Middlebury Discount Beverage

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Type: Store

21 Macintyre Ln
Middlebury, Vermont, 05753-1017
United States

(802) 388-6068 | map

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Added by Sycodrummer on 09-12-2005

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Reviews by JamesShoemaker:
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I'm at the language schools in Middlebury for the summer and I've been to Discount Beverage twice (without buying anything). It's the best place in town and, though it leaves a lot to be desired, there are definitely some redeemable qualities.

MDB is a very typical beer store, with lots of unrefrigerated craft beer organized by style, some refrigerated bigger names, and macros. If you like Rock Art or Magic Hat, this is definitely the store for you, but little is offered otherwise. Generally big name craft breweries are represented by a bottle or two (only two kinds of Allagash, which is surprising to me), with the exception of Founders. I was happily surprised to see fresh Devil Dancer and Rubaeus on the shelves. They also had a 2010 Widmer Brothers Brrrbon still in its box, which was a surprise.

I've gotten the "can I help you find anything?" question from the staff both times I've been there, but I declined both times. The employees seem friendly enough, though my interactions with them have been extremely limited.

Overall, drive a little ways further for some of the best beers in the world. Otherwise, MDB is an incredibly normal, standard bottle shop with middle-of-the-road prices and selection.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

It was once a Vermont state liquor store and then I think it changed hands to "mom and pop" and then back to a state store. Me, hell if I know what it is now but somehow through all of the changes in management, the vibe never changed as they do have a fair amount of dusty bottles. Still, the service is nice, as I have never had any problem with anyone here in asking questions. If someone didn't know, they always seemed to ask someone else until the answer came in the way that was reassuring. Selection was really nice - probably the best in all of Middlebury. Now if only their bottles were better kept, this could be a real gem, I'm hoping, maybe someday.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Photo of bluehende
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

decent little place with a nice selection. definitely worth the trip if you are at the breweries in town

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Photo of smanson56
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of fritzparker
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Just updatin for recent visit. Same more or less experience, except Hornpout has folded, and they had some Berkshire 22s on the warm shelves along with the tons of Rock Art etc. They did give me a box for my 12 bombers, but it was very wimpy, and I asked for (and got) a better box.

Be vigilant on their packaging of your purchase. Danger! Danger!

Had planned on stopping by for a VT brew fix on the way through this weekend, and it was even suggested to me by the cashier at the Otter Creek brewery store as a place that might have one of the World Tour bombers I was looking for. So off I went.

Literally around the corner from the Otter Creek brewery, and there was ample parking, right in front. Coolers of beer and malternatives across the back, with maybe half, if that devoted to micros. But turn around when you're halfway to the back of the store, and you'll see a nice sized set of shelves filled with bombers and sixers of local/regional fare, and then a smaller rack with imports. Local bombers included Rock Art, Otter Creek, Hornpout, and Long Trail.

No help was offered, but no help was asked for, no problem there. Two checkouts open, no waiting! No offer to box my 6 bombers, just put them in a 6-pack brown paper bag, which seemed dangerous. But I had room in a box from a previous stop, so all was well.

All in all, nice little shop that had the locals that a visitor would want, and even easy to find and park at. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Save the grocery and gas station stores, Middlebury Beverage is the only place in this small town to buy beer; and with the possible exception of Greg's Meat Market's (very small selection) the only place to pick up a craft beer.

They carry the normal "this town has a college" selection of BMC packed in the coolers. But a closer look at the self space reveals some quality selections. Long Trail, Magic Hat, and Harpoon are well represented (this is Vermont, after all) but they also have an impressive stock of Rogue beers, Sam Smith, Hornpout, Saison Dupont, Chimay (those below 8%), Sam Adams, and Unibroue.

The staff is small and can be the late teenage variety, but a few elders are around to help too. The guy I spoke with reccomended a beer I very much disliked after trying it, but I guess we have different tastes.

Prices are reasonable with most six packs around 7 to 9 dollars, domestic bombers ranging from 4 bucks for the Hornpout up to around $10 for the Rogue Chocolate. Most imports were around 7 bucks a bomber.

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Middlebury Discount Beverage in Middlebury, VT
Place rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 11 ratings