Manchester Wine & Liquors

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Visits: 63
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1010 Tolland Tpke
Manchester, Connecticut, 06042-1608
United States
phone: (860) 649-4750

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Photo of betterthanyourbeer
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

By far, the best beer selection east of Hartford...if not in the greater Hartford area.
I've tried to find good craft beer selection, and for CT....they have pretty much everything that is available in the state.
Thank you. i'm lucky that is not to far from my home. (266 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

First off, what an outstanding beer store. A friend of mine (that isn't huge into beer) was kind enough to take a list of beers to this store to seek out a number of brews that I can't get in the Midwest. She handed the workers the list and they took care of the rest. They even remembered that Ten Fidy was on the list and gave us a call when they got it in a couple days later.

Polite and diligent each time I spoke with them on the phone, and my friends have nothing but good things to say when they go in. You won't finder a store with better service.

Selection, as far as I can tell, is solid too. I was able to find, Oskar Blues, Capt Lawrence, Maine, NEBCO, Victory, Brooklyn, and many others. They also have a nice selection of single beers which is nice for out of towners like me that has to take travel space into account. It allows me to try a wider variety of great beers I can't get at home.

I highly suggest this place if you are in the area and looking for a good beer store. (995 characters)

Photo of Skribe
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place. Not only is it very close to home but it has an unreal selection of beers. Management is a group of connoisseurs that can help direct any pallet. I will be heading there right after work! Love this place, Best selection in CT! If your ever in Manchester, check them out! (289 characters)

Photo of lostinct
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Consistently the best variety and best access to limited release I've found in the area. If Connecticut didn't suck, I'd get a 5 on selection, but there is no such thing in this state. Jimmy is a really good beer guy (and his brother is an equally good wine guy if you're so inclined). Definitely worth getting on their email list because they do a nice job of updating when interesting stuff comes in. They have a great range of stuff from obscure imports to pretty much any/all American craft brews distributed in the state. If Jimmy's not there, it can sometimes be spotty to get useful staff help, but he's getting a few of his guys up to speed better.
Their liquor selection is also really good, but their pricing on it skews high pretty consistently. (757 characters)

Photo of raythealeman
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Been there every month for the past two years. Luckily I live a few towns away.Absolutely the best selection in CT. There may be better selections in the Boston area, but no one is even close in CT
Knowledgeable staff, will to special order and hold items. The best part is they promote selling singles. I usually mix 2 or 3 six packs. Great selection of bombers, and imports. Everything brewed in CT is sold here. They also have an email membership club, just ask the cashier to sign you up.

Convenient, close to I84 and Buckland Hills Mall. (544 characters)

Photo of DanE
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection indeed. Now carries SixPoint brews!

Great wine and beer selections. Staff seems pretty focused on wine but the beer selection is great. This includes both shelves and coolers. A place if you want Stone, He'Brew, Alagash, Dogfish, SixPoint, NE Brewing, Element, plus a huge selection of euros.

Happy hunting!

Staff is courteous, but it looks like only late-teenage girls are allowed to run cashier... a little pricey as well.

Overall, this is worth becoming your regular if you live nearby, and if not, a place to stop to prepare for the right occasions.

Cheers. (583 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Have been trying to locate the Highland Wild offering from Old Burnside for the past few weeks so I called these folks up. They had it and they told me who to ask for. When I got there I asked for the individual and what I was looking for, not sure if he was there but I had a staff run to get it. I was also looking for a new release by Sebago, bang off again to get what I wanted. Great Store....It is about 50 miles from where I live...will I be back?....oh yeah!

I am mostly an American Craft guy but they seemed to have an awesome Belgian collection. (556 characters)

Photo of hnk
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I freaking love this place. It's been said to death, but they really DO try and have every beer available in CT in their store. If they don't have it and can order it, they will. They also have a very good selection of wines and liquors.

The prices are pretty much the same as all of the other stores I've been too. If anything, sliiiightly cheaper.

I never really got any customer service. About half the time I go there, I get asked if I need any help. If you do ask for help, the staff is very friendly and helpful.

