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Mountview Plaza Wines & Liquors
$$ - reasonable
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727 Rubber Ave
phone: (203) 729-5445
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 46
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A shop that truly puts quality over sales volume. Craft beer here is the largest percentage relative to selection of any store I have been in. A little bit haphazard in the layout, but you could spend half a day deciding on your selections even if they were in one nice row.
Sales staff was busy restocking but was quick to ask if I had any questions and provided great answers. Copies of publications including the BA magazine were free for the taking.
Fantastic choices include all heavy hitters of craft brew available in Connecticut. Wide selection of imports and a small glassware selection. Prices were average to what you would find anywhere in the state. Expect to spend more then you wanted because you just "have to have" both of something you are debating between.
02-24-2007 19:37:06 |
More by RedChrome
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
took me close to 4 years from the time Terry e-mailed directions to today to finally get to this amazing beer stroe. When I got there I realized I was there about 10 years ago because I was coming home from Canada and my Suburban was miissing a hubcap piece and I got off 84 to find an autopart store, which was located next door. So it was actually 14 years for something.
Great selection: many Cantillions and Belgiumes, both BBC's Berkshire and Bluegrass, every Newport Storm from 01-06, nice New England representation, engalnd, Germany, Slavic/Russian. Met the famous Terry. It is a little far for me to go there often, Half Time is closer and I have New Beer in the city but definitely worth the trip.
On a side note, they had the 18 yr Sazerac Rye, a beauty.
12-02-2006 21:36:00 |
More by kennyo
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was able to stop in while visiting Family over this past weekend. The store is very easy to get to, the only issue was finding parking in the shopping area where it is located. Pretty good sized store but when you factor in that the store sells wine, spirits and beer it is really cramped. They use the space in the back of the store to its maximum for their beer selections, that is for sure. Very good selection of brew, did not spend nearly as much time as I would have liked there but meet a fellow who I am thinking must be Terry that people have been talking about. Very nice man, very helpful in pointing things out to me. Think he was a little shocked that I really was only looking for CT brews this time but told him I would be back on my next trip through. Very interesting beers from a number of places that I have never heard of or seen before so that will be my next trips goal. Had all the normal CT suspects I gather and I did leave with about $45 worth of beer for the Thanksgiving week, plus being with my wife I was not going to push it. Could be a kid in a candy store there! It is nice to be able to use beer fly to discover places like this! Felt that the Prices were fair to good on the items that I was tracking down. I would say a must stop when in the area.
11-20-2006 14:42:28 |
More by Stimack
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a top-notch beer store. Terry was there. He was extremely attentive, and a very real beer geek/ beer lover. The love of all things beer poured off of him and into me. So I got some extremely rare beers; ones not available even at Half-time, the Holy Grail of beer stores in Poughkeepsie...o.k. some italian beer in a huge swingtop called Fleurette...some Belgian beer made with mustard seeds....some Belgian Christmas Ale: esoteric selection....good prices...local beers aplenty (Sea Hag)...good selection really packed into the rear of the store... one thing to be sure of: This place has soul. You know how some people know the notes? Terry knows the whole damn song, and wants to share it with you, too...pure pleasure...really....He cares and therefore you do too! What a great beer store! Prices are very fair, too!
So he took my email and will notify re: tastings of beer, etc. Great!
Just go there, uh, now! Without reservations! And Enjoy! Prost!
11-20-2006 03:30:08 |
More by soultrain
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located next to the Stop & Shop in the Mountview Plaza. Take a look at the picture of the storefront before you go, because there is no signage with the word "Mountview," just "Wines & Liquors." The shop doesn't look like much, either, so it isn't immediately obvious unless you know what you're looking for.
As you walk in, there's a cooler to your right with some cold macros and malternatives. The real action is in the back of the store, hidden in a corner. It's amazing the amount and variety of beer they are able to cram into such a small place! The specialty seems clearly to be Belgian and Belgian-style beer, though they also have a great selection of what I assume is Polish (?) beer. They have the largest selection of Cantillon I've seen in the state, though that's not really my thing. They also dedicate a nice percentage of their stock to American craft beer, including all the usual CT suspects and their special releases.
Help was friendly and asked if I needed help finding anything. I just told him I wanted to make sure I saw everything before I made my selections and he commented that they definitely had many different offerings (it wasn't Terry).
The Belgians were $9.99 and up (750 ml), for the most part, which seems par for the course for CT. The American beers all seemed reasonably priced, especially the New England Sea Hag IPA cans, which they're practically giving away at $6.49/sixer! I left with 2 sixers of the Hag and 750 mls of Tripel Karmeliet, Urthel Hop-It, and Wayan from Le Baladin for about $50...not too bad, I guess.
