Yankee Spirits

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35 Reviews
Reviews: 35
Visits: 60
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
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376 Main St
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566-1057
United States
phone: (508) 347-2231

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Photo of NJBeer265
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Walked in and it seems like its an old Marshalls. Huge wine selection and was able to find a few hard to find bottles my wife wanted. the cold beer selection is small but tons of room temp bottles on the back wall. Able to find some hard-to-find like Night Shift. Walked out with a trunk full. (297 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4.07/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

This is easy to reach, just off of I-84. I always stop in when I am going up to Boston from my home in Connecticut. My most recent visit last Thursday evening coincided with a single malt whiskey tasting they were having, with 16 stations serving single malt whiskeys. Unfortunately it was something that you had to pre-register for, and they gave you a wrist band that allowed you to try all the samples. And I just missed the Belgium Beer tasting to be held yesterday (Saturday), so it pays to check their website for both the sales and events. I was able to enjoy freshly cut roast beef and ham sandwiches they were serving near the beer; and a chocolate fountain that featured chocolate covered fresh pineapple slices and strawberries. There was also a bagpiper who played every 10 minutes or so, and some Christmas caroling. All in all, the most memorable evening I have experienced at a liquor store!

OK, about the beer: just an awesome selection! Not quite as big as the selection at their Attleboro store, but still one of the best I have seen. I easily spent an hour or more looking over everything, even though I had some very specific beers I was after. They had the Maine Beer Co, Allagash & Jack's Abbey brews I was looking for, so I left a happy customer. They also had Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA, which I haven't seen elsewhere on the East Coast!

Definitely worth stopping in if you are anywhere in the area! (1,426 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

After a visit to Pioneer Brewing, my wife and I went in search of more beer at Yankee Spirits. The place inside is about the size of a super market. It's gigantic. There is booze as far as the eye can see. The beer is located in the back left. There are about three whole walls of cooler space for cold six packs. Then the back left wall is one massive display of bombers. One of the best selections I have seen in a long time. They literally have everything, and some stuff from breweries I have never seen in in Boston or in MA before. Probably 100 feet of American craft bombers, then Belgian beers, then German beers, then other European beers. I picked up a Stone 11.11.11 for $7.99, then a bomber from Offshore Ale for $3.50 and a 4 pack of Redhook 2010 Treblehook barleywine on discount for $3.99. A manager came right over to the register when I inquired with the cashier about the availability of Pioneer bombers. I could have spent all day in here. This place is worthy of a road trip. (995 characters)

Photo of msnow34
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Having visited the one in swansea decided to give this one a try. What a mistake, should have gone to table and vine instead. The place was a mess, all the six packs were mixed together and it was difficult to find what I was looking for. Apparently they do a mix a six, but couldn't find any signs or people to explain how it worked. Got to the register only to find out they gouge you on the mix prices. Like their growler selection, but hate the fact that the deposit on them is so high( yes i know the store has no control over it but still) Extremley dissappointed and would not make the trip there again. Not sure why it is rated so high, other than for the size. The store in swansea is much more organized, has a better selection and actually has people available to help you. I would recommend heading to Table and Vine over this one any day of the week. (863 characters)

Photo of Genuine
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Went a few weeks ago to stock up for the holidays and it's been a while since I've been. I remember it being slightly different but, nonetheless, here goes:

This is definitely a superstore, has all of the liqour and a great beer selection for MA. It's not too far away from CT so it's a nice drive there and back. Very nice store for the age that it has, and they always have a great selection. The whole back row is dedicated to craft brews and for what we usually can get in CT and MA, they'll have it for sure (unless of course, if it's sold out). I believe they restock pretty quickly

If you need help with anything, just ask one of the workers and they'll be sure to help you out the best they can and they'll let you know what they have in stock/what they'll be getting in.

Pretty solid place for some awesome brews that I can't seem to find in NECT. Their prices are awesome, I was able to get the Sam's Winter Classic for $11.99, whereas in CT it's still 15.99 or so. That's a pretty good deal for me. I'll be returning for sure! (1,042 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

drove to Yankee spirits this past weekend to check out the fabled selection, it did not disappoint. a superior selection. a long wall of american and international microbrews, plus a dozen coolers of craft beer as well. also a large portion of floorspace dedicated to craft cases.

however, i will patronize Table and Vine more frequently simply due to proximity. i will travel to Yankee Spirits when the few breweries they carry that T&V doestn have a release of something new. breweries like dieu de ciel

all in all a superb establishment (542 characters)

Photo of HopNuggets
5/5  rDev +24.1%

The first time I stepped foot into the Yankee Spirits Sturbridge store it was completely overwhelming. Heaven for alcohol lovers alike. The store is the size of a supermarket with around 20 aisles of wine, 10 aisles of liquor and the entire back 1/3 of the store is dedicated to beer (GREAT CRAFT BEER SELECTION AS WELL).

The beer manager there is extremely helpful and has coresponded via e-mail with me multiple times as well as reserved beers for me in the past with no hesitation.

Selection is top notch and being in CT and traveling to MA I can get beers that I can't find available in my CT go to place.

The only downfall is, I did however find them a bit more pricey than my CT spot which was a surprise with the huge selection and amount of beer they stock you would figure their prices would reflect the large buying power.

Now that MA has a 6.25% sales tax on beer opposed to CTs 6% I found myself not jumping the border as often as when MA had no sales tax. Now I only go to get beers that I can't get in CT. (1,023 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%

I've been to this place a couple times either to get beer on a Sunday on my way to a Pats game, or to buy beer not available in CT.

