Beverage Warehouse

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Place Score:
93
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
185
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.03%
Beverage WarehouseBeverage Warehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1 East St
Winooski, Vermont, 05404-2023
United States

(802) 655-2620 | map
www.beveragewarehousevt.com

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Beverage Warehouse stocks every beer currently available in the state of Vermont. The current total is 850 uniquely different beers, ciders, malt beverages and vintage releases from the Beer Cellar. Free tastings and giveaways nearly every month.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

god these guys are awesome, and their releases give me an opportunity to get beers I cant find anywhere else. with the addition of the new growler bar offering even more interesting and rare beers, this place is unparalleled. for locals it may not be the best place to get heady or sos... but for out of towners it absolutely is. and if you have the extra cash to spend while your there picking up heady or lawsons, your sure to find other awesome VT beers including hill farmstead collaborations, tribute IPA, frost beer works, lost nation, .... as well as other great NE and west coast beers. much love to this place and the people working there, top freakin notch!!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited Saturday morning, April 9, 2016 for Heady Topper and Lawson's drop.

V: It's great for a large beer store. The folks in line were great, anyway. Employees seemed to enjoy their work.

Q: Clean and they keep moving stock for freshness.

S: Several registers open, they move the lines quickly.

Sel: Absolutely ridiculous. Biggest selection I have ever seen and they make great efforts to get in-demand items to the largest amount of people.

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Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Its pretty much THE beer store, of beer stores, here in Vermont. Amazing selection of local brews, but certainly not at all limited to them. Staff is wildly knowledgeable, and very helpful. They keep a very updated Facebook page for those of you looking for Lawsons and Heady drops. An absolute must stop, if you are in the greater Burlington area.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just amazing service, visiting from Quebec, Scott took the time it took to introduce us to stuff we hadn't even heard of. Never thought I'd be able to score Triple Sunshine, thought it would be sold out, but they asked my if I was looking for anything specific, I asked for Heady and SoS, they handed me a Triple Sunshine!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A little run down and there doesn't seem to be any organization to how the beers are displayed. They do have a wide variety of local, regional, and national craft beer, so it's worth the time to go through the entire beer section.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

One of my go to places to go to for most amount of bottles/cans. When I'm on this side of town, I love this place for the singles. I don't have to pay for a whole sixer of something new that I'm unsure about when I come here. I'm always treated with great service though often asked by someone if they can help me, I usually just say, I'm looking thank you. Still, I'm impressed. Sure the place might not look like a "happening" stop but hey, random Lawson bottles on Fridays, Heady on Tuesdays, and the rest of the selection, uh...I can always find something there I haven't had before.

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Photo of sliv
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I love this place!

I took my family on a last-minute getaway to Burlington this year, and the day we were leaving, I thought I would hit a local store to find some local beer. I wasn't hunting Heady, but accidentally walked in (to the end of the line) at a distribution day with a bonus of Sip of Sunshine. Made it through the line twice, ended up talking with the staff for at least a half hour, and came out with some beers they didn't have out on the shelves. Such nice people, everywhere. Not the crabby people hating on beer travelers, but friendly people interested in other people's interest in good beer. I will make sure to visit this store any time I am in the area.

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Photo of KOrtyl
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place has it all. nice knowledgeable people. great beer selection. 2nd to none. If you want Heady Topper or Lawson's Liquids go to no other place.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
1.83/5  rDev -56.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

The worst service imaginable. I wish I did not have to buy beer here.

It's the only place to get limited Lawson's bottles, otherwise I would avoid this place at all costs.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Got my case of Heady so I'm happy. I'd say my complaint here would be that the place is filled with 3 month old (and older) IPAs, and prices are tough to find on some beers. A nice big selection of local stuff, just make sure you read the dates if they have them.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing store! Stood in line for Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine. The distribution was organized and flawless. The staff were courteous and helpful, and the line moved amazingly quick. The selection of beer is outstanding. So many rare beers to be found on their shelves!

