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Crossroads Beer & Wine

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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
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34 Cambridge St
Burlington, Massachusetts, 01803
United States
phone: (781) 273-3400
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Photo of Rekrule
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

I frequent Crossroads and think it's a very good beer shop. As of late they seem to be really trying to improve the beer buying experience.

I was in there a few weeks back and there was a Clown Shoes tasting, and a Berkshire Brewing tasting soon after that.

They have expanded their bomber/single selection to where it now takes up half of the back wall.
They will soon be introducing mix-a-six as well.
Also thier web presence is in the beginning stages. I feel like they are in the first stages of "getting it".

I find thier selection to be very good. Plenty of local stuff, and a good selection of not so local stuff. The Belgian selection is growing but still not where is could be. I've seen some selections there that I haven't seen in any stores in the surrounding areas, or at any store I've been to.

For the most part the product there is fresh and I find the prices to be the most reasonable in the area for most items. There is some product that is over priced...maybe based on hype or assumed rarity but 99% of the stock is competitively prices and some even under priced.

My only negatives are the usual negatives of not refridgerating some beers that are best kept in that condition. I have noticed some of the stock is older, and a couple items (Dales Pale Ale, and Gubna specifically) are way way past any time length I would concider appropriate for drinking.

Short of a few tweaks, this is one of my go to stores.

Rekrule, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%

Stopped by this place today to check it out since I live nearby and it has a nice rating. Unfortunately it wasn't nearly as good as the rating. The beer is relegated to the back coolers and while there is a decent selection, it is almost entirely 4/6pks of your typical craft brews. Very little in the way of good singles. Very little in the way of foreign beer - especially belgians. It's mostly New England stuff with typical out-of-state big names (but none of their more special releases).

It probably sounds like I'm bashing the place but I just want to inform people of the reality versus the rating. It's a good go-to place if you live nearby and want to pick up your typical big name craft brews but for a belgian fan or for someone who's looking for the latest releases or specialties I would avoid it.

Other than that, the service was very friendly which was refreshing. The place is tiny and jam packed (can barely even walk past someone) but overall it's pretty decent. Just don't come here expecting to find any gems or anything remotely rare.

Dope, May 21, 2011
Photo of AdamPennin
4/5  rDev -2%

As other people have mentioned, Crossroads is a bit out of the blue. After talking with the management/owners several times I get the impression that their great selection is largely based on crazy requests people make, and listening to a local distributor who likes good beer. After I requested the Stone Vertial Epic 08 last year, they ordered a number of cases of it and have kept it in stock ever since. They usually carry Dogfish 120 minute, and often have World Wide Stout, as well as great selections from Stone, Oscar Blues, Rogue, Weybacher, and others. If I'm willing to drive closer to Boston there are places with a much greater selection, but these guys are the best I've found around Burlington/Lexington/Bedford for Craft beers.

AdamPennin, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of criley40
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

This is my go to store as I live about 3 minutes away. It has a great selection of local brews as well as not so local and imported as well. You won"t be amazed at the prices but it is good to have a store like this around the area with the selection it has. A whole section of just 750ml with a great selection.

The employees are always nice and greet me whenever I come in (which is often). I have a liquor store that is a decent amount closer to this one and I always pass it to come to this one. Great place.

criley40, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

A rather plain appearance from the outside, this store hides a lot of great stuff inside, and probably the best selection for the immediate area. Several coolers or craft beer line the back right-hand side of the store and the macros make up the back wall. An excellent selection of local New England micros available as well as other breweries just outside NE. Brooklyn, DFH, Smuttynose, BBC Growlers, BBC, Sam, Harpoon, Otter Creek, etc.. all represented in force and multiple varieties. West coast micros make an appearance as well with Stone well represented including the Bastards, IPA, Ruination, etc... Dates on all were current.

A modest selection of imported craft espcially in terms of hefeweizens, also some Spaten, and a few select Belgians and Belgian style beers.

Prices seem inline with other stores in the area and the Boston market. A staff member usually asks if they can help everytime I've been in. All in all a well chosen selection, helpful employees, and reasonable prices means I'll be stopping back.

Sycodrummer, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of fdrich29
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

My fiance's (wife if you're reading this after July 8, '06) parents live in Burlington so I'm in town every so often. I've been here twice, once because someone on BA said they had bottles of Thomas Hardy kicking around (which they did, and the kid working the register could not wrap his head around the idea that someone would pay that much for a small bottle of beer). The second time was to see if they had any goodies lying around for me to snag.

Sadly they did not.

This is a basic, run of the mill, ho-hum, blah small package store (save for that bottle of TH). No special reason to be here, unless maybe you've gone shopping at the Big and Tall store (like I have to, sigh) and need a soda after the strenuous workout of trying on overpriced clothes.

But hey, if anyone finds another Thomas Hardy there, please let me know.

fdrich29, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Frankly, I always used to overlook this place when stopping in at Roche Bros or the Pet Supplies Plus located in the same shopping center - from the outside, it looks like your average Massachusetts packy that specializes in over-priced spirits and beer selections only from the Bud/Miller/Coors family.

I read a review of this place and decided to drop in....looks can be deceiving! They have a decent selection of German brews as well as a nice cross-section of New England brews. I did find some brews that were out-of-date, though....but once brought to the owner's attention, the shelves were cleared of all out-of-date product.

This is a family-run business, and they are very eager to please their customers. I get the impression the owner does not know a ton about craft beers, but he's always willing to learn.

I would say some of their more exotic beers are a bit overpriced as a whole....I live close by, this is a decent place if I'm not in the mood to hike out to Colonial.

SunDevilBeer, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of markdrapa
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%

While this might look like a run-of-the-mill mall liquor store, it definitely is not. The major difference here is that the owner is willing to do anything to make a customer happy.

Oddly enough, their finest trait is hidden to most. They are the *best* place to get specialty kegs from. Over the years, I've established a good relationship with them and the owner has been more than happy to special order anything for me, usually with a 2 day leadtime, very small keg deposit, great prices, and no deadline for returns.

Highlights: 15.5 or 13.2 gallon kegs of Rapscallion premier, Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA, Allagash White, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and more.

Marty's and Blanchards couldn't get me most of the things I got from him, and their policies are harsh for the kegerator crowd. Not only that, but Crossroad's prices were incredible--$120 for 90 Minute IPA?!?!? Marty's was asking $275!

For anyone with a kegerator and a taste for good beer, I can't recommend a better place. They are eager to please and the service can't be beat.

markdrapa, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of bierdfly
4.65/5  rDev +14%

Albeit a small liquor store, I find the beer selection to be excellent. Rather than carrying every beer from a particular brewer, they'll carry some of the best ones (IMHO). For instance, from Victory they have Golden Monkey and Hop Devil.

Plenty of Germans, Belgians, and top American craft brews. There are also several selections from UK, Mexico, and some Eastern European labels. A good selection of 750 ml bottles.

Here's what's nice though. The beer guy (perhaps owner) is very nice and obviously partial to quality beers. I asked him about Thomas Hardy and he was unfamiliar with it, but told me he'd check it out. A week later they were stocked up with TH 2003 - very cool! Meanwhile, Kappy's has told me repeatedly that they can't get it yet. So, sometimes smaller is better.

Very clean place, nice people, good selection on liquors and wines as well, average pricing - not a discount place, but reasonable prices. I now go there regularly, and recommend it.

bierdfly, Apr 02, 2004
Crossroads Beer & Wine in Burlington, MA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.