Pearl Street Beverage

Pearl Street BeveragePearl Street Beverage
Pearl Street BeveragePearl Street Beverage

240 Pearl St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8532
United States

(802) 862-1209 | map

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

For Burlington itself, selection wise this would be your go-to, however, when and if you enter this place, be sure to take your dust gloves - yes, there's a ton of dust on most of their bottles in the warm area. The cooler seems to rotate quicker. They get Heady on Tuesdays - I think around 2 pm or whenever the truck gets there and they're ready to serve it to the customers. But if you have the means, I say go to Winooski Beverage for a greater selection, slightly and less dust. Pearl Street does have a growler section, I think that started sometime in 2015.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I was not impressed with Pearl Street Beverage. I won't even compare it to the other local shops, just to shops in general.

It's got a decent selection of crafts and imports, but honestly, I didn't even find anything to buy, meaning they didn't have a single beer I haven't tried.

I felt the service was completely unconcerned, as if I could be standing there or not, because there would always be another customer behind me; and if that's the case all of the time, you're on your own. I didn't even ask about the Alchemist or Lawson's because I knew they didn't have it.

Finally, they don't even have a bathroom you can use. Fortunately my next stop was about a block away, the 3 Needs (or was that 4, because I needed the bathroom as well?).

If you really want beer find a way to get to Beverage Warehouse. If it was me, I'd even be willing to walk.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

really nice laid back vibe. people will ask you if you need help finding anything but otherwise pretty unassuming. they have probably the best selection of Maine Beer Co beers that I've seen after living in Boston for a year and Burlington for a year ... hell yes!! They also get delivery of Heady Topper, Sip of Sunshine, Tribute, and other great VT IPAs - and the supply tends to sick around a bit longer than it does at other places. They have some good releases there, although not up to par with some of the other top notch beer stores in VT. however, I have 'stumbled upon' both a 4pk of founders KBS and Hill Farmstead Edward, which are two beers that usually would be sold out immediately upon release. Only complaint is there are some older bottles, but most of the beer that needs to be super fresh (NE IPAs) is canned within a few weeks to a month.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Came here looking for Heady Topper. (I'm not from Vermont) Sadly, I was told they only have it one day a week and it sells out fast. Instead, I bought a bunch of local Vermont beers I usually don't see at home. Looking forward to drinking them. Amazing selection of not only beer, but also wine and liquor. Prices a lot more reasonable than what I'm used to in NY. Service ok. There was nobody on the floor to help, but I didn't need any.
A funny and nearly semi tragic story about their leave your bag or backpack at the front policy. So I left my backpack in the front and went on my shopping spree. I paid at the register and lugged my purchases over to Church St to meet my wife. We had spent the day in Burlington and we're ready to head back to Lake George, which was where we were staying for the weekend. We head back, still lugging the stuff, back to the car on College Avenue near the lake. Just as we were about to leave, my wife says "where's the backpack?!" I went pale and then remembered how I left it at the store. We got in the car and drove straight there. Luckily it was still there! Phew!!!!!!

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Photo of Miccal
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

Nothing more than a bottle store with a great selection. Pearl Street has one of the best I've seen so far in Vermont. It is a college town bottle shop and on the weekends it gets a little wild with the kid trying to get cases of cheep beer and bottles.

Overall if you looking for a wide selection of beer from across the globe this is the place. I saw beers from all over Europe, Brazil, Asia and the States.

This is an unassuming gem of a store - just don't expect a beer nut to be telling you what you can find out on BA.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I don't know that this place has much of a vibe or anything like that. It is a liquor store that is downtown. It is not huge nor is it small. They have a pretty good selection of beers on shelves and in coolers. It might not be the end-all-be-all, but if you are visiting VT, they are surely a good option to get to try some stuff you wouldn't get back home. The staff have been helpful the couple times I have been there. Even telling me where to go to find HT (since I wasn't there on their delivery day). Would go back.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I am shocked that this place has a lower average rating than City Market. In my opinion it is FAR superior.

There is a huge amount of bombers here from across the word with a great selection of American micros. Definitely a lot to choose from here. All the regular VT locals are represented here along with some interesting selections from across the US.

