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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.04%
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486 Columbian Street
Weymouth, Massachusetts, 02190
United States
phone: (781) 331-2345

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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Been here several times over the last few years. My wife likes the Godiva nips and this is one of the only places around me that actually carry them. So whenever I go, I take a look at the beer as well.

It's a good sized store, one floor, wide range. Several isles that arn't that tall so you can see the whole store pretty easy. I kind of get the feeling that wine is there big thing, because that's where you tend to see most of the staff. Out of all the times I've been in the store, the only time I've been offered any help is when I've been in the wine section of the store. Also the wine/spirits are much more organized. The craft beer aisle is a bit cluttered and unorganized.

The selection is actually pretty decent, there's a great deal of American Craft and imports. Southern Tier, Mayflower, Clipper city, North Coast, Sam Adams, Harpoon, (most new england producsts), and plenty more. Plenty of the regular imports, Sam Smith, Wychwood, some St Bernardius and Mikkeller as well. Good stuff. On occasion they will have a rare find, but I feel they hike up the prices a bit. For example last time I was there I saw 2 Cherry Chocolate Stouts left at $5 a bottle and A Firestone 14th for $23. You can find those at Granite on the other side of RT 18 for atleast 20% cheaper. But the rest of their regular selection is much more on par. They also have a long refigerated selection in the back with Berkshire and more regular selling selections.

A pretty good store overall, but not a regular place for me. Especially with Granite Liquors on the other side of Weymouth.

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Photo of Gatch
2.77/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a great store. Probably one of the greatest on the South Shore. They have a huge selection of both import and US micros and the selection is growing. A lot of brewers represented here including Victory, Stone, Rogue, Great Divide, DFH, Brooklyn, Southampton, Ommegang, Southern Tier, AleSmith, and pretty much all New England micros. There are about 4 or 5 coolers with craft brews and a long shelf of bombers as well as a shorter shelf of imports. In the corner of the store, there are a crazy amount of cases of New England brews. A couple Harpoon 100 Barrel Series were back there too. I regret not picking up the Old Ale while I had the chance.

I had to ask for some help, but they were ready to help with anything. Mike is the main beer guy and he orders all the imports and micros. The prices were very fair and they also let you break 6-packs with 10% off of each bottle.

Compared to the Curtis in Cohasset, the Weymouth store has a much better selection and better quality. There were a couple guys going through all the wine racks and checking bottles as well as dusting, so I can imagine they do the same with the beer because it was all very clean. Definitely a great stop to make even if you aren't in the area.

Update: this store really went south. I visited again on 1/18/13. So much old and expired beer, everything is covered in dust, and most beer isn't organized well. The selection is still pretty good but when most of it is past date, what's the point? The guy who was stocking craft beer was on his cell phone on a personal call and didn't seem to care about the beer or people. If you're looking for a new place to buy craft beer, look elsewhere.

Photo of TOOSE
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I live right around the corner from Curtis and stop by every now and then to see what's new or on sale. It's mostly a wine store, but they do have a pretty good selection of craft and specialty beers, but really nothing out of the ordinary. I've been in this store at least 100 times and have never been asked if I needed any help, not that I need any, but I just realized it and found it strange. Prices are about average and if nothing good is on sale, I'll go home empty handed and stop by Granite a few miles away.

Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to this Curtis Liquors location at least three to four times during the past few years with my most recent visit this past Labor Day Weekend.

The store is really big with rows of liquors, wines, beer, etc. There is one long row of warm craft beers on the shelves. I like the "Support Your Local Brews" sign.

No question about it, the beer selection is extensive. Highlights include beers from Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, Offshore, DFH, White Birch, Haverill, Stone, Port Brewing, Great Divide, Southern Tier, Rogue, Southern Tier and so on. Most of all the "big name" american craft breweries are represented. Belgian staples like Bernardus, Westmalle, Chimay and Trappistes Rochefort are available too.

I've always found the pricing to be reasonable and competitive. I noticed some good deals recently like $17 for a 30 pack of PBR and $13 for a 12 pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

I think the service here is average and this is based on several interactions with different employees. I remember one time having my purchase critiqued by the guy that was ringing up my sale, which was rather annoying.

