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Pearl Street Beverage

Pearl Street BeveragePearl Street Beverage
BA SCORE
85
very good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
$$ - reasonable


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240 Pearl St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8532
United States
phone: (802) 862-1209

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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$

I am shocked that this place has a lower average rating than City Market. In my opinion it is FAR superior.

There is a huge amount of bombers here from across the word with a great selection of American micros. Definitely a lot to choose from here. All the regular VT locals are represented here along with some interesting selections from across the US.

The atmosphere is nothing special, but this is a bottle shop, not a bar, so the atmosphere means very little to me if the selection and quality is good, which it was here.

If you are in Burlington, don't skip this over on account of City Market.

07-02-2013 19:07:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Billolick

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$

So much of Vermont is quaint and charming....come here for the flip side. Wine, booze and the beer is all along the right side as you enter. Front to back wall long coolers and shelving units. You will find well stocked and extensive choices from all the widely available Vermont options. Major regionals and national heavy weights. Also the typical Belg-Brit-Germ options. Heads up, I did notice some semi dusty bottles.

This place sells a ton of wine-Booze-beer to a thirsty college and younger local crowd. Friday night at about 7 pm was a dizzying scene of cases and handles of the hard stuff hastening out the door. They are worth stopping in to see what is locally available when in downtown Burlington. For more extensive options beer wise, I wouldn't leave the area without a stop at Winooski Bev., just about 7 minutes north of town

12-29-2010 14:25:47 | More by Billolick
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was looking for some local favs here the other day, I thought they had a pretty good selection of craft beer. Many cold bombers, alot of Belgians, some local stuff I had not seen in MA, but I was looking for some of the more obscure microbrews from VT and U did not come across any. I got a few McNeill's selections, and I remember their Rogue selection as being much more than I had seen anywhere else recently.

Prices seemed ok, they had bombers of Otter Creek Stout for $3, which seemed like a good price.

If I lived here I would frequent this place.

08-11-2010 01:21:29 | More by Pittsburgh
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TheRowan

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

This place is a college store but the selection has been much better in the last few months. If you go during the day you can talk to the MGMT. the guy who does all the ordering is usually around and likes to talk to people who know what they are talking about. I was excited to see that they had 2 Brooklyn Black Oops left a few months ago and the guys was like wait i have one more in the back if you want it! Thank you. Also there is a tuff night MGMT person there named Tracy. I always ask her what is new that week and she points them out. It is a friendly place. Getting better.

05-30-2009 22:11:22 | More by TheRowan
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $

Pearl Street beverage is the college kids liquor store. It can get really crazy there on Friday and Saturday night. There will usually be some sketchy people in there, and a lot of times the service isn't too great if you're there late at night but it's generally good if you go in the afternoons.

They do have a pretty good selection of beer, and about half of it is in the coolers so if you're looking for something to drink right after work or whatever you can pick up something cool. They have a pretty big selection of bottles that are sitting out as well and it's been growing in recent months.

However they really have more of a liquor selection. Again, I've said this in other reviews but if you're really looking for unique beers you should drive 10 mins to Winooski Beverage for a much better selection but their prices are almost always higher, but they usually get more limited edition stuff including beer from Lawson's Finest Liquids on occasion.

05-26-2009 13:11:48 | More by kingcrowing
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

On my mini trip to Burlington last weekend, i decided to visit the other beer stores in the area before going to the Winooski Beverage Warehouse to see how they stacked up.

Close to Church Street is this Pearl Street Beverage. I've been here before but this is the first time i pay closer attention.

Walking in, it looks like a convenience store. Beer at the cash (magnums & gift sets) and more as i walk straight to the back.

Selection is average, good but not great. Lots of Belgians, local micros and others (Stoudt's, Cisco, etc..). Good choice for bombers though and you can break up packs no problem. I was kind of hoping for more, especially seeing as how the ABV restriction was lifted several months ago but didn't see too much (yet). Got some Anchor Old Foghorn & Stoudt's Winter Ale.

