United States > Massachusetts > Allston
mansquito (56) Nueva York, New York | September 10, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
I used to go here all the time in college, and coming back a few years later, I have some changed opinions on it. I used to only buy six-packs (with occasional exceptions) and this place has a pretty good selection of them. As for singles, I have looked through them a few times, but only on my most recent visit have I given them the serious consideration they deserve. There is a rather large selection (for example, there is no place in DC that comes close to this). In general, the prices are a bit on the high side. Things cost about a dollar or two or ten more than New Beer Distributors in New York. That being said, you can get some things for good prices. They put seasonal stuff on sale (one memorable moment was $5 Yulesmith... yeah it tasted great). Iíve never talked to the staff about beer. Most are college students who love drinking. I heard the manager interviewing one guy who actually seemed to have some good beer experience though.
AirForceHops (77) Epping, New Hampshire | August 3, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Less than a block away from Sunset Grill. A good amounts of imports and domestics. I picked up a few imports I havenít seen anywhere else. I think the prices are A BIT high. I didnít talk to any of the staff, but the cashier at the checkout was unhappy and looked like she wanted to be anywhere but at work. I will give it another look just on the imports alone. Maybe I will look for the beer manager next time and see what he got to say.
MadIndian (34) Levittown, Pennsylvania | April 26, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice selection of beers. Not too far from Sunset Grill. I always stop there on my Mass trips.
tennessejed420 (18) Denver, Colorado | April 20, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I like blanchards. The atmosphere in this store and the neighborhood isnít exactly attractive, but they have a giant selection of beer at good prices. Surprisingly for a store of this size, I found the service to be good too. There is someone on the floor specifically to talk beer and he was friendly and always chatted with me, letting me know about new arrivals and things I might like. The price was right for everything. Overall, probably the best beer store in the general area if you donít have a car or donít want to drive far.
BuckeyeBoy (91) Boise, Idaho | July 5, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
I just happen to see this place as I was on my way back to our hotel after a long day on the Freedom Trail. Pulled in to see a few racks of good beer and a ton of macro stuff. I talked with the head beer guy for about 15 min or so. He has been doing the beer side for about a year now and is still working on it. It looks like he is out to make this place a good beer store someday. I hope he can do it.
Glouglouburp (345) Montreal, Quebec | January 17, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Huge messy ugly store with about 1/5th of the place dedicated to beer. Poorly organized. Staff is the supermarket type and know nothing about beer. The American selection is nothing to write home about. Basic USA beer available in Massachusetts, no special find (Moylanís, Southern Tier, Allagash, Victory, Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.). Just the standard lineup, no special find. Import selection was surprising and I though it matched Julioís. A lot of unusual Italians, Japanese with some stuff I didnít know existed. Plus the Nogne, BFM, Panil and friends. Prices are good, probably the best prices in Boston. Multiple old vintages of Gales Prize Old Ale. And so on. All in all this store has a very large selection (probably the largest selection in Boston) but it doesnít have ďthe rightĒ stuff. You can tell that no effort is made to get the less regular interesting releases and I also doubt the freshness of some of their items.
thornecb (53) Marblehead, Massachusetts | January 14, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
My first time to Blanchardís since Martyís closed down last year. I was very impressed by the selection: both international and domestic. Basically a big warehouse with most of the hard to find beer sold warm - but the selection canít be beat. I visited Charles St. and left empty handed. I continued to Blanchardís and selected 12 bombers that I have not seen in any other Boston stores - and I left another 10 or so on the shelves. No help offered whatsoever - but I wasnít looking for any. Prices seemed a bit steep, but it is Boston.
SFLpunk (11) Burlington, Vermont | June 28, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Since Martyís Allston closed this has become my go-to on the way to the highway. No one offers help here. These folks seem to pay the bills off of 30 racks and kegs, but they do stock a great selection of American micro, odd Italian craft, strange meads, and a good selection of Belgians - nothing crazy exotic, but if you know itís in Boston and canít find it, chances are itís still on their shelves.
Not a lot of good tasties kept cold, but lots of standards in the cooler (BMC plus Sierra, Magic Hat, etc). Picked up 6 Green Flash Imp. IPAís and two GF Stouts bombers (~$60). Was looking for Avery and didnít see any.
Not a bad stop. Will probably stop in again next time.
mkgrenwel (62) Cambridge, Massachusetts | January 2, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
$40 kegs of Bud, how can you go wrong?! Thatís basically all I expected until I took a look inside. Their business plan seems to be to carry a lot of stuff at decent prices, which includes a good beer selection. Not a FUN place to shop like City Beer in SF or Chevy Chase in DC, but they will sell you good beer if thatís all you care about. No singles is always a little drawback, but there are plenty of bombers of good stuf to keep you happy. I still like Charles St better, but for pure practicality/economy you canít go wrong here.
notalush (279) Denver, Colorado | January 1, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Charles Street has been lagging behind on new stuff, and this place seems to have rushed in to fill the void - probably the most extensive selection Iíve seen in the Metro area (ie. accessible from the T), tied with Downtown Liquors in Sommerville - not as much as Julios, but damn close - however, their prices on some stuff were a bit high (for example, 19.95 for Allagash Black, when the average in other local stores is between 12.99 and 14.95) - so unless you canít find it in other stores, you might want to shop around for prices - otherwise, a nice store.
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