Okay, here goes: in MA, there are franchise laws whereby it's VERY hard for a wine or liquor company to change distributors. They can dual the distributor, in effect, appointing more than one wholesaler in the same state to sell the same product.
Sigh... reminds me of that "Bewildering State Liquor Laws" topic...
Oooh, this is a great idea for a thread. I will try to list some notable finds I have come across in my travels in Boston...
Here's the group of stores I visit most often: Joyal's Liquors, West Warwick
: Best store in the state: huge scotch, rye, and whisk(e)y selection includes Rittenhouse, Sazerac, and Wild Turkey ryes, lots of rhum agricole and hard-to-find industrial rums (Lemon Hart, e.g.), plus Junipero and Boomsma gins, Taylor's velvet falernum, cachacas, lots more. Comparable to the best in NYC and elsewhere, and worth a special trip. Town Wine and Spirits, East Providence
: Second-best store in the state. Rittenhouse BIB, Sazerac, and Wild Turkey ryes, Luxardo maraschino, some MB items, good sherry selection, titanic single malt selection. Oddly weak on rum and gin. IM Gan, Cranston
: Peychaud's and Fee's bitters, some Marie Brizard items, Plymouth gin (at $14/bottle!), a few ryes (including Sazerac, JB, and Overholt lately). My local store. Gasbarro's, Federal Hill, Providence
: The original store, it has Italian stuff, mostly, like Luxardo products (including maraschino), Punt e Mes, Fernet Branca, Aperol, etc. Be warned: like many wine-centric places, they think cocktail people are weird, but the staff is fantastic nonetheless. Quisqueya Liquors, Providence
: La Botija piscos, decent selection of low- to mid-range rums (esp Brugal and Flor de Cana). Not worth a trip but interesting if you're on the south side. Campus Wine & Spirits, Providence
: Punt e Mes, good sherry and port selection, most of the basics but few select items. If you're on the east side and need something fairly common, it's here.