New England Beverage Company
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Right along Route 1 in Orange is this wine/liquor/beer store. Wine is the one that gets the most attention here, which is fine. They were even giving out Riedel glassware with certain bottles, not bad ! Anyhow, the beer selection is in the back, good sized color and than an aisle of room temperature selections. Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, NEBCO, Allagash, Rochefort, others on hand. Better than most places for selection, surprised they did not have more employees working in such a large store. Prices are right in line and its close to a Trader Joes, which is a plus.
12-30-2011 01:41:33 | More by mltobin
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
I checked this place out after several rave reviews from other CT BAs. I drove down after work today and definitely will be coming back!
The store is located right next to Trader Joes on route one in Orange. Enter the store and it is very bright and clean. Must be a new store. The beer is to the left. The entire left wall is the beer cooler and the lineup is impressive. Rogue, DFH, Brooklyn, and tons of other tasty brews are present. The selection is best towards the front and fades to macros towards the end. But just to your right isthe aisle of beers! Mixed sixers for 10% discount and there are a ton of local and regional choices here. Not only that but a very good selection of bombers and I even saw one bottle of Utopias! As I was checking out there were some beers sitting by the register. I asked what these were for and the cashier said they were adding these to the system saw some St Bernardus and other treats here. I am sure I will stop here again since it is like 10 minutes from my work. Also the prices were very good. Cheaper than I have seen at most stores with great selection. What a great addition to the CT beer scene!
02-28-2004 05:33:41 | More by sulldaddy
4/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
have family in milford and i stop here any chance i get.
service.. they lost spencer and gained a beer guy who doesn't know much of anything.. and stinks of cigarettes. ok. fine. however, they still seem to be getting good beers (first place in the area with southampton IPA, good selection of o-fests in september, etc).. spencer was cool but not exactly the penultimate beer geek genius. he was learning and locals need to motivate this new guy in the right direction.
selection is still excellent. lots of hard-to-find belgians rivaling the selection at amity. always count on abt 12, three phils jeroboams, and a nice selection of local stuff like cooperstown, hooker, and new england. coolers are equally full of craft beer, and i was craving a cold hooker munich which i was able to procure from their freezebox.
most of the stuff there seems fresh, although i remember seeing 04 hooker o-fest singles there last june. i'd say most everything is OK, but beware the singles.. know your release dates and you should be ok.
for the area, one of the must-check locations.. usually carry some glassware and every once in a while you'll locate something 'vintage,' something you just missed at the store that sells beers a bit faster (hooker porter, for example), or something weird and new.
prices aren't bad either.. the aforementioned abt 12 750ml is one of my price gauges, and 8.99 is totally decent. ill be back.
10-05-2005 01:09:03 | More by goodbyeohio
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
While recovering from the excitement of seeing the PEZ plant on our diversion with Mr. Slander, I was even more happy to find a place where I could get the Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale and Oatmeal Stout I missed from California. I also scored the Ravel (though I took only 3 bottles, so Slander could have his whole case.) Also picked up an Aventinus Eisbock, some Dogfish Pumpkin and 120' IPA, Schneider-Weisse Edel-weisse, Festina.
The service? Not only did they dig the Ravels off the pallette for us, they showed us around the place and were genuinely interested in what we were looking for, and what they could do to make the place even better. They even gave us some free keychain bottle openers (oho!) They are new, and they are open to suggestion. Looks like they're on the right track so far, if you've got a car it's worth the trip.
02-27-2004 02:17:29 | More by PopeJonPaul
5/5 rDev +18.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I would rate NEBC higher if the scale went past 5.0! Three reasons why; Spencer, Spencer, Spencer! I randomly stopped in to check out the store during it's first month of operation. I was blown away, couldn't believe the selection! Then a big, scruffy looking young guy(Spencer) approached me with a smile and asked how I was doing. I spent the next 2 hours discussing all things beer with this fellow afficianado of ales. NEBC has since become a weekly (or daily) destination. They have more beer than anyone else in CT. Spence keeps it real too, here are a few of the goodies you will find there; All DogfishHeads, Rogues, Smuttynose Big Beer Series, Anderson Valley, Bigfoot i(n July), Paper city Hop Monster, Hooker's Liberator, Old Marley, and Imp. Porter, Hitochino Eisbock, and sooo much more! The selection of Belgian ales is staggering: all Chimays, La Trapp, Delirium, Nostradomus, St. Bernardus, Unibroue, Orval, Corsendonk, Victory, Ommegang, and so on. If it's good and it's available in CT, Spencer will have it. If he doesn't, he will cheerfully order it. Note: Spencer stashes a lot of good barleywines, Imperial stouts, and other "big" beers. Be extra nice to him and he might show you where! Oh yeah, they sell wine and booze too.
11-26-2004 17:34:03 | More by AlexJ
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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
New England Beverage Company in Orange, CT
93 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.