Barb's Beer Emporium


249 Sheep Davis Rd
Concord, New Hampshire, 03301-5747
United States

(603) 369-4501 | map

Notes: Formerly known as Capital Convenience
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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.51/5  rDev +31.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by this gem while up in Concord recently, actually stumbling into it turning around in the parking lot, so I figured why not I'll stop. Clean little store tucked away on Route 106. Not crowded at all, I was the only person in the store at 5pm. Probably well over 500 beers to choose from. They had domestics microbrews from all over the country and a large selection of good imports from all over the world. I asked the clerk to suggest a local microbrew and she walked me thru each case and each beer explaining what was good and what was new and what she thought of that beer. Great service. Prices were not bad, some of the newer beers were a little bit more than I would expect them to be, but not terrible on price. If I happen to be up there in that area again I will most likely stop by.

Sep 21, 2012
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localbaskit from New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -70.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Closed now.

Mar 11, 2017
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ScottP from New Hampshire

2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Apr 03, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1

Ambiance - Beer store for sure. Service has been great. Selection is pretty decent. Value is low, as these are the highest prices I’ve ever seen on many of the items. Still good to have places like this around.

Edit: Closed - those high prices were unsustainable apparently!

Oct 11, 2015
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bobbean2000 from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Good selection. Pricey though.

Sep 19, 2015
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KGilmour from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev +24.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Sep 01, 2015
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jco3 from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Mar 15, 2015
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

This store has one of the best selections in the state, but she Jacks up the prices like few stores. Maybe she should sell all beer and she could lower prices. Staff knows beer and the set up is nice. The price gauging is ridiculous! I walk out limping, because she bends over customers. Specialty beers are 4 to 8 dollars more than other stores. If you are looking for an awesome selection go, but understand you will pay more than you should!

Mar 11, 2015
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -70.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Wow!! Didn't stick around very long once I saw the $35 price tag on Broklyn Black Ops!! I am sure that other beers are over priced. A couple bucks maybe but $15 higher then almost everyone else!! That is crazy. Best of luck to this store I know I will never be back.

Dec 31, 2014
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dunix from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Nov 23, 2014
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603to843 from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Oct 24, 2014
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The_Blaster from Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -70.8%

Barb specifically promised me that she would order me a case of Moat Mountain Brown before my long trek to the NH area. She said it'd be there friday, I said GREAT I'll grab it Sunday on my way home!

They never told me that they couldn't order the beer until the WEDNESDAY following that sunday.

This was AFTER I swung by on sunday 10 minutes before closing ( I told them I would do this as I was on a tight schedule, but had already ordered the case and was willing to spend the money).

Absolutely FETID service, HORRIBLE prices. Did I mention that the per can price, even with a case discount, the per can price was still about a dollar more than most stores that carry it?

Pathetic. Permanently lost my business. I emailed barb herself and the BEST she could give me was "SORRY, WE TRIED TO CONTACT YOU!"

Yeah, an email a week later, and no call? 1/5, would never support again.

Sep 11, 2014
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Aug 02, 2014
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ctone from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Jul 27, 2014
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2ellas from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Staff is very friendly and helpful. Reasonable selection in general and by far the best selection in the area. The only complaint I have is that they are noticeably more expensive than other NH shops but not having much for competition can do that. I've been there a few times and will certainly be back.

Jul 23, 2014
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Jul 22, 2014
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Jun 10, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

May 23, 2014
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BierBliss from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Apr 04, 2014
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Barb's is a great little place tucked away in Concord NH. The selection is superb and I usually can always find something new when I stop on by. I think the prices are reasonable but if it is seasonal or a hot commodity then the prices rise. The staff is friendly, the place is clean and it never seems to be too crowded. I would recommend Barb's to anyone looking to find something different for their beer selection!

Feb 26, 2014
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fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Feb 18, 2014
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ScotNH from New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -70.8%

Dec 10, 2013
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hockeypuck from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Oct 31, 2013
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dmf01 from New Jersey

1.68/5  rDev -51%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

We tried to order kegs of beer for a wedding at Barb's beer. They gave us the wrong tap for the keg, which meant that we were unable to use the keg for half of the wedding. When we returned to the store, in the middle of the wedding weekend, to try and get the problem remedied, the owner was abusive (literally shouting over the phone at us) and, rather than apologizing, blamed the problem on the distributor and nearly refused to give us the correct tap so that our guests could enjoy the rest of the wedding.

But, of course, the *entire* reason that you get a keg from a store like this is so that it takes the responsibility of being the middleman between you and the distributor. That's what they get paid for!

A mistake is a mistake, even if it spoils part of a wedding. But refusing to own up and abusing your customers is not to be tolerated. There are lots of other good places to get beer in New Hampshire. I'm never going here again.

Nov 10, 2011
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Satchboogie from New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Barb's Beer Emporium is clearly the place to go if you are in the Concord Area. Prices are reasonable enough, with the focus being on the mix-6 packs. Most singles are $2-$3.5 and you get a 10% discount for mix-6 packs. Freshness can be a little bit of a concern, but isn't out of the ordinary compared to any other NH establishments. Prices for regular 4-6 packs, bombers, and high end imports tend to be a little pricey when compared to some of the other NH stores.

The staff can be hit or miss, some of the employees are very knowledgeable while others clearly just work there because it pays the bills. The place is kept clean and organized, except for pricing. This IS a problem. I don't like having to take things to the register to inquire about pricing and as stated below, the few price sheets they have posted are well outdated.

As for selection, it's definitely one of the best in NH. Overall I consider it one of the best 1-stop shops in NH. If you want good selection and don't care to much about price, this place is a must stop in Concord. If you want a bargain, there are better places. Personally, I just go the extra 10 minutes down to Bert's Better Beers in Hooksett.

Nov 02, 2010
Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord, NH
Place rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 40 ratings