While I am unaware of the distribution limits effective in New Hampshire, the selection at this store seemed to be good, not exceptional. Many six pack micros and an enormous array of cases available while there seems to be limited shelf space allocated for large format bottles; many producers are represented with a single 750 or two. It is worth a look since it is easily accessible off the highway, but when Iím traveling in New England Iíll likely save my money for a larger, more focused and diverse store. Locally, however, it wouldnít be surprising if this was the best store for many miles around.
Aside: the house food offerings here such as the deli and pre-packaged meals are of a lower standard than I am accustomed to at a co-op.
AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty decent range of beers for a grocery store (and a better range than the Co-Op in Hanover). Lots of the usual NH/ VT/ ME/ MA suspects. Some nice seasonals. Prices are average or slightly dear. Good grocery store in addition to the beers. Worth visiting as Iíd say this might be the best source for bottled beers in the Upper Valley.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
The Co-Op is a local establishment of 3 stores where the majority of goods are sourced from local farmers. "Member or not, anyone can shop" is the motto. Iím a member / stockholder as are thousands of my neighbors and we receive dividends each year if the store does well so, I guess I must legally state Iím the owner of one share but this review would be the same with or without my status as a member.
The beer selection is about 250 beers, most are in 6-packs and are the standard beers you find in any grocery store. There is one man who curates the beer selection here and Iíve chatted with him a few times. Heís very knowledgable and I wouldnít be surprised if he was a member of BA. Iíve found a few beers at the Co-Op that go beyond New Hampshireís ABV limit but havenít said anything. For example, I just bought 3 Brew Dog Tokyo beers at 18% (6-7% more than our state allows) and had no issue.
The Co-Op has the best beer selection by volume in New Hampshire but Iíd love a changing variety from time to time. I canít shop here without leaving with 1-2 bottles of something delicious.