CT Beverage Mart
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sulldaddy:
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by this place the other day after leaving a meeting in Hartford. The store is on the right hand side of the road if you are going south.
I entered the store and found the beer towards the back and on the right side of the store. Ony one aisle but it is pretty well stocked.
They even had a little display on cellaring beers with explanations of how to and where etc. This is where I saw old marley 05 and SA triple bock 95 sitting around. Also first time in CT that I saw DFH Raison d'extra. Not to common in New Haven county.
The imports are on the left hand side of the aisle and range from some decent belgians to a fair amount of english ales to a wide variety of eastern european brews especially heavy on baltic porters. You could put together a tasting of baltic porters here reall easy and real cheap too.
The right hand side of the aisle is local and regional micros. Clipper city heavy seas lineup in effect, lots of DFH, Brooklyn, Allagash and the usuals. Smuttynose wheat wine was a nice find too. At the end of the aisle there is a section for singles, but man they sucked. Nothing that I would really want and actually probably 1/4 malternatives.
There are some coolers in the back but the lineup here is pretty much same as in the aisle just cold.
I was in the store about 20 minutes and was never asked if I needed help so gotta ding the service on that one.
This store is worth a stop and I will probably swing by again when in the area.
12-18-2005 05:28:58 | More by sulldaddy
More User Reviews:
4.07/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
08-01-2013 02:06:44 | More by Ultra-Plinian
2.75/5 rDev -31.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | $$$$
Decided to check this store out as I have been on the hunt for a few special things lately.
First thing on the plus side was that it is nice to see some special items available without having to ask (usually only one out at a time as a set bottle limit)
Other then that there selection was fairly average and there are better places I go, other issue is the notice of a lot of dusty bottles which leads me to believe they just don't have the clientele to get the turnover they need.
Let me start by saying that I am not an overly price conscious shopper but seeing GI Cherry Rye for $24.99 had me doing a double take. Probably a place I won't be visiting again unless I am headed over to Stew Leonard's and hope to find a gem.
01-27-2013 19:19:26 | More by TheLostGringo
2.98/5 rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
11-21-2011 22:13:48 | More by Buysse
4/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Not on my way home from work, but I make it a point to go here when I want some foreign beers. They've got a great section organized by country.
Their American selection is mostly standard with a few gems here and there.
As far as the service, this place is huge so I'm not too surprised that the staff doesn't seem to care too much about their products. It feels like Sam's Club in there. Unfortunetly, these aren't Sam's Club prices. It really seems like I'm paying for the selection.
I'll be back there shortly for Lithuanian beer night.
11-14-2010 18:03:00 | More by SickPythons
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
05-29-2009 23:38:25 | More by MaxBrews
4/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been here a few times and this is an ok beer store. One cool thing is that they have a vintage section (they have DFH 120, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, DFH Raison D'Extra, Unibroue Anniversary Ales, Avery Mephistopheles, some ciders, Albert le Coq, Petrus Pale, and other Belgian 750s I can't remember right now). Other selection is ok, but not as good as the other big stores in the area. The top Belgians (Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Achel, Cantillon, Chouffe, De Dolle) and local beers. Rather disorganized though. Domestic section is rather weak for a good beer store. Prices are standard for the area I think.
01-01-2009 17:36:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-26-2008 22:03:35 | More by erosier
CT Beverage Mart in Newington, CT
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.