The thing, in my mind, that makes this store the best I've ever been to is their "Mix A Six" program. In the back left corner of the store there is a rack of singles and empty cardboard six-packs. The rack itself has about 10 shelves about a yard wide, all stuffed with beer.

BUT WAIT! There's more! Contrary to what other reviewers have said, the Mix A Six program DOES apply to every. single. 12oz beer in the store that can be found in a six-pack (I'm not so sure about the 4-packs). You just take a bottle or two out of any six-pack in the store, whether it's full or not, coolers or shelves, and put it into your container. It's amazing. I was skeptical when another customer at the store told me I could do that, so I asked one of the employees. Much to my amazement, he confirmed the customer's story! It's one thing to have a huge selection, but letting people just buy a single bottle is incredible.

The only thing they ask is you don't take bottles if you have to rip/tear/bend cardboard to get them out (some companies secure the bottles with cardboard around the necks as well). And this promotion only applies to 12oz beers, obviously.
There seems to be a small premium associated with this program.

It says that they just divide the cost of the original six-pack by six to get the price per bottle, but it seems to be a little more. Sam Adams Double Bock is $2.50 a bottle, Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier is $1.50 a bottle, Southern Tier IPA is $1.50 a bottle, Rogue Mocha Porter is $2.33 a bottle, Long Trail Double Bag is $1.55... you get the idea.

They're about 10% more than buying the six-pack regularly, but it's definitely worth the price if you wanna try some new beers. The selection is so large you'll have a hard time finding something you don't want.

You also don't have to buy a full six-pack, you could just buy one or two bottles.

The only downside to having all these beers and selection, as was noted in other reviews, is that there can be some that are really, really old. I've accidentally bought some six-packs that had expired a few weeks earlier, and some bottles from the Mix-A-Six rack that were "born" over a year earlier. Now, that may not be so bad if they were stored in a cool, dark place; but a good amount of the beers are sitting out on shelves without any sort of protection.

Even thought that complaint was pretty long, it isn't a huge deal. Just be sure to watch out for the expiration dates and don't pick up bottles that are really dusty.

You could probably avoid the age issues by taking all of your bottles from six-packs on the shelves and coolers, but there are a few on the Mix-A-Six rack that aren't available in six-packs, and I just feel kinda sleazy for making them go hunt down six different six-packs that have a beer missing.

Overall, this store is incredible. It's a little out of the way on my commute home from Hartford to East Glastonbury, but it's well worth it. (3,474 characters)

Photo of Leftfield00
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

This place is undoubtedly the best selection of beer I've ever seen. I live in Glastonbury, so I generally shop at a smaller place, Sonoma Wines & Spirits. Manchester Wine, however, seems to have every beer I've ever seen in the northeast.

If Sonoma Wines can't get something for me (I was looking for Samiclaus), Manchester Wines is my next stop. One day I was shopping around and they had a beer salesman there doing an order. He chatted me up for a few minutes...

He told me that Manchester Wines has a very simple philosophy, have ever beer available. Which explains a lot. They really do have every beer available in CT, (so no Pliny or Yuengling), but some of their stuff can get a little aged. Sure, sometimes that's a good thing. But belgian-style pale ales, in twelve ounce bottles, just sitting on the shelves? Not so sure that stuff is meant to age like the barleywines.

In any case, I definitely recommend this store. Easily one of my favorite stores I've ever been to. If you want more personal service, and special orders, there are better stores around for that. But, if you know what you want and can't find it anywhere else, Manchester is a good place to check out. (1,185 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Props to CTSparky for showing me this trove of hoppy goodness.

These guys have it all... and then some. I've seen in these posts that this may be the best in CT. Good thing I don't have to find anywhere else in the state. Tons of varieties, including the rare local fare. Selection is second to none; if they can get it in the state they will have it.

Prices are fair, and when I'm done hauling my bottles of yummy beer to the register I don't feel guilty.

