Tucked away in a parking lot by the train tracks, Gary’s may look sketchy, but they do a good job of providing a pretty wide selection at really good prices. If you go, be sure to 1) check the "back room" (just keeping walking back, past the coolers) for random beer that hasn’t hit the main floor, and 2) check the dates (most stuff is fresh, but they have a reputation...). If you’re looking for rare beer, you’ll find it here on random occasions; if you’re looking for good beer, there’s always some pretty solid options.
Service: A rather rude cashier was all the service we got there.
Selection: A decent place to find some good deals. For exemple, Blushing Monk was $3-4 less than other store we visited. But other than that the craft selection is limited - which can be normal for that kind of store of course - and freshness on almost all hoppy products is very much an issue - which shouldn’t be normal for any beer store.
Value: Prices were cheaper than in other beer stores we visited in the area, but only a few products were interesting to buy.
Overall: If you have time to spare, it can be a decent spot to find a good deal. But don’t loose any sleep if you don’t have the "chance" to make a stop here.
Gary’s beverage is in a wide open lot a short drive from Portsmouth brewpub, it was recommended by one of the employees there. They have a selection of craft beer, little of it of interest though and a lot of it very past it’s prime (out of date bottles in the fridge). Prices were cheap, so if you do find something you like chances are it will be cheaper than elsewhere. Service is non-existant, and rather harsh but hey, you pay for what you get.
I’ve been to Gary’s a couple of times, most recently yesterday. Just outside of the main downtown area sits a non assuming beverage outlet. The kind of place you find near the beach or on the Mass border catering to the 30 pack crowd. They do have huge stacks of macros, which I assume is the crux of their business, but nestled in the catacombs is a pretty decent selection of craft beer. A couple of shelves of bombers, many cooler doors, pallets of Dogfish 750’s on clearance for 5 bucks, Theobroma, yes please. A back room filled with stacks of cases with case pricing, oh hell yeah. A lot of what is available in NH can be found here. Probably the best pricing I’ve seen in NH for craft beer. Double trouble 4 pack 9.99 Smutty big beer 5.49 Harpoon 30 barrel 4.99 Discounts for cases out back. Chips, snacks, and soda available as well. I wandered around for a half hour or so and was never approached by anyone who worked there. I didn’t need any help, but I don’t think this is the kind of place that walks you through your purchase. 45 minutes from my house, but I try to stop in here whenever I’m in the area.
Not a bad place at all. When I lived in Maine, I’ve visited here several times and found more than enough beers to take home that I couldn’t find back in Maine. Honestly, I think one has to go here on a good day as yes, there can be shelves you’ll stare at thinking well, where are the beers. It depends when you go. Smuttynose, D.L. Geary’s, Shipyard, White Birch, Rogue, Long Trail, Dogfish Head, Henniker’s, Blue Point, Ithaca, Victory, Sam Adams, Wachusetts, North Coast, Ommegang, Gritty’s, Maine Beer Company and Rising Tide are the brewing companies that show up here in my notes that were there when I was able to spend time there. I’ve never had bad service there, but I’ve never seen this place crowded either. The value is fairly decent. Take it or leave it, for the Portsmouth area, try it. If you read this far, that means you read through all of the breweries I previously mentioned so there you have it.
People that are not from NH, need to understand that for this area it is a pretty good selection of beers. What you have to keep in mind is they have limited space and some brews sellout fast. If you go on a busy holiday weekend, they may be sold out of certain beers. Or it may look like they don’t carry much. It can be very hit or miss. I get a lot of beer here because I work right over in Kittery, ME. They do have a decent selection of 22 oz and 750 Ml bottles that you can’t get just anywhere. Sometimes it’s worth the stop. Over all for the area, pretty good. Nothing is going to blow your hair back but not bad.
The store is on the gritty side, ambiance definitely isn’t a selling point, but I don’t think you should be put off by that. The beer selection, while not outstanding, is excellent for New Hampshire and the prices are also reasonable. The biggest downside is that some of the beer isn’t super fresh. I haven’t come across anything really ancient but it isn’t uncommon to find cases, especially of the West Coast beers that are three to five months past their brewing date.
This is my main beer store. They have a great selection and always have good specials and good deals on cases. You can get kegs here, and a ton of great bombers. I just wish that you could break up six packs. Don’t be afraid to go all the way to the back they have beer that they don’t have in the cooler in front. They carry Green Flash which is rare for NH
A very ugly little store from the outside that is just as ugly on the inside. Walking distance from the touristy downtown yet also easily accessible by car. Selection is so-so but so is the selection in most of New-Hampshire beer stores. That state is just a no-beer-land surrounded by much superior beer states. Don’t expect suggestions or anything from the staff, they work there because they’re too sloopy to work at the grocery store. Quite a few beer in the store but the display just seems randomly organized. I suspect that when someone takes something from a shelf they put “something” back there, and after a while it becomes pretty random. I also suspect there’s a lot of past due-date brews in this store. A few big micro names, a few McNeils, a lot of macros. Anyway, unless you’re a local there’s no reason to shop for beer in New-Hampshire. Not worth a visit.
Even though many of the negative characterizations of this store by fellow RBers seem accurate my first experience here was overall positive. Good things were: I found the place despite only having a general idea of where it was, they were open around 8:30 AM on a Thursday when I got there, they had the #1 thing I was looking for (Redhook Treblehook), at least one guy there was pretty friendly and helpful, and I found a few interesting things I haven’t seen in Maine. Bad things: they are big into selling cases of beer (and cartons of cigarettes), they have signs posted telling you they don’t sell singles and their selection is kind of spotty. Not the best beer place but really not the worst either.