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Liquor Depot

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Type: Store

21 Albany Tpke
West Simsbury, Connecticut, 06092-2903
United States

(860) 651-1710 | map

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Added by BlueHammer on 09-01-2006

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Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev 0%

I don't live too close to Simsbury so this was my first visit by chance to Liquor Depot. What a great surprise. I would say it has arguably as good a selection as anywhere else in the state. A solid assortment of domestic micros, particularly the ones representing the Eastern US, and a great selection of imports of all varieties. It did seem that they had some obscure selections from the bigger micros like Dogfish and Magic Hat although they didn't necessarily have a comprehensive selection from any one of the brewers. New England is very well represented. I picked up a nice bomber of Bailey's Ale from Cisco Breweries on Nantucket. I thought they had a good number of bombers to select from and there were many unusual types of brews, not just brands. Be sure to check out the front left section which includes the coolers as well as the rear left of the store where there are many more selections, particularly imports on shelves and stacked cases. The store is well organized, neat and clean in keeping with the general neighborhood. There was a significant staff available on a Friday afternoon and several asked if I needed help. My only disappointment was that they were not too keen on breaking up six packs. The person I spoke to grimaced and said I could do it if I really wanted to but I could tell it wasn't encouraged at all. Although this is not so unusual, some bigger and better beer stores will do this now and I love it. Still, the selection here was good enough to make me forgive this easily and there were many singles and bombers to choose from on the shelves. They also have a pretty impressive collection of beer glassware with logos from micros and imports. They have some nice glasses and mugs and most are priced quite reasonably ($2-$4 each). Some local growlers are also on hand. They had some decent specials offered on cases for most of the higher volume micros as well as some macros. Considering the specialized selection and the upwardly mobile area, the prices weren't bargains but they were acceptable. I saw many beers that were totally new to me, primarily with the imports, and certainly some lesser known domestic items. I will definitely keep this stop in mind whenever I am heading anywhere near Simsbury. It's right on Route 202, on the left as you're heading west toward route 8. Grab a cart!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of askham
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of scotorum
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

A large liquor supermarket, 60% wine, 20% spirits, 20% beer. The beer is along the left wall front to back and along half the back wall.

Front half is coolers with mainstream cases and some craft. Back half is sixpacks, bombers and singles on shelves.

Lots of room to roam and little other foot traffic when I was there on Columbus Day.

First cooler is headed "Connecticut Beers" but is mostly Massachusetts brews. There is some Hooker and Two Roads, but no New England (New Haven area) or others. Since I came down here partly to see if I could actually buy Gandhi Bot in a store, it was a disappointment not to find anything by that brewery.

However, the uncold sixpack, bomber and single selection in back more than made up for that. Good prices too, lower on many things than I have seen anywhere else. Bought Chimay Blue for $11.49, haven't seen it that cheap. 6.35% sales tax on alcohol in Connecticut, but even with that it was still only $12.23, while the lowest I had seen it before was $13.49.

Also bought the new Stone Suede Imperial Porter collab for $7.49. My local store has it for $8.65. Finally, the new Victory DirtWolf DIPA was $8.79 a fourpack. My local store price: $10.79.

Barrel of sixpack holders and lots of loose singles makes mixed sixing easy.

Downsides would be a warehouse feel and a general sense of disorganization in the beer dept. Too many holes on the shelves where stock could be.

Bottom line though is I came away happy, and I suspect you would too.

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Photo of TheMan
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best place to shop for anything. Wine, Beer, Whiskey, or whatever. Excellent selection. Have been going there since the day they opened. Top notch.
The staff is great in recommending anything you may want.
I have tried wines from $10.00 to $500.00 and have never been dissatisfied..
I am not a big beer drinker, but I do like a good beer once in a while. They have always turned me on to great beers.
Do not hesitate in trying the place out.
You will be amazed at the selection and the staffs knowledge.
I would give them a 10 if I could.

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Photo of Choppr
5/5  rDev +14.9%

This is one of the most well stocked stores I have ever seen in terms of variety and volume. I currently live in NJ and there are several well stocked locations around me... I have been to several stores in CT and this one is by far the best I have seen. They have a huge cooler wall with a decent selection as well as many variety 12 packs. They also have a room temp section with everything from Ales to Weiss'. The prices are very resonable and are generally better that what I find in NJ. I highly recommend this place if you are anywhere near the Simsbury area. I picked up a Hooker Imperial Porter (4), a Farmington River Blonde (6), a Ommegang gift pack and a Raspberry Lambic. Look for the reviews in the coming week(s).

