Super Saver

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888 US Highway 22
Somerville, New Jersey, 08876-1560
United States

(908) 722-6700 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.35/5  rDev +11%

After a few Pints at the Lighthorse Tavern in New Jersey it was time to load up the i-Pod and hit the road in the Davo Mobile. It didn’t seem to take too long, least not with the Davo drives, before we pulled into a rather unassuming Car Lot. Could abandoned blue plastic trolley carts and a grungy exterior really hide a Cave à Bières? But once inside my initial fears were to be totally unfounded. Now I understand why Davo wanted to drive all the way out here. This place is amazing!!!

It’s a bit of squeeze out front and the carts only jus fit down the aisles, well some of them, I noticed Davo make a few hit-n-runs with his Cart. Once you have worked through the spirits, vodkas, brandy, whisky, gin, tequila and all the other brightly colored alco-pops, once at the far back right hand side of the store, the world suddenly comes into focus. A hotch-potch of shelves, cupboards, wooden crates, more creaky shelves, bookcase-like stands, coolers and half opened cardboard boxes tempt the beer whore. Lots of everything, including a great range of Belgians, way too much to mention, needless to say if they don’t have it here – then it is probably not even imported from Belgium into the USA. Notable brews that I never see on the West Coast was the Panil Barriquée, full ranges from Allagash, many French Farmhouse brews, the newly introduced Shaarbeekse Kriek from Drie Fonteinen (snap it up), special Fantomes like Strange Ghost plus Regenboog Cuvee de Smidjse in 750’s. They seem to have everything from B.United and the Shelton Brothers so if you are a Belgo-fan then you are well served here. Aside from that there are many German, polish, Mexican, British, local and out-of-state offerings. Over and above all that, you can get Aged, Cellared and Vintage brews here. Supersaver even appear to add a neck label clearly stating the year, which I think is an excellent touch, nicely done. Service seemed stressed out, one Dude unpacking DFH brews had a run-in with a woman asking for Bud Lite, and the woman at the check seemed to have had a personality Lobotomy.

Drawbacks….well there are none really, except for the tight aisles and lack of space, yet this just means that the drawbacks are an advantage. You will have to “fumble-search-hunt-duck-and-dive” in here. Opening the odd unmarked case doesn’t seem to be frowned on, nor leaning over heavily stocked floors to investigate hard to see shelves and bottles with their backs to you. You will basically have to rummage around, but that is what I love doing when beer shopping, that just adds to the fun and with all this great beer in a semi-organized overstocked low on space chaotic arrangement, it means that you just may come across the odd forgotten gem or newbie that isn’t even unpacked yet.. In short don’t be afraid to be like that Lad Old Lady at the Jumble Yard Sale and go for it.

Definitely worth a visit and well worth a long drive, but be warned, bring your credit card, plenty of cash and an empty trunk… will need it if you haven’t been here before.

Thanks to Davo for the ride out here & the company!

Last Visit: Friday 11th November, 2005.

Nov 25, 2005
More User Reviews:
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nice-pitch from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Until recently, the beer selection was amazing, but a recent store makeover (sometime in 2017) significantly reduced the beer selection from amazing to better than average. What they do have now is better organized than before. When they had so much it was hard to see it all or find things. When I can't find something, the staff is helpful and knows where it is.

Jan 06, 2018
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mikr from New Jersey

2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3

mostly crap but they have a few good beers hard to find elsewhere, cashiers are mystifyed by the checkout machine, easy access and parking, higher than average prices

Jun 18, 2016
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Mar 05, 2015
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Steve55 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

It's a good liquor store,,
a lot of good beers, prices aren't bad
but there are no prices on warm cases.
If you want a price,
I was told by the salesman to walk up to the register and ask.
I had to wait while they took care of other customers.
I never been in any other liquor store or any store that doesn't put prices on items.
Is it to hard to push a button on the computer and print out a price list to hang?
I was told by the sales woman they don't price the warm beer is because
the prices change so much. I haven't seen any change is prices.

Sep 27, 2014
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Latarnik from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

May 26, 2014
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jlux21 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

May 16, 2014
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megamass from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Apr 30, 2014
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Oct 22, 2013
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Gavage from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Easy to find right on Route 22. A big building that gives you a bit of a clostrophobic feeling as the aisles are somewhat close to each other and are tall. There is an aisle dedicated to craft beers, and the selections is very good for the area. I picked up some Harpoon and Lagunitas and they were fresh. I did need some help finding a wine, and I got prompt and knowledgable service.

The cash register area looks run down. The whole interior needs a facelift. But since this is a store and not a bar, I can overlook this as the beer selection is where the true focus is here. Also, make sure you look around for stacks of beer cases that are placed around the store that may not be on the shelves.

Jan 16, 2013
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richbrew from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Made a pit stop on my way back home from Somerset. Never been, not in my neck of the woods. 2nd to last aisle is complete craft. Nice amount of bomber's, 750's, 6&4packs line the entire aisle. A few brewery's not found in shops up north but nothing crazy. Prices were on point with what I'm used to. Ended up grabbing a couple bottles of Deliverance (for some reason this is hard to come by in northern shops) and browsed the rest of the time. Overall a nice place to drop in and grab a couple bottles. Would stop again if I'm ever down that way again.

