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Bert's Better Beers
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1100 Hooksett Rd
phone: (603) 413-5992
(Place added by: Bierman9 on 08-20-2009)
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Reviews by Kinsman:
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As far as beer store in New Hampshire go, Berts is just about the best you can get. This state has some tough label laws and not the best craft market, so understandably there are a lot of breweries that just don't bother distributing here. However, not including BMC, if it can be sold here you can pretty much be sure Berts will have it.
The first time you visit it, Bert is more than happy to introduce himself and talk beer with you. Walking into the store, its hard to believe it is a beer store. It's always clean, well organized and easy to find what you are looking for. Plus, with your first purchase they give you a reusable beer shopping bag that can fit 6 750ml bottles.
Price is on par with most other stores and the individual bottle prices are more than reasonable.
08-23-2010 15:37:05 |
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11-20-2013 21:24:23 |
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More by huddyball
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
All beer all the time. Well and hard cider. But mainly beer. Lots of it.
Great little store, especially for mixed sixes. Good selection of everything.
Attractive middle aged female clerk was very helpful and pleasant. Two men (one might have been the owner (?) were also ready to assist if I was looking for something specific.
Only negative might be it tends to be a bit pricey, maybe $1 more per bomber for many compared to some other stores. But then it may be worth it not to have to wade past aisles of wine and hard liquor. You walk in the door, and there's beer, front, back and sides..
Plus I don't recall seeing any price games being played. You know, not pricing the most popular new stuff. The Otter Creek/Lawson's collab Double Dose had just come out, and I asked if they had any left. They had a case of it opened behind the counter, two bottles per customer. I filled out a mixed sixpack with four others I had not tried, and was a very happy customer.
On the way out I picked up the new issue of Yankee Brew News, which apparently came out in between my beer store visits last week. Also a copy of Ale Street News, a publication I had not seen anywhere else before. So all in all a great visit, highly recommended if you live in or are passing through or near the greater Manchester area.
10-09-2013 02:13:29 |
More by scotorum
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
It's the best beer shop in New Hampshire. Burt knows his stuff and loves to help introduce folks to his passion. I'm no newbie to beer, but I'm always trying to expand my palate a bit more and this place gets the job done.
However, it is NH and the distribution laws limit what they can carry. I still can't get a Lion Stout in this state, which makes me a sad panda. All the same, that's not Bert's fault so I don't fault him.
There is the not much to say for the atmosphere. It's your run of the mill shop that focuses on beer. There are tastings, which are enjoyable and constructive, but don't expect a huge party.
05-27-2013 06:27:37 |
More by mlichens
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This store is an absolute gem. The clerk welcomed me and my friends warmly and offered full assistance with anything we needed. He knew exactly when to lend help and otherwise let us browse. If the three of us gathered in one section with puzzled faces searching for a particular beer, he would chime in and guide us toward the beer we sought. He gladly accepted our opinions about some of his new beers that he'd yet to try, while responding with some great reviews of his own about beers we questioned. This man's clean appearance, knowledge, friendliness, and enthusiasm weighed heavily on my fond thoughts about this store.
The store isn't huge, but for a store entirely dedicated to beer, it seemed the perfect size. Unfortunately, if my friend didn't know the location of the store I probably would have overlooked it on my own. The layout has a nice flow that allows one to naturally wander through each isle without interfering with other patrons' shopping experience. Everything was organized in a very logical sense. You can go to each section of beer and find a beer you love and right beside it will be all of its competitors. This makes it very easy to decide on new beers to try.
The atmosphere was professional, clean, and cheerful. I remember the music being exactly to my taste and I sang along to each song while basking in the glory of all sorts of beer. This really is a kid-in-a-candy-shop type of feeling - my friends and I were having a great time. We made a big detour in our travels that day to visit this store, so we didn't stay nearly as long as we would have liked. Still, we spent a solid half hour to 45 minutes and left feeling like we had unfinished business.