Photo of Chincino
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

I lived in Weymouth, MA for three years so I was a frequent customer of Curtis Liquors during that time. I definitely feel this is the best place to buy craft beer in the area. Although it's selection is not as good as another store I've been to recently, I think it has the best beer selection of stores I've been to in the Weymouth area.

There is a wide variety of foreign and domestic beers and if you don't see what you're looking for, the staff at Curtis Liquors are always helpful in either helping you locate it, offering to order it for you if possible, or telling you where you may find it. There is also a section in the back of the store which is refrigerated where they keep some beers that the staff is more than happy to let you browse through. The store does also do some beer/wine tasting events on occasion. I've found many beers there that they don't sell at your average liquor store. I recommend Curtis Liquors if you live in the Weymouth area.

Photo of ms11781
3.49/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

This place has a section about 15 feet long and 3 shelves high for American craft and the same for imports. American side is mostly bombers with select 6 packs mixed in and the import side also has mostly larger format bottles with smaller ones mixed in. They have most of the standard stuff and good amount of the more limited releases. Of all the times I have been here over the past 2 and a half years I've been acknowledged once aside from being in line at the register. Prices on bombers and six packs seem to be slightly higher in regards to other places in the area but limited releases tend to run much, much higher than most places, $5 to $7 more in some cases.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.5%

A very good beer store. Between this and Granite Weymouth really has an excellent one two punch for beers stores rivaling any town on the south shore. They complement each other really well. Curtis liquors has several beers I have not seen on the South Shore, notably Witches Wit and Wompatuk Watermelon Wheat. It is always nice when you walk in to a store and find something you have been searching for. With their long shelves of bombers both foriegn and domestic, it is certainly possible if not probable here. Service was friendly, but not in your face. The prices here are slightly more than what I have seen at other places, but nothing outlandish. Bottom line is this is well worth the drive from points south, if not just due to the variety.

Photo of tikk
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%

Where do I begin on this place? They have a fantastic selection of beers: Troegs, Victory, Berkshire, Southern Tier, Bear Republic, Speakeasy, Rogue, DFH, Allagash, Founders and many, many others. I visit at least once a week to stock up. They recently brought back Great Divide which was a welcome surprise. The service is pretty darn good, I've been given many great recommendations by the staff. If you want anything they can get it for you. My only complaint is that occasionally they have some beers that are past date, but recently I have seen them start marking down these beers to move through them.

Photo of Kudashov
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Did not know where to start when I went in here . Granted they have some of my favs ( Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter , La Fin Du Monde ) but this was overwhelming for me . Then a gentleman named Mike came over and asked if I need any help . He was aware of my "greeness " - lack of knowledge of the brews- . He spent some time discussing what he likes , what I might like and gave me some styles to try . Mike was very helpful and to this " BA apprentice " , I need all the help I can get . He was aware of the BA site and told him that I wish I did this sooner . Ended up leaving there with some brews that I can't wait to get into a glass .
So in my fat Irish fists we have some Ommegang (Abbey Ale ) , Killer Penguin Barleywine , La Fin Du Monde , Affigem Tripel and Berkshire Coffehouse Porter .

Hopefully you meet Mike . He was more than helpful

Cheers

Photo of GDMFSOB
5/5  rDev +23.2%

I love this place. Other reviewers have mentioned that they've never been helped with their beer selection, but I have had a vastly different experience. Both Mike and I believe his name is Joe have a great knowledge of the beers they sell and have several new suggestions every time I see them. The store has recently expanded their selection to a full aisle about 20-25 feet in length. The selection is impressive and ever-changing, and the people there really have a passion for the beers they sell. Easily the best beer store on the South Shore and I would say it now rivals most of the stores in Boston and Cambridge.