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.35/5  rDev 0%

I do business here fairly regularly because of the very good selection and good turn-over (fresh stock).

They constantly have beers that other stores say they can't (or won't) get. And if I ask for something different, or even just mention it, they usually just order it and bring it in. Listening to your customer is good business.

Very solid Belgian & British offerings. I can also find my favorites fron Avery, Great Divide, DFH, Southern Tier, Rogue...

Good selection of stemware too.

I will give them points for not storing their stock in direct sunlight like CBM by the mall.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.7/5  rDev +8%

If you are supposed to review beers within their styles(for example compare an ipa to an ipa and not an ipa to a stout) then I believe you should review stores within their states. Comparing a CT store to an IL store or even a MA for that matter is unfair. Distribution is not something the stores can control. This is the best beer store I have been to in CT. They have a great selection of every brewery that distributes to CT. Their prices are on point for my area. They have an awesome selection of glassware for great prices (1.99 for the pint glasses). The beer manager "Dave" is very knowledgeable and a very cool guy. Some of the cashiers in the store aren't the friendliest but ahhh who cares... the beer guy is cool. My go to spot in CT.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.7/5  rDev +8%

Great beer store. The selection is the biggest in the area. They have a good six pack selection and will usually have what I'm looking for. It's not big enough to go too far out of your way, unless your looking for imports. There is a section in the back, sorted by country, that has a lot of the obscure imports. I've found a good amount of limited release stuff here too.

The glassware selection here is amazing. I think I've bought most of my glassware from here, including a Rochefort chalice which I haven't seen anywhere else. They do weekly beer and wine tastings here, which is nice. There is a "beer guy" here that I've talked to once and had some suggestions for me. They have a monthly e-mail list here, which just has the info they put on the fliers near the beer coolers.

This is a good place to check out for a large beer selection and great glassware. I go here whenever I'm in the area, so it makes up a lot of my beer shopping.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

this place has a great selection of beer. plenty of belgians and domestic craft beers. decent glassware as well. one of the bigger local selections. though nothing i cant find closer, with the exception of what i brought home, Old Rasputin XII. the guy at the cash register was kind of a jerk, rushing us through the sale and being generally inconsiderate. both the girl i was with and i turned to each other as we left and said the exact same thing "boy, he really wants to be there, huh?" but the well above average beer selection more than compensates.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

In my opinion, this is one of the best beer stores I've been to in CT. Located right off route 44 in Simsbury, it's a pretty big store with a large portion of it devoted to beer (kind of a bitch traffic wise to get out of this place, I recommend exiting out the exit in the back of the plaza). Every time I hear about a new beer being released this place will already have it.. no waiting for this one. Everything on the shelves is very fresh with a lot of cooler space if you want a quick cold one. At first I thought all the beer was just in the front left corner of the store in the coolers... but in the adjacent corner in the back there is an even bigger selection of warm six packs and 12 packs. If I remember correctly there is even BA ratings for some of the beers as well. Prices are pretty good, usually average or even a bit cheaper. Also, they usually have one big markdown for the week so you can get some obscure bomber or 6 pack for a huge bargain. Staff is always around but never seem to really ask you for help.. check out staff isn't the best but hey, I'm here for the beer selection.

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Photo of strengthdoc
4/5  rDev -8%

I have been to Liquor Depot many times. I live about 5 miles away so I visit often. You can really find some good deals if you look for the closeouts. The selection is good for this area, but they are often a little bit more expensive than other places in the area. They recently added more 12oz singles, which is a good thing. The service is good, but I question the beer knowledge of some of the workers I have spoken with, most of us BA's can tell when someone is faking it. Overall, the place is pretty good.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -8%

A lucky find! One day, fredandboboflo and I were bored and looking for something to do so we decided to check out this new beer store. A pretty good selection of imports, especially Belgians (Rochefort, St. Bernardus, 3 Fonteinen, Cantillon) and German stuff (all the varieties of the top brewers). Our favorite part though, was the glassware selection. Good locals (in the refrigerated section). Several rows of glassware including Rochefort (!!), Lindemanns, Westmalle, Ayinger, Chimay, Ommegang, and lots of others. Excellent prices too. If you're looking for glassware stop by for sure and you'll find good beer too.

