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Harrington Wine & Liquors

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33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
[ Store ]

10 Summer St
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, 01824-3079
United States
phone: (978) 256-2711

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3.76/5  rDev -7.2%

MJSawyer, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

hockeypuck, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of hughlatimer
2.61/5  rDev -35.6%

This was the only local place to buy craft beer at one time. Now that more stores are offering a good selection, they are no longer the only game in town. The selection of beer is reasonable, while not outstanding.

The one thing that has kept me away is the attitude of the employees. I hate to say it but the cashiers act as if they are going out of their way to let you shop here. The first time I thought it was just a one off, but the more I visited the more I saw it. The few encounters I have had with employees in the beer dept were less than memorable.

Go to one of the other craft beer sellers in the area, there are many good ones to choose from.

hughlatimer, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of deanhead
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%

11/2008
I decide to stop here this past weekend while in Chelmsford visiting my Sister in Law's family. The beer selection is okay. I may be jaded by having places like Table & Vine and Ryan & Casey's to visit in Mass.

They have a standard selection of Stone, Sierra Nevada, Sam Smiths, and Victory Products. I would consider the Belgian selection mediocre. One highlight on the Belgian front was the Duchess. I'll give'm credit for stocking the Duchess.

Their selection of English beers was pretty decent, the German beers were lackluster, Plenty of BMC available in the cooler

I found the beers a bit pricey for what I'm used to paying. For example the Three Philsophers was 8.49 for a bottle. I'm still paying less then 6.00 for it here in VT. WTF?

I'd be inclined to explore other opportunities in the area before returning to this store.

The staff were extremely polite, and very helpful. I'm give them that.

Returned on 4/29/2012

The craft beer selection seems meh. Would like to find somewhere else in Chelmsford to compare this to. It meets one's basic needs. Beyond that it's just average.

deanhead, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

A very good sized liquor store, where the beer section is quite substantial, though an expected amount is dominated by BMC and the like. Store area where craft beer lives is wide open, although they tend to hold wine tastings in that area, so sneaking in to browse when that is going on can be a big pain.

There are frequent changes in shelf stock, but some of the stock is there over time. Some discount/brew they want to push near the windows/entrance glass doors. Hmm.

Always very friendly cashing out. Younger guys always running hand carts of stock, and will ask if you need help, although some of he overheard advice leads me to believe that they survive on assumption rather than actual knowledge there.

Good selection of 6ers; limited singles (12 oz.), ok selection of bombers (none of the Berkshire brew in the fridge, though, as it needs to be). You can break up a 6 and grab a single, although it seems like I'm the only one doing it. Cooler is really lacking in craft selection. If you grab a bunch of warm but want a couple of cold ones right away, you might have to go to another store. Some rarities, but I drank thru them in a couple of weeks.

Not over the top expensive -- they make their money on Bud, but not super cheap either. Worth a stop to see what's new, and there are some surprises. Unique changes seem to be in small quantities, so if it is new and a bit rare for the region, grab it, as it might not be around the next time.

OtherShoe2, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a HUGE store located in Chelmsford. I stop by from time to time since I work in the area.

Their selection is pretty large and varied. The entire left part of the store and a huge section of coolers in the back are dedicated to beer. They seem to focus mainly on 4/6pks but that's not to say that their singles selection lacks too badly. They have a large selection of brews from around the world. They do get some specialties and rarer stuff from time to time too (just picked up a Hellhound this week for example).

Overall quite nice, I'd say only one step down from an amazing place like a Julios or a Redstone liquors.

Dope, May 21, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Stopped here a couple days ago. They have a huge shelf filled with craft beers. Good selection of Founders, Bear Rep, Trappists, Belgians, Stone, some Rogue, etc etc. Prices were reasonable although they had a few good deals (got a Double Bastard for the same price as AB). The store was clean and well organized.

Customer service was pretty ordinary. No one was greeting anyone or asking if anyone needed assistance. There was a guy seemingly doing inventory and I expected him to at least make eye contact with some of the customers but he seemed to be trying to be invisible.

They have a huge wall lined with coolers, but unfortunately their singles selection is pitiful and mostly macros. Overall it's a great stop just across the boarder.