A great store that has just about anything you could expect a CT beer store to have from Belgium and the United States.
07-28-2006 12:18:01 |
More by Hagbard
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This store has the best craft beer selection in southern CT if not the entire state. If Terry Boyd is there when you go, make sure you have a chat with him, he is consistently helpful and has given me some great beer recommendations. Terry also has a mailing list in which he lists beers that are upcoming, beer news and beer events.
Mountview does not have the largest selection, but Terry makes sure that there are plenty of gems available.
Some other reviewers have mentioned spotty service, while I wouldn't call it spotty, I will say that it is best to direct any craft beer questions to Terry as that is his domain. The rest of the staff is helpful and friendly, but most likely won't know about that obscure Belgian you are seeking.
This store is a definitely highly recommended.
05-17-2006 16:46:44 |
More by Trix606
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went in there tonight for the 2nd time and was most impressed. Met Terry, the "resident beer guy" and he showed me all the new arrivals he had gotten in and pointed me in the direction of some things he thought I'd like. Great selection of styles and countries of origin. Was able to pick up some DFH 120 Minute IPA along with a bottle of their Golden Shower. I also picked up the following:
Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout and Hops Infusion IPA (12oz bottle)
Rouge Dead Guy Ale (22oz bomber)
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel (500ml bottle)
Chouffe Houblion Dobbelen IPA Tripel (750ml bottle)
St. Bernardus Abt 12 (11.2 oz bottle)
Georg Schneider's Wisen Edel-Weisse (500ml bottle)
Der Hirschbrau Doppel-Hirsch (500ml bottle)
Terry also told me about the CT Craft Brewer's Festival he's having in a few weeks and offered to put me on his mailing list as well. I'll definitely be a frequent customer there.
05-04-2006 23:36:27 |
More by crass751
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Thank you Donna at Thomas Hooker/Trout Brook Brewing for recommending this place on my drive from Danbury back to Bradley Airport.
Quality: First, I have never seen such a selection of Polish beers. Is there a big Polish community in the area or just a good distributor for them? Either way not why I came there. On a budget and a mission, I just grabbed CT beers. And boy did they have some. Had Thomas Hooker's Liberator, Imperial Pilsner, Old Marley, and some others in six packs in the cooler. Had Three Judges form New England Brewery, Old Burnsides Highland Tartan Ale and some others. Lots of Belgians, Rogue, Brooklyn, Cisco, and many others. Arrangement could be a letter better, but it also looked like they were restocking.
Service: Hard to rate, I didn't look for help, none was offered, but no issues and they were friendly at the register.
Value: Everything appeared to be priced along the lines that I would expect.
01-08-2006 21:31:52 |
More by Loki
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is absolutely the best place to buy beer in CT.
Go right to the back of the store and plan on spending some time...there's so much to consider...even if there's a certain style you're looking for,you'll find a great selection of that style...lots of single bottles available...more micros and internationals than I've ever seen in a liquor store.I love the Belgians, and there are many to choose from. It's a weekly stop for me.
The owner , Terry is very friendly and takes his time with you...gives very accurate descriptions...asks the right questions.
He also knows his single malts and has a good selection of those too. Their wine selection is also very good.
This gem of a beer store is very close to where I live, but if I lived an hour away....it would be worth the trip.
12-23-2005 12:58:09 |
More by Hautacam
District of Columbia
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Quality Everything seemed fresh and they had a good number of their lower abv beers in the cooler. The place was a bit cluttered with boxes that I had to climb over and search through, but it made it seem more like a beer scavenger hunt.
Service Several employees asked if I needed help finding anything, but I was happy to browse as I had no time schedule. The other customers seemed to receive ample help.
Selection Loads of good stuff, 750s of Wild Dog, two flavors of Rodenbach, rare Rogue, Sam Adams Imperial Pils, lots of English beers, and loads of other imports and locals. I kept thinking that I was done, but I would look behind a shelf or in a box and find something delicious to buy.
Value Prices seemed fair, more expensive than cheap, but cheaper than expensive.
Conclusion Positioned in a small strip mall next to a supermarket the outside looks like a standard local liquor store. However, the inside blew me away, thanks beerflyers for pointing in to this gem of a place. The only shame is that it isnt anywhere near where I live, Ill definitely make it back anytime I am driving down to New York.
11-23-2005 03:21:47 |
More by OldSock
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