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1119 Riverdale Street
phone: (413) 736-4694
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I've visited this place twice when coming home from Massachusetts. This is a massive store. It's half wine half beer it even has a section for cheese and deli meats. I didn't look very hard at those things though.
For Beer though they have two 3 or so sections In walmart sized aisles. An American Craft beer section, an import section and a macro/large quantity section. I'd skip the import section unless you're from somewhere were theres not that big of a selection. I'm from CT and I can get most of those beers at a cheaper price 3 miles down the road.
For the craft beer section they have basically every prominent craft brewer from America that is available on the east coast. Plenty of things that I can't get in CT like Lost Abbey, Greenflash, Bear Republic et. In addition to that there were plenty of brands I have never seen.
They occasionally have beer tastings in store and supposedly the staff is helpful though I wouldn't know since I usually like to wander aimlessly around the store.
To make this short this one of the greatest beer stores I have ever seen. You could spend an hour pacing the aisles. The hours are awesome especially if you're from CT were the latest you can buy booze is 9pm. If it wasn't a 40 mile drive I'd go more often.
11-08-2009 18:34:11 |
More by MaxBrews
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A must stop for beer if you are in Western MA. Two huge aisles of craft and import beers. Can't find a lot of the beers they have here anywhere else in the area. If you go, talk to Tom the beer manager, by far the one with the most knowledge about beer and making selections. There's almost always someone in the aisle to help out if you need it. Wonderful gourmet cheese bar there as well to pair with your beers. Only negatives, prices are a bit high and it seems they have trouble getting the latest and greatest when it comes to craft beers. Julio's is the only place I know that can top this place. Highly recommended!
09-11-2009 22:10:46 |
More by Jagger
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Visited this place on a recent trip to Western Massachusetts with my wife to visit family. Even from the outside, this place is a behemoth. Walking in, with the wine to the center and right of you and the beer to the left, it almost remind me of the Total Wines in the DC area. The selection here though makes Total Wine look like a roadside stand. Incredible selection of American craft brews with many that are unavailable in my own area. The local brews are well represented as well with plenty of Berkshire, Pretty Things, etc. Looking further you can find Alesmith, Jolly Pumpkin, Lost Abbey, The Bruery (saw some lingering bottles of Papier), Middle Ages, Ballast Point, and then a lot of the more familiar ones in my area like Victory, Founders, etc.
One aisle over were the imports, and again, the selection was staggering. Plenty of Germany, England, and Belgium, and some beers I havn't seen in other stores before like the Urthel brews. My father-in-law and I had a tough time walking out of there as I could spend hours browsing and easily clean out a bank account in there. Having been up in the area before and only discovering it this past time, at least we can say we'll be back. Service is great with employees making rounds and answering any questions as well as making thoughtful recommendations.
09-03-2009 15:46:00 |
More by bernardus
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Luckily enough for me, I had training for work right down the street from this place... sounds like it's the beer mecca for western MA. First off.. wow, this place is big.. bigger than Manchester Wine and Spirits in CT for sure.. and there's 2 huge aisles of just beer. That being said.. selection is great here and being from CT, there's a lot of breweries MA gets which I normally don't have access to so that's greatly appreciated. Prices were a bit high for me, I figured with all their buying power they'd be a little lower but they actually seemed a $1 or more above what I usually paid in CT. Also, for such a huge store how is there no mix a six program! I mean, I see people do it on their own by just taking singles out of some of the 6 packs (note: make sure your 6 pack isn't missing one beer!), but it isn't like advertised or anything so it was a bit of a disappointment not see this awesome program implemented. Checkout is quick and easy.
07-06-2009 04:09:55 |
More by marlinsfan4
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We had the chance to stop here during a recent run through Western MA. First of all, this place is just MASSIVE. After walking inside, you quickly see that the basic layout is pretty simple. Wine to the right (along with a great selection of cheese, crackers, etc.), liquor in the middle and the beer is to the left. The atmosphere inside is bright and pleasant, with everything looking very clean and organized. The better beer selection consists of an aisle and a half, with the imports taking one side and then the American craft taking up both sides of another. The import selection was solid but not spectacular. I was more impressed by the craft selection though. Big-time pickings available here, with not only a lot of the finer New England products but also some of the better selections from the across the country.
