The Beverage King

The Beverage KingThe Beverage King
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The Beverage KingThe Beverage King

Type: Store

9 Interchange Dr
West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03784-2002
United States

(603) 298-5817 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2005

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of ScottP
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great beer selection, although they think pretty highly of some of their selections. I always visit when up in the Lebanon area and have had some good discussions on beer there.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MattTastrophee
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%

Coverage of craft and local beers is pretty good, including a good selection of 22oz bottles. Macrobrew at cheap prices. Token selection of wine and snacks.

My main beef with this place is the lack of price tags on their items. Some items have a shelf tag, some items have a sticker on the bottle, but the majority, >70%, has no pricing on it at all. I dread shopping there for this reason. I walk around in there saying to myself "gee that looks really interesting", but I won't get it because I don't know what the price is. It is very frustrating and prevents me from shopping there more often or buying more when I do.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.6/5  rDev +5%

The Beverage King has some of the best beer selection in the Upper Valley (which isn't saying much when comparing to wine shops and grocery stores), but their current website posting doesn't really do it justice. You walk into an open room with shelving on the walls to your sides, snacks to your left and coolers in the back. Past the cash counter, the floors are piled with boxes and crates of beer. Their standing bottle selection has moved to the back right wall past the wines. They thrive on local brew selection and one can always find seasonal Harpoon, Long Trail or Magic Hat sampler crates. They also boast a fine selection of Rogue and good standing in Chimay, Dogfish Head, Stone and others. Recently I've noticed a few Flying Dogs gracing the shelves along with most of the Manchester Brewing offerings.

The store itself carries a fair amount of wines and other standard alcohol store fare. It's not a state-licensed liquor store. Also, be sure to check the coolers as well as the shelves since they don't stock them evenly. I stop by here once every few weeks and they've almost always got something new for me.

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Photo of eLMsITYbUM
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

The Beverage King has a warehouse feel to it upon entering. In the past year they have really stepped up the beer selection. They have one of the better selections in the upper valley. We went in after visiting a friend in Dartmouth the other night and found (as always) a great variety. The staff is friendly and quick to assist. They also sell mixers, wine, soda, glassware, etc.

Some of the selections include Dogfish Head, Rogue, Stone, and an impressive selection of local brews from NH and VT.

It is definitely worth a stop. It's located off I89 exit 20 between Walgreens and McDonalds. It's minutes from I91.

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Photo of Pamola
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

In the past year, Bev King's selction has grown quite admirably. In the past one could get 6-packs galore of fairly local stuff, but not much from afar due to NH's terrible alcohol tax laws. Recently they've been pulling in more and more variety from across the US and abroad.

As other reviewers mentioned, you can get many large New England microbrews by the 6, 12, or case (case discount is 10%), as well as a slew of bombers from the locals as well (unibroue, smuttynose, harpoon).

The recent additions include Victory, Dixie, Southampton, a plethora of Rogue and everything Pennichuck offers. There's also a fairly good belgian selection now with Chimay and Maredsous. Not much for Enlgish beers, but they do carry Fuller's.

The staff are a friendly bunch for sure and the current owner will help you find or order whatever he can. Not long ago he tracked down a case of 2007 Bigfoot for me. Not something every proprietor would do.

Prices are about average. Singles will run you a bit and the bombers aren't always the cheapest, but the case discount is great and the prices in general could be much worse.

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Photo of ColForbin
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

The Bev King is kind of a beer warehouse. Not fancy, but stacks of cases of nearly every beer available in this part of NH. Prices for six packs are usually in line with the local grocery stores, but prices for cases are where they really shine. An example - I just picked up a case of Bigfoot for $27.85! Also, it is the place to go for seasonals at the end of the season - they usually blow them out at dirt cheap prices. I've never asked for help, and the vibe the cashiers give is that they don't want you to. In fact, they can be kind of surly. My one quibble is that they shelve the Lindeman's fruit Lambics next to the MD 20/20, Boone's farm and other fruit wines.

(BTW, the selection gets a 4 in comparison with other local options. If you are coming from Mass or another beer mecca you'll probably just laugh, but it's what we got)

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Photo of kaszeta
3/5  rDev -12.5%

For an area with so many people, the Upper Valley of VT/NH doesn't really have a lot of beer stores, primarily due to the liquor laws of both states.

The Beverage King has all the ambiance and friendliness of a big-city low-rent-district beer/liquor store, in a somewhat dilapidated building off of the West Leb "strip". However, it has a few attractions: (a) it's one of the few places in the area that does regular business in kegs (b) it's almost always the cheapest place, and (c) while having a generally poor selection catering to large multinational brewing companies, there's always a few cases of something interesting there that you can't find anyplace else.

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The Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH
Place rating: 27.3% out of 100 with 11 ratings
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