Southington Wine & Spirits
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mltobin:
3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This store is located along a busy street, within a shopping plaza is the location for this store. As others noted, wine and hard liquor dominates the shelves here. But they do have a fair amount of beer and craft beer. From CT / NE locals to further away selections, they have quite a bit. IE ; NEBCO, Cisco, Thomas Hooker, Belgians, U.K. beers, etc. Their staff seems to be pre-occupied in their own conversations for the most part. Some price are a bit high. But it will certainly work for picking up some good beer in a pinch.
06-03-2012 03:23:10 | More by mltobin
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3.99/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Just south of I-84 on Rt 10; heading south it's on the left in the Wal Mart Plaza. Easy access from 84 makes it a convenient stop while traveling thru on the interstate. The store is very spacious ,very clean, with the beer selection in the back The back wall is all coolers, and to the left is an area shelving non-refrigerated beers in various size bottles & cans.
The staff offered help, and when I politely declined they left me alone, which I appreciated. The store has an impressive collection of New England beers, and an excellent representation of other breweries around the country, and the world; but it has perhaps the best selection of Connecticut breweries that I have come across.
I loaded up with some harder to find New England brews: Old Burnside, McNeill's, New England Brewing, Rock Art, White Birch, The Cambridge House, Two Roads, Cisco, Top Shelf, Relic, Mayflower, Berkshire, Calvary. I also picked up a couple of Polish Beers, as they have a big Polish-American community in the area.
I spent more than I planned to, but that's what happens when you find some treasures. This is one of the better beer selections I have found in New England, but not as extensive as the Yankee Spirits stores in Sturbridge, Attleboro, & Swansea MA. However, as mentioned they do have some Connecticut breweries that I haven't found anywhere else.
12-10-2013 03:27:22 | More by rorjets
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Solid bottle shop for Connecticut. Good selection of Connecticut beers. Large amount of Two Roads beers both regular offerings and specialty releases like Conntucky Lightnin'. Good representation from other quality CT breweries like New England, BackEast, and Relic. Impressed by Clown Shoes and Ommegang variety in store. Good selection of foreign beers. Only problem was age of merchandise. Too many IPAs with too much bottle age. Still not high volume of certain beers. So buyer beware and look t dates prior to buying. Large both cooler and shelf area for beers so plenty of options. One of the better stores I have entered in state.
Service was good. I was there at a slow time but offered help numerous times and the staff was willing to help and warn about some aged merchandise before I purchased. Seemed honest and good natured. Store was well laid out so easy to browse and seek new "finds".
Pricing seemed to be generally in line and air or offerings.
In general solid store with good offerings. I will be back when lose for another haul.
07-14-2013 12:23:55 | More by AaronF
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This store is mainly hard liquor and wine but the beer section is well above adequate. On the left hand side of the styore you will find piles of cases/12 packs of the nationally known beers with a row across the way full of a wide variety of loca and regional crafts and imports. There is a sizeable amount of cooler space on the backl wall where you will find bombers and six-packs. If there is anything to be disappointed about it is that you cannot grab singles from the cooler. There are a few pre-mixed 6-packs on the shelves but in that case you take what you can find. The staff seemed friendly and willing to assist. One staffer told me they had the sewcond largest beer selection in the state. I don't doubt it.
11-20-2011 00:04:36 | More by puboflyons
5/5 rDev +21.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Took a ride down to Southington Wine & Spirits after hear good things about and becoming friend with the beer manager Matthew.
Right on Rt. 10 Queen Street in Southington in the Wal-Mart plaza.
The place is pretty big with a ton of wine and of liquor taking up a majority of the store's shelf space.
The beer is located like most beer stores along the back-wall cooler that is pretty long. There is an isle that runs along the far left of the store that features all vintages, 22oz'ers and other warm bottles. One section is all American crafts while the second section is all imports probably the nicest Belgian selection I've seen in state.
They had a beer tasting station going on in the center of the store towards the back near the beer. They were pouring Smuttynose Big Beers. Initially I thought the dude pouring was a Smutty rep but as I was talking to him I realized that he was just an employee. I don't know if they do this often but I wish more beer stores would engage in this practice.
If a it is sold in the state of CT you'll most likely find it here. Prices are on par with everywhere else in the state. I would think that the beer manager was a beer fan and really cared about what they were doing. (If I already didn't know that!)
