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Reviews by Billolick:
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
Must hit beer store very near to downtown Amherst, MA, excellent selection, very beer savvy,nice guy behing the counter, found a bunch of overpriced Alesmith, all the locals, regionals and national good suff, tons of imports, glassware, more everyday stuff on the floor, stacked up, more high quality suds on 3 large shelving areas and in cool, old school wood framed coolers along the rear wall. we were given two glasses, allways a nice touch. well worth a visit if in the general area, just a few minutes from Moan and Dove and the Dirty Truth, what a great local trifecta!
07-28-2006 13:15:01 | More by Billolick
More User Reviews:
4.57/5 rDev +4.8%
I've been in the Amherst area for about 5 years now, and I can't believe that Ive only just found this place.
From the outside, it doesn't look like more than just your average small town package store, with neon signs for BMC beers and popular spirits gracing the windows. But once you step inside, you see that there's much more than that.
Wines to your left, spirits to your right, and the entire center and back of the store is beer, and 90% seem to be craft options. I can't think of a beer that I've seen anywhere else in western MA that I couldn't find here. From local options like BBC and Element, other MA favorites like Jack's Abby and Wormtown, to west coast favorites like Ballast Point Sculpin, I was really impressed with the selection. Want to finally break down and spend $200 for Utopias? They've got it. Upset because everyone else in the area sold out of Sucaba a month ago? Don't worry, I saw 5 bottles left on their shelves.
All of the beer I examined seemed to be well within the realm of appropriate freshness. They did have a small discount area, where they were unloading some older IPAs and winter seasonals for anywhere between $1-$3 per bottle, some of which would have been perfectly suitable to remain on the shelf at full price. I was not worried about accidentally grabbing a stale beer, which is sometimes a problem when you shop at that big store out in West Springfield.
I spent probably half an hour or more just looking around, and I was approached several times by the workers, who asked if I needed help and chatted about the beers I had selected.
I ended up grabbing a Clown Shoes Space Cake and Firestone Walker Opal, and chatted for a couple of minutes with the guy ringing me out about some of FWs sours that I had been lucky enough to try.
I can't wait to go back. I was definitely lucky to have stumbled into the best shop in the Valley, maybe even the best in all of Western MA.
05-01-2014 03:02:49 | More by TheOneTC
Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA
96 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.