Cheshire Wine & Spirits
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 12
2.78/5 rDev -34.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
The beer guy, Jim is a"hophead" who has a lot of trouble recommending other types of beers besides IPAs. I have stopped going there because his recommendations. He also has bias towards certain breweries and does stock their beer. He does like Brooklyn Brewery so he keeps a low supply.
If you are in the area try Southington Wine and Spirit. Murph is their beer guy and he has been on the mark almost always... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .
10-09-2012 18:11:56 | More by Pokernbeer
4.44/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Store has a good selection for a small/medium sized place. They generally have a full range of choices from my three favorite breweries, Sierra, Victory and Stone. Their prices are equal or better to CBM (eg sierra 12 packs $15.99, a dollar off for two. Now including Torpedo!) If you want to try something out of your comfort zone, Jim is the guy to talk to for recommendations (he doesn't work Wednesdays). Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Jay is the owner and wine guy. His wife, sons and daughter often work the store. Nice folks.
01-04-2012 00:54:53 | More by Gastone
4/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Just a few miles from interstate 84, this is a larger box of a store with the traditional Conn. set up of a ton of wine and booze up front and midway, and all the beer at the rear of the store. This place stock a pretty impressive and extensive selection of a lot of the usual good stuff available in the region. Respectable Belg/Ger/Brit options, ample USA good stuff. Highlights for me are Old Burnside Growler options, Hooker beers and Bershire Brew. Co bombers, none of which make it tho NY state. BTW, will BBC ever brew a new beer? Seems there offerings have not changed one bit in the past too many years. Picked up a pricey 4 pack of Gandhi-Bot..all in all a respectable store where you will be able to find plenty of quality BA worthy options.
09-12-2010 13:50:38 | More by Billolick
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I heard about this place while on the prowl for Imperial Stout Trooper last year. Picked it up at around $9 a bottle, I could deal with it. When I went to the register to pay for it the cashier thought she was ripping me off. I told her it was the right price and paid in full, but initially I was underwhelmed at the service.
However, this year everything was different.
The selection isn't out of this world, but they have some things I've never seen in CT. The stock guy, Jim, is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Oddly enough, I was also eying a bottle of Fort Collins Z when Jim stepped in to recommend it. I got into a discussion with him about how I got IST there last year and was wondering if they had any more. He said they weren't expecting it, but that they were soon expecting NEBC 668 Neighbor of the Beast.
I checked back in later and unfortunately it hadn't come in yet. Jim expressed his apologies and immediately got on the phone with the distributor, NEBC, and even called "Rob" at NEBC on his cell phone to try to find out the status of this elusive beer. If nothing else, I recommend this place on the service.
Prices are a little blotchy; I got a mixed 4 for ~$10 which is pretty good I suppose but some prices were a little high. Worth the trip though.
06-15-2010 21:45:14 | More by MikeBrandman
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A big, well-lit store in a small plaza in the beautiful suburban town of Cheshire.
When you walk in, you are bombarded by wine. On the outer walls of the wall sits the spirits. In the back is where all the glory is.
The beer selection is decent for a small town store. Talk to Jim the beer guy - he's very friendly and also helpful. I usually find what I'm looking for here - NEBC, Great Divide, BBC, etc. I even found North Coast Old Stock Ale 2005 here once! Jim keeps the supply neat, organized, and fresh. If you ask him for something, he'll try and order it for you.
12-30-2009 14:50:59 | More by hoppymcgee
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here on my way home from work a few weeks ago and found the selection to be very good. I find myself more interested in local and regional breweries/brewpub offerings than in the Belgian/German imports. In that regard, this store is excellent. A good number of New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) breweries were represented such as: Berkshire, New England Brewing Co., Thomas Hooker, Cisco, Olde Burnside, Ithaca BC, Smuttynose, Long trail, Otter Creek, Brooklyn Brewery, and Allagash.
In addition, they had a good selection of West Coast breweries: Rogue, Oskar Blues, Great Divide, and North Coast (I know there were others but I can't remember exactly what was available).
For those seeking sampler packs, cases, and singles there was a good selection available of the breweries I've mentioned above as well as others. Good selection of imports as well like Schneider Weiss, Hofbraus, Spaten, Aventius, etc.
Overall, I thought this store has a very good selection and merits a visit if you are in the area. Jim, the beer guy, was quite friendly and easy to talk to during my visit. The owner was also very pleasant and interested in my selection.
06-03-2008 21:06:00 | More by jaluria
4/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Well, looking to expand my selection of places to find my favorite brews. This one is 15 to 20 minutes in teh opposite direction of home so it took me a while to hit it after work.
Like most places in CT, wine jumps out at you when you walk in but the beer selection in back is nothing to sneeze at. All the usual suspect, tons of Hooker Oktoberfest (why 10 cases), Liberator, Old Marley. Belgain selection is modest but good. A good mix of English - Hen's Tooth, Bad Elf and others. Polish slection is decent like many other stores these days - Okicim, yeah! Abita amber, Purple Haze and Turbo Dog - nobody usually has all three?
Has some of the new stuff to CT including Berkshire BC, which is nice to see. Others of note Brooklyn BCS, Victory Storm King, Houblon Chouffe, De Dolle misc.
Overall a great place for some occasional shopping or when looking for something that nobody else has in stock - like Liberator! This is no bargain outlet but not over-priced compared to some.
11-30-2006 03:59:31 | More by gpcollen1
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The selection of beers is great. Jim is the beer guy to see for any kind of beer questions. Just stopped in on 9/3/05 and Paul Davis of Thomas Hooker was there with tasting of his beers. This was the first store in the state to have Hooker Octoberfest this season. I got my case and a free glass too. Sure, Amity, Costal and MountView have big selections too but Jim knows his stuff. He runs a beerfest every year in Hamden, so keep a look out for the date. The store looks new and is a little ways out in Cheshire next to CVS out on route 10. Worth a trip!!
09-04-2005 16:55:45 | More by tomschrader
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This is located at the CVS plaza on Route 10, I kinda drove past it so do lookout. Going south on Route 10 it'll be on your right hand side. Quality seemed good from here, first place in CT I've seen Westmalle Tripel and best before date was in 2006. Service is nice. There's a main beer guy and we chatted about beer and other beer related stuff for a good 30 minutes. He really knows his stuff. Selection was a little bit on the light side, but he's got some hard to find stuff here. Dogfish Head's Festina Lente and Pengea. It's a new store and he'll expand the selection but it'll go with time. Overall a nice place to find the hard to find beers.
08-30-2004 21:04:29 | More by necoadam
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
I have been here a few times to pick up brews. I know the beer guy fromhis days at Coastal here in Branford and he always keeps me posted on new brews comin in and actually will hold stuff for me now that I know him pretty well. he really knows his beer and is good at offering advice on beer styles/brands that I was unfamiliar with.
This is a relatively new store but they had the Trout Brook Imp Porter and tons of it early on and I expect the selection and availability to continue to improve the longer the store is open.
Location is good to right on route 10 near the CVS. Makes a good stop over in between New Haven and Meriden.
01-05-2004 03:42:33 | More by sulldaddy
Cheshire Wine & Spirits in Cheshire, CT
93 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.