Tully's Beer & Wine

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.49
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45 Wells Plz
Wells, Maine, 04090-4146
United States
phone: (207) 641-8622

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Reviews by cleeze:
Photo of cleeze
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Dawn's selection and knowledge is always improving. Not just beer but wine too. But I'd say the beer selection is best hands down in the state of maine. And if she doesn't have what you want on hand she's probably more than willing to get you what you want. Seems like she knows just about every product on her shelves which is very rare with all those amazing labels.

I'm a little spoiled and partial since i live litterly two seconds away. Their Belgium selection is worth the trip alone...cheers. Oh and thanks for everything dawn :) shane

More User Reviews:
Photo of SawDog505
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stop here every time I am in the area. Excellent staff and selection. As good as I have seen in Maine. If it comes to Maine she has it.

Photo of SomethingClever
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Fantastic people work here and will point you in any direction you could go. seriously the guys working in there have basically tried all the beers. Very nice selection hitting the Maine beer Company beers they have them! Want Marshall Wharf...Marshall Who yea very limited Distro hit them up. Want Bissell Brothers? you may find it here, call ahead though. Moat Mountain beers, SoMe Beers, Rising Tides, Bar Harbor Brewing, Cambridge Brewing, Narragansett brewing, some small growlers of Funky Bow brewing, then the big boys Stone, Founders, Victory, Sixpoint, Jolly Pumpkin, Thirsty Dog, UNITA, there are a ton more more that I'm forgetting.

anyway if you are in a 1 hour radius they are worth going too!

Photo of IPAdress
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is amazing.

Staff very friendly, great advice and knowledge, eager to help.

Amazing selection of Craft beer, I was mainly looking for Brew Dog and Dogfish Head, and they had pretty much everything including seasonal and limited releases as well.

They did have an amazing selection of import too, Belgium, Germany, Uk, etc.

Will absolutely go back!

Photo of Kinger86
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

In addition to an excellent selection, Tully's has a stellar atmosphere and very high quality service. The staff is always proactive in helping each and every customer, whether it's explaining various styles of beer or making recommendations based on personal tastes. Selection is very good and prices are fair and reasonable. They also update their Facebook page every time a new beer comes in making it extremely convenient for their customers. I'd highly recommend Tully's if you find yourself in the southern Maine area in need of some quality craft beer!

Photo of redleaves
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First off this is the cleanest beer store I've ever been in. Selection was excellent, best German section I've ever seen as well. Pricing was typical for Maine. The cashier was helping me the whole time, very friendly and knowledgeable. Told me about some rare stuff, particularly 120 minute he had in the back room. Glanced at the wine and it was a very decent selection of stuff that you don't find everywhere. Huge glass section and lots of cigars, I smoke a lot of cigars, and they have some good stuff. Again clean and inviting, very pleasant. Singles out of 6 packs! love that, not enough stores do that. this place will be a regular stop for me.

Photo of mjstacker
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love stopping at random bottle shops and hunting for the rare finds, it's my kind of "hunting" so-to-speak. At Tulley's "hunting" is useless because the selection is so ridiculous I surpassed my budget in less then five minutes. Picture a 5-year old running into Toys-R-Us, that was me this afternoon. Greatest shop I've ever been to. Cheers.

Photo of LeRose
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

We visited Tully’s for the first time while on a quick get-away to Ogunquit. It was recommended by a waitress as THE spot for craft beers. When we found the store, our feeling was "oh no...it’s a strip mall liquor store", but that was quickly replaced by "Oh my God, this is pretty darned fine". Selection was huge, well organized by style, sub-categorized by brewery. Lots of choices, and the very well-educated staff was quite helpful. This was a great experience versus the typical trip to the package store. Intelligent conversation about excellent beer in a nice, tidy store. Prices were OK - some things higher, some things lower than my local stores. An Ogunquit weekender isn't unreasonable for us, so definitely worth the couple of extra miles.

Photo of Archemedies
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in on way home from the Allagash brewery in Portland. Only 5 minutes off the highway. A nice clean and organized store. A little pricey though.

