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Coastal Wine & Spirits

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Coastal Wine & SpiritsCoastal Wine & Spirits

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
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103 N Main St
Branford, Connecticut, 06405-3034
United States
phone: (203) 481-9400

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Reviews by RunawayJim:
Photo of RunawayJim
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

I grew up in Branford and lived here until about 4 years ago when I moved to Providence. Visiting family for the holiday weekend, I decided to check this place out to see if they had anything I can't get in RI. I had been here before when I still lived here and they had a large amount of beer, but hadn't heard of the craft beer revolution yet. They're finally getting it and it shows. Upon entering, they had a guy doing a tasting of the entire Harpoon lineup, including the latest 100 bottle series (Firth of Fourth Ale).

As with most large liquor stores, the store is mostly booze and wine. The beer is kept to one large shelf at the end and a bunch of coolers on the back wall in that corner. They had a lot of New England beers (though I didn't notice any of the big Smuttynose bottles). They had a few Belgians (Chimay most notably and 4 packs of Duvel). They had a bunch of English and Irish beers. The majority was American. They had the whole Rogue lineup in 6 packs (I didn't know a lot of Rogue was available in 6 packs). The one brewery I was interested in, but couldn't get in RI, was Stoudt's. I picked up their Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Double IPA. They also had all the CT beers - Hooker, New England Brewing, and Farmington River (and supposedly Old Burnsides, though I didn't notice any). They also had Trout River from VT, something I can't get in RI.

It was pretty well organized and pretty well priced. Being a big store, you tend not to get personalized service, but there happened to be someone organizing the beer at the time and he asked if I needed any help, which is more than I usually get at these large liquor "supermarkets". This store has potential, though I don't know what kind of distribution issues exist in CT. They also seem to be trying to cash in on the craft beer movement, which isn't a bad thing (this is based on a post in the BA forums about a job opening for beer manager there). Please note, however, that my rating is based on my experience today and not future potential, though I do hope this store improves as the nearest big/decent beer store to the town I visit most often is 15-20 min away.

RunawayJim, Mar 23, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of kristin747
5/5  rDev +23.8%

kristin747, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of ManMoosePig
4/5  rDev -1%

ManMoosePig, May 19, 2014
Photo of von_kaiser
4.97/5  rDev +23%

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!

von_kaiser, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -1%

smutty33, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

RMoeNay, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ferrari29
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

ferrari29, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

mltobin, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

BranfordBound, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Stigs, May 31, 2010
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Coastal Wine & Spirits in Branford, CT
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.