Great beer store in New Paltz. Always have to stop here when I pass through. They seem to have a better selection of craft brews from across the country than a lot of my local places on Long Island. I wish they had a better focus on some of their great local breweries, but I understand when working with small producers it's hard to keep things in stock.
Reminds me of an old barn. Has rafters and the walls are lined with shelves of old beer btls. Newly added a half dozen tap lines with some decent selection like RD. This is the place to go to get a cellared beer that you can enjoy immediately!! Guys are very friendly and they get to know your name after a couple trips. I like the swing microphone that they use to relay keg orders to the back; it gives off the perfect tinny echo that vibrates off the cans on the wall. A little rundown, but so is my car. Kinda stuck with both, but endeared to them as well. They do a fairly decent job of checking freshness here as some have noted it's an issue. They don't try to sham you by selling them to you at the inflated price of a 'single', but actually offer discounts on 6=packs and cases past date, which are usually marked 50-75% off. They get a few goodies here and there like NEBCO, and have a good local selection.
Edit: this store has really become top notch. Terrific selection, low prices, and it's not insanely picked over by beer geeks. No games either, if they have it you'll know, it's not hidden and you don't need to ask or beg or make friends. Friendly and enthusiastic owner and excellent choices and price on growler fills. Highly recommended, but...find your own store!!
I found the guys who worked here to be friendly and chatty sorts. The selection is pretty nice too. Not a lot of singles, they won't let you break up the 6ers or make your own, but plenty of bombers to choose from, inc. the full compliment of ST, Stone, Pretty Things, Lagunitas, etc. Lots of Germans and Belgians. Decent prices. Utopias behind the counter! Growler station.
Yes it's a bit dingy and crowded..who cares really, it's the products you want and they have a nice selection. Wish I could buy singles here but alas you have to make the trip across the river to the big time store for that. If you're hanging around the New Paltz area this is your place though. Good stuff.
This places gets a hard time because it's dim, dusty and a bit ramshackle.
And yes, the sign for cheap cigarettes, all the BMC up front, the cement floors, maze of shelves and racks, and some refrigerators that sometimes haven't even been plugged in add up to a wholesale warehouse over retail store feel.
But you're not here for fine dining! The selection would be raved about if it were in a pretty setting, with options both regional (Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, Pretty Things, Troegs) and from further afield (Ballast Point, 21st Amendment, Avery, Unibroue, Hitachino Nest.) There's also a good range of Belgians - gotta love the 1.5L magnums of Piraat. Plus there are also four well-chosen taps for growler fills: Smuttynose Porter and Bengali Tiger IPA this week.
In spite of looking like everything needs a good scrubbing, I've still never got a bad bottle here.
The staff can be hit and miss, though the older gent who I'm guessing is the owner (Paul?) knows both his stock and his inventory, if you follow the distinction.
Reviews here all say it's a shame they have to compete with Half Time. I'd say the opposite: after one too many trips across the river only to find HT can't keep something in stock, I check this place first now.
Stopped in here after dinner at the Gilded Otter.
By the looks of the place when you first walk in, I thought it was going to be more like the beer warehouses in PA with the cases just stacked all over the place. The smell was also something that threw me off. It had a stale beer smell coming from their can and bottle return area. It does not have a large area so I took a quick lap around to see what they had and was pleasantly surprised. They had a very large selection of craft stuff - they had a very good selection of stuff from Stone, a good selection of stuff from Left Hand, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Keegan Ales, Troegs, Rogue, Nectar Brewing, etc. I turned the corner to find even more stuff from Wachusett and more.
The service was good, I went up to the counter and the cashier looked at a bomber of something and before he rang it up he asked me if I knew how much it was, which I did and told him to continue to ring it up. Didn't seem like they get a lot of craft beer lovers in this place, but it was a Friday Night so it was hard to tell.
The beer was all reasonably priced and I would probably go back the next time I am in New Paltz.
Johnny the res. beer geek used to have spikes and wear leather vests, now he looks hip/corp., but if you want to know something about any style, of any brewery, Johnny knows. Unfort. he is leaving to take other work and will be missed.
Their location doesn't give them a lot of room, but they make the most of it. Decent selections of American craft brewers. mostly kept cool and out of the light, if not always dustfree. Decent turnover of the better stuff, though, so I have never had a freshness problem. The place is dusty, but so is my cellar. Decent selection of world wides also. Their (usually 3 or 4) growler pours are picked with exceptional care, and have included some real gems
Unfortunately they compete with a world class store fairly nearby, and need to cater to a college crowd, or I think they would be even bigger and better craft wise.
Since their are no reviews fresher then 2 years old, I can happily report that this place seems to have improved a fair bit, mostly in the all important selection department. Its still kinda dumpy, beer splattered all over the place on an assortment of shelving units and scattered coolers, but the selection was pretty darn impressive. Plenty of Belgians and a quite respectable array of local, regional and national good stuff...Avery, Stone, Capt L. Omme, Bklyn, Rogue, Green Flash, Dale's, you get the picture. 4 or 5 growler fill spigots is an upgrade highlight. (What a great NY state trend!) They were offering several Belgians for 1/2 price as they were approaching their best before dates. Guy behind the counter was friendly, in sync with BA and naturally quite helpful and knowledgeable. All this and easy off the NYS thruway, and then its just a few more miles to downtown NP and the Gilded Otter. Well worth a visit
Stopped after hitting the Gilded Otter just down the road. This place is like a indoor flea market. No method to the layout, cases stacked all over the place, and several different models of refridgerators on different walls "wherever they could fit" look. Large return bottle section was busy, but the store was empty.
Decent variety of micros, especially some of the local upstate NY breweries. Decent but not overwhelming selection of Belgian beers. If you are looking for something specific, you will need to search to find it. The last refridgerator was were I found some Ithaca beers I was looking for.
Staff was friendly but looked uninterested. Nice location right off the NYS Thruway Exit 18, and convenient for a quick sixpack pickup. For a nicer layout and better selection, go to Half Time in Poughkeepsie.
A strange place. I need to get to know them better.
Cramped. Moderately wide selection of Victory, Ommegang, Arrogant Bastard, Belgians, and English brews...but a disturbing number of them were dusty or just generally looked ill-kempt. Why have a good-beer section...then not maintain it? Perhaps the low-level staff need to be trained/kept in line.
A laminated BeerAdvocate sheet of top 100 caught my eye, with highlighted brews that they carried. Also had other info sheets for Ommegang and another breweriana. I very much liked that, but I need to have confidence that their beer isn't stale or lightstruck before I start investing in this place.
Was in New Paltz this weekend for open house and as I was leaving town, with a planned stop at Half Time, I saw that Saranacs were on sale so I stopped to see if they have my favorite, the Saranac Pilsner, They didn't so I figured since I was there let me look around. Not a bad selection, the NYS beer selection was fairly good, they had three types of Keegans Ale, Southern tier, Middle Ages and also the Suffern Brewery beers in sixpacks, The standard belgians, 3 Stones; IPA, Ruination and the 8th Anniversary. Of course the macros along with Saranac and Brooklyn run the roost on the floor dispalys.
Overall, not a bad place if you are on that side of the river and can't make it to Half Time, prices are fair and I'm sure you can find something to drink there.