I couldn't quite call it spectacular though because they were missing a few things that I expected them to have (and found later at another local store). I was also a bit shocked to see some sixers of a regional fall beer still on the shelves (and not marked down) that were obviously from last year. Stock rotation didn't seem like much of a problem here but that stood out to me. Also, while it looked like you were able take singles for purchase, I never saw any kind of OK to do so posted anywhere, nor any empty six-pack holders available, so I never did find out what their policy was on this.
We never did get approached by anyone for help, but in fairness, it was a busy Saturday afternoon (before Labor Day) and everyone was rushing around. I'm sure that if I had sought service out, it wouldn't have been a problem. Prices seemed on the up and up, maybe just a touch on the higher side than what I've seen at other local stores.
Some minor gripes aside, we really liked this place. Nice presentation overall, with a very solid beer selection. I would stop by again here, no problem.
06-09-2009 19:18:18 |
More by Kegatron
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I can't say enough good things about this place! A beer lovers delight!
Although I don't think it's advertised anywhere, you CAN buy any bottle beer as a single, which is fantastic for trying some of these beers for the first time without committing to a full 6 pack.
Their selection is quite good! Although it's no Half Time (Poughkeepsie, NY), it does hold its own!!
The store also has artisinal foods and cheeses and quite a wine selection. Usually the person at the cheese counter will allow you to sample some of the cheeses before purchasing.
Two thumbs up for me!!!
05-26-2009 19:33:26 |
More by Moonbayby
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is absolutely massive. It's a bit hard to find the beer aisles of which there are two plus some in coolers in the back (I don't count macro shit). The bulk of the store is wine with copious amounts of good booze and artisanal cheeses and food.
The two aisles of beer are divided into international and domestic. The international aisle is pretty decent. They have some decent belgian brews but not much in the funk department. The domestic aisle is pretty damn good also although I think Julio's might be a little bit better.
The service is amazing. Every time an employee passed me they asked if I needed any help but in a great manner that didn't bother me like it sometimes does. The woman working in the cheese department was exceptionally helpful; even opening some cheese to give me a taste.
All in all a great store.
03-11-2009 02:43:59 |
More by drseamus
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the best beer store I've ever been to. This place is absolutely huge and the selection is world class. You'll think you've died and gone to beer heaven. If you can't get it here you pretty much can't get it at any store in the northeast, certainly in MA. Most times I go in and I struggle to come out with a bill under $100. There's just so much good stuff.
There's four HUGE aisles of beer and tons of cold beer in the back. Lots of bombers and growlers.
Very nice selection of fancy foods. All kinds of cheeses and pates.
Imports are divided by country, Belgians are separated from other imports entirely. American Craft brews get the most shelf space because they are obviously easier to get. Macros are the last aisle and you can avoid it completely.
Very convenient, its right off the highway (91).
02-05-2009 16:06:41 |
More by sentomaster
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This is the best beer store I've ever been to. You can read the other reviews to get a sense of store layout, here are my personal highlights:
1. The service is incredible. Last time I was there starting at the aisle long shelf full of American micros, I was asked if I need any help by the assistant brewer from Amherst Brewing Company who also happens to work there. The staff know beer!
2. If you show up on a weekend chances are they are doing tastings. Last time I was there they were doing tastings of Newport Storm.
3. TONS of cold beer in the back. Lots of bombers and packaged growlers.
4. Fancy foods. Pick up some cheese to go with those beers!
5. Imports are divided by country, Belgians are separated from other imports entirely. Macros are the last aisle and you can avoid it completely.
6. Convenience, its right off the highway (91).
01-13-2009 16:01:32 |
More by indiapaleale
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow! Just checked this place out last weekend, and it blew my mind. The craft beer selection was incredibly impressive - numerous selections from Founders, AleSmith, Stone, Port Brewing, Green Flash, Avery, Southern Tier, Left Hand...the list goes on and on. The staff was knowledgable and amiable. The wine selection was phenomenal as well. One could argue that this place is the Julio's of western Mass, though I'm not sure if they let you break up six packs here. A must hit if you traveling through on 91.
01-08-2009 12:29:59 |
More by DousedInStout
Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA