Met Terry Boyd, the "Beer Guy" on my visit last Saturday. He seemed to have consumed every beer that he stocks at one time or another. He also has the rarest beers stocked in the back for when he meets any friendly beer geeks that come in. This is a great place for finding rare beers.
An excellent store for beer but make sure you are aware that it is in a strip mall that does not even attempt to be welcoming. It is located next to a Stop & Shop and looks like your run of the mill liquor store. Be prepared though as you make your way to the back. The assortment of beers will quickly dissolve any reluctance you might have had. They have many beers you probably have already have on your list (Belgium, German, American Micro). They also host many off-the-wall countries (Polish, Italy, etc.). Definitely an exciting feeling walking in knowing you’ll be there for some time trying to make up your mind on what to buy. They have lots of individual tall bottles along with 4/6 packs.
I dont know if this place is slipping in terms of thier inventory or quality, but this place doesnt compare at all to some of the other places in CT, or maybe its just that other places have surpassed it since the first ratings 5-6 years ago. A better than average import section, but nothing too crazy that you cant find in other beer stores. I always give a 3 for ambiance unless something is over the top bad or good, and this one got a 2 due to the generic "wine and liquor" sign outside the strip mall, and the beer shelves that look like someone made them out of plywood.
Stopped by to stock up on some quality beers for tomorrow’s tailgate at Giants Stadium. I left leaving with Rochefort 10, 8, and 6, a bunch of Southern Tier, Hebrew’s RIPA, and Unibroue 17. I was quite impressed with their selection of variety packs, one of them being Smuttynose. Overall, a great selection in CT. Possibly the best beer store in CT, but I haven’t been to many yet. I’ll be returning again and again for sure. #32 on 21112009, DG.
I travel along Route 8 about once a month on my way to Albany, NY and have been looking for bottle shops to stop at along the way. I finally got around to stopping into this place and am glad I did. As others have said, it is a liquor and wine store in addition to a beer shop, so the beer section is limited in space. They have a nice selction of meads, and I picked up four different Redstone meads in addition to some others. They also had Newport Storm ’06 and a solid selction of other New England beers. I dropped a couple of hundred bucks and could have easily spent more. I’ll be stopping by again.
As everyone has said, it’s a small place in a strip mall. However, there is a wonderful selection of eclectic beers, especially if you hit them at the right time. When Terry is there and has the time to chat, you can easily spend an hour talking and looking at beer. It is easy to walk out spending more than a couple hundred dollars. Living in Western Connecticut, it is sometimes hard to find a good selection of New England beers, Mountainview seems to have plenty. It would be nice to have a mix a six available, but, with a small store, it’s understandable. Lines can form rather quickly when we are at the register, especially if we have a diverse European selection which may be missing bar codes.