The selection included much more than I expected, having never heard of the place before my friend brought me there. I had a hard time weeding out exactly what I wanted because I could have easily dropped hundreds of dollars and been very pleased with the beer that would have gotten me. I ended up with great selection of beers that I haven't even seen before. The gentleman working was kind enough to bag all of the beer my friends and I purchased into re-usable beer/wine bags that I've used ever since.
Overall I'd have to say this is one of the best beer stores from which I've had the pleasure of purchasing. I can't stress enough how much I appreciated the perfect attention (or lack thereof, when appropriate) that the gentleman working gave us. I really wish this store was closer to where I lived so that I could visit every week. I would truly recommend this store for anyone who desires to buy some great brews while taking pleasure in the whole experience of simply being in the store.
Best of luck to this store and I hope to visit again soon!
01-04-2013 15:13:41 |
More by Doshkin
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in at Berts Better Beers during a vacation to Franklin, NH. First thing I noticed when I walked in is that its very bright and the floor plan is well laid out. There is a huge 4 or 5 door 6 pack cooler as you walk in past the imperial stouts. To the left are more shelves of belgians, ipas, etc. All beers are sorted by style and have a card indicating color, food pairings, abv, etc. To the left is a huge 6-7? door cooler of singles from all over. Here and through out the store you can mix and match your own six pack. This is definitely one of the nicest bottle shops I have ever seen. I picked up some nice White Birch Wild Ale bottles along with some others. Bert and the other owner (sorry I forgot your name) were very informative and helped us along the way. They also have a decent selection of glassware. I wish they had some more "rarer" releases but the White Birch I picked up was actually pretty limited. All in all this is a great place for beer and if you are in the area you should definitely stop in. Thanks again guys!
07-29-2011 21:51:35 |
More by slentz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I noticed while shopping here that some of their beers are a bit pricy. Its not too much of a concern for me since I'm usually visiting NH and I don't have a car so I wouldn't want to make my host drive me around to different beer places to save some money per beer, just an observation.
The first time I went there the store was relatively small, but they packed a lot in. The next year when I returned it had expanded into the space next door. Although the store was larger, it didn't seem like they offered too much more then they had before, just more space between the selves.
Their selection is vast and they carry many local beers and some glassware. The service depended on who was working. The first two times I went the person working was very nice and helpful, the second time he for some reason seemed suspicious of me. I'm not sure why I felt that way I just did, maybe because I had to look at all of the beers. It is slightly annoying that they arrange their beers by style instead of by brewery, so if I wanted to try say all of the smuttynose offering I would have to search throughout the entire store. Its a good beer store and easily the best in the area. If you live in Manchester I definitely recommend going, if you don't and you're just passing through the only reason to buy beer is because there is no tax but every surrounding state, with exception of Maine has a better selection then NH.
07-26-2011 16:59:39 |
More by jamescain
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I've decided to re-review this location as things have changed.
The selection is the reason for going to Bert's. They get everything that comes to NH. They have cellared vintages on top of the already impressive selection.
Atmosphere is standard for your beer store: Clean and well displayed. With the recent expansion there is now a ton of space which really helps during tastings. The only knock is I'm not a fan of how some of the beer is grouped by style rather than brewery. I can see how that would be helpful for a noob, but I like being able to see an entire breweries selection in one spot.
Service is pretty good. Bert is a very cool, knowledgeable, approachable guy and most of the staff is pretty friendly. However, there is one staff member (who shall remain nameless) who can be less than friendly.
I used to shop here a lot but I've all but stopped going because of one big reason: Price gouging. While I love having a huge selection, it's not necessary in NH. 99.9% I will take a slightly smaller selection with much cheaper prices than Bert's. It's getting to the point where everything is at least a dollar or 2 more than everywhere else, sometimes it's as extreme as $5 or $6 more a bottle! You lose my business when you get to that point.
NOTE: I put the quality so low because I believe pricing should be included in the rating. I simply don't care to shop at a place that has unfair pricing and think ratings should reflect that. After all, fairness is part of the better business model, no?
07-21-2011 04:26:04 |
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