On the outskirts of Amherst, the Spirit Haus is a red shack-like building with a very good selection of beers. There are several aisles plus old fashioned glass fronted cabinets alongside the walk-in cold store. It was doing a roaring trade at 1230 on the day that Hurricane Sandy was due to hit the coast, with people stocking up on supplies.
(Visited 29 October 2012).
Place is a bit of a dump especially inside of the ancient "refrigerator". They have a lot of BMC though they seemed to be pushing the Sierra Nevada tonight. Lots of college kids looking for something for the weekend and not wanting to spend more than 12 seconds looking. They miss a large craft selection of local regional national and international craft. Hiding by the missing beers in six-pack holders they also sell singles. My big caveat with this place, besides all of the college kids looking for four Loko, is that a number of selections looked well past the sell by date with a few coated in dust.
Probably around 500 beer bottles indeed in the half of the store that consists of beer. It’s a bit messy, very small, looking like a rather large wood shack from the outside. They had rare stuff like saison d’épeautre, the 2 étienne dupont. de ranke pčre noël 2001 in jeroboam which I couldn’t resist buying, christoffel blonde, beersel gueuze and kriek are still there, probably 7-8 cantillon, but unfortunately there were no hanssens, still a few hardys vintages etc. Indeed some dusty bottles, but it’s a good place to buy big tough beers. I unfortunately didn’t really find the rarest local brews I was looking for (watch city, cadillac stout, ipswich porter..). Great store still, I like the experience as a whole to have the feeling you may find hidden treasures at the rear of the shelves or in that big fridge where bottles are a bit mixed up. To me more interesting than a clean store where everything is predictable. I didn’t ask for help, but was a bit disappointed by the cashier who went with a &quo;You guys are killing me&quo; when me and Martin crossed his cash buying somewhere above 200$ of singles. One of the rare place to find newport storms I assume (02 and 03), a lot of rare shelton beers.
Nothing like Ryan and Casey in Greenfield,or Town and Country in Springfield, this was still a better than average beer store. Good selection of primarily local brews.
A good store for beer, sure.Claims of this being one of the best stores in the state, no.
Excellent Massachusetts bottle shop with a superb export selection and a somewhat lacking American one (compared to the best of course). Some people may be thrown off by the dustiness of the bottles on the shelves and the bric-ŕ-brac nature of the display, but they have so many great strong beers there, that shouldn’t matter much. I would definitely come back here when in the region and would combine a visit with one to the Town and Country Liquors in West Springfield. We found some nice surprises in each.
I truely enjoyed my stop there. Good selection of Belgian rareties, British ales (discounted), and major US micros. Had the Concord Rapscallion Blessing 4 pack with a chalice for 9$. Staff were knowledgeable. Even had recommendations from the village drunkard (dont mix beer with Mike’s Hard Lemonade).
This is a nice beer store hidden away from the road behind some large trees. Once inside, there are bottles everywheres. Somewhat disorganized, but like those before me, I find it more fun looking around hoping to unearth a treasure. The treasures I found were Newport Storm ’02 and ’03 here. SCORE! They had an impressive selection of Belgians as well. An interesting place.
This place is phenomenal! Small, rundown-looking old store just outside of downtown Amherst, and just a couple of blocks from Maplewood Farms hides incredible treasures within? What am I talking about? I'm talking (Feb 2004) De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, Oude Beersel Gueuze & Kriek, several vintages of Thomas Hardy, De Dolle Dulle Teve 750ml, several Harveys Elizabethan & JW Lees, Christoffel gift packs, some rare ciders that I've only seen here ... etc etc. Only problem is that a lot of stuff looks dusty, but I think this may be more to poor ventilation than anything else as I didn't find anything that was actually dated. Helpful, knowledgeable staff and the best prices I've seen yet in a store with this kind of selection in New England. Vying with Half Time, seriously.
I worked here for about a year my senior year of college at Umass. Great selection of belgians--lambics, trappists, saisons, strong ales, everything. Great domestic and british selection as well. Great staff (depending upon the night) and always some music playing. Big cooler in the back with more beer not on the warm shelves. Check the back shelf in the cooler! If you are looking for a tasty beer, ask for Benn (Hopistotle420). If he is there, he will tell you about the best beer available in the haus. Lots of rare and top shelf wine and liquor also available. I miss this place.