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Craft Beer Cellar

Craft Beer CellarCraft Beer Cellar
BA SCORE
100
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.78
pDev: 5.65%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

51 Leonard St
Belmont, Massachusetts, 02478-2526
United States
phone: (617) 932-1885

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cbc_belmont

Notes:
Owned and operated by Kate Baker & Suzanne Schalow, formerly of Cambridge Common.

(Place added by: Suzanneccll on 10-09-2010)
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datalager

Connecticut

4.86/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Okay, this place is awesome. I've only ever seen another place with close to the same selection. But I've never been to a dedicated craft beer store, and here are The Cellar's two huge advantages:

1) The staff. I think there were three or four people working on Friday afternoon. All of them exhibited the epitome of friendliness, knowledge, and willingness to help! I am not a beer dunce, but living in CT there are definitely plenty of breweries that we don't share with MA. One the workers greeted my friend and I and pretty much acted as our private guide for close to an hour.

2) You can get anything (yes, ANYTHING) in singles. Best of all is that the prices were completely in line with a typical large liquor store, that is to say perfectly fair.

One cool thing is how they set up the store. You essentially walk into the New England section, and move into the Southeast, Midwest, then West Coast. The back half of the store is all international, and they really do have GOOD international stuff.

Well worth the visit. Get there.

04-01-2014 02:25:11 | More by datalager
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hcontos

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

In from California on a business trip. Always looking for local beers in cans (for my collection) that I can't get back home. Great selection with the ability to get singles of any beer. The guys in the store were extremely helpful. I would suggest Craft Beer Cellar to any beer lover even if your not a can collector like I am.

03-06-2014 02:32:52 | More by hcontos
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

You can't beat a store solely devoted to great beer. It is a small store but it's like a candy shop for beer geeks. The selection is great and they get all the limited release beers. The staff is very helpful and share the passion for great beer. Their prices are good and you can buy singles of any beer in the store which I love.

02-05-2014 14:34:51 | More by AdamF625
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Hands down the best craft beer store i have ever entered. Filled my basket so fast i had to slow things down before i spent half a pay-check. I drove over an hour to get there and it was completely worth it. Singles, bombers, mixed six-packs, warm, cold, tastings and beer geeks everywhere. It's Christmas everyday. Go here now.

09-29-2013 01:31:15 | More by mjstacker
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Sheppard

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Atmosphere: As others have said, the beer cellar has a very upscale feel to it. It has that boutique shop feel. It's small, intimate. They re-did the floors last year, putting in wood to replace the old carpet. The beer is well displayed and organized (by brewery location). They spend a lot of time in how the different beers are presented and it definitely shows when you enter the shop. That's the formal aspect of the store.

There's also the informal aspect of the store. I never know what music to expect playing, but it definitely helps to make the place more informal aspect of the store and captures the funky, fun, quirky character. It makes the place that much more warm and inviting.

Quality: They spend a significant time on inventory. They're very concerned with having the freshest beer and turnover. They'll even send back beer that isn't fresh. I haven't heard of a lot of stores that do that.

Service: The service is one of the key reasons I keep going back. The owners, Sue and Kate, are tremendous people. They're friendly, approachable and they want to help you find the beer that will make you happy. All of the employees are the same way. If you like IPAs, they'll probably have a suggestion for you. If they don't, they'll ask one of the other very helpful employees. They do tastings during the week, which are a good way of learning about breweries. They have tasting lessons too. The service is impeccable.

Selection: The selection is terrific. They really do their best to try and get everything that they can get their hands on and that people want. An example of this would be a Heady Topper. The Alchemist doesn't ship sell in MA, but CBC will get some in supply from time to time because people want it down here. They get whatever they can from California. They get whatever they can from Germany, New Zealand. If the brewery ships to the state, they will probably have it or they'll get it. If not, they'll look into it and try to get it.

Value: I'd say they're priced about right. I've seen some beers that might be a little more expensive than what's at other stores. I've seen some that are cheaper. I've never thought that it's overpriced though, so they're definitely reasonable.

Overall: This is my beer stop. They're awesome people. They do a great job with social media, letting people know what beers have just come in. I love the way they run their business.

06-14-2013 00:53:30 | More by Sheppard
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

personally I break down beer stores into three basic categories: the divey corner store, where you head in a pinch, when pressed for time an need something fairly basic; your go-to, the best place in your neighborhood where you do the bulk of your beer-buying - very solid selection, though you wouldn't necessarily seek it out if you lived elsewhere; and the destination store, which has a selection so good it's worth heading out of your way for. CBC fits into that latter category. just boasts a real nice craft-centric selection top to bottom (and let's face it, when you name your establishment the craft beer cellar, it had better!): numerous offerings from the lineups of the usual suspects coast to coast, on down through myriad local options as well as overseas stuff, notably Belgians. the store isn't huge but the most is made of it, especially without BMC beer horning in on the space. Staff seems friendly and knowledgeable. Now it is a bit pricey but I suppose when you lack the profits from the macros and spirits, you have to keep the lights on. all in all it's a must stop for the local craft aficionado.

06-11-2013 21:07:03 | More by BostonHops
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Stopped in here earlier today while I had some free time in Boston. Doesn't look like the biggest place from the outside but it is much bigger than it appears. Nice relaxed vibe, quite welcoming. Service was good, I was asked if I needed help twice and I talked to the guys a little bit while I was checking out. They seemed to know what they were talking about when it came beer.

Quality was very good, everything I looked at was fresh or aged intentionally. I was able to pick up a Fantôme tulip and Drie Fonteinen pint! I never, ever, thought I would see either of those glasses on a shelf, let alone in the same store. Beer selection was just as good. Lots of different beers from all over the world. Tons of bottles and cans line both walls and down the middle. The likes of Evil Twin, Mikkeller, De Struise, De Ranke, Boon etc. to go along with all of the typical national US brands. Overall an awesome bottle shop. I will definitely return if I am ever in the area again.

05-26-2013 21:10:59 | More by orangesol
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Jsmick

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

The absolute best beer selection that I've ever come across. Their knowledge is extensive, their service impeccable, and their selection is unparalleled. Definitely worth a trip out of the way. This is the type of store that sets the standard. All craft, with absolutely no crap.

05-17-2013 04:48:57 | More by Jsmick
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.72/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Very nice little shop. Lots of locals, which I was hoping for, and many other craft or imported beers. Nice selection of glassware and even some t-shirts. I managed to drop a bit money here, both in locals and glassware. Glasses, btw, were nicely wrapped and boxed separately to avoid breakage. Very nice touch and much appreciated! Definitely will visit again when in the area. Well worth the drive from Boston.

05-16-2013 14:03:38 | More by Imstillthegman
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rjp217

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

The absolute epicenter of Craft Beer in Massachusetts and dare I say, New England. Their selection is unreal. They can and will get almost anything out there. Foreign and domestic, reading materials, clothing, glassware, they have it all. The ladies that run the shop make the experience even better. Extremely knowledgeable and courteous. They constantly update the current selection whether it be on the website, facebook and twitter. I cant say enough positive things about the place. They do it right and im glad it's close to me.

05-15-2013 18:01:33 | More by rjp217
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