Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits


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Kappy's Fine Wine & SpiritsKappy's Fine Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

10 Revere Beach Pkwy
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155-5126
United States

(781) 395-8888 | map

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Kappy's is a mini-chain with mostly mall stores. This one seems to be in the middle of nothing, but at an important intersection, with a lot of traffic passing through (but not stopping) every day. This makes for an interesting mix of a blue-collar neighborhood store and an eclectic upscale selection of beer and booze. The beer guy, when you can find him, is very helpful and attentive. But the rest of the store is undifferentiated. Craft area is small but has a lot of imports and locals represented, with some unusual finds on the shelf as well. Prices are somewhat on the high end for Boston, but not by much. Certainly can do worse. Don't expect pampered service or new releases simply showing up on the shelves. Case area is much bigger than craft and most of it is BMC+. I did not see a lot of interesting 12s on the floor, but I only had limited time and did not peruse every row. Definitely worth looking in once in a while to perhaps spot a rare gem and also worth checking for elusive releases. Prices are slightly above average for the state, but not outrageously so.

PS: Note that a long time passed since the last review and the store selection has changed significantly (although the service is still mediocre at the register).

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in here this past weekend while in town. My gps got a little confused at the busy intersection in front of this store so I was in the wrong lane as I drove past the store and had to circle around. So if you've been to a Kappy's before you know its got that liquor supermarket feel to it so walking in I wasn't expecting much, I'm glad I was surprised. Beer is off in the back right hand corner a couple of shelves of bombers, a couple more warm sixers, many cooler doors. Decent selection, I found some dark intrigue on the shelf. The beer guy came over and we started talking beer. A couple of minutes into our conversation and I've got a Firestone 15 in my hand from out back. Prices seemed reasonable for the area. The only negative aspect was the unfriendly, I hate my job and I'm going to take it out on you attitude I got from the cashier. I'd go back if I was in the area again.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4/5  rDev +23.1%

I am surprised at the low rating here, but reading the previous review it seems like they've made changes.

very good bomber selection, I picked up some Double Bastard there once, good 12 pack selection, Smuttynose mixed twelver was nice. Prices seem pretty reasonable as well. 12 Pack selection is one of the larger I have seen anywhere I can remember.

More bombers than most Kappys I've been in worth a stop by if you are around there. I actually really like the place. Good set up as well.

I haven't really got to talking to any of the staff, so I can't really comment on that.

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Photo of TheAdamBomb
3.9/5  rDev +20%

Wow. What a transformation. I've lived next to this Kappy's for 4 years now and over the past year the new beer buyer has changed things. What used to be a few "craft" six packs has turned into a wall of six packs, two walls of 750's and recently they included a tiny cooler in the beer area so you don't have to rummage through all the Buds/Coors cooler space.

They've priced everything aggressively in that I haven't found any place more reasonable. Marty's, Winchester, and Downtown all have larger selections but you pay for it dearly. Here the prices are a few dollars less that its major competitors.

On the service front I haven't ever been approached by a salesperson. I may just look like I know what I want or they notice me on BA with my phone checking out ratings. Nothing of concern, this place a discount bin for beer geeks and people buying $15 750s don't necessarily need someone to sell them anything.

Well done new Kappy's beer buyer guy. Someday I will meet you.

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Photo of tallmikeG
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

I have to give credit to the new beer buyer at this location (unfortunately didn't catch his name)...he's certainly turned the craft beer & imports selection around. What 6 months ago used to be a small wall of run-of-the-mill beers is now a larger section of the store stocked w/ the likes of Troegs, Smutty's Big Beers, Lagunitas, Rogue, Stone, The Tap, etc...

Most of the standard regional craft brews are located in the refrigerated section (some are scattered about, so be sure to walk the entire back wall). The real change is located on the right side of the store, where a row of more obscure (for the area) sixers are sitting next to an improved selection of imported belgians and lambics. The shelves behind that now carry a great selection of bombers.

