Ralph's Derby Street Wine & Spirits


100 Derby Street
Hingham, Massachusetts, 02043
United States

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travolta from California

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%

When I first went into the store I was imediatly struck by the lack of signage. I was impressed by this. There is no "Drink Bud" neon sign near the cooler. The service at this store is wonderful. There is no rush, they will talk with you not as though they are trying to sell you something, but as if you have something to say. I enjoy myself when I am in this store. Their selection has been improving quite a bit. Suggestions are taken into consideration. They have the usual micros and the usual belgians. They did not have anything highly unusual or off the charts. What they do have is a decent selection and great service. They have a very nice selection of wine and spirits as well.

Jan 13, 2005
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Been here a few times, not really my stand by place, but I'll probably stop in from now on if I'm in the area. I never really went in here for a long time. Derby St Shops can be a little snooty at times, however they are very nice here. I didn't expect the selection of beer, I thought it was just a wine store. I was pleasantly surprised to see a very decent selection of beer. Most of the cleanup hitters in craft are there. The beer manager really likes Stone, so several of their products. They literally have something from just about every quality brewery, but not necessarily a lot from every brewery. Rogue, Smutty, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Hoppin Frog and many other American Craft, and a very good import selection as well. It's a very small store and they certainly make the most of their area for beer. I guess they have a tasting every Friday from 5-7pm. I finally got to attend one and he 4 pretty decent beers, two included Stones 14th anniversary and Troegs Mounflan. The Prices are pretty good on a lot of the bombers, and you get 10% off of anything being offered on a tasting night which is pretty cool. Their bombers are priced pretty well I think, along with many of thier single bottles, the 6 packs are maybe a little above average. All in all it's a very nice little store, staff is very helpful, and the beer guy is a big fan of good beer and pretty knowledgeable. Not the best beer store in the south shore, but should be considered very well respected, I'll be back.

Jul 24, 2010
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ChuckA2552 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.8%

Ralph's is a top notch store that beats anyone in quality control and customer service. Don't worry about the IPAs being past their prime - all the hop monsters are kept fresh. While most stores have someone willing to talk your ear off about the beer they have in stock Ryan and Alex are great for conversing about anything under the beverage sun. It is not a warehouse but craft dominates 95% of the beer selection and they get all the limited releases too. Just within the past two months Goose Island BCS, Mayflower Barleywine, Sierra Nevada 30th, and KBS have been on the shelves. The import section has also greatly expanded over the past year or so.

Just because it is located in a ritzy Hingham shopping center does not mean there is an automatic markup. The prices are as good or better than any store around. For 10% off a bottle just come to one of the Friday night beer tastings. It is hands down the best weekly tasting in the region. Sick of the same four Harpoon varieties you have tried 100 times already? Don't worry about it here, any week there could be a double IPA next to a Belgian strong ale next to an RIS. That is why I am there all the time - fantastic beer and exceptional personnel.

Apr 16, 2010
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beer4colin from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Full disclosure! I live less than 1.5 miles away so this is my local store. That said, this place rocks! Why? Selection, knowledge and price. The staff here is very hands on! Liz, Rachal and Sue all know there wines! Ryan (and now Alex)are great for beer. The selection here is VERY good given the limited space. But what good is space if it is filled with brews that nobody gets? Different here. This is a place where you can come on a Friday eve for tatstings or Saturday afternon and talk BEER with staff and customers. I would give 4 thumbs up if I had 4 thumbs!

Nov 11, 2009
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

This strikes me still as first and foremost a wine store with beer. There were four coolers of cold beer three of which were microbrews. There was also a shelf for Belgians and one for US bombers. All were priced about what I have seen in other shops. The variety was good and I saw some things I had never seen before--like Pike brewery and some less common to get Rogue. That being said, their selection is not huge--but happily different. I will say that their customer service was exceptional. They were super friendly and knowledgeable. I had found that they sold a hard to locate beer from Left Hand. I told them that I could not come and get it for two days due to work, and even though they only had one left, they held it for me...so I was impressed.

Jun 11, 2009
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andylipp from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

This place is a true hidden gem on the south shore, Ryan (the beer guy) does an excellent job making the most of the limited space he is working with.

The selection is mainly craft and imports, with a smattering of macros for the masses. Plenty of California crafts (Stone, Lagunitas, Port, Lost Abbey, Bear Republic) and other US micros, with an emphasis on hop monsters (do I sense a bias here?). I was also pleasantly surprised to see the Heavy Seas 12 pack there. The Belgian styles from both that country and from the US are quite well represented, as are other European brands.

Prices are surprisingly fair, even low; especially considering it is located next to a Whole Foods in a rather ritzy shopping center.

Without going into the heart of Boston, Derby Street is sometimes the only place one can find new releases or current seasonals. Is it a Beverage Warehouse? No, and it doesn't try to be. And unlike a huge store, they appear to take greater care rotating in fresh stock and keeping up with their customers demands. Highly recommended.

Apr 30, 2009
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bjoyce12 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Tucked away in the Derby Street shops. Easy to miss, not a big sign. It's located next to the Whole Foods supermarket which somewhat overwhelms the small storefronts around it.

Awesome place if you're on the South Shore. Great selection of Belgians, plus a wide variety of stateside quality brewers; Stone, Rogue, Allagash, Southern Tier, plus a few I rarely see. Also an exceptional value; spent $55 on what usually costs me $70. Got a great Green Flash recommendation from an employee. They're very helpful here. Have a cigar selection too but didn't try any.

