14 Reviews

Type: Store, Homebrew Store

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

(603) 357-7773 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by MoxieMaim on 05-06-2011

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by mborden:
Photo of mborden
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 1,485 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheDoctor
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 426 characters

Photo of Squire123
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 583 characters

Photo of musicsherlock
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

 610 characters

Photo of chavinparty
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mrson83
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of PJKSR02
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 196 characters

Photo of Prince-Caspian
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of kculrich
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ColdOne
4.86/5  rDev +7%
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.

 642 characters

Photo of Laplander
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

135 characters

Photo of kattycakes603
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Underdoge
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Svendozen
3.25/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of pullyou
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of torimattschriver
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of dreis
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of ScotNH
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of VTBrewHound
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

 369 characters

Photo of zahara15
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

 262 characters

Photo of Paulothebeerguy
5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 1,291 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
BrewTopia in Keene, NH
4.54 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.