The Beer Shop


18 Reviews
The Beer ShopThe Beer Shop

Type: Store, Homebrew Store

33 Harkness Ave
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, 01028-1000
United States

(762) 233-7472 | map

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Added by TheBeerShop on 07-30-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 38
Photo of fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally stopped by this place which is right near my neighborhood. I was incredibly impressed by this facility. They offered an incredible selection, organized by beer style, from across the country. The place seems geared toward mix-and-matching and offering larger bottled beers, but there were a few six packs and sampler packs in the store. What I was most impressed by was their staff. Incredibly welcoming and asked as I was browsing if I needed any help. The staff seemed knowledgeable and wanted to help me make a good purchase (specifically a purchase for my father for his birthday). I will definitely go here more often.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

All I can say is wow. I was amazed at the selection this place had available in such a small store. Hundreds of domestic craft brews from around the country, hundreds of imports. I have read some complaints about prices being high, but I noticed that the barrel-aged Narwhal was $3 less than I paid at a store less than a mile and a half away. Darn it.

My only complaint would be the way they arrange the beers. I have never been a fan of grouping beers together by style. I much prefer grouping by brewery. Maybe I will come to like it over time, because I will definitely be back.

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Photo of bfitzge2
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A very solid selection and a very helpful staff. I wish they would expand their ability to refrigerate ipa's, but space limitations are space limitations. Always happy to stop by when I am in the area.

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Photo of wobblypop
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Relaxed vibe, helpful staff, great selection at reasonable prices. My only wish is that it was closer to my home! If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and check it out.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you want to make a decent mix-and-match in the Pioneer Valley, this is a great choice. Stopped by and it is like a Toys 'R Us for a BeerAdvocate. Top notch selection. Mix and match six packs are always more pricey than an off-the-shelf selection, but I found the prices reasonable. Beers seemed fairly fresh, too! Service seemed good, but I politely refused as I was happy to wonder about like the proverbial kid in a candy store.

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Photo of freshcarl
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I am not fond of bottles shops that organize by beer style, as this shop does. I find it to be very disorienting. The store does not make good use of thier space, the shelves when you first walk in are empty, with most of the beer around the corner out of sight initially. Some 6-packs, but mostly single bottles at a good price. It is a well curated selection, but don't go here if you're looking for that one specific beer...

I was impressed to see a keg of Be Hoppy in the cooler, and also brought home 2 bottles of Big Brekkie that have been gone from most stores for several months.

Overall, I would stop here on occasion, but not make this my regular beer shop.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Very small facility. Which I think can be a good thing.
They have mostly everything organized by what type of beer it is.

A lot of good and great beers here. Nothing super rare.
The dates on some of the stuff was not as fresh as you could find in other places.

The guy who owns the place was right there, and ready to help you find anything. He was very knowledgeable about what was new, up and coming.

Great selection of Massachusetts breweries.. A lot of Stone, Dark Horse, Uinta Brewing.
Some Shelton Brothers imports..
Like I said, a lot of good beers. But the prices were a bit higher than other places in Western Mass.

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Photo of scotorum
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Went out of my way to check this place out based on other reviews.

The picture and my mind's eye expected a big space with a lot of cases etc. Two thirds of the building shown turned out to be for other businesses. While the size was a letdown, the contents were not.

Set up much like TruBeer in Easthampton. Singles and bombers on tall shelves with price labels beneath most of them. Thus designed to favor sixpack mixing and bomber buying. over sixpacks or larger quantities of single brews. They did, however, have some sixpacks on the bottom row of the shelves, and twelvers of a few newer releases such as SN Camp Mix, just no indication of how much they cost.

Prices were ok for most items. I noticed some blank spots in prices, often for especially desirable brews. Also, a few particularly high-BA-ranked singles seemed to have been deliberately placed at the very ends of many shelves, unpriced. It could be an attempt to trap the buyer into picking out one of those only to have it be priced higher than he would have been otherwise willing to pay, which has happened to me at certain other stores. Perhaps it's because they just got those in, but no matter how fast they will sell, they should still be clearly priced!

I simply passed by anything unpriced and did not ask. If they can't be bothered tp price it, I can't be bothered to ask how much it is. From my experience in collectibles I know that those who do not price their wares often do it so they can "size up" the buyer and ask for more from those they consider higher rollers.

I also noticed that many of the better items which were priced were slightly higher than elsewhere, perhaps because The Beer Shop is located in an upscale suburb of Springfield. Items which were, say, $6.99 elsewhere, such as Rochefort 10, were $7.15 here. Since I had just bought a bottle at Julio's in Westborough for $5.99 I was not about to buy one here for a dollar sixteen more.

