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North End Superette

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North End SuperetteNorth End Superette
BA SCORE
86
very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
[ Store ]

1308 Elm St
Manchester, New Hampshire, 03101-1306
United States
phone: (603) 627-1416

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Photo of meandthekids
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%

I was in search of Kegs of beer for a party last year and was told this place had the best prices. I called around, and confirmed it to be true. The place, yes, is not the nicest, but the prices were great and although the people may not speak the best english, they were very nice to me. For this years party, I have gone back for the same. If you are not too concerned about appearance, I would not hesitate to get your beer here!

meandthekids, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%

Not sure if they were remodeling in here or something, but this place is a bit of a dump. The beer is to the left when you walk in, and there is a very decent selection of 4 and 6 packs from all over the country, as well as some imports. Bomber selection is a bit thin, but decent. The place was a wreck, overall, and once I got over the fly buzzing my face every five minutes I could relax and look around. The guy working the register grunted a couple times when I was checking out, so I would say there is not much emphasis on service. Not sure what else is in the area, but I am in no rush to get back to this place.

GarthDanielson, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

This might be the largest beer store in all of NH in terms of quantity. They don't carry every beer available to NH but they carry most and generally have a ton, lots of 12 packs and cases. They have coolers along 2? sides of the store that hold singles, 4/6 packs, and macro. As has been stated before, freshness can be a bit of a problem and the store isn't always that clean or organized.

Service seems to be fairly standard, I don't usually get much in terms of greeting, assistance, or chatting.

Pricing is pretty standard although you can occasionally run into a great deal. I recently picked up a case of Treble Hook Barleywine for just $9.99!

It's not my go to store, but if I'm in the area I'll usually stop in a take a look.

Satchboogie, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of tehchunk
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

This place was quite a surprise at first. From the outside, it looks like your typical convenience store that would probably have the usual craft beer selection (Shipyard has been advertised as the beer of the month for the last few months). Once inside, the beer selection is quite surprising. The entire left side of the store is full of wine, big bottles & a wall of 6/4-packs. They have a few fridges dedicated to big bottles and the entire back wall is also stocked with your usual domestics and a good selection of craft 6-packs as well.

Overall, for a beer store in NH this place has a great selection and the prices are very reasonable. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area & looking to make a purchase.

tehchunk, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

It's not much to look at from the outside. When I walk into it everything seems a bit congested. But I don't go into a beer store to admire the surroundings. I go in to buy beer.

Their selection is quite good, probably one of the best selections in the state. It is the only store in New Hampshire where I regularly find Beamish Stout. You can buy singles and mix and match. They price by the beer. You don't get a standard mix and match 6-pack price.

Some are refrigerated and some are not. If you maneuver your way around to the south side of the building to the door that leads into the storage cellar you will find a lot of orphan beers, often dust covered, sitting unorganized on a shelf. These are probably the leftovers from broken up six-packs.

But I don't think they throw anything out no matter how old it is. It is not uncommon to find a beer that is beyond its "best by" date and I have picked up the occasional seasonal beers from the previous season. Not that this is necessarily bad because many beers get better with age.

The service is so-so. They cash you out, bag your product and send you on your way. I have never experienced a friendly, chatty cashier.

puboflyons, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of nikthewerelion
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Best place to get good beer in manchester, not having a car i am glad its close enough for me to walk to. good selection of stuff. they can get anything that is legal to get in NH. always check their selection every few weeks cuz i notice they get some new things. good slection of foreighn and micro brews and high end bombers. it can be abit pricey and if you know what kind of stuff you like then use this site to do research before you buy because the guy at the register isnt much help, he is from Nepal and i am sure doesnt drink. not being able to find prices is rather annoying so your best bet is to go there with like at least 20 bucks. some of my favorites, unibroue, sam adams , chimay, duvel, rogue, victory. ommegang, McEwans.

nikthewerelion, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of jwheeler85
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

