An rather good store close to Redbones. Good mix of local, US and rare imports, with slightly inflated prices overall. Possibilty of buying singles. Free parking is available, which is a plus.
phaleslu (545) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 3, 2010| Updated October 8, 2012
Stopped in here after dinner in Davis Square; this place is about 2 blocks from the square. Beer selection is in the back aisle (foreign) and back left corner (domestic). Nice range of foreign stuff, good regionals (McNeilís, Ipswitch, Pretty Things, Nantucket, Southampton, Brooklyn, Smuttynose, and so on), and some surprises from elsewhere. I didnít expect to see 6 different Bruery beers, Avery Black Tot, and a few other things along those lines. Looks like a regular liquor store upon entry, but there is some cool stuff here and I recommend it if youíre in the area. Prices are higher than what I pay in the Cincinnati area, but that might have to do with the higher cost of living or local laws.
Located in the lively part of Cambridge surrounded by restaurants and pubs. Only 2 minute walk from the classic RedBones beer bar. Parking in this lively area can be a problem. Looks like a nice liquor/beer store from the outside. Inside only about 20% is dedicated to beer and that little 20% is rather disorganized. I found the American selection somewhat lacklustre compared to the good beer stores in Boston on the other side of the river. Good Belgian and English selection though. All a all this is a pretty decent beer store for a Cambridge local. But for the beer tourist moving around the Boston metropolitan area this is not really worth it. Better options in Boston.
Originally reviewed 7/15/2008...
Have heard a great deal about this place but never find myself in the neighborhood. Courtesy of a knee injury playing soccer and a trip for X-rays, here I am...
Decent selection up and down the style map. Several previous vintages of Stone Anniversary, Vertical Epic and Old Guardian located in a "vault" give the place some charm. Good cold selection in the coolers as well as numerous craft products on the shelf way in back. Other than that, most items are available in other of the better outlets around the city. Edit: Yíknow - a lot of the stuff looks like itís been around a while - I expect it to some extent but certain things that may be hard to come by after only a few days in other stores tend to sit here for a fair amount longer, Iíve noticed.
Edit: Service can be friendly at checkout; donít usually see them while perusing the stock but thatís OK. One thing thatís weird is the eclectic music that you can find here - itís usually blasting pretty loudly and can get a little disconcerting to an old fart like myself thatís clinging to the last vestiges of his 30s...
For what I can see, prices are a little on the heavy side - may a buck or two up for bombers and sixers. Not a huge deal, but it would preclude someone from making a special trip. Solid outlet when youíre in the area. (Edit: This is one of those places that gets a lot of the new releases but really thereís not a whole hell of a lot that I canít get somewhere else, and maybe for a little bit cheaper. So I check out the selection for stuff that may be gone in other places earlier but lately it doesnít go much farther than that.)
Downtown is one of the better beer stores in the Boston area for those interested in finding something different. They have a pretty good selection of European beers with a Belgian selection that has been degrading of late. While the belgians may be in decline, it makes it easy to expore other fine beers from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Italy, Poland and Russia... They also have a good selection of American micros - the beer area now extends father back and there are an abundance of warm, high quality miros from California, Colorado, New York State, Lousiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island...Help does not seem as attentive as in the past. They seem more interested in wine tasting area, and the beer section reeks of wine. Beer prices are on the higher side - what you pay for is selection. That said, I never leave with less than a case of beer that Iíve never tried before...
Has a great selection of American crafts and Belgiums. Has Founders, Victory, Port, Stone, Avery etc. Very pricey at least $2 more per beer. And the service is terrible!!! Donít expect to get much help at least not without some attitude.
Standard beer store appearance. A decent selection, but a little scattered and disorganized. There were boxes and bottles all over the place. The help was busy drinking wine and ordering Bud Light when I was spending time browsing. Some real rarities, good Belgian selection, and decent local and regional offerings. Prices were a touch high (what isnít pricey in Mass?).
Quite simply, a great beer store - I discovered many regional brews I have never seen in other area store (some of which Iíve never even heard of), and scored some hard to find belgian stuff (that I also havenít seen at other stores) such as oud beersel framboise - the tatooed kid behind the counter seemed to know his stuff - I went in expecting outrageous prices, but I wasnít really shocked by anything, and some prices were even quite a deal (5.49 for Nogne O Imperial Stout) - this place is better than Charles Street Liquors, and has a better belgian and other import selection than Julioís - this may become my only essential stop for beer when in town.
Good ole Downtown Liquors in Davis Sq., Somerville, MA (my hometown). Much like Redbones, this is another gem in this town. They have a wide selection of unique beers (and wines). Back in 1988, they were the only liquor store in the area which carried and sold "Harley Davidson" beer. The service isnít the best, but the selection of beers makes it worthwhile. They are always updating their stock and they sell singles of just about anything they have in stock. You will be able to find many hard to find beers here. Even though they are located in a busy area, parking is possible. There is also Davis Square T stop on the Red Line a stoneís throw away.