The Liquor Shop

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The Liquor ShopThe Liquor Shop
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

440 Middlesex Rd
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, 01879
United States
phone: (978) 649-2522
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(Place added by: joebell9 on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place definitely has a ton of beer. Luckily for me in Nashua, it is a close hike over the border. It's right next to a Trader Joe's, so if you need food, there is a huge selection there. Tons of beer available in singles and packs/cases. Distribution laws in Mass are way better than NH, so if you are close to the border, this gives a nice outlet for some actual selection. The setup is standard, with plenty of aisle space to wander around. Mixed sixers available, as well as bombers, etc. It seems like there is a steady influx of new brews available on a regular basis. The brews are a tad bit pricey, but the selection sometimes drives to make it worth it. When the droll NH selection gets me down, you can bet I will be heading back down here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I have shopped here many times in the past, its quite convenient just over the border from Nashua for those of us in beer selection deprived NH. The selection is quite good for the area especially when you consider the myriad of labels that don;t get to my fair state. Service is spotty at best, the kids behind the counter will help you find something but don't ask too much of them. The pricing seems about on par with what I would expect to pay save for that 28 dollar bottle of BA old stock that's been there for ages. That brings me to the bad part about this store. They have a huge selection of beer available, probably more than they can rotate through in any reasonable amount of time, there is lots of old beer on the shelf buyer beware.

Photo of Realbeerguy23
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is my go to beer place. This place is awesome from the selection to the staff. They have over 500 beers (I'd say a lot more than that now) and always carry hard to finds and seasonals. The staff is very friendly, they have a beer guy named Spencer who I frequently talk to and he always points me in the right direction when it comes to beer I haven't tried. I've had them special order me numerous hard to get items such as kbs, cbs, 120min etc. And always come through. I highly recommend this place.

Photo of Jesse14
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I've lived in the area for years and never knew about this place. Just assumed it sold liquor and domestics. I was very wrong about that. Their beer selection is one of the biggest in the area. They have a great variety in bombers, 6-ers, 12 packs, and can special order anything available in MA. They typically get 1 or 2 new things in per week. My one critique with them is their prices. They tend to be at least 10-15% higher than a comparable MA store. I go if I'm in the area running errands and can't hit my usual spot.

Photo of SevaTse
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Seems like an average Mass. liquor store, that can usually be found in most strip malls next to a grocery store(in this case Trader Joe's), but the beer selection was very much above average. Had a lot of Clown Shoes bottles, Pretty Things, Left Hand, limited releases from Dogfish, the Bruery, to name a few, including some Left Hand stuff that I haven't seen in Mass. before. It's also barely outside of New Hampshire, so to those living in the Granite State that want a wider selection this is place is a must see!

Photo of Satchboogie
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

Make a quick stop here yesterday and picked up a 4-pack of BCBS '09 for $22.99 Everything about this place is decent, but nothing special. Slightly above average selection of craft, prices were a little on the high side, customer service is at a minimum. I was the only one in the store with 3 employees and I all I got was a "How are you doing today" when I went to checkout. They didn't have any coolers from what I saw, they had one small shelf with singles, though not much of a selection and most belonged in a cooler.

I'd pass on this place in the future unless there was something in particular I was looking for not available elsewhere in the area.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%

Have been to the store several times and while they do have an excellent selection, they are having some freshness issues with some of their beers especially their ipas my brother got me a four pack of the gubna for xmas here and when I checked itnws dated 3-15-10. In all of the times that I have been in only once has anyone said anything other than how are we doing today at the register. It has a guy walking by who saw me and said you look like you know your stuff and kept going, I guess thiswas a half hearted attempt at offering assistance but what ever. My final issue with the place is the price every bomber is 1-2 dollarS more than at other stores, and the same goes for most 4 and 6 packs. Also the Sam infinium Is 25 it's 21 in Boston. For your money go elsewhere and get. More reasonably priced fresh beer

Photo of Kinsman
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

Living in New Hampshire, this has become my go-to store when I'm looking for anything we can't get up here. My parents live near Nashua, so any visit to their house will now include a trip over the state line to Tyngsboro.

