B & C Liquors

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B & C LiquorsB & C Liquors
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B & C LiquorsB & C Liquors

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253 Putnam Pike
Smithfield, Rhode Island, 02917-2718
United States

(401) 231-8220 | map

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Added by Beerguy on 12-24-2005

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of SlickSal
2.49/5  rDev -44%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.25

I don't know what everyone is on about, concerning B&C Liquors. Maybe it's gone to seed in recent years. I think the wine selection is starting to overshadow the beer, and force it into the corner. Also one of the workers had extremely strong body odor, almost gagged me.
Still, they had quite a number of offerings, great if you don't mind paying $16 for a bomber, or $9 for a 12 ounce.
I chose a Swedish stout, a four pack of 12oz cans. No indication of price, and btw there are no BA ratings on anything, as I was led to believe by other reviews. How much could a 12oz four pack possibly cost anyway, I said to myself.
When at the counter I was charged $21 for said four pack, I couldn't quite believe my eyes. Not wanting to look like a dope I paid up and left the shop, in a cloud of B.O.
Tldr: it's a seedy crappy little place, it's very expensive, the beer selection is being shouldered out by the wine and liquor, and it's a bit of a dismal experience overall. Keep looking.

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Photo of Buddance
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of direwolf00
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

An excellent craft beer selection once you figure out the tight layout of store. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. I usually always find what I went in for.

A mix a six option would be a great addition, but the small size of store probably prevents that from being a reality.

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Photo of Easym
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JamesStreet
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As some have stated, the outside appearance is nothing appealing. Don't let that fool you though. Inside there's a nice selection of bottles from imports(German and Belgian) to a nice assortment of bombers (Fifty Fifty Eclipse, Cuivre, Even More Jesus, etc). There's about three or four 3' shelves that house the bottles and then a wall cooler that has quite a bit more of your IPAs and APAs and Lagers, etc. The staff was cool and offered help, which I declined but made it their task to find out the different wax colors for the Eclipse. If you are in the area, and need a craft beer refill, stop in at this place.

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Photo of Nickcal
4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Andrewlough
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Johnct
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

From the outside, I would rather attend a klan meeting inside an abandoned prison in detroit. But on the inside - damn they have an amazing selection. Both singles (hundreds) and six packs, which are cold. Great rare ones too, always a few 120 minutes when I go

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of JDDonahue
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of iDrake
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Rhf9120
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of RichD
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of hikeeba
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of SenorHops
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of aepb1
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

So I'm up from Florida visiting the better half's family in the area and we're driving down US 44 and I see this aparent hole in the wall packie and got the ok to turn in to check it out.

Best selection to exterior appearance ratio ever!

A ton of big bottles available with another large selection of sixers in the cooler.

The selection was very well-priced too! I saw a couple of the bottles a few days ago in new hampshire and the same bottles here were a couple dollars cheaper.

The staff is more than helpful! I explained my plight of returning to Florida and wanting to bring half of the store with me and they offered a couple quick solutions (though not giving me winning lotto numbers...) and finally, as I'm getting ready to check out, one of the staff members went in their "back room" and pulled out a fairly rare bottle and offered it to me, saying it was the last one. When this was rung up, it was about 33% what I've seen advertised a few months ago in Florida.

To top it all off, I got a 10% volume discount for 6 bottles.

Bottom line, if you're anywhere in the area, make side trip here and let these guys know how much they're appreciated by giving them your business!

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Photo of ant5431
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Im lucky enough to work around the corner, as everyone else has said it really don't look like much from the outside. If your not looking for it might drive right by! Nice little store with a really good selection and the staff are friendly & helpful! They had me try some of the beers that are know in my beer fridge on a regular basis!
Two tips!
1. they are located right near the Hess station same side of the street near the Rt44/Esmond St. intersection.
2. Drive the speed limit the cops in town love to radar the area & can be a bit jerky!

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Photo of circlenine
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%


What can I say that Han Solo hasn't already said better in the original Star Wars... "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid." If I hadn't previously heard of the great selection of craft beers, I would never have imagined B&C to be the craft beer haven it is.

