Publick House Provisions

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1706 Beacon Street
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445
United States

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DrJay from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

A decent beer store a short walk from The Publick House. Lots of high quality beer - I was primarily impressed with the Belgian and US craft selection. Prices were a little on the high side for the greater Boston area, but not out of line for the neighbourhood. Full coolers line one wall, which is good, and the majority of the beer stored at room temp can handle higher temperature storage, but I was a bit disturbed by the late afternoon sunlight directly hitting many of the shelves at the front of the store. Personally, I'd avoid any of those bottles since I have no idea how long they've been exposed like that. Service was decent, staff was knowledgeable. I'll stop by again when I'm in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip to purchase beer here.

Jun 08, 2010
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Publick House Provisions has a fantastic selection of craft beers. Lots of imports and hard to find domestic beers are sorted by region and brewer on the shelves and in the cooler. The do not carry any macro-brews and very few 'average' local/popular beers. For example, they did have the new release of Sierra Nevada Celebration but I didn't see any of their pale ale. There is also a small selection of wines available for purchase.

They also have a large selection of glassware to purchase. In fact, I was rather impressed with the amount of glasses they had. Since I was only browsing I didn't make a purchase on this trip and didn't interact with the staff. However, there were 3 employees on duty ready to assist customers with questions or purchases.

The location is conveniently located near the green line plus has lots of parking across the street. Although the store is rather small, they have a great selection of beers with fair prices.

Nov 07, 2010
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zoolzoo from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Stopped in before visiting The Publick House....

Small, neat little place. The beer selection is solid, especially for a place the size of a living room. That being said, its a bit lacking compared to some other joints. I suppose the selection is still at least "above average". I dont doubt the potential to find a gem here now and then. The front of the store features two massive glass windows. Some of the beer is right up front, exposed to quite a bit of sunlight. Perhaps not a huge deal but certainly questionable....

Some of the bottle prices were a bit inflated, others were about right. I really wanted to buy a sweat shirt, but when the associate told me they are $40 I almost laughed out loud. The wall of glassware is a nice touch, but I didnt even inquire about prices after considering the sweatshirt.

Sep 21, 2010
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

I stopped by Publick House Provisions right after my visit to Craft. This is an excellent one two combo in Brookline. There are wall to wall coolers with quality beers in them. They have an excellent variety of foreign and domestic beer and lots of styles. If you are looking for glassware this is the place to go. They have a wall full of it. The prices are a bit high, but nothing that is too bad. The service was friendly and helpful despite it being busy. If I was in the area, I would pop here and window shop, but I am not sure if I would make a special trip to visit.

Sep 20, 2010
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perrymarcus from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

great stop for craft fans, especially after nursing a couple good belgians at the actual publick house a block away (keep your receipt - 10% off).

great selection, not the best i've ever seen (relatively small store, you can only do so much), but very good: a diverse blend of american and foreign crafts with a few hard to find gems woven in. some good stuff from the bruery, stone, founders, dfh, north coast, allagash, avery, brooklyn, lagunitas, weyerbacher, and lost abbey, to throw out a few breweries; they also stock a bunch from the local scene... really nice belgian/trappist lineup too.

what gives provisions a leg up on many other beer stores (and why i up their selection score here) is twofold. #1, glassware. on one side of the store stand ceiling height shelves with an assortment of craft-logo glassware, from tulips and oversized wineglasses to chalices and standard pint glasses. and #2, the ability to break up 4 and 6-packs. always appreciate being able to mix it up and try several offerings without necessarily being chained to a sixer of the same beer.

service is usually great, especially if its quiet; the guys i've talked to knew their stuff. yeah, a bit on the pricey side but not outrageously so considering some other boston-area stores. if we were looking to drink cheap we wouldn't be into craft in the first place. bottom line: worth a stop.

Jul 22, 2010
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Conveniently located next to American Craft, and just 1 block away from Publick House Belgian bar, this beer store completes the trifecta to make a perfect beer destination in Brookline. The store is relatively small but seems singel-mindedly focused on quality beers. Many, maybe most, selections were available from coolers along the entire right wall length of the store. It seemed you could get just about anything they had as a single, at least in the coolers.

The selection was strongest in American craft beers and Belgian beers, but there were also some top shelf German selections that I saw. You WILL find something you like here, and you might find something a little rare too.

The service was top notch, a rare "5" rating. Each employee knew the products and were very helpful with info about what was coming in over the next few days. A++.

