Leary's Fine Wines & Spirits

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202 Merrimac St
Newburyport, Massachusetts, 01950-2212
United States

(978) 462-4451 | map

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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NHbeerguy
4/5  rDev -2%

Leary's is a decent craft beer store. They have 2 long rows of bombers and singles. Also have several coolers filled with beer. Found some Clown shoes Millonario, DFH WWS and 120 min. The prices where a tad high compared to other stores but nothing out of this world. If you are in the area it is worth the stop for sure!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

On our way from Portsmouth, NH, to Provincetown, MA, the wife and I drove by Newburyport and stopped at the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (beautiful!).

Right as I got inside this store, I was hit by a tempting shelf of rare beers. '09 World Wide Stout, Founders Backwood Bastard, Boulevard Smokestack series and a 4-pack of Dark Truth, Firestone... sweet!

Then a ton of bombers, with lots of Clown Shoes plus Maine, Stone, Lagunitas, Wachusett, Ommegang, Lost Abbey (!!??) and a "promotional" shelf for Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection (13th, Kriek, Brook, New World Tripel)

Prices were a bit high... apparently there is no sales tax in alcohol in MA, but the tax is somewhat already included in the price so it is about the same. This translates to $8.95 for my World Wide Stout and $10.95 for the Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour (not a good beer, by the way). Which means these beers are $1-$3 more expensive than in New York City!!

Service was nice at checkout, but don't expect any help choosing a beer.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been visiting Leary's since ?? way back!! 1980's?? Weekly visitor during 1990s when I started seeking out Oomegang and other beers.
Store advertised over 400 beers in stock back in the 1990s.
Drop in for a visit atleast 3 times per month. Craft beers have definitely expanded. Sometimes this store will have a very hard to find beer, that others have run out of. EXAMPLE: They currently have Firestone Walker Parabola. Occasionally have the usual "buy a certain brewery item, get a free piece of glass ware". Know they have weekly wine tastings, Saturdays around 4?? but am not sure about beer tastings?? Very friendly staff. Prices are fair. No gouging!
Also have various breads, other certain foods, etc.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Full disclosure: I would give this place a high rating solely based on the fact that they were kind enough to reserve two bottles of KBS for me over the phone. Thanks guys!

I was very impressed by the selection when I popped in. This is really more of a wine store, but the beer selection is distinguished even though it's not as vast as Julio's, Tully's, etc.

The fact that they got some KBS this year should tell you they are a quality shop, as so few cases made it to MA. It's also nice to know that folks in southeast NH don't have to drive too far to get some Founders.

Some labels that caught my eye included Firestone Walker 14, Ithaca Flower Power, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Founders Dirty Bastard and Centennial IPA, Old Stock Vintage, and various offerings from The Bruery, Bear Republic, Moylan's, Cisco, Clown Shoes, Pretty Things, Ipswich, Berkshire, Mayflower, DFH, etc. Decent selection of Belgians but not as good as other high-end shops.

Overall this is a nice little shop that is easy to find. Maybe five minutes off I-95.


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Photo of shellebrownies
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

AKA-THE place to go for craft beer on the North Shore.

Found this place about two years ago when we were on a search for Rogue Shakespeare Stout, and it has been our haunt ever since.

They carry a wide selection of Rogue, Stone, Avery, Unibroue, Lindemans, Belgians like Chimay and St. Bernardus, Ommegang, DFH, SN, Ayinger, Founders, Weihenstephan--to name a few--along with brews from all over.

They definitely have the best selection in the area, and the beer buyer, Bruno, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I have left notes for him in the past when he is not there, asking questions or checking on availability of a product, and I have always received a prompt return call with answers.

Needless to say, we've been spoiled having this place practically in our backyard.

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Photo of gameface23
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

I stopped in the other day for the first time. The store is very clean and organized. The beer is located in one long aisle and in coolers against the back wall. Selection was random and pretty impressive (they have lion stout, which I love). A very good selection of Unibroue products, Stone, lots of German & English beers.

Service, to say the least, was lacking. There was a young woman at the cash register that seemed like she was in the worst mood ever. She kept sulking and rolling her eyes at the other employees that were having a small meeting in the corner of the store. She looked irate every time a customer came to check out. A man in line behind me had the bottom of a 4 pack of beer completely fall out on him and all four bottles smashed on the floor, spilling glass and beer everywhere. The other employees didn't move at all, leaving the girl behind the counter to yell "Ummm, can someone help me??"

Prices are very reasonable. I would definitely go back again if I'm in the area. I am sure that I caught them on a bad day service-wise.

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Photo of rbowser
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Leary's is the best place in the area to get beer and wine. Really very solid beer selection and great service. You can get 22ozs of many great beers from around the US such as Rogue, Stone, founders as well as a wide selection of Belgians. In the coolers there are 30-40 brands of micro 6 packs.

If you are in the area, this is the place to shop. I live in Portsmouth and come down here to find a better selection even though Newburyport is a smaller town and center then Portsmouth (NH liquor rules seem to limit real choice).

You should always find something here you will like. Also consistently friendly service over the years. Nice local store.

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Photo of MugOfGoodness
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Bombers of Dogfish Head's Black and Blue, Lefthand's Double Sawtooth, the regular lineup of Stone brewing (arrogant and double arrogant and IPA), and some nice surprises - founder's centennial IPA, hooker's IPA, some good representation from Ipswich and Berkshire - big 64 oz growlers for under $8.

All in all a great trip to brighten this NH drinker's fridge - the NH list has been growing (flying dog, brooklyn, etc) but its great to have a place just across the border for some additionally great beer.

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Photo of mdavis31481
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

During a recent period of underemployment I decided to take a gander at BeerFly and came across a listing for Learys. Newburyport, a cute river town, at only an hour or so away from Maine, provided an appealing destination.

As I entered Learys the coolers were highly visible in the back. An aisle of room temperature brews precedes the cooler. The selection, while unable to rival the numerous Boston area stores, is wonderful nonetheless. I was surrounded by beers unattainable in Maine: Stone IPA, Ruination, Russian Imperial Stout, Arrogant Bastard, and Double Bastard. Victory HopDevil, Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and Racer 5. Ommegang Three Philosophers and Rare Vos, and oh so many others.

In the past three weeks I have visited Learys twice. It is well worth the 2 hour round trip. The owner has willingly recommended beers and taken the time to discuss IPA subtleties. Learys also has a vast selection of wine and liquor. It is certainly worthy of a visit.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Learys is a go to place for microbrews north of 128. He carries Rogue's, Unibrue, Cisco, etc. They have the whole back wall refrigirated and stocked with all kinds of tasty beer selections. He also has two, about 25', aisles stocked with more beer. This is the place to go on the North Shore.

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Leary's Fine Wines & Spirits in Newburyport, MA
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 15 ratings