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87 Great Rd
phone: (978) 263-7775
(Place added by: JohnnyP)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
When you first walk into this place your immediate thought is "What a selection of wine." Keeping walking to the back and suddenly it is Christmas morning. The selection is incredible and logically organized by country. The other thing that amazed me was how many different beers are in the refrigerators. So if you're on your way to a friend's house, you can pick up a cold six pack, growler or tall boy of something unique. They also have a generous mix and match discount a good selection of cases.
05-20-2009 02:11:24 |
More by BetterDarker
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've heard great things about this place and finally made it in here on the way back from Kimball Farm.
They have a wide range in selection - maybe not as substantial as Julio's or even Marty's...but it's a good selection. My issue is with a lot of "old" bottles on the shelf - I saw a fair amount of dust and it seemed like there was quite a bit of past code stuff - especially on the German front. Service was unobtrusive in the beer aisles. Cashier service was friendly. Prices were right around where they should be.
Overall a decent place - wish they'd keep the codes a little tighter and manage inventory on that front.
05-13-2009 11:50:07 |
More by IBUnit63
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Took the drive to Colonial with Joel on like a late Wednesday afternoon - talk about your random beer runs. We hit the typical Massachusetts traffic since it was approaching rush hour. I just don't understand the logic behind Massachusetts' street planning. Why a rotary? What was that supposed to help? The roundabout on Route 2 that leads right to Colonial Spirits is a nightmare. Approximately 16 street converge at this one point.
Once you get to Colonial though, you realize it was worth the hellish traffic. Very large store. Quite stocked with wines, but if you keep our eyes open for the beers, it's easy to find gems out there. I think what impressed me the most (and this might be my own little comparison to New York beer stores), but this place was so clean. The inventory and shelves looked like they were well-maintained and the facilities were immaculate. In stark contrast, New York stores are often quite dingy and you're shocked to even find delicious micros in the the caverns.
So Colonial's service was a bit on the lacking side. I mean everyone was friendly, but you got the impression that they were employees in a store, rather than a part-owner who would know a great deal about beers. But I don't mind shopping in peace, so I was completely fine with that. The variety of beers is quite impressive. Stone brews out the ying-yang (including the Special Holiday collaboration with Nogne), Redhook, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Magic Hat, more local ones like Saranac, Long Trail, Sam Adams, but then some rarer breweries like Fisherman's, People's Pint, Lagunitas, etc.
Definitely worth the drive. Stop in. See what you can find. Quite easy to find some rare gems in here. Oh, also! The prices were amazing. Great discount if you buy in bulk. Something like if you buy 12-23 different items, there's 15% discount. How awesome is that. Rhetorical. It is amazing.
02-01-2009 19:18:18 |
More by zerofear13
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been here a couple times now, and not much changes. Primarily a wine store. About 85% of the floor space is devoted to wine, but there is a very good selection of beers at the very back.
There is a fair selection of "world beers" that includes mostly german brews, but then a rather large variety of microbrews and craft brews about three times the size of the world beers section. Everything from Stone to Magic Hat and most everything in between is represented, including some that I've never heard of before. They sell singles as well as sixes, so it's very convenient to get a good variety in.
The most memorable thing, unfortunately, about this store is the drive there. The traffic circle just before it is nearly impenetrable between 2pm and 8pm due to the amount of traffic. I drove from 20 minutes away, but it took me over an hour to get there.
Generally, though, a good store with good selection and decent prices. You won't be disappointed.
02-01-2009 19:09:58 |
More by tittymcj
quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I went there in September because I heard a that they had Alesmith Speedway and Stone Double Bastard (before the 2008 was released). I called the store 2 seperate days and was told by the person answering the phone that the beer person wasn't in that day to tell me if they had it in stock or not. When I finally did get in touch with the guy, he said they did in fact have Speedway and the '06 Double Bastard in stock. Suspiciously, they didn't have either when I made the drive down the next day. They did, however, have the second most impressive selection I've seen in the area (after Julio's). There prices seemed more expensive than most places I have been to, but they allowed any 6 pack to be broken up to singles, which I loved.
01-14-2009 16:34:20 |
More by gameface23
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Great selection, NO Doubt... If you live in the area you definitely shop here.
I've fouhnd the store to be empty with respect to help. And when I ask, "the beer guy" isn't in...
C'mon, I'm not shopping at 2:00am....
This is a great place if you know what you are looking for. If you want to get some advice or direction, forget it.
But Acton, is the suburbs and this is clearly a great place. I'll drive to Julio's before driving here. But if I'm in Acton, I stop by for sure.
I do always find something I want.
11-02-2008 21:50:31 |
More by Reagan1984
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
If it can be sold in MA Colonial probably has it.
Largest selection I've seen *anywhere*
There's a pretty extensive Belgian/Trappist selection and lots of German beers.
American beers they carry include Founders, AleSmith, Stone, Rogue, Bear Republic, Brooklyn, Smuttynose, Berkshire, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Great Divide, North Coast, DFH, etc etc. Not just flagships but seasonals and special brews.
I make a pilgrimage here a couple times a year to stock up on things I can't find in NH.
Service has been excellent. Tim seems to know his stuff and will help you out.
10-03-2008 16:20:22 |
More by sethmeister
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is fantastic, what else can I say. Whenever I visit my parents in neighboring Littleton, I swing through here to stock up and drop at least $30-40 on hard-to-find beers. The import section is particularly noteworthy. On my last trip I stocked up on a few Polish beers, given that a 500ml bottle never cost more than $2.05. Some were hits and some were misses, but it's great to be able to try such obscure beers. Also fantastic is that you can break up six-packs. If you want to try something new, just grab a bottle - the single bottle price is listed right next to the six-pack price. Brilliant.
The staff is knowledgeable, the prices are fair, and the selection is unparalleled. There's not much more you could ask for, so check this place out next time you're in the area. Even if you're nowhere near Acton, this store is worth the drive.
07-05-2008 22:38:55 |
More by deciding39
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally got a chance to stop by Colonial Spirits today, I've wanted to for some time, and I was extremely happy with the selection. Not only did they carry a great selection of local beers but a great selection of American and Imports. The whole back wall was devoted to refrigerators with craft beer in them and the opposing shelves were stocked as well.
Part of the reason I was so happy with Colonial was that not only did they carry the regular releases from American Craft Breweries but they also had a lot of what I have considered 'rare' or 'limited' finds. There was DFH Fort, Stone IRS & Old Guardian, a good selection of Ale Smith, Smuttynose Big Beers, and on and on I could go. I didn't pay too much attention to price but a 750mL bottle of Ale Smith Wee Heavy was $13.45 and it's about what I remember paying up in Albany, NY for it.
On the whole just a great selection.
06-13-2008 20:33:28 |
More by RatAgain
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Very easy to access only a few minutes from the traffic circle on Rt. 2 the store sits back from the road a bit. Beer selection is against the back wall with coolers, directly oppiset that with shelves, and along the left wall. A very nice trappist selection and overall an impressive selection generaly organized by country and brewery. They carry most anything that comes to the state and prices are also resonable. They also have the full line of 5L mini-kegs from EKU including the pils, schwartzbier, and hefeweizen. The store is only a 20 minute drive from 128 and maybe 30-40 minutes from downtown Boston. In terms of selection alone its worth the trip to stock up. Service is attentive, and every time I've been in the store I've been asked if there is anything they can do to help. All in all an excellent store.
06-02-2008 20:54:05 |
More by Sycodrummer
Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA
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