Berman's Wines & Spirits
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.87/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Excellent store with knowledgable staff (one of the staff members is the mother of one of Clown Shoes brewers -- interesting). I come here every time I visit family in nearby Concord. Great selection with some "cellared" options as well, from de struise and some lambics to domestic options. This store is worth going out of your way for.
05-24-2014 00:40:10 | More by CaptainPiret
4.78/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I live less than 2 miles from Berman's Wine & Spirits. This has become my "go-to" beer store. Every time I stop in here (which is almost weekly), I am even more impressed than my previous visit.
It is located along Mass Avenue, on the Lexington/Arlington line. It has ample parking. From the outside, this place looks a bit small and pedestrian. They even have a neon-styled sign on the roof, advertising a drive-thru pickup window. The reason I mention all of this, is that I imagine a serious beer advocate could potentially overlook this gem of a beer store, based on so many similar-looking (yet disappointing) places scattered throughout the greater Boston area. It would be tragic for any beer-lover to dismiss such a great beer store, on outside appearance alone.
When I first started coming to Berman's (3+ years ago now), the store offered a solid selection of craft beers, imports, wines, behind-the-counter spirits, and an assortment of specialty artisan foods along the back wall or in a freezer (pasta, bread, chocolate, pickled foods, ice cream, etc).
Since my earliest visits to Berman's, the beer selection has grown exponentially. I attribute a lot of this growth to a person named Matt, who is a certified Cicerone that knows his stuff. Matt is a great guy, who can help you find any beer you seek. Aside from Matt though, there are many other courteous, knowledgeable, and dedicated employees who will definitely make sure you find what you are looking for.
My beer tastes are honestly quite expensive. I am a huge fan of all types of beer. I will gladly purchase anything: American Craft Ales, Belgian Trappist ales, German Lagers, British-Scottish ales, or mead. I am always willing to try a new brand, if I like the beer style. So obviously, buying quality beer can become quite pricey. At Berman's however, they always offer a 10% discount off the total price, after any 4 bottles of beer are purchased. You read this correctly: If you purchase 4 or more bottles (not in cases), you will get 10% off the total bill. And towards the back of the building (near the freezer case), there is an entire shelf devoted to single 12 oz bottles, ranging from all sorts of Sam Adams varieties to beers brewed with Molasses, from the Netherlands. In addition, you can sometimes find a "discount" shelf, that offers further reduced pricing on certain beers. A few years ago, I was able to pick up multiple bottles of Sam Adams Tripel Bock, for roughly $3 per bottle. I happen to love Sam Adams Tripel Bock, so it was Christmas-come-early for me.
Every Thursday evening (for the most part), Berman's offers a free beer-tasting too. It is a great way to try new beers before making a purchase, and sometimes even chat with the distributors or brewers themselves. I have been fortunate to try many new releases of the local breweries, including: Pretty Things, Haverhill, CBC, Allagash, Clown Shoes, Ipswich, and White Birch. In addition to the above mentioned beers, you will always find a nice selection of the other standard players in the American craft market: Dogfishhead, Rogue, Stone, Ommegang, Ithaca, Lost Abbey, etc...many others too.
What impresses me most about Berman's though, is the decent selection of Belgian and German beers. I can always find my standby Rochefort Trappist ales, Malheur, Piraat, Aventinus, Weihenstephaner. Or even new products, such as Omer Blond Ale (which I picked up last week). If you cannot find what you are looking specifically for, the staff is very helpful. Case in point: Berman's was able to order me a bottle of Jadwiga Polish Mead for New Year's eve (even though they do not regularly stock it on the shelves).
I apologize for this being long-winded, however I cannot say enough good things about Berman's. Unless you can travel out to a super-market sized mega store (such as Julios), this place will offer you a great variety of beers, for a great value too!
03-05-2012 21:35:27 | More by Bonzopookie
4.94/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I first stopped in at Bermans a few years ago when i heard they stil had a couple limited releases on the shelf. At the time i thought the selection was OK, but nothing to write home about and I probably wouldn't have gone back unless someone told me again that there was something there worth the drive.
I ended up stopping by a year or so later (2010) and Matt the new beer guy showed me around and WOW! had the selection improved. There were more saisons and lambics/geuze in one place than I had ever seen. On top of that there were dozens of noteworthy beers, the kind that get beer geeks salivating. I walked out with a big mixed case of beer that Matt recommended and all I had thought I was going in for was a 6-pack of Mayflower.
I would recommend bermans to anyone, but to be honest i'm afraid of going there because every time I do, I walk out with way more than I intended... and you know.. thats not such a bad thing when the beer is awesome.
01-30-2012 02:25:54 | More by 6DaysBottomOcean
4.94/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
It's been just under a year since I've been into the craft scene and have been lucky enough to have brilliant recommendations as to where I should be getting my loot from. Berman's is, if not top on the list, one of the best spots in the state hands down.
There's no need to get into the breakdown of each category as it becomes delightfully redundant. I will say that since making Berman's one of my must stops for bottle shopping, my cellar, and more importantly my belly, have become full of some exceptional and sometimes hard to find brews.
Matt, the "beer guy", is always full of knowledge and smiling. Great personality who really gets the craft beer scene without coming off sounding condescending. He knows beer from the macro to the micro but once you're hooked on the good stuff you'll find yourself spending more time there chatting it up with him than making your selection.
Without giving anything away, once you're "in the fold" with Matt (it's not a secret club or anything, just love good beer and enjoy talking about it), it becomes easier to find the hard to get brews that make their way through MA. Berman's (and especially Matt) is one of the main reasons I've gotten to try great stuff like KBS, Black Ops and a ton of great local stuff (including their own Clown Shoes line of beer). They're always good about setting stuff aside if you can't make it in right away too.
If you want good beer, knowledgeable people, and a decent price, this is a MUST stop for not just MA people but anyone in New England. Come for the beer, stay for the service.
01-07-2012 17:48:28 | More by Phoptos
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