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87 Great Rd
phone: (978) 263-7775
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| Reviews: 52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by yesterday.... had been meaning to for some time.... I was in the area, so why not, eh?
Bier area is in the rear of the store... loads and loads of top-quality selections! Shelves sorted by country, with scores of Belgian, German, UK and American options! Quite a large area of cold-storage, as well. I could have roamed up and down the aisle all day looking at different biers! I'd rate service higher, but I'm still waiting over a week later for replies to 2 inquiries via email. NBD...
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
01-15-2006 15:40:00 |
More by Bierman9
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Colonial Spirits is a good sized liquor store in Acton, MA, about 1 mile from the Rt. 2/Rt. 2A rotary. The store is clean, well organized, and well lit. There is plenty of parking. Most of the floor space is devoted to wine with the remainder divided between beer and spirits. There is an entire wall of cold cases filled with beer. There is a very good selection of beer with many US micros and craft beers and an interesting selection of imports (e.g., they had 4 Heather Ale beers, they had a large selection from the Baltic countries, and a decent selection of Belgians, including Oud Beersel Kriek and Gueze). Among the US beers I found Stone Vertical Epic 2003, and a variey of other Stone products, Acme, many Rogue beers, and many New England regionals. One of the guys who orders the beers chatted with me and seemed to care about what they stocked. One thing I liked: they offer a 10% discount if you buy at least 6 bottles (not a 6-pack of the same beer, though), and 20% off if you buy 24. Obviously, they let you buy single bottles of anything. I went in for a couple bottles and left with 12. Needless to say I will be back.
Thanks to Longstaff for the tip.
05-13-2003 20:15:36 |
More by UncleJimbo
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I went to Colonial Spirits on a recent Saturday afternoon. This place is really big and one of the cleanest beer/liquor stores that I have ever been to.
The beer selection can be found in the back of the store. The selection is mind blowing. There is a 10% discount for a 6 pack mix. There is also discounts available on a case as well. Prices were about the going rate....maybe a little on the high side, but it's well worth it when you have options like this. The cool thing is that they have individual prices as well as the 6 pack prices clearly marked for most of the beers.
They had all of the "hot" beers that one could imagine. If you're looking for something hard to find, odds are this place will have it or can get it. Everything that I bought was fresh too, it appears they rotate their stock on a regular basis. Sometimes you see a great selection at a beer store, but there is dust all over the bottles and the freshness dates have expired, not the case here.
The amazing selection included beers from Rogue, Anchor, Victory, Stone, Concord, Atlantic Coast, Wachusett, Brooklyn Brewery, Otter Creek, Long Trail, Smuttynose, Dogfish Head and many, many, many more. There was a nice selection of Stone 22 oz bombers. Also worth mentioning was the Anchor Small Beer and the Magic Hat Thumbsucker magnum bottle. Two beers that you won't see everyday.
The service was good, nothing spectacular. This place is really worth checking out. You will not be disappointed, just remember to bring allot of money.
07-13-2004 18:13:25 |
More by Hibernator
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The convoy of minivans got there about an hour before opening, which worked out well because I got to eat breakfast at the bagel place right in front. The manager chuckled at the sight of a 20 Quebecers waiting in line in front of the door as if waiting for Stanley Cup playoff tickets. As the automatic doors finally opened, we all grabbed shopping carts and dashed to the back section. On the left side of the Beer isle are the Belgians and a few internationals, then the Germans, finally the Americans. Nice selection of lambics, I couldnt resist a Lou Pepe Gueuze that was staring me down with his puppy dog eyes, and got a 3Fontainen to keep him company on the long drive home. Couldnt resist grabbing a Fantôme la Gourmande too, along with a Panil Bariquée and Thiriez Exxtra. A friend of mine who prays to the gargoyle gods asked the manager if he had any extra Stones in the back, he gladly went out and looked, and came back with a few cases that almost got completely gobbled up by the hopivores. He also checked the warehouse for Allagash Interlude at my request, but he was out of those. I found some nice stuff in the refrigerated section, mostly American micros, a few growlers too. Solid selection altogether, comparable to Table and Vine out in western Mass. They also had a very interesting wine selection for those who care, a few meads from Poland, but not that many ciders. I already had my legal limit of Beer to cross the border so it wasnt much of a letdown.
