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CT Beverage Mart

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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
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3127 Berlin Tpke
Newington, Connecticut, 06111-4620
United States
phone: (860) 667-1339

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Reviews by RedChrome:
Photo of RedChrome
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

By far the most ecclectic of the Connecticut Beverage Marts I have visited. After you come in you have to take a zig-zag to the left to find the single beer aisle. As with the other stores cooler is on the rear wall.

By far the best selection of both imports and domestics with many selections I have not seen anywhere else. All the breweries I have seen elsewhere are represented but their extended lines are available here as opposed to a few selections from each elsewhere.

The staff was extremely eager to assist, and when I mentioned a brewery with no distributor in the state, we got into a discussion about the odds of them being offered soon. Even though I was looking for something they did not have in stock due to demand, he offered several alternatives that are not part of the chain, which is a very nice touch. Hope service wasn't just because the staff was in the row stocking beer.

Most of the beer was fresh with a few straggelers from the off season, but they weren't more then two months out of date. I was very impressed with the combination of service and selection.

Price was reasonable. You aren't going to find huge bargins on anything craft brewed, but you aren't going to get taken for a ride either.

All things considered, my new favorite choice for anyone living in the area to make your regular stop. If you don't live in the area, you might want to think about stopping in if you are driving by.

RedChrome, Aug 28, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev 0%

JKV96, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

grahuba, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%

Been going here for years. They are a great group of guys with a lot of knowledge. They have a decent selection but you have to pay attention because sometimes their beers sit for a while. They are pretty good with limited release stuff and while they will have a limit they will leave the stuff out and not hide it.

Ultra-Plinian, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of TheLostGringo
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Visited 01/27/2013

Decided to check this store out as I have been on the hunt for a few special things lately.

First thing on the plus side was that it is nice to see some special items available without having to ask (usually only one out at a time as a set bottle limit)

Other then that there selection was fairly average and there are better places I go, other issue is the notice of a lot of dusty bottles which leads me to believe they just don't have the clientele to get the turnover they need.

Let me start by saying that I am not an overly price conscious shopper but seeing GI Cherry Rye for $24.99 had me doing a double take. Probably a place I won't be visiting again unless I am headed over to Stew Leonard's and hope to find a gem.

TheLostGringo, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Buysse
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%

I live in Minnesota, but I've been to this store about 10 time in the last 7 or 8 years. I visit relies in Farmington and this was always the best place to buy beer. Well, I think things have changed. I noticed this year right off that their selection didn't seem to be as good. Then I asked if they had Thomas Hooker and he showed me where they stocked it but I noticed the bottles were quite dusty. I checked the date and it was 8 months old. Like a dope I picked up some Long Trail Hibernator from the cooler without checking the date. It tasted rather bad and sure enough it was 6 months old. My bad. They no longer had Smutty Nose and some others I missed. Too bad, I liked the place.

Buysse, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SickPythons
4/5  rDev 0%

Not on my way home from work, but I make it a point to go here when I want some foreign beers. They've got a great section organized by country.

Their American selection is mostly standard with a few gems here and there.

As far as the service, this place is huge so I'm not too surprised that the staff doesn't seem to care too much about their products. It feels like Sam's Club in there. Unfortunetly, these aren't Sam's Club prices. It really seems like I'm paying for the selection.

I'll be back there shortly for Lithuanian beer night.

SickPythons, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of MaxBrews
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Lots of beer, I usually spend 20 minutes in here pacing back and forth deciding what to get. They have an entire isle devoted to beer by country. Lots of regional beers to some cold sixers in the cooler. They of course have the macros and the cheap stuff 40s and what have you. But they have a lot of stuff you wouldn't find anywhere else in the area. A little bit pricer then some places. As far as wine and booze haven't checked out the selection but its abundant. The building is a cavernous warehouse booze wall to wall. The best CT beverage mart in the area. Prices somehow are better then the New Britain one.

MaxBrews, May 30, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev 0%

I've been here a few times and this is an ok beer store. One cool thing is that they have a vintage section (they have DFH 120, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, DFH Raison D'Extra, Unibroue Anniversary Ales, Avery Mephistopheles, some ciders, Albert le Coq, Petrus Pale, and other Belgian 750s I can't remember right now). Other selection is ok, but not as good as the other big stores in the area. The top Belgians (Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Achel, Cantillon, Chouffe, De Dolle) and local beers. Rather disorganized though. Domestic section is rather weak for a good beer store. Prices are standard for the area I think.

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

A really big store with a lot of stuff to choose from. The beer is in and entire isle the back plus the entire back wall full of refrigerators. The fridges contain some macros, but mainly the more prevalent micros - Sam Adams, Harpoon, Long Trail, etc.. There are a few growlers from Opa-Opa and Olde Burnside. The isle of beer was much more impressive with beers from all over the world. I had a question about if they carried a certain beer and the gentlemen who worked there was more than willing to help, even offered to figure out a way to get it ordered at the store. The service was extremely knowledgable and helpful. The quality of the beers was really really good, alot of really good stuff that I was surprised to see. The prices were reasonable as well. They were pretty similar to everywhere else in CT that I have seen. Overall a really impressive selection and very good service.

erosier, Dec 26, 2008
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CT Beverage Mart in Newington, CT
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.