Worth it when on the prowl for that odd beer, or to look for new and rare types. (540 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

stopped through on the trip south from Canada

huge selection of beer, heavy regional representation, including growlers from Old Burnside and Berkshire, what looks like most of the Berkshire line in bombers, various stuff from Hooker, a few from Captain Lawrence, and much much more, of course there's the more widely distributed stuff as well as a big area of foreign stuff that I gave only a quick look, the back wall of coolers and a full aisle on the left side of the massive store are loaded with beer

the fellow who approached me in the beer section made an attempt to be helpful but was a little behind the curve, I was looking specifically for local and regional stuff and while he was able to offer some help with brands he could offer little advice about specific beers, almost choked when he listed Redhook as a local but apparently they do brew in New Hampshire (875 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

This is the best beer store in CT. They have a really good import selection. The German beers are in the cooler in the far right. Belgians are on wine racks to the left of the store. There is also a better than average selection of European and Asian beers. I'm impressed with the import selection here.

Most of the six pack stuff can be found in coolers in the back. I've been here a lot and have had good luck with freshness. You can mix your own six pack, and there are more beers on the shelving. I don't think there is any place in CT that has more beers than here. They also have an impressive selection of kegs available, with some of the bigger craft breweries as well as some local stuff from Berkshire and Hooker.

There isn't much to say about the service here. I've only talked to store employees at check out, which is typical of a large liquor store. I am on the e-mail list here, which keeps me updated on the newest releases. Overall, this is a great store that I go slightly out of my way for if I'm passing by Manchester on I84. (1,048 characters)

Photo of travduke
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Manchester Wine & Liquors has a very large and for the most part, up to date beer selection. There must be over 30 or 40 feet of cooler space, which over half is dedicated to craft beer, very impressive. Left hand side of the store is even more beer! This is where you can find the make your own sixer wall. Many belgians and others on wine laydown racks, it gives it a really nice look. Service isn't wonderful but luckily the beer selection is. I think just about every beer available in CT you can find here. They are my go-to store for limited releases and hard to find beers. Worth checking out for sure. (609 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Was very impressed with this place, one HUGE aisle of craft beer, first store in CT I have ever visited, thanks to BeerFly. Went here because I called and found out they had some Stout Trooper left today, got the last bottle. Quality seemed very good overall but some of the import stuff had some dust on it, which is not always a bad thing but not always a good thing either. Selection was great, got some stuff I haven't found in MA like New England Brewing Co. and River Horse Brewing Co., also saw some smaller local stuff I had never heard of. HUGE selection of Rogue and Great Divide, even larger than Table and Vine for these two breweries, all bases are covered for Dogfish, Allagash, Rochefort, New England, Ballast Point, Oskar Blues House, Pennichuck. Had a huge wall of import stuff, Cantillon at very good prices compared to stores in MA that carry it, great find. Lots of English and German, good Belgian stuff too, seemed to have the import selection covered as well. Cooler section was good, a few items from each big American craft brewery they carry in there. Make your own six pack deal is a plus. Didn't really get offered service by anyone while I was there but the store was neat and organized, the guy also kept my Stout Trooper behind the counter when I called him earlier in the day. Store was well organized and checkout was easy, I am VERY glad I found this place. (1,391 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev -7.4%

A suggested stop by clockworkorange via naproxen.

A large store with wine/liquor on one side with an extensive beer selection in along the back (cold) and the left side of the store.I would bet that just about any brand/beer available in CT is here. The selection is somewhat mind numbing! Most things seemed well taken care of save a few dusty import bottles.

Service at the register was friendly, sure they are taking my money, but floor service was non-existent. Many times employees stocking walked right past us and never uttered a peep about help.

