Ancona's Wines & Liquors
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by Billolick:
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This well stocked joint is actually a few miles east of the Toney burg of Ridgefield, Ct. its alot closer to Branchville and rt 7. This place is cramed with tons of wine and booze. I was told the beer was "over there in the back corner" Hmmm, thats not giving beer the respect it deserves I thought. The stuff in the "back corner" was fairly dissapointing. However, things started to pick up gradually as I saw more and more beer in the coolers along the rear of the store. Healthy selection of Brit/German imports, good variey of the typical micros, strong local micros, (No Hooker, but those come and go quickly from what Ive seen) Then I saw a small sign that said " more Belgians can be found inside the cooler." First, the cooler was FREEZING cold (too cold to properly store beer, me thinks), but the stash in there was awesome, tons of Belgians, all the Ommegangs, Allagash, Fantome,a bunch of magnums, Hardys ale,all sorts of tasty stuff, some of which I've never see before. Impressive. This is about 20 mins from Danbury and about 20 mins from Norwalk, be careful, though the traffic on rt. 7/ Danbury rd. can really blow. Well worth a visit to check this place out.
01-04-2005 01:10:15 | More by Billolick
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Great selection of great crafts. Went there because they have a good selection of cans, as I was going camping over the weekend. Staff couldn't be nicer. Numerous staffers offered to carry my beer as I carted my six month son around. Good selection of local beers, carrying the latest from New England Brewing and Two Roads
07-04-2013 01:27:30 | More by DanforthPewter
2.6/5 rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Wow tons of hard to get beer but a very pushy staff almost despirate like and they really dont know much about beer. Last I must say the prices are CRAZY so high. Also look at expirations as they do not appear to rotate their stock. The cooler is cramped a little dirty as their main focus is wine as it is a big wine store and as soon as you enter the employees swarm you very odd as help is good too much help is not. I will stick with Mos in Fairfield or head to Portchester NY as its cheaper cleaner and they leave you alone
09-03-2012 15:34:49 | More by brewyou69
4.36/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My first visit at Ancona was today, and it was great. I called ahead to find out if they had a beer in stock (Kona Koko Brown) - I havent had it since I was in Hawaii...and the girl was super nice on the phone. The service didnt stop there, as everyone working was really friendly.
They had a nice selection....not the best in the area, but they had a healthy stock of CT brews and beers not available in NY. (NEBC, Berkshire, etc). They had a small mix a six, so I got a few CT brews. They have a nice wrap around cooler full of 6-packs, a rack of nice 12-packs, and a walk-in of bombers...awesome! So great to see bombers staying cold!!
Looks like they have tastings and beer/liquor events there as well. Speaking of which, they have what seems to be a great wine selection as well.
Some spendy glassware in a case behind the counter.
Prices seemed on par of for the area. - My 6-pack of Kona was $8.99, which seemed to be the average price in the cooler.
So glad I found this place...I will be back in the near future!
01-21-2012 00:02:51 | More by DrinkSlurm
4/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I had to make a trip up to CT ans was in the area, so naturally I looked up the best place to get beer in the area and I read about this place.
When you first walk in there is wine everywhere. Then, as you look towards the back there is the beer. What was nice is that they have a small selection of BMC products, you don't have to get lost in the sea of crappy beer to find the good stuff.
There is a walk in cooler that houses all the beer. They had DFH, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier and so on. They had a few brews from each brewery, but not most of them. What caught my eye was the Berkshire Brewing Company beers. They had about 10 bombers and 5 or 6 growlers of that stuff. Unfourtanatly, since this beer has to be kept cold, I could only buy 2 bombers for my 2 hour trip home.
The service was top notch with at least 5 people asking me if I needed help and 1 friendly associate filling me in on those BBC beers. The gem that I got from there though was the Life and Limb. It is more expensive than I know what I could pay home, but I wanted it now. The beers were overall highly priced compared to my close to NYC area which I thought was rather odd, but I know every state has different taxes.
If I am in the area, I will stop back.
08-12-2011 12:10:21 | More by buyBinboaVodka
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow - finally made it up to Ancona's in Ridgefield. What a great selection of beer to chose from!!
For starters - mix a six is offered. Pretty good mixture of local micros, nothing earth shattering in there, but still enjoyable.
Great sixer selection, a few walls of different offerings. What's impressive is the paucity of BMC offerings - its there, but honestly harder to find than the good stuff.
Then...the walk in bomber fridge, with four wire racks filled with brews. The most Rogues I had ever seen. Lots of Germans, Belgians, and others.
DEFINITELY worth a stop if you are anywhere nearby. Also recommend the Little Pub next door.
04-03-2010 12:24:13 | More by KTCamm
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went all the way here in search of Imperial Stout Trooper... a mini beerquest.
Quality of the store is exceptional. This is actually a wine place but they have a really decent beer area in the form of a walk-in fridge keeping all the beer at the right temperatures. Can't say that I've seen that before and its definitely appreciated.
Service is decent seeing as 90% of the store is stocked with wine. There is a beer guy but you have to wait for him to get to you and sometimes that takes a while. However, everyone there was friendly and they held me bottles like they said they would. So... in those terms I guess I can't complain.
Selection is decent though I don't really have much to compare it to. Worth a visit if you're in the area. And obviously worth the visit if they say they have something special in stock.
Prices are a bit high here but you really get what you pay for. Quality brews kept in a quality place delivered from friendly people.
12-24-2009 21:37:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Snuck in here during my lunch break and was really treated to a great selection. The walk in not only says "welcome to beer lovers heaven" but also notes that if they don't have it, please ask and they'll get it. As it was a Friday the place was jamming bt so were the tunes. They had their Sonos system in the background with some great tunes on and I really enjoyed taking my time in the cooler to find the beers I wanted to try. It is a really big selection and they also have a build a sixer selection as well as an ample stocking of beer on the shelves. All and all a great experience.
08-31-2009 01:25:04 | More by kipsteele
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ancona's takes their beer seriosuly, and, although I am certain they make more revenue by far from wine, they do not short-change beer in either selection or care of the product one bit. I will be asking my in-laws to stop by prior to visits in the future given the variety of regional selections including Ommegang, Thomas Hooker, Farmington River, Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Southhampton, Gritty MacDuff's, Berkshire, and then, on top of that, many other not so regional breweries like Great Divide, Avery, DFH, Brooklyn, etc. This is just their 6-pack selection -- I was in too big of hurry to properly peruse their 22oz/single bottle selection in the cooler. Suffice it to say, Ancona's is a serious beer and wine store with reasonable prices (my bill was $51 for 5 6-packs) that provides good service and prides itself on keeping a wide selection of brews to meet your tastes.
11-27-2008 04:25:31 | More by argock
4.85/5 rDev +14.4%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I made the drive to Ridgefield last weekend based on the reviews here and was not disappointed. Their selection is excellent and their storage conditions are the best. The walk-in cooler is a little cramped but it houses a lot of nice stuff. I am knocking the selection down a bit because I'm a freak for Belgian styles and they could use a few more, but otherwise, it was exceptional. Neal is the beer manager and was very helpful.
You could go to a warehouse place and find decent selection, but those great beers are not stored cold, and the management has (I have asked) no idea how long their stock has been on the shelf. Ancona's is about an hour from me, but I am sure I'll be making the trip again soon. They also carry super fresh Berkshire Brewery products. I had their Imperial Stout, and it was a good example of the style. I'll need to do more homework before deciding!
01-22-2008 00:34:23 | More by hops4life
Ancona's Wines & Liquors in Ridgefield, CT
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