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Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits

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BA SCORE
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16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.55%
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175 Andover Street
Peabody, Massachusetts, 01960
United States

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Photo of SuperHop18
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of danmcg62
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%

A-The atmosphere in Kappy's is great. The store is easy to navigate and they make it easy to find what you need.

Q-The quality of the products offered is solid and there is a good mix of craft and macro brews. They also have a redemption center so I usually take my empties there and use the money earned to restock my supply.

S-Service is very good. There is usually someone there to answer questions and they are happy to help you out.

S-The selection at this particular location is stellar. They have a vast selection of craft brews in the freezer and on the rack. The beer section is set up in a way that makes it easy to find what you want. The beers on the rack are set up in a row with the American craft brews on one side and the imports on the other. The freezers are at the very back of the store with a good mix of craft, import, and macro selections.

V-The prices at Kappy's are reasonable. Usually 6-10 dollars for a six pack and 12-16 dollars for a 12 pack.

danmcg62, May 26, 2011
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Kappy's in Peabody across from the North Shore Mall is my place to get beer. It's probably also the largest packie in the area. There are other places around that offer local brews and imports, but this place seems to be the best in the North Shore.

The service here is whatever. I'm not one to ask for assistance as I enjoy researching and searching out beer for myself. There are a few guys in the store who are kinda weird, like the bald guy...so, I kinda just keep my eyes on the beer. Anyways, I'm sure the people there are helpful, as it seems whenever I hit up the store a person is restocking either the import or micro section. EDIT: Totally forgot. The person behind the craft and import section is probably a pretty big beer guy. So much so, he's been printing out BeerAdvocate notes for specific beers. Good touch if ya ask me.

The selection is good. It's as good as anything I've seen; which ain't much. They have a rather long rack that's about 6 feet high; one side is imports, the other is American crafts. Duvel, Unibroue, Trappistes, Dogfish, blah blah blah. They don't have everything, but they do have everything an amateur like myself would need. They also have a refrigerated section for some other imports and crafts as well. A good place for wine lovers as well.

The value is, in my estimate, reasonable. I don't like paying 15 bucks for a Duvel 4 pack...but I guess them's the breaks. It's better than going to a trendy bar and spending 15 bucks on four bottles of budweiser.

If you're in the North Shore, you really can't do that much better. And if you can...TELL ME! m/

ElijahCSkuggs, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Kappy's locations are a pretty good locations to find most of the "major' craft breweries basic offerings. They have enough space to have a lot to offer, but do not seem to go out of their way to bring a lot of craft beer to their stores. The major imports can be found at their stores as well. I give Kappy's credit for bringing a lot of craft beer to their stores and I hope that continues to improves as that sector grows and grows.

The associates are always helpful and their bottle return is great.

chrisgn, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Was at a BBQ at a friend's house in Peabody, and he was going to make a beer run. So of course I'll join him. We stop at Kappy's, which is right on a main route. Inside, it has that converted grocery store feel. Lots and lots of rows of shelves.
The entire back wall was a cooler for cold six and twelve packs. There were also two whole rows of bombers and singles. An impressive selection all around. Well organized too, with American beer group on one side, and foreign beers grouped by country on the other side. Lots of craft beers and plenty of desirable international brews. My friend picked up some wine and I got a 4 pack of the Harpoon Big Bohemian Pilsner. There was a promo girl there for Gosling's Dark Rum who made us some dark and stormy samples, and gave us a nice pour of the Old Rum. Good stuff. And a free hat on the way out. Good selection, decent prices, and friendly staff. Recipes for success.

morebeergood, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Yamar18
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

I used to live pretty far north of Boston so I passed by this Kappys on the way home from work everyday and was always tempted to stop. They have a pretty good selection of individual bottles but nothing too crazy for any larger quantities. I thought this place was very good and was my favorite until I moved down into the city and found some others with amazing selections. A montlhy trip to Julio's in Westboro has pretty much taken the majority of my beer business but at the time, I was happy with the selection and location of this Kappys.

Yamar18, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Easy access off of Rte 114, this is the larger Kappy's of the two along the same route. Warehouse style setup of wines, liquors, and brew. The back wall is lined with cooler doors for macro, import, and craft. Plenty of six pack and twelve pack selections including local, import, and national craft including: Ipswich, Stone Cat, Z Street, Shipyard, Sam's, DFH, Left Hand, Peak, Wachusett, etc. Two aisles of shelves house warm selections. One aisle holds micros exclusive with singles/bombers lining the top shelf that include: 120 min, BBC bombers, Stone, Rogue, Southampton, Boulder Beer bombers, etc. The aisle on the opposite side of the craft selection houses Belgain and other European offerings including: Chimay, Rochefort, Unibroue (7 offerings), Urthel, Samiclaws, etc. The smaller size of craft single/bombers are made up in the selection of 6 and 12 packs, and Belgian offerings. One of the better selections in the area that I've seen so far.

