Pawling Beer & Soda

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175 Route 22
Pawling, New York, 12564
United States

(845) 855-5530 | map

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Reviews by Amalak:
Photo of Amalak
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

For the area, Pawling B&S has decent selection. Your not really going to find any rare gems there. They offer a wide selection, though, of name beers that you have heard before. All sorts of Brooklyn Ales, Samuel Smith, Sam Adams, some good Scottish and British beers. I don't really care for the way everything is setup there. It is all jumbled together and the service people don't really seem to know a whole lot about good beer. It's the kind of place you can go in, get a good deal on Bud, but find a good brew as well. Many people just go in there to get lotto tickets it would seen. Overall, I would say that for the area, this is one of the better places, but it doesn't have anything on a place like Half Time in Poughkeepsie.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Wow, no reviews in over four years?

I stopped here on a drive down to Westchester from the Berkshires. Didn't expect much when I parked and saw the delerict beer shack covered in BMC neons that is Pawling Beer & Soda... but once inside I was mighty impressed.

The beer is right as you go in, past the door to the right. They had Black Ops vintage when I visited, along with fresh, Crème Brulee and Choklat, Speedway for $13.99 and packs of Yeti, Lagunitas, Siberian Night… an Imperial Stout lover's dream!

Some bottles were dusty, sadly. I feel like most folks here come for the Bud Light and the lottery scratches.

Prices are well marked, The good stuff will cost you: Backwoods Bastard 16.99, BCBS 25.99 (single bottle 6.99), $34.99 packs Bourbon County Barleywine and a $39.99 pack of 120 on display at the counter. Check out the growlers and ask for special releases they may keep on the back...

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

stopped by today in my search for a good beer store close to CT that is not in Westchester congestion. I go to halftime in Poughkeepsie but getting sick of the ride.

The store was fine. Had a decent selection of beers. I was looking for non CT distributed beers and found keegan ales, green flash ipa only, troegs. may have missed one but nothing really jumped out at me besides these.

The guy working there told me they are fortunately seeing an uptake in craft brews so carrying more and better rotation. he said they want to carry more lines but won't unless it sells and right now they seem to have a good mix.

prices were average, and it was a pretty drive in octber through the country to get there.

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Photo of hmk22
4/5  rDev +1.3%

I second the previous review...I clocked this place while taking my daughter to camp in MA...clean, well-lit, well-tended. EZ-in, EZ-out. A big BMC trade but also an impressive array of more exotic stuff at fair (not bargain) prices. I wish places like this ran more sales, but the price structure imposed by the macros seems to have destroyed that, so anything even a bit micro gets jacked up big-time. As Charlie Brown would say, sigh. I bought a 30-pack of PBR for auld lang syne and plan another visit later this summer.

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Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Located right along Route 22 in Pawling, New York.

This store seems to do a lot of business with kegs, 30, 24, 12 packs from BMC as well as soda and water packs, but that is what the majority of the population wants, so I cant blame them. That being said, they do a good job of devoting some space to other brands. They have 6-packs from Green Flash, Abita, Keegans, Dogfish, and others. Bombers from Samuel Smith`s, Unibroue, Captain Lawrence, others. As mentioned by the previous reviewer, one thing that stands out is the tap selection that they have now. They have anything from Captain Lawrence to Abita ton tap.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Been coming here since i was just a pup and continue to make this trek across the border as it is only 7 miles from the house and on the way to Mom's. One recent review totally missed alot here and BigWineGuy has it about right - I have to stop and see him eventually too!

This place has grown up a bit though not a beer Mecca. The growler fill station is great to have access to for sure with the might Captain on along with many others. I think there are 12 taps these days. Plenty of BMC and the middle of the road craft - Saranac and the other boys on the block. Decent job on some of the more common Belgians and German brews and then a bunch of craft like; Captain Lawrence bottles, Stone, Green Flash, Troegs - basically what you would expect to find.

Maybe these guys do not live craft beer but they are getting better and can always use some more encouragement.