Photo of JMD71
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Being my primary source of beer, I like Curtis Liquors. They have a good selection of both warm & cold beer in a wide variety. Their craft beer aisle is about 25 ft. long with 3 shelves (not counting the refrigerated section). I have noticed over the past few months that the craft beers are starting to take over space in the next aisle as well(space taken from crummy wine coolers, etc.), which is always a good sign. On my last few trips there I have seen some of the following craft brewers products: Harpoon 100-Barrel Series, Westmalle, Duvel, Orval, Rodenbach, Ommegang, Allagash, Victory, Stone, Rogue, Oskar Blues, etc. This past weekend, I've even noticed that they've started handwriting signs below certain selections (Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale, for example) which explain the beer. Kind of a "Manager's Choice" selection.

The only downside to this place is the service. I've never had anyone come by & ask if I need help or have questions with anything & I am there every weekend. As they seem to be paying more attention to the craft bews, maybe this will improve. The staff are generally very nice & helpful when sought out (except for grouchy guy in recycling area!)

I have seen numerous beer tastings at Curtis from a number of craft breweries, the most recent I've encountered being Sherwood Forest. They do have more wine tastings than beer, but maybe this is also changing.

In a nutshell, Curtis is good for the selection & price. It will remain my primary beer store....

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Curtis has updated there beer selection a good deal. Custis has added Alesmith, Thomas Hooker, Ommegang, couple of Dogfish Head selections. A couple of Belgian brews such Leffe and Delirium are available and there is a 15% discount for 6+ bottle purchases. Also, they carry the usual New England selections for boston area stores: Magic Hat, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Allagash. They recently had a beer tasting with most of the newer beers available for sampling which is the first time I've ever seen this store put an effort towards advertising beer, except for usual get you BMC 30 pack for $20 on the main board. Prices are on par with everywhere else in the area.

Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Went here looking for the fabled Vertical Epic '03's that were sighted by Warriorsoul.

Ample parking spots, Curtis sits at the far right of a strip mall. Large store filled mostly with wine. The craft beer section is to the far right of the store and takes up only one half of an isle. Selection was good with some of the top names in the craft industry represented and a fair amount of Belgians for such small shelf space. This is the first store in Massachusetts that I've seen carrying Founder's products.

There was a strange dust covering many of the beers, especially the ones sitting on the floor in front of the shelves. An misplaced rack made getting to some beers difficult.

As for the VE '03...I found two bottles of Stone Imperial Stout, which I promptly picked up for myself, but no VE. I asked a stock clerk if there were any out back. He returned from talking to someone behind closed doors telling me there weren't any left and they were never going to get it back. Such is life.

Good store, good selection. Not worth a special trip from Waltham, but if I was in the area I'd stop by there again.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This Curtis store had, at one time, been in a continuous nosedive, beer-wise. Buyer, Michael Collins and his new replacement saw fit to fix that and now Curtis is, once again, worth an out-of-the-way trip to find exotic or hard to find brews. It was mainly a wine store (and a good one at that) and a fairly decent liquor store. The beer section had been relegated to one shelf area way in the far corner of the store. Now it is growing in a very positive way. 2 1/2 full shelf areas, back to back. The refrigerated area is full of the basic macros and the typical craft-macros and recently, more of the really good stuff. If you're in the area check it out! The staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Edit 8/23/10 - The really good stuff is here now! When you see names like Middle Ages, Delirium, Ale Smith, 2 Brothers, Maradous, St Martin and De Ranke in one place, it's certainly worth a visit!

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -1.5%

While on vacation in Boston I was able to squeeze in a visit to my once favorite liquor store when I lived here. Things sure have changed since the late 80's early 90's when the micro brew craze was flourishing. At that time this store had a huge selection of beer both cold and room temp with the room temp bottles taking two aisles. Now it's only one aisle but a great selection none the less. Several good Belgian brews as well as German wheats and English favorites. Nice choices for micros as well. Stone, Rogue, Cisco, Smuttynose and other local New England favorites. Was able to pick up Stone Vertical Epic, Harpoon Limited Oatmeal Stout and a few bottles of Cisco Porter and Bailys Ale. Full range of Dogfish Head as well. Probably still the biggest selection in the area. Glad to see they're keeping up with the demand.

Curtis Liquors in Weymouth, MA
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.