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Amity Wine & Spirit Co.
$$ - reasonable
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3300 Whitney Ave
phone: (203) 248-6699
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had a really great experience at this location. I was able to reserve the last 3 bottles of the New England Imperial Stout Trooper for the day and received excellent service. I was greeted with friendly and mostly knowledgeable staff. While the person that worked with me didn't have the greatest knowledge of the beers in the store, he was very knowledgeable about the local brews, which is what I was searching for. Being from the DC area, while driving through New Haven, I wanted to pick up some great local brews to enjoy while in the NE and bring back with me. I walked away with Ithica Flower Power, New England Stout Trooper, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock, and one other local brew (can't remember which it was...)
Great place, great selection, great service, reasonable prices.
Less known about and less convenient than the other Amity Wine location so it is easier to find some beers you might have missed out on at other locations.
04-08-2011 04:21:23 |
More by cullumbeer
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
While their selection here is ok, I was very disappointed to find they don't sell singles, or mix-a-six. That is a strong selling point for me, as they do this at New England Beverage.
BUT.. the one gem this place has that is extremely hard to find in other stores is a great deal on beer glasses! They have a rotating selection of pint glasses for $0.99. Sometimes their rotation takes a little longer than other times. We've scored quite a few really unique beer glasses and sometimes they are only $0.50.
So, as your carousing the beers, be sure to check out the glassware!
05-26-2009 19:44:30 |
More by Moonbayby
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Decent store with peculiar selection. The beer selection is small (about 15% of the store) compared to their liquor and wine selections. But of that selection, a wide range to choose from is available.
They have many six packs of local (New England) micros, a good selection of foreign six packs, as well as several variety packs, a few growlers in the fridge, and an okay selection of singles.
What makes this place stand out to me, is that they often have a few gems that I can't find anywhere else. Sometimes they'll have a few dusty bottles that are way past date that either A) they know it's still worth something to somebody or B) they just want to make a few bucks instead of throwing them away.
The other day, I was able to pick up a few bottles of Young & Co. that are now retired (since they merged with Charles Wells (now Wells & Young's PLC) that shall sit in my cellar for a while.
The staff is helpful if you ask questions. But I've been quite a few times, and every time they seem to be hustling and bustling about which makes customers feel like they need to get in and get out (which does not work for me, since I like to take my time, browse, and read).
The prices vary, as some local micros are cheaper than other stores in the area, but other imports and specialties are usually a few dollars more. Nevertheless, it's never unreasonable.
It's definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area or are curious about finding some random bottles.
05-25-2009 02:43:17 |
More by dbmcrorie
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
When I go an visit my sister and her family I usually try to stop in to see what they might have that I can not get in NY. While lately I have been disappointed that they really are carrying the same stuff that we have in NY, they do have a fair selection. Though nothing like Half-Time or Olivers in NY they have a number of nice imports and many brews from New England and NY, wide selection of Rogue. I was really hoping to see some more stuff from Coastal Extreme Brewing out of Rhode Island. Also some of the stuff that I see seems that it might be a bit old, very dusty. Will continue to stop by when in town, hope that they will expand a bit more but not a bad selection.
03-02-2009 02:26:31 |
More by Stimack
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in to check out the selection. Good selection here, a very large and wide selection of beers from across the country. All the local micros are here at decent prices. Alot of stuff from overseas which is harder to find in other stores. Very large selection of micros. All of the beer was reasonably priced and the staff seemed to know what they were talking about when poised with questions.
I stopped in because the Amity Wine in Amity has a very good selection of craft beers and I wanted to see if this was similar. It was and I was very pleased. This seems like a good place to go for craft beers as the selction is good, the prices aren't too high, and the staff is helpful and somewhat knowledgable about their beers.
07-14-2008 10:53:53 |
More by erosier
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Hit up Amity Hamden for the first time. Horrible parking, but great store. Plenty of the normal macro and malternatives. Plenty of cold sixers and cases. Lots of warm bulk beer. A great aisle of warm singles from all around the globe. Quite a few of these singles are offered cold as well. Next aisle over is dedicated to craft sixpacks and has quite a selection. Quite a bit of vintage brews as well. Staff was somewhat helpful but not very knowledgeable. Great selection. Prices were a bit higher than what I am used to but still a pretty good store.
02-09-2008 23:31:04 |
More by jaxon53
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've only been here a few times. But it does have a rather large selection of great beer. And if you like wine, this place has a ton! A lot of bulk beer too, but i perfer the single bottles and this place has alot of them. Out of Woodbridge, Bethany and nothern New haven I think this is the best place. The parking lot sucks though. haha. big speed bumps. I have never talk with an employ there about beer, it would be nice, but then again it's going to be a bonus if there is a freindly knowledgeable person to converse with.
04-30-2007 17:42:13 |
More by pittvkyle7
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
This Amity store has a very good selection, and I've been there several times and found interesting new offerings. The stock seems to rotate enough (better than the other Amity store) so freshness doesn't seem to be a problem. The selection of micros and imports is usually very interesting. The service used to be incredible with Jimmy there -- he was very friendly and extremely knowledgable about everything they were selling. Too bad he's gone now, and it seems that nobody there knows anything more about their products than I do... the service is notably lacking now that he is gone.
11-16-2003 17:58:36 |
More by Stopper
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A good beer store in Connecticut is hard to find, 'tis true. This site is located a little ways off of a Merritt Parkway exit and less so off the connector to I-91 out near Sleeping Giant State Park.
They've got a solid aisle of American micros with a nice focus on regional and tri-state breweries and there's always a wide array of Rogue bombers and big bottled singles to be found here. The import aisle is pretty extensive, Belgians, English and Germans and on and on.
There's always something unusual to be found here. I found a bunch of Magic Hat Ravel's here and cleaned them out (They weren't for me, they were for the chillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllldren!!!). Nicely convenient and it's only 7.5 miles away from their larger sister store in New Haven in case you feel the need to hit 'em both.
My only caution here is to beware of the "beers on special" as they might be somewhat dated.
08-10-2003 17:54:28 |
More by slander
Amity Wine & Spirit Co. in Hamden, CT