Sep 04, 2008
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cnahil from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a top-notch store, as noted in the previous reviews. The owner and staff are friendly and helpful and the selection is uniformly excellent, if not encyclodpedic. That said, I popped in recently and it seems that they have significantly expanded their selection of bombers with a distinct emphasis on Belgians. They are now the only place on the So. Shore where I've seen Rhodenbach on a shelf. As a bonus, you can always run next door to Whole Foods and pick up some cool cheese to go with the brew.

Sep 01, 2008
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drinksandeats from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Derby Street isn't the largest store in the world, and most of the space is devoted to fine wine and liquor. Walk all the way back and you will find quite a selection of six-packs and 22s of a wide variety of beers. Although his employees are a little curt, the owner is a very nice gentleman and very knowledgeable about all of his products. The prices are about right for a rather well-to-do shopping center in Massachusetts. I always enjoy visiting Derby Street just to see what new brews they have in stock.

Mar 16, 2008
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wobblymailman from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

I can't believe that this place is in Hingham. Another BA turned me on to this place in the derby street shops when I was looking for Sierra Harvest Ale. This store is more reasonably priced than my local store in rockland. I am not talking 25 or 50 cents but 1 to 2 dollars cheaper on some 22oz. bombers. Also found a bottle of Mcallans Amber (a maple liquer that i like) for 4 dollars less than I am accustomed to paying.

The selection is somewhat limited due to space, but they have twice brought in a case of something I have asked for.

The store employees are always helpful and like to check out your selection and talk about what you are buying.

So long Lukes!!!

Jan 02, 2008
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

A small, but very clean and well-organized shop next to the Whole Foods in the Derby Shoppes. The Derby Shoppes are gorgeous, with many restaurants and stores to spend a whole day checking out.

The beer coolers are against the back wall. There are about 3 or 4 to look through w/ a couple racks of warm brews to the side. There are all of the New England beers as well as Dogfish, Victory, and some Jolly Pumpkin. They also had Old Chub & Dale's Pale, which were priced better than most liquor stores I've been to out in Arizona.

The service was very helpful and acknowledged me as soon as I stepped into the store. The guy who talked to me didn't know too much about the beer but he said the owner knows a lot about craft beer and always expands and improves the selection. Overall, a very nice, clean store w/ a suprisingly good beer selection. I'll stop in every time I'm in the area or shop at Whole Foods.

May 18, 2007
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JMD71 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -10%

I was pleasantly surprised by this store. I had walked by it a bunch of times & never knew that they sold craft beer (or any beer, for that matter) until I read about it on beeradvocate.com. This is a very respectable place & they take pride in presenting a nice, clean, well presented establishment. The usual omnipresent Bud, Miller & Rollick Rock signs are nonexistant, as are their products. This store primarily carries wine, but the beer selection seems to focus on craft brewers only. Not a huge selection, but one that was thoughtfully prepared & maintained. The selection ranged from Chimay, Orval & Westmalle, to Dogfish Head, Stone Coast, to Rogue, and much more. Lots of singles to try. Good variety in relatively small space. They seem to carry some gems that other places may not carry. The store also has a decent selection of glassware & other odds and ends.

I would recommend anyone in the area to stop by & check it out. Also, in conversations with the staff, they have beer tastings every other Friday night. Because the store is new, they haven't had any brewers (or reps) in yet to pour, but they open selections that are new arrivals, etc. to sample. I think this will be a regular stop on my rounds...

Mar 23, 2006
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fitzIPAtrick from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

First I will speak in reverse, cheap in Hingham???!?!?!? Yes, it is for craft beer anyway. Hop Rod Rye for 3.96???? Assorted Berkshire for less than three bucks??? The selection was small but quality. One large wire standalone shelf and a row of coolers in the back. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Chimay as well as the typical macros, and "imports". Just a handfull of names they offer. However, they still have a ways to go, yet they have made improvements from each time I have been in there. The service was non-exsistant, at least for beer. A decent store to stop into if you're in the area, but hopefully it will become more than that with time.

Note: I have been told they do beer tastings on Friday afternoons, I will need to check one out and report back.

EDIT 9/8/06 Just got back from a trip to Luke's and Derby Street Liquors. Luke's might have the edge in total beers on hand, but Derby has it hands down in quality. First the beer guy, is pretty damn nice, didn't catch his name, but he definitely cares about good brews. Liberator, Houblonne Chouffe, Corsendank, Maharaja, Dales, Old Chubb and many others to be found. Not a huge selection, but with the limited space it is used very well. Breweries from Rogue, Clipper City (including the variety pack), Brooklyn, Victory, Unibroue, and several others that slip my mind at the moment.

If you live in, or just passing through the south shore, stop by Derby Street, you will not leave disappointed.

Mar 21, 2006
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3%

I visited this store 3 months ago. It had the usual micros and Euros. But what set it apart from other stores was the nice wide aisles and pleasantly laid out displays. This store is easy on the eyes! The macro section is off to the side, by itself, so it doesn't interfere with your shopping experience.
Yesterday I went in and was surprised to see an even larger selection of craft beer, while the macros had been even further relegated into the background. The refrigerated case is over 90% good stuff, with just one section of macro-crap off to the right.
They've added Delirium, Allagash, Stone, Lagunitas, Karmeliet among others. The staff were all quite open and willing to discuss beer and were open to suggestions. Considering the fact that they are located in a very upscale retail area, their prices were quite reasonable.
They even have beer tastings on Friday nights!

Dec 18, 2005
Ralph's Derby Street Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 14 ratings