If you've got easy access to Liquor World in Porter Sq. or Downtown Wine & Spirits in Davis Sq, this Kappy's wouldn't compete in terms of craft beer selection...but it's well-above-average selection, central location, large parking lot, and decent prices make this my stop of choice when I'm looking to get some good beer quickly.

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Photo of maxpower212
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%

I've only been in here twice, but I think that the rating doesn't reflect what Kappy's carries, especially compared with most of the packies in the area. A back wall with beer fridges is pretty well stocked, although it doesn't seem to be well-organized. There's another aisle or so of craft beer, too, and it's pretty impressive to a recent MA transplant. The selection elsewhere in the Medford area doesn't seem to be too great, and these are all new beers to me, so I'm happy. Other than the terrible intersection at which it is located, Kappy's is a good goto store.

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Photo of Keystone19
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Certainly one of the biggest liquor stores in the area; it's certainly the place to go if you want racks of the mass-produced stuff. When it comes to real beer, they're only slightly better than mediocre. About 10 panels of refrigerated beer (mostly commercial) joins half an aisle of craft brews. Pretty heavy with regional choices with the occasional German selection. Always has a fair selection of Belgian bottles.

3 Philosophers= $7.99

You could do worse than go here; you'll find something interesting amongst the many aisles of light beer. Grade goes up if you're looking for more than just beer; they have every other type of alcohol imaginable.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Since the last review, I would say this place has improved. It's a fairly large store, with a huge selection of wine, liquor, and macros. The craft and import section has grown however, and a fair number of micros are represented here, as well as your standard German, Belgian and English brews. For me, the biggest score I hit in this place was finding a half-dozen bottles of fresh Speedway Stout there. Aside from that, the usual Dogfish Head, Unibroue, Rogue, Stone, and so on are well-represented.

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Photo of Kudashov
1/5  rDev -69.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

As the automatic door opened the overwhelming smell of stale beer is overpowering . Smells like ass . Selection of brew is ok with some St. Bernardus 8 , Smuttynose S'muttonator , Chimay , Unibroue , and some Otter Creek . This was not worth going out of my way to take a look . Service ? Forget it , but then again I was not in this store long enough to get asked .

The other Kappys in Malden , Peabody and Danvers are soooo much better than this dump . Tons of good beer in the cooler and nice shelves full of beer .

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Photo of taez555
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

You can’t miss this place as it’s two stories tall at the busy intersection between Somerville, Medford and Everett. Inside is your typical warehouse style liquor store. Shelves all around the store fill with wine, liquor and coolers along the back wall.

As for the beer selection, coolers focus mostly on macros but a good portion still has a mix of micros and imports with a slightly smaller selection of regional micros/craft. Single beer selection is delegated to one small half isle. There’s a good mix of Belgian, English, German and American Craft with a rather impressive and large selection of Unibroue beers in 750ml’s and 4 packs. All prices are comparable to others in the Boston area, and I was bit surprised to see Harpoon 100 barrel $1 cheaper than most stores. Nothing outstanding, but still not to bad.

They whole right side of the store is dedicated to cases, but for the most part it’s macro land.

As with most warehouse style stores they have a wide selection of wine and liquor with lots of those glasses included liquor gift packs.

For such a big place it’s a shame they don’t add a second floor and up the inventory, but still, decent selection if you’re in the area, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Afty
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

I'm going to go against the grain here and say this is an OK store for beer. Yes, they sell mostly macros, but they have some interesting beers as well. Last time I was there, I picked up bombers of Smuttynose Barleywine and Berkshire Maibock, a six-pack of Brooklyn Lager, and a four-pack of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde. They also had bombers of the various Ommegang beers, the Harpoon 100-Barrel Series, and even some Belgians. Prices are pretty reasonable ($4 for the Smuttynose Barleywine).

I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this store, but if it's convenient it's not a bad choice. You could certainly do worse.