Checkout was a little slow, one of the registers scanners was on the fritz, so our very stressed-out cashier had to check prices in the catalogue for every bottle that wasnt tagged, and we had a lot of loose singles. The manager did give us all 20% discounts, and told us to give them an e-mail next time so that they can special-order stuff for us.
Prices were a bit high, but evened out because of the discount at the cash. Id go back there anytime.
05-12-2006 14:20:18 |
More by Goldorak
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A lot's already been said about this place, so I'll just add a few notes. This has become my regular beer store since moving to the Boston burbs a few months ago. I like the great selection of Belgian and English beers here, as well as grabbing Alesmith when it's available and the Stone special releases. The fridges are well stocked with bombers, six packs and growlers, both from local MA (BBC, Opa Opa, People's Pint) and other craft brewers. I was quite happy that they carry Victory and Troegs, having just relocated from Pennsylvania. Prices are good both on singles and larger package sizes. So far it's been easy for me to find new and interesting beers as well as old favourites on a regular basis here.
01-03-2010 00:38:22 |
More by DrJay
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Located on RT119, (Great Rd.) in Acton, Colonial Spirits is approximately 15 minutes from 495.
Beers in the back, with some cases along the left side.
Prices were generally average, but they allow a 10% discount on 6 or more singles of any size, and they don't mind splitting up sixers.
Decent mix of imports and domestics, with one set of shelves devoted to Belgians, another for the rest of imports, and another for domestics.
There were a couple of finds that were not at Julio's that I hit up directly after.
There were 2 guys working the beer area, one being pretty knowledgeable, and went out of his way to answer a question, so service was good.
Cashier was friendly too.
Good place with a quite good selection , with emphasis on Belgians, and everything looked fresh.
If they matched Julio's 15% off discount on 6 or more, I would probably make this my only stop in that area.
02-04-2006 22:42:10 |
More by brewandbbq
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Took a road trip to Acton to see what this place was like. I've heard and read good things about this place. Colonial Spirits does not disappoint! What a great selection of beer, I believe over 700 different types. They had some beers that I had never even seen before. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I bought a "mixed case", on which I received 20% discount. Decent price for a mixed case. They also have a ton of beers in 12er's and cases if you are looking for your favorite micro.
The staff was friendly, helpful, and very nice. I would definately reccomend this place to an avid micro drinker. I will definately come back!
11-20-2005 21:11:45 |
More by bjohnson
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Great selection, NO Doubt... If you live in the area you definitely shop here.
I've fouhnd the store to be empty with respect to help. And when I ask, "the beer guy" isn't in...
C'mon, I'm not shopping at 2:00am....
This is a great place if you know what you are looking for. If you want to get some advice or direction, forget it.
But Acton, is the suburbs and this is clearly a great place. I'll drive to Julio's before driving here. But if I'm in Acton, I stop by for sure.
I do always find something I want.
11-02-2008 21:50:31 |
More by Reagan1984
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
They just moved across the parking lot from their old location and have expanded the beer selection. The new place is about 3 times the size of the old but unfortunately, they use most of the space for wine. Beer seems like an after thought and is relegated to the back of the store where the coolers are. Before they opened, the beer knowledgeable clerk told me that they would have every beer in MA in stock, I doubted that statement and I was correct. They did not leave enough space for beer, so the selection will not be as big as intended. But I did see a bigger selection of Belgians - some that I have never seen before. Unfortunately a lot of the new beers are just plain lagers made in countries that are not known for brewing. I wish there was a store in the area that focused on beer and wine was secondary, but I guess this is the best its going to get in the area. At least I won't have to make the drive up to Harrington's in Chelmsford as often.
04-02-2003 07:32:18 |
More by Longstaff
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
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