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Charles Street Liquors

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Charles Street LiquorsCharles Street Liquors
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]

143 Charles St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02114-3252
United States
phone: (617) 523-5051

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DoubleJ

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I had some time to kill on Christmas Eve before my plane departed, so I strolled along Charles Street in search of Charles Street Liquor. I felt I needed to take home another sample of beer home as a last-minute gift, and that I did (a bottle of Founders Red Rye). The selection is more focused on imports than domestic craft beers, but you can still come away with a 3 liter bottle of Double Bastard. The imported selection is diverse and evenly represented; I noticed a large number of German and English beers I've never heard of before. I was asked if I needed help a few times when I was debating what I wanted to take home with me. Multiple checkout registers help move the queue line fast, ending my BeerFly tour of Boston a little faster than I was expecting. Great place to stop at for beer if you're around the west part of the peninsula.

01-02-2008 02:32:23 | More by DoubleJ
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Well, i was a bit leary of going here as i got mixed reviews from people who had gone. First off, their specialties are Belgians & other imports. If you love Belgians, they have pretty much any you could want. Also, some uncommon ones, like Baltika or La Choulette. Service was friendly & excellent. Now, a couple of things.
1) some bottles are dusty (not all), & i saw at least one or two kinds of beer that were past the due date. So, inspect your beer before buying as i did.
2) While there's a good selection of US micros in cases, not much unfortunately in ways of singles as they don't allow broken cases.

All in all though, i would come again, but would not do my main beer shopping here though.

08-20-2007 19:28:01 | More by papat444
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

If you're in the neighborhood, this is about the best around the common/public garden area. Not the best in the metro area, but a very good selection on the shelf. The Belgians are there for the taking and there are plenty of others on the shelves. The refrigerated section isn't huge. Elm Street in Somerville is much better. Marty's in Allston is also better, but that one isn't laid out that well for my liking. You could do a heck of a lot worse that is for sure. The parking, yikes, I wouldn't even try. I only approach this one on foot.

03-31-2007 20:25:14 | More by albern
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$

Is this what Boston has to offer?

Nice selection, but many of the bottles are dusty and well past their prime.

If one of our shops in North Carolina tried to pawn this off on their customers there would be hell to pay.

I saw a beer with a "Best by" date in 2005 and had another New England stout that had soured. I haven't tried the rest of what I had purchased but I hope it is better, but fear the worst.

On a subsequent visit in 2008 I asked whether the beer I was purchasing was fresh. I told them that I saw a beer with a brewed on date in 2001 and the clerk had the audacity to say, "Oh well, someone will buy it."

03-02-2007 03:42:35 | More by brentk56
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Kudashov

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$

I did not come here to pick anyone's brain on beer when I was here . I just came in to pick up some of my favs like DFH 90 and some La Fin Du Monde . They have a decent selection and I was not even in there 5 min and I was asked if I needed help . Wish the beer selection was as big as the wine selection . The bottles are a little dusty . Parking around here can be a pain in the arse but you can take T and get off at Charles . It is right there , maybe a 100 yards . Not bad but it will not take the place of Marty's or Curtis for me .

02-21-2007 21:16:03 | More by Kudashov
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I made this one of my many stops while in Boston for the EBF. Good selection including many Belgians/imports, Stone, Founders, Oskar Blues, AleSmith, and the locals. I am still kicking myself for forgetting to grab a six-pack of Gordon....grrr. There is a parking garage pretty much right across the street from the store. There was some dust on some of the bottles I purchased but I am assuming it was just blowing in from nearby construction. Atleast, I don't think AleSmith would sit around long enough to get dusty. Mass. gets a lot of great beers and I wish I could of found a store that was large enough to have more of the offerings from all of those brewers. This was a good store with a good selection a little bigger than some of the other downtown Boston stores.

02-12-2007 00:50:05 | More by Imstillthegman
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Naerhu

Japan

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

This place was the best place for craft beer I found while in Boston.

The staff bent over backwards to answer my questions. They were available and amicable. If anything they were too eager to please, kinda felt weird. But things are good when thats ones biggest complaint.

The beer is located in the back of the store, with three or four doors of cooler space, lots of international beer being store at room temperature as well. There is a strong presence of German, British and Belgian beers. To be honest, I was kind of concerned about the room tempurature storage of these beers, but everything I bought from them was in perfect condition.

01-14-2007 12:42:46 | More by Naerhu
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Stopped in as we passed it heading to the Red Line Charles stop. Nice selection of some beers I can not get in NJ like McNeill's, Newport Storm, and Middle Ages. Easy to view the selection of warm bottles on the left side of the store. Not a large selection by any means, but one that left me staring at a number of beers I haven't tried yet.

I picked up a few bombers and they were a bit pricey in my opinion. But then again this is city and I'm sure the store rent ain't cheap in this area.

The service was friendly, but not overly inquisitive of my staring at the selection of warm bottles for a few minutes.

Convenient if riding the Red Line. Worth a stop if you are not a Bostonian.

08-01-2006 23:02:57 | More by Gavage
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jvdineen

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

When I'm on my way to the Blue Line I'll make the detour and go to Juliana aka Charles St. Liquors. In the back of the store the entire left side is put aside for beer. 750 ml and bomber bottles dominate. They hold many beers from the Allagash, Unibroue, Weihenstephaner, Smuttynose and Cisco lines (among others). They have a "make your own six pack" of macros and some imports. Lots of German and Belgians to choose from. Prices are only slightly high. This is mainly due to their Beacon Hill locale. Very reccomended, very good.

They have a book that you can ask for certain beers. I've never tried it but it's out and free for anyone to use.

04-13-2006 15:45:23 | More by jvdineen
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bignick

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

This is definitely one of the better liquor stores in the Boston area. There is a very nice selection, especially of imports, and I like how the beer is divided by country. I do not like the lack American six packs. The options of cold sixpacks aren't as well-picked, IMOH, as at Bauer or Wine Gallery. The quality seems pretty high, on the whole, although there is the occasional old bottle to be found. I have never been offerred help while shopping, but when I have had a question the sale-people are helpful enough. This is a very good neighborhood store, and worth a visit if nearby.

03-03-2006 05:47:49 | More by bignick
Charles Street Liquors in Boston, MA
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