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140 Turnpike Rd
phone: (508) 366-1942
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I stopped in here a couple times in the last few months, only because I was in the area. They still have a great selection in good quantities and decent prices. Service has gone way down though.
Stopped in on a Monday a couple weeks ago and looked around for a little bit. No one around to help, so I went up to the register and asked for the Beer Manager. "Oh, she doesn't work here anymore" (don't know who she was anyway). OK, do you have an Assistant Beer Manager? "No sorry, but our Operations Manager will be in tomorrow". Nice guy helped me out eventually, but really didn't know his stuff. I remember coming in here and knowledgeable people would be climbing all over you to help you. My guess is the owner is feeling the pinch and cutting corners in the service department. How did he get retailer of the year in 2011 anyway?? Julio's is no longer the only game in town anymore.
This was my "go to" place a few years ago. I just recently moved back to Mass. and I'm amazed at how many great places have opened up around me. I used to look forward to making the trip up the Pike, dropping some cash and coming home with some treasures. No more, nothing I can't get by driving a mile or two in any direction.
04-01-2012 13:44:28 |
More by CrazyJoeDavola57
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Julio's en route to points up north.
Quality: The store is well-lit and large, wines and liquor straight ahead and to the left, beers to the right. Artisanal foods are also available. The beer section is three long aisles and several ends, arrayed by location generally.
Service: Service was generally unconcerned with my presence and I had to seek out help. That help was stunted and relayed from one person to another, rather than having the beer manager come out. Not the best on that front. Julio's also has a website but it is not updated on a regular basis. Most of the beers that I was looking for were on the website but not in stock.
Selection: The selection is huge, easy to find many rare delights. Plenty of Lost Abbey to go around. Ry(e)an, the beer made especially by Smuttynose for Julio's apparently wasn't a big seller, plenty still around. The domestic craft selection is the strong point but Belgium, Germany and England are well-represented, as is Scandinavia. High expectations, perhaps higher than warranted, let to some disappointment, especially when the website listings weren't up to date.
01-02-2011 15:43:30 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very excited to stop by this establishment on my way up to Portland, ME. Very easy access off the major highway.
Walking in I was a little disoriented; beer on the right, wine/liquor on the left & middle. I spent approximately 3-4 mins browsing before I was asked if I needed help finding items, which was warranted considering their impressive selection and my probable look of beer-dazzlement. Unfortunately, they were out of HT (which they sometimes carry), but the staff was nice enough to grab something from the back that they hadn't placed on shelves yet.
So, the floor service I'd give a 4/5 for knowledge/helpfulness, but the checkout staff...A$$holes. We were literally made fun of for asking for a wine bottle case box with dividers (I was making a large purchase) over a generic beer box for 12oz bottles...I wasn't buying many 12oz bottles.
This lack of customer service was a true disappointment because the trip was an overall success. We even got a 15% case discount without asking.
05-21-2012 14:26:21 |
More by ThePorterSorter
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
The ad that they put in the Yankee Brew news says that they have a selection of 500 - 700 beers -I doubt it even reaches 200. Even though they had a couple of Belgian and English ales that are rare in the area, their selection was good, but not great. They did have Achel but the description placard was for the bruin, and all they had was the blonde.
Things I disliked about the place was mislabeling of the shelves, placards for beers they did not have, and missing prices. If I have to ask how much, I'd rather not buy it. Their prices for the locals was pretty good, but I thought their specialty beer prices were high - almost a dollar more per bottle than I have seen. Also their German beer selection was quite lacking. Just Hacker, Paulaner, and Warstiener from what I saw.
If I'm going to drive a half hour to the beer store, I would rather head in the other direction to Harrington's in Chelmsford that has a much better specialty selection at better prices.
01-20-2003 12:34:08 |
More by Longstaff
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Heading out of MA Monday morning, Rollie Fingers kept filling my head & telling me that I should see this place. We chatted about other things, but this inevitably kept coming up. Breakfast was still hard in place in my mind's queue though, & it would have to be appeased with something more then leftover beer & week-old bananas left outside the cooler.
So after a half-ass search for eggs & bacon(really just going through the motions), we pull into a little mall complex that encompasses not only a breakfast shop, but Julio's too. :)
Breakfast was decent enough. Had trouble walking, so I think I was pretty satisfied. Drove to the other lot where Julio's was, admired the view, then proceeded to get lost in the recycling machines at the left of the store. We managed to find our way out & in before being suffocated by construction bags & sawdust. Dorks.
Aisles & aisles of alcohol. :D As a direct comparison, the Oak Tree Buy Rite in Jersey has a pretty similar layout, though this place is probably twice the size. Though Julio's doesn't only sell vices. A whole aisle devoted to jerky, hot sauce, & marinades. A couple aisles for booze, but lots more wine then I would of expected. Sign up for their newsletter, & there's practically always a tasting in the calendar.
Though much larger, the beer selection isn't drastically different from Buy Rite. Lots of cases & storage means better prices, but as far as selection, both places remain at the top of their class. The ten ft. long(or so) shelves here reach about shoulder level for my short self, lined vertically through the store , skipping space for walking & a few floor displays of Sierra Nevada, Lost Abbey/Port, Long Trail(just die already), Weyerbacher(never too early for an Impy Pumpkin), etc. Imported Belgian 750s first, American sixers opposite the coolers, with American bombers/750s close to the front right corner. Not complete lineups, but close. Big surprise there was the dedicated section to ciders. You know how I love cider. Saw some Sam Smith organic here for the first time. Some awful artificially sweetened pear cider that I've had before, a sampling of meads, including the almighty Jadwiga. No bottles from local West County though, disappointing. The shelves here looked a little neglected when compared to the rest of the store. Don't neglect us. Ciders have feelings too. :tear:
Coolers lined the right wall front to back with dopplegangers. Near the end though, plenty of Bekshire & Opa-Opa growlers, at least 3-4 varieties of each. Three+ hours to NYC, hmmm... maybe. :) Dates were within range for most things. A few Belgians & Hop Devils across the room were sporting winter coats though.
