Spirit Haus | Amherst, Massachusetts
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Spirit Haus
Excellent based on 30 ratings
Type: Beer Store

338 College Street
Amherst, Massachusetts United States 01002 [ print map ]
413 253 5384

spirithaus.com

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm Sun Noon-6pm


Mayor: jkwood04 (4) | Bottles: 500+


Spirit Haus

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Beer Available At Spirit Haus (arranged by most recent)
Moonlight Meadery Desire 94, SÝgaard Julebuk 2006- 65, Buzzards Bay West Porter 50, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee 100
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30 reviews for Spirit Haus
 Ambiance  64%
 Service  75%
 Selection  85%
 Food N/A 
 Value  77%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  90%
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94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
sdbrown  (1) | May 9, 2005
This place was incredible. As noted, they had an great selection of vintage Thomas Hardyís and JW Leeís, including some I hadnít seen in other places before. Pretty much everything under the sun made by Dog Fish Head was available here as well. Prices were also decent, with a discount available with bulk purchasing (or at least I got a discount and I was definitely buying a lot). The staff was very helpful and friendly. Got some good tips regarding other stores to check out and they even went to their backroom to grab me a few things that had not been on display yet when I asked after them. Overall, superb experience. I definitely recommend going here.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
Volgon  (10) Manchester, New Hampshire | November 8, 2006
Huge selection of beers from everywhere in the world. Rows of American micro singles, racks of corked bottles and a rare beer display case for when you feel like spending some real money. Overall good prices and expert advice from Hopistotle420. They also appear to have a great selection of wine and liquor. One of the best beer stores that I have ever been to. For some reason each time I drive through Amherst I end up here.
90
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
irishalky  (13) Littleton, Massachusetts | September 12, 2010
A diamond in the rough. Huge selection of rare beer. Wasted selection on a college crowd. I have visited the house more since graduation and wish I had a more refined taste when it was a 5 minute walk to the Haus rather than an hour and a half drive.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
maniac  (98) Baltimore, Maryland | November 26, 2006
This place has an amazing selection. Everything from New England specialties, to Alesmith and Stone and a very nice selection of Belgian beers. This was the only place on the trip with Alesmith, so I stocked up while I could. Half the store is dedicated to beer, and itís certainly worth a stop if youíre anywhere in the nearby area.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 12, 2004
Probably around 500 beer bottles indeed in the half of the store that consists of beer. Itís a bit messy, very small, looking like a rather large wood shack from the outside. They had rare stuff like saison díťpeautre, the 2 ťtienne dupont. de ranke pŤre noŽl 2001 in jeroboam which I couldnít 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 itís a good place to buy big tough beers. I unfortunately didnít 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 didnít 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.
88
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Goldorak  (114) Montreal, Quebec | July 22, 2005
Selection complements well what you can find at Table & Vine 2 towns over, with a bit more rarities and odd-ball, one-off Beers. I was able to find a Fantome Babillard and a few aged Galeís Old ales, for example. Prices a bit more steep than T&V, but we got a discount at the cash so it evens out. I rarely got such friendly service at a bottle shop. The guy who took care of us knew his stuff, and even gave us free glasses. Highly recommended.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 25, 2004
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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
mrhopsbeertalk  (31) Massachusetts | October 31, 2013| Updated June 5, 2014
Since back in the heady college days of the 90s Iíve thought of this place as kind of a beer mecca. I still make the ride up now and again to find little has changed. Great selection, current and older rareities and fair prices.
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon  (57) Portland, Oregon | June 14, 2005
The whole time I went to UMass (5 years) I never once stopped in here. Probably because you needed a car to get here (which I didnít have). Awesome beer selection! Tons of micros, all available in individual bottles on one side of the aisle, and tons of individual international beers on the other. They have growlers in the wall oí fridges in the back. Good thing my mom lives in Amherst so I have a reason to come and visit Spirit Haus a few times a year.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV  (91) Allston, Massachusetts | March 4, 2005| Updated May 10, 2006
Lots and lots and lots of stuff here. You will find SOMETHING that interests you if you go here. Good ambiance, well laid out, a bit packed in, as it is a small store. Wooden cabinets that are refrigerated are quite interesting. All I can say is, vintage Thomas Hardys. Yes, Iíll take the 92, 95 and 99.

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