Compared to other stores in Mass, The Liquor Shop may not have the best selection, but it sure beats New Hampshires selection. Beligians like Delirium, Rochefort, and Westmalle, as well as Americans breweries like Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Oskar Blues, and many others can all be found here, not even a mile from the state line. I love New Hampshire, but sometimes I'm a little jealous of the selection Massachusetts beer geeks have.

Service doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary. No one seems to go out of their way to talk to you, but they are at least friendly at the register. The store is neat and clean, which always makes for a nice buying experience and it is pretty easy to find things as they are well organized. Price seems a bit expensive, but its been a while since I've lived in Mass so my guess is that its par for the state.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Located just on the line for Nashua near the Pheasant Lane Mall, this little surprise needs some exploration.

Pluses: Separation of the crap/macro from the rest; some decent craft in the cooler, including bombers and some random singles (worth digging a bit); an entire aisle (both sides) of six packs and 12 packs and bombers of good craft beer. Lots local, and alot US-based. One entire section of Belgians (not huge, but enough to dedicate a section to the style). Real friendly staff and sometimes you even get free glasses from them. Again, good selection, but not huge.

Minuses: International selection, while you see some stuff you don't see elsewhere, it is a bit limited, with some 16 oz singles and the like. You can buy single beers, but only those that they've put in the cooler or on one particular shelf (so you try by buying a six pack most of the time). Prices are so-so. Some cheap, some not so cheap.

Overall, worth a stop, and easily overlooked because of location.

Photo of tehchunk
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

This place is quite impressive and was a pleasant surprise. An entire wall is dedicated to bombers & random 6-packs from all over the country & the world. The cold selection is vaste as well, including a great selection from Berkshire Brewing Company & Southern Tier. They also have a wide selection of wine (not my thing) and a cabinet of cigars to choose from.

Sometimes it can be a little pricey, but overall it's a quality store. However, it would be much better if it was just a few feet further down the road so it was in NH & there wasn't a bottle deposit and sales tax!

Photo of beertownbaron
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

One of the better shops around the area. I grew up in Tyngsboro, so it's nice to have a such a selection right in town.

Beers are located to the left, starting with big bottles, then moving into six packs. Chilled beer is to the back right of the store, and generally have the more popular micro's in there. The night manager (not sure of his name) is always willing to help, and will even try to order a case of whatever beer you'd like. You don't even need to buy the case, they put it all right up on the shelf. Overall one of my favorite places, even though it is a bit pricey.

Photo of ToastedCoastie
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

This is one of my normal haunts for beer purchaces. I routinely spend between $80 and $200 a trip here.

The staff is fantastic. After chatting with the owner, he has the staff try new things as they come in, and the staff there has an extensive knowledge of the beer sold.

They have added a huge amount of cooler and wall space over the last 5 months, upping their capacity of craft beer by at LEAST 50%, and are adding more shelf space. The owner has routinely asked me what I would like to see sold there, and never fails to get it (except for the usual hard to gets in this area such as Fat Tire).

Fantastic selection of local offerings from MA, as well as NH. The craft beer selection is unreal, with bombers, growlers, 6 packs and more. Discounts based upon amount purchased.

The only thing I don't like about this place is the deposit.

Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located next to Trader Joes in a small plaza across the highway from the Pheasant Lane Mall... It is a few doors down from the former location of The Wine Society...

The place is small and narrow, with wine taking up the front part. Head to the rear for a long row of micros, with coolers on each side of the aisle of warm stuff. There was a shitload of good stuff here, with lots of it rarely seen this close to NH. Which breweries did I encounter? Here are a few I noticed: Clipper City, Victory, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Avery, The Tap, Arcadia, High and Mighty, Hoppin' Frog, and Atwater, plus regular greats like Smutty, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and Ommegang, to name a few. They had nice stuff from the UK and some good Belgians, though Germany was not too well represented. Oddly, they had no Smutty Big Beers, though their personnel offered to get some if needed (and also said they could get a good Merlot my wife was searching for). With more Germans and some Big Beers, I might have given "selection" a 5. One of their staff said they were adding more bier space in the near future, too. Prices were decent, overall, being a slight bit higher than Ayottes or Jaspers. I was verry impressed with this place, and will most definitely be paying more visits soon.

