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3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
Blanchard's splits their shelf space fairly equally between wine, liquor and beer. They also have a decent selection of kegs available on a first come first serve basis. I picked up a keg of Harpoon Winter Warmer for a Holiday party, and it was far from the only micro-available. The store has a nice collection of bottles and carries Harpoon 100 Bbl series as well as Magic Hat Humbdingers, some vintage barleywines. The import selection is fair and balanced. My major complaint is in the lack of six-pack variety. There's a strong bias towards local and regional micros. The six-pack prices aren't all that great, but the bottle prices run from inexpensive to being a bit much. It depends on the individual beer.
03-18-2004 22:54:01 | More by AllThingsNinja
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3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
Blanchard's has been one of my staple beer stores for a good six or seven years now, not so much due to their selection or pricing (the former is good but not amazing, and the latter is on the high side) but because it's the best selection that is the closest to my apartment.
atmosphere is ok. it's a big liquor store, what can you expect? located on one of my least favorite Allston streets (Harvard Ave - meh), but I guess you can't hold that against it. tons of wine occupy the right half of the store while aisles of liquor can be found off to the left. beer is located in coolers lining the back (6 and 12 pks, cases, etc; craft options mingling with macros), while shelving units in the middle of the store are where the bombers and some warm 4/6pks are kept. as mentioned the craft selection is solid but won't blow your hair back (unless you're really into Belgians, then it might go back a little). you get the usual suspects from the major players like Founders, Lagunitas, Stone, Allagash, Southern Tier, Firestone Walker, The Bruery, Sixpoint, Alesmith, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Victory, Ommegang, et al., and the locals - Jack's Abby, Pretty Things, Clown Shoes, etc. then there is another shelving unit adjacent to the American offerings devoted to international craft - especially Belgians.
service can be hit or miss. they don't exactly trip over themselves to ask if you need anything, but I have had interactions with staff who were very friendly and helpful. likewise, prices are a bit of a crap-shoot, ranging from reasonable to highway robbery. I've been able to score limited releases here (lot of Firestone stuff, KBS, etc) so they earned points there. all in all, not a destination beer store but more than serviceable if you're in the area. keep in mind though that depending on where you're coming from, Marty's Big Buys is a 5-10 minutes walk away (vastly superior selection), or if you're heading toward Brighton you have Walsh's and Brookline Liquor Mart, or in Brookline there's Coolidge Corner Wine and Spirits and Bay State Liquors both on Beacon. so there are options.
08-20-2013 23:55:35 | More by BostonHops
Blanchard's Liquors in Allston, MA
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.