This place was incredible. As noted, they had an great selection of vintage Thomas Hardy’s and JW Lee’s, including some I hadn’t 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
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.
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.
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 it’s certainly worth a stop if you’re anywhere in the nearby area.
Probably around 500 beer bottles indeed in the half of the store that consists of beer. It’s a bit messy, very small, looking like a rather large wood shack from the outside. They had rare stuff like saison d’épeautre, the 2 étienne dupont. de ranke père noël 2001 in jeroboam which I couldn’t 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 it’s a good place to buy big tough beers. I unfortunately didn’t 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 didn’t 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.
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 Gale’s 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.
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.
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 didn’t 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 o’ 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 (103) Boston, 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, I’ll take the 92, 95 and 99.
Megan (17) Durham, North Carolina | October 10, 2005
They were playing morphine in the backgroung. Nuf said.