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Ancona's Wines & Liquors

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Ancona's Wines & LiquorsAncona's Wines & Liquors

Type: Store

720 Branchville Rd
Ridgefield, Connecticut, 06877-6129
United States

(203) 544-8958 | map

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Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

This well stocked joint is actually a few miles east of the Toney burg of Ridgefield, Ct. its alot closer to Branchville and rt 7. This place is cramed with tons of wine and booze. I was told the beer was "over there in the back corner" Hmmm, thats not giving beer the respect it deserves I thought. The stuff in the "back corner" was fairly dissapointing. However, things started to pick up gradually as I saw more and more beer in the coolers along the rear of the store. Healthy selection of Brit/German imports, good variey of the typical micros, strong local micros, (No Hooker, but those come and go quickly from what Ive seen) Then I saw a small sign that said " more Belgians can be found inside the cooler." First, the cooler was FREEZING cold (too cold to properly store beer, me thinks), but the stash in there was awesome, tons of Belgians, all the Ommegangs, Allagash, Fantome,a bunch of magnums, Hardys ale,all sorts of tasty stuff, some of which I've never see before. Impressive. This is about 20 mins from Danbury and about 20 mins from Norwalk, be careful, though the traffic on rt. 7/ Danbury rd. can really blow. Well worth a visit to check this place out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I’ve been here a couple of times since the wife got an assignment in the New York suburbs but failed to review it. Let me tell you right away: I really like this place. The Ridgefield area is not exactly a haven for craft beer, so finding this store was a godsend. It is pretty small but well organized and clean, and almost all the beer is refrigerated.

I’ve bought some Evil Twin Even More Jesus here, and they also have nine varieties of Founders and a ton of packs from Victory, Allagash, Evil Twin… check out the bombers, including Black OPS, Stone, Weyerbacher, Berkshire, Two Roads, Clown Shoes, Crooked Stave Nightmare/Surette/Origins, Abbaye Bon Chien, Birra Ducato and more.

Service is friendly and they will help you out if you need, but they will also leave you alone if you want, which I appreciate. Definitely a must for beer in the area!

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Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DanforthPewter
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great selection of great crafts. Went there because they have a good selection of cans, as I was going camping over the weekend. Staff couldn't be nicer. Numerous staffers offered to carry my beer as I carted my six month son around. Good selection of local beers, carrying the latest from New England Brewing and Two Roads

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Photo of brewyou69
2.6/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Wow tons of hard to get beer but a very pushy staff almost despirate like and they really dont know much about beer. Last I must say the prices are CRAZY so high. Also look at expirations as they do not appear to rotate their stock. The cooler is cramped a little dirty as their main focus is wine as it is a big wine store and as soon as you enter the employees swarm you very odd as help is good too much help is not. I will stick with Mos in Fairfield or head to Portchester NY as its cheaper cleaner and they leave you alone

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My first visit at Ancona was today, and it was great. I called ahead to find out if they had a beer in stock (Kona Koko Brown) - I havent had it since I was in Hawaii...and the girl was super nice on the phone. The service didnt stop there, as everyone working was really friendly.
They had a nice selection....not the best in the area, but they had a healthy stock of CT brews and beers not available in NY. (NEBC, Berkshire, etc). They had a small mix a six, so I got a few CT brews. They have a nice wrap around cooler full of 6-packs, a rack of nice 12-packs, and a walk-in of bombers...awesome! So great to see bombers staying cold!!
Looks like they have tastings and beer/liquor events there as well. Speaking of which, they have what seems to be a great wine selection as well.
Some spendy glassware in a case behind the counter.

Prices seemed on par of for the area. - My 6-pack of Kona was $8.99, which seemed to be the average price in the cooler.

So glad I found this place...I will be back in the near future!

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I had to make a trip up to CT ans was in the area, so naturally I looked up the best place to get beer in the area and I read about this place.

When you first walk in there is wine everywhere. Then, as you look towards the back there is the beer. What was nice is that they have a small selection of BMC products, you don't have to get lost in the sea of crappy beer to find the good stuff.

There is a walk in cooler that houses all the beer. They had DFH, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier and so on. They had a few brews from each brewery, but not most of them. What caught my eye was the Berkshire Brewing Company beers. They had about 10 bombers and 5 or 6 growlers of that stuff. Unfourtanatly, since this beer has to be kept cold, I could only buy 2 bombers for my 2 hour trip home.

