United States > Massachusetts > Amherst
sdbrown (1) | May 9, 2005
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Volgon (10) Manchester, New Hampshire | November 8, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
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.
irishalky (13) Littleton, Massachusetts | September 12, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
maniac (98) Baltimore, Maryland | November 26, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 12, 2004
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | July 22, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 25, 2004
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
mrhopsbeertalk (31) Massachusetts | October 31, 2013| Updated June 5, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ericnixon (57) Portland, Oregon | June 14, 2005
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
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.
ClarkVV (91) Allston, Massachusetts | March 4, 2005| Updated May 10, 2006
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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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