Jun 20, 2010
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fastpass17 from New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Located in a beautiful corner of the neighborhood, with a number of good bars a stones throw away. The selection of beers was some what limited, though there were a number of beers not seen in other stores in the area. I was looking for some local BBC beers that where absent, oh well.
The person working at the store was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was a touch on the expensive side but just walking around the area and that makes sense. I wish there was a little more room to explore there beer. A very nice store in general with a friendly atmosphere. The decor was very pleasant and brought a welcoming feel.

Mar 30, 2010
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Jesstyr from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Found my way here late one evening after visiting the Publick House for the first time...and WOW.

Selection is incredible, and I love that they sell cheese as well - tremendous way to convince the lady to join me. Glassware options are tremendous, and the selection of unique belgian brews is better than I have seen before. Staff may be knowledgeable, but at this hour they weren't particularly friendly - they probably saw me as another acolyte. Prices however seem to be a bit steep compared to what I've seen - but selection creates that.

Altogether this is the place I compare all others to, and I look forward to making another trip up.

Jan 06, 2010
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koopa from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nice shop centrally located on Beacon near the Publick House Bar and the Roadhouse. This place looks a little too much like a convenience store while the wall behind the cash register is the only facing that looks like a nice beer store. Selection was pretty good but didn't seem as expansive as I was expecting. They did have some Westy's on display behind the counter that I don't believe were for sale. The guy at the counter that helped me was friendly and you also get 10% off your purchase here if you bring a dinner receipt from either the Publick House or the Roadhouse. I thought that was pretty cool and hope that these 3 establishments continue to grow stronger. They definitely are worthy spots in Brookline to spend your time in!

Dec 15, 2009
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Stopped by PHP today to check out their six pack deal. I love the look of this place. Wall coolers neatly stacked with well-labeled beer. A middle island filled with more beer and gourmet food. An exquisite cheese display. And the wall of beer glasses impresses any beer geek, for sure. I was allowed to browse for 10 minutes before I was nicely asked for any help. The six pack deal is a fun option. I got six different beers I was looking to try for $13, not bad. There are not a lot of cheaper options in this store, so come prepared to spend some money. But, you have to pay for quality, and this store has quality in abundance.

Nov 19, 2009
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FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

This is certainly one of the best stores in the Boston area. The store itself is carefully laid out, the merchandise well-organized and well-stocked, and the care and dedication of the staff and owners are reflected in the general quality of the environment and the merchandise they carry.

Service is good and helpful, but not in your face. If you have a question, they are willing able to help, but will not pester you, which is nice when you're browsing or just taking a look. It would be nice, as has been noted, if pricing was more clear. There's a booklet, I know, but it can be a pain, and I'm much more likely to buy something if I don't have to ask or search for the price. That's a small qualm for me though, as the prices are there if you seek them out.

Overall, the selection is phenomenal. Many beers I haven't seen anywhere else, and especially strong in single bottles and Belgians. There is a good selection of American craft beers, but I've been somewhat disappointed on that front. A lot of the Americans that can be found there can be found elsewhere, and it would be particularly nice if they would feature a few, more obscure New England breweries of interest that are hard to find.

They feature frequent events, including tastings and hosting brewers, which is really nice. The attractiveness of the store helps make it a nice place for such events, as well as general shopping. And while it can be a bit pricey, I believe if you save your receipt from the Publick House or Roadhouse restaurants, you can get a 10% discount on your purchase here.

Among the limited number of Boston stores worth seeking out.

Sep 22, 2009
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SevaTse from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

-a huge selection of extremely rare(for the area) beers
-rare cheeses and sausage
-huge selection of glasses! many stores get them, not a lot know what do with them.

-NOT EVERY ITEM IS CLEARLY PRICED! That caused me to be very cautious with my spending, as I didn't want to have the guy(that wasn't the most talkative to begin with) scan every single one for a price check, and i didn't want to find out that a beer that i was casually interested in trying would cost $20. fact: i always walk away with way more stuff from a store where prices are marked.
-just like at the publick house, the gentleman working wasn't the friendliest type. i never faced direct rudeness, but i also didn't feel any eagerness to earn my repeat business, which in a customer service industry is a bad road to take :-)
will only come back if i need a certain glass or a beer that no other place carries.

Sep 19, 2009
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endincolorado from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Stopped here while in Boston for the weekend and was pretty surprised by the selection. Though the store itself isn't all that large, there was a nice variety of six-packs and bombers, both chilled and non-- a lot that I haven't seen for sale before. Great selection of American craft beers, as well as a handful of imports. They also had a ton of different beer glasses available on a wall behind the counter. Fresh looking (and smelling) bread, some spiced meats, and cheeses. Prices were a little on the high end, but I'd definitely recommend it to someone visiting the area, and would return if I come back.