A lot of great beers from Maine here, as well as some great choices from around the US. A good selection of Belgians, but nothing I have not see before in Maine. There was also a good selection of German stuff as well. I ended up just stocking up on some Maine Beer goodies while I was there. There is also a nice selection of glassware for sale too.

The service there was nice. Seemed like a friendly store.

In all this store was a nice find, and I definitely will stop in again if I am in the area.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Worth the detour driving to Portland, this ending up having the best selection of my stops in Maine, with service and organization. Not a megastore in NY, NJ, or Mass. nevertheless tries to get everything local and the better beers from afar as well. A little pricey, but almost anything I wanted was here, with the bonus of a few Shelton brothers' selections that were sold out elsewhere.Servuce was good and consistently being offered, there was wi-fi so I can check my apps before buying. The owner is not necessarily a beer geek, but gets in what the people want and is available to her.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great place, finally stpped in today. I found that this store had an extensive selection of beers ranging from domestics, imports and microbrews. They also are able to get the infamous Sam Adams Utopias when they are released. Also offered were a varity of beer glasses of all types to choose from. I was impressed at the fact that it looks like a hole in the wall joint, but the clerks there were very knowledgable and the atomsphere was filled with beer enthusiast. They also have a great selection of cigars and wines if you also enjoy those. This is certainly going to become a regular destination for my beers!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

In a nondescript mall on Route 1 between The Yorks and Kennebunkport sits this store. Doesn’t look like much from the outside (except for the specialty beer glassware), but hold on, go inside! There are cigars here, and a ton of wine (not the greatest selection, though). Plus beer!!

Look for the sizable Dogfish selections, including Namaste, Pangea, Sahtea, Olde School. Then move on to the shelf full of bombers and six packs. There is Brooklyn Monster ’10 and Chocolate Stout ’11-’12; North Coast Old Stock ’11 and Brother Thelonius; Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, White Birch, Bar Harbor, Allagash, Maine and a ton of locals.

The “imports shelf” comes with Mikkeller, Pannepot and a variety of Belgians. They also have a large cooler with six-packs you can mix and match and buy by the single. I like that! A four-pack of Weyerbacher Insanity caught my attention in this department.

The guy in charge was very nice and offered help and suggestions, but I did not like the lack of prices on most of the beer. When I asked, they seemed to be all over, but my Weyerbacher Tiny and Double Simcoe were nicely priced at $7.50 each.

A great choice for this part of Coastal Maine. Heck, probably the only high-quality one...

Photo of Duhast500
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was in Maine on vacation and wanted to stop by since I had heard about this beer a good store to stop by while in the area. Tully’s does have the fortunes of being on a main road and is easy to find in a shopping plaza so I was able to find it easy. I was happy to find that the stories of this store’s great selection was not exaggerated. There was many locals and craft beer selections as well as some great imports to choose from. I spent a lot of time going up and down the aisles looking at what was available and having a tough time deciding what I wanted to get on this venture. I visited on a quiet and rainy Monday night so I pretty much had the place to myself and the help was friendly and accommodating. I will be here again.

Photo of Burt
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Walk into the store and you have 2 racks that have beer glasses on them. They have a good assortment of Belgium beers and some German ones on the bottom. Usual macro and micro's to choose from. A large amount of beer that is refrigerated. They also a good selection of local beers from Maine and New Hampshire.

Decent selection of wine and cigars but no liquor.

Prices were reasonable for what we got.

I spend some time in the area this time of year and I always leave Tully's with a nice assortment of brew for my vacation. Great beer store.

Photo of ajthegreat
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Hands down, the best beer store i've ever been to. I went with the intention of finding some Maine Beer Co. Lunch IPA, and they had multiple cases with a batch date only a week old. Extensive selction of Stone Beers, and a good mix between local brews, imports, sixers, and bombers. The owner was EXTREMELY knowledgable of all of the beers I inquired about and asked probing questions to make great selections. She also impressed me with multiple examples of efforts to source additional product from difficult locations.
Very impressive selection of beer, wine, and even glassware. The prices were very competetive and well worth the drive to Wells. I will be making frequent trips from Dover, NH and I recommend you all do the same!