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Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's essentially the one-stop shop in Vermont. If the state gets it, they will have it while supplies last. The secret out that this is the go to, so anything limited/obscure that comes in will go faster than the other shops in the state, and of course for Heady/SOS shipments, expect to be there at the time the shipment drops or you won't get any. I've seen Heady sell out in under 5 minutes.

On that note, the service also makes everything here ideal. Not only knowledgeable, very good at pointing people to the right vermont beer direction as well so if you're not there trying to find heady and lawsons, you will still find somebody who can tell you what good VT brews you might have skipped out on otherwise. They also count the heady line to ensure if you do line up you will get at least some. Some days they are handing out cases like nothing, and others you'll stil at least get a pack or two.

Since it's also the most distant from me in the direction I come from, I don't always get up here for cases, but no complaints when I have, and I always get a case. The line itself is also not too bad as every time I end up meeting with and talking to fellow beer geeks about VT beer or other highly reviewed/sought after beers from our parts of the country so it's always a pleasant visit compared to other experiences. Prices are about what you will see across the state as well.

Overall I can't think of anything more you would need out of your typical bottle store.

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Photo of RMD579
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite beverage store there is. Also the best place to get Heady Topper, Lawson's, and a bunch of other Vermont treasures. I was lucky enough to live right around the corner so I could roll out of bed 10 minutes before Heady got delivered and still score some.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I visited on a Friday after the Heady lines, but there was still lots of Sip of Sunshine, which was a nice thing.

I went in just hoping to get some good beer that I cannot get in Canada. I was shocked at the variety. I knew they had a good selection, but this was better than most bottle shops I have visited. One of the first things I spotted was Achel Extra...WTF? That is obscure and can be hard to get...there were 6 of them on the shelf.

Prices were quite reasonable. I would say I was shocked at how low the prices were on some of the labels I bought (compared to other US places I have shopped).

Service was good, but they were quite busy. I expect that I could have had more time to chat and ask questions if they were not so busy. Still, everyone was very polite and helpful.

All in all a great place that will become my go to spot for craft in the US.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Really great place that is seemingly crammed into a building that was adjusted to fit its needs as VT craft beer took off.
This is a great beer store and a great liquor store as well. The interior is laid out in different 'rooms' with one for liquor, one for mixers, a little section for wine, and a room and some coolers for tons of awesome beer.
The beer room has coolers around the perimeter with singles and sixers separated. In the middle there are shelves (also separated in sixes/singles) with American/Canadian craft and a decent selection of imports. There also is separate shelving space and coolers for cider.
The staff was extremely helpful (not ignoring, not over-bearing, and very friendly). The prices are about par for the course (but coming from QC, they seem dirt cheap hahaha).
I was able to get my hands on some local stuff I'd never heard of, some Lawson's (which I never thought I'd see), and some nationally distributed stuff that you can't get in QC. I would definitely go back every time I am anywhere nearby. Great store!

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Photo of BrewUSA
5/5  rDev +18.8%

I promised the owner I wouldn't disclose how much they took care of me.... Needless to say, they went above and beyond to help out an out of towner. World class in EVERY way!!!!


Plus a HUUUUGE selection!

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Photo of twillingthenoz
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Went to college at St. Mikes and was fortunate to have this place so close. It introduced me to good beer. You can easily spend an hour in there walking around and sifting through their massive selection. The staff is terrific and you can find excellent deals.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I made the trek here to Winooski a couple of times -once with my brother and another with my friend Rob we stood in line at around 7am for some Heady topper the second time and each procured a full case which was great. I really like the way the run the sale of the Heady and the selection is excellent with a nice organization with wine spirits and beer in their own respective places. If you come to Vermont from PA like I did I recommend checking them out as I was also able to purchase some Lawson's Super Session and Lost Nation Mosaic which are great in their own right.

