More and more stores around Boston are carrying craft beer these days. But there are a handful that are just above the fray – places where the staff is knowledgeable and you can find just about anything you’re looking for if distributed here in Massachusetts.
(Photo from Craft Beer Cellar)

(Photo from Craft Beer Cellar)

Craft Beer Cellar
51 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 932-1885

The first line of Craft Beer Cellar’s business philosophy about sums it up. “We are interested in amazing beer from small breweries, and all that entails.” What started as a single beer shop in Belmont in 2010 has rapidly grown to a franchise of four stores with five more in the works thanks to the passionate duo of ex-restaurateurs who founded Craft Beer Cellar.

(Photo from Redstone Liquors/Facebook)

(Photo from Redstone Liquors/Facebook)

Redstone Liquors
109 Main St.
Stoneham, Ma 02180
(781) 438-9265

The question here is “what don’t they carry?” Redstone stocks more than 1,200 domestic, import, craft and microbrew beers on its shelves. In addition to an enormous selection, they offer tastings on a regular basis, and for the adventurous types, there’s a beer of the month club.

(Photo from Julio's Liquors)

(Photo from Julio’s Liquors)

Julio’s Liquors
140 Turnpike Rd
Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 366-1942

Staffers at Julio’s pride themselves on stocking the finest and most coveted beers around. Their stock of 1,000+ beers is carefully chosen. And if you aren’t convinced, you can try some of those brews for yourself. Every Monday night, Julio’s Beer Manager Tom Welton holds “Tasting Beers with Tom” to introduce customers to a wide array of brews.

(Photo from Wines & More)

(Photo from Wines & More)

Wines & More
280 School Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
(508) 339-6900

When you first walk in, Wines & More can be a bit overwhelming. But start looking around this monstrous big box-type store, you’ll notice an enormous selection of beer, wine and spirits. Perhaps the highlight is the large selection of single bottle beers that allow you to make your own mixed six pack.

(Photo from Ball Square Liquors)

(Photo from Ball Square Liquors)

Ball Square Fine Wines and Liquors
716 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-9500

Award-winning Ball Square Fine Wines and Liquors is located right in Somerville. Not only can you stock up on beers, wines and spirits, but it also has gourmet food items. What’s better than cheese and pate with your favorite beer, cocktail mixers or wine alongside it? Free weekly tastings allow you to learn and try new things and the friendly and knowledgeable staff can also point you in the right direction whether it’s a craft brew you need or whatever cravings you have.

Michelle Levine contributed to this list. Michelle is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on