Feb 01, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this store on the way to a party in the area and I was pleasantly surprised. Lots to choose from in the way of singles, bombers, sixers, and cases. Not too many out and out surprises but they had almost anything and everything that makes its way to New Jersey and the prices were all at minimum on par with the lowest I've seen elsewhere and often beat that.

It is cluttered and busy and it was a bit hard to shop because of traffic in the beer lanes. Not a big deal to me. the Mrs. found it a bit more irritating. Staff ranged from indifferent to mildly helpful; got the sense that if I lived nearby and came in here often they'd have better communication. The beer guy stopped to talk for a few minutes when I asked about Cantillons; said they didn't have them at the moment but would be getting more in soon.

All the new releases were in stock; every Winter Warmer, the new Sam Adams stuff (Vixen, etc), the latest Stone Vertical Epic, etc. Full line-up of Jolly Pumpkin and extensive selection of Belgians, English, Scottish, and German beers.

Good store. I paid 47.00 for a bomber of Bear Republic Big Black Bear stout, a six of OB Mama's Little Yella, a six of 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, and a 30 pack of PBR for the party goers. Not bad I'd say.

Nov 21, 2011
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alohaspicoli from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Not much to look at but they do have a solid selection that's better than 99% of the stores I've been to in the Central Jersey area.

Some of the previous reviews are correct - it is kind of cluttered, but I stop in there almost weekly and I've noticed it getting more and more organized. If you can find the Beer Manager he'll always stop what he's doing to try and help you (something the rest of the other employees don't care to do). But if you don't mind spending a little time searching you can definitely find some gems.

It seems like they put beers with a higher ABV% out incrementally... so it's not unusual to find something from a year or two back.

An entire (large) aisle is devoted to craft brews. Approx. 75% domestic/25% import.

They have a lot of 6-packs but mostly focus on bombers. Breweries I consistently see there include: Rogue, Founders, DFH, Stone, Bruery, Schlafly, Southern Tier, Victory, Harpoon, Ommegang, Weyerbacher, Mikkeller and a lot more (that is almost an understatement). I always bring up the Beer Advocate site on my phone as I'm walking in and start reading reviews. I always wind up finding something new to try.

Also, they may not always be able to tell you what they have coming in, but don't be afraid to have them try and special order what you're looking for. I've asked them for a few things that I never thought they'd get and they came through (and have never gouged me on the price).

Oct 22, 2011
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is a good store for us mid to northern Jersey folks. Always a good selection and some surprises hidden around too if you don't mind digging around and on the tops and backs of shelves. they even have some nice vintage stuff. Prices are right around average. Nothing is overly priced. The help is lacking is some regards depending on who's working but over all it's not bad. A rotating stock with all the good beers that come to NJ and glassware to buy is a plus. If your in the area I would definitely check it out.

Aug 01, 2011
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beernut from New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by a few weeks back with fellow BA timmush. My 1st time there and I wasn't completely blown away. You will not find anything great but they do have a pretty good selection. Some have said you have to really look for something good, they are correct. Cases upon cases on the floor. So unorganized. A place like that at times I would have to question freshness of the beers. No help to be found. Not one person asked us for assistance. The place does carry a lot of different beers so I would go back but I will not expect any help from the useless staff.

Jun 28, 2011
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claspada from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Staff is extremely hit or miss. The manager is extremely unkind and unhelpful, but the staff is mostly kids who will help if they know something or at least offer a best guest. A huge isle of beers arranged amazingly by price/style/country/etc. Much improved from a year ago when I first went; they were changing management I think at the time and replenishing their stock. Average prices, above average for the area. Much more warm bottles like 22 oz and 750 ml and have an equal amount of warm and cold 6 packs; just the way it should be in my opinion.

Aug 11, 2010
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magnj from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

This is my store of choice, being the only place locally I know of that has such a big craft selection. Newly remodeled with bigger refrigerators along the back wall, 2-3 reserved for craft and sam's seasonals.
But I mostly browse the huge craft aisle which is not refrigerated. Lot's of local brews along with most major national outfits. Plenty of every style for the amateur or expert to explore from Belgians to IPA's and RISs. They also have a small vintage selection(mostly DFH).
Prices seem in line with the rest of the region, but they do break down some hard to find beers to singles only and that can get expensive.
Staff is somewhat helpful if you ask but will otherwise let you wander without bothering you, and they are mostly young...not sure if there is a resident "beer guy".
Overall a great place to shop, big selection, decent pricing, and for me a great location. The only place I've been with a better selection and staff is Oak Tree which is just off the charts.

Dec 03, 2009
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Stunner97 from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

I live locally and not to far to this place and its a pretty decent option. They have an aisle with a pretty good selection of beers, its a pretty big section dedicated to more specialty beers then a lot of places have. The store itself can be a bit cluttered and its not exactly organized anyway spectacularly but its a decent selection. The service was nothing spectacular though I wouldnt say Ive had bad experiences there. Definitely better then alot of the places in the area though not the best in my opinion as theres another place or two I prefer a tad more.

