VTHopHead (67) Barre, Vermont | September 14, 2008| Updated September 21, 2008
Traveled here in August of 2008. Lots of good beer.... have adapted to to the new Vermont law (July 2008) allowing sales of beer over 8%. Quite a few excellent beers from all over the US and Canada. Staff (owner?) knowledgeable about beer and the change in Vermont law... offered to come to my house to drink the excellent beer that I was buying. Far away, but worth checking if I am in the area for beers that I do not have on my Ratebeer list...
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Fairly clean with a decent service and prices.
A fair amount of New England breweries make it here. More wine than beer.
Honestly, thereís not much else in the Bennington area, so when in town, well, itís do-able.
We didnít plan to stop here and hadnít even looked up where to go on Ratebeer. But we wanted a couple beers for the hotel room and just happened upon this place by accident. SCORE! Little bit of a dive liquor store, but nice selection of regionals, and best news for a traveler -- mix and match!!
Stopped here a few years ago and was disappointed with just about everything we brought home. Just stopped in again today while traveling through and itís pretty much the same. Incense, porno mags, lottery, smoke shop and beer store. They DO have an impressive array of beers to choose from, but I donít think they sell quickly so tend to sit a long time. I almost jumped on some bottles of Clown Shoes beers until I saw the bottle date of a year ago. Most beers are not refrigerated so youíre on your own if you get something fresh or years old.
Stopped on my way to Northern Vermont. They stock a decent selection of Belgian beers and have some Canadian beers that are harder to find in the U.S. More of a smoke and porn shop than a beer store. Somewhat lacking in Vermont beers. Not worth going out of your way for,
Lots of good Vermont and New England beers that I couldnít find in NY State. Itís a short trip over the border (especially if you live in Albany/Capital District) to reload once or twice a year. Good selection of crafts, and most of them are very reasonably priced. There is a LOT of pornography right near where the beers are, so just keep that mind if you are bringing kids in with you.
My link to VT beer. Make a trip to bennington almost every year, and this is my beer spot. Good selection of VT beers, as well as other US, Belgian, German favís. Never saw anything amazing here, but itís still a good bev stop.
A little hole in the wall store that I wouldnít expect to find over 200 singles for sale. What impressed me the most where the prices. Oval labels of La Roja for $6!!! Plenty of McNeills for $3.29/22oz. Worth stopping in if you are near the area.