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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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.
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.
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.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes  (53) paramus, New Jersey | February 21, 2005
Nice liquor store. Nice selection of bottles. Lots and Lots of bottles. Lots of Belgians. A bunch of rare stuff too. Interesting place.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict  (76) Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey | February 20, 2005
Lots and lots of bottles. Rare stuff as well. Vintages. Belgians. Local micros. If you are looking for beers that you want or havenít seen, then it is worth the trip. Guaranteed to at least find something that you want or need.
60
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17  (300) Woodland, California | November 4, 2004
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 í02 and í03 here. SCORE! They had an impressive selection of Belgians as well. An interesting place.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2004
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-ŗ-brac nature of the display, but they have so many great strong beers there, that shouldnít 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.
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar  (142) Columbia, Maryland | September 13, 2004
Lots of singles and rare imports can be found here. They had all three vintages of SA Triple Bock and a few Hardyís as well. Tons of Northeastern brews and the staff was helpful too.
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.

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