My grousing about very slightly higher prices should not and I'm sure will not deter any BA from making one or more trips here. In many ways it's one of the most interesting and buyer-friendly stores for craft brew shopping (the clerk claimed they are up to 1200 different, which is well more than almost any other place in the entire region). And The Beer Shop deserves ongoing support as it moves towards completion of its first year in business.

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Photo of macmacmacmac
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The beer shop has forever changed my life. Definitely my new favorite place ever. Great selection, service, location... I think the best thing is the knowledge of the owner. He's a beer genius. He always points me in the right direction when I'm not sure exactly what I'm in the mood for

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Photo of FroggieG
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A gem of a store.
Locally owned & operated.

They stock over 800 beers, focusing on local craft breweries, but including the world.
A rather astonishing collection for such a small store.

The knowledgeable staff is slowly turning this wine semi-snob into a beer nut.

They hold free tastings most weekends, usually in mid-afternoon.

Last weekend's "elbow-room only" event (May 19) featured 5 local craft brewers sampling their beers. I'll be going back for more.

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Photo of zahara15
4.86/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and very helpful staff! The only thing that limits their selection is what they are allowed to sell in Massachusetts. NH and VT may have things that they don't...and vice versa.

I look for IPA's and they had many that I had never found before in New England!

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Photo of TGigs15
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Beer store to pick up craft beer from local brewers and interstate brewers alike. If you want something they don't have, they are quick to help you out. In addition to 6-packs, they also have almost any keg you can imagine. If I need a good beer, there is no question where I'll be going.

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Photo of Wishdiak
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A great little place with a great selection of great beer. While they don't have everything, they do have a lot and know a lot about all styles of beer. Tastings are held frequently, and prices are reasonable.

Plenty of Midwestern and West Coast Breweries are represented. Most beers are available in either 22-ounce bombers , or 12-ounce singles. Plenty of inventory in the $2-3/bottle range.

Among the things I picked up yesterday (12/31/12) were Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation, Firestone Walker Union Jack, and Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale,

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Photo of jacquibob
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great addition to premium beer stores in the Springfield area. The staff knows beer and is very helpful. Their selection is quite good and varied, with almost all styles represented and each style having quite a few choices. Not the kind of place to run into for a quick six pack, you need to take the time to look around, ask questions and make some great selections to try.

It is fun to grab an empty six pack (or 2) and fill with my favorites as well as some new choices that I can try. They are usually sampling something and love to talk beer.

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Photo of DCav
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A great new local place for great beer (and wine). The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, and offer great suggestions. A huge selection of craft beers, all grouped by style. The Beer Shop has a great Facebook page that lists tastings and upcoming events, and lists new beers that are in stock. The store itself is a neat little open space with simple shelving and counters, which adds to the experience and atmosphere. Stop in and say hello to Rich! Looking forward to making it my new go to place!

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Photo of BjMc
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

So impressed with this store. They have a great selection and the one thing I couldn't find at the store when I first got to the place was there on the very following week. They asked me to write it down what I would like to have it and Boom.. they got it! The place looks really cool and you can find a variety of cans too, which is pretty much impossible to get around western MA. Can mix and match anything.
Very helpful staff, lots of local beers as well as Belgians, Germans, English etc. Hope they can keep it up.

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Photo of lostinct
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in when I was on the proper side of the state line. They have a nice selection, including a few of the harder to find releases from Firestone Walker, Bear Republic, Green Flash, etc. If you're a big Belgian fan, you might not be ecstatic, but definitely a good array of American craft stuff and a friendly owner.
When the idiot distributors of Rogue here in CT screwed up a basic keg order, the guys up here helped me out to get what I needed. Definitely a place I'll drive 30 minutes to visit.

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Photo of sjareb
4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by looking for beers I can't find at home (So Cal) while visiting Western Mass.

Talked to the owner Rich who was pretty helpful answering my questions and making recommendations based on what I was looking for. Seems like they just opened up recently.

Solid selection at a small store which was nice (i didn't have to wade through a lot of beers to find what i was looking for). No BMC beers in sight :-). I picked up beers from Six Point, Clown Shoes, Boulevard, Alchemist and Brewmaster Jack.

Saw a few good beers in stock from the Bruery, Bear Republic, Founders and more. Also had a good seasonal selection when you walked in (Octoberfests and Pumpkin Beers).

I plan to come back next time I'm in town and maybe one more time before I leave as well...

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The Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA
4.34 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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