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Table & Vine
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1119 Riverdale St
phone: (413) 736-4694
(Place added by: far333)
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quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
After seeing all the hype on BA I thought I would pay this place a visit on my way back from a job interview in Boston despite it being a little out of the way. The location of T&V is great, right off of the interstate, perfect for people travelling on I91, and I will stop by again if I am in the area.
While their beer selection is impressive I don't believe it met up with all the hype. There were some obvious holes in their foreign beers, for instance I could not find a single Marzen/Octoberfest. I found few Doublebocks with the exception of Salvator. There also was a relative lack of English beers. That being said their selection of Belgians was fantastic, I picked up a couple of bottles of Rochefort 10.
The next aisle over is the domestic/six pack aisle. The selection here was somewhat more impressive with micros from around the country. I would like to note however that there were significant gaps in the selection here as well. They have Avery and Lefthand but no New Belgium.
While I would recommend this place to friends, and have quite frequently it is not all it is hyped up to be.
I almost forgot to mention that I was in there for at least 45 minutes to an hour and not a single person asked me if I needed and help. I saw one employee in the beer aisles and he was chatting with an off-duty employee...
01-05-2008 19:12:33 |
More by orford
quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I shop here several times of year, stocking up on things that will probably never make it into New Hampshire. They have a huge selection - very impressive, but I think it is too big for their clientele, which is probably mostly interested in Bud, etc.
Last time I was in I left with only about 1/3 of what I was aiming for. They had the other 2/3 in stock, but it was dusty and of the breweries that age date the bottles, a lot of it was confirmed old and past prime. Many bottles with dates were 6 - 12 months old. Maybe a good place to shop for barleywine, or other cellar beers, but not if you are into IPA, or pilsner, for example.
Very little of the cooler space is taken up by craft beers and what craft beers were in there were often old. Wachusett Larry, high on my list was out of date in the cooler, but current on the shelves.
Service is hit or miss. The other day, I was in the craft beer isle for an hour and not an employee to be seen. Other times I have been offered friendly and knowledgeable help quite promptly.
Prices are great. If you can figure out what moves, or if you are willing to check for dust and dates (I used the fresh beer only website on my smart phone as I shopped) you can find some good stuff here.
01-07-2011 14:00:05 |
More by CliffBrake
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Table and Vine, a great beer store but one that has sort of let me down more and more since I started going 2 years ago (have stopped in at least weekly). A re-review, previously I had given this store a 4.7 A+.
Two summers ago, Table and Vine was a place where you could pretty much find anything you wanted. Sculpin and good Founders releases would sit on the shelves for a reasonable amount of time. Alesmith IPA was around regularly. 120 Minute IPA sat on the shelves for months at a time. Now, you can't find anything that has any hype, rarity or fame behind it, on the shelves at least. If you even want a sniff at a Cantillon, KBS or even fresh Alesmith, you have to know someone who works there or call and get put on a list. For example: Alesmith IPA came in a few weeks ago and it never even made it to the public, the entire allotment was bought by employees or the owners. KBS was $9 a SINGLE for the past release ($21 per 4 pack at other local stores).
Anyways... If you want a huge selection of beer, head to Table and Vine. If you want something that is limited in the least, either call far in advance or go somewhere else. The overall selection of regular release beers is great. It is probably the best in Western MA and one of the best in the state. Some breweries that I see everytime I go here (Allagash, Avery, DFH, Seirra Nevada, Hoppin Frog, Lost Abbey, Victory, Troegs, Founders, Stone, Chimay, St Bernardus, Rodenbach, Dieu Du Ciel, Unibroue, Long Trail, all the locals and many others). This is a great store to go to for freshness as well, compared to other area stores. You can usually trust the IPAs and other hop filled beers to be fresh, so good quality.
The service can be hit or miss here. Usually during the day it is best, especially on weekends. Other times, 10 employees will walk right past you and it is up to you to ask any questions or stop them for service. Some of the employees know craft beer but there are so many walking around. My friends and I have often answered customer questions for employees of the store (Do you have Russian River? Dark Lord? Pliny?).
All in all, expect a well-priced, massive craft selection but also to see empty shelves above labels like Alesmith IPA, Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Cantillon and things like that. It is worth asking if they have any in the back because "sometimes we keep limited releases off the shelves so that true craft beer fans can buy them." I might look spoiled complaining about such a store, which is probably better than most, but I know many people who think this store has gone down hill in the last two years. It seems the employees are more geared to helping themselves get rare beer than getting any to the customers. I am also surprised that they have not taken on a discounted mix-a-six program, like many other stores around the state have.
06-30-2011 15:57:00 |
More by cbutova
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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, and staff was very friendly. 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.
