The Beer Shop
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Very small facility. Which I think can be a good thing.
They have mostly everything organized by what type of beer it is.
A lot of good and great beers here. Nothing super rare.
The dates on some of the stuff was not as fresh as you could find in other places.
The guy who owns the place was right there, and ready to help you find anything. He was very knowledgeable about what was new, up and coming.
Great selection of Massachusetts breweries.. A lot of Stone, Dark Horse, Uinta Brewing.
Some Shelton Brothers imports..
Like I said, a lot of good beers. But the prices were a bit higher than other places in Western Mass.
09-27-2013 23:52:34 | More by davewlfpckfan29
4.09/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
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 +12.4%
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
The Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA
95 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.