Charles Street Liquors

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Charles Street LiquorsCharles Street Liquors

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143 Charles St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02114-3252
United States

(617) 523-5051 | map

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Photo of danadeny
4/5  rDev -1.7%

If you are looking for something you haven’t tried yet there is a good chance you will find it here. The selection is pretty big, and covers all areas of the beer spectrum. The service is okay, and the prices are reasonable. I did find some unique bottle sizes for the Belgian stuff. Particularly smaller serving that the standard 750ml in some cases. This I liked because I could sample more beers in the smaller form for the same money if I had to buy the larger bottles. I didn’t see any sales or promotional items. The glassware selection is pretty weak also. But overall a good selection and always a place to find some quality brew, they have something for everyone. Just don’t expect any bonuses.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

There's not much I can't say about this place.. They have bottles of beer that I couldn't find anywhere else in boston, such as J.W. Lee's 1999 and 1998 harvest ales for 5.50 a bottle, Victory V10 and V12, a good selection of hard to find belgians, and much much more that I can't think of at the moment. Though the overall selection isn't as large compared to other places I've been to in boston, the quality of what they offer is uncontested. Though I didn't have too much time to chat with the workers, they seemed nice enough and knew their beer. They even through in 3 free beer glass because I bought $50 worth of beer.. (not a bad deal).. The one thing I will say is that I was definetly dissapointed with their glass selection (which was little to none), for I had heard that at one point they did have a great selection in this field. But the beer quality fully made up for this.

Overall, if you've never been, go right now.. You won't be dissapointed...

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Photo of Hibernator
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went to Charles Street Liquors after reading very positive reviews on BA. This is a great establishment for beer fans. Offerings from all over. Nice selection from Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Rogue, Stone, Berkshire Brewing Company, and many, many other breweries.

I picked up a Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine, Dogfish Head Mida's Touch and Dogfish Head Aprihop.

The service was friendly and helpful. Easy location from the T....Charles St off the redline or Park St and a scenic walk cutting up the common and crossing to Charles Street.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

When I saw the bottle of Corsendonk in the front window, I knew this was the place. I squeezed past the wine-tasting and found the goods.

They pack an amazing array of beers into on sweeping shelves, a long rack, and a well-stocked cooler. The prices strike me as a bit high on some things, but I definitely get the feeling that no space is wasted on second-rate beer. All the good stuff is here, including several hard-to-find ones.

They have a nice selection of bottle-conditioned ales and they take good care of them. I got some Vintage Henley which comes in a clear bottle has no sign of skunk at all.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

I had a friend who lived around the corner from Charles St. Liquors and have been here several times on beer runs. He has since moved and I haven't been back for a few years, until today. I've forgotten what an awesome selection they have. There are several beers here that I can not find anywhere else, such as Magic Hat Chaotic Chemistry & Thumsucker and Dogfish Head Pangea. There's a large selection of imports from Belgium, Germany, and Britian, but I also found beers from Japan. They also have a great selection of local and national microbrews.

The service is excellent and quite knowledgeable. While shopping around with several beers in my hand one of the clerks offered to bring them up to the front for me and gave me some tasting notes on some of my selections.

This has to be the premire spot in Boston to get beer. I can't think of another location in the city that has nearly the selection as Charles St. By the way, if you're hungry the King and I next door has some great Thai food!

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Photo of dpend
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

If you walk up Charles Street from the Common you will find this store somewhat tucked away at the end of street on the right hand side. As you walk in, you are greeted mostly by a large wine selection, but have no fear, just continue toward the back of the store and you will be in front of a wall cooler filled with many impressive beers. Continue left and you will find a well organized wall of some even more impressive finds.Not necessarily a huge selection, but some very hard to find beers and being from FLA, we could not of hoped for a better experience. SCFD471 and I left with two cases each and a few free glasses as well. We almost bottomed the Taxi out.The staff was very helpful and friendly and we actually ran into at the EBF later that evening.Great store that we will visit again.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

A small store located at the end of Charles St. more towards the river than the common. Seems to have a bit of a Nepolean complex as it is small but packs a big punch. As you walk in, walk towards the back and take a left. You will be surrounded by beers as you walk up the one or two steps. I was suprised to see a few beers that I haven't seem else where in the Boston area. They do have the rare Magic Hat beers if you are looking for them. A great variety of micros from NE and the entire US as well as a great European selection. The price is a bit high, but considering the location it is just fine.

