Coastal Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.97/5 rDev +23%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
WAAAY underrated! I've never scene a craft beer selection to the extent I saw today. Knowledgable and very helpful staff. $$ is on par w/ the rest of them. Beer enthusiasts, If you're traveling through this area of the state, this, among any other liquor store for that matter, is a MUST STOP!
03-13-2014 23:00:32 | More by von_kaiser
4.36/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
They had Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, cases of it. Impossible to find back home in Chicago. 2 full aisles of domestic and international beers. Wide range of liquors and a huge wine selection. Service was good, they answered a few wine questions for my wife. We were very please with the wine purchase we purchase based on a few recommendations. They also answered a couple of beer questions I had regarding the status of a sour and how often they were in. The rep knew the beer I was talking about and said that it comes in rarely, and when it does, its off the shelf the same day.
Overall, probably the best stop in Branford, CT. A must if you're in the area.
12-30-2012 03:13:54 | More by ferrari29
3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Coastal is in Branford, very close to the East Haven border on US-1. It is a large store overall with a decent amount of space allocated to beer. As other reviewers mentioned, the temperature in the store is higher than it should be. Their selection is better than most alternatives in the immediate area. Coastal carries NEBC, Cottrell, Rogue, DFH, Cisco, St. Bernardus, Orval, Chouffe, others. The staff is friendly. If you find yourself traveling back from a shorepoint, this is an easy stop that is worth it.
08-30-2010 01:42:41 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my go to place, mostly because I live about 3 minutes away. Any other place near me is pale in comparison.
There is an ok freezer section of the macros and some micros like Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Smutty, Dogfish Head, some Stone, Rogue, etc.
Pretty good shelved stuff, all the large micros accounted for (Like what was mentioned before), some good imported stuff like Sam Smith's, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Spaten, Hoegaarden, St. Ambroise, Westmalle, St. Bernadus, good seasonal stuff, nice bomber section with some interesting finds.
Service is OK, I know some cashiers and they are very nice and pleasant, so I go there to shoot the breeze on a quiet day. Every now and then someone asks if I need help, but they usually steer me towards the high end stuff when all I want is a good tasting and decent priced sixer, not an overpriced bomber.
Prices are normal, nothing to steer you away but I never see sales. Some of the smaller package stores around me have higher prices so I can't really find cheaper. Pretty much supermarket prices on the normal stuff, I think this is due to CT liquor laws or something.
06-13-2010 20:46:37 | More by BranfordBound
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here to stock up for a weekend long wedding, and maybe bring a couple goodies back home.
First, the place is not very appealing from the outside, and even less so on the inside. The floor was dirty, and there was dust everywhere...even on some fresher bottles. It was also a bit hot inside, probably in the upper 70's.
I had been warned from previous reviews about freshness on beer, so I was sure to stick with things that were dated and/or aging compatible.
There is an aisle and a half dedicated to craft beers, the half containing many six-packs, the rest singles. Nothing too crazy here, but a solid selection of craft staples, as well as some locals which I was happy to try out.
Service was good, out cashier was very fast and offered an itemized receipt, he also boxed all our beers for us.
Overall, pleased with the visit...cant imagine much better in the area. TURN UP THE AC AND CLEAN.
05-31-2010 19:25:39 | More by Stigs
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I finally got around to stopping in here (after living in nearby New Haven for 2 1/2 years), and I was glad I stopped by. There's a decent amount of beer (six-packs and singles) in the back-right cooler, and two aisles full of solid craft/import offerings (well, one full aisle of cases and sixers, and one half-aisle of singles). From what I could tell, they had pretty close to everything that's legally available in the state of CT, minus a couple random things I've seen at the Wine Thief. Marginally better selection than Amity and New England Beverage Company, and comparable prices (although generally a bit higher than the latter). A few bottles were on sale, and I wound up picking up a couple of these as well as two singles that I'd been planning on buying for a while (Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer and ST Choklat), so overall I was quite happy with my trip. The service was what I'd expect as a large store like this - one person asked me if I was looking for something specific, I said no, and that was that. Fine. This place is definitely worth a look if you're in the area, but it didn't impress me enough to become my go-to beer store.
01-30-2010 21:45:57 | More by woosterbill
Coastal Wine & Spirits in Branford, CT
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.