NEhophead, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of joshlara
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

I got lucky finding this place. I was on a mini vacation to Boston and was on my way back to Pennsylvania after visiting Salem with the wife. We had stopped at some random liquor store going through Salem that offered nothing but Sam Adams and Harpoon and so I was resigned to the fact that I wasn't going to find a good liquor store. On the way to Salem from Boston we noticed a mall area off the highway so on the way back we decided to get off to get something to eat. I of course noticed the large liquor store directly across from the mall. A large liquor store usually means decent offerings so I decided to give it another try. Boy am I happy I did. They have two large aisles set aside for imports and micros. I was looking for things I couldn't get in PA and I wasn't disappointed. They have Stone, Ipswich, Shipyard, Concord, Berkshire, Newport Storm, and many others. Pretty much everything from New England. No one came up to me to see if I had any questions but with me that's fine. I usually don't like to be bothered while shopping. If I have any questions I will ask. The prices were extremely reasonable. Anyway, a good place to stop if looking for New England beers.

joshlara, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This is my first stop when I'm looking for a new beer or just picking up some brews for the weekend. They have a descent selection of micro's and imports that changes frequently, but maintains the favorites to always be on hand. They are also pretty good at carrying the latest seasonal beer selection.

I find their prices very competitive and the location is easy to get to. I do wish they could get some of the harder to find beers, but for the selection and price I can not think of many other stores in the area that can match what Kappy's in Peabody offers.

WanderingFool, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of Longstaff
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Stopped in on the way to Rockport on a Saturday afternoon and there were plenty of people in and out, and returning bottles. Selection was about average for big store and above average for a Kappy's. The Belgian selection was a little dissapointing. Found about 4 different beers that I have not seen elsewhere. Anchor small beer, Hacker Pschorr Edel Hell, Affligem Blond in six packs, and Kodiak? brown from Alaska. Prices were right in line with other area stores but had excellent price for Otter Creek six packs ($5.99). Not worth going out of your way for unless you're local selection really sucks, but if are passing through, its worth a stop for a looksee.

They really need to do something about the smell of the return area as you walk in.

Longstaff, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is the place if you live in NE Mass or SE NH. Do not hesitate to make take a drive here . The selection of local and regional brews cannot be beat. They also have a fairly nice national and international sampling of some of the more famous brewers. The guy who orders beer here is beer guy. I'd expound further but you get the point.

yankeeheel, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of LiamStLiam
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

OK, this is "my" package store.

(I am from Connecticut, OK? We called them package stores).

Anyway, I moved to Peabody a little over a year ago and started shopping around for good bars and good beer stores. I found this one quickly and settled on it.

Very good prices, usually lower than I hear from other folks.

Incredible selection. One of the brewers from Berkshire told me they didn't have much distribution inside I-495, yet this place has Berkshire and most other Massachusetts breweries. Geary's is common. There's an Alaskan brewery represented, almost every kind of Stone you want, and a bucketload of Dogfish. This was one of the first places to have the Punkin Ale up here.

I love the whole Kappy's chain. I have been know to shop this one and Danvers (also on Route 114) on the same trip, and I take Route 1 back from Boston so I can stop in Saugus.

But this one is my home.

LiamStLiam, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

This is a nice, large Kappy's located on Rt. 114, across from the NorthShore Mall. There is another Kappy's on Rt. 114, farther West, just East of I-95, but that store has a much smaller beer selection.

This Kappy's devoted about 20% of the store to beer, and had a good selection in the refrigerated case. On the shelves there was a very good selection of imports (Belgians, Germans, etc.), and a good selection of US micros (incl. Stone, Rogue, Victory, Dogfish Head, etc.).

The store is clean and bright, and the staff seems helpful. They do allow you to buy a single beer from a six-pack. One of the beers I purchased was apparently marked more than a dollar lower than it scanned, but they gave me the lower price, no questions asked.

They are open until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday (and 10 pm other nights). I wish there were a Kappy's closer to me, but this one is worth the 25 minute drive.

UncleJimbo, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I wanted to try Stone, so where do I head? This place is chock full of beers with a tremendous selection. It is clean and well light, carrying most of the hard to find beverages that I desire. Do give it a go.

bewareOFpenguin, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of xXTequila
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

This is my favorite place to buy beer and i can usually be found roaming around the micro isle Saturday mornings.
The selection of micros is decent and the prices are pretty fair compared to other stores. The Staff is usually friendly and the free dum dum's at the register are a nice touch.
Just make sure you check the dates. Micros that arent the most "popular" or well known tend to sit around.

xXTequila, Mar 27, 2002
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This has to be the cleanest of all the Kappy's I have been to. Good stocking of micros and imports, but watch out for the *old* Old Nutfield beer, if it does not have a Shipyard style freshness date don't buy it. Good pricing here for micros also.

Jason, Mar 27, 2002
Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits in Peabody, MA
91 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.