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Craft Beer Cellar
$$ - reasonable
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51 Leonard St
phone: (617) 932-1885
Owned and operated by Kate Baker & Suzanne Schalow, formerly of Cambridge Common.
(Place added by: Suzanneccll on 10-09-2010)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by the Craft Beer Cellar last weekend for the 3rd time after some friends saw it on Chronicle the other week. There were a good amount of people in there and the place was buzzing. Decent to good selection, but nothing to drive out of your way for. Everything is very organized and neat and really nice inside. The mix anything 6 is definitely a nice addition and really the highlight of this place. The prices were average to a tiny bit on the high side. I your in the area definitely worth checking out.
09-23-2011 03:14:40 |
More by Gushue3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Had heard quite a bit about this place over the last few months and finally took a trip up to Belmont after work one day. Street parking in ta town square area, I actually almost drove right by it. The place was a little physically smaller than I expected, but it wasn't cramped inside, still enough room to move around inside. Beers were lined up all along the sides of the store and along the back with a few displays in middle areas. Everything is extremely organized and neat, you could probably eat off the floor in there. There were 2 workers in there and greeted me as I walked in and offered up any help if I needed any. They also informed me there was a brewery that was offering tastings in the back of the store. The selection was pretty good overall, nothing too huge, but pretty well thought out. Plenty of locals as you walking in, all the big New England area brews, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Smuttynose, Otter Creek, then moves further east as you go along the store. Moves along to Brooklyn, Southern Tier, Troeg's, Founders, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, all the way to the Stone, Lagunitas, North Coast and other breweries on the east coast. The far right has plenty of imports from Europe and Canada, a few Asain beers too. There's a cooler along the left side of the store with most of the above mentioned beers, I think I saw growlers from OPa Opa and berkshire (if it wasn't growlers, there was plenty of each in bottle form). They also had plenty of beer memorabilia like cool glassware and tshirsts. They also had other products from breweries like condiments and marinades which I thought was pretty cool. Their selection ran pretty deep for each brewery, bot nothing I saw made me think the trip would be worth it. I was glad to see they were selling ACBF tickets to promote it. If you're in the area its certainly worth exploring, but don't go too far out of your way. A good above average beer store.
Also they played cool music, not the everyday top 40 crap on the radio.
06-13-2011 22:33:27 |
More by AndyAvalanche
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Belmont! Sleepy, drive-through-it-but-have-no-reason-to-stop-in-it Belmont; home of licked-clean streets when it snows; home to things strange (the current princess of Japan), suspicious (a gigantic Mormon temple) and downright scary (Mitt Romney)-- Belmont now has a creative, top-notch beer store. I visited a week after it opened and the place still had that new-carpet smell. The store is narrow and deep, and the selection is varied and wide; everything is nicely displayed, too. Mixed sixes are welcome (they even supply the cardboard), and there is no shortage of unusual stuff. The staff are eager to talk and answer questions or just gab. They even have glassware in the back, plus a large, open area presumably for future tastings. Definitely worth the drive from Arlington.
11-21-2010 02:12:27 |
More by gfreed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Update Nov 2012. Much improved, better selection, better layout, a destination for beer and only beer. This store is better than Berman's in Lexington in both layout and selection. The parking is kind of crappy in downtown Belmont but nothing that takes too much walking.
Belmont has taken another step in arousing from its perpetual sleepiness. The Craft Beer Cellar is a welcome complement to Berman's in Lexington. I'm getting tired of the selection in the latter and I tried the Cellar as a change up. I was impressed. There seems to be lots of open floor space for additional display items, but they have lots of interesting beers on the wall shelves. Some good Belgians and some offerings from small regional crafts outside of New England. What I really appreciate is the ability to break up the six packs. This place is a nice change up and may actually bring more foot traffic into Belmont. I will return. I didn't really do any comparison shopping so I can't comment on the prices.