Feb 04, 2009
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Timmush from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

If you are on Route 22 you should stop by this place. I don't think you will find anything super special, but they do have a very good selection. You will be able to find something you like at a good price. I want to emphasize 'find' because the beer selection is always a mess. Cases on top of cases, if you dig in the back you might find something you are looking for. IF you don't want to take the 15-20 minute more ride to Oak Tree , you can stop here. If they spent a few days organizing and cleaning up, it would be a much better place.

EDIT!: They cleaned the place up. much cleaner.

Jan 20, 2009
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

This place has it all here domestic and foreign (comparing it to Oak Tree in South Plainfield it doesnt have as big a foreign selection) But where it lacks there it makes up in vintage selections (JW Leeds, Brooklyn, Anchor Steam, Rogue, Dogfish) some brews dating back to 1998! As far as the service, never really remember anyone helping me the few times ive been in here. It can be easy to drive buy due to the location of it on Route 22 and the U-turn there. Def worth the trip though if you are looking for vintage beers (mostly barleywines, Imperial Stouts, Old Ales)

Sep 29, 2008
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mymrnngjckt from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Stopped here on a beer run through New Jersey. The first thing I notice is that the place is very cluttered. That being stated, the selection is great. Losts of belgian & domestic craft adorn the beer aisle. Fantome, Cantillon, vintage Heavyweight, Sly Fox, Victory, and a horde of other belgian and domestic beers. It take a while to sift through every thing as many beers are hiding behind other beers. If you take the time, you can really find some gems here.

Prices were very reasonable. I will make this place a required stop on my trips to New Jersey.

May 01, 2008
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ATPete from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

Let me start off by saying that this was, in my opinion, one of the best beer stores i had visited (until i ran into the South Plainfield Buy-Rite).

Great selection, if you can find it...The Supersaver is like an easter egg hunt if you will. The last time i was in there it was stocked, but not on the shelves, cases upon cases shoved into corners and buried behind other cases and racks. A mess. Also there was 2 seperate beer sections, in the back righthand part of the store was the assorment of cases, a poorly stocked singles/6-pack section, a cold box, and more cases. There was an isle about mid way into the store, past the Italian wines that seemed like the holy grail...vintage dated Chimay and Fantome, Thomas Hardy and more as well as a very nice Belgian selection.

A few 'lucky' purchases ive made at the Supersaver; Stone Vertical Epic, 2002 BBBourgondier, Numerous Fantomes. Glassware- an Orval glass, a Rochefort, a Kwak and a Delirium Tremens glass

everything is reasonably priced

Mar 28, 2008
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DaveHS from California

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Somerville Super Saver is beautiful and annoying all at the same time. First of all, if you don't live in that specific part of NJ, it's a pain in the ass to get to. It's poorly organized, and staffed by teenage kids who don't want to help you, and don't even know much about beer in the first place. The aisles are thin, and retrieving beer from the vintage section requires performing a balancing act. Completely aggravating.
However, if you can put up with all that nonsense, they have a pretty impressive selection. All the Thierez beers, a selection of aged Fantome beers, Cantillon Fou Founne from 1999, Geuze from 2000, some good British strong ales from the late 80s, and a large selection of Belgian, Polish, German, and American micro. I thought this place was particularly important, because they have a number of things that I NEVER see at other stores in this area, especially the Thierez, and the hoppy Urthel (which isn't all that hoppy).
Also, if you're into mead and cider, there's more of it here than you will see most places. Also great for wine and spirits.
If you can put up with how exhasperating the staff, store, and layout are, it's worth it. Bring a credit card.

Mar 28, 2008
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Beerloco from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

I drive 50 miles to get here and always find it worth the trip. The new beer manager, Howie, has cleaned the place up very well. While there are still cases on the floor the new shelves and more organized layout make it much easier to find what you're looking for. With such a large and diverse selection it can be time consuming to take it all in, but well worth it.

On a recent visit I was able to get some very hard to find DFH beers as well a great selection of Southern Tier, Avery, Rock Art and some Belgians. This only scratches the surface but I'll be back again soon.

Don't hesitate to ask if you don't see what you're searching for. I have found the staff to be very helpful and they seem to know what they have and where it is.

Mar 12, 2008
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brantadid from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -26%

This is a store I used to frequent. I stopped a little over a year ago because their selection stagnated and they were not replacing supply of the regularly stocked items. I found out later that they changed beer managers.

I was in the neighborhood this past weekend and decided to give it another try. Their selection has changed dramatically. They have significantly less belgian and imports and significantly more US craft beer.

The store is a somewhat disorganized. It looks like half the section is organized and the other isn't.

They have vintages of Quad which are hand marked and increasing more expensive with age.

The service was awful. I had to chase down a salesperson to ask if a bottle was available as a single. He did the absolute minimum he could to help, and he wasn't even sure of the beer I was speaking about.

The vast majority of the store is still wine, which is fine.

Worth the trip for the selection, but not if you are looking for good service...or even average service for that matter.

Feb 25, 2008
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