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Leary's Fine Wines

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 5.41%
[ Store ]

202 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts, 01950
United States
phone: (978) 462-4451

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(Place added by: bewareOFpenguin)
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Reviews by bewareOFpenguin:
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4.15/5  rDev +2%

Learys is a go to place for microbrews north of 128. He carries Rogue's, Unibrue, Cisco, etc. They have the whole back wall refrigirated and stocked with all kinds of tasty beer selections. He also has two, about 25', aisles stocked with more beer. This is the place to go on the North Shore.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 04, 2002
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Rochefort10nh, Mar 31, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

On our way from Portsmouth, NH, to Provincetown, MA, the wife and I drove by Newburyport and stopped at the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (beautiful!).

Right as I got inside this store, I was hit by a tempting shelf of rare beers. '09 World Wide Stout, Founders Backwood Bastard, Boulevard Smokestack series and a 4-pack of Dark Truth, Firestone... sweet!

Then a ton of bombers, with lots of Clown Shoes plus Maine, Stone, Lagunitas, Wachusett, Ommegang, Lost Abbey (!!??) and a "promotional" shelf for Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection (13th, Kriek, Brook, New World Tripel)

Prices were a bit high... apparently there is no sales tax in alcohol in MA, but the tax is somewhat already included in the price so it is about the same. This translates to $8.95 for my World Wide Stout and $10.95 for the Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour (not a good beer, by the way). Which means these beers are $1-$3 more expensive than in New York City!!

Service was nice at checkout, but don't expect any help choosing a beer.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

I have been visiting Leary's since ?? way back!! 1980's?? Weekly visitor during 1990s when I started seeking out Oomegang and other beers.
Store advertised over 400 beers in stock back in the 1990s.
Drop in for a visit atleast 3 times per month. Craft beers have definitely expanded. Sometimes this store will have a very hard to find beer, that others have run out of. EXAMPLE: They currently have Firestone Walker Parabola. Occasionally have the usual "buy a certain brewery item, get a free piece of glass ware". Know they have weekly wine tastings, Saturdays around 4?? but am not sure about beer tastings?? Very friendly staff. Prices are fair. No gouging!
Also have various breads, other certain foods, etc.

capeannbass36, Jul 22, 2011
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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

Full disclosure: I would give this place a high rating solely based on the fact that they were kind enough to reserve two bottles of KBS for me over the phone. Thanks guys!

I was very impressed by the selection when I popped in. This is really more of a wine store, but the beer selection is distinguished even though it's not as vast as Julio's, Tully's, etc.

The fact that they got some KBS this year should tell you they are a quality shop, as so few cases made it to MA. It's also nice to know that folks in southeast NH don't have to drive too far to get some Founders.

Some labels that caught my eye included Firestone Walker 14, Ithaca Flower Power, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Founders Dirty Bastard and Centennial IPA, Old Stock Vintage, and various offerings from The Bruery, Bear Republic, Moylan's, Cisco, Clown Shoes, Pretty Things, Ipswich, Berkshire, Mayflower, DFH, etc. Decent selection of Belgians but not as good as other high-end shops.

Overall this is a nice little shop that is easy to find. Maybe five minutes off I-95.

Cheers!

ElGallo, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of shellebrownies
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

AKA-THE place to go for craft beer on the North Shore.

Found this place about two years ago when we were on a search for Rogue Shakespeare Stout, and it has been our haunt ever since.

They carry a wide selection of Rogue, Stone, Avery, Unibroue, Lindemans, Belgians like Chimay and St. Bernardus, Ommegang, DFH, SN, Ayinger, Founders, Weihenstephan--to name a few--along with brews from all over.

They definitely have the best selection in the area, and the beer buyer, Bruno, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I have left notes for him in the past when he is not there, asking questions or checking on availability of a product, and I have always received a prompt return call with answers.

Needless to say, we've been spoiled having this place practically in our backyard.

shellebrownies, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of gameface23
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

I stopped in the other day for the first time. The store is very clean and organized. The beer is located in one long aisle and in coolers against the back wall. Selection was random and pretty impressive (they have lion stout, which I love). A very good selection of Unibroue products, Stone, lots of German & English beers.

Service, to say the least, was lacking. There was a young woman at the cash register that seemed like she was in the worst mood ever. She kept sulking and rolling her eyes at the other employees that were having a small meeting in the corner of the store. She looked irate every time a customer came to check out. A man in line behind me had the bottom of a 4 pack of beer completely fall out on him and all four bottles smashed on the floor, spilling glass and beer everywhere. The other employees didn't move at all, leaving the girl behind the counter to yell "Ummm, can someone help me??"

Prices are very reasonable. I would definitely go back again if I'm in the area. I am sure that I caught them on a bad day service-wise.

gameface23, May 15, 2009
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