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4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
A must stop on travels through the Amherst area on Rte 9, scant minutes from such other destinations as Amherst Brewing, Maplewood Farm & Brewery, and the Moan and Dove.
Found myself here again this weekend after being thwarted in attempting to partake at the Moan and Dove's current Belgian-fest ("opening at 4PM due to early Spring cleaning"? BAH!) and decided I must satisfy the Belgian jonesing. Just picked up a couple this time around, but there is always an incredible selection of local and not-so-much micros, macros, and imports. Have the best deal on Paper City 1/4 kegs, $55, it's where I have been going exclusively for the past few years for kegs. Can be a bit cramped for space at times, but cool, that means even more beer is available!
All in all, great beer, great help, great place.
01-26-2004 16:37:45 | More by ppoitras
4.15/5 rDev -4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This store is located on Rt. 9 a short ride east of Amherst, MA, about half way to Maplewood Farm.
The store devotes a good amount of space to beer, and the beer selection is good: a lot of beers offered as singles, though some bottles looked fairly dusty, a good number in refridgerated cases, a good number of 750 mL bottles of Allagash and others, and some more vintage bottles (including Westvleteren, SA Triple Bock, Thomas Hardy, etc.) in a small glass case near the front, and a good amount of local beers such as Paper City and Berkshire.
The store also has other wines and liquors. The staff greeted me and asked if I needed any help.
Overall, a very good beer store.
07-14-2003 22:05:58 | More by UncleJimbo
4/5 rDev -8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Nice place -- comparable to a lot of top flight beer stores in other states or areas with, for me, the notable exception that it's out east! So I got to grab a lot of brews I can't find here in Michigan.
Lots and lots of local and East Coast brews -- including lots of stuff I'd never even heard of. They've got several shelves of open singles out at room temp, but they've also a walk-in cooler with lots of cases and 6-packs, including aforementioned locals and micros.
The only dissappointment was the eons it took to get through the checkout. The girl was having trouble with the register, and the woman was assaulting us with questions about our Michigan drivers' licenses. I'm sure that being near a college causes some concern about underagers. But man. It was a hassle. No biggie -- just doing their job, I suppose.
Anyhow, I dropped $100, easy, on what was supposed to be an "Oh neat, let's get a beer or two" stop. So I'd guess all BA's will feel right at home at Spirit Haus. :-)
06-29-2003 19:59:32 | More by marburg
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
One of 3 excellent beer stops in the Amherst/Northampton area. Not as large as Northampton's Table & Vine but may have as extensive an overall selection. Floor displays emphasize craft brews and some crafts are on sale each week - look for the list posted near the cooler door. It's impossible for a craft beer fan to come here and not leave with something. Seem to particularly specialize in such relative locals as Paper City and Wachusett. One of the few places where I've found the products of another local, Hylands of Sturbridge, MA. I think the local craft turnover is quite good but am not so sure about the imports as that selection is substantial and some items are undoubtedly slower moving. Personnel whom I've talked with were both knowledgeable and friendly. It's easy to drive past without noticing the store but that would be a mistake. Look for it if you're in the area.
05-07-2003 16:06:02 | More by Greenlabel
4.35/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Oh, Spirit Haus... 'twas my alcohol provider all through college. Well, beyond the many cheap, disgusting kegs me and my college buddies bought there back in the days, the Haus has a great selection of beer and an okay selection of wine. Their strong point is New England craft brews, seeing as Smuttynose, Paper City, Magic Hat, etc. aren't too much of a hike from the middle of western Western Mass. Good selection of European major breweries, counting dozens of varying British ales and German lagers and weizens, though sometimes the prices were a bit much. Great walk-in freezer - its this wood lined room with pathways that twist around stacks of sixers and cases varying from Natural Light (ouch) to Paulaner (yum) to just about anything else. Now they are starting to get more West Coast brews as well. I likened it to a very cold candy store. And since Amherst is a college town to the core, there is always a sale on some good regional brew's seasonal offerings. In fact, if it wasn't so much of a college town, and they weren't so dependent on keg sales to frats (mine included, I admit), I would imagine their selection would be even better.
People were decent. They would probably be more friendly if they didn't have to deal with dumb, drunk college students all day. If you're young, and its after 6 PM, expect little service. If you're not under 30, and their is daylight outside, expect some service. All in all, a place I enjoyed and will never forget. After I graduated they still remember me when I come back for homecoming - nice considering how many look-alike frat boys pass through everyday.
02-11-2003 16:19:33 | More by nomad
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Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA
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