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Mall Discount Liquors
$$ - reasonable
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202 Alewife Brook Parkway
phone: (617) 864-7171
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I stop into Mall discount liquors rather frequently. Even though it doesn't have a beer hall of fame with those ever so hard to find ales, it does have a nice selection of regional micros. The staff is helpful and somewhat knowledgable, though I think their expertise is wine, not beer. They are stocked with the seasonal brews of many of the labels they carry. Sometimes, certain beers get overlooked by the mostly wine/macro crowd and you're able to nab some good ones. Quality is also good.
To name a few:
Ipswich, Wachusett, Concord, Magic Hat, Otter Creek/Wolavers, Dogfish, Saranac, Anderson Valley, Tremont, Rapscallion, Long Trail, Smuttynose, Allagash, Buzzard's Bay, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Shipyard, Paulaner Fuller, Endurance, Southampton, Stone, Victory
They have a separate cooler for singles, but mostly everything from the list above.
09-30-2005 23:18:35 |
More by bjohnson
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is less than a 5-minute drive for me, so aside from the mass hysteria at the Fresh Pond Rotary it's a cakewalk to get to.
Recently remodeled as a result of the expansion of the Whole Foods next door. Craft brews in the back on the left. Good variety of American craft, German and Belgian items - not as good as other powerhouses in the area but decent. Breadth of offerings by producer isn't quite hit or miss but not ultra-robust - one day they'll have something, a few days later it's gone, and that's about that. No problem - feels like they stock a good range of craft beer but need that last big line push to get the ball over the goal line. However, their pricing is quite good. If they have something it tends to be about a buck cheaper than other stores, so I check in at least once a week to see what's on the shelves. I don't really look for service in this place - a few of the employees up front are quite knowledgeable about beer and if memory serves me right at least one of them is into homebrewing. This is a great shop to have in the neighborhood, especially for those beer pricing arbitrage opportunities that come up every now and then.
07-26-2008 10:27:00 |
More by IBUnit63
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5
Located next to the Alewife Bread & Circus, this place's main virtues are decent prices and abundant singles. There's a couple of coolers plus a display rack, overflowing with singles.
Beer is in the usual place, filling the back half of the store and lining the left rear wall. There's a couple aisles of cases by the bottle return, a couple aisles of sixpacks, and coolers all along the walls.
Don't expect anything unusual here. The selection is middling, dominated by older standbys like Sam Adams, Harpoon, Saranac, and Wachusetts. No Rogue or Stone, but yes Allagash and Ommegang. And lots of Unibroue. Selection of imports is similarly spotty. Just the better known Belgians. I have found bottle-conditioned ales here on occasion, and a fair number of hefeweizens.
Staff are rarely encountered, and are generally brusque and uninterested. There are better places, but if you're in the area, this is worth a look.
07-04-2004 15:18:31 |
More by gentlebubbles
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Mall Discount Liquors has now actually moved into the space next to it (allowing Whole Foods to expand) and changed its name to Cambridge Wine & Spirits. That said, the new space is slightly bigger than the old, enabling them to stock a large selection of wine, spirits, and of course, beer.
The beer selection is solid, with a large number of local and seasonal brews present. Some of the bigger west coast brews such as Stone and Rogue are also widely available. Many other random brewers and a decent variety of Belgians round it out. Price-wise, it's a little more expensive than some other places, but, if it's convenient and the selection is good, then it's worth it. This was where I first found the Dogfish Head 120 minute, before they started popping up everywhere else.
Overall, it's a little pricey, good selection, and a hell of a lot better than the Kappy's located across the street.
07-31-2007 16:29:09 |
More by YonderWanderer
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
A good place to look if you are hunting for some oddities, this store has that rare seasonal 6 pack, or that obscure Belgian bomber that you just don't see in other places. There is also a little cluster of orphan singles for sale (from broken 6 packs or out of season beers). Some stuff doesn't move, but I've never had a bad beer (because of handling/care) from this place. Good selection of bombers in the cooler as well -- a plus.
Service -- eh. In the beer section, aisles are tight, and there is always someone stocking (good), but they tend to be in the way. Way too many boxes in the aisles. The staff is fairly polite and do ask if you are looking for anything. They are also rather opinionated (when I asked an employee one time if they had tried any from the Sam Adams imperial series, his response was a rather lengthy tirade against SA -- he really shit on them -- way to make a sale, buddy).
Selection is good, although some of the rare/unique beers only appear in bomber form. Also a real "here today, gone tomorrow" type of place, where you could grab a six, like it, and go back and....that's it, no more. They will let you buy singles, and if you look up on the very top shelf of the coolers, you sometimes find some good stuff (that an employee more than likely tucked away).
Prices: They don't give anything away here. If I'm going for some run of the mill or easy to find beer (SA, etc.), I won't buy it here -- I'll overpay by a country mile. Bombers run around $8-$10, with some higher (Lost Abbey is around $13-$14).
Overall, a good stop, and one where you can more than likely find what you want cold, rather than the warm purchase and the wait. I agree with previous posts. Parking is a friggin' nightmare, and even getting out of the parking lot on a Friday night is hell. Still, worth the stop.
01-19-2010 13:26:40 |
More by OtherShoe2
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As this is the most convenient package store in my area, I've been a customer here since before they moved to the bigger space.
At first, the move didn't seem to bode well for beer lovers, the new space filled mostly with wine. The guy I used to talk beer with was nowhere to be found. I feared that I'd have to start doing monthly stock-up runs out of town. But within the past year, the store started getting some stuff that I didn't see anywhere else in the area. Their 22oz selection increased significantly, featuring Lagunitas, Weyerbacher, Avery, Stone, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Hoppin' Frog, Legacy and other great stuff. Six pack selection has grown pleasingly.
I finally realized that they were getting serious about beer when one of the managers stopped me at the checkout and asked me about their selection. Did I find it adequate? Was there anything I felt they should order? One of the guys up front, Matt, has been working hard to fill in the gaps in their selection, bringing in more styles from each brewer. Sometimes they don't get the really choice releases for some reason, but their prices are so much cheaper than the other stores in the area(especially Downtown Liquors), it's still worth shopping here.
If you live in the Cambridge/Belmont area, and you want to support a place that's catering to our kind, patronize this joint.
08-04-2008 13:48:30 |
More by LeeMarvin
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
This place has been my stop on the way out of Boston back to NH, as I like to try new beers all the time. I usually go out back to the good stuff and find a bottle or two of something I have never had before. The selection is great. I have never had any real service or help, but they always take my money with care. In November, I stopped by and they had a great beer tasting. Lucky me. There were reps from many local, regional, and even euro distributors.
It will continue to be my stop out of Boston to get beer I can't find in NH. Easy to park, and find the beer I want, and get out of there to go home with my new beer.
01-03-2009 04:25:48 |
More by meday
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has a great selection of beers in all forms from six packs, to 22oz bombers, and singles. Yes it is true they sell singles. They don't promote it, but they don't discourage it either. As a beer geek who never likes to have the same beer twice I was pleased by their selection and prices. The prices are very reasonable.
The environment of the store is very nice as well. Everything is very organized and sectioned off nicely, making shopping there very user friendly. The staff was also very friendly.
Only draw back is the location right next to Whole Foods make for a parking nightmare (usually).
03-31-2009 01:19:46 |
More by u2carew
Mall Discount Liquors in Cambridge, MA