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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1300 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139
United States

(617) 864-9463

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
6
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.61%
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

A-wines is located in Inman Square Cambridge. Almost directly across the street from the Cambridge Bukowski’s. It’s a very small, almost dive looking, store divided in to two small areas. Beer is in the front and wine is up a small flight of stairs in back.

The beer selection is actually pretty impressive for such a small store. There are about a half dozen coolers with a mix of macros, local micros, imports and craft. They have two additional shelves dedicated to singles to one side. Not a lot, but it runs the gamut of beer. Craft, Belgians, German, French, English, etc. A good example of variety is Stone. Even though they only had a few the few were Double Bastard, Imperial Stout, AB, and Ruination. Prices were all reasonable and for some of the Belgians a few dollars cheaper per bottle than a lot of places I’ve seen in Boston. ($6.80 for Rochefort 10!)

The day I was in there the owner helped me out. He was rather knowledgeable and we talked beer for a while. He mentioned they have weekly beer tastings on Wednesday. Another nice feature is that you can create your own mixed 4 or 6 pack with singles and they’ll give you 5% or 10% off respectively.

They don’t open till 11am daily, but beyond that, hands down the best liquor store in the Inman Square/Union Square Somerville area. I have a feeling that since I live nearby I’m going to become a regular here.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%

Sought this place out based on high reviews. I was kind of shocked how tiny the place was, and how tiny the selection was considering the glowing reviews. Coolers could hold a lot more beer than they actually had in stock at the time.

I've seen places like this before in other cities, too--very small, but with a varied selection that doesn't waste any space on crap. Premium, but tiny, selection.

The cooler and the shelves looked pretty bare. Did their buyer move on, or did I just come by at a bad time? Great if you're in the area anyway, but wasn't worth going and looking for. Clearly a place that's much better than the typical packie for grabbing something on the way home, a nice resource for the neighborhood. One other thing, didn't look like they were open for the maximum hours permitted by law.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

A-Wines is the Mecca for beer advocates in the Cambridge area.
I've visited most of the area's beer stores and for the Cambridge/ East Boston area, this is simply the best. I took a long walk from Porter to Inman square in search of Dog Fish Head 120 minute and left very satisfied. Not only did I find the 120 minute IPA (which I was unable to find elsewhere), I found a very nice selection of other DFH offerings including Raison D'extra, Brown Ale, 6-packs of 60 and 90 minute. They have a couple large racks filled with a fine selection of singles (available with discounts for 4 or 6 mix-and-match) such as Stone, Weyerbacher, Stoudt, a few Trappists as well. Four large coolers offer 6 and 12-packs in a wide range of domestic macros, regionals and imports. Also a seperate room of wines, which I did not investigate.
The best aspect of my visit was the service. The owners are a very nice couple, very knowledgeable and extremely passionate. They spent 10 minutes or so discussing a few singles I was looking over, despite my very young age. They really couldn't have been any more pleasant and I have no doubt they'd answer any questions I had.
I highly recommend A-Wines for anyone in the area looking for a great beer selection. I guarantee I'll be back for more based on the quality and superb service!

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev -4.3%

I don't know how long this place has been open but when I was leaving the Druid recently one night, I happened to notice this little store accross the street that said "Rare beer and wine" underneath the store sign. I needed no more than that to get me into the place.

Well, the store is extremely small but they dont carry any macro BMC products at all. I did find some English beers I dont see around much and also some of Avery's offerings like the imperial Oktoberfest which I had not seen before. They did carry a good amount of Founders and when I asked about the Breakfast stout, the guy who was the owner told me they had been getting it in regularly until just recently. Her showed me the 6 pack holders as if I didnt take his word for it. The guy was friendly and the prices were reasonable. I certainly will continue to check out this little gem fairly regularly to see if any other tough to find beers show up.

This is not somewhere I would really go out of my way for unless there was one thing in particular I was looking for that I couldnt find anywhere else. However, with the continued improvement of the whole Inman square neighborhood, where I seem to be spending more and more time in recently, I can see myself stopping in here at least once every few weeks.

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Photo of lawrence76
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

Since moving to Cambridge (from beacon hill) this has become my primary source (used to be charles st liquors)

Even though the place is SMALL - they have a tremendous selection none the less. It seems they just decided to carry the very best to occupy the limited shelfspace.

There are a few coolers with six packs and bombers, and also a shelf of room-temp beers including:

-Good American mircos (in addition to the cold six packs, lots of singles on this shelf)

-a pretty good selection of belgians (which is what I'm usually looking for) but also a good deal from Germany, and even from some of the eastern European countires. The owners (Andre -I think, and his wife) are from the Ukraine and and it's interesting to try a beer from Russia/Eastern Europe once in awhile, even if they are not always to my liking.

The owners are sincerely some of the nicest people you will find anywhere, let alone a little liquour store in cambridge, and always happy to chat about beer/wine...and they are good about getting any special requests you may have.

So nice to live so close to this place!

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Photo of akahn
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

This is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall store conveniently located right next to the bank. ;)

I went in for the first time yesterday and was astounded by how well they use their small space. Several coolers filled with quality local and national micro-brew, including some stuff you don't see at most nearby stores, such as Lagunitas, River Horse and Founders. The Founders six-packs were about $9.50, which is normal around here, as far as I know. They then have a large rack of singles, including many Belgians such as two beers from De Ranke.

I asked the older couple at the counter (owners, I assume) if they had Dogfish Head Aprihop in yet. They didn't, but before I asked, they said they'd order it the following week. This was pleasant, enthusiastic service. Totally a Mom and Pop store, which I really appreciate.

This is an excellent store to have up the street and I'll be stopping in here frequently.

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