I had noticed a new beer place on Leonard St in Belmont several times. Today I had an opportunity to stop in to Craft Beer Cellar. The narrow-but-deep store is well stocked with interesting beers and a few wines. The front 2/3 of the store is domestic-ish craft beers, including many 22oz options. They had things that I expected (e.g. Stone, Dog Fish Head, Victory, Anchor, off-beat Sam Adams, etc) and things that I didn't (Virgin Islands, Racer 5, many unfamiliar choices). I didn't have the time to look in the large cooler.
There are imported premium beers in the back, a large tasting table, and a small selection of wines.
I met two of the owners (Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow). Both were extremely nice ("Sorry it's so cold in here; it's good for the beer.") and helpful.
This is just the kind of place that a cool little area like Belmont Center needs. I plan to frequent them. In some ways, they are rather like The Boston Shaker in Davis Sq, Somerville -- fulfilling a niche not well served by other outlets, and providing expertise and friendly service.
I'm no beer geek, but I enjoy beer. A beer expert could probably give a more informed review. (I'm a cocktail geek.)
51 Leonard St, Belmont, MA
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