New England Beverage Company
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +18.2%
I would rate NEBC higher if the scale went past 5.0! Three reasons why; Spencer, Spencer, Spencer! I randomly stopped in to check out the store during it's first month of operation. I was blown away, couldn't believe the selection! Then a big, scruffy looking young guy(Spencer) approached me with a smile and asked how I was doing. I spent the next 2 hours discussing all things beer with this fellow afficianado of ales. NEBC has since become a weekly (or daily) destination. They have more beer than anyone else in CT. Spence keeps it real too, here are a few of the goodies you will find there; All DogfishHeads, Rogues, Smuttynose Big Beer Series, Anderson Valley, Bigfoot i(n July), Paper city Hop Monster, Hooker's Liberator, Old Marley, and Imp. Porter, Hitochino Eisbock, and sooo much more! The selection of Belgian ales is staggering: all Chimays, La Trapp, Delirium, Nostradomus, St. Bernardus, Unibroue, Orval, Corsendonk, Victory, Ommegang, and so on. If it's good and it's available in CT, Spencer will have it. If he doesn't, he will cheerfully order it. Note: Spencer stashes a lot of good barleywines, Imperial stouts, and other "big" beers. Be extra nice to him and he might show you where! Oh yeah, they sell wine and booze too.
11-26-2004 17:34:03 | More by AlexJ
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Thanks to BA, I visited this store today and was very impressed. Very large selection of craft and micro brews in a clean enviorment. I must have looked like a deer caught in headlights, the selection is a lot to take in, but very much worth taking your time. The staff was helpful and friendly, informing me of upcoming tastings as well as pointing out some nice selections (including Southern Tier Uber Sun, Black Boss Porter, Old Rasputin, Fuller's Vintage Ale, and Gouden Carolus D'Or).
Fortunately, this store is about a 10 min drive and in the words of General Douglas MacArthur, "I shall return!".
04-09-2010 20:52:43 | More by ThreeDimesDown
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
I checked this place out after several rave reviews from other CT BAs. I drove down after work today and definitely will be coming back!
The store is located right next to Trader Joes on route one in Orange. Enter the store and it is very bright and clean. Must be a new store. The beer is to the left. The entire left wall is the beer cooler and the lineup is impressive. Rogue, DFH, Brooklyn, and tons of other tasty brews are present. The selection is best towards the front and fades to macros towards the end. But just to your right isthe aisle of beers! Mixed sixers for 10% discount and there are a ton of local and regional choices here. Not only that but a very good selection of bombers and I even saw one bottle of Utopias! As I was checking out there were some beers sitting by the register. I asked what these were for and the cashier said they were adding these to the system saw some St Bernardus and other treats here. I am sure I will stop here again since it is like 10 minutes from my work. Also the prices were very good. Cheaper than I have seen at most stores with great selection. What a great addition to the CT beer scene!
02-28-2004 05:33:41 | More by sulldaddy
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
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Got lucky and found this place on the post road one night while shopping for couches. Its brand new, well lit and very clean store set up with big isles like most warehouse stores. Back wall of cooler doors full of beer, and a full isle dedicated to beer. They have a really nice shelf full of singles that have clearly market prices, so no suprises at the register when trying a new beer. I met Spence the beer guy and he was really cool and knowledgeable about beer and excited to talk beer which is huge in my book. He suggested a few and listened to my feedback also huge. I asked him about Wolvers Oatmeal Stout cause I couldn't find it anywhere and he grabbed me a six from the private stock in the back, all on my first visit: I felt like a regular.
Good store, good staff, good selection and good prices what more do you want.
12-16-2003 01:28:48 | More by OatmattStout
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Visited Saturday Dec. 11th 2004 at 9:00AM.
I pull in on my way to NY city - not far off the highway at all. Big parking lot, big store, beer in the back. A long cooler with a ton of six-packs, a whole aisle of other beers, and a couple of endcaps with certain sales/themes. I went straight for the Thomas Hooker endcap and picked up some Imperial Porter, Barleywine, and everything else in stock from them. I could not give a five for selection because they did not have two things that I have been looking for - De Ranke Pere Noel and the St. Bernardus mix pack. But a very impressive selection nonetheless of locals, domestics, and imports.
All of the stock seemed well cared-for, well-organized, and dust-free.
I talked to the person working about beer a bit and he was very friendly. He even carried one of my cases out to my car. All in all a great place that I will return to when in the area.
12-15-2004 21:37:05 | More by waughbrew
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
I think I've found my 2nd home. I was going to travel 25 minutes away when I found a review on this store. A fantastic selection selection of foreign and domestic beer. A lot of beers I haven't seen before and some that I haven't seen in quite a long time.
I had to pickup a sampling of beer for an Oktoberfest party...it took me over an hour in the aisle to make up my mind. I didn't have time to look at the cooler section. I could have spent another hour browsing and making a wish list. Great place!
09-30-2010 17:05:15 | More by renders256
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Heading up I-95 en route to the Extreme Beer festival in Boston last week, I got off exit 41 to first show my passengers where the PEZ plant is in Orange, and then to take in New England Beverage Company.
Spent time just crazy gawking at the coolers that run the length of the store. What the hell?? Yo, check it out, growlers from Old Burnside, East Hartford. And look at this, a litre Troutbrook Imperial Porter. Sick. As you get to the rear of the store, the beers turn from micro to macro just as you hit the rear aisle which is all beer. A good selection of New England micros (Gritty's, Atlantic Brewing, Sea Dog, Shipyard, Long Trail, Smuttynose, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Budhook), some regionals (Brooklyn, Victory, and 12 varieties of Dogfish Head), and standards Anchor, Sierra Nevada and Rogue. Single beers everywhere for "make your own six pack". Hmmmmn, a Dogfish Courant, and few Punkins, some of this, some of that.
Heavier on the micros, they're a little light on the imports but they've just recently opened and it'll take some time to get there. Fantome, Cantillion, Unibroue in the house and a good full line of Sam Smith beers, 10 of them in all.
While we were mulling around, someone came by and asked, "You finding everything you need?" and Phil immediately resonded, "Do you have the Magic Hat Ravel?" and was told, "It came in this morning". Grabbed me a case (Score!!!) Ooooh, a Dogfish Festina Lente. That'll be coming with me as well.
Off to a great start here...
01-25-2004 05:11:11 | More by slander
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
All I can say about this place in Orange is SPENCE...SPENCE....SPENCE!!! (BA name: Boneslice)
Not only is this a great store for all alcohol needs, equiptment, cold beer, warmed beer, etc, the beer guy is friggin awesome!!! This guy knows Sulldaddy and I so well that he takes us back to the back room for his "good" stash that he keeps only for quality beer drinkers!!!! How friggin cool is that...every beer he suggests, I end up loving! They're selection is out of this world; better than anything else I have seen. While staying in Branford, Sulldaddy and I always make this trip to visit Boneslice!!! Thanks Spence, you get me good shiznit!!!
11-19-2004 01:41:13 | More by Fish113d
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
New England Beverage Company in Orange, CT
93 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.