Craft Beer Cellar

BA SCORE
99
world-class

152 Ratings
Craft Beer CellarCraft Beer Cellar
PLACE INFO

Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

3 Elm St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1802
United States

(802) 882-8034 | map
craftbeercellar.com

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Added by skivtjerry on 12-25-2013

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
2.45%
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

As a Vermonter that lives further west of here and ends up having to travel all around the great state of Vermont, this is one our best stores. It's cleanliness and willingness from their manager to market some high end beers from mostly Vermont but Oregon, California, Michigan and Massachusetts, well, this craft beer store is practically in a league of it's own from most of the rest of Vermont. Not a Vermont Liquor store, and they have a spectacular looking growler section and in the back, they have glassware to appeal to practically anyone. Rare Lawson's bottles show up on Thursdays after Lawson's put them in the Warren store. Check Lawson's website to see when they release certain bottles because it's not every week Lawson's releases bottles.

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Photo of RobDB
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Cmuz
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Passing through Waterbury so I thought to check it out. Pretty good selection and easy to look through the options. Found some things I had not seen before and looked interesting - excited to try them. Staff was helpful on a quit Monday evening to answer questions. Only question I had, was formed upon walking out and seeing the price tag on some VT beer in the coolers. Since I live in VT and had just purchased the same beer six pack for $2 less at a random gas station mini mart the day before, it mad me wonder how much mark up I had just endured on these other beers.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

My first impression was, "Lucy, I'm home!" Really well done store with great display shelving and room to move around looking at beers. Some great drafts for growler fills and some great info on local Vt. Craft beers from the staff.

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Photo of dipaslife4me
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of John_M
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Right across the street from the Prohibition Pig, from outside this place doesn't look as if it's going to be much of a beer outlet. However, once you walk inside, it's hard not to be impressed by what you see. There is a huge selection of craft beer and imports, with stack upon stacks on local brewery 4 packs piled seemingly everywhere. They also have a growler filling area, with 6 to 8 different choices, which this day included the Alesmith Speedway Mokalida (WTF!!!). There are several cold boxes in the store, and so there's a considerable amount of beer chilled here. Also saw a fair size selection of glassware for sale.

Perhaps because this store was located in such a small town, the quality of this store was all the more surprising and impressive. The only downside, if you want to call it that, is that the service is nothing to write home about. The staff leave you to peruse the selection, but are happy to answer any questions you might have ("Do you guys have any Heady Topper, Focal Banger or Sip of Sunshine cans." Response: "Nope. Just the Lawson Super session." ).

In any event, I was quite impressed by this store, and will certainly revisit any time we happen to be back in town.

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Photo of twenteone
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.49/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I can see how on a good day this place would have a solid selection as its the crossroads of Beer, Vermont. I just went on a sunday and well, that's not the best day. Very clean. Tons of glassware if that's your thing as well.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

BA says this place is world class for a store, and yea it pretty much is. The selection is carefully thought out to maximize floor place, tons of goodies if you know what to look for. None of the bottles seemed old and there was a vast array of local, domestic, and international choices.

I had 2 employees kindly ask if I needed any help, which is unusual for a beer store, but was appreciated. Everyone seemed friendly.

Walked away with some Oatmeal Yeti (since we can't get Great Divide in CT) along with The Brettanomyces Incident from Burlington Beer. The Sip of Sunshine cozies that fit 16oz cans at the register sealed the deal! Will go back again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of zotzot
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is a craft beer cellar in one of the biggest beer travel towns in the country. Not much explaining necessary. They get the popular locals like Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine and post the availability. Keep a well rotated selection of national craft beers and have a decent tap list available for growler fills. The location is great, the building I a cool old brick building. Big front windows, ample cooler space. They have some local food products and glassware from local breweries.

The staff is friendly, helpful, and the owner seems like a great guy.

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Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I stopped by to see if I could pick up some good beers, their selection was underwhelming. Not a bad place to stop, but not impresed. They did have glassware from different breweries, t-shirts, hats, etc. which was nice.

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Photo of JratBones
3.1/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited the evening of April 8.

V: Seemed good, if laid-back. It's a nice beer store with a lot of selection in a smallish space.

Q: Clean, lots of room, great and well-ordered cold and room temperature offerings.

Service: Good, gave me a good idea I would not have come up with. A little too laid-back, though.

Sel: Plenty of it in a small space.

Good place to stop in Waterbury.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Miccal
4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

walking into this wonderful old brick storefront the first thing I noticed was the beer was treated like fine wines - finally! The selection is really great, they could use some more stouts but I managed to find a beer that I have been looking for all over the state. The service was friendly and chatty, but not overbearing. Overall a great place to add to my month beer rounds...

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT
4.49 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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