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Gary's Beverages

Gary's BeveragesGary's Beverages
BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 7.86%
$ - inexpensive


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165 Deer St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3905
United States
phone: (603) 436-5854

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11millsown113

New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

gary's has a decent selection of microbrews both in six packs and bombers. dont expect to get any help or enjoy the atmosphere at all. they pretty much supply the product for sale and not much more. they give an honest price imo and have good beer. i go here when i want a decent beer but don't feel like going far for it. they also sell kegs and have a massive beverage selection of not just beer.

overall, its a good place to go and get beer if you know the beers and don't feel like getting into a conversation with anyone. get it, get beer, get out.

12-22-2011 20:37:17 | More by 11millsown113
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rbowser

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

Gary's as many have stated is a decent bare bones place, with likely the widest selection in the city of Portsmouth.

This is not an upscale micro experience but is a simple beer in cooler, some on shelf, cramped, busy, inexpensive place with brisk and minimial service.

They have all the locals (Smuttynose, Gearys...) and generally all the big West Coast names such as Stone, Rogue, and these days also Green Flash. In general, they have most of what is avaialble in NH.

They also have kegs, a decent selection, including 1/6 kegs, sometimes with good options.

Check it out, if in Portsmouth.

10-18-2011 18:23:25 | More by rbowser
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Jeffers

Maine

3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

While not the "best" stop in Portsmouth, it's not the "worst" either.

A) It's just a metal shell building, with some coolers along one wall and stacks and stacks of beer on the other. No fancy decorations, but we're there for the beer... right?

Q) As far as I could tell, the beers were reasonably fresh. None of the beers I looked at were beyond their expiration date (if one was given)

S) Don't go in here looking for someone who can help you select a beer. I've never once been asked if I needed help, or a recommendation. Not a big deal for me, since I know what I like, and usually know what I'm looking for.

S) Decent selection. Good enough selection that I'll stop in whenever I'm in town. Only gripe is that some of the things aren't clearly marked with a price.

V) Prices seem on par with other beer stores. Where this place shines is in it's 12/24 pricing. Case of Smuttynose for $23? I can live with that.

05-04-2011 23:58:23 | More by Jeffers
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arktos

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

Decided to check out based on reviews from BA site. Not the most inviting looking of places but who cares. Stopped in and ended up stocking up on a few cases of local brews before heading back home to MA. Service was nonexistent and pretty much ignored you which I'm fine with, I didnt stop in to make friends... Guessing they wouldn't have been much help anyways. Selection was good and case prices for the local brews was great - ended up spending quite a bit more than intended, but that's okay.

Recommend for the decent selection and good 12/24 pricing for the local brews...

02-02-2011 18:11:11 | More by arktos
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beancounter

New Hampshire

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$

I went to Gary's for the first time yesterday. A dank dirty warehouse style store. My wife was afraid to go in.The inside is reasonable but fairly cramped.

The selection is the best I've seen in Southern NH hands down. Certainly anemic relative to MA, but for a local place it's great.

There was a clerk moving a lot of kegs out. He kept on passing by me and was very friendly. The cashiers on the other hand were very grumpy and unhappy.

Maybe it was the beers that I selected, but the prices didn't impress me. They seemed pretty standard for the area. I purchase a six pack of Harpoon IPA for my wife, an Allagash 4 and a Berkshire Lost Sailor bomber for $23.25. I really don't consider that a bargain.

So, if you don't mind being treated like dirt, and don't mind paying standard prices for a place that should be fairly inexpensive, Gary's is the place to go for variety in southern NH.

10-31-2010 20:10:03 | More by beancounter
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$

First of three places i visited on my quick trip to Portsmouth yesterday.

Well, the place looks like a cross between a convenience store and a warehouse. As i get out of the car, i notice a guy loading his car with 5 cases each of Miller Lite and Bud Light. At least i know what i'm heading into.