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Photo of jaltland
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

During a vacation in VT I made this a destination during my stay and I will easily say that it was a great choice to stop by. Sean/Shawn? was awesome and gave me a tour of the craft beer selection. He pointed out VT only beers and notable limited stuff that I prob wouldn't see in PA. Granted, some beers pointed out to me were everywhere in Boston and VT but they were priced much better than anywhere else. The two guys working at the time were more than accommodating and made me feel welcome 9 hours from home. Great service and awesome employees. I didn't really ask about liquor or other drink so I can't comment on that. I scored low on atmosphere because when I walked in, I felt as if it was, in fact, a bulk store warehouse. The selection compared to what I have in York was awesome because it was different. There were a few "shelf turds" that I had to pick up but nothing absolutely "make you lose your mind". They have good volume of great beers. This place is a must-visit if you're in the Burlington/Winooski area.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

From what I read this is the main beer store in the Burlington area. The location is pretty shady, so don't leave any valuables visible in the car.

Once you get inside it's a whole different world. There are two large sections for beer, one section for wine, and a liquor section near the cash registers. I found plenty of Vermont beer and regionals I can't get back in Iowa. The gem of a find was Dogfish Head Punkin ale. I was able to build a six-pack with lots of interesting finds. Several breweries I visited didn't serve by the glass so it was nice to get some items without having to buy multiple growlers.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My favorite place to shop. The best selection of beer in Vermont by far. Around 950 beers to choose from, from all around the world. Not to mention weekly shipments of Lawons's Finest Liquids and Heady Topper. Great selection, great service and very reasonable prices.

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Photo of SnacksForMax
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place rules. There are very few places where you can get Lawson's Finest Liquids and this is one of them. I go every Friday (the shipment arrives somewhere between noon and 3 PM and bottles rarely last through the first couple of hours) and pick up my one or two bottles. I try and get something else every time I go. These guys take pride in their beer selection without being weird about it. No one there brags about how rare their selection is or refers to themselves as "beer geeks" (seriously, that makes you an instant jack ass. It's like calling yourself a foody. UGH) but they are happy to make suggestions and help you find what you're looking for.
While I go almost only for their beer, I also know that they have a terrific wine and liquor selection. For those who like to drink their beer in style, they have tons of great glassware, much of it with cool branding. I am almost ashamed to admit how much I like drinking Lawson's out of Lawson's glasses. I also got a Fantome glass from these guys. Which is super cool, even if I was a little ashamed of myself when I sprung for it.
Finally, I'll point out that their cashiers are super friendly. They're always happy, never talking about how much longer they have to work and they never seem stressed, no matter how long the lines are. Which I appreciate. The only negative of this place is that, much like the name suggests, it's a warehouse. Its concrete floors and industrial shelves are no nonsense, but not exactly warm either. It doesn't really bother me, but it's hard to give them a perfect score in that regard. I will continue shopping here as long as I live in the area.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is where I get my Heady, my Lawsons, my Founders, Grassroots and more!
The staff is incredibly helpful, not uptight at all.
They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and to help ensure as many people get their Heady and Lawsons as possible.
Single best beer selection in Vermont and an awesome staff.
Evan and James are the two guys I go to more than anyone else when I'm there.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on our way out of town when we visited Vermont, to stock up on Vermont beer and cider before heading back home to PA.

They have a very extensive selection of local Vermont and New England brewed beer, which is what I was most interested in. They also had a large import section that would be great if you're a local. Prices were reasonable compared to PA. Staff was helpful and gave me some suggestions.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Quite simply put : the best beer place within a few hundred miles. I saw stuff there I hadn't even dreamed of seeing in a beer store. I walked out of there with brews I never even though I'd be able to find.

The place itself kinda reeks. Rough set-up, dirty floors, sweaty fridges that lay pools of water across sections of the floor... they could at least try to keep it respectably clean.

Other than that, the general selection is definitely above average. I actually had to walk out of there before I spent too much - and my friend had to quite looking around lest he got a nosebleed or something similarly awful. This place is serious about its beer selection. I am somehow grateful I don't live next to it - I don't know how I'd pay my rent.

From now on, this is my official let's-go-there-before-we-go-back-across-the-border store when I'm in the Burlington area. Walk in, buy like your life depends on it, load the car and hope the customs are too lazy to get out of their booth.

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Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT
93 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.