I arrived about a half hour before closing on Friday November 19th and I was greeted by two employees and the owner - all were very friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. Although the store closed at 10:00, we were still talking with the owner at quarter after the hour (it's great to know that even late on a Friday the customer still comes first in some places)... When I finally left, with two wine boxes full of craft beers in hand, I left having learned something new about beer and I left extremely satisfied with my selections - some of which were outside my comfort zone of stouts/porters on the recommendation of the owner. I can't wait to try them all!

Inside the store was a large cooler section filled with domestic, imported and microbrews. The craft beer selections represented countries around the globe including some harder to find breweries as BrewDog and Mikkellers. On hand was a good quantity of New England Brewing Company's limited Wet Willy release, an extremely hard to find Berkshire Brewing Company release, as well as a generous repertoire of Montreal's Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel...

It was a beer connoisseurs Disney World tucked up in Rhode Island. I will be making the trip back to B&C from Connecticut on a semi regular basis - the selection is too diverse to ignore. B&C warrants regular visits, especially for those looking for the elusive diamonds in the rough (I found mine. Although I am not naming it, the review hints at it.)

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Photo of Kpowers
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I had heard about this place and decided to check it out. It is right off route 295 down from the Smithfield Crossings Strip Mall. Pretty good selection of beer and lots in the coolers. They have a very good variety of selections and the staff was might y helpful. I was presently surprised when I stepped inside to see what was available. Lots of cold six packs and many hard to find craft beers. The prices were very reasonable and the selection made my day. Very much worth your while if you are in the area. The staff was super!

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Photo of roopy40
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Driven past this place plenty of times, just never thought it would have a selection like it does. It is small, but stocks plenty of cold and dry shelved beer. Many a bomber can be found here. Certainly a gem that is well hidden if you don't look it up or know the area well.

They had just gotten in some Imperial Stout Trooper on the day my friend and I showed up, so he was excited. I picked up some barley wine and farmhouse ale and was happy with my purchase, especially the price. I did notice that I paid a bit too much for Imperial Stout Trooper when I had someone go out and get it for me, but how did I know this place would have it 3 bux cheaper!

I will certainly drop by here again soon and check it often when I'm looking for something local places don't have. Check it out if you're in the area, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of discovolante65
4.85/5  rDev +9%

Never would have stopped here if a buddy of mine wasn't their liquor guy and told me that it's a craft store in BMC clothes. I was wowed by the selection for such a tiny place. Since my first trip back in October, they have redesigned the craft section. It is a lot more organized now and not just thrown together. Sorted by breweries and their is quite a good selection.
They seem to hang onto some stuff that other stores have been out of for a while. First place I found Avery's Beast Grand Cru and Samaels. I picked up a Creme Brulee this last time just cause they still had some.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, but they seem content to wait for your approach, which is fine to me. Last time I went there, this young kid pointed me to a surefire winner for the wife, so I was pleased as she is a tough sell for beer.
This place is right down the street from a friends house, so I find excuses to visit. If you're ever in the area, it is worth the stop. They have been the only place in RI that I have seen Brooklyn Black Ops.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%

While not a beauty for the exterior (as others have posted - definitely worth a visit based on what is inside the store)

I had been here before for a tasting a couple of years ago. A quick stop today and have to say it is a solid beer store. A decent selection of craft beer - a lot of local and regionals. I was happily surprised to see several German brews that I haven't had before and a nice wall of Belgians with several that were new to me.

A great store to visit if you're in the neighborhood.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Went here for the first time while driving through. Stopped in to just pick up a 6 pack of "everyday" beer, not expecting anything more than Sam Adams. Boy, was I surprised. What looked like your average middle of nowhere Bud-slinging package store was actually a pretty good beer store. They had stuff on the shelf that the better known stores had sold out of (Creme Brulee, 2006 Rogue Imperial Stout) and their prices were lower than a lot of the other places.

Next time I drive through, I definitely know where I'm stopping. I rated the service good, only because the kid helped a friend of mine find a case of what he wanted (Gritty's Halloween Ale). I didn't really ask for any help. I do think the 6 pack of Stone Coast Black Bear Porter I bought there was pretty old (undated) as it tasted a bit off and a few of the bottles were near gushers, but the selection was impressive for a little package store.

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