Dotcom Wine & Spirits

very good

11 Ratings
Dotcom Wine & SpiritsDotcom Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

23 Crossroads Plz
West Hartford, Connecticut, 06117-2402
United States

(860) 761-2541

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Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

I stopped in here today because surprisingly, I've lived in West Hartford for 4 years but haven't ever stopped in.

This is a trendy looking shop. I checked out their cooler first, located at the back of the store. I thought the selection was not bad considering it's a fairly small place. Some good brews including Otter Creek/Wolaver, Rogue, Berkshire, Brooklyn, Hooker, Flying Dog, McChouffe. Some organic beers, too. Also Belgians (two lambics, which I particularly enjoy). I then looked to see what wasn't chilled. Many similar. They DID carry Sam Adams Utopias. No price on it, though.

I thought the prices were fair, comparable to others in the area.

According to the woman working there they do beer tastings about twice a month. She said the most recent one featured Rogue Chocolate Stout. I might stop in next time to see what they're about.

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Photo of belgianwheat1987
5/5  rDev +25.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Impressive store, went in for the first time last week. Like other reviewers said, it's tucked away behind the Big Y and across from the Post Office. Upon walking in, it gives the impression of a fine wine shop, but they seem to cover all bases - whether it is beer, wine, or liquor. Their beer section covers the back wall with about a dozen cooler doors including several singles doors with a "build your own 6-pack" feature which is helpful to sample through. That being said, the day I was in (Thurs) they were running a beer tasting at their bar. The manager told me they run beer tastings every Thursday, and added me to their email list which is very helpful!

Nice assortment of traditional must-haves and a killer domestic assortment of IPAs, ales, stouts, etc. Good selection of imports too. Across from the coolers there are a bunch of shelves with warm 22oz. bottles and some 6pks. Wide array of warm 12pks too. Fresh seasonals.

There was another customer in there ordering some beer which they didn't stock but the staff seemed happy to order it in.

Above all, a comfortable place with a nice selection and great people. Definitely check it out.

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Photo of redhook
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Just moved to the area and went because my neighbor said they had the best wine selection in the area. Their beer selection is just as impressive...they claim to have more than 500 beers and I though I didn't count, it's got to be close.

They have an impressive singles section (I would guess close to 100 beers) and allow you to build your own six pack and discount the singles by 10%.

Pricing seems reasonable and the staff seems to know there stuff. The store is beautiful and the only downside is it is very hard to find but certainly worth effort. They have weekly beer tastings along with their wine tastings. I'll be back.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Stopped in the other night when I finally figured out where this place was. It's in West Hartford at bishops corner behind Big Y. The place is tucked in the basement plaza behind the supermarket next to a taekwondo studio. Lots of craft beer signage had me excited as I walked closer but when I entered I realized that wine is the major focus of this establishment like most in the area. The store is set up in a u shape with the register in the center. Wall to wall wine on both sides with expensive stuff and glassware in glass cases surrounding the check out counter. Beer along the back wall in the cooler and on a one sided shelf adjacent to that. A nice little selection but nothing that made me crap my kakis. I grabbed a super fresh sixer of dogfish 60. By no means is this place a destination but if your in a pinch on Saturday night for craft beer give this place a look.


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Photo of mnrider
4.15/5  rDev +4%

I have been going here for about a year now. They recently renovated the place and now carry a much larger selection of beers. The establishment looks very fancy and clean. Although they seem to specialize in wines the owners and workers do know a lot about beer and are very helpful and nice. The value seems to be pretty normal. They also have tastings, but i think mostly just wine. I know they used to have beer tastings but one of the employes recently told me they were not going to be doing that anymore, because of some legal issues. I recommend checking this place out if you are in the area.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Focused on wine, but I hear they are going to be an up and coming beer store as well. No beer glassware available right now. They have been doing beer tastings here.

One of the best places for service. Counter people are friendly, and will talk about beer. There's a guy there, don't remember his name, but he is knowledgeable about beer and offers suggestions. They will special order stuff for you as well.

Beer area is very small, but it is focused on harder to find, high quality stuff. Don't go here if you want a ton to chose from. Do go here if you want to find a thing or two that you haven't had before, or is hard to find. Prices are pretty reasonable, no deals and no rip offs to speak of.

Overall, this place is worth checking out. As a wine store, it doesn't treat beer as a second class beverage, but as an equal. With this attitude and the beer tastings, I could see a wine person gaining a new perspective about beer, which only helps "the scene."

