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Harrington Wine & Liquors

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Harrington Wine & LiquorsHarrington Wine & Liquors
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
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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Reviews by mountdew1:
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of Kyote0402
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Kyote0402, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of MouthBreather
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

MouthBreather, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of hockeypuck
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
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Harrington Wine & Liquors in Chelmsford, MA
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.