Ok the place has a Huge window lighting up the Whole craft aisle like a jack-o'-lantern. I've noticed a lot of light-stricken bottles that are "fresh" but have the sun magnifying them all day(It is a magnificent window at the least, very splendid). Unknowlegable/Unfriendly staff and extremely over-priced. Lots of little gift store items which are just as pricey as their glassware. You can literally go 10 minutes up the road for the Same glassware at less then Half the price(something for $7 would be TWO for $6). I think I saw a bottled 6-pack of Genesee Cream Ale for around 7 bucks + change for example. They just started growler fills and my Aprihop tasted like Apri-soap. Their selection of beer is mediocre , and can be easily matched/out-priced around 10 minutes up the road at Monroe's Beer and Soda on 17-M - across from the lakes - right past the first light(which is Lakes Rd.) If I am ever in the area that is who I'll be giving my buisness to, not this so-claimed place of beverages at a bargain. Cheers
My first impression walking in the door was two fold #1 wow they have a great selection of micro brews and #2 why are some of them left out in direct sunlight by a window. The biggest draw for me was the selection and options.... you can mix and match your own 8 pack or break apart certain others. The staff unfortunately didn't impress me they were not overly friendly actually they didn't even greet me when I came in and the place was empty. Luckily i knew what I wanted ( lagunitas maximus ). This place is worth a try just stay away from the beer in the light.
Being new to Orange County, I had no idea how close this place was from me. The short drive was well worth it. Lots to chose from in this general store style beverage shop. The have American Micros (Rogue, Stone, SN, Anchor, Sea Dog, Avery, Etc..) U.K. (Sam Smith, Greene King, St. Peters, Etc..) Greman (Schneider, Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Etc..) just to name a few. They have a section of singles (decent assortment)where you can build your own 6 or 9 packs.
This store sells snacks, and dry goods (spices, bbq sauces, mustards). They also have a good selection of beer glasses for sale.
On this trip I was on a U.K. kick so I grabbed tetleys and Greene King Abbott cans ($2.39each), 12oz Adnams SSB ($1.99), Youngs London, Chocolate & Oatmeal ($3.99) Grene King Abbott pint bottle ($3.69)a RHC Pitchfork and a 6'er of Anchor 2007 Christmas ($5.99).
I was visiting a friend in Chester and swung in here after finding out that they carried Stone stuff (I can't get it in Delaware), thanks Beerfly. There wasn't much left from Stone when I got there so I bought just about all they had including two bombers of Russian Imperial Stout from spring 04'. There was alot of stuff there from the region and they also had a singles rack from which I filled a sixer.I didn't get to check too many of the bottles for freshness. The beers were displayed right across from a big window, there was a lot of direct sunlight hitting those bottles.
The staff was OK helpful.
There was also a bunch of nice glassware on display.
For quite some time now, I've had this uneasy feeling that beer is stalking me. It's true. I go to work at the end of the Island in Quogue, and the Southampton Publick House looms nearby. I go upstate to Kingston, and the Country Inn and Halftime and Hyde Park Brewing and The Gilded Otter call to me. I'm in Holbrook, it's the BrickHouse. Westbury, it's Black Forest. You ain't got the time to hear about Brooklyn. And then here I am in Chester last week and find that Bargain Beverage is just a mile or so up the road...
They've got a beer aisle here. A good collection of local and regional micros (Brooklyn, Ramapo Valley, Southern Tier, Heavyweight, DogFishHead, Pocono, Stoudts, Victory, Weyerbacher, DeGroens, Harpoon, Smutty, Allagash, Magic Hat, Otter Creek) and some other coastals (Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Stone, Bear Republic, Grants, Rogue). The bomber rack houses a handful of Bear Republics, Smuttys (Maibock, Barleywine, Impy, Scotch Ale and Big A IPA), the Anchor Small beer, and the Weyerbacher Heresy & Insanity. A few smaller racks house single beers for mix and match your own sixer. Found me a few '00 McRouge XS Scotch Ales. A half dozen Stone bombers (Smoked Porter, Impy, Ruination, Bastard, Double Bastard, 8) down on the end and a bunch of Allagash and Rogue bombers around the corner (I think the Rogue Impy Pils is going for dirt cheap here). A big old shelf of German, English & Belgians are the other half of the aisle.
The store holds some other things for purchase. Jerky, cider, glassware, soup and chowder mixes, local crafts, all sorts of stuuuff. Worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood.
This place is my favorite local store. Over the past year this place has greatly improved its selection and stock. Maybe its been inspired by Half Time? They went from carrying about 4 different bombers of Rogue to carrying almost the whole Rogue line including the Imperial pilsner. The prices seem fair for the area and it offers case discounts.
On this visit I happened to pick up some Weyerbacher Insanity, de Dolle export stout, and some Stone. The staff seems helpful and they ordered some Heavyweight for me last year. Next time I go, I'll be asking them to order Ramstein Winter Wheat. Some of the stock can be old and dusty. Last visit I saw a V-10 with 2002 date and some summer beers were still on the shelves. Still, the pros far out weigh any cons and I recommend a visit if you're in the area.
I found this place while semi-lost this weekend, around Chester, and Florida NY. This place is now a "must visit" when in the area for me. Dont let the name fool you this place is packed with a mess of high quality brews from all over. Very good and varied selection of imports and well beyond the usuals of local and regional micros. Also Boylan sodas, some funky snack selections and also pleanty of brew in coolers. Prices, as the name would imply, also are very reasonable. (Bear Rep. bombers $3.29, $3.59!) I did notice some dust on some of the stock, so keep your eyes open.