The service was top notch with at least 5 people asking me if I needed help and 1 friendly associate filling me in on those BBC beers. The gem that I got from there though was the Life and Limb. It is more expensive than I know what I could pay home, but I wanted it now. The beers were overall highly priced compared to my close to NYC area which I thought was rather odd, but I know every state has different taxes.

If I am in the area, I will stop back.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Wow - finally made it up to Ancona's in Ridgefield. What a great selection of beer to chose from!!

For starters - mix a six is offered. Pretty good mixture of local micros, nothing earth shattering in there, but still enjoyable.

Great sixer selection, a few walls of different offerings. What's impressive is the paucity of BMC offerings - its there, but honestly harder to find than the good stuff.

Then...the walk in bomber fridge, with four wire racks filled with brews. The most Rogues I had ever seen. Lots of Germans, Belgians, and others.

DEFINITELY worth a stop if you are anywhere nearby. Also recommend the Little Pub next door.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Went all the way here in search of Imperial Stout Trooper... a mini beerquest.

Quality of the store is exceptional. This is actually a wine place but they have a really decent beer area in the form of a walk-in fridge keeping all the beer at the right temperatures. Can't say that I've seen that before and its definitely appreciated.

Service is decent seeing as 90% of the store is stocked with wine. There is a beer guy but you have to wait for him to get to you and sometimes that takes a while. However, everyone there was friendly and they held me bottles like they said they would. So... in those terms I guess I can't complain.

Selection is decent though I don't really have much to compare it to. Worth a visit if you're in the area. And obviously worth the visit if they say they have something special in stock.

Prices are a bit high here but you really get what you pay for. Quality brews kept in a quality place delivered from friendly people.

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Photo of kipsteele
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Snuck in here during my lunch break and was really treated to a great selection. The walk in not only says "welcome to beer lovers heaven" but also notes that if they don't have it, please ask and they'll get it. As it was a Friday the place was jamming bt so were the tunes. They had their Sonos system in the background with some great tunes on and I really enjoyed taking my time in the cooler to find the beers I wanted to try. It is a really big selection and they also have a build a sixer selection as well as an ample stocking of beer on the shelves. All and all a great experience.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Ancona's takes their beer seriosuly, and, although I am certain they make more revenue by far from wine, they do not short-change beer in either selection or care of the product one bit. I will be asking my in-laws to stop by prior to visits in the future given the variety of regional selections including Ommegang, Thomas Hooker, Farmington River, Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Southhampton, Gritty MacDuff's, Berkshire, and then, on top of that, many other not so regional breweries like Great Divide, Avery, DFH, Brooklyn, etc. This is just their 6-pack selection -- I was in too big of hurry to properly peruse their 22oz/single bottle selection in the cooler. Suffice it to say, Ancona's is a serious beer and wine store with reasonable prices (my bill was $51 for 5 6-packs) that provides good service and prides itself on keeping a wide selection of brews to meet your tastes.

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Photo of hops4life
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

I made the drive to Ridgefield last weekend based on the reviews here and was not disappointed. Their selection is excellent and their storage conditions are the best. The walk-in cooler is a little cramped but it houses a lot of nice stuff. I am knocking the selection down a bit because I'm a freak for Belgian styles and they could use a few more, but otherwise, it was exceptional. Neal is the beer manager and was very helpful.

You could go to a warehouse place and find decent selection, but those great beers are not stored cold, and the management has (I have asked) no idea how long their stock has been on the shelf. Ancona's is about an hour from me, but I am sure I'll be making the trip again soon. They also carry super fresh Berkshire Brewery products. I had their Imperial Stout, and it was a good example of the style. I'll need to do more homework before deciding!

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Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Family-owned Anocona`s is a great little place. The cooler as earlier noted is a bit chillier than normal, but oh well. The selection is solid. With the regional brews being well represented. From Thomas Hooker, Ommegang, Victory, Dogfish and others on hand. They also have Schneider-Weisse which is imported from B-United based in nearby Redding, Connecticut.
The store has been there for decades and has a friendly staff. The prices are a little higher than some other stores out there, but then again real estate in Ridgefield is also higher than some other towns out there.

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Photo of jazzmanjk
3.85/5  rDev -9%

In my opinion this is easily and by far the best-stocked beer retailer in the area for miles around. Certainly none of the beer retailers I've seen around these parts stock as many Belgians as these guys do. They also have a walk-in which is great. I've gotten help finding specific beers and suggestions from their staff. Very fine place. Worth a little drive if you can't find what you're looking for. Oh yes, their selection is available on their website for the most part. The whole reason I found this place in the first was when I was searching in a different nearby beer retailer for hard-to-find Belgians. The guy working in the other store finally just said I should go check out Anconas. I haven't gone back to the other place for beer since then.

