Caraluzzi's Wine & Spirits Danbury Fairgrounds

Caraluzzi's Wine & Spirits Danbury FairgroundsCaraluzzi's Wine & Spirits Danbury Fairgrounds
Caraluzzi's Wine & Spirits Danbury FairgroundsCaraluzzi's Wine & Spirits Danbury Fairgrounds

19 Sugar Hollow Rd
Ste A
Danbury, Connecticut, 06810-7419
United States

(203) 792-2152 | map

Formerly "Fairgrounds Wne & Spirits"
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Ratings by DrinkSlurm:
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Reviewed by DrinkSlurm from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Based on past reviews of this back to 2003, it seems like this place has come a long way. This has been one of my go-to places for good quality brews, until DeCicos opened. I do stop by here when going to the Danbury Mall, but rarely make special trips for this place anymore. They do carry brews that cant be found in NY, like Berkshire.
Its a really large liquor/beer store basically adjacent to the Danbury Airport runway. Not a lot of parking, but I have never seen more than 5 cars at a time there.
They have a monster selection of bombers from all over the world. This was actually the first place I ever saw Italian Craft Brews years ago...they even had a Italian Craft Brew tasting even a long time ago.
Opposite the bombers is another monster selection of 6-packs...arranged by USA to the left and Non-USA to the right. Following the parade of beer to the rear of the store, you pass 12 packs and cases of micros and macros...some of which are usually on some kind of special. The entire rear wall of the store is a long ass cooler filled mostly with the same 6-packs up front, however there are some others hiding in there...along with pre-filled growlers of Berkshire (actually all Berkshire is in the cooler).
The workers are usually looking busy, and ask if you need help in passing. The checkout people are usually really friendly and pass tasting event info along.
Prices seem reasonable.
My only wish is some taps for growlers, then I may stop by more often(although not sure of CT laws regarding that).
Overall, well worth a stop...and worth a special trip (if you dont have easy access to DeCiccos or are already at the mall); however, since you would be so close to the DeCiccos in Brewster at that point, just go there as well...see my review on that.
Jan 03, 2012
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Rated: 3.61 by vfgccp from New York

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Jan 04, 2015
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Warehouse-ish building by the airport, south of 84. Liquor store with fairly large selection of local and regional craft. Back wall is all coolers, but sadly only 3 are for singles.
Oct 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Aug 27, 2014
Rated: 5 by Drewster23 from Connecticut

Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

May 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jan 18, 2014
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Reviewed by otispdriftwood from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
The only complaint I have about the place is that the cooler could use some more attention/craft selections. Yes, it doesn't have the biggest selection and it isn't beer-centric as it's a liquor/wine/beer store, as per state law I imagine. What I can say is that the prices, compared to the NYC suburbs, are great. At least $1 - $2 a sixpack less and some of the price differences are even more. Just as an example, I paid $15 for a 12 pack of SN Celebration when the best price I can regularly find in NY is $18. There's a guy who is usually at the bottle return counter who I believe runs the place and is always around for questions and is quite knowledgeable, especially about what's in the store. I scored a 4 pack of GandhiBot there this past summer but it's hit or miss with that stuff, I was told.
Dec 13, 2012
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Reviewed by modernartblues from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Q: Good, they have a fair bit of turnover and I usually can find fresh staples. However, the Imperial IPAs are a must check for freshness date. Don't think I've ever bought a non-seasonal DIPA from them (freshness dates are usually a little past prime--though not usually too ridiculous).

S: They usually have lots of people working there, but its a mixed bag. Some are better than others and none exceptional. Occasionally really rude at register, occasionally pretty nice. The wine people have generally been nice. The beer people aren't always on top of the latest releases from the distributor, they usually get the top releases, but sometimes not as quick.

S: They carry most of what you can find in CT, big bomber selection and fair number of Belgians. Cantillon Kriek occasionally appears on the shelf. Very acceptable.

V: On par with other CT stores.

This is less than 5 min. from my apartment, so I end up here a lot, but its not my favorite store by any means
Jan 31, 2011
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Reviewed by Mullet121875 from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
Great place to find all types of beer. Tons of micro and import 6 and 12 packs. The Craft Beer selection here is huge. Looks to me like 200+ bottles. Most of the items have descriptions on them or you can just talk to one of the guys. They have some good knowledge and have been helpful to me. Great selection of liquor and wine as well. Haven't seen a selection quit like this one ever. it is pretty extensive. I'm just trying to keep typing so that I can put this review on the website. I love beer and food. Wine is good in the winter. If a canoe flies over Boston, how many pancakes does it take to shingle a roof??? Obviously the answer is that Ice Cream has no bones.
Jan 11, 2010
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Reviewed by mltobin from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%
Located very close to the Danbury Fair Mail in Connecticut.