The atmosphere is nothing special, but this is a bottle shop, not a bar, so the atmosphere means very little to me if the selection and quality is good, which it was here.

If you are in Burlington, don't skip this over on account of City Market.

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Photo of Billolick
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

So much of Vermont is quaint and charming....come here for the flip side. Wine, booze and the beer is all along the right side as you enter. Front to back wall long coolers and shelving units. You will find well stocked and extensive choices from all the widely available Vermont options. Major regionals and national heavy weights. Also the typical Belg-Brit-Germ options. Heads up, I did notice some semi dusty bottles.

This place sells a ton of wine-Booze-beer to a thirsty college and younger local crowd. Friday night at about 7 pm was a dizzying scene of cases and handles of the hard stuff hastening out the door. They are worth stopping in to see what is locally available when in downtown Burlington. For more extensive options beer wise, I wouldn't leave the area without a stop at Winooski Bev., just about 7 minutes north of town

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

I was looking for some local favs here the other day, I thought they had a pretty good selection of craft beer. Many cold bombers, alot of Belgians, some local stuff I had not seen in MA, but I was looking for some of the more obscure microbrews from VT and U did not come across any. I got a few McNeill's selections, and I remember their Rogue selection as being much more than I had seen anywhere else recently.

Prices seemed ok, they had bombers of Otter Creek Stout for $3, which seemed like a good price.

If I lived here I would frequent this place.

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Photo of TheRowan
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

This place is a college store but the selection has been much better in the last few months. If you go during the day you can talk to the MGMT. the guy who does all the ordering is usually around and likes to talk to people who know what they are talking about. I was excited to see that they had 2 Brooklyn Black Oops left a few months ago and the guys was like wait i have one more in the back if you want it! Thank you. Also there is a tuff night MGMT person there named Tracy. I always ask her what is new that week and she points them out. It is a friendly place. Getting better.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Pearl Street beverage is the college kids liquor store. It can get really crazy there on Friday and Saturday night. There will usually be some sketchy people in there, and a lot of times the service isn't too great if you're there late at night but it's generally good if you go in the afternoons.

They do have a pretty good selection of beer, and about half of it is in the coolers so if you're looking for something to drink right after work or whatever you can pick up something cool. They have a pretty big selection of bottles that are sitting out as well and it's been growing in recent months.

However they really have more of a liquor selection. Again, I've said this in other reviews but if you're really looking for unique beers you should drive 10 mins to Winooski Beverage for a much better selection but their prices are almost always higher, but they usually get more limited edition stuff including beer from Lawson's Finest Liquids on occasion.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

On my mini trip to Burlington last weekend, i decided to visit the other beer stores in the area before going to the Winooski Beverage Warehouse to see how they stacked up.

Close to Church Street is this Pearl Street Beverage. I've been here before but this is the first time i pay closer attention.

Walking in, it looks like a convenience store. Beer at the cash (magnums & gift sets) and more as i walk straight to the back.

Selection is average, good but not great. Lots of Belgians, local micros and others (Stoudt's, Cisco, etc..). Good choice for bombers though and you can break up packs no problem. I was kind of hoping for more, especially seeing as how the ABV restriction was lifted several months ago but didn't see too much (yet). Got some Anchor Old Foghorn & Stoudt's Winter Ale.

Service was average, a little bit nonchalant. Quality was ok but watch out for the Anchor Small Beer, bottled in 2007. I flagged it in Beerspy.

Overall, i was a bit letdown by the selection as compared to the Beverage Warehouse. It's the best selection in downtown Burlington but if you go an extra 10 minutes away, you have way better selection in Winooski.

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Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Conviently located and easy to find in downtown Burlington with available parking. All the Vermont breweries are well represented in 6packs, twelve packs, as well as 22s. Since the new law change allowing higher alcohol beers, the Belgian selection has exploded! Don't stop at the coolers where the good beers end, on the shelf opposite the Macros is where the great Belgians, as well as others, are kept. Lots of Roque, Stone, Berkshire, Unibroue, Smutty, etc. There is a large selection of wines and spirits that can be purchased as well.
Prices are reasonable, even or a little cheaper than other stores in the area. If you go, especially on a weekend evening, be prepared to wait in line. This is the stop for all the college kids-very busy. Service can be very good to leave me alone, dealing with the college crowd all day has that effect on people.
Overall, great location, solid selection, reasonable prices, long lines.

