On The Border


3867 US-6
Brewster, New York, 10509
United States

(845) 278-6033 | map

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Ratings by AlpacaAlpaca:
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Rated by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Sep 29, 2014
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Reviewed by Mrguinness1759 from Connecticut

1.88/5  rDev -37.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3
This place is a hole in the wall, literally. The 20+ year old guy who works there is scary. Last time I was in there I had to use the bathroom and realized why he us so scary, he was smoking pot in the back room and the whole place wreaked.

You would think a pot head would be mellow, but that is not the case. He accused me of embarrassing him in front of his girlfriend! I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't. He the threatened me with violence. I should have called the police.

I'll never go in there again and you Shouldn't either.

It's a shame because the women who owns the place is nice. I thin she is his mother?

She needs to fire him.

Scary, scary scary.

I have shopped there on and off for many years, but will never go back.
Mar 03, 2019
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
This place is odd. Folks flock here to play lotto. Not sure what the deal is- cheaper than Connecticut? The joint is not much too look at, kind of like a garage with tons of beer cases lying around.

They do have one shelf with craft beer packs, though: Captain Lawrence (including Frost Monster), Victory, Dogfish (12 varieties, including 61, 90, Burton Baton, Palo Santo), Sam Adams Imperial Stout, Brooklyn (2012 Monster), Shipyard, Keegan and more... plus a lot of German brews and a couple of bombers.

Unfortunately, there are no prices but lots of dust. Me no likey... but if you're in a pinch for craft beer and are too lazy to drive a couple of miles to Warehouse in Danbury, this will do.
Oct 08, 2014
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Reviewed by 06yfz450ridr from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +52.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Good store with good selection although most is not refridgerated. Have a selection stores dont have in ct and is open till 10pm. A little bit pricey but still
Not un reasonable. Staff is very friendly. One of my favorite places to go for late night needs since ct is only till 9 latest. They have all the inport beers you could ever need and is always fresh. Everyone i know goes here and you dont ever get skunked beer like some cheap corner store i would reommend this store to everyone in the area you wont be dissapointed as far as selection.
Aug 05, 2012
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Reviewed by lowerdeck from Rhode Island

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
About a mile east of the Connecticut state line. Me spending a few years living in Danbury as a WestConn undergrad, visits to this place were frequent.

It's already been said, should be repeated: lots and lots of cases. B-M-C gets significant floor space. Latin American brands gets some significant space as well, due to the local population. There's better six pack selections out there, and singles mostly cater towards 40s or macros.

This place is mostly for 30 packs, cases of 24 bottles, or lottery tickets; don't come for anything out of the ordinary. Most of my visits here were for Yuengling (since it's not avail. in CT), or my turn in the Thursday Night two 30 racks of Busch Light/PBR runs.

My biggest problem: Prices shown above the stacks of cases may not be the same as what's rung in the register. Getting proper change back sometimes doesn't happen either, I've gotten burned by this several times. If in the area on Yuengling runs, now I go to the beer and soda place off of 6/202/22 by the 684/84 interchange.
Sep 15, 2008
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Reviewed by kennyo from New York

2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
As Billolick stated in the prior review, this is a 30 pack and NYS lottery place. My beef with this place, and the reason that I haven't been back there in a few years, the prices ring up higher than posted. The one dude then has to walk back to the fridge or shelf to see who is right. It happened everytime I was there. There are some decent brews, some Belgians and if I lived in CT, then I would do the after 8PM Sat or Sunday visit. With better help maybe I would visit in a pinch.unless the NYS lottery was a big jackpot.
Dec 20, 2004
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3/5  rDev 0%
this place does a huge business with folks from Ct. on sundays, pretty funny to see every car in the lot with a Ct. plate. Mostly a 30 pack of macros type place but they do mix in the typical decent/middle of the road micros. Nothing spectacular or overly interesting, but enough so that you can find something worth consuming, if this place is the closest option or its 10:59 pm. Prices seemed pretty much in line. They do have some brews from south america/carib. that were new to me. Dont come here looking for beer guidance from the knowledgble staff. Do come here for lottery tix and a suitcase of ice cold Miller light cans
Dec 19, 2004
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Reviewed by TheJudge from New York

2.85/5  rDev -5%
If you want the big brewer beers, the selection here is for you. It is a big facility, but really concentrates on the bud-miller-coors people. There is a pretty high density of latin american people in the area, and on the border seems to be trying to cater to that crowd. You will make some interesting finds of south and central american beers here before you will see them elsewhere. The cold beer selection is very limited, mostly just the 12 packs from the majors. There are a number of very dusty other assorted six packs, but the selection isn't very good. It never seems to me that his prices are that good either.

A word of warning on returns. The owner has his guys check each bottle you attempt to return, and will not accept those he does not sell. He provides a garbage can in the back for you to throw those away. For me, this always seems to be alot.

These are not people who know beer. These are people who sell beer. You will not "feel the love" in this establishment.
Feb 19, 2004
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Reviewed by 86MonteSS from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
First I have to say that this place is case heaven. When you walk in, you see an expanse of pallets topped with cases of beer. Not just cases of Bud Light, mind you, but cases of Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier and a few of the other rarer beers. The majority of them, however, are pretty average. Whatever you see warm on the floor you can pretty much expect to get cold from the back... just ring the bell.

In the fridge there's a decent selection of 6-packs, mostly imported. Definitely enough English beers to keep you busy for a few weeks. You'll find four of the Unibroue's, a Rogue or two, a couple Dogfish Head's, some Magic Hat's, and perhaps a few other of the better-crafted brews. Incidentally, this is the only place I've encountered that carries Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen, which I completely adore. Unfortunately, they haven't stocked it for weeks.

I will not say that this store has an outstanding selection, especially since if you drive 2 minutes to the east you'll find a store with ten times the variety. On the other hand, On the Border Beer is open until 11 most nights (it being in New York, and me living in Connecticut), which has saved me from many desperate situations.

The staff pretty much consists of one guy who is always at the register and his assorted fridge lackeys. Don't expect to talk beer when you come in this store. For these people, beer seems to be a business interest rather than a genuine interest. This is disappointing, but hardly an inconvenience. Point is, if you need a ton of beer, you'll find it here. You'll also find a fairly decent selection. What you won't find is an enthusiastic staff or a particularly profound variety of brews. Long story short, this store is overwhelming to the amatuer but merely acceptable for the common beer prick. I'm glad I have it as a backup, but I'd be pissed if it was my only resource.
Aug 23, 2003
On The Border in Brewster, NY
Place rating: 3 out of 5 with 9 ratings