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Photo of kennyo
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

took a day off and with nothing pressing decided to do a beer hunt. There are two place in CT that I wanted to check out, with Ancona's being about 30 minutes from me I decided to go. Nice size store, good wine selection, nice single malt selection, a little weak on the bourbons but what the hell, I'm there for the beer. Decent selection, had a nice selection of northeast beers, had a couple of the Olde Burnside beers in big liter bottles, purchase the Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter. in the walk in cooler was a nice, nothing ou of the ordinary, other than the Fantomes, belgian selection. My only complaint was that their make your own 7.99 six pack selection was very weak. No real choice, no breaking six packs. All in all, it is a good beer store, maybe even tho' it is off the path for me, if they get seasonals from the CT/MA brewers, I shall be back

On a side note, they had the Saranac 1888 Root Beer which my kids and I like.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +4%

This was the conclusion of my beer day trip all with sites selected from the BA beerfly. This store appears to be your average liquor store but then I saw the sign that said more belgians inside cooler. I have always like beer stores and bars that allow you to peruse the cooler. Wow! I found some tasty treats in there. 2000 Fullers, a vintage pack of Samichlaus (95, 96, 97) also a 96 Thomas Hardy's. They also had the Trout Brook Imperial Porter still and a wide variety of new england and New york micros. Another cool feature was a table with a large sign that said make your own sixer 7.99 Some goodies in there too. SNCA and some other random brews. Overall this store was very cool. I have seen larger selections but the quality here was awesome. Also we chatted with the cashier a little and mentioned we were gonna start brewing some beer today and he ran into a back room and brought out a 6er of some winter brew homebrew for us to try out. VERY COOL! Hope its good. But it was free beer so it is good regardless.
If it wasnt an hour from me I would return more often. If you live in the area definitely check this store out!

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Photo of Starchild
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Great store. It wasn’t the biggest beer store, but the few imports from Belgium and England were well chosen. That matters to me. Anyway, the walk in cooler is great and they have some ripe dusty brews back there. The prices were good and I saw some new beers, which I have never seen. Not a beer store, but it works to beer drinker’s advantage in this case, because it wasn’t too picked over. They had a good selection of local CT brews and the NE was tastefully covered.

I bought some Thomas Hardy 95,96,99, some 2003 T. Hooker Imperial Porter, Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene '94, L. Coq 99, and drooled over the 2000 3 Liter of Salvator Doppel Bock (way out of my budget), this past weekend. I thought a CT distributor must be aging this stuff but I don't know.

This is the kind of store I’d like to visit at least once a season.

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Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Boy how pleased am I that this place is only 25 minutes from house. Very nice selection of beers at fair prices. All the beer is kept refrigerated, so I think it is the rare chance you would get something bad. A good selection of offerings from Victory, Dogfish Head, and Brooklyn, along with a few New England and CT brews. I picked up a bottle of the new Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter that I am looking forward to trying. There were a few Rogues and Anderson Valley as well. Still have to go out of state for Stone but aybe I can convince these folks to carry a few. If you love English beers, they have a full line of Sam Smith and being refrigerated, I think they might not have the skunkiness. Nice lineup of German - plenty of Schneider brews, as well as a Belgian section that is inside the fridge. It is worth a walk around in the case. They had a few Belgian X-mas seasonals as well. Also, I spotted a few vintages of Thomas Hardy's and Sam Triple Bocks. Overall, a good place if you are on Route 7 beween Danbury and Norwalk.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is an awesome beer store, and I'm very glad it's within 15 minutes of my house. The selection is easily the best for 30 miles. They have an excellent selection of New England micro's, and an equally excellent selection of imported singles. You'll see plenty of beers through the fridge glass, but don't stop there. You're welcome to go into the fridge and view their selection of Belgians. I'm not quite sure why they keep these out of view, probably because of limited shelf space and limited availability, but they're back there, and they're worth your consideration.

The staff here is great. In the evening hours, chances are you'll have at least 1 of the 2 beer guys working there, both of whom are very friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about beer. Every time I go in they either make suggestions or ask for me to come back with an opinion on the beer I'm buying. I'd write their names if I remembered them but I don't. So I can't.

It's a small and unassuming store but a remarkable one nonetheless. If you live in the Ridgefield-Danbury-Wilton-ish area, stop by. I'd say it's worth a half hour drive at the very least.

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Ancona's Wines & Liquors in Ridgefield, CT
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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