's release for that week (was delivered that day) Also had a nice little small selection of other great beers too.
07-30-2013 22:49:05 | More by thampel09
4.22/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Okay, I need to break down some of these numbers.
The Warren Store is off the beaten track. In fact, the were repaving much of VT 100 today when I went, so a lot of the trip ended up being on dirt roads. But once I found it, I kind of couldn't believe that such a place, in such a location, could have some of the most highly sought after brews in the world. However, it's pretty clear that Heady and Lawson's just kind of fell into their laps, but kudos to the Warren Store for not making a bigger deal out of it. Their selection isn't too reaching. So as with all of the below reviews, the selection receives a "4" based almost entirely on the fact that they carry Lawson's and Heady.
However, I did get some other good stuff besides Heady: a bottle of Seizoen Bretta, a 2011 Pannepot, and two Jack's Abby beers (including the Lawson's collab); they also had Stone Espresso RIS and a couple of sours, so the selection was definitely not a waste of time. The prices were completely reasonable too, especially for the vintage Pannepot (only $6).
The store itself is a neat little destination: hardwood floors, definitely an old-timey feeling country store, a lot of disorganization, a deli in the back, totally charming. The guy working there apologized profusely for having sold out of Lawson's (three hours after they made the delivery), but he recommended another local brew (which I didn't buy) and the Jack's Abby/Lawson's collab (which I did). Nice man, very informative. They receive Heady on Tuesdays, I'm not sure if that's been recently posted on this site, so FYI. Also, they still had Heady today (a case + four four packs), so it seems to last for at least a day or two.
All in all, the Warren Store isn't worth the 1.5 hour journey if you can't get Lawson's or Heady, but if you're in the area, even if it's not a Thursday or a Tuesday, it's worth a look in. I enjoyed my time there and will be trying for Lawson's again in the coming weeks.
07-12-2013 01:06:49 | More by JamesShoemaker
2.79/5 rDev -33.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | $$
Made a pilgrimage here from The Alchemist in search of some Lawson's beer. A few things about this place. Its like a country store & restaurant in one. Didn't eat there, but looks like a quaint place to get a bite--there is a creek right outside that would be nice to sit next to and eat or enjoy a beer.
First off, the Warren Store sells Lawson's-- so its the place to go!
1) When Lawson's says they deliver on Thursday's, go on Thursday. Don't drive there any other day hoping to find it. The people there told me it sells out in a matter of hours on delivery day.
2) General beer selection there is pretty poor. I mean they have a few other Vermont beers, but its not a selection worth driving out of the way for. I want to say 12-15 beers tops.
3) It was on my way back to NJ to avoid taking I-89 through NYC, but being that its a bit off the beaten path, you should really call ahead of time (even on Thursday).
Your best bet for Lawson's at this point in time if you can't get to Warren on delivery day, is to try it on tap at places in VT or at a venue like the ACBF in Boston.
07-02-2013 14:05:12 | More by TriggerFingers
4.73/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
The Warren Store is a solid one hour drive from my house, and though I've made the solo trek a number of times, I really enjoy bringing my wife and son there because it is such a great place to visit
Pure Vermont, this is the epitome of a Country Store: the smells, the sights, the locals. The gentlemen that greet me every time I go are friendly and fun to talk to. Really nice place to sit down and have a meal also (the roast turkey reuben was hefty and delicious).
While their beer selection is limited to the size of the small cooler, they have what I'm looking for. Fun store to visit and super nice folks!
04-26-2013 02:24:48 | More by Hendry
4.16/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My first stop on my recent Vermont trip. GPS got me a tad lost, it thought this place was a trailer, once I figured out what went wrong I went down the road about a mile and found the actual store.
Upon entering I was a bit overwhelmed, there is a TON of stuff packed into this small place. I checked out the front area and upstairs first because I knew once I made it to the beer I would be done for. Lots of different baked goods and treats scattered around the area, I picked up a few for later in my trip. Lots of different clothes upstairs, I almost bought a hat but they didn't have one that would fit my giant head.
Service was good. I talked to a few of the workers about the shop and the beer and they knew quite a bit about it all. Selection is a little limited but what they have is quite a bit of Lawson's and since that is the reason all of us stop there that is plenty for me. I picked up a few bottles and got a Lawson's glass to go along with them. I didn't try the food but it looked really good, I will definitely try it next time.
Overall a really cool store that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.
10-23-2012 20:06:48 | More by orangesol
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Warren Store is a rustic little place out in the middle of nowhere essentially, but as I neared it in the quiet town of Warren, I was surprised at how bustling it was. It sits right on the cusp of a creek, and its construct is a little slice of Americana. They sell all sorts of trinkets and crafts, and of course, they have a good selection of beer available, including goods from Lawson's and Alchemist (this includes glassware). Choices are limited, as it is a small space, but you're probably here for Lawson's, so you can't complain. There is a deli and other local food selections for take-out or dine-in; as for the latter option, there is a small indoor seating area and a patio. I haven't sampled any of the food, but of course it looked pretty good.
This is a beer destination due to the availability of Lawson's, so obviously if you're coming to VT for a beer haul, you'll want to come here. It's been said before: call in advance for availability.
10-10-2012 07:43:44 | More by Rifugium
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Have stopped here often while going to Waitsfield, Bristol, or points nearby.... Hit it again on 01Sep12, to see what was available...
Place is a large, wooden, white building set just adjacent to a small creek carving a gorge through the hills... Enter to a maze-like mish-mash of foodstuffs, clothing, souvenirs and esoterica... Aisles are narrow and crammed with goods in this rustic, days-gone-by setting. A bit further through and to the left is a popular deli, and the fridge opposite holds what many seek - Lawsons, as well as other local brews, plus some assorted crafts from further afield. There were 4 Lawsons bottles left when I came in; turned my head and only 2 remained, which soon ended up in my possession. The prices are decent, overall, though I think Lawsons are overpriced, based mainly on their tickerifity. The staff here is friendly and helpful, though they usually have their hands full. Even without Lawsons, this is a cool little piece of old-time Americana in the heart of Vermont.
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
09-05-2012 13:20:21 | More by Bierman9
The Warren Store in Warren, VT
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