Jun 21, 2009
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IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Now I'm not a frequent regular, but I'm good for about a visit per month. It's an aesthetically pleasing store; many Belgian glasses on the wall behind the counter...a few Westy crates and a solid cheese case. Selection isn't the largest in Boston but it's nice and varied. A few American crafts, a few German and a whole lot of Belgian stuff. There's nothing here that's really crap to tell you the truth. Service is solid and knowledgable if not engaging. Hey listen, it's not cheap, but it's not ridiculous. Matches rents in Brookline. Good stop, especially for a new Saison every now and then.

Jun 11, 2009
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mymrnngjckt from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Stopped here to check out the glassware and beer selection. The beer selection is good. Not great. Not bad. Most of the big names in craft are represented here. The glass selection is impressive. A lot of hard to find Belgian brands and the more rare craft brands are here. A must stop if you are looking for a particular glass. However, the pricing is as bit on the higher end. $10-$20 per glass depending on what some one dubs the rarity of that glass. The service is OK. Nothing too great but not abhorible either. Worth a stop to check out their items.

I altered my original review about the pricing. I received two beer mails, one nice and the other from some idiot who couldn't formulate a sentence. They informed me that price sheets for each glassware is available at the counter. On top of that, they are working on a web-site that will list the pricing.

May 23, 2009
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vrazionale from Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Stopped by here for the first time earlier today, and I left pretty impressed. There is a great selection here - they do about as well as they can, considering what's available in Massachusetts. There are plenty of brews here that I haven't yet tried, so I'm excited to go back. I left with Avery Brabant, Oro de Calabaza, and Nogne Saison.

It would have been great to have the guy working interact with us a little more. He didn't once ask us if we needed help. I was very content to look around, but I would have loved to talk to him about his selection, and the different beers that he recommends. Anyone could have stood behind the counter and rung up our beers when we brought them up.

There's not much besides beer here. I expected more food items, and the cheese that was on display was poorly wrapped and looked undesirable. All of the non-beer items looked more like an afterthought than anything.

I'll definitely be back, so I can try more of the amazing beer selection, but I wouldn't come back for the service or the non-beer options.

May 20, 2009
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Freshie from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Situated a few blocks away from the home establishment, it is situated on Beacon Street just past Washington Square, and right across from a stop on the C line. Also right next to the Roadhouse, another Publick House establishment.

The inside is very airy, with counter, and deli cases with artisan cheeses line the right side, with coolers of beer on the left. The center shelves contain yet more beer and some assorted gourmet groceries. The most unique thing about the store is the library like set-up of the glassware and reserve beers the adorn the outer walls, complete with rolling ladder for easier access.

Very clean and concise order to the merchandise. The selection mirrors that of the Publick House. Great selection of Belgian beers, some German. Good selections of American breweries like Ommegang, The Lost Abbey, Stone, and up and coming unknowns.

The glassware is one of my favorite things about this place. Some good finds that you never see anywhere but the internet or special beer events.

Fresh bread and cheeses, as well as several gourmet groceries are available as well.

Pretty pricey, but you do pay for quality. Not a place I would go to stock up for a raging kegger, rather a good place to go and prepare for a beer dinner with friends. A mature beer store for mature beer drinkers.

Mar 28, 2009
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jjnasty from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -30.1%

Decent selection. Nice glassware. Nice building. But the bald dude behind the counter has the personality of a wet sponge. Never asked us if we needed any help as we looked around the store for 10-15 minutes. Grunted answers to our questions, never smiled, no thank you as we walked out the door fifty bucks lighter. Almost like we were an inconvenience to him. We looked at each other as we were getting in the car and both said at the same time "Wow, he was friendly". This was back in December. Saw the same dude peddling cheese at the EBF NOTB talking to some little cute chick behind the display and had a smile from ear to ear.

I'll go back and I think it's worth a visit if you're in town. But this guy needs to go to charm school.

Mar 13, 2009
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aerozeppl from New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Went here after night of the barrels with some grizzled beer people. The only beer I bought here was Stone Cali Beligique. The selection was good but honestly I was expecting more. Maybe that says something more about the amount of beer stores I have been to. Don't get me wrong but I did not see anything in the store that I have not seen elsewhere in MA. Except for the Westys behind the counter which are not for sale. The service was awesome though. Very helpful pouring samples etc. The cheese section looked good but we were only in the mood for drink. The pairing of a good cheese shop and beer store is a great idea though. Given it's proximity to the Publick house I would recommend people pop by at the very least.