Re-review 9/27/2006: I went by Kappy's today, and either they have improved their beer section or I was remembering wrong. They have a pretty darn good selection of craft brews now, especially bombers. While I was there today, I saw several of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series (Big A IPA and Imperial Stout), most of the Berkshire lineup, the Harpoon 100-Barrel, several of the Chouffe beers, Westmalle, and many others. It was all I could do not to walk out with an excessive amount of beer. Prices were very reasonable. Some of the beers were a bit old (Harpoon Kellerbier, Berkshire Maibock), but they were all clean and well-arranged.

For a store that's not known for their beer selection, they do a pretty darn good job.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

I just walked in to this place about 15 minutes ago not expecting too much, but Goddamn, was I dumbstruck with what I found. Seriously, about 4 months ago this place was a barren wasteland with little in the beer department. Now it has taken a complete 180 with some really great beers to be had. Some of the breweries i saw were Berkshire, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Harpoon, Middle Ages (big plus), Lagunitas, Bear Republic....also some nice foreign beers. I was very impressed to see Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. I think I will be taking a few more trips in there this summer for sure.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%

Kappy's Medford is easy to get to from I93.
Heading southbound, take the exit for Rt 16, and hang a left at the bottom of the ramp (as opposed to right if you were headed to Redbones).
Kappy's is up about a mile on the left, in what is basically a 12 way intersection.
Big neon sign up top missing thr "K".
Beer selection is poor, another huge, cavernous liquor store with only the most basic micros.
Geary's, Magic hat, Sam Adams, Harpoon...You get the idea.
Most beer is full cases sitting on pallets, with one small set of shelves holding bottles.
Import section is laughable, barely any Belgians, Germans or English.
The coolers hold even less.
The one bright spot was cases of 12oz Unibroue on the floor. $48 and change per case... Hmmm, $8 per four pack..such a deal.
I was the only one in the beer section for about 10 minutes, with the dolly boy passing by several times, and no offer to help.
Thats fine though, drive about 10 minutes the other way on 16 and go to Downtown Wine and Spirits.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%

Wasn't thoroughly impressed by this liquor store when I visited. When I first walked in, it smelled like stale beer due to the can return in the doorway. They don't really have a great selection of micros. Macros, yes, but micros, are the normal. Ipswich, Nutfield, Longtrail, Sherwood forest, smuttynose, but not much else. This is a great place to go if you want a case or a twelve pack of one of these or a few others. The staff wasn't really helpful, although the cashier seemed happy. Not a great place to go if you want a quality craft brew 6 pack. Although its in a good location, I would rather go to a different place.

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Photo of Jason
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%

Update: The beer selection has taken a big hit, most craft beer has been taken away and has been replaced with more and more macro-crap from around the world. Noticed that their selection of malternatives has increased substantially as well. The service pretty much sucks and the front entrance smells of rotting beer and soda remnants. Check your freshness dates, if there is any good beer here it may be quite old. If only they did not over order and just kept a decent rotating selection they would have been alright ... there was no need over the years to order every seasonal beer in the book and expect to sell it all.

Reviewed on 09-24-2002 - Last time I talked to the beer man here he was a bit too negative about the whole scene. They still get the seasonals in real quick and the prices are competitive. Imports lack as well as some key local brews. All in all a stop here is worth the time. The last big find was two bottles 94’ Samuel Adams Tripel Bock.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

The guys below pretty much summed it up. The first thing you notice is this place is messy and smelly. I think one of the reasons for the smell is the recycle station is located right inside the front door. It is the first thing that hits you when you walk in.

Poor single collection as most contain dust. Prices for 12 packs and cases seem to be competitive. As a side note, the last time I went there they had about five different kinds of mead. Not my style, but I know some people love it.

Could be a great store.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

Not very impressive at all. The first thing you'll notice upon entering is the stale beer smell (fromt the bottle returns). Selection isn't that great considering the number of refrigerated cases (they're mostly filled with macros). They definitely have the room for an imported aisle, yet they refuse to make one. Go figure. The most exotic they get is Duvel, and God knows how old it is.

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Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits in Medford, MA
3.25 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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