Satchboogie, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I have gone to harringtons on numerous occasions to get the beers that I just can't find anywhere else. I have trouble finding sierra nevada big foot near me, and they have it. they also have a nice selection of 22s and craft 6 packs that you just won't find elsewhere in my area. they are also willing to do special orders if they don't carry something that their distributor has. They really have a lot of US craft brewers, I just wish they had a little better selection on the craft import side. also have an extensive wine selection if you enjoy that too check the place out.

rowingbrewer, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%

At first this was far and away my favorite place to buy beer, but after finding other stores in the area, this has fallen by the wayside. The store is good don't get me wrong, but the selection isn't as great as I once thought and the service is decent at best. They have to usual that you would find in any average store, not many rarities, but some that you would be surprised by.This is definitely more of a wine store with a good beer selection. I was there today and they seem to be running low on certain beers, the shelves were empty in spots.

mavbrew, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%

I stopped by here while on a trip home. Huge building with a even bigger parking lot. Tons of liquor and assorted mixed drink products. The beer in the freezer was fully stocked but lacked a huge quality across a spectrum of breweries. I was able to get a Shipyard sampler however, fairly priced as well. The beer on the counters were much better stocked with quality micros and imports. They had BBC, Rogue, Stone, The Tap, Geary's, Shipyard, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher and other assortments. The place seemed well staff, but a lot of the workers seemed like high school kids. Most just worked at the redemption area or the registers, but I was just surprised by how many high school aged looking people were working there. Overall, this place can definitely get you want you wanted.

fitzy84, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%

I've been shopping here for a little while now because they are the closest decent liquor store to me. Let me just say that I live in NH and this store being just over the border helps me keep stocked up with all the beer that I can't purchase in my state. I drive 45 minutes to shop here unless I am looking for something extra special in which case I would drive another 45 minutes to Julio's. The selection is really good, there are better in the state, but for most brews that I'm looking for I can get them here. I have never talked with anyone here about beer, so I have no idea how knowledgeable they are. I just kinda wonder around looking at what they have to offer and nobody really bothers me. I have emailed them asking for specific brews and they were good about responding to me right away. Decent selection of Belgians, English and German beer. Lots of local micros. Last time I was there they had some Alesmith and Hoppin Frog stuff. I wish they would carry some of the Black water stuff from Southern Tier.
All in all great go to store for me.

johnnnniee, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of adowney523
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

My regular beer store.

Selection is pretty good, but not excellent. A variety of beers from Stone, Rogue, Bear Republic, and DFH. The variety of Belgians is also reasonable, I picked up some St. Bernadus, Lindemans, and some Rochefort. Local selection is also good with Cisco, Berkshire, and several others.

Prices are reasonable with 750mL of Belgians running about $8-$12 and bombers of Rogue and Stone $4-$5. Most craft sixers run $7-$10. Big ups for having Oskar Blues in the can! Pick up a sixer of cans of Old Chub!

Like everyone else seems to say, they are strict with the ID check, but if you know about this ahead of time it takes a mere few seconds to complete.

I would recommend this place to anyone in the area looking for a decent selection of brew,

adowney523, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.4/5  rDev -16%

A strong selection of beers. Many coolers stocked with the typical BMC, but with some smaller stuff mixed in. The last aisle (right next to the train set) is non chilled beers. Pretty decent mix, seemed heavier into the imports than the local guys. I saw alot of Belgians. However, some prices seemed high. Bottle of the BBC Holidale was 4.95, last bottle I bought was 3.50. Many bottles and sixers seemed to be .50 to a buck over what I usually see. Also had a nice glassware selection for $3.95 a pop. The staff seemed polite on the floor, I was asked a few times if I needed anything.

Echoing earlier comments, they are crazy about ID's. First off, only MA IDs. Seen some other places like that though, but usually passports are ok, don't think so here. Second, I have a label on the back of mine with a different address than the front, the cashier wasn't sure if my ID was still valid, and checked with someone else. Third, they have a crazy device in the counter that I have never seen before. They put your id on it face down, then you put your hand on top of your id, and then they take your picture with a video camera. Excuse me?? All that to buy a beer? Seemed very over the top.

Strong selection, fairly easy to get to, but I probally won't return. The hassle just wasn't worth it for me.

mountdew1, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of bencharles
4.7/5  rDev +16%

great selection of craft beer.
great crew.
great setup.
clean.
well-lit, well-stocked, and friendly help.
awesome walk-in cooler.
warm beer aisle is full of goodies.
displays are always well-placed and featuring quality products.
plenty of long trail, smutty, ipswich, harpoon, and stone...
plenty of parking, the hours are perfect, and overall you just can't find a better beer/wine/liquor store in the area.
PERIOD.

just a kick ass beer store.


if you live near harrington's, you need to visit this place....

bc



*note: the train display is awesome...i hope it keeps on comin' around
:)

bencharles, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of bigman147
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