Thanks Tully!

Photo of jdhilt
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Dawn has improved her selection and prices over the years, the newer location in the Hannaford mall gives her double the space. I take exception to Beancounter's claim that display cases are exposed to sunlight, the store front faces north and the display cases closest to the front door (the large selection of Belgians, Europeans) are on an east wall where NO sunlight hits. As near as I can tell her claim that she has the most in Northern New England is true, I have been to all the major stores listed in BA, and over 650 beer choices is excellent. Her prices are reasonable and fair and her staff seems to be able to remember what is new for me - they have passion which gives the store a good atmosphere. Huge selection of Belgians that are the same as or cheaper than other liquor stores.
Beer is my luxury and this is the place to enjoy getting the hard to find.

Photo of silentjay
3.64/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I stopped on my way back from Acadia National Park to try to get some products that are not available in MA. Was greeted by four different employees asking if I needed help, which I didn't... just perusing their selection.

The selection was okay. small store that carries only beer and wine. While I was there (maybe 20 minutes) the employees must have been asked 6 or 7 times if they sold hard alcohol between in-person customers and on the phone. To their credit they were pleasant about it, directing people to the grocery store next door and the exact aisle number it can be found in.

Only a few products that I cannot find in MA, but I had already found those for a bit cheaper at a store I stopped at in Portland an hour earlier. Of course, they are located in a beach town, so the prices are going to be at a premium.

I ended up leaving without purchasing anything. There were a couple of brews I almost pulled the trigger on, but ultimately nothing that wowed me. If I was in the area and needed a beer, I'd stop here, but I wouldn't go out of my way (again) to visit.

Photo of beancounter
3.14/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Walked in and was greeted by a women who was friendly and seemed fairly knowledgeable. She asked what I was looking for, and I said "anything that I can't get in New Hampshire" She said "well just look around".

and that's what I did.

The atmosphere was average. Nothing special, clean but not any different than most "high end" beer stores.

Quality. This is where I have a big issue. I noticed at least two seasonal brews that were on the shelf..from last seasons offerings.

Further, they had two display cases that were right in front of the entrance and were exposed to sunlight, possibly direct sunlight during certain parts of the day.

The selection was nothing special. There were a few beers on the shelf not available in NH, but there was a lot of overlap.

The prices were average to high.

Photo of rsgcwhite
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I took the trip to the Allagash Brewery in Portland, and on the way down stopped at Tully's on the way back to Connecticut. I was incredibly impressed by a strong selection of Maine and regional craft beers that take up about half of the shop (leaving only half for wine). Obviously, a 50/50 split means they're serious about craft beer.

This is a great stop for out of Mainers to pick up local beer - namely, I picked up Peeper Ale (Maine Brewing Company) and selections from the Atlantic Brewing Company and Bar Harbor Brewing Company that don't receive high-level distribution in far Southern New England. They offer great flexibility for 'make your own' six-packs - a plus if you're looking for variety.

Since Wells is in the far south of Maine, let this be your 'gateway to Maine beer'. Staff (notably Christy (sp?)) were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and eager to talk beer. Overall, this place offered a phenomenal experience.

Photo of twelvsies
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Coming from Portland, ME, about 45 mins north, Tully's has just about the same selection available to them, but they seem to do a bit better at stocking the good stuff than my usual places. Tully's is in a shopping plaza right of Rt 9/109 in Wells, pretty easy to find and relatively near the highway if you are just passing by. The store does sell wine as well but not liquor, so over half the store is devoted to beer. Everything is laid out really nicely, and logically organized. You can mix your own 6 pk. Good selection of Belgians and other odd imports, great representation of Maine beers and other American craft beer available to distributors here. Among the gems I found were some vintage Aventinus ('06) and vintage JW Lees Harvest Ale ('07 and even an '01!). I was especially impressed with the service - the ladies there made their way over and said hi and asked if I needed any help, etc. Upon finding out I'd never been to the store they were very eager to point everything out and mention the highlights. They seem to be very proud of their beer there, which is good. Prices seemed to be pretty much in line. Would definitely go back anytime I'm in the area. Great store.