All in all a worthy stop...I really dont need help looking for beer anyways! Prices seemed reasonable and I sure I will return if in the area. (699 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

New job put me about 5 miles away from this place so I got a chance to try out this highly regarded store. I gotta say, this place is just gigantic. 2 long aisles and the back wall of coolers all devoted to beer. It's tough going into this place and finding a 6 pack (or two) to buy.. there's too many to choose from! I found the prices to be a little above average though, I was expecting a store like this to be on the cheaper side but it really isn't. One cool part is they have a rack in the back corner for a mix a six.... you don't get a choice of any single beer in the store to put it (they stock it with a random 30-40 beer singles of diff breweries/style) but hey, it's still pretty good.. mark up isn't too bad on these singles either. Staff seemed reasonable although I was never asked for help. Great selection, but prices seemed a tad high... also a large bottle redemption center here. (900 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

Staying in CT on business so I decided to shop this store and select a beer for the evening. Nice selection. Huge 100ft back wall of coolers. Sadly most of the space is given to the macros & six packs. 98% of the bomber selection is in one of the aisles. All of the basic Craft items. Also a decent aisle of imports to peruse. I asked a question of a gentlemen (staff) in the aisle and was given a basic answer. Nothing wrong, but nothing special either.

This is a good store to visit if you live in the area, probably not one to seek out. Again, I realize I am spoiled by my local stores in Boston.

Good spot, I will stop again when in the area. (648 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

This was our first stop on the way to EBF. Thanks to naproxen and ineedabeerhere for the recommendation. This is a rather large store. There are coolers running just about the entire length of the back wall. Here you will find a great selection of cold sixers, bombers (a large variety of Berkshire), and pre-filled growlers from Berkshire, Opa Opa, etc. The warm beer selection takes up both sides of a full aisle. It looks like just about any beer that is available in CT is represented here. I saw a few bottles past their prime, but this was an exception, not a rule. While facing the coolers, walk to your left and you will come to a a few shelves with single 12oz. bottles that you can mix-n-match into a six pack. Except for the friendly and prompt service at the register, service was non existent. Emplyees stocking the shelves walked past us many times and did not ask if we needed help one time. Prices seemed reasonable. (932 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Pretty awesome beer store. They have a good selection of imports (Belgian, German, UK, Danish) and domestic (and locals) brews. They have tons of beer so you are guaranteed to find something new. They have a small selection of glassware (although nothing special). Mix a 6 deal for ANY 12-oz beer. Pretty good pricing too, especially for Belgians (generally). The staff has always been quite helpful if you're inquiring about a specific beer. Nothing too unique and they don't seem to get new stuff (stuff they don't already have) in that often, but like I said, there are so many bottles you are bound to find something. Check it out! (635 characters)

Photo of BelgianDip
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

Honestly, this is my Mecca. The selection is huge. A large wall of coolers line the back of the store. Here you will find a great selection of six & twelve packs as well as some growlers from local breweries. The left side of the store is what my wife calls "the good beer aisle." They have a great organizational scheme by country. With the Americans, English, Belgians and others all grouped. If it is sold in CT they will have it. The selection can be overwhelming, so if you need a suggestion or help ask for Jimmy. The man knows what he is doing. If you sign-up for their e-mail list, you will receive an e-mail with whatever new arrivals they have (usually on Thursdays). I have shopped around for prices quite a bit in CT, and am yet to find a place that can beat them.

To sum it up, they deliver a great selection at a great price. Manchester Wine & Liquors is definitely worth the trip. (896 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

This place is great- I've been a few times and each time I see something new I want to pick up. At least 20 doors of cold case where you can pick up all the regulars you can find in CT- dogfish, magic hat, harpoon, berkshire, opa opa, etc.

The singles selection is awesome as well. On one side, they have all the american microbrews- full line of rogue, southern tier blackwater series, ommegang, etc. And on the other side are the imports. The two shelves are split by a wooden wine-style rack filled with corked and caged bottles from the likes of allagash, ommegang, and all the belgian regulars.

This is a great place, and their beer guy Jim is always more than willing to order something in for you if you ask for it (providing its available in CT). Make sure to get on their beer email list to hear about all the new releases! (836 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Just move to CT and it turns out I live about 10 minutes from this place, and don't even have to get on the Interstate.

Swung by to check out what they had. Now I must say that even after living in Atlanta for the past several years I thought I had a damn good beer store, and several other highly touted beer stores I've been in across the country don't stand up in some regard, even given GA's limited selection.

