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Amity Wine & Spirit Co.
$$ - reasonable
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95 Amity Rd
phone: (203) 397-9463
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Amity Wine & Spirit has an amazing selection of craft beers spanning 1.5 isles and a few reach in fridges. However, the wide inventory suffers from poor management. I have had three instances where the beer I purchased were past the sell by date on the bottle (Oskar Blues, Smuttynose and a German I could not remember). They provided a refund or store credit, but seemed more annoyed with me than the issue at hand. Always check the date on beer with low turnover.
Avoid shopping here in the evening. This store is frequented by questionable characters looking for inexpensive alchohol and young people looking for cheap beer.
12-06-2013 02:09:39 |
More by BlueMeanie
quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by on my return trip home from a visit to Delaney's a short distance down the street. Fairly sizeable store with a good selection of beer from around the world. My gauge of a good package store is the level of Belgian offered and perhaps hard to find micros. Amity had both, though I do have to question their level of quality control given the piss poor Petrus Winter Ale I bought from them. Petrus did not date the bottle, but it was clear this one was past it's drinkable date given it's tinny, lifeless flavor. The Bornem Double Abbey I purchased was fine. The girl at the register was pleasant enough, but fairly slow. Not a bad place, just pay attention to the sell by dates on the bottles to ensure quality.
06-01-2007 18:31:31 |
More by jim102864
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4
First of all, this place is very easy to get to. It's located right off Rt. 15, just past the tunnel, if you're heading south.
The beer selection is fairly extensive, taking up the entire long first aisle. One side is cases and 12 packs, with shelving packed with a variety of beers from across the US. Selections include most of the Cisco and Rogue lines, Anchor, Geary's, Brooklyn, and Smuttynose. There's more, or course, but they carry most of a particular brewery's beer line up. The other half of the beer aisle is imported beer from across the world. Countries such as Vietnam, Japan, Russia, Italy, Poland, and Lithuania are all represented, along with large selections from Belgium, England and Germany. A cooler in the back stocks mostly macros, but also contains a couple bigger selling micros.
I've been acknowledged by the staff only twice in my many times shopping here. That's fine with me, because I'm usually here to browse and sift through the shelves, picking out a beer or two that's most likely younger than I am.
The drawback to this place is that the term "stock rotation" isn't in the staff's vocabulary. Last time i was there, they had ancient bottles of Lionstone, Harvey's and First Coast still on the shelves. Looking through the "Beers of The World" mix packs was like taking a tour through brewing history, at least from the past ten years or so. Ancient museum pieces from defunct breweries still for sale, waiting for an unlucky sod to test their luck with ignorant bliss.
08-26-2003 02:40:13 |
More by UnionMade
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on my way back from the New England Brewing Company just down the road where I got a growler of Gandhi Bot. Nice little spot, they've got a HUGE selection of wine and liquor and a very substantial beer section, two big aisles, one of Americans and one of imports.
I found the prices to be just a bit cheaper than in MA on almost all of the stuff, but their selection was a bit less. I ended up getting a 6er of NEBC Sea Hag IPA & Elm City Lager, there were some of each in a singles cart so I put both in one 6er, and I got an Avery Beast from 2006 for only $4! Awesome deal I thought.
Worth checking out if you're going to NEBC, and if you're going here - also go toe NEBC down the street and get a growler!
09-25-2010 18:26:32 |
More by kingcrowing
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has a pretty great selection, but is a bit picked over. It seems to be the place that carries great beer; standards and limited releases. The problem is that people know about this place. The good thing is that there is another Amity Wine and Spirits just 15 minutes away that isn't as picked over. I didn't purchase anything here but was referred to the Amity in Hamden to purchase the more rare beers I was looking for.
The quality and quantity of great beer is excellent here, but, unless you are on the ball with purchasing the more limited beers, your luck might be better at the other Amity.
04-08-2011 04:09:42 |
More by cullumbeer
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
This package store has one of the best selections in the New Haven area. It's not quite as good as the Amity on Whitney, but there's really not much difference to speak of. They definitely have a very extensive selection of interesting beers from the U.S. and the world, but their stock (especially of imports) doesn't seem to fly too fast, though I've never had any noticable problems with freshness. Even though there's a lot to choose from, the selection doesn't seem to change much, so I think I could get bored with the selection after several trips. The service is unimpressive.
11-16-2003 17:51:15 |
More by Stopper
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've only shopped here a couple times, and haven't been impressed enough to want to go back. The high point is probably the selection of imported singles (Belgium is especially well represented), but their domestic craft selection isn't bad at all either. The one place they do fall short is on cold beer: their medium sized cooler is largely dominated by BMC. It's definitely worth a look if you live nearby or are having trouble finding something particular, but there are other stores not too far away that have similar overall variety, more cold craft beer, and better prices.
08-23-2009 23:47:06 |
More by woosterbill
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Had to hit this palce up after the NEBC barrel age trooper release. Good craft beer selection. The isle spans the depth of the store. Its split betweet domestics and imports. Service was allright if you can get an english speaking staff member. A little disapointed in the fact that they did not have any Captian Lawrance left, but the store got hit hard due to the release. Pricing seemed to be on par, no discounts.
Good effort to support craft brew on there part. I would always like to see more selections.
05-12-2010 22:48:43 |
More by FishGetter
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went here as told by local bartenders that it was the best store in the state, with everything that can be gotten a hold of in the state. A long double row of beer, which is above average for most stores, and it was well organized by brewery and neatly placed. Popular beers in coolers. The manager quickly saw I knew what I was doing, and gave me carte blanche to break up any 4-packs and 6-packs. Prices were fine. A medium sized store, when taking into account the wine and spirits. Well lit up but no real beer geek.
08-20-2010 20:03:16 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I have shopped here a good half dozen times or more and figured it was time for a review. Definitely seems to be one of the best selections in all of CT, and stacks up well on a more macro level, as well. Particularly for domestic micros their selection is quite good and reasonably priced. They don't offer singles but the 6 packs and bombers are well organized in a long, single aisle as you enter the store. Imports come after that and the one area where I think they are somewhat lacking is in the Belgian import selection. It's decent, but not great.
One nice thing about Amity is that it's the best place to find fresh New England Brewery beers other than NEBC itself (which happens to be around the corner, FWIW). If Gandhi Bot has come out recently, for instance, you'll find it here. In my many visits I have never been approached by an employee asking if I needed assistance, which is fine by me since I would have declined anyway, but at the same time that doesn't exactly equal great service. All in all this is well worth a stop when you are in the area.
05-20-2011 03:15:49 |
More by number1bum
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