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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots and lots of bottles. Rare stuff as well. Vintages. Belgians. Local micros. If you are looking for beers that you want or haven’t seen, then it is worth the trip. Guaranteed to at least find something that you want or need.
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 ’02 and ’03 here. SCORE! They had an impressive selection of Belgians as well. An interesting place.
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-à-brac nature of the display, but they have so many great strong beers there, that shouldn’t 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.
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.