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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I never expected to have one of the best beer-shopping experiences of my life in Lenox, Massachusetts, of all places. But here it happened.
After finding a listing for this place on BA and driving by it, I also found out that the motel we were staying at is barely 300 yards away. Sweet! We go in and there is one long, narrow aisle for beer. But what an aisle!!
Ton of Mikkeller, including the entire single-hop collection and barrel-aged black hole plus the elusive 1,000 IBU. Evil Twin, Nogne and other Scandinavians; Harvest Ale, Le Cocq Stout '08, Baladin.
Check out the amazing Belgian stuff, from Rodenbach and St Bernardus to obscure sours like Gueuze Tilquin and the De Proef collaborations with Terrapin and Sly Fox.
From the US, beers I have never or rarely seen in the East Coast like Boulevard, Lost Coast (Deliverance, finally a good one), Port Brewing. Also: Founders Devil Dancer, Firestone Parabola, Middle Ages Druid Fluid and locals from White Birch, Cisco and Pretty Things.
Probably my favorite thing was finding a reasonably-priced 4-pack of Dark Horse Plead the 5th. Do I love that stout! And how earth did it make its way to Massachusetts??
Besides all this, the store is large enough to hold a huge selection of wine and selection, as well as great cheeses and charcuterie. But probably the best of it all was the beer nerd that came around offering help. He knew his stuff like nothing else and was clearly proud of working there (unlike many a beer store employee I've come across in my travels).
We chatted for a while, I spent a little fortune and left happy. The wine-beer-and-cheese party with the wife at the motel down the road was nothing short of memorable.
10-03-2011 03:58:35 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I popped into this store mostly focused on wine, as the name should lead anyone to understand, while on an afternoon drive through the Berkshires.
The store is laid out fairly well and its`overall quality is higher than most of its` peers. Once you come across the beer, you will see plenty of MA brewers like Clown Shoes, Element, Jack`s Abby, etc. Quite a bit of beer from other parts of the country and the rest of the world too. And when you are done choosing the beer, they have some nice cheese that you can buy as well and of course wine and liquor.
The staff was helpful and friendly, although not too aware of the craft beer world, no biggie. Prices were fair for the area. Would recommend stopping in for anyone in the area.
07-26-2012 01:22:25 | More by mltobin
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I stopped in here while on vacation last week with the family for supplies. Right on the main drag into Lenox this store sits up on a little hill in the back side of the building. Small in size, but packed with lots of beery goodness this shop did not lack in volume of product. I chatted the beer guy up and manged to obtain a Founders Mango Magnifico that I was unable to find in my locale. Large selection of warm bottles in the isle opposite the 8 door beer cooler. Some nice Belgian and imports are represented as well as some great domestics. Service was pretty great, I'm sure if I talked a bit more I could have found some more backroom goodies, but I was after all with my family. Pricing was a bit high even for a MA establishment, but I would imagine that is expected in the Berkshires. I'm glad I stopped and would not hesitate to shop there again if I find myself in the area.
08-18-2013 22:15:14 | More by johnnnniee
4.11/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Wife was out of town and no grandkids to hang with, so I had a free day to take a beer expedition. Saw this place rated well on BA and sought it out along with Kelly's in Dalton.
Nice medium sized gourmet store with lots of good-looking food in front, liquor and wine behind and a long aisle of beer along the right side, half coolers and half shelf space. Great selection of Belgian and other European brands, US bombers well represented too, and in the coolers some good four and sixpacks.
Very pleasant checkout clerk, a nice friendly ambience here. Just perhaps a little pricey unless you want to go for the quantity discount, which many other stores have. If I lived around here I'd definitely be visiting often.
09-11-2013 18:36:12 | More by scotorum
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Thank God for the pervious reviews on BA or I would have never found this gem. I was drinking some Founders Double Trouble down the road at Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA. and want to find a quality beer store in the area. After finding some great reviews of Nejaime's I made my way up RT 7. I wasn't disappointed who would have knowing behind all the quality wines and liquor would be the beer isle from heaven.
Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale, Avery Mephistophetes, Founders Devil Dancer mixed in with some many other regional beers it was hard to choose which style I wanted to go with. None the less I couldn't decide so I bought quite a few hard to find in NY beers.
The cheese and meat selection was incredible as I grabbed some Serrano ham and Old Chatham Sheepherding cheese.
If you are in the Berkshire this is a must stop for serious beer drinkers.
02-19-2012 01:32:34 | More by shueyy
4.15/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dropped in on a visit to the Berkshires. Good selection of locals (e.g., Wachusett, People's Pint, Barrington). Decent overall selection of domestics (macro well represented - but some good micros including Bear Republic, Stone, Left Hand). Short on Belgians/Belgian Style - but you can surely find something along those lines (Flying Dog Raging Bitch, St. Bernardus Abt 12).
Very helpful/knowledgeable staff - offering a tasting of Vertical Epic 10/10/10 while I was there.
Nice selection of wines, cheese and crackers as well.
11-17-2010 00:27:04 | More by rbastone
5/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow! I can't believe this place is in Lenox but I am sure glad work causes me to go by this gem at least once a week. Store is set up really well. They had some nice looking cheeses and meats that I didn't really get to interested in but the store smelled good and they all looked good. Extensive Wine and liquor selection as well. Picked up a bottle of Ardbeg Alligator for a friend while there. Anyway, I really went for the beer and boy was I stoked by the selection.
I walked out with a 2007 Drie Fontenien Oude Kriek, some Beer Here, Nebraska, Evil Twin, Lost Abbey Deliverance, Amager Bryghus, De Proef and HaandBryggeriet.
Things I saw but didn't buy: Tons of Mikkeller, De Struisse, Stillwaters, Anchorage, Brooklyn Black Ops, Founders Devil Dancer, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Belgians, American Micro's and tons of other great stuff.
Talk about service too. I spoke with the beer manager Sean for 30 minutes about beer. He really knows his stuff, does a great job ordering a good selection and was very personable. Gave me his card and I will definitely be going back. Hopefully those of you that read this think it's too far to make a trip but I'll tell you it's worth it. Just don't pilfer all the goodies because i'd like to go back in a few weeks and spend another $100+.
01-13-2012 00:04:30 | More by polishkaz
4.35/5 rDev -2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I live near this store and go there 3 times per week on average. The selection is excellent and is the best you're going to find in far western MA (Berkshire county). The prices are in line with what you'd find at Table & Vine, and better than what you'd find anywhere in the Albany area, so I find them to be reasonable. The craft IPAs there are likely to be fresher than what you'd find at some of the competing stores in the area, so I find that to be a very big plus. The beer manager is also friendly and very knowledgeable about the beers and is eager to tell you what's new and make suggestions. My only complaint would be that the wine in the store takes up too many aisles. The beer "space" is very cramped compared to the wine spaces and it's a little difficult to scan the offerings when there are more than 1 or 2 people in the space.
10-06-2010 15:46:52 | More by Beercub
Spirited in Lenox, MA
96 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.