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Photo of everetends
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Went here as my local bottle shop while I was in VT. The place is not much to look at from the street, kinda looks like shit actually. Inside it is a whole different story. They have your typical wine and liquor but right as you walk in, they hit you with the beer selection. VT locals are in the first cooler with lots of Rock Art and Magic Hat. The coolers are well stocked and there were even growlers of fresh Rock Art lingering in there. The coolers progress further down to your macros but they still have a good deal of micro stuff.

The shelf behind was full of micro sixers and twelves. Not as much in the realm of bombers as I was expecting. Had a really nice brewers pack of Smuttynose for $15 that I thought was extremely reasonable. Vermonster was $4 a bomber and I got a bomber of Old Gaurdian for a little of over $3. Belgians were there, but not too impressive. I saw people were plucking beers out of sixers and the beer person told me they don't endorse mixed sixers but people do it and just let them know if you are. Not bad IMO. Liked the joint and very accessible if you are in downtown Burlington.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After lingering along the shore of Lake Champlain, Alewife and I stopped in here for a little something to quaff back at our B&B.

This place looked quite nondescript from the front, and inside it was somewhat divey. The beer was located on the right side of the building, with a few cold cases along the wall with some warm beer opposite, the length of the aisle. They had the major VT stuff, like Otter Creek, Long Trail, Rock Art and Magic Hat, though little of anything else from the state. Also found lots of Unibroue, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Ommegang, plus, oddly, some Jolly Pumpkin. A small assortment of English and Belgian biers also dotted the shelves. Oddly, I only saw 1 offering from Germany. Plenty of macro "stuff" was also available. Service was efficient though curt. They're not looking to charm you, simply move you through quickly. There was a lot (!!) of local college traffic here doing business on this Friday Night (18APR08). Nice to see some of them, at least, buying some decent bier as opposed to BMC. There is also a large selection of wine and hard liquor, if that tickles your uvula. Not bad...


vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$


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Photo of abeeraday
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

This store has supplied the area with alcoholic beverages of all types for quite sometime and has evovled into carrying an eclectic mix of beverages. Decent sized liquor/wine/beer store in the center of downtown Burlington, VT. Stock turnover is probably brisk due to college students nearby, so the inventory is fresh. The beer selection is wide and varied with the local brews well represented. The bomber selection is good in both the cooler as well as the shelves. You'll find that the stores tendency is have more of the local bombers in the cooler and the other offerings available on their shelves.

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Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Rather large convenience store style establishment. Booze and wine on one side and beer on the other.

A pretty good selection which included: SA, SN, Saranac, Berkshire, Otter Creek, Long Trail, Rock Art, High Falls, Rogue, Magic Hat, etc. There was a decent selection of imports and a large selection of cold macros.

The strong point of this place was the relatively good selection of bombers.

The prices weren't too bad, but the clerk was very rude and obnoxious.

Not a bad place if you are passing through and want some souvenir beer.

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Photo of dirkchivers
3/5  rDev -20.2%

(new review) Pearl St. Bevy has grown on me since i've been in Burlington and i have come to favor it over any of liquor stores in town. the owner is still a bit intimidating, but nice and very queer- friendly. They have this one guy on registers though that mumbles too much and i cannot tell if he wants my id, my cash, or a coffee to wake up a bit. Anyhow, i can get fairly lost in their selection of beer; it would be nice if they had BA review scores on their stock like Nikki's in N. Providence, RI does, but i think that is a big ask of this place.

(old review) i was given an unfavorable impression of Pearl Street Bev. by previous reviewers, but seeing as i was desperate for drinks i wandered in there on Friday afternoon. all i dreamed for was a Rock Art bomber, yet i was quite surprised by the selection available. No only was there a decent wine selection but they had a full selection of Samuel Smith, my favorite, and from the reviewers before i had assumed that this was beyond the caliber of beer stocked there.