About 3 years ago, I moved to about 3 miles from Harrington's. Now I live about 5-6 miles away but I still make my bi-weekly pilgrimage. I am always amazed by the selection. The cooler case has a good mix of Macro/Micro/Import. Of course, the real damage to my wallet happens in the far end aisle. Its kindof like a little piece of heaven. The selection changes fairly frequently. This past sunday I found Stone RIS, some interesting Belgians, and one of my favorite's, DFH 90 minute. The aisle seems to be laid out so that the far left end is local (or more local) brewers. BBC, Smuttynose, Allagash, Ommegang, Cisco Brewers, Sam Adams Triple Bock, Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, and various Stone Coast. As you move to the middle of the aisle, Rogue, Stone, DFH. Very good selection of all of these. Keep moving and you get some Belgians and German Pils (Orval, Chimay, Ayinger). Last is some Thomas Hardy, Sam Smiths, Orkney Skullsplitter, etc. Mixed in are some Tiger, Xingu, etc.

I guess my point was you can find something new everytime you go. I do make a point of buying 2 of whatever I buy. Never buy much more because I think the prices are a little high. Definitely worth the extra price for the hard to find beers (some values to be had).I have only had a limited amount of communication with the staff but they always seem helpful and willing to order something (if you want a case). Overall, I think I am pretty lucky to have as comprehensive a store within 10 minutes of my place. Definitely worth checking out. Its also very close to both Route 3 and Route 495.

bigman147, May 15, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Harrington's is about 10 minutes from Rt. 3 and is convienient from Nashua.
A fair amount of cooler space is reserved for the good stuff, but most is along the left side of the store.
A decent mix of domestic micros as well as imports can be found.
There is also a walk in cooler if you're looking for cold cases.
Customer service is average to good, as they will special order keg product.
At one time Harrington's seemed to be more of a destination beer store, but as of recent times they have slowed rotation of new product.
Mostly what has been found on the shelves over the past year or so tends to be the same varieties and some are getting quite old.
Very rarely do they bring in anything new, which begs the question..
Is it that they are unaware that there are new brands like Avery, Great Divide, Two Brothers, Alesmith, Founders, Lagunitas-etc, out there- or do they not care?
What they do continue to stock can range from moderately priced to a bit high, and some is old stock.
Convienient to NH is good, coming home empty handed is bad.

brewandbbq, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Franchise
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

I just recently moved to Lowell and I was struggling for a place to buy some quality brews. I found this place actually threw a Yankee Brew News I picked up at Colonial Spirits. This place is great, as you walk in you notice the "Beer Singles" at the back of the store, the warm beers are to the left as you enter the store. Harrington's has very ample parking, honestly I was surprised to see a store with such a variety from all over the globe in Chelmsford. I found a few beers from Belgium (Lucifer/Kwak) in particular that I've haven't seen at other places. The prices are on par for what is on the market and if your in the Lowell/Chelmsford/Billerica area this is place to go.

Franchise, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I stopped by here for an Offshore tasting that Matthew (konabrewer) was hosting. Harrington's wasn't too difficult to find with the help of some of the reviews here.

Appearance: It's a large liquor store, maybe a bit smaller than Colonial Spirits in Acton, but not by much. They have shopping carts too. Store was well stocked and clean.

They have a nice full aisle of craft beers on the far side of the entrance. Some of the beers they had that I hadn't seen before were Hitachino Nest from Japan (I bought their Belgian White), Vuuve from Belgium (another white), Le Baladin (Belgian style from Italy), and Scaldis. This is of course in addition to reputable craft breweries like Unibroue, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, Stone etc.

One thing that is really nice is that they sell some glassware, mostly Ommegang, but a couple of random breweries as well like La Chouffe. They were about $3.95 each.

Pricing was average, not quite as good as Colonial Spirits and Groton Market (my 2 favorite), and I didn't see any sort of discount or deal for multiple bottles IE. a case of singles.

Overall: a top notch beer store that is very accessible from Routes 3 and 495.

HogHill, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

A bit of an adventure to actually find, but once there, no problems at all...

Beer fills the coolers along the entire back wall, covering the gamut from a wide representation of the home region, to regional and national craft brews, to imports, with some cold singles. However, the gold mine for imports lies in the far left aisle. There is also warm regional craft stock here, most notably 22oz offerings, but the imports are the shining star. All sorts of things, from all over the place, with standouts I hadn't seen before in many areas. Multiple Baladins, Hardys, Hitichino, the list goes on.