07-12-2007 03:32:38 |
More by Sammy
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Table and Vine - well, what can I say other than you better bring your wallet. I got excited when I first walked in and saw the size of the place. The biggest problem I had with Table and Vine is that their beer is overpriced. To charge $69.99 for a case of Dogfish Head 90 IPA is being greedy. I can get Dogfish Head 90 IPA for $57.99 at Eddy's in Saratoga Springs, NY or at the Winooski Beverage Warehouse in VT. Most places that I have been to in the northeast only charge $9.99 a four-pack and if you multiply that by 6 you would only have to pay $59.94 a case, not $69.99. It's too bad because it is great to go to a place with a good selection, but I hate to walk out feeling like I got ripped off.
03-25-2010 02:46:36 |
More by adirondack88
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
So I visited this place today after hearing many great things about it. I did drive 2 hours to get to this place. Now was it worth the drive? They do have a ton of beer. I was able to find many offerings not available in NY. The service was O.K.. They did tell me that I came at a bad time as far as inventory goes. I did find some unbelievable deals i.e. Anchor Steam Christmas Ale Magnum for 10.98 and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for 8.99. All in all it is a place I will probably visit a couple times a year but it was not mind blowing as others have said. I think it made me realize how lucky I am to have the stores I do around me.
02-28-2010 03:24:54 |
More by nopucophop
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
As many have stated, this place has a great location right off the interstate, complete with a huge billboard- so it's really easy to find. The size of this place is very impressive and definitely comparable to that of your local grocery store.
They boast thousands of wines and spirits which is cool, but all I cared about was the beer. I've seen bigger and better selections, but overall I was very happy with what I found. As others have said, there are gaps... I wanted some JW Lees harvest ale, but they only had the ones aged in wine barrels for example. The american micro selection I felt was a little stronger than the import selection with many breweries' beers that I have seldom if ever seen on the east coast. Standouts to me were good selections from alesmith, lost abbey/pizza port, and st. bernardus.
I was there for about 30-40 minutes and wasn't offered help, but that was fine with me. I usually will seek out help if I need it anyway.
I thought the prices were fair, but overall a bit on the pricey side. For such a big store/selection I would have hoped for more and better sale items.
02-07-2008 23:28:53 |
More by lpayette
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Being the upstanding, fair minded kinda swell guy that I am, I promised myself I'd return to Town & Country, now known as Table & Vine, and hold off on my urge to blast 'em in this very forum following my most unfortunate visit a few months ago when the place was being consolidated with its other store in Wherever, MA. On that fateful day when I treked over 30 miles to get there only to find nothing but empty shelves I learned of their plans and waited until I read of the completion of their grand project before returning. And what a pleasant suprise when I arrived there last Friday for the first time. Long shelves of high quality imports, domestic micros and a sizeable wine selection graced the premises. As Belgian is what I always seek, I was reasonably pleased with the offerings, however, there was nothing that I couldn't lay may hands on already in Connecticut (except an '06 vintage of Gouldon Caroulus Grand Cru of the Emperor). Still a very respectable display of Belgian, German and other imports. The domestic micro selection was also mostly available down south, but still a great variety making it well worth the trip. The modest service rating is due to the availability of staff in the very aisles I perused yet a lack of interest by any of them. You're not going to get any bargains here if you're looking for them coming from Connecticut. Still, the bottom line is, it's well worth the trip even if your 30 miles away like I am.
09-25-2007 19:59:36 |
More by jim102864
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Got a chance to visit this place last weekend while visiting friends just over the MA border in Connecticut. At first glance I thought they had everything but once I walked around for a bit I realized it was "almost" everything, but they had a lot of it, if that makes sense. Prices for the standard things were slightly higher than I've seen most places, but nothing too high that would keep someone from purchasing. Prices on the limited and rarer things seemed to be a bit higher than they should have. I was never asked by anyone if I needed help with anything but I did enter the store armed with a list so possibly that had something to do with it. The only real issue I have with this place is the extra you have to pay for breaking a six pack. Most places without a mix-a-six option that allow you to take a single from a six pack charge you for what one beer would cost in regards to the six pack (i.e. a single from a $12 six pack would cost $2). Two separate singles from different six packs that cost $11.99 rang up at $2.99 each here, which equals around $18 a six pack. Basically it costs you $1 per beer to break a six pack.
09-11-2010 03:49:01 |
More by ms11781
quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
Those descriptions might be too religious...
How about beer utopia? That should be P.C. enough.
Table & Vine has an outstanding selection. As mentioned, bring plenty of money, because it is completely impossible to not fill at least a hand basket.
If I had to find a flaw, it might be that the German/Czech/Brit selection is not completely without gaps in coverage. And that I was one of eight customers having to wait in line for one cashier while a bunch of employees mill around, chat, and stock shelves.
This is a great wine strore too, and years ago when I was a serious cork dork, "Town & Country", its previous existence, was a destination.
05-17-2010 21:20:54 |
More by WhiteOak
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