01-30-2011 13:14:11 |
More by albern
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
personally I break down beer stores into three basic categories: the divey corner store, where you head in a pinch, when pressed for time an need something fairly basic; your go-to, the best place in your neighborhood where you do the bulk of your beer-buying - very solid selection, though you wouldn't necessarily seek it out if you lived elsewhere; and the destination store, which has a selection so good it's worth heading out of your way for. CBC fits into that latter category. just boasts a real nice craft-centric selection top to bottom (and let's face it, when you name your establishment the craft beer cellar, it had better!): numerous offerings from the lineups of the usual suspects coast to coast, on down through myriad local options as well as overseas stuff, notably Belgians. the store isn't huge but the most is made of it, especially without BMC beer horning in on the space. Staff seems friendly and knowledgeable. Now it is a bit pricey but I suppose when you lack the profits from the macros and spirits, you have to keep the lights on. all in all it's a must stop for the local craft aficionado.
06-11-2013 21:07:03 |
More by BostonHops
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a craft beer nirvana in the heart of Belmont. I had heard about a store openeing up in the town of Belmont and was not seeking it out but happened upon it by chance. The outside window was promising some really great beers so I was excited to be passing by. The selection was really great with a few new selections I had not seen at other beer stores. There was many favorites and a couple newer beers that were just released right as I came in. The staff is pretty helpful, I was able to find what I was looking for without any issues and the prices were decent for the great beers that were being carried and were about what the market was for there beers that I had checked. I am glad to have a great place to go now in the town of Belmont for great craft beer.
01-12-2011 04:03:00 |
More by Duhast500
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is awesome. I stopped by there on the way to another bar to check it out, cause I've heard so much about it. Well worth the stop. My buddy, who I'm trying to get into craft beer, told me to pick him out a six-pack's worth of different beers for him to try. I got him some basic, but really solid craft beers to start with, and I picked up myself a Red Racer IPA, which I'd never had before (but was recommended by one of the women who worked there). Solid choice. I'll definitely be back.
08-09-2011 00:19:07 |
More by beerman999999
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A great little gem of a place. Some shops really just go above and beyond, and this is one of them. A tremendous selection of beer here, including a heavy bias towards local craft/micro options, including Night Shift and Pretty Things. Also a small selection of wine.
Those who know me know that I'm a glassware collector. Well the selection here made me drool, and between the wife and I, we walked out with nearly $200 worth of local and not-so-local glassware. Service was great. Not only was someone right there to ask if we needed help as soon as we walked in, but someone took the time to wrap and box all the glassware we bought. They're running a good operation here. Prices were about spot typical shop prices.
I hate driving anywhere within Boston or its suburbs, but I'd gladly go back to this place if I'm anywhere remotely in the area. And if I lived within 50 miles of this place, I'm sure I'd go broke in no time.
03-10-2013 01:55:13 |
More by Rifugium
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made a trip over to see this place. Selection was great, especially for a new store. It's nice to see a place devoted entirely to craft beer, instead of having to wade through BMC products to a rack in the back.
Prices were fair for sure, lower than several other stores in the area and about even with my typical store. Prices were all clearly marked.
Staff were fine - though three on a Thursday afternoon seems a little excessive. Offered to help, but I was happy to browse myself.
Overall it's a great place, especially considering how new it is.
01-27-2011 20:31:31 |
More by tprokop7
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I had the pleasure of visiting this store on a Sunday afternoon. Street side parking was a little crowded but there was a large parking lot behind the store with a rear entrance as well. The store was extremely clean, well lit and nicely carpeted. I was greeted immediately by a friendly clerk who offered assistance if needed but did not bother me while I was browsing.
The beers were tastefully presented on black wooden shelves and organized by brewery, which were clearly labeled on each section with the state and city the brewery was located in. There was a large variety of stock but only a few beers out of each type - the rest of the stock was held downstairs I assume. This made it much easier to browse their large variety. I was also very happy that nearly every beer was clearly priced with no ambiguity about what the beer would cost at the register.
I had heard rumors this place was overpriced but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not. Most rare/expensive bottles matched up evenly with other craft beer stores I had been to and several were slightly cheaper than I had seen before.
The best part of this store is their mix and match 4 and 6 pack policy. You can take any bottle out of any 4 or 6 pack in the store and put together your own sampler. Each beer is rung in separately so there is no question about which beers you can take or how much the final cost will be. I found it quite reasonable when I chose 4 high gravity bottles and the final price came to below $10.
One final note - they had an excellent selection of craft brewery glassware. There were Pretty Things glasses, Sam Adams 25th Anniversary, Cape Ann Brewing, Long Trail and many others including Belgians. Most were priced at around $2-3. Overall I had a really great experience there.
01-31-2011 15:56:43 |
More by neophilus
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