I find myself stopping by this place once every week or two. They always have a good variety of cheap beer like bud, coors, miller, etc, but also carry a good number of harder to find micro brews and imports. They have a good selection of Unibroue, Dogfish Head, Samuel Smith, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, etc. Stock seems to change with the season. If you feel like splurging a bit they also have a really good selection of large size specialty beers by Chimay, Rogue, and others. I recently bought a pint of Chimay Grand Reserve for $12. Definitely worth it. Also a plus, the owner lets you mix your own 6 packs with whatever is in stock. They scan the bottles individually in this case, but it is still a lot cheaper than trying new beer at a bar (usually around $11 or $12 for a 6 pack of higher quality beer).

jwheeler85, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
4/5  rDev +7.8%

For a little convenience store on Elm street this place is packed with beer. Good place for getting kegs as well. They will also special order anything that is available in NH if they don't carry it. Normally in stock are the local to New England breweries, but many foreign bottles as well.

I often stop here on my way to friends places or parties and often walk out with way more then I intended to buy. With the selection they have everything just calls to you.

It is owned by a very friendly middle eastern couple and is family run. Most of the prices are reasonable for the bottles. The kegs are a little bit on the pricey side.

bilyboy65, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

This is on my way home from work, so I shop there often. This little convenience store probably has the largest selection of beer available in Manchester. Its a great selection by NH standards that is, maybe 100 - 200 labels. Most of the area microbrews are available with some regional and nationals represented too. Last trip they had bombers of Rogue, Smuttynose, Ommegang, Unibroue, Lindemans, Harpoon, Duvel, Sam Smith Right now they have a large selection of fall brews Lots of Ocktoberfest and Pumpkins available.
They also have lots of kegs in stock if thats your thing.
Not the biggest slection by any means and not the least expensive, but you'll always find something tasty inside.

johnnnniee, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of xumbi
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

I admit, I am a beer newbie. I have only been drinking micro brews seriously for the past three months or so, but I've been enjoying every sip of my new-found hobby. That is why I am extremely excited to have found this fine establishment very close to my home in Hooksett (just north of Manchester).

I went in hoping to find some Unibroue Maudite, and what I found far surpassed my expectations. This place has the biggest selection I've seen in central New Hampshire. Other reviewers have done a better job listing off their selections, so I won't bother.

The owners seem to be an Indian couple who were very pleasant. The only downside is the prices are a bit high, but you get what you pay for.

I can't recommend this store enough. I know I will be returning for many future purchases.

xumbi, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of MikeRoy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

The BEST place in Manchester to buy beer, supermarkets might save you a dollar but there selection is lacking. Service is what it is, it's always been very friendly but don't expect too much help with beer related questions as the owners are not beer geeks, they are running a business and a good one at that. Recent brewers/beers I've seen : Ommegang,Unibroue,Sam Smith,Dogfish Head, Duvel, Lindemans, Smuttynose, Rogue, Cisco, Tuckerman,Buzzards Bay ect. If you're going to stop a one store in the Manchester area, this should be it, easily accessible right in the heart of downtown.

MikeRoy, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Northend is a great place to hit up if you're in the Milly's vicinity, and has a decent selection (by NH standards).
It has changed hands since it was well regarded as being "the" place to go for good beer.
Since that time, the selection had gone downhill, and somewhat back of recent.
DFH, Ommegang, Rogue, Unibroue, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Smith, Harpoon 100 bbl series, as well as the usual "micro" suspects are in house.
Most beer is on the floor in cases, with several coolers holding cold ones.
Prices are not always marked, so often you must ask at the front.
For the most part, the prices are good, and better than Candia Rd, but not as good as if you were to find the same brews on sale in a supermarket.
Service is poor, with one person who stays at the register, and never an inquiry if you need any help.
Also, they have a strict no return policy, so make sure it's what you want and it's fresh, or you're SOL.
Northend is miniscule by "destination" beer store standards, and is probably more content to sell porno mags and friskies than beer-but this is NH, and we'll take what we can get.

brewandbbq, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -19.1%

This is my beer store of choice in manchester for when I can't get to Nashua or MA. They carry a good selection of beer, probably the best variety in Manchester area. Their prices are good, they don't mark up their product as much as I've seen at other stores. From time to time they even have sales on good seasonal stuff.

The rest of the store is standard small scale convenience store fare. Chips, sodas, magazines etc.. The location is easy to get to and parking is far better than "prime" elm st. retail shops a few blocks down. The building itself blends in so much that it can be hard to miss.

