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628 Washington St
phone: (508) 399-5860
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quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
yankee spirits is a package store-cum-supermarket, with most of the aisles featuring a wide array of wines and spirits. beer is the main attraction on the far left end of the store, occupying two aisle length refrigerators and two aisles of room temp cases and six packs, including the famed 'wall o' beer' that i inavoidably find myself perusing as if it was a stack of books at a border's.
the store's selection is unparalelled with a wide variety of local craft brews, imports from all reaches of the beer drinking world and a huge selection of macros for good measure.
one quibble i have with yankee spirits is the rather suspect freshness of some of their beers in stock. on a recent run to pick up a growler of ipswich ipa, i was disappointed to discover upon tasting that the brew was as flat as water, and i suspect the growler was sitting in their fridge for ages before i brought it home. the thick layer of dust that lies upon some of the store's beers like some ancient wine cellar is also not very encouraging.
i consider myself fortunate to live a five minute's walk from yankee spirits and credit both this store and beeradvocate.com with a superb informal education in beer.
12-13-2005 12:01:33 |
More by chrisfoll577
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
yankee spirits is definately my favorite liquor store in the area. if you were to just drive by you'd think that they're a very typical large liquor store with rows upon rows of bud light, however, they're quite the opposite. if you're into wine as well as beer this is definately a place to check out. their wine selection is fantastic. also, they have bi-monthly beer and wine tastings and usually have above average microbrews available at them. the day of the tasting they have some excellent sales available from the brewers that are at the tastings.
if you're a fan of belgians than this is definately the place to go as their belgian selection is extrodinary . they also have a very large number of domestics (stone, avery, weyerbacher, etc). their selection of new england brews is quite good (geary's, hooker, smuttynose, harpoon, etc.). their prices are quite reasonable and they do allow you to pick and choose from sixers, and have many single bottles available.
09-28-2005 03:14:42 |
More by radshoesbro
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Doesn't look like much from the outside but this place actually has a very nice selection of brews. Lots of 30s and 12s of average stuff but there is one side of an aisle in the left part of the store full of goodies. Stone, Thomas Hooker, Anderson Valley, Great Divide, Avery, North Coast, Victory, DFH, Ommegang, Unibroue, Rochefort, de Ranke, etc, etc, etc...
Service is great, but its hit or miss. If you're lucky you'll run into the beer guy who is very helpful. If you don't, you'll be staring at the great wall o' beer foreer making your decision. Come to think of it, you'll be doing that anyways...
First time in here I remember remarking about the fair prices too. The quality is decent - some beers are nice and fresh while others are seriously out of date so just keep that in mind.
Overall, nice big selection and reasonable prices keep me coming back for more. I always end up leaving with a few bags.
09-19-2005 20:08:37 |
More by wedge
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Located in a big ol' grocery store, a small local chain that went out of business years ago - Almacs? The beer takes up 2 rows, 2 coolers, and a big wall o' macro cases and suitcases near the front.
Wide variety, for example Victory Hop Wallop and Storm King, lots of NE micros - Newport Storm, Long Trail, Smuttynose, Harpoon 100 Barrel, Ipswich, Gritty's, Offshore and Berkshire. The usual US micros like Rogue, but also Stone, Weyerbacher, Bert Grant's and Avery. As for the European stuff they have a good amount of Belgians - nothing like Colonial Spirits.
Friendly staff, pretty helpful and knowledgable - there is one cashier who always gets in a conversation about the beer you are buying.
I think they have a single beer policy because some 6ers are missing soldiers, but I haven't seen single prices on the shelves.
03-30-2005 01:07:26 |
More by mschofield
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Wal-Mart of liquor stores in my area. Went there for the first time and had to force myself to make a decsion and leave. There whole left section of the store, about 50 yards deep and 15 yards wide was dedicated to beer. Almost half was dedicated to craft beer. Some exceoptionally rarer beers I have not seen in this are: Anderson Valley, Left Hand, and Cooperstown jumped out at me. One thing I noticed was that the dates on some of the beers I initially chose were out of date, not by much, but enough where I went looking for something else. Which was not a problem because of the wide selection. However, the service was nothing great. I must have stood there for 20 minutes and no one approached, and when they did they knew nothing of the beer. But offered to go find someone who did. However, that person was not much better. But, that will not keep me from going back.
12-10-2004 23:32:05 |
More by MuddyFeet
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
WOW!!! What a great place for all things alcohol!!! I headed right to the beer aisle-a grocery store length with bottles on one side and cases on the other. I was simply overwhelmed. Theres just about anything from New England as well as some great Belgians and British beers. Some of the beers were last years seasonals and the newer ones wernt to be found ie Stone etc. That doesnt really bother me as long as they are "cellarable" beers. Ray "the beer guy" was extremely helpful and while I didnt agree with some of his picks I had already tried he went out of his way to help me and find anything I was looking for. Well worth stopping-next time I visit the Boston area Im driving so I can load the trunk!!!!
09-22-2004 01:21:40 |
More by lackenhauser
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This used to be my favorite liquor /beer store. But there has been a recent change in management here. The foucus of the new management is away from the beer and more to the wine. In previous years in the first week of Dec they would have a free beer tasting at which patrons were given rating sheets. With which they were to rate their favorite beers at the tasting. Then after the tasting the votes were tallyed and the winner would be on special discount for the rest of the month. No beer tasting this year, Bah Humbug! Also the personnel that worked the beer aisle were knoledgeable about the beer and/or had a keen interest in the beers. Now the beer aisle workers neither know or care about beer. The selection is still great, but as far as getting info on a certian beer you might as well be in 7-Eleven.
Note I am editing this on 11-24-04 the previous rating of service of 1.5 was changed this day.
They have hired a beer guy for three days a week. His name is Ray. you can find him there Mon., Wed. and Sat. He is a homebrewer knows good beer. He has been instrumental in increasing the presence of Belgian beers in the store. So next time you are here talk to Ray and let him know what you can or can not get at other stores.
12-28-2003 17:27:12 |
More by ybnorml
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5
Quite an impressive selection. They have a lot of things that I cannot even get in Rhode Island. Such as Rouge, Stone, and Victory. Great selection of Belgian ales & German lagers, as well. Just about everything is available as singles! Most prices seem fairly reasonable. I'll definitely be going back.
06-16-2003 10:07:38 |
More by xgrigorix
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Really never noticed the beer selection here at Yankee. I've been going to this place for a while but it was to buy some hard alcohol or guinness. Well I took my time there this past weekend looking through their beer section and I was impressed. This used to be an old Almacs Supermarket transformed into a huge liquor store now. Walk in and the last rows on the left are all beer. A few good belgiums and some other good stuff here and there Rogue, Allagash, Ommegang, Magic Hat, Sam Smith and the ever so elusive Stone. I will be hitting this store everytime I'm in RI so just about everyother weekend. Check it out if you can.
04-21-2003 09:33:22 |
More by Running4beer
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5
Like MikeD said, this place has an amazing beer selection. i couldn't believe it. maybe the largest selection i've ever seen in one place. i also found some really really good deals. they devote more footage to beer than i've ever seen anywhere else. they just have it all. excellent sales as well. definitely worth driving a while to get to if you really are looking for a wide selection.
i didn't see anyone around to help me, but oh well.
i was totally impressed.
02-19-2003 18:37:15 |
More by vitesse
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