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). I’ve 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.
Less than a block away from Sunset Grill. A good amounts of imports and domestics. I picked up a few imports I haven’t seen anywhere else. I think the prices are A BIT high. I didn’t 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.
I like blanchards. The atmosphere in this store and the neighborhood isn’t 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 don’t have a car or don’t want to drive far.
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.
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 (Moylan’s, Southern Tier, Allagash, Victory, Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.). Just the standard lineup, no special find. Import selection was surprising and I though it matched Julio’s. A lot of unusual Italians, Japanese with some stuff I didn’t 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 doesn’t have “the right” 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.
My first time to Blanchard’s since Marty’s 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 can’t be beat. I visited Charles St. and left empty handed. I continued to Blanchard’s 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 wasn’t looking for any. Prices seemed a bit steep, but it is Boston.