Also in the left aisle is glassware, most or all of which run $3.95. Picked me up a Three Philosophers chalice for that price, which I thought was a deal. Empty growlers and swing-tops for the home brewers also live here.

Definitely a destination to check out if anywhere near the area, you'll find things you didn't know you were looking for. I always think that's a sign of a great store.

ppoitras, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of warchez
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Simply stated: If you can't find the beer you are looking for at Harrington's, you're looking for the wrong beer. The selection is great. Most of your local stuff (and some not so local stuff) in the ample cooler space. Everything else is on one huge isle at the far end fo the store. They are willing to track down anything that you want if its within the sphere of distributors servicing them. If you have a style that you love but want to see how other parts of the country brews it...Harrington's is the place to expand your horizons.

warchez, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.4/5  rDev -16%

I stopped in here while working in the Lowell area, on a tip from the beerfly database. Fairly close to both 495 and 3, but all the wierdo one way streets that create a maze in downtown Chelmsford were a little tricky to navigate. It's near a supermarket plaza (Stop and Shop, perhaps), with a big lighted sign that simply says "Liquors" right on the street. The extrerior is very well maintained, well groomed, with landscaping and lots of trees surrounding the building.
The interior is very nice, definitely s step above your average liquor store. All the merchandise is laid out nicely, well organized, displayed for easy selection and within reach. The beer selection is no exception. A long cooler lines the back wall, with various beers from around the world, and an extensive domestic craft beer selection. The real gems are on the far left of the store, in an aisle comprised almost exclusively of craft beer. Plenty of domestic and local brews, with an impressive selection of single bottles ranging from domestic bombers and 750's, to corked belgians, trappist beers, half liter english and german brews, and beyond. A couple vintage goodies lurk here and there. The selection appears to be fresh and well rotated, but I didn't go through and check bottling dates on every beer. The brews are organized by geography and style, with the quicker moving domestics on the top, probably to ensure freshness.
The only problem I had with the store was the service. If you're in your 20's or look young, I'd suggest shopping somewhere else. Upon bringing my purchases to the counter, I was asked to show ID. Not a problem, and I usually have it ready anyways. However, my license was scrutinized like I was trying to buy a rocket launcher and plastic explosives. No less than three employees looked at it, bent it, matched it against a book, held it up to light, and anything else you might do to detect a fake. After that I was asked to put my hand on a plate and had a photo taken of me. I really don't like to feel like a criminal for buying a couple beers. The part that really got me a little pissed was when one of the ladies expressed some surprise that i was still there, like it was obvious that I was underage and impossible for me to be buying beer legitimately.
Aside from that, the place has a great beer selection and decent prices. Worth a stop if you're looking for good beer in the Lowell area.

UnionMade, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Have to thank Mike from the Concorde brewery for pointing me towards Harrington's in search of his brews. I went in with the premise of just buying his beers and spending around $36. 15 minutes and $72 later I left. They have the far left aisle dedicated to warm beer, and the entire cooler on the back wall. Lots of quality stuff. Bear Republic, ACME, Concorde, Westy 8 & 12, and a ton more. Folks seemed friendly and were happy to tell me where I could find what I was lokking for. Prices were right on for the region. Go, buy beer, be happy.

yankeeheel, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of PZuke
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Have been here a couple of times and I have to say that I’m impressed with the selection. They have pretty much anything you could want from Stone, Rogue and Dogfish head to many German and Belgium beer including Westy 8 and 12. They have the beer coolers in the back and you can pick out a nice selection of single beers if you want. The beer Isle is on the far left of the store and it is very impressive. They also have a large selection of wine and hard alcohol. The prices seem pretty good. I picked up the Westy 8 and 12 for a buck or two less then I did in Boston. The only problems with this place is it is kind of tricky to find and checking out they just about ask you to bend over and take it form behind. So I have a couple each of Westy 8 and 12 and a St. B 12 and I go to check out and she rings up a $35 check for 5 beers which I thought was pretty good. Then she says can I see your ID, no problem I say. She looks at it for about five minutes and then says well you’re under 25 and we have to scan your ID and take a picture of you. I was like what the FFF is this? So they put my ID on this scanner with my left hand next to it and then they took this picture of me. What’s up with that? The fact that I bought 5 beers for $35 bucks should tell you that I’m not under 21. Even though I might have to give a sample of my DNA next time, I would still make a stop bye because of the very nice selection.

PZuke, Oct 22, 2003
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Harrington Wine & Liquors in Chelmsford, MA
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