BrewTopia

Homebrew, Beer-to-go

40 Washington St
Keene, New Hampshire, 03431-3123
United States

(603) 357-7773 | map

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PLACE STATS
Average:
4.67
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
16
pDev:
7.92%
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Reviewed by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
The staff at Brewtopia are what set this store apart from any other. The selection is fantastic, especially given the size of the town it services. Not only are the staff knowledgeable about every item they stock, they share a passion for top quality beers, and ensuring the freshest offerings from both local and highly sought after breweries. I would highly recommend this place to anyone travelling through the area. Ask for recommendations based on your preferences and they will be sure to leave you satisfied. I can only hope to continue to visit this place more in the future.
Apr 05, 2016
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Ive actually been to this place before but am only reviewing it now after a recent stop on the way to a New Hampshire vacation.
Pretty obvious signage outside and decent on-street parking options in front of the place.

Walking in, its a medium sized place and seems a bit chaotic, but there is a method to the system. Several coolers are on the right wall and one more on the front left wall next to the checkout.
The middle of the room is open shelves of cans and bottles.
All coolers and shelves are marked by style, ie (stouts, IPAs, Belgians, etc) So you should be able to find things you are interested in during your visit. Selection is good mix of New England and New York breweries, lots of small places represented on shelves and coolers. Also allowed to break up 4 packs and 6ers with no questions.

Staff asked what I was looking for when I walked in the door and we both commiserated about being burnt out on IPAs. He pointed out some nice stouts and lagers and then had to answer the phone. I kept browsing and he actually came back with more suggestions after his call.
Very helpful and friendly staff and the prices are pretty great too. I walked out with 12 beers for $41, which seems like a steal.
Easy spot to visit if in Keene area and well worth the stop.
Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Garypuffer from New Hampshire

4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Love this place! I live about 1 mile away, and if I'm in the mood to talk beer I drop by and Zack always has some awesome suggestions for me to try. He will even hand me a sample to try ! That doesn't happen at Market Basket! Love it when he asks what you like, and then walks you around the store while he helps you build a 6-pack. Did I mention I love this place?
Nov 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.68 by IBUBrew from Vermont

May 13, 2017
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Nice, big store with a large selection of beer and a well-stocked homebrewing section in the back. Most of the beers are in coolers. There is a pretty big build your own 6-pack area with six and twelve packs that can all be broken up. The staff gave great recommendations and were knoweldgeable. I would imagine that this is the best store in the area. If not, then the other store must be something else. Would go back.
Aug 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by musicsherlock from New York

4.29/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Stopped in when they had a water leak but the guy still made time to assist me. The place offers and encourages singles with about 12-14 cooler doors and more on shelves. A bit disheveled in appearance but easy enough to navigate. I asked for local/regional IPA's and Stouts and the dude ran around the store pointing out a number of options. When I committed to a mixed six he ran around again and filled up the 6-pack holder, ended up with seven beers! He picked a good selection of IPAs, IPLs, and Stouts. There were plenty of choices from Regional and National brewers as well.

Will go back when in area.
Feb 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.93 by chavinparty from New Hampshire

Feb 03, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by mrson83 from New Hampshire

Dec 06, 2015
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Reviewed by PJKSR02 from Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
You might call this a beer boutique. They have the best of many brewers, and beers you won't normally find in this area. If you're a home-brewer, their selection and expertise is sure to please.
Oct 10, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by Prince-Caspian from New Hampshire

Sep 16, 2015
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
What can you say? New Hampshire distribution sucks ass but Zack does the best he can in a challenging business environment. If it's available for sale in NH, Brewtopia has it, will have it, or can get it. If it isn't, Zack will tell you why (probably at great length and using language your mother wouldn't approve of) and recommend whatever he has that's closest to it in style and quality. A large array of refrigerators that must cost a significant sum in electricity every month so most everything that should be kept cold is - although there's more out on the floor that had really ought not to be. Everything is available as singles. You may not leave with what you were looking for but you will not leave empty handed. So far as I know, Brewtopia is the only worthwhile LBS in southwest NH.
Jul 15, 2015
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Reviewed by ColdOne from New York

4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I found this place when passing through today... such a great place. The owner quickly sized me up and began to offer suggestions--not just what to get but also what not to get.