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Photo of HonestWeightBeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Charles Street Liquors is located in the shadow of the Charles/MGH red line stop on the end of Charles opposite the Common. I read a few reviews here and decided to check it out myself. A nice store to look at, a little posh, but considering the neighborhood, not too posh. Big wine selection, and also spirits, but I was on a mission, and didn't look at either. I was expecting a bit less beer, and so was pleasantly surprised with the good selection. The staff was nice, asked if I needed help, but was in no way pushy. I especially like that the beers were arranged by country of origin, U.K. , western Europe, Belgium, etc. and then by state for American beer, nice touch. They also have plenty of cold 6 packs, and a handy make your own six pack with many local N.E. brews to choose from. I will definitely shop here again, notolny because it is the only Boston store in which I have found the Rogue Morimoto Hazelnut.

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Photo of taez555
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Located on Charles Street in Beacon Hill, Charles Street Liquors is deffinatly one of the best liquor stores in the Boston Area.

A rather small store compared to some of the large mega stores in the Boston Area. Charles Street Liquors is mostly a Wine Store. Dedicated to quality wines mostly. Not the place to go if you're looking boxed wine. The liquor selection is also small but of some quality.

The beer selection here is small but excellent. Several shelves dedicated to singles of more obscure craft brews and imports. The only place in the Boston Area I found Westvletern abt 8. I also found a few bottles of Magic Hat's Braggot and Thumsucker here. The 6 pack selection is just as interesting. Your standards but with a few more obscure selections.

Overall a great store. If you're looking for great bottled beer in Boston, this is right up there at the top.

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Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -1.7%

We hit it after the AOBF wandering around in the rain. They keep the beer in the back in an elevated section, warm on a small wall of shelving and cold in the coolers. A good selection of regional micros and good imports. I meant to pull me a couple of Brooklyn Monster '02's (I haven't seen the '02's in a while) but I ended up spacing them (it was after all, post AOBF!!!) but I scored me some Rogue I2PA's and a bottle of the Sam Adams Triple Bock, which is not so easy to find these days in the NYC area, especially at the $5 it cost me for this one (I should've bought a few of them) and they had some of the Magic Hat big bottled beers very nicely priced. What's this?!? Both of the Dogfish Head rums? (I scapped me a bottle of the honey rum). Good beer selection, a case up front with a small but quality glassware collection ( I really do need Caracole "Saxo snifters"), and a pretty decent tequilla selection too. I'm sure we'll stumble on back come September.

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Photo of MJR
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

I managed to visit this store not once, but twice, during my recent trip to Boston: the morning of the AoBF with TXHops, and in-between sessions with Marc77 and MaineBeerMan.

Quality: Good overall quality with very few dusty bottles. With the exception of the McNeill's beers I bought, everything was fresh and well taken care of. The beer area is a bit small, but is packed solid with great beer.

Service: Quite good, as the staff was knowledgable and willing to assist. One cool thing they do is that every $20 you spend on beer, you get a free beer glass. Between both visits, I ended up with 4 or 5... :<)

Selection: This place has a kick-ass selection of both imported and Northeastern brews. I didn't find any Westy Blonde like I wanted, but my other choices more than made up for it. While Davo got the second-to-last bottle of Thumbsucker, I got the last!

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Photo of waughbrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Very nice. Good selection all-around, especially the Belgians. Helpful, friendly staff. I have not been disappointed with the beers from there, although some might not move so quickly. Overall their prices may be a little high,(probably just to cover their high rent), but I think I saw the Westys there for cheaper than anywhere else around. My favorite Boston store for the "finer" beers.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

update 6-24-04:
what can I say? I pick up a sixer of "Endurence", yell to the counter,
"Is it any good?"
He comes over and says:
"I haven't tried it, but the Weekly Dig (The Bros) gave it 3 out of 5 stars".

I'm impressed.
Even more so when he pointed out the Victory 10 & 12.

On advice from Todd, I returned to this establishment. I double parked out front, thinking I would only be inside a few minutes. I was lucky I didn't get towed having stayed a good 45 minutes. They have a great selection of beer, including too many Belgians to mention. What impressed me the most though was the free glass with my $20 purchase. Just call me cheap

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.15/5  rDev +2%

This place always seems to be pleased by your visit, no matter how you look. Willing to lend a hand. They always seen to have a few obscure brew options. Prices clearly marked underneath the selestion, with items on sale in red. There is no appearent 'Charles Street' tax imposed on the prices, although it is at the less desireable end, next to the Beacon Hill Pub. Conveniently located within eyeshot of Charles/MGH. Well worth a stop-off. Cheers!

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Charles Street Liquors in Boston, MA
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