If you're in the Manchester area and want a wide variety of beer to choose from or are looking for a keg for the party then you would be hard pressed to find as many choices as the North End Superette offers

barleywinebrewer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

Beer aisle along the left, coolers all in the back, great selection of local six packs, as well as larger micros. Also an excellent selection of imports (read: Unibroe and other corked and cageds). Not much that I hadn't seen before, but there was a wide swath of product, which was nice. Big sale on Shipyard, if that floats your boat, $4.99/6er.

Checkout was interesting, involving no speaking except for amount due, and bagging was a problem, getting a plastic bag for 3 bombers, and 2 brown paper bags, each holding a six pack. Plan ahead with bringing your own box if you plan on buying more than this.

A surprisingly good stop for a passerby in the area, you can hit many interesting items in a small location. Not as hard to find as I was thinking, look for the green awnings.

ppoitras, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

Without the previous beerflies, it never would have occurred to me to go into a convenience store for beer. New Hampshire does seem to have strange liquor laws. From outside, it's a nondescript store that's easy to miss. Inside, about half the store is given over to beer:coolers line the walls, cases define the back half, sixers fill the aisles.

Quite a respectable selection of micros. If I lived here, I'd be pretty happy with it. As a traveller, I saw pretty much the New England beers I'm used to. There don't seem to be many strictly New Hampshire breweries. My quest for something local that I'd never heard of yielded only Tuckermann's. (There was another that looked local, but the labelling confessed it was contract brewed, so I forgot the name.)

Still, I had a good browse. It was only when I came up to the front and handed over my cash to the dour counterman that I was reminded that this is not a beer store. In the back amid the beer, you're on your own.

gentlebubbles, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

This is my favorite local beer stop since it's about five minutes away from my place. Since moving to New Hampshire about two years ago, it has probably the best selection of micros in the state that I've come across (that's really not saying all that much).

The North End is your typical convenience store with about eight cooler doors reserved for beer at the back wall. In addition to this they have a few other smaller coolers on the left wall for singles. There's plenty of macros here for those of us who have not yet seen the light, but they also have a pretty solid selection of micros including: most smuttynose, most magic hat, sierra nevada, most nutfield, most long trail, most geary's, most Shipyard, etc. Ever since the change in ownership about nine months ago, they've also been able to bring in about six different Rogues, four different DFHs, three different Ommegang, five different Unibroue, and the complete rotation of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. The staff is friendly but lack the knowledge of employees at other great beer stores. The prices are comparable to any other superette. Based on selection alone (given the lack of good beer stores in New Hampshire), this is a great little place for variety. The only problem is that the owners tend not to experiment with bringing in different beers. What you see is what you get even if you ask for a special order.

NEhophead, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of porterpeter
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

In addition to the nice selection of specialty beers, this place sells kegs. As far as southern New Hampshire keg distributors go, they seem to be the only ones that have good beer (Newcastle, Bass, Smuttynose, etc) in stock. This is also the only place in New Hampshire that I've been able to find half liter bottles of Fransizkaner Naturtrüb, Dunkel, and Kristall Hefeweizen beers.

The staff is generally very friendly and helpful, but they need to work on their English language skills. This is only really an issue when you're trying to reserve a keg by phone. Generally, if they don't have a particular keg in stock, they can get it in 1-2 days.

porterpeter, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of tommy78
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

When I first tried to locate this joint, I drove by it THREE times before I realized it was the N.E. Superette. It is small and barely noticeable. They have a good selection of brews, especially a number of different Unibroue beers (La Terrible, Fin du Monde, Trois Pistoles, etc). They also have Samuel Smith, Nutfield (which you can find anywhere in Southern NH), Framboise, Molson, and others. They also have a extensive collection (by NH standards) of malt liquor. There's no price differential between the refridgerated brews and the OTC brews. In terms of service, if you request a type of beer you want, they can have it for you in a short time. I wanted some Brooklyn Lager, and they were able to hook me up with a case. For me, that was good enough to maintain my loyalty.

tommy78, Mar 24, 2004
North End Superette in Manchester, NH
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.