Since my visit to Redbone's was shorter than expected, I decided to explore. This place is only a couple of blocks away. Vibe is straight up 70's era liquor store with crappy tile and weathered metal shelving. They had lots of local and regional craft but they don't sell singles of most things and to echo other reviews some of it had been sitting a while. Also some of the prices were so egregious as to cause double takes. Pass.
Immense beer section sports just about everything standard and seasonal you’d want from the NE Micro scene. As far as rest of the country/world is concerned, it certainly has some rare treats (found two more burgerbraus) and has a decent belgian section (hansons oude gueuze was a pretty cheap find here). The highlight was the 3 bottles of the Newport Storm 02 they had remaining, while they also carry everything Stone produces for national distribution.
UPDATE. The prices have gone through the roof and the selection has somewhat slipped in the past 2 years. But regardless of the selection, I just cant believe how horrible the prices are. This and Martys are just gouging people. 7/29/15 update. Prices continue to be horrendous. 65 dollars for Bzart lambiek and kriekenlambik. 24 for hanssens scarenbekka kriek, ~45 for De Cam Oude Lambiek, etc...At least, if you are rich, they do have these beers available, where few other stores do.
Pretty good selection of beer however, some have been sitting for a while. The inch of dust on the bottles gives that away. Plus some winter seasonal’s where floating around in the coolers. If you grabbing higher ABV bottles you are fine, if you’re looking for local lower ABV be careful. The staff helped my buddy find a few bourbon’s he was looking for and then directed us to a place that had it because they happened to be sold out. If you’re in the area give it a shot but really nothing to go way out of your way for.
Large wine store with a pretty extensive beer selection and a tasting bar in the back. Prices were mostly on the high side, but some stuff (ie 8 Wired) was reasonable enough. Only a block from Redbones, so worth a stop on the way in or out.
We stopped in here on Saturday night on the way home from ACBF for souvenirs. Nice selection of brews available for sale tucked into the back end of the liquor store. Lots of great micro labels to the left with world offerings to the right. I was able to find some nice items to take home with me. Service seemed no existent, but I really wasn’t in need of any. Seems a bit pricy even by Boston standards. I would go back if I was in the area, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to shop here.
best selection of any store in boston, but also the most expensive. $44 for drie fonteinen Schaerbeekse kriek, $6.70 for orval. popped in here the other day looking for a 2006 drie fonteinen doesjel 750ml. the great thing about this store is they had it, and probably no other store in boston did at the time, but it was $36 so i ended up scrolling past anyway. nice to know it is there though...
areitz (1) Boston, Massachusetts | January 17, 2012
Best Store to buy craft beer in Cambridge/Somerville. They have hard to find beers from all Craft and imported craft suppliers. Their import section is one of the best in MA. Also, they carry a large number of artisnal spirits.
Large selection of micros in six packs as well as large format stuff. Lots of floor space dedicated to beer. Prices are decent for the area. Staff is always around to help, but not overbearing. Good bottle shop. One of my favorites around Boston.