Would you buy remaindered beer and wine at Ocean State Job Lot?

InsideMedford.com reports the discount chain will start offering discount alcoholic beverages - some of it artisanal - at three stores, including the one in Medford.

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    All I know is that some

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    All I know is that some inventory from a closed liquor store made its way into the one I used to work at many years ago. It ranged from 16 oz. cans of Falstaff with brown scum to a beautiful find: Fischer La Belle Strasbourgeoise. I was calling it gourmet beer before the company itself did. And we sold out, except for what I drank.

    Not that I would like it these days, but there you have it.

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    Brookline Liquor Mart

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    has a discount bin of near-expired and discontinued wines that are pretty reliable, if you're cheap and adventurous. Some of them were solid. Some were labeled "cooking only".

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    Not Necessarily Remaindered

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    If you look at the labels on offer at the Medford Job Lot, they are mostly from Bronco Wineries in California, the same one that used to make the renowned 'two buck chuck' for Trader Joe's. My husband and I are buying all of the wine and beer for our wedding from the Medford Job Lot, having sampled it first, and we found it to be just fine. And at $35 per case of twelve bottles, this will save us a great deal of money.

    The beers they are offering are Barrel Trolley and some of those are great. The IPA and the Amber I particularly like. My appreciation deepens when I see the price of $24 for a case of 24 bottles.

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    Beer and Wine at OSJL

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    No complaints here. Quality on both the beer and wine is excellent and the prices are decent. Kappy's Liquors offers some great wine deals, although they don't seem to do much with beer discounts or value buys.

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    Just be careful

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    Not sure where you're holding your wedding reception but you might want to check with the facility before you lay out for your own beverages. If the place is a licensed to sell alcohol establishment Imany function halls are) they may not allow you to BYOB. And if you're holding it somewhere that doesn't have a license they may still raise concerns about liability.

    http://barreltrolley.com/

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    Drinking one of the Pale Ales right now. Not bad.
    The Randolph store had lots of wine, but only Barrel Trolley beers.

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    why not

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    I mean why not? People buy food there and its safe to eat.

    Beer and Wine.. even better. I mean unlike food when its near the due date, it can be awful. Beer and Wine are already fermented, so what else could go wrong? not much.

    But like the food at OSJL, its all off brands so you may get what you pay for too. (i.e. you won't see Sam Adams or Gallo or some large well known brand) So its more up to be "if you want to take a chance on a brand you may not be familar with" kinda choice.

    Beer can get skunky

    But most beer and wine is labeled with a year or date of manufacture. Stay away from any Pilsners in light colored bottles and you will probably be okay (thinking back to Grolsch from the '80s here ...).

    The breweries monitor those

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    The breweries monitor those dates like a doctor watches your blood pressure. They will not allow questionable product to remain in the market. They all know what happened to Schlitz making a mistake and kaput, where are they now? Schlitz tried to brew beer faster than it wanted to be brewed , it was still fermenting in the rail cars in transit, and popping can tabs and bottle stoppers. You can't make beer by dropping a fizzie into a vat , it needs TLC in all the phases of its life. Even the color of the bottle has an effect on it....

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    Ocean State

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    I'm with Cybah, except that off brands at OSJL are not confined to food, but very occaisionally there are brands you've heard of there.

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