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Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
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1300 Beacon Street
phone: (617) 566-2800
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
very nice neighborhood liquor store boasting a solid craft selection. the caveat here is that the space devoted to beer is limited; that said, they manage to do a lot with a little, with a respectable range of staples and seasonals from many of the big names in the brewing industry (stone, founders, sixpoint, dogfish head, great divide, avery, goose island, port, oskar blues, and the like), locals such as pretty things, berkshire, wachusett - and of course sam adams and harpoon - and then a small but respectable belgian selection. they also look to keep their selection interesting by rotating in lot of new and seasonal releases. most recently i picked up a sixer of ithaca flower power and a 750 of cuvée van de keizer blauw.
service is generally above average with a few of the guys being exceptionally friendly and helpful, always willing to talk beer, ask if you prefer your selections cold, and fill you in on upcoming releases (to the best of their knowledge)... prices are fair for the area, in some cases even under-priced. while i wouldn't necessarily make a special trip to get here, it's a big asset to the neighborhood.
05-17-2012 17:13:36 |
More by BostonHops
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Solid place for craft beer in Coolidge Corner. I'd say about 90% of their beer selection is either craft or good imports which is important because the store is pretty small.
They do a good job with breweries from the North East. They have pretty much everything from Pretty Things, Allagash, and a ton of Dogfish. But they will also usually have a couple offerings from Founders, Stone, etc.
Good selections of Belgians. St Bernardus, Rochefort, etc. Every time I go into the store I find something that piques my interest and makes me say, "Oooh! I know what I'll be drinking this weekend."
Very friendly service. Everything they have on the shelf is also available chilled from the back if you ask. Prices are clearly marked (I hate it when stores don't do this). New items are placed on the counter for display near the entrance.
The interior is very handsome and clean. Prices are fair for the expensive neighorhood it is in.
02-01-2011 19:37:10 |
More by kinopio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
note: establishment is also a wine and liquor vendor; review is strictly for the beer.
a pleasant find. maybe not your go-to craft store where you are overwhelmed by a mind-boggling selection (nor does it purport to be, being a wine store first); that said, with the limited craft space the most is made of it, with the selection being thoughtfully put together.
nice assortment of styles and brewers. the rocheforts (6, 8, & 10), while by no means rare, are very reasonably priced, as is a four pack of ten fidy, where i've seen it go for upwards of 18 and higher (south of $14 here). pretty decent range of belgian quads/strong dark ales through dubbels, as well as BSPAs, saisons, and a couple lambics. a few good RIS/imperial stouts and DIPAs, too, as well as a nice selection of pretty things - though not a lot of locals beside that (think i also spotted some berkshire, maybe one or two others).
have been in a few times since moving to the neighborhood... picked up a malheur 12, brooklyn local 1, BCBS, the mentioned rochefort, and a few dfh offerings including burton baton. everything was fresh and dust free. 6- and 12pks are available in the coolers that line the rear of the store; even a few growlers. service is friendly and helpful, though we didn't get into craft beer talk so i withhold a full judgement there. all in all, a very decent place worthy of a stop if you're in the area and a definite asset if you live nearby, but probably not the kind of place you'd go out of your way for... well, at least not TOO far out of you way.
edit: updated 03/16/11. once of the great aspects i like about this place is that they're always adding new stuff, whether it's DFH or stone's latest creation, a founders' seasonal (i.e. breakfast stout, double trouble) or hoppin' frog. bumping the selection a half point.
09-07-2010 01:12:10 |
More by perrymarcus
Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits in Brookline, MA