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Reviews by Billolick:
4/5 rDev +11.1%
This place is abit underated in my opinion. The selections were extensive, plenty of quality Belgians, locals, regionals and the national BA worthy brews all showing up in force. Nice displays slightly to the right as enter. I did not see the dust that mentioned in some of the older reviews, so perhaps they are giving their stock more respect/moving more product quicker. They also stock a wide array of wines and the harder stuff. Lived in the neighborhood too many years ago, as a college student, wished we had this type of selection of world class brews back then. They carry Port brewing, but no Lost Abbey, wierd. Anyway, well worth a visit if in the Student slums of Allston
11-08-2007 01:02:25 | More by Billolick
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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.