I can’t see what all the love is for this place is coming from. It’s essentially an upmarket total wine so we’re talking supermarket layout with the focus on wine, which takes up half the store, and beer relegated to the back coolers and the left 2 1/2 aisles. They do have a number of locals but very little unique or unusual. Service is nonexistent in the beer section although you can’t walk more than 3 feet in wine without someone waiting in you. Yes you can buy beers individually but the experience is so corporate and so cynical that it’s breathtaking. Not even total wine inundates you with radio ads for BMC every 30 seconds like these folks do. One minute they’re telling you they have 700 different kinds of beer and the next there pontificating on the virtues of the beer of the month which is currently Corona. I just found the whole experience off putting.
A must stop if you are passing through this large and modern lquor store sports a good long three rows of beer, with anything new in abundant supply. Lots of Alesmith, which the other stores were sparser in. Easy to find. Good selection of deli. Physical help is available. Convenient to the highway though it was a bit tricky and took a couple of u-turns to find-the first time. Prices are average. I am glad this was the last stop on the tour, to fill in on beers I could not get elsewhere.
Very good store with a well disposed selection, plenty of other craft products besides beer. Clean shelves, typical great MA store, though certainly surpassed in terms of rarities by Julio’s. Lots of staff apparently, though they were not so helpful with a code problem at the cash. Lots of imports, lots of micros, availability in singles.
Table and Vine is well located on a road trip from NYC up to Vermont. It is a large drinks warehouse-type place, but more upmarket than Total Wines etc. They have a ludicrously large selection of beer split down several aisles and fridge areas. It was difficult to take in the sheer scale of the beer range. As you might expect they have got all beer regions covered and have plenty of interesting beer. Prices seemed pretty reasonable to me. They also offer a nice selection of premium foodstuffs and other intoxicating beverages. I would say a must-visit in this part of the world.
Stopped in to buy some beers on my way to Boston. A large warehouse type store where they had put a decent amount of effort into the decoration. The staff seemed knowledgeable though I did not ask any specific questions. Selection went above what I was expecting with countless bottles available. Prices seemed quite competitive as well. A great Massachusetts store.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 8, 2005| Updated June 1, 2009
Fantastic bottle shop in Western Massachusetts. Tons of American micros, great Belgian selection, okay English and German. This is a huge gourmet store with a plenty of interesting cheeses, wines, foods, etc. Tidier than the nearby, excellent Spirit Haus and with a better American craft brew selection. Near Half Time in terms of overall quality of the beers offered, frankly I was incredibly impressed. For its American selection, this is up there with Half Time in Poughkeepsie and Julio’s in Westborough.
Id like to thank Boto for referring me to this place. This is like the Wal-Mart of Beverage stores. They had a very nice beer aisle with tons of US micros from the Northeast and elswhere. I managed to find HOTD here along with Midnight Sun to name of a few. They were pretty weak with their selection of Belgian ales, though. Still worth stopping at.
This is a really nice, large gourmet shop located a couple of miles N of downtown Northampton. Echoing argo0’s comments, what shines here are the local micros, though I didn’t see any McNeills when last I visited (not looking, as I can buy them at work!). Mostly better-known Belgians; prices seemed a bit high. Nov 2004: Allagash Curieux, Newport Storm, SA Utopia...high end selection seems to have improved. One of the best on the East coast. Yes, they do have several McNeills and all the Berkshires.
This place has some international beers, plus DFH, Stone and the like, but what really stands out are the local microbreweries. They have Berkshire, Concord, Paper City, and even a few McNeill's. A treasure trove for one-stop shoppers.
Went here to do an IP trade with Gn0sis. Browsed around and wow, this place is amazing. Great selection of beer, wine, cheese, champagne, charcuterie and a ton of mustard to choose from great oil & vinegar selections too. This place rocks! Service was awesome.