The shelves were stocked with really interesting regional and national beers, and I was really pleased to see most of the NH brews I'd researched and thought I'd never find.

When I told him I'd never had Nectar's ipa fresh he popped one immediately and put it in my hand. I've never had that happen to me. I only wish there was more room in the car, because I would have stocked up more than I did. If anyone's anywhere near Keene, I highly recommend BrewTopia.
Jul 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.93 by Laplander from New Hampshire

Jun 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4.75 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

Mar 07, 2015
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Rated by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Talked the owner, he was awesome and set me up with some good beers. If I didn't live in California this would be my go to bottle shop.
Feb 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by kattycakes603 from New Hampshire

Sep 14, 2014
 
 
Rated: 4.5 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire

Jun 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Svendozen from New Hampshire

May 12, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by pullyou from Washington

May 08, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by torimattschriver from New Hampshire

Mar 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by dreis from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by ScotNH from New Hampshire

Dec 10, 2013
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Reviewed by VTBrewHound from Vermont

4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Have bought many brews from Brewtopia. By far the best beer selection in the area.
They have helped me put together some excellent extract beer recipes.
Zach has even shared some of his own home brew, while putting together a recipe for me. He has even saved me a couple of times, when I made the mistake of ordering out of town recipes. Thanks Zach ! Much appreciated.
Oct 30, 2013
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Reviewed by zahara15 from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Really nice people who are helpful and aim to please. On more than one occasion a beer was opened to sample and see what I thought of it....very nice touch.

The only think seeming to limit their selection is whether stuff is distributed to New Hampshire or not.
Sep 02, 2013
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Reviewed by mborden from New York

4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
There usually isn't much in the way of beer stores to hit up when I go to visit my parents in rural NH, but I came across this place on a BA place search and decided to hit it up just before Christmas, and I'm glad I did!

When you walk in there are a bunch of coolers immediately by the doors, full of six packs and larger format stuff. Being a homebrew store as well, there is also yeast and hops, but the coolers were largely full of beer. There are a bunch of shelves with beer as well, and the selection is great. From your run of the mill New England brews, to nationally distributed stuff, to harder to find special releases, it was all there. I was able to get my hands on some Founders stuff that wasn't available in Central New York yet, and I also got some Allagash and Goose Island rarities that I hadn't seen before.

The owner Zack was super friendly and came out on the floor and chatted me up immediately. He saw what I had already picked out, asked if I liked sours and if that was what I was looking for, and when I said yes immediately rushed around the store pointing out what he had available in the style. He also mentioned a few bottle-limited releases that he had behind the counter that weren't on display.

The beer selection was fantastic and the customer service was better than any I've ever had in a bottle shop. The pricing was fair and I will absolutely not hesitate to stop in the next time I head back to NH. It's a must-visit if you're in the area.
Dec 27, 2012
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Reviewed by Paulothebeerguy

5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I just visited BrewTopia in Keene NH and I have to say I was blown away. I’d been hearing about his place for a while now and finally took the opportunity for a visit to take advantage of the Oskar Blues tasting (free beer, what’s not to like?). The store is large, clean and well lit and the selection of beer is impressive. Not only is there a good selection on the floor and the shelves but they have a large walk-in cooler and three other free standing coolers loaded with beer.

The mix your own six-pack selection is reason enough to shop here but the real draw is the knowledgeable staff. You can ask these guys anything (to do with beer anyway) and they have the answers or at least an educated opinion. Try asking the supermarket guy which of the beers he sells has the most pronounced hops taste or what yeast strain was used to get a certain flavor and see how far you get.

Although I don't currently brew is sure looks like they have everything you might need. You can buy all the equipment as well as the grain, hops, and yeast. Best of all you can chat with people that know brewing and who can answer your questions or give you some advice.