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Photo of bigwineguy420
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

--UPDATE FALL 2008--
John now has 8 taps going for the growlers with (usually) 4 Captain Lawrence beers, at least one Ommegang offering, and the rest a mix that could include a real Belgian ale or other local beer such as the Elmira Red Ale I had last week. There is also a good bottle selection including the Dogfish beers, Stone Brewery, and the Capt. Lawrence cask offerings and
Belgian styles.

John has recently renovated and now has a tap system installed along with a bigger cooler. He is featuring 2-3 beers from the local Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville, NY along with one of the Ommegang selections (revolving). He has the 64oz and 128oz growlers for sale and they're about $10-12 per 64oz.

PS--Thanks too beefytee for the positive remarks about the wine shop!

Fall 2007
I just moved up here from NYC and I'm happy to have a great beer store so close. John, the new owner, is working to expand the selection and they still have a great collection of microbrews and standard imports, including a good selection of Belgians. There is a broad array of Dogfish selections (one of my favorites) and your typical Belgian offerings such as the Chimay and Corsendonk lines. I'm going to take my beer experience from working at Marty's and see if I can get him to bring in some better, rarer Belgian brews that may be available. Of course, being the manager of the wine store across the street certainly helps! He has also been willing to special order me some things, including my favorite, but sometimes hard to find selection, Yuengling Premium.

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Photo of beefytee
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

NYC+ prices, the selection was mid to low level. I really wasn't surprised by anything they had. Some Stone, Sierra Nevada, some run of the mill Belgians, Ommegang, Alagash...etc. Also, I kind of got the feeling that they didn't take too kindly to strangers in them parts. If you're a regular on this site, chances are you've had everything this store has to offer, so go pick up a nice bottle of red at the wine store across the street. The service was miles better, the value was considerably better, and the selection was darn near remarkable.

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Photo of rarevos
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

My parents live near here, so it's my "home away from home away from home," so to speak.

Anyway, the staff don't look like they're of drinking age, and anytime I bought strong Belgian beer, they would always make small talk by letting me know how quickly I could get f*cked up by drinking the beer I had chosen. Hey, thanks guys.

They have a terrific selection of Trappists, actually, with all 3 Chimay, both Westmalle, and Orval on hand (the Orval looked a little dusty, but at $3.99, who cares?). All of Ommegang was on display, and they had a huge selection of Liefman's, Lindeman's, Affligem, and Unibroue. It's nice to know I don't have to pack beer next time I visit the parents, in other words.

I didn't spend a ton of time with the non-Belgian domestics, but they had sixers of Victory, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, some Stone bombers, some Allagash bombers, and a few Flying Dog, among others.

I honestly didn't look too closely at the chilled beer, but it was the usual BMC stuff, plus Newcastle, Sam Smith's, Sam Adams, etc. A few of the Belgians were chilled, but not all of them.

In short, I dig this place, and will definitely be going back next time I'm in town.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Doing a little Saturday beer research, I was pleasantly received by the owner of this well stocked beer outlet. Guy was downright friendly and helpful. Selection is quite good, nothing amazing, but they do have a nice selection/stock of many of the typical good stuff available in these parts. tons of Stone, DFH and Ommegang, typical Belgians, Germans and Brit imports, nice selection on the usual regional micros, and also the usual locals, Brooklyn etc. I picked up 3 varieties of Wagner Valley , I hadn't tried ye,t so this was a worthwhile Beer hunting jaunt. Importantly the prices were good, Ommegang under $5 for the large bottles etc, nice to not get scalped every once in awhile. I did notice some dust on some of the stock ,so keep yer eyes open. Its on the left, about a mile or two north of the little skiing place on rt 22,

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Photo of TheJudge
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Located on route 22 just south of the route 55 interchange, Pawling Beer has the best selection in the south east part of Dutchess County. It is a smallish store, but has a great selection. A seemingly complete line of Dogfishhead, and some very unusual stuff like Pocono Beers. A much better selection than On The Border, in fresher condition. The staff is very knowledgable and helpful. A great selection of single bottle beers, especially the oversized ones, and a lot of them are cold. They even had the Ommengang Three Philosophers cold, in a 12 oz. size.

Prices are quite reasonable on all these beers. Interestingly, the prices on the big name brands don't seem quite as good as on the craft brewed.

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Pawling Beer & Soda in Pawling, NY
Place rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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