Al's Warehouse

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570 Main Ave
Norwalk, Connecticut, 06851-1039
United States

(203) 847-3276 | map

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%

Al`s is a great little place in a very accessible location. However the staff is very friendly and helpful. I have bought special releases from Samuel Adams here on several occasions. I also purchase anything from the Ommegang brewery here as well. They also will typically have a decent variety on hand imported from Belgium.
The prices are good, and the staff is always willing to give their input on what they have been drinking lately and what they recommend for different food pairings and events.

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Photo of Burkbom23
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Not much selection here. A couple coolers of craft beer in the back and about 8' shelf space with some so so bottles. Some looked like they had been sitting there for awhile with dust on them. This place is near my work so would go there in a pinch if i was pressed for time, but other than that probally not. The Al's on route 1 is much better.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Stopped in here during a recent visit to Norwalk for bmanning's wedding. I was looking for some growlers of Olde Burnside and hoping to find some other Connecticut locals. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to be found.

The place is a large liquor store with the vast majority of its focus on liquor, wine, and BMC product. Along one wall falls a limited craft selection. Most of the beers available here were the largest national brands -- Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams -- along with the larger regional breweries of Long Trail and Magic Hat. The selection of imported craft and smaller locals was very limited. I was only able to spot a single sixer of Thomas Hooker.

Someone did ask me if I needed any help, so I'll give points for that, but there wasn't much I had to worry about. Decent place in a pinch if you're staying at the Hilton nearby, but no real reason to head here otherwise.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3/5  rDev +2%

This is your average liquor store in nearly every way. Average quantity, average selection and friendly, yet average service. You'll find your Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams here, you'll even find the occasional big bottle belgium or craft brew. Prices are about what you'd expect in Fairfield County.

In the age of the emerging craft brew I think a beer store needs to be held to a higher standard, so I guess that's where Al's falls, it just a standard stop. They've got the space to enhance their selection, and they have a nice staff, so hopefully they'll get there.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%

Drove by this on my way back from Anconda's and thought I'd stop in... in restrospect maybe I shouldn't have.

This is a wine place and they make it clear that it is a WINE place. The beer is present but is pushed in the back and its clear that no one takes care of it. A bunch of stuff is in a cooler but there's also a tiny dusty display of old, out of date micros that really seem lost in the store.

Again, there seemed to be no beer guys here at all and the beer is an after thought. No one to talk to about beer and no one who really cares about it either.

A bunch of beer and near all of them macros. A couple of stone bombers and a couple of Chimay bottles but that's about it unless you count the god knows how old bottles of German beer sitting on the dusty bottom shelf.

For a place with this kind of quality, you'd expect to pay a little less but alas, that's not the case. $7.50 for a crappily displayed Stone bomber? No thanks, maybe if you presented it better.

Unless you're into wine, which is all fine and good, skip this place. There's really no beer to be had here and I actually kinda wish they'd get rid of the beer section completely as they really aren't doing justice to this wonderful beverage.

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Photo of rpgman456
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Al's is nothing more than your average macro-brewery stocked liquor store. There are actually two locations of Al's Warehouse in Norwalk... One on Rt-7 near the Wilton border, and the other just off of Connecticut Ave. not too far from Darien. Both locations are nearly identical when it comes to beer selection. Usually you'll be able to find long trail, sierra nevada, magic hat, and other highly distributed micros mixed in with the macros and a pretty decent selection of Mexican brews. There is one unorganized rack of warm bombers and pints where theoretically you could find something interesting. Most of the selection has been there a while as you can tell from the dust accumulation on the bottles. I've seen a couple rogues, samuel smith's and other English and Belgium imports but absolutely noting is organized. The people there generally don't know anything about the whole mico/craft selection that they have but they are still very friendly and will try to help you out. On the other hand they are very informed about their keg selection and within a couple days can get special order kegs. Overall good place to go if it's local but still a very bland and uninteresting liquor store for beer lovers.

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Photo of cbl2
3/5  rDev +2%

I randomly happened upon this today, as my family and I were visiting the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium. My sisters hotel happened to be located directly next door to Al’s, and while she was checking in, I figured I’d browse for some beer.

This is mainly a wine/liquor place, with only a very small section (back right corner) devoted to beer.

On a 4’ wide metal rack facing the front of the store were located the 22 oz. bombers and 750 mL corked offerings. Ommegang was represented, as was Chimay, Affligem, a whole slew of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner (a little overpriced at $6.99), and on the very bottom shelf some truly random offerings: a single of DFH 60 Minute IPA, some random Saranac, and oddest of all (which is why I bought it) a Magic Hat Participation which reminded me to vote in November 2004 (hope this one is still good, though at $2.99 it’s worth the risk).

The top shelf of this single bottle display contained about 15 Duvel gift packs (the kind with a glass included) as well as some Corsendonk gift packs. There was a rather oddly shaped flip top bottle as well (rather phallic looking if you ask me), but as I’d never heard of the beer, and it was $14.99, I took a pass.

The majority of the beers were displayed running along the back right side wall in four shelves (though the bottom shelf was a total mess, and not worth looking at). Nothing too exceptional here, but a nice selection of Anchor Steam stood out. There seemed to be no flow to the organization of beers here, with brewers from all over the place located next to one another, sometimes with the six packs oriented in a haphazard manner. Also of note was the fact that it smelled as if a keg of cider had ruptured on the floor, and then soured right around where the beers were shelved, which was somewhat off-putting.

All in all, Al’s was not a wonderful experience. They had a decent assortment, but price and cleanliness were definitely an issue.

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Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

This is a large box of a place, easy to find off of the Merrit pkwy on Main st.(rt.7). Its a few miles north of downtown Norwalk. Its called a "warehouse", so maybe that explains why the beer shelves were such a mess, 1/2 filled sixers, well picked over shelves, beer all over the floor, dusty bottles etc. The service was lame, guys behind the registers were clueless. Beer in the rear cooler was alot of Macros and some of the better macros, the decent beer is found on the messy shelves in the rear middle of the store. fair selection of micros, minimal locals. Belgian side did have some nice gift box type items. Corsendonk, Duvel etc, but why not get it organized so people might actually buy it? The also have magnums of 3 Philophs up front for $47, I believe. This place also sells alot of wine and booze. Fairly uninspiring, if you drive by, it its worth a stop to rummage, but not worth a special trip. Note this is about 1 mile from the beginner friendly Disc Golf Course in Norwalk's Cranbury park

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Al's Warehouse in Norwalk, CT
Place rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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