notalush (405) Denver, Colorado | March 11, 2006| Updated October 23, 2010
Firstly: this is probably the most well-organized, cleanly, geek-friendly beer store I have ever seen. Secondly: if you live in the NYC metro area and have access to stores like New Beer and American Beer, you probably wonít orgasm in your pants upon walking into this store, as others have. However, you will find enough, in my opinion, to justify the trek upstate. They have a handful of belgian imports Iíve actually never seen in the NY area stores, and they have a wider selection of New England micros (especially Cisco, which is a big plus for me). The prices are reasonable, and the staff is more friendly and beer-educated than Iíve seen in any other store...anywhere. In short, donít believe the hype, but certainly make the trip.
agl108 (30) Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania | January 5, 2009
Stopped here on my way north to Lake Placid. Very impressive selection, although perhaps Iím a bit spoiled being from PA. As previously mentioned, this place is just aisle upon aisle of glorious beer. Notable domestic micro absences were Bellís and Foundersí beers. Really nothing new that I was able to find that I couldnít at my hometown stop (The Beeryard). I was able to procure a long anticipated YuleSmith. However, let me say that being able to purchase singles is a huge bonus. There were also roughly 12 beers available for growler take-out service although none of those brews were particularly enticing or exceedingly rare. Staff was thankfully not overbearing but more than willing to help another customer with a growler when called upon. Spent ~$88 and didnít get any free glassware, FWIW. Prices were a bit steep overall.
Great selection of US Craft Beers which is what I tend to stick with. Anytime I can find beers fom Alaska Iím happy. And they have a selection of Midnight Sun Beers. Make sure you check behind the counter. That is where they keep some of the rarer beers.
Worked here for the summer. I also stumbled across this without knowing, and Iíve lived in this town my whole life! Any questions should be directed towards Matt, Corey, or Justin. Tap selection is good, and I love the free glass with every $100 spent (very easy to do).
Came here in 2005 or 2006 while on a crazy trip (we snorted some mali on the way, donít ask) with hopistotle420, the man who introduced me to cantillon and ratebeer. Incrediblely large selection, isles upon isles of BEER and I remember a growler filling station as well. Remember getting some good Southampton stuff here along with many others.
Finally got out here after two years. Largest store devoted to beer Iíve ever been in, I literally didnít know where to start. Selection was top notch, the service was fine, not extraordinary, not cheap by any stretch, but your paying for the selection here. One of the best places Iíve ever been.
Not the best beer store in the USA, but certainly up there. About a half dozen rows of beers, plus a clearance area, where I picked up a magnum of red & white mikkeller. Excellent US micro selection, however I found the foreign to be merely par. Good selection of glssware as well. A long shlep up a smaller highway. A good rotation of bottles, I had no qualms of grabbing lagers. Love the single bottle freedom. Some harder to finds like Coronado.
Very good selection of US beers, and also some hard to get countries for an European like me. Ordered via web.Good communication and the delivery was well packed, fast and effective. Would def use in the future, recommended.
Overall good selection. Iíve ordered a few times through them and just about every time my order was shorted a few of the beers I ordered. They did fix the problem with a refund but I only found out once my order arrived at my house and checked my bank statement. There wasnít any email about a refund or what they didnít have enough of in stock. That is my only irritation with this place. There is also the fact that to get free shipping you have to order $100 of beer which is quite a bit of beer at a time. The beer isnít always fresh I received Sculpin which expired just a few days after I received it. On a brighter note selection, time to receive order and dependability as far as never having a problem at least most of my order this place has been a decent place for a good variety of brews.
Has the feel of a total wine/ bev mo type beer warehouse. They have a lot of quantity and some good clearance sales. Everything is arranged by nation which makes it easy to find things. But compared to a typical Total wiine they didnít have much I hadnít seen before. The German selection was surprisingly basic. They did have a lot of regional craft and the prices, as others have noted, are hit or miss. They also have 12 taps of craft for growler fills. Maybe itís the aesthetics of the place. It looks like if the Ontario version of the beer store had a showroom. It felt kind of soulless. But if you live in the Hudson Valley I canít imagine better being available.