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4.67/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The store is pretty large with most of the area being devoted to Wine. The impressive beer area is in the back of the store. They have a good amount of coolers and shelves. The selection is eclectic and I wouldn't be surprised to see them go out of their way to order a beer for you. The prices seem about the same as other places around. Some of the single bottles seem over priced. The only real negative is that a good amount of the single bottles on the shelves are out of date and dusty, so I would check the freshness dates before you buy. The service is good and they will go out of their way to help you.
01-02-2014 19:51:28 | More by mnrider
4.93/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Maximum Beverage is a really unique place. It's not your typical package store and it's not your typical liquor depot. Aesthetically it is extreme attractive and you'll be able to appreciate that the moment you step in. The staff is friendly and almost always greet you and ask if you need any assistance finding something. It also seems like they are offering a complimentary tasting of wine or beer every time I walk in. That was probably the most impressive aspect of the store to me. I felt comfortable there and wanted to browse the entire selection and spend more time in the store. If you're looking for something really specific, just ask up front. They may not have it displayed but it appeared like they would go above and beyond to order a product for a customer if it was not in store.
When I moved to West Hartford last year I knew I had to find a spot to buy my drinks and it was pretty obvious that Maximum Beverage was the best choice in the town. I went across the street first but that place seemed dull and impersonal. Maximum Beverage is an experience just as much as it is a liquor store.
12-12-2013 18:13:48 | More by KevinCowan514
4.9/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
For an out-of-towner this was like finding the Holy Grail. The location is a bit nondescript, in a suburban mall, but the store is big, nicely setup, with a tasting station with three taps -- quite unusual, especially given the selection for tasting that would beat an average bar. The main beer guy was out, but the second go-to guy clearly knew what he was doing and very helpful. The selection is exhaustive, but with some minor gaps -- it seems they go out of their way to get everything that's carried locally, but some customers work faster than the buyers. Particularly impressed that they seem to be on top of supply fluctuations -- noticing that one item was being switched from 4s to 6s, they bought quite a few cases where most stores only hold one or two, and were willing to pass the savings to customers ($42 a case where a 4-pack goes for $12+ everywhere else). If the location weren't in the middle of nowhere I'd expect the place to be buzzing. As it is, it still attracts knowledgeable customers (good reviews here help). Bonus: wine selection is extensive, although I did not have time to shop for wine or even compare prices. Solid on-line presence as well. Negative: for some of the more rare and expensive products they tend to split multipacks and double the price per bottle. Not practice I would encourage, but that's how they roll. Singles, in general, are considerably pricier than multipacks and bombers.
06-26-2013 04:05:41 | More by VictorWisc
5/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just found out about this place, one of the employees said they've been around for about 8 months or so which was news to me. Pretty big store and probably the nicest wine shop/liquor store I've ever seen. As you walk in you notice the massive wine selection separated by country in nice wooden racks. The beer selection is no joke either though. The beer cooler is all the way in the back containing a very impressive selection of 6pks and 4pks. A wall parallel to the cooler contains 12pks on one side and about 8 shelf units of bombers and singles. As I went back to the front I noticed they had beer a kegorator with beer to sample; they included anchor Christmas, dogfish chicory stout and captain Lawrence Imperial IPA. The captain Lawrence was deliciously fresh and extremely good, a new favorite of mine. Awesome store with a friendly, helpful staff.
01-16-2013 04:38:36 | More by BeerDude203
Maximum Beverage in West Hartford, CT
95 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.