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phoebek Nov 21, 2008 01:56 PM

Can anyone recommend a place to buy a small quantity (maybe 6-8) 375 ml bottles? I've checked at the beer making supply place in North Cambridge, and the minimum they'll sell is a case of 24.

  1. barleywino Nov 21, 2008 02:10 PM

    Sur La Table (Chestnut Hill Mall)

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      phoebek Nov 21, 2008 02:26 PM

      A great suggestion-thanks!

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        barleywino Nov 21, 2008 02:39 PM

        they have smaller sizes as well (with the clamp-down stopper tops like Grolsch)

    2. mintchip Nov 21, 2008 03:33 PM

      Also in the same general area - the Container Store. I got one of their catalogs in the mail the other day - and they have a nice selection.

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        smtucker Nov 21, 2008 04:00 PM

        Go to capone's, buy 8 limonades for about $4 a piece, drink the limonade [or one of the other fabulous flavors] and the bottles are still less expensive than the Container Store.

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          mintchip Nov 22, 2008 05:33 AM

          I like your recommendation better!

        2. BostonZest Nov 21, 2008 04:04 PM

          You could call the hardware store on Salem Street in the North End. I always think of them for things like this.

          Salem Street True Value Hardware
          89 Salem St, Boston - (617) 523-4759

          1. ScubaSteve Nov 21, 2008 04:40 PM

            i've seen misc glass bottles with some interesting shapes at Bldg 19 for about $1 each.

            1. itaunas Nov 22, 2008 04:19 AM

              Beer/Wine hobby has some options in cases of 12, rather than 24 (one expensive, one inexpensive). Although Building 19 (and places like TJ Maxx/Homegoods) have bottles, they tend towards the decorative type and not certain they are that sturdy. The Salem St True Value definitely has something. Portugalia is the one Portuguese restaurant which offers half bottles (probably green or blue tinted only), so if you were very nice and asked on a Friday they might save a few over the weekend. Or find the Portuguese splits which are pretty inexpensive, but I am not 100% certain who is selling them up here (660 Liquors might be the only place).

              1. MC Slim JB Nov 22, 2008 06:26 AM

                China Fair in Newton on Needham Street or Mass Ave near Porter Square, Cambridge.

                Eastern Bakers Supply on N. Washington at the edge of the North End (open weekday days only).

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                  phoebek Nov 26, 2008 04:37 PM

                  Right on MC Slim! I wandered over to China Fair in Cambridge and found exactly what I was looking for--they have 1 L, .5 L, and .25 L sizes, all with those Grolsch-like stoppers. The bottles are from Italy, seem sturdy, and are quite attractive. Prices ranged from 1.99 for the small bottle to 3.49 for the big one--maybe not the cheapest alternative, but I only needed a few.

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                    MC Slim JB Nov 26, 2008 04:55 PM

                    I often give home-infused liquors as holiday gifts; it's not hard, but the hand-crafted element seems to mean a lot to my friends. One year I got some pretty inexpensive Polish leaded crystal decanters at Target for about $10 apiece, and I see those still being used on my friends' bars years later. Another year we went online and bought wine bottles, synthetic corks, and blow-dry-on capsules; we did a custom label, and those looked great, too. We top them off with a little homemade booklet of cocktail recipes to go with whatever we've made that year. (I wish I could say I was the crafty one, but making the infusions and inventing an original cocktail each year are really the only things I do.)

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                  phonelady Nov 22, 2008 08:00 AM

                  Christmas Tree Shoppe!

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