Photo of telecomz
3.45/5  rDev -23.2%

Tully's is a nice beer shop. The staff is very approachable and works to provide insight when they can. Tully's is the place to gain access to a strong landscape of Maine brewers. Tully's also has a very good British and Belgian/NL brewer selection (as well as notable Danish and Norwegian brewers).

For Maine and NH residents, Tully's is a go-to resource.

However, for other New Englanders, there are still plenty of other resources, Julio's, which are vastly superior in terms of breadth of selection.

Tully's biggest liability comes from its distributor(s). Many top notch US brewers simply don't have distribution agreements that put them on the shelves in Maine.

Photo of blsdmf33
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I've recently found this store and I tell you, it is well worth the trip from Somersworth, NH on a weekly basis.

The selection is amazing compared to anything we see here in NH, and the staff is exactly what I want from a beer store employee, one in-particular. I could walk in to this store with no intention to buy and walk out with at least 2 bottles of something I've never even heard of and be completely confident that I'll enjoy it. She always suggests a great brew...I'n not going to kid myself, there is just something about a women who knows her beer that just...well....ya know.

I think I've made it clear, I love this place and I have become a loyal customer and "fan" of Tully's. I suggest to anyone to check it out.

Photo of lou50rp
5/5  rDev +11.4%

My favorite beer store. Worth the trip from Kittery, if I avoid the turnpike tolls. No greater selection of beers in Southern Maine.
I can't go in expecting to buy one item, Always leave with more than I attended. Great selection, always something new. I like Scottish brews and my favorites always seem to be there.
Most knowledgable staff I have encountered.
Meeting and talking with Dawn is worth the trip.
It seems to be a bit pricey at times, but visiting a store like this is worth the little extra i might pay.
If you are in the Wells, ME area Tully's is a must visit.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.85/5  rDev +8%

I was trying to find a bottle of Southern Tier's oak aged Unearthly, which was recently released in the area. Seeing that Tully's was having a Southern Tier tasting, I e-mailed to ask if they would hold on to a bottle for me. Through some very friendly correspondence, I arranged to pick up a bottle on Saturday. When I arrived, I discovered that they were in the middle of their aforementioned beer tasting. They let me jump in, even though I was late, and let me start from the beginning (the lighter ales, not the stouts the rest of the group were tasting). After the tasting, I got my bottle of oak aged Unearthly and spent a few minutes looking over the selection before paying.

My regular bottle shop is RSVP in Portland, so I'll base all my judgements on that. The store area is much smaller than RSVP, but more than half the store is dedicated to beer, nearly all craft products. I saw numerous bottles I've never seen for sale in Portland. Tully has the best beer selection in Maine that I have seen. There's also plenty of glassware, wine, and other goodies.

As I alluded to above, the service was top notch. The ladies there had no idea who I was, but were eager to hold a bottle for me without requiring any more information than my name. I'm sure if they hadn't been busy with the beer tasting, someone would have approached me to ask if I needed help. The tasting was lead by employees (no Southern Tier rep was available to lead the session), and they were all very knowledgeable in beer. I bet they could answer any questions I had.

I wish this store was a bit more convenient for me to shop at often, but even with the long drive, I'll definitely be back.

Photo of GruitGuy
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Great service. Wonderful selection. While on vacation I went there every day. They had something for everybody. Very well stocked. Interesting racks including discounted brews. Depending on the day, mood and food I was able to get just the right beer or wine (dry mead with lobster). If you're in Maine don't pick up your beer at the supermarket go to Tully's. They are extremely helpful and aren't above recommending other stores they think you'd be interested in. They are up there with the big selection stores I go to in Massachusetts.

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Tully's Beer & Wine in Wells, ME
98 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.