Fair Grounds is a family owned business that has been here for some time now, right next to the airport.

They have a good selection of beer with all of your macros, quite a few micros, such as Victory, Stoudts, Olde Burnside and many others. Their selection of belgians is good with duvel, delirium, gulden draak, piraat, ondineke, jan de lichte, and others. They also have a solid german selection along with some of those nice beers from Italy and other countries of course.

Good service from a friendly staff.
Jan 03, 2009
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Reviewed by Jeffeweizen from New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
I used to live in Danbury (10 years ago) and this was my favorite store. Back then, I was just discovering the wild world of microbrews and craft brews, and since they let you "mix a six" it was a perfect place to try new things. Plus, my girlfriend preferred wine, so everyone left happy.

However, I was astonished after my latest visit, as they've greatly improved their beer selection, adding all sorts of craft beers and imports. After I walked in and perused the domestic micros (Smuttynose, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Victory, Allagash, Otter Creek, Magic Hat, and the usual suspects) . . . I suddenly turned around to find a whole long row of shelves containing their new additions: a plethora of Belgian, German, English, and American craft brews. While it's not the overall best selection I've ever seen, it's impressive and everything is nicely displayed with most having helpful "description cards" for the uninitiated. However, it is a bit pricey: I picked up an Affligem Tripel ($9), and a Southampton Grand Cru ($13), but the Allagash 500 mL bottles were out of my price range (the Curieux was almost $20).

I can't really speak of the "service", and I doubt there's anyone that works there who has extensive beer knowledge (however, they do have helpful wine experts). Overall, the store is much better than I had anticipated, and it's definitely worth checking out if you're in the area (or driving by on I-84/Route 7).
Feb 27, 2008
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Reviewed by gpcollen1 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
Well this is a total redo...

A recent visit required a completely new review. The place is finally up and running full speed. The selection has moved to include most of what you would expect in a decent store and then moved on to MORE...Jolly Pumpkin, way expanded Belgians including some Avec Les bons Veoux, tons of german and others. Regional micros are well represented. The even have a little room for improvement.

I was asked if I needed help by someone and I said no thanks. The reply was that she could get the 'beer girl' if i wanted. Overheard the beer girl talking to another patron and giving some advice - seemed enthusiastic but no A+ on knowledge - but she could have been talking down to his level.

Prices decent on some stuff and tough on others. Definitely not aimed at the warehouse style of Stews on the other side of town - where case prices are great.

stop by...
Jun 12, 2007
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
located next to the airport and near the highway, this is mostly a wine and booze store, the beer choices are decent and plentiful but certaintly nothing out of the ordinary. They have 3 or 4 differant shelving areas for the warm stuff and a bunch of cold stuff in the coolers along the back of the store. Pleanty of BMC 30 packs, they seem to have a luke warm interest in the micro and import worlds. Prices seemed to be generally in line with other area places. I actually was asked by two employees if I needed some help finding anything. You wil find pleanty of drinkable brew here, but no growlers, no Hooker, nothing off the hook or out of the readily available range. Glassware selection was minimal/pedestrian.
Jan 01, 2005
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Reviewed by kmo1030 from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
a good store compared to many in this area (danbury). unibroue, rogue, ommegang, etc. etc. think grocery store as far as the help is concerned, with the employees hanging around up by the registers up friont, no big deal though i can find my way around. definitely much better than a lot of places around here, as far as what they carry and selection. the beers might be a little dusty, so check dates when possible. i was pleasantly surprised, it's a good place to check out when in the danbury area, but don't make a special trip.
Sep 23, 2003
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Reviewed by 86MonteSS from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
A big store altogether, with good selections of wine, liquor, and beer.

As for the beer selection, not half bad. A decent variety of English and Belgian brews sticks out, though this selection is short of spectacular.

The service is pretty laissez faire. And don't expect to be helped by a beer nut.

Fairgrounds is a good place to go when you're in the immediate area, but there are better establishments within spitting distance. If you live near it, by all means, go. But there are other places nearby that will give you more.
Aug 24, 2003
Caraluzzi's Wine & Spirits Danbury Fairgrounds in Danbury, CT
Place rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 17 ratings