Prosit!!

4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 - $$$

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

This is a smaller bottle shop but for its size it has a nice diverse selection of beers. Certainly no Julio's Liquors or Table and Vine but better than other small package stores in that area.

They stocked a good number of Massachusetts brews beyond Sam Adams and Harpoon. I saw a wide selection of beers from Berkshire, Wachusett, Ipswich, and Haverhill. There weas a small variety of imports including several of the British nitro-cans. They posted signs announcing which beers were the newest addition.

If you buy selected six-packs you can get the corresponding pint glass for free. I bought a mixed six-pack of Saranac and walked out of there with a brand new Saranac glass for no charge, which made me very happy.

I was impressed with its overall cleanliness and the two guys working there were easy to converse with.

For New Hampshire residents who have to suffer with limited choices this is convenient and easy to get to right over the Mass border. It's within spitting distance of the south entrance of the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. Ane once you have bought your beers of the day, you can run next door where there's a Trader Joe's market to pick up all your acccompanying cheeses and sauces.

The prices were average to above-average. They do not allow mix 6-packs, which is always a disappointment. I will return there often.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Stopped by here after reading beerfly reviews. Living in nashua, I was shocked by the selection here. Beats anything I've seen in the nashua-manchester area. Prices seem rather high, but the selection makes up for it. SNPA was at $10 for a six-pack, market baskets in the area have a 12 pack for the same price. They had youngs oatmeal and chocolate stout which I haven't seen at other stores in the area.

Would definitely come back again when I couldn't find something at the usual stores I visit, but due to price would try to pick up the easier finds at other locations. Store was very clean and seemed to be newly renovated.

Photo of deanhead
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

My wife and I stopped at Trade Joe's to pick up a few things. We needed ice, and she directed me to "The Liquor Shop" to get some.
I found more then liquor here. In the back is a generous selction of beer. Several coolers worth, and an Oasis in the middle with Imports on one side, and Domestic micro's on the other.
Along with the usual stuff, I found an eclectic selection of micro's tha are not yet offered in Southern Vermont.

There was an adequate selection of Belgian beers available, both cold and warm.

I'd stop here in a heartbeat on my next Trader Joe's visit. Not quite one stop shopping, but heck if I don't have to get in the car and make one more stop...it was well worth it. IIRc they may have even carried People's pint products, but no BBC.

Photo of jeed
4.2/5  rDev +4%

I had not been in the area for about a year, decided to stop by Trader Joes and what do we have here? A decent beer selection 1 stop light over the border. Next door to the former Wine society location, beer is in the back. What do they got? A pretty damn good selection of beer. Two small aisles with one half being imports and the other half domestic craft brews. Coolers with some macro selections and imports, and several very full coolers of Micro. DFH, Stone(OakedAB!),Ommegang,Rogue,Victory,Bear Republic,Rock Art. Many others escaping me at the moment)
As for imports Delirium, Rochefort 8 and 10, Thomas Hardy, St.Bernardus ,Chimay, numerous other Belgian and german offerings. some more rare British beers also. I was ill prepared to be shopping as I had my son with me so I had to bolt faster than I would have liked. If you are at the mall, go across the street and check this out, well worth the stop.
This is not a huge store, but they got some gems and they know what they are doing. Glassware for sale along with some brief descriptions of some of the beers.
I got a Delirium Tremens, A Rock Art bomber and a Six of Victory Golden Monkey for 26 bucks. I will be going back soon for the Thomas Hardy.

Update 5/9/09 This is now my goto beer store, my wife can hit up Trader Joes and I can find something new everytime I go in. Whoever is buying for them is doing a killer job. Highly recommend those in the Manch/Nashua area to check out this gem one stoplight over the border.

The Liquor Shop in Tyngsboro, MA
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.