Feb 27, 2009
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harsley from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

This place beats your average corner liquor store for beer. Great selection of beers from the world, obviously mostly US and Belgians. Large cooler along one wall and some across from it on shelves as well as above it. Lots of stuff you see around other good beer stores but they also have some things that I've never seen anywhere and have been wanting to try.

It's small though and can only fit so much. Tons of glasses behind the counter. Didn't check prices on them but they can all be found online so depending on the price not sure if it's a good deal or not. They don't take up too much space though since they on the wall is lacking in my opinion. I thought it was gourmet? They do have a great selection of cheeses and some meats but most everything else I saw you can pick up at Whole Foods or possibly even a Shaws.

I've been there twice and have never once been asked if I needed help by anyone. Both times we were the only people in the store, besides employees who seemed like they couldn't care less that we were offering to give them business and one time made us feel like were were just in their way.

Check it out if you're nearby or looking for some rare beer or cheese that you can't find elsewhere. Otherwise, visit your local beer store and Whole Foods.

Oct 08, 2008
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Trailmix242 from Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Went for the first time yesterday and was happy to find some Founders Breakfast which was nice. Good selection with a large portion of the the beer being chilled. Some of the prices were off though and a little confusing. For example $18 for a bomber of Chimay? Other prices were in line with averages every where else. In addition to the beer selection the glassware is pretty impressive and there is a great selection of cheeses and other gourmet foods. Will definitely frequent the place though will be cautious on buying some beers their due to pricing. Another note is that they have the best selection of Cantillion I have seen in the Boston area.

Edit: I have been informed that the price for the Chimay is actually not $18 but inline with prices seen elsewhere which is great to hear. I also just realized the $18 I saw was for the Chimay cheese. I am an idiot.

Oct 05, 2008
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citrusjim from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

Finally they have beer. It was definitely worth the wait. Too many bottles to count. All the usual suspects and more. I just picked up some Founders BS, a few S'muttonators and some kriek. A beautiful set up with beers on the wall all the way to the ceiling. Nice to see good beer in a fridge too. Oh, and the glassware...It reminds me of the great bottle shops in Belgium. Beyond the beer, they have cheese, fresh bread, and nice fine foods. I plan on shopping here often with the hopes that they keep the food. Go there now!

Oct 03, 2008
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Billolick from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Medium sized, large windows, beers in coolers to the right. Glassware all over the wall to the left. Go for the extensive glassware options, wide ranging selection of beers, multiple cheese offering, beer related books, hot sauces etc. These guys are doing some serious beer advocacy in this corner spot, next door to the BBQ joint.Toss in a friendly and knowledgeable staff and you now have beer information central, this place should be a must stop for all Boston area BA's and those from out of town doing a Boston visit. Highly recommended.

Oct 01, 2008
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Caitlin from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Arriving at 7:30 at the new Roadhouse BBQ and Craft Beer restaurant, we were given a 90 minute wait. With slightly restless guests and our buzz beginning to decline, we took the reservation and went next door to kill some time at the new Public House Provisions Store.

Now that they finally have their license to sell the store is stocked with wonderful yummy treats, epicurean necessities and a fine selection of cheese.

Our guest Dr. Sam decided to procure a LARGE amount of cheese for us to snack on and the staff generously offered us a platter to create our own Ploughman's Platter!

We sat in the little table in the front window and enjoyed a large selection of beer cheeses by Rogue, Chimay and others. Sam wanted us to mention that the $26 purchase would have been well over $100 in Bermuda and many of the choices were too rare of finds to even get.

Sep 28, 2008
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +12%

Heard that they finally received their license and had to stop in. The store isn't very large but manages to offer an excellent selection of brews and more glassware than I could ever use. They have a great selection of belgian, belgain-style, and trappsit beers ranging from Duvel and Rochefort to Allagash. There were quite a few beers that I hadn't seen at any other local stores so you might find something new here. They also have a good selection of American craft beer with lots of Rogue (including the XS series) and Stone. They have singles of most of the beers that they carry. The entire left wall of the store is dedicated to glassware and the selection is quite impressive. Prices seemed fairly reasonable. The guy at the counter was friendly and outgoing and knew his beer. They also have some gourmet foods and what looks to be a good selection of cheeses. Overall this place is most certainly worth a stop, especially with the Roadhouse next door an the Publick House just down the road.

Edit: I've had the pleasure of talking beer, etc. with Jamie and Mike and realize that my previous review didn't accurately relfeclt the level of service that this establishment offers. Its exceptional, the staff not only is friendly but exrtremely knowledgable and has been happy to just talk beer every time I've been in. On another note the selection seems to have expanded a bit every time that I've been in. So, once again in summary, this place is awesome.

Sep 13, 2008
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