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Oct 27, 2010 12:20 PM

Mixed Beer Six packs

I've searched the boards but haven't seen anything on this topic. Is there anyplace in the Boston area where you can create your own mix and match six packs/twelve packs/cases out of the single bottle racks in the cooler. I'm from an area where you were able to do this and its a great way to try new beers without having to buy six of them and finding out you would rather remove paint with it than drink it. Any thoughts. Thanks.

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  1. given how often i come across packs that are missing a bottle or two, I'd say most of them - but I don't think it's encouraged :)

    this isn't all that close but i was recently at bert's better beers outside of manchester and he does actively encourage it.

    1. Publick House Provisions in Brookline and Gordon's in Waltham encourage this. It might be worth calling Julio's in Westboro as its a possibility and would be worth it there.

      Publick House Provisions
      1706 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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      1. re: itaunas

        Yup, I'm almost positive that the Gordon's in Watertown also does this, which would make sense. Gordon's also does beer tastings, which is a very nice thing. :-)

        1. re: hiddenboston

          I've never noticed this at Gordon's (on main st. anyway) - I don't recall seeing any signs that encourage you to do it, and don't see any single pricing along side sixpack prices. I'll ask about it the next time I'm in there.

          I know Colonial spirits in Acton does encourage it and gives 10% off on a six pack and 20% off on a case - if you pull them from a sixpack, you will pay a bit more per bottle than the per bottle price of a six pack, and although the 10% discount helps, still doesn't cover the increase in price. I think the increase cost is justified though since staff has to go around periodically and back fill the sixpacks. At least if you pick individual bottles on the warm shelf, the 10% discount brings the price back to what other stores charge in the area. ;-)

        2. re: itaunas

          Julios definitely offers singles of everything. Supreme Liquors in Central Square lets you do it, though it's not really advertised. Marty's does too, though their system is a bit confusing - different pricing on singles, then a discount if you get six, and the two don't always add up. Also, Marty's pricing is way above par, so I avoid them if I can.

        3. Cambridge Wine & Spirits, aka Mall Discount Liquors will sell you singles. They've also go a better-than-average selection of 12oz bottles (vs. 22-25oz). I would characterize their prices as about average.

          Cambridge Wine & Spirits
          202 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Mall Discount Liquors
          202 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. I'm not sure I understand the question since, who would stop me buying six bottles of beer that are sold individually anyway? Do you just mean that when you do this they will supply a six-pack carton?

            What is cool is being able to buy singles from beers otherwise stocked in open-top six or four packs. You can do this with every beer sold that way at Colonial Spirits in Acton, which even has the individual bottle prices marked next to the pack prices.

            Colonial Spirits
            87 Great Rd, MA 01720

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            1. re: chickendhansak

              This brings up why i'm not a fan of this concept in general. Many places just mean "we give empty cardboard containers, just make your own sixer of single bottles!" - well, you're not giving me anything I didn't already have except for a carrying case, it's purely marketing BS.

              Other places mean "feel free to take stuff out of real six packs, mix and match!", my issue iwth that is that sometimes i'm the poor sap who wants the real six pack, and idjits have gone and left nothing but one container that's half full.

              1. re: jgg13

                Yeah, the incomplete six pack is the unwanted side effect. I would feel worse about doing it in a place with less stock volume.

            2. Trader Joes sells singles of their beers. Not a huge selection there.

              Trader Joe's
              1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476