New England Beverage Company
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
Another find thanks to BA. New England Beverage Company is one of the better stores I have found in the state. It has the feel of a medium sized, clean, outlet store. They have a whole row of shelves to select singles in the back of the store. Lots of variety. I was able to find plenty of Thomas Hooker, Kona, and Boss beers among others. There is a great mix of foreign and domestic brews and several coolers as well. It seems like most of what is in the state, they have there. The service was friendly at the counter, although no one approached me while browsing. I do not mind that at all. The prices were a little on the cheap side. Overall, whenever I go back home to visit, I will now make a point of stopping here.
03-08-2010 17:22:00 | More by tigg924
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
This is my hands down first choice. Sadly I will end up at another spot closer to my home and I always question why after stopping in. The drive is worth it.
Large selection and everyone is very helpful. All one has to do is ask if you can't find what your looking for and they will order it for you and call when it is in. If they can't they are helpful to direct you to something similar you might want to try.
I can not stop in for awhile, pop in and ask for something for my husband and they remember what he likes and help me to find things for gifts or just a treat for him. Which is great when your married to someone who loves his beer and has totally different tastes than I do.
Have yet to stop in for a tasting night but am always invited and kept up to date on the what is coming in.
And if that doesn't it make it sound great then how about I have noticed they tend to sell things at a much better price.
02-13-2010 21:11:17 | More by Stoutkitten
3.85/5 rDev -9%
This is probably the best CT beer store in my immediate area (i.e. within 10 miles). I've stopped by a number of times to check out the selection and pick-up a few new items. Mario, the beer guy, is very nice; friendly and happy to talk beer whenever. He happily showed me what had recently come in as well as rare
items. He was quite knowledgable and eager to share his experiences. In that regard, I very much enjoy visiting this store. The selection is quite extensive. The entire back-left wall is taken by large coolers with more than 60% dedicated to craft beer. There is an adjacent aisle that runs nearly 50 feet long with 3 separate shelves. The entire aisle is filled with craft beer. The local and regional breweries/brewpubs are well represented (e.g. Smuttynose, Brooklyn, Thamas Hooker, Captain Lawrence, Blue Point, Opa Opa, Cisco, Victory, Stoutds). Other selections include Stone, Unibroue, Fort Collins, Great Divide, Sierra Nevada, Rogue). In addition, the import section is nice with small English, Belgian, and German breweries represented.
Overall, if you are in the area I would recommend a visit. If you are driving over 30 miles to get here I would recommend Mountainview instead of NEBC.
12-06-2009 22:54:53 | More by jaluria
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
I've been shopping here for several years, and it's one of the things I miss most about moving so far from Milford. Big open store, nicely laid out with a huge wall of coolers on the left and a lengthy back row of beers. Tremendous selection; if I can't find something in the stores east of the Q bridge, I can generally count on finding it here. The coolers have a big selection of import and domestic micro by the six pack/case, and the back row has a big variety of singles that can be mixed and matched. The beers in general appear to be rotated fairly well, and the staff are pretty helpful. All of that, and it's right next door to Trader Joe's so you can load up on quality food to go with your quality beer!
10-17-2009 07:18:17 | More by medic25
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
This is my favorite all-around beer store in the greater New Haven area. Only Amity rivals its selection, and the prices are generally more reasonable here. What really stands out about NEBC is the expansive variety of cold beer available - just about every craft 4/6 pack is in their huge fridge, as well as a decent assortment of the more popular bombers (e.g., Chimay, Duvel, La Fin du Monde). The room-temp shelf of singles also provides a great selection. I've never had an employee come offer to help me pick something out (not that I was looking for their help anyway), but they are always friendly at the check-out and will sometimes start conversations about whatever beers are being purchased. Overall, a very good bottle shop.
08-23-2009 23:42:15 | More by woosterbill
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Large warehouse with quite an impressive selection.
When I didn't live in CT, I visited family and got a chance to stop by here. It was one of the few things that stayed in my memory.
Once I moved here, it was one of the first places I went to.
Great selection of six packs and mixed packs (micro, micro, imports, etc.) in the fridge; more than I've seen anywhere else in the New Haven area. An amazing selection of individual bottles in the back holds practically every popular craft brewery (especially in the New England area) and often has plenty of special/rare bottles that I can't find anywhere else.
Occasionally a dusty bottle of something very special can be found on the shelves, but they unfortunately get rid of anything that gets "too old" to make room for newer stock (which is sad to me since it's the old dusty ones that I end up buying to stick in the cellar).
The staff often appears to be unfriendly before you talk to them, but when you ask questions, they do the best they can to help you. However, they seem to be more interested in their wines than the beers.
They fortunately keep the warehouse at a good temperature, and I have never had a problem opening any bottles from there (i.e. chipped, flat, spoiled, leaking, shaken up, etc.)
It's definitely a place for anyone in the area (or even not in the area) to check out. It is a regular stop for me weekly to double check what's new. Great selection at expected prices.
05-25-2009 02:23:41 | More by dbmcrorie
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
This is my go to package store. They have a number of great/harder to find beers. From American craft beers to Belgians this store is the best I've found in CT (I think they boast something like over 700 beers or more, not sure though). Prices are pretty reasonable but yet again since I've never really found another package store with half the selection of this store so its pretty hard to compare. So if you're looking for anything from DFH, Rogue, Victory, Southern Tier, Ithaca, Weyerbacher, Thomas Hooker, Great Divide, Flying Dog, Allagash to Duvel, Samichlaus, Unibroue you'll find it all.
My only complaint may be that the beer is so fresh that I couldn't even find any vintages.
06-16-2008 15:17:31 | More by WeaponTheyFear
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
When you enter, head to the far left wall for the refrigerated options and the far wall for the room temperature selections. In the far left corner, there are empty four and six packs to fill with individual beers.
There is a great selection of high quality beers at room temperature: single bottles, 12oz & 22oz, from all over the world. Lots of German and Belgian beers including 3 types of Corsendonk.
Growlers, four packs, six packs and 12 packs are abundant. The CT & NY breweries were very well represented also. Lots of beers not normally carried at other stores, not just the typical stuff.
The staff was friendly.
There is also a huge amount of wine and alcohol.
06-09-2008 21:09:55 | More by scottg
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
This place has a great selection of single bottle beers and harder to find beers. It has a decent price as well for most of this stuff. The beers looked fresh enough as this is a very large place to shop for beers. The next closest place for a beer selection of this magnitude is probably down on the outskirts of New Haven. The service was excellent and I would definately recommend this place if you are going in the area and need some beer.
The most interesting thing about this place is that it is located right next to a another liquor warehouse and down the street from a Costco that sells at state minimum. The beer selction is a million times better than both which is why it is still there.
01-01-2008 19:17:07 | More by erosier
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
New England Beverage Company is still going strong. I stopped by yesterday and hit the Thomas Hookers and Southamptons pretty hard. There was a large selection of sixers, 12ozs, bombers, and 750s from DFH, Hooker, Southampton, Chouffe, Rogue, Paper City, Weyerbacher, Allagash, St. Bernardus, Unibroue, Victory, Long Trail, and Smuttynose. When I asked Mario if they had anything new, he showed me the Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale and the DFH Red & White.
This place is as good as Mo's in Fairfield.
03-31-2007 03:32:08 | More by scthaden
New England Beverage Company in Orange, CT
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