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165 Deer St
phone: (603) 436-5854
(Place added by: bewareOFpenguin)
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| Reviews: 29
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
We stopped in here recently during a visit to Portsmouth. It was recommended by the friendly people at Smuttynose when I asked if they knew where a good local beer store was. Atmosphere is interesting. Very dark and dingy inside, like a Mom & Pop grocery or flea market. They had a decent selection of more widely distributed crafts like Rogue, Dogfish, and Unibroue and a good selection of New England locals like Smutty, Longtrail, Shipyard, Geary's, etc.
Prices were very good. We picked up a 750ml bottle of Unibroue for like $5-6, a bomber of Smuttynose Barleywine for $3.50, and a 4-pack of Redhook Treblehook for $11.99 (which was a dollar cheaper than at the brewery). We didn't get much in terms of service. The cashiers looks like they were more interested in selling cigarettes and lottery tickets than beer. All in all, as out-of-towners, it met our expectations. A good selection of local beer at a good price. We'll definitely check it out again next time we're in town.
12-28-2007 17:27:57 |
More by Kegatron
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Thank goodness for Gary's. A wonderful stop going to or from Maine. No sales tax, no deposit and damn cheap cases of beer. I came back home with 10 cases of Smutty IPA which would have run me twice as much anywhere else I have ever been. The selection is not uber extensive but they do have a nice selection of local beers spreading down to beers found down the east coast as well as a smattering of German's and Belgians and Canadian beers. The service is non-existent really. Not that they are rude or uncordial, they just stay behind the register and that is that. All in all I recommend stopping by Gary's if you want to stock up on good stuff for cheap.
09-14-2006 18:52:31 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
From what I have found, this is the place to stop if you are in Portsmouth. Easy to get to at less than 5 min from 95. Place kind of looks well, dumpy but that has never stopped me. As you walk in, it reminds me of an old general store in northern NH.
Cases and cases of beer line the walls. To the left are the coolers. If you proceed past them, you will find the "better" beers on the right. You can always find the latest releases from Smutty and the 100 Bl series from Harpoon. Prices are great here service is lacking. I was there two weeks ago and found the new Smutty Winter selection. Plenty of snacks and ice if you are hitting the moutains, ocean or lakes. Easily worth a stop if you are in the area.
11-23-2005 22:38:22 |
More by CharlesRiver
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
They have all NH has to offer; Rogue, Unibrue, Magic Hat, etc. Prices are still low, best selection on the New Hampshire Seacoast. They are a little smug lately, seeing they sold a huge powerball winning ticket. My favorite worker, the old dude with the glasses, still has the worst acid tongue in town, but bless him. He keeps those aisles stocked!
Gary's is a little hidden away, just on the fringes of downtown. He carrys an excellent selection, from local microbrews, to Unibique, to Samual Smith. He is usually there, and can easily be mistaken for the low man on the totem pole. This is the best place to get your choice label in Portsmouth. Gary knows what's selling, what's been sitting, etc. Other smaller venues and Shaws have some selection, but if you are looking for that particular brew, do stop by here.
09-30-2002 07:24:38 |
More by bewareOFpenguin
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Gary's as many have stated is a decent bare bones place, with likely the widest selection in the city of Portsmouth.
This is not an upscale micro experience but is a simple beer in cooler, some on shelf, cramped, busy, inexpensive place with brisk and minimial service.
They have all the locals (Smuttynose, Gearys...) and generally all the big West Coast names such as Stone, Rogue, and these days also Green Flash. In general, they have most of what is avaialble in NH.
They also have kegs, a decent selection, including 1/6 kegs, sometimes with good options.
Check it out, if in Portsmouth.
10-18-2011 18:23:25 |
More by rbowser
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Everything about this place says "stay away," and perhaps that's why the locals love it. Dusty, dirty, dank, dour. Gary's survives on macro volume sales and affordable cigarettes, but their craft selection is not bad and definitely the most affordable on the seacoast. Their prices are very good for Smutty ($4.99 bombers), Unibroue, Allagash, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, DFH, and Rogue. I think their Belgian selection could be more diverse and priced better. They sell kegs, but does anyone even have "keggers" any more? I mean, seriously?
So you need a gift for your non-BA friend's housewarming. How's about a brick of Narragansett for $7.99? Sold, my brotha.
If you need assistance, the staff is not well educated on beer, which is a bit sad considering this is a "beverage" store that makes its money selling "beer", but I digress. Also, be sure to date check any hoppy beers, because this place frequntly stocks Stone products that are months past their "best by" date. (The dust layer is also a good indicator.)
Don't let youself get sucked in by the "Fire Sale" area near the front - 50% off, but it's all old, stale seasonal crap you wouldn't want to buy even if it was fresh.
You may think me a hater, but this is actually my favorite place to buy beer. I just call it like I see it.
01-27-2010 18:43:26 |
More by ElGallo
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I get my everyday drinking beer here it has the best selection in Portsmouth
It is also dark cramped dusty and pretty much a dive. They do sell mad dog 2020 and Boones Farm need I say more. After saying that I dont go here for the atmosphere it is the prices that keep me coming back again and again they have a few bombers and odd English brews. Always check the cases because they often have stuff that is not in the cooler even found a case of Sams triple bock last year .As stated below you can often get close outs from Shipyard I saw last years winter beer at $10 bucks a case. So dont let the looks of the place scare you go in and snoop around its worth it
12-28-2007 16:32:40 |
More by joepais
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
I remember an old ad campaign (Subauru, I believe it was) that used to tout the product as "inexpensive and built to stay that way." That pretty much sums up the Gary's experience. There's lots of beer, and it is inexpensive. The place will win no awards from Martha Stewart (or maybe it will nowadays); it features the barebones theme: long and narrow with stacks of cases--I found the micros generally at the far end. I go there regularly for the cases of Smuttynose and Shipyard that have been bottled usually within the week. Last visit I discovered a recent shipment of Dogfish Head 60 Minute, which they were selling at the same price as the Smuttynose. The staff are friendly but not particularly knowledgable.
09-05-2004 18:29:06 |
More by longpondbeerman
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
On a whim I decided to make the forty-five minute drive south to Portsmouth to investigate Gary's. The store is extremely easy to locate. As you enter the aesthetically-challenged Gary's you'll find the beer coolers to the left just beyond the registers. As expected Smuttynose is well represented along with Geary's, Shipyard, Harpoon, and Long Trail. Anchor and Sierra Nevada products represent California. I had hoped to find Stone, any Stone product, but was deigned. I did locate Rogue Dead Guy and Chocolate Stout, so the jaunt was not for naught.
If you live in the Portsmouth area, Gary's appears to be the place for your craft beer shopping needs. If you are north of Portsmouth though, i.e. in Maine, I would not recommend a dedicated trip. With the exception of Rogue, the beers available at Gary's can be located within the Pine Tree State.
01-10-2005 00:10:56 |
More by mdavis31481
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I wouldn't call this a go to place to buy craft beer, but it is the best place to buy in Portsmouth. They make their money selling macros, but they have a decent selection...nothing that would really surprise you, just the usual names and a pretty good regional selection (which I do like) with lots of twelve packs to the left of the store. The right side of the store contains the non-regional beers (rogue, sn, etc.) and singles, again a pretty good selection for the area.
If you're looking for a knowledgeable staff about craft beer this is not the place, maybe 1 or 2 people will be helpful. This is where I buy most of my beer mainly because it is close to me and has the biggest selection in Portsmouth. So, if you're in town and looking for reasonable prices,this is where you should go.
03-10-2010 18:40:43 |
More by mavbrew
Gary's Beverages in Portsmouth, NH
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