The Beer Shop
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3.78/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Very small facility. Which I think can be a good thing.
They have mostly everything organized by what type of beer it is.
A lot of good and great beers here. Nothing super rare.
The dates on some of the stuff was not as fresh as you could find in other places.
The guy who owns the place was right there, and ready to help you find anything. He was very knowledgeable about what was new, up and coming.
Great selection of Massachusetts breweries.. A lot of Stone, Dark Horse, Uinta Brewing.
Some Shelton Brothers imports..
Like I said, a lot of good beers. But the prices were a bit higher than other places in Western Mass.
09-27-2013 23:52:34 | More by davewlfpckfan29
4.09/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
Went out of my way to check this place out based on other reviews.
The picture and my mind's eye expected a big space with a lot of cases etc. Two thirds of the building shown turned out to be for other businesses. While the size was a letdown, the contents were not.
Set up much like TruBeer in Easthampton. Singles and bombers on tall shelves with price labels beneath most of them. Thus designed to favor sixpack mixing and bomber buying. over sixpacks or larger quantities of single brews. They did, however, have some sixpacks on the bottom row of the shelves, and twelvers of a few newer releases such as SN Camp Mix, just no indication of how much they cost.
Prices were ok for most items. I noticed some blank spots in prices, often for especially desirable brews. Also, a few particularly high-BA-ranked singles seemed to have been deliberately placed at the very ends of many shelves, unpriced. It could be an attempt to trap the buyer into picking out one of those only to have it be priced higher than he would have been otherwise willing to pay, which has happened to me at certain other stores. Perhaps it's because they just got those in, but no matter how fast they will sell, they should still be clearly priced!
I simply passed by anything unpriced and did not ask. If they can't be bothered tp price it, I can't be bothered to ask how much it is. From my experience in collectibles I know that those who do not price their wares often do it so they can "size up" the buyer and ask for more from those they consider higher rollers.
I also noticed that many of the better items which were priced were slightly higher than elsewhere, perhaps because The Beer Shop is located in an upscale suburb of Springfield. Items which were, say, $6.99 elsewhere, such as Rochefort 10, were $7.15 here. Since I had just bought a bottle at Julio's in Westborough for $5.99 I was not about to buy one here for a dollar sixteen more.
My grousing about very slightly higher prices should not and I'm sure will not deter any BA from making one or more trips here. In many ways it's one of the most interesting and buyer-friendly stores for craft brew shopping (the clerk claimed they are up to 1200 different, which is well more than almost any other place in the entire region). And The Beer Shop deserves ongoing support as it moves towards completion of its first year in business.
08-01-2013 05:09:32 | More by scotorum
4.97/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The beer shop has forever changed my life. Definitely my new favorite place ever. Great selection, service, location... I think the best thing is the knowledge of the owner. He's a beer genius. He always points me in the right direction when I'm not sure exactly what I'm in the mood for
05-28-2013 12:47:32 | More by macmacmacmac
4.71/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A gem of a store.
Locally owned & operated.
They stock over 800 beers, focusing on local craft breweries, but including the world.
A rather astonishing collection for such a small store.
The knowledgeable staff is slowly turning this wine semi-snob into a beer nut.
They hold free tastings most weekends, usually in mid-afternoon.
Last weekend's "elbow-room only" event (May 19) featured 5 local craft brewers sampling their beers. I'll be going back for more.
05-24-2013 04:33:50 | More by FroggieG
4.86/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great selection and very helpful staff! The only thing that limits their selection is what they are allowed to sell in Massachusetts. NH and VT may have things that they don't...and vice versa.
I look for IPA's and they had many that I had never found before in New England!
05-04-2013 11:59:43 | More by zahara15
4.82/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
Beer store to pick up craft beer from local brewers and interstate brewers alike. If you want something they don't have, they are quick to help you out. In addition to 6-packs, they also have almost any keg you can imagine. If I need a good beer, there is no question where I'll be going.
05-03-2013 13:56:47 | More by TGigs15
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great little place with a great selection of great beer. While they don't have everything, they do have a lot and know a lot about all styles of beer. Tastings are held frequently, and prices are reasonable.
Plenty of Midwestern and West Coast Breweries are represented. Most beers are available in either 22-ounce bombers , or 12-ounce singles. Plenty of inventory in the $2-3/bottle range.
Among the things I picked up yesterday (12/31/12) were Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation, Firestone Walker Union Jack, and Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale,
01-01-2013 22:44:38 | More by Wishdiak
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great addition to premium beer stores in the Springfield area. The staff knows beer and is very helpful. Their selection is quite good and varied, with almost all styles represented and each style having quite a few choices. Not the kind of place to run into for a quick six pack, you need to take the time to look around, ask questions and make some great selections to try.
It is fun to grab an empty six pack (or 2) and fill with my favorites as well as some new choices that I can try. They are usually sampling something and love to talk beer.
11-30-2012 20:21:00 | More by jacquibob
4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great new local place for great beer (and wine). The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, and offer great suggestions. A huge selection of craft beers, all grouped by style. The Beer Shop has a great Facebook page that lists tastings and upcoming events, and lists new beers that are in stock. The store itself is a neat little open space with simple shelving and counters, which adds to the experience and atmosphere. Stop in and say hello to Rich! Looking forward to making it my new go to place!
10-05-2012 00:18:12 | More by DCav
4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So impressed with this store. They have a great selection and the one thing I couldn't find at the store when I first got to the place was there on the very following week. They asked me to write it down what I would like to have it and Boom.. they got it! The place looks really cool and you can find a variety of cans too, which is pretty much impossible to get around western MA. Can mix and match anything.
Very helpful staff, lots of local beers as well as Belgians, Germans, English etc. Hope they can keep it up.
09-28-2012 17:55:42 | More by BjMc
The Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA
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