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Photo of jim102864
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Located in Simsbury, this large and solid store offers a nice selection of micro/macro refridgerated options. It was the first time I found new brewery Carlson Brewery's offerings for sale. Kind of hidden from view due to the stacked cases of macro crap, a nice selection of Belgian, German, English and micro on the shelves toward the rear of the store. Nothing that can't be found in your better stores, but the fact that they're an option in this corner of the state is a sign of the maturity of the demand for quality beer in Connecticut. One of the better selections of glassware I've seen in Connecticut. It was mid- day when I stopped in so I won't wack them for not offering assistance. If I lived in that area, it would be my no brainer stop for quality brew.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

A fine selection of local beers either cooled or at room temp near the back. The service was good to the extent that a salesperson pointed out that they had many more craft beers in the back. They have a periodic blowout beer available. In this case it was Troubelete (4 pack belgian white) for $2.99 each and Blanch de Brugges in 750 ML for something criminally low. My buddy picked up one of each. I picked up the 22 oz Smuttynose farmhouse for $5.49, and two bottles of Haandb Norweg Wood for $7.89 each. They also sell single bottles and had an organic set up.

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Photo of fredandboboflo
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Nice spot, seems to be newish, so I figured I'd give it a review after a long hiatus.

Awesome glassware selection, including Rochefort and Westmalle goblets, the funny looking Lindeman's flutes, many, many others, all 2 or 3 bucks each except for Rochefort ($6, but who knows how long those will be around).

Beer selection is top of the line, Rochefort, Bernardus, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen among others. Very little missing from the Belgian section, although the American, German, U.K. sections could be hit or miss, not quite as extensive.

Still, all great stuff, and very competitive prices, usually just a touch under standard retail value for Greater Hartford, sometimes noticeably under.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev -8%

About 15 min from where I work, but a must stop if you are in the area. As with the other Liquor Depot, you must go if you enjoy specialty beer glasses. Once you enter, go all the way back and to the left.

Overall the selection is solid. Lots of Belgians, Germans, locals and US beers. Good selection of Avery, Brooklyn and the like. Not a ton of new releases overall. Prices are slightly lower relative to where I live. Look for Orval at about 4.50, same with Rochefort 6. A couple of Lambics, but good prices.

Although today was my first visit, I will be back. I can't stress the wonderful glass selection enough.

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Photo of far333
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

A mecca in an otherwise fairly uninspired area for craft beer. There are a few places in town to get decent beer, but none as large as this relative newcomer and none with as vast a selection, or depth of styles offered for each brand.

American craft beers are well-represented, including many relatively new entrants to the area like North Coast, Bluegrass, and Avery. Also always have Olde Burnside growlers, plus Hooker 500ml seasonals, 6-packs and mix packs. There is also a great selection of imports, including the standard German and English items, plus a vast selection from Poland, France, Russia, Japan, and of course Belgium. They also have the widest selection of organic beers I've seen anywhere.

The staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and happy to order new selections based on customer requests. Prices also seem to be a bit lower than in other area stores. Beer tastings are held on most Fridays and Saturday evenings. Open 6 days a week until 9pm.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Wow, I love this place! I walked in and was immediately impressed. Their selection is wide, especially for this area. Normally, I have to travel up to the Boston area to find some of the craft brews they had in stock. There is a wide selection of refrigerated beers and an even larger section against the wall in the back. Additionally, Liquor Depot carries an assortment of glassware and steins.

Some notables include St. Bernardus, the Chouffes, the Chimays.... Unfortunately not too many of some popular Americans like Rogue. They had a variety of mixed packs in the fridge section, including ones you don't normally find in the regular liquor stores, like Long Trail and Ipswich.

Staff was knowlegable - we got to talking with one of the guys as he packaged up our stuff and he definitely knew what he was talking about. I head up this way for virtually all my beer needs now!

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Liquor Depot in West Simsbury, CT
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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