If you haven’t been to BrewTopia it’s worth the trip. Nice store, nice people, great selection of beer – the whole package.
May 15, 2012
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
It's nice to see Keene has a quality-based beer and brewing supply store. The look and atmosphere is clean and well designed. The prices of the higher beers is pretty steep, considering i can travel to Vermont or Near-by Western Mass and get better prices even with the tax makes me wonder! Having a beer store of this quality seems great for my area but the selection of brews has gotten so much better in Supermarkets and smaller stores it's going to hard to ignore the higher prices. Selection is good, but not as extensive as most good liquor stores in Massachusetts or Vermont. This store is run by some young folks and I think it will be popular for years to come.

In the last few years I feel Brewtopia has really come into its own. Hard to find, high quality offering seems to be the focus. Zach is fun to rap with over whats good currently. Recently he had some cellar aged Smuttynose Big Beer Series offerings that were between 4 and 10 years aged!
Mar 15, 2012
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Reviewed by Wheresalbany2 from New York

4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
I love this place. Ever since they opened, they've been my number one beer destination in town. No longer do I have to drive to Springfield to find the beers I'm craving. Their selection is great and the owner tries very hard to get whatever he can. Having such a wide selection of White Birch beers so close to my house is great. All of the staff is very knowledgable and are willing to help if you need it and leave you alone if you don't.

Their homebrew section is still growing, but most basics can be found here and they can put together a kit for you no problem. While all of the staff are not homebrewers, they'll do their best to help you find or get what you need.
Their hours are great (open lat emost nights) and the location is great as well with ample parking across the street. The owner is highly motivated and will do his best to make sure you're happy. I highly recommend this place to anyone who lives in the area or even just passing through.
Oct 16, 2011
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Southwestern New Hampshire has been waiting for a place like this. Until now residents around there would have to travel down to Springfield, Massachusetts or up to West Lebanon, N.H. to get a decent selection of local, regional and imported craft beers. Not anymore. This place was in its first few weeks of business when I got there but its potential is great. New Hampshire's beer licensing restrictions are tough so there are always limited choices available. However Brewtopia's enthusiastic and knowledgable owner is making every effort to get everything and anything that is available here. I expect it will become a destination store in the near future. Open 7 days a week until late at night and easily found across the street from the middle school.
Jun 05, 2011
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Reviewed by jimbutlermusic from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I was very excited when they opened, especially since I intend to try homebrewing in the near future, and I work right around the corner.

The store is very clean, set up well. Very easy to just wander the aisles and browse the selections. I've been in 3 times since they have opened. Each time was greeted warmly and asked if I needed help. When I didn't they let me just roam. When I did need help, they were helpful in finding what I needed cold.

Last time I was in, they had some of the shelves up in the cooler, so I was able to make a six pack of singles. I'm not sure what is the norm in other craft beer stores, but this is a huge draw for me. Having lived in New England my whole life, I'm very anxious to try beers I've only heard about on Podcasts or read about in magazines, and being able to just get 6 different singles is a plus.

I did ask about homebrewing kits and they did say they could put a beginner kit together for me, so we will see.

So, if you are in the Keene, NH area it is definitely worth a stop in.
May 29, 2011
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Reviewed by LOCAL from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Hell yes! Keene finally has a quality beer store!

The store opened on May 2nd and hosted a tasting of White Birch beers, which haven't been available in the area up until now. Speaking of newly available, beers that you couldn't find in the region before, such as Oskar Blues, Green Flash, and Lagunitas are now available. BrewTopia is aiming to provide all that is of quality in NH at their store. Basically, if its available in NH, they're gonna have it.

I can't comment on the home brew supplies since I know nothing about those, but they do seem to have a good selection.

The staff is friendly and readily available to help you with any questions you may have. The store is well organized, with many of their beers also available chilled in the cooler. If you're in the area... or even if your not, its worth a stop by.

Big props to the guys at BrewTopia for putting together such a fine establishment. They will be getting my business for some time.
May 10, 2011
BrewTopia in Keene, NH
Place rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 33 ratings