Service wasn't offered, but we weren't looking, so maybe the geekyness was that obvious. Loonies shopping for beer at 11am on a Monday. Approach with caution.
So, I pick out some regionals to take home, & step up to the counter. The man at checkout reminds us to mix a six & get 15% off. Before those words, prices seemed pretty ho-hum. Rollie gives me one of his bottles to take advantage, & I get ready to burn some green. He takes my ID, scans it(comes back legit), is about to give it back, when he notices that it's expired. No other ID, he kills the sale. Wow. It never gave me problems before, but it put the guy on edge. Confiscated both our carts & practically made us cry. The ID was legit, came back on the machine as legit, but the guy played it safe. Ehh. Let's go home. :|
08-13-2008 02:44:46 |
More by PEBKAC
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been a craft beer lover on the upwards of 8 years and since my wife and I have moved to Central Mass, we've been borderline spoiled.
My wife and I have been shopping for beer, wine, and specialty foods here for a couple years, ever since we were recommended by other beer advocates, and have almost always been pleased with the variety, quality, and price.
I'm always recommending Julio's to folks who are looking for something that may usually be hard to find in the area.
On top of what they have in store, they are able to order other items that may not currently be on their shelves.
I'm looking forward to their future beer, wine, and food tastings.
If you live in the area and haven't been to Julio's, you should definitely pay a visit, and see what they have to offer for yourself.
01-18-2010 13:34:00 |
More by mrbooch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had heard a lot about Julio's on BA and twitter. Since I work in Worcester a couple days a month I stopped in on my commute back to Boston at about 7pm. The signage was clearly visible from RT9, but it was hard to figure out exactly where to go. Perhaps I was too excited to concentrate. Either way, I got there.
Huge store upon walking in - wine, spirits, cigars and beer are what i saw. Feel was a little on the institutional side. As I was walking around the beer section one gentleman asked me if I needed help as he stocked the shelves--this was about 5min into my visit. I said I was all set.
Good selection! A good deal of Shelton Bros. distributed goods. a good selection of Mikkeller, evil twin, EPIC, though only the barrel aged IPA and 8 Wired though only one/two were in stock and they didn't have the Sauvin Saison that I bought and brought from CA that was great. They also had the most complete array of Allagash, tons of Ithaca (wish they had bottled dates on the actual six pack or bottle, was worried about freshness) and lots of other stuff. Oh yeah, FW 15 annv. too.
Prices were competitive. I picked up two Stone/Alchemist/Nik Brown/Black IPAs for $3.99 each--which I find to be the standard.
Perhaps my major negative, though I'll present it as a question, is shouldn't they have more of this stuff cooled? 75% of their craft stock is at room temp. I know we're not talking about CA here, but Sixpoint is clear about keeping their stuff cold at all times and we've all read the 101's. Does anyone else worry about this type of setup at a store?
Overall def worth a check-in and I'll be back given the ease of access with my work/commute a couple times a month.
01-19-2012 04:50:30 |
More by jraras
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I live in Western Mass and have access to a liquor store(Table&Vine) which has a vast array of beer to choose from, but knowing Julio's reputation of having a great selection as well it draws me to make a visit from time to time. The best part about venturing out to different beer outlets like this is you always find something that the other place doesn't have. I don't know about you but this sort of thing excites me. Well anyways this place has good service as well as selection with fine wines and liquors to boot. Nice job.
08-23-2009 01:56:13 |
More by Tomas77
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My impression is that this is the Mass. version of total wine and/or BevMo. It's really just a large super market, except in this case it's a market that focuses on wine, liquor and beer. That being said, the beer selection here is quite good, with a great selection of craft beer and imports. One of the things I liked was the excellent selection of local and regional beers, something I see all too infrequently outside of the NW.
Not sure what the service is like here. The folks here were friendly enough, and at one point someone did stop by to see if I needed any help, but I just got the feeling that this is not the strong suit here. Regardless, this is an excellent location, and a place I would always stop at whenever I'm in the area.
Prices struck me as high, but I just think in general that this part of the world is an expensive place to do business. My guess is that for the area, prices are probably pretty much the norm.
03-02-2010 02:38:16 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by today for my second visit. Large, well-lit building, with an amazing selection of domestic and import craft beers, as well as cigars, liquors and a small amount of grocery. Everything is well organized and stocked. Prices are clearly marked for the most part. Prices are a bit higher than some other places I have been to however. Walking out with only a few items in my arms and $125 less in my wallet hurts... Quality of the selection is well thought out and simply the best around. The service was average at best. The clerk seemed to try to dodge me and I had to track him down multiple times to ask questions, each time he seemed annoyed that I was bothering him. One of the manager was nice enough to get me a four pack of Founder's Imperial Stout from out back, but only have prodding them that I had heard they had some in.
All in all, if you are any near Julios it is a must stop.
02-27-2011 00:03:19 |
More by mjn5036
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