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Photo of lpayette
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

This place is packed on the weekends with college students like myself. Most are picking up either 30 racks, kegs, or cheap vodka. A good portion however go for the higher quality stuff like 12 packs of magic hat, otter creek, and all the other local stuff. The selection is fairly decent with a slowly changing lineup of various bombers/singles, and import 6 packs. It's definitely not at the same level as Winooski Beverage but it is what I believe to be a well thought out selection that proportionally represents what type of beer their customers buy. I'd say that's a compliment as Burlington consumers are pretty supportive of craft brewing.

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Photo of weeare138
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

I went out of my way to check out this divey little shop. Plenty of derilects with backpacks hanging around the outside of the shop, making you wonder why you came to this side of town to get beer. The inside is in desperate need of a facelift. Dirty floors, shelves, bottles...what a joke.
The service was a bit hard to find but was able to answer a question if asked.
The selection here pretty much sucked. They had a few growlers of Rock Art, along with some cold sixers of Magic Hat & Trout River but outside of that, I wasn't really impressed. I've seen selections about as good as this in gas stations in Vermont. They did have Rock Art pint glasses for a mere $2.

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Photo of Goldorak
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Our last stop before hitting the Vermont Brewer's festival was here at Pearl Street Beverage.

Not much to look at from the outside, big neon Bud signs and carboard cutouts of bikini chicks.

They seemed to have done their homework here, as the fridges and shelves were fully packed with micros, ready to greet the festival goers. All of the local favorites were there, I was even able to get my hands on their last bottle of Magic Hat's Thumbsucker, plenty of McNeil's, Rock Art, Otter Creek and Shed, the bigger micros well represented (SN, Rogue, DFH, etc.) and a decent selection of imports, but I was a bit wary of those, they seemed a little dusty. This didn't stop my girlfriend from grabbing some Lindeman's Framboise and Cassis, some of her all-time favorites. Too bad they didn't have much breweriana to sell, only a few Rock Art pint glasses. With the slew of tourists through town this weekend, someone was sleeping at the switch...

The girl behind the counter was no help at all, and spent the whole time we were there yacking on her cellphone. And it's not like she didn't notice us, a half-dozen obnoxious and loud French-Canadians yelling obsenities in a foreign language. I suppose she figured we can't speak English, and therefore we weren't worthy of her attention.

No matter, I'll still come back here every time I head down to Burlington.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Located somewhat off the downtown area, in what would qualify as a seedier section of ultra beautiful Burlington, Pearl Street is a largish brick building with it's own parking lot. Pretty easy to find, being right on a main road.
Walking inside, it's your typical liquor store, with plenty of liquor and wine, as well as beer. A bit gloomy looking, I thought, with a rather spartan appearance. The beer section is on the righthand side, with a wall of coolers housing chilled brews. A decent selection of Vermont beers, but I was a bit disappointed to not find Shed or Jay Peak. The imports and other american micros were a bit disappointing, as well. Not much that I couldn't get back home. Nothing looked terribly old, but I was a bit dubious on some of the imports and more expensive selections.
Service isn't terrible. They seemed friendly enough when i asked questions, but they wouldn't believe that my girlfriend was 21, even though she's going on 25. It was kind of a hassle having her break out every other form of ID she had just to buy three beers. I can inderstand, especially with out of state ID, but Burlington seems like a college town and you'd think they'd seen out of state licenses before.

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Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Good selection of brews from VT and beyond. Great to see growlers of Shed Mountain ale, and Rock Art. Trout River, Magic Hat, Rock Art, Otter Creek, Long Trail, Kross, Shed, Jay Peak.... Vermont is well represented. Nice to see Rogue, Sam Smith, and Unibrowe. Good service and a top notch place. Where else can you get a keg of beer at 3am?

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Photo of jrancan
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

Not familiar with any other beer stores in Vermont, but this one seems to carry at least 3 to 4 styles of every local brewer I can think of. They sell singles, growlers, sixers, or by the case. Picked up some 750ml Allagash Reserve, Anchor Small (which i've never been able to find in PA), some Rock Art IPA and Otter Creak Summer Wheat. Also good selection of imports with competitive prices. Nice place.

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Pearl Street Beverage in Burlington, VT
Place rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 60 ratings