Service was average, a little bit nonchalant. Quality was ok but watch out for the Anchor Small Beer, bottled in 2007. I flagged it in Beerspy.

Overall, i was a bit letdown by the selection as compared to the Beverage Warehouse. It's the best selection in downtown Burlington but if you go an extra 10 minutes away, you have way better selection in Winooski.

12-29-2008 14:52:14 | More by papat444
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scottg

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

Conviently located and easy to find in downtown Burlington with available parking. All the Vermont breweries are well represented in 6packs, twelve packs, as well as 22s. Since the new law change allowing higher alcohol beers, the Belgian selection has exploded! Don't stop at the coolers where the good beers end, on the shelf opposite the Macros is where the great Belgians, as well as others, are kept. Lots of Roque, Stone, Berkshire, Unibroue, Smutty, etc. There is a large selection of wines and spirits that can be purchased as well.
Prices are reasonable, even or a little cheaper than other stores in the area. If you go, especially on a weekend evening, be prepared to wait in line. This is the stop for all the college kids-very busy. Service can be very good to leave me alone, dealing with the college crowd all day has that effect on people.
Overall, great location, solid selection, reasonable prices, long lines.

11-19-2008 19:14:09 | More by scottg
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everetends

Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Went here as my local bottle shop while I was in VT. The place is not much to look at from the street, kinda looks like shit actually. Inside it is a whole different story. They have your typical wine and liquor but right as you walk in, they hit you with the beer selection. VT locals are in the first cooler with lots of Rock Art and Magic Hat. The coolers are well stocked and there were even growlers of fresh Rock Art lingering in there. The coolers progress further down to your macros but they still have a good deal of micro stuff.

The shelf behind was full of micro sixers and twelves. Not as much in the realm of bombers as I was expecting. Had a really nice brewers pack of Smuttynose for $15 that I thought was extremely reasonable. Vermonster was $4 a bomber and I got a bomber of Old Gaurdian for a little of over $3. Belgians were there, but not too impressive. I saw people were plucking beers out of sixers and the beer person told me they don't endorse mixed sixers but people do it and just let them know if you are. Not bad IMO. Liked the joint and very accessible if you are in downtown Burlington.

08-12-2008 17:37:03 | More by everetends
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

After lingering along the shore of Lake Champlain, Alewife and I stopped in here for a little something to quaff back at our B&B.

This place looked quite nondescript from the front, and inside it was somewhat divey. The beer was located on the right side of the building, with a few cold cases along the wall with some warm beer opposite, the length of the aisle. They had the major VT stuff, like Otter Creek, Long Trail, Rock Art and Magic Hat, though little of anything else from the state. Also found lots of Unibroue, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Ommegang, plus, oddly, some Jolly Pumpkin. A small assortment of English and Belgian biers also dotted the shelves. Oddly, I only saw 1 offering from Germany. Plenty of macro "stuff" was also available. Service was efficient though curt. They're not looking to charm you, simply move you through quickly. There was a lot (!!) of local college traffic here doing business on this Friday Night (18APR08). Nice to see some of them, at least, buying some decent bier as opposed to BMC. There is also a large selection of wine and hard liquor, if that tickles your uvula. Not bad...

Prosit!

3.44
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

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04-27-2008 19:58:23 | More by Bierman9
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abeeraday

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

This store has supplied the area with alcoholic beverages of all types for quite sometime and has evovled into carrying an eclectic mix of beverages. Decent sized liquor/wine/beer store in the center of downtown Burlington, VT. Stock turnover is probably brisk due to college students nearby, so the inventory is fresh. The beer selection is wide and varied with the local brews well represented. The bomber selection is good in both the cooler as well as the shelves. You'll find that the stores tendency is have more of the local bombers in the cooler and the other offerings available on their shelves.

04-17-2007 16:42:04 | More by abeeraday
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Pearl Street Beverage in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.