Past the wine shelves lies the beer selection. All singles, room temp on the left and refrigerated on the right. Cases are on the other side. I must admit to have been left wanting with the selection. Lots of Unibroue, a few Belagina beers, a nice selection of English ales as well as Flying Dog, Cisco, Sebago, Geary's, Stone, Rogue, Victory, etc... The selection is good but i've seen better at Glen Beverage. I was frankly disappointed as it seemed that they only carried the mainstream craft offerings and only a few of the smaller micros. Only 1 Tuckerman and no Manchester and although they had Woodstock Inn's line-up, you can find that at most grocery stores also.

The service though was pretty good though. I called about 2 months ago to reserve a Smuttynose IS and they kept it for me. There was a big note attached to the bottle and it was behind the counter so kudos to them for keeping something that long when most stores wouldn't do that.

In short, it's your best bet in Portsmouth but it doesn't have the best selection in NH.

08-03-2010 18:02:43 | More by papat444
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I wouldn't call this a go to place to buy craft beer, but it is the best place to buy in Portsmouth. They make their money selling macros, but they have a decent selection...nothing that would really surprise you, just the usual names and a pretty good regional selection (which I do like) with lots of twelve packs to the left of the store. The right side of the store contains the non-regional beers (rogue, sn, etc.) and singles, again a pretty good selection for the area.

If you're looking for a knowledgeable staff about craft beer this is not the place, maybe 1 or 2 people will be helpful. This is where I buy most of my beer mainly because it is close to me and has the biggest selection in Portsmouth. So, if you're in town and looking for reasonable prices,this is where you should go.

03-10-2010 18:40:43 | More by mavbrew
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Everything about this place says "stay away," and perhaps that's why the locals love it. Dusty, dirty, dank, dour. Gary's survives on macro volume sales and affordable cigarettes, but their craft selection is not bad and definitely the most affordable on the seacoast. Their prices are very good for Smutty ($4.99 bombers), Unibroue, Allagash, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, DFH, and Rogue. I think their Belgian selection could be more diverse and priced better. They sell kegs, but does anyone even have "keggers" any more? I mean, seriously?

So you need a gift for your non-BA friend's housewarming. How's about a brick of Narragansett for $7.99? Sold, my brotha.

If you need assistance, the staff is not well educated on beer, which is a bit sad considering this is a "beverage" store that makes its money selling "beer", but I digress. Also, be sure to date check any hoppy beers, because this place frequntly stocks Stone products that are months past their "best by" date. (The dust layer is also a good indicator.)

Don't let youself get sucked in by the "Fire Sale" area near the front - 50% off, but it's all old, stale seasonal crap you wouldn't want to buy even if it was fresh.

You may think me a hater, but this is actually my favorite place to buy beer. I just call it like I see it.

01-27-2010 18:43:26 | More by ElGallo
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bpkengor

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $

I've been going to Gary's for years now. It has gotten much better over that time. As others have said, it is a deceptive place. It looks like a corner convenience store. But their selection has gotten progressively better. It is not a Tully's or Enoteca or a Carl's Meat Market in terms of variety but way, way above average with very good prices.

It does take some time to find what you want. They have a small set of shelves in the front area with their esoteric choices and another set of shelves way in the back with even more choices. And then amongst all of the stacks of cases of common domestics, with a bit of spelunking, there are all kinds of variety from most of the the East Coast craft brewers.

For me, it is a great combination of selection and price. It is my first choice.

09-11-2009 18:00:57 | More by bpkengor
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SteveS1

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $

I was visiting my friend in Portsmouth and asked him where I could get a decent selection of beers. The only place that came to his mind was Gary's Beverages, which turned out to offer more than I expected.

Looks and feels like a typical corner store, but it's deceptively deep (as in long) and features a whole wall of domestic bottled beer, in addition to the typical corner store cooler fare. You can get several different brews by the pack (four bottles) or singles of large bottles (a pint or more). Prominently displayed are selections of numerous Sam Adam's ales and Smuttynose big bottles.

If you're in a hurry, it's a good place to find a nice selection.

09-02-2009 13:09:05 | More by SteveS1
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Gary's Beverages in Portsmouth, NH
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