Berman's Wines & Spirits
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Reviews by albern:
4.3/5 rDev -8.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I wrote a review of this place about two years ago, and have continually upgraded every few months. This place has improved so much, and bears so little resemblence to the place I reviewed initially, that it completely warrants a new review. The beer guy in the store, Jesse, has always been very helpful and tries to get whatever is available. There is a good cooler full of beer (Brooklyn, Otter Creek, Sam, Harpoon, Spaten, Long Trail, etc. etc.) with plenty of new and old standbys to keep you satisfied. There is also a few shelves full of more exotic beers on the side wall. It is here that you'll find the Fullers, Youngs, Allagash oak barrel aged ales, Pear beers, meads, Avery Brewing, etc. There is also a side shelf next to the cooler door full of winter Belgians and the like. If you go inside the cooler you'll get the full range of Berkshire ales on an inside shelf. This store would have more beers if they had the space, but there is a sizable wine selection that limits the overall space. The prices are reasonable and the one thing I truly appreciate is that you can break up the six packs and mix and match. Worth stopping by if you're in the area.
Update 12-2009: Berman's I would now consider a good beer store, not just a neighborhood store that has a selection of beer. Berman's has a very good selection with some very fine 750 ml against the back wall. There is definitely quality going into the purchasing and selection of the beers. This place has really transformed itself through the years.
Update 1-2011: Berman's has expanded its selection again with a nice rack of bombers in the back in addition to the many bombers along the walls. There is a smallish cooler in the back which adds to the selection. The only down side I see is that there is very little variation in what's available in the main cooler. The selection seems never to vary and I just move on to the back walls.
03-01-2008 00:13:54 | More by albern
More User Reviews:
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
Berman's Wines & Spirits in Lexington, MA
100 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.