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +4%

I am leading a workshop at U Hartford this week and wanted to do some beer shopping after the session, and it seemed like this was the place to hit in West Hartford.
The store is a little tough to find, but is behind/beside the big grocery store. There is a strip of stores with green awning/signs dotcom is in the middle.
I walked in the and store is very clean and well organized. the beers selection is in the back wall Several coolers and some small shelves and stands. the selection while not large is well selected and cared for.
I found DFH, most Hooker, a pretty good lineup of Belgians, some Southern Tier and Southampton, (neither of which is on the shelves at my closest big chain store).
The staff was very friendly and helpful. I was lookin for LIberator for a trade and they didnt have any but the guy still chatted about their beers selection for a bit with me. I did buy a mexican dark beer that I had never seen anywhere else Porto I think. Great bottle! The prices were a little above average but this is a pricey neighborhood.
Overall, I thought this was a great store, helpful staff, clean organized beer selection and obvious thought in ordering. Sure the selection is not large but quality over quantity here is the key!
If in the area and lookin for a beer it is a great stop IMO.

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Photo of pbrian
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

What looks to be an upscale winestore has a nice little, well-chosen beer selection. It is here where I found my first Weltenburger Asam-Bock, so I am forever indebted to them. And when it cleared out, all it took was a simple inquiry and they had it back on the shelf the next day. There's not a huge selection but it's well-appointed: Hooker specialties, Victory (Hopdevil, Moonglow, Storm King, Old Ho, V-12), SN Bigfoot, some Dogfish Head (including Old School), bunch of Unibroue (4-packs and 750s), couple random Belgians, ... you get the point. No, you won't find ultra rarities here, but it's a nice clean place (as opposed to the other liquor store in Bishop's Corner) with good prices and nice folks. And, most importantly, I pass it everday on my way home from work.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

this place has been recommended to me several times.. as i was going to the ups store to ship some beer to a couple fellow ba's, thought i'd swing in.

beer section is directly in the back, near and including the illuminated cooler. besides whats in the icebox, there are 2 or 3 nicely ordered shelves. for unibroue, la fin du monde and 2004. delirium tremens, duvel, lindemans, and duchesse were also here. for us micros, brooklyn choc, hooker porter, a liberator or two, and maybe three different varieties of dfh.. shelter, 90min and punkin. moonglow and storm king only for victory. a couple bottles of harpoon special edition. overall, a small small beer section but nicely chosen.. but too small.

the selection is nice for a wine store, but not worth a repeat visit unless i happen to be there. prices were ok, storm king $10/6 and unibroue 2004 $8. don't really want to knock it because it oozes effort and care, it just can't compete with cbm in selection and quality for the area.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Not an easy place to find, as it is in a little strip mall behind the Super Food Mart, but well worth the effort.

As mentioned in the prior review, they do not have a huge selection of beers, being focused mostly on wines. However, what beer they do have is quality. A rather large percentage of their stock was Belgians. They carried several other good imports, many of which I can't remember because they are ones I have never seen anywhere else. Several Unibroue stand out in my mind, as well as some German doppelbocks.

A great selection of locals as well. This is the only place in my area I have seen Storm King Imperial Stout, and as luck would have it there was a single avaiable. As they normally don't sell this in singles, I got it for a flat 1/6th the 6-pack price with no upcharge.

Also, they had several Thomas Hooker, including the Imperial Porter, IPA, and Old Marley. I picked up the Imperial Porter for New Year's Eve. They even had a gift box with the porter, Old Marley, and a book about beer selections.

Prices were a little high, not surprising considering this was West Hartford. As a comparison, Old Marley was $6.99, whereas I can get it in Avon for $5.99. The Imperial Porter was $8.99. Many of the others were $2.99 to $3.99 for singles, which seemed a bit much.

However, given the selection of unusual beers, this place is worth checking out even though there are maybe only 70 beers in stock.

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Photo of govtmule
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

This is a small shop behind Waldbaum's at Bishop's Corner. I stopped in at the suggestion of a fellow BA. They were having a beer tasting the next evening, so I stopped on my way home from work two evenings in a row.

They don't have a huge selection, but what they do have is very good beer. A few that I remember are several by Unibroue, Dogfish Head, Victory, Sam Smith, several Belgians, and some more that I can't remember.

The service was fine. They asked if I needed any help. I said I didn't, and they stayed out of my hair.

The beer tasting, I believe it was hosted by a distributor, was decent. They poured Aventinus, Schneider Weisse Weizenhell, a Maibock (can't remember which), and La Chouffe. The beers were great. My only complaints are the beer was served colder than I would have prefered, and the host didn't know much more than I did about the beers. But I really shouldn't be complaining about a free beer tasting, right?

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Dotcom Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT
3.99 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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