The service was excellent. There were a ton of employees here ready and willing to help with any questions and offer advice & suggestions. They all seemed to know a lot about the beer that they were selling. This goes a long way in my book. Shopping there felt like I was at a BA gathering.
The manager must be super OCD! The place is super clean, very organized, the entire stock is perfectly aligned, and pulled forward. Having everything presented so cleanly enforces the care that I mentioned earlier.
It's a little bit of a ride from me, but after my visit today the 30 minute ride will no longer be an issue.
Good job Matt!
01-17-2009 23:00:53 | More by SteveO1231
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had a friend mention this place to me. It's located conveniently on Queen Street in Southington. So of course I needed to see it. Does anyone know how dogs get when they know they are headed for the dog park (Head out the window, panting, foaming from the mouth)? That is exactly how I get. And when I arrived I quickly ran in. Inside this place is huge, with an extensive selection of wines. I immediately thought are we getting pushed aside by wine? My reply, "I don't care". I quickly pick up a scent and head directly for the last aisle. Yes!!! This place is the real deal. I found a large assortment of import and craft beers by the top brewers. Too many to record but those that all beer lovers would recognize. Perhaps next time I won't be so impatient and remember to bring a pad and pen. The coolers continue to delight me. In a matter of moments I had someone asking if I needed help. I was too overwhelmed to speak and think I mustered up a "No". On a limited beer allowance from my wife I knew I needed to make a good decision. But it is too hard in a place like this. After a few more minutes past someone else asked if I needed help. This place is great, not your typical corner liquor store. I highly recommend if you live in the area or are visiting to drop in.
12-07-2008 13:21:33 | More by ahjoey21
4/5 rDev -3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here on the way back to New Jersey via Maine. Driving past, I saw a rather large liquor store which I knew I couldn't pass up. Stepping inside, there is a huge selection of all types of alcohol, but I spotted the fridges in the back all along the wall. As I perused the cases, they had a pretty decent selection of the usual macros and imports along with some brews that I normally don't see back home. Making a turn down one of the aisles I saw that there was more (non-refridgerated) beer. The first part of the aisle had all local craft brews and other domestic microbrews. Pretty impressive, even though there were a few wannabe beer snobs talking and taking up the entire aisle and refusing to move. As I slithered past them I saw their extensive import section, full of some nice obscure Belgians and other Euro imports. Overall, this was a pretty nice find in terms of selection.
06-30-2008 00:33:19 | More by Beastdog75
4.85/5 rDev +17.4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located in Wal-Mart Plaza on Queen Street if you aren't sure where to find it. Wow! This place is huge. The beer selection is extensive. To find the good stuff, go in and head toward the left and back of the store. Once you bypass the Michelobs and Coronas you'll find what you came for. The store carries beers that are hard to find elsewhere (i.e., Terrible) -- one stop shopping, really. Along the back wall is even more of a selection in the coolers. It's all here: Southern Tier, Rogue, McChouffe, Brooklyn, .... can't even remember all the rest! They had the Sam Adams Homebrew 2007 winners which were fun to try and hard to find elsewhere. Next time I'm in Southington I'll be sure to stop here. I highly recommend this store! I spent a good 45 minutes just browsing and reading. After about 20 minutes, I realized I'd need a cart! Do yourself a favor... get one when you walk in.
04-18-2008 04:07:12 | More by BlueHammer
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
There are people that have hobbies and then there's the ones that are just passionate about something. Matt at Southington is that person. A true artist in every sense as he paints his perfect picture of what a beer aficionado would want to have in their cellar. Name a beer and he not only knows about it, chances are he's had it. A wealth of help and knowledge...if he doesn't have it chances are it's not available in CT and in that case he will recommend something damn close to what you originally were looking for. Pricing is off and not what a big box store should be, but don't fault him for that. I'm sure the "man" counting all the money has a lot to do with that. When he leaves, it will be a disappointment to those he has helped along the way in that neck of the woods. Selection is out of this world! Do not go on Mondays because he is not there and to ask anyone else for help is like asking Stevie Wonder to help you pick out colors for your kitchen. Also, the Bud Light/Clamato was not his doing!
04-12-2008 16:16:29 | More by vino5150
Southington Wine & Spirits in Southington, CT
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