But I was surprised by this place. I'm no longer disappointed that I had to move away from my beloved store.

This place has an amazing selection of both Belgian and American styles, plus plenty from other areas as well. The whole back wall is refrigerated storage with every local beer you could want and some you don't. Growlers from some places as well. Belgian selection is outstanding and the warm bottle selection is great too. They almost have more room dedicated to craft beer than wine. Since I've only just moved to the region I can't say how good they are about keeping seasonals/limited releases in, but they seem to have tons of stuff.

I was never approached by anyone about needing help, but the girl at the counter was friendly and chatted for a bit. Prices seemed okay too. Service would be higher if someone would have inquired if I needed help.

This is a great store. Glad to have it so close. (1,331 characters)

Photo of ksbrainard
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

This place is the closest I've seen to beer store heaven! I thought I knew a great shop until I saw this one.

The back wall of this huge store is FULL of craft beers, both imported and domestic. Just about every craft brand you can get in the state you can find here. And when I say imports, they have them from all over the world. They have multiple Polish beers, for example. And of course about a million Belgians.

They also have a comprehensive warm beer section, where you can get many of the same beers offered cold, as well as some that aren't stored in the fridge. They seem to try to carry all varieties of all brands. When I was last there a week or two ago, they had World Wide Stout, 120 Minute IPA, and Raison D'Extra (the three currently available Dogfish Head giants), as well as a monstrous offering from Avery. The point is, they carry everything!

In case all this isn't enough, they have a rack in the middle of the warm beer part with probably 50 different corked and caged 750ml beers. From Ommegang to Allagash to Duvel to Chimay to a bunch of stuff I hadn't heard of.

I rated service just average because I never really got any help from anyone. There seem to be a few people who know a little bit about how awesome the selection is, but for the most part, they just stock the shelves and work the registers. Of course, I never really asked for help, so there may be some guru there all the time just waiting to help customers in need.

I would rate the quality a 5.0 if they had an actual cellar condition (temperature, humidity, and light controlled) storage area for vintage beers. They have some a few years old in the cork and cage rack, but something makes me a little uneasy having them out in the open at room temperature and under the lights for a year or more. That said, I haven't noticed any storage flaws in anything I've bought there.

BeerAdvocates: bring your wish list to this store, you'll probably find at least one of the things you were looking for. And be careful you don't max out your credit card here. (2,052 characters)

Photo of Greenlabel
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

I went out of my way to visit this store as a result of reading about it on this site. As you can tell from my ratings, i was definitely not disappointed. I would even have rated quality as a 5.0 also except I did note a few outdated items on the shelves.

I would guess this store has in stock just about every domestic craft beer sold in CT. Extensive cooler space across the length of the store at the back end and about 80% is allocated to crafts and imports. Also a long aisle from front to back with shelves of domestics on one side and imports on the other. I've visited other solid CT craft beer stores but this one truly stands out. Easy to reach from I-84. Unusually large for a CT package store, it is across the parking lot from a large BJ's and occupies the former BJ's location.

Service was exceptional. I was asked by a number of people if I needed assistance and they had folks ready to help in bringing the beer to my car in their spacious parking lot even though I didn't request it.

After almost an hour, I left with several mixed cases and will return any time I'm in the area. IMO, it ranks with Julio's in Westboro , Spirit Haus in Amherst and a few other MA stores as the best in New England for domestic craft fans. (1,241 characters)

Photo of fredandboboflo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I might be overrating this place simply because it has the best selection of beer in a liquor store i've personally seen. I'm admittedly a little new to the game, but unless you're in search of a truly rare beer, you should be able to find anything you're looking for here without worrying too much about which beers may or may not have recently arrived. I agree with the others that the service could be better, but I've never had a real problem with things myself since I generally know what to look for. Prices are right in line with what you'd expect for the beers of the various levels sold here. My only minor complaint is that the mix and match 6-pack section could have been a tad stronger the few times I've been here, but again, I'm fairly inexperienced, so maybe the selection I saw was pretty typical. (813 characters)

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Manchester Wine & Liquors in Manchester, CT
95 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.