The place is big, like a supermarket. The beer coolers make up a small part of the beer selection, mostly BMC six packs and 40's, with a couple doors for local craft. Most of the beer selection is on a shelf in the back. If your looking for Berkshire, it's in the fridge (since they require their beers to be cold). I'd like them to keep their craft selection in the fridge, but oh well.

The selection is good, especially for getting brands I can't get in CT. The selection is broken down by state or country, with an okay import selection. Prices can get out of hand for some things, so be careful about that. Also, watch out for old stock. I've seen some stuff over a year past their best by date, and I've bought stale, skunked, or oxidized stuff here, and didn't get a response when I e-mailed about it.

Service has been average every time I've gone. I have no problems or compliments on that front, and the only time I've talked to an employee has been for check out. There is a small grocery section with snacks and hors derves.

Make sure to go to BT's smokehouse next door if you go here. Excellent BBQ. (1,249 characters)

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Easy access on and off the highway, but easy to pass by since it's set back from the main road. Large place devoted mostly to wine and spirits, but the beer selection is toward the back wall. Craft beers are lined up across shelves across the very back, organized by country of origin. Many bombers plus 6-packs, and they allow purchase of singles. Good selection, was able to pick up some stuff that's not in CT, but wasn't blown away. Better to drive to Town and Country/Table and Vine. Seemed just a tad pricey for some selections, but nice not to have sales tax. (566 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +3%

This is part of a chain of stores with multiple locations in Massachusetts. This one is a bit tricky to find unles you're looking for it. It pops up unexpectedly on Route 20 and is slightly out of eyesight. This store was very much like the other stores I have been to but cleaner. The beer selection is wide ranging and organized by country or state and well marked as to the originn. The prices are well marked too and that's always a plus. There were lots of Massachusetts brewers of course and a few growlers from them but you could find many choices from New England, Pennsylvania, Colorado and elsewhere. There is a good choice of imports from the UK, Scotland, Belgium, Greece, Poland, and Latin America. And you can find expensive limited editions as well as cheap macros. This place is a tad pricier than other big package stores in Massachusetts. But I would still recommend it. (888 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Decided to take a nice Saturday drive to Sturbridge to check out the area. Figured I'd try out Yankee Spirits. Drove right past it the first time through. Not too bad a place. The place was bigger than I would have thought it would be. Large selection of wine and liquor. Decent sized beer section. Large cooler with self serve area. All the Berkshire was in the walk in. Decent selection from all over the country. Reasonable prices, friendly helpful staff. I do like the Attleboro location better, but was definitely worth the trip. Great pulled pork sandwiches right next door. (580 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

This was my first stop of a southwestern mass beer trip.

This place was about 30 mins away from me exit 3B off 84E a mile down RT20 on the right.

I drove past it initially, it's set off the main drag but felt retarded when I found it because this place is pretty massive from the outside.

Inside the place looks a lot like Table & Vine in West Springfield.

A lot of wine bottles greet you as enter, specialty foods to the right, beer towards the back and inside the cooler along the left wall.

Very nice selection and in very large quantities. Stacks upon stacks of cases.

The bomber section was a bit disheveled, organized by state of origin indicated with chicken scratched pieces of paper.

I browsed the bottles along the back wall. mostly my favorite San Diego beers and others that are not sold or brewed in shit-ass Connecticut.

They carry a lot of New England beers, stuff from New York and out west. Imports are further to the right along the back wall but I wasn't really paying attention.

Prices are pretty good on most bottles I walked out with eight really good bottles just under $60
and since it's so close I'll be returning.

Cheers! (1,161 characters)

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Not far past I-84 the store sits back a little way from the road but is very easy off/on to 84 and the Pike. The beer selection spans the back wall and elsewhere throughout the store. Selection is quite vast and organized by country so if you know where the beer you want comes from, selection is quite easy. Some bottles looked to be there for a bit with a healthy coat of dust, but the American craft selection showed no such age. Like other stores of its size it seemed to have most anything that comes into the state in a variety of sizes. Prices were resonable. Staff seemed few and far between, but I didn't require any help during my visit. Worth a stocking-up trip if in the area. (688 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.15/5  rDev +3%

This place is enormous especially you like Wine. Their Beer selection was also very good with an entire section devoted to it which was really nice. I was hoping they would have had more bombers and singles (which is why I docked them a bit on the selection part), but their six pack selection was great. Alot of really good beers that I can't find or are hard to find in Connecticut including Stone, Smuttynose, Wachusett, Sherwood Forest, Opa-Opa, etc. The service was really good and the staff answered all questions I had. The place was very reasonably priced and had good quality beers. Definately worth a stop if you're in the area. (638 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Pretty easy to find, just a minute off the last exit on I-84 before the Mass Pike. While there are a few good places in the Connecticut area to find great beer selection, this impressed me as being one of the most well organized and easy to navigate, and I don't know any others that would beat the volume of choices seen here. Not much clutter but packed to the gills with micros and imports of many kinds along with all the usual macros, vast wine selection, liquor and assorted other goodies and accessories. New England micros are particularly well represented but there was a decent showing from Colorado and California to name a few. Quite a few new names to me. Be careful to check the coolers for items that might not be stocked on the display shelves. My favorite touch here was that they will allow you to buy individual bottles out of any open six-pack (as opposed to conainers that close around the bottles like most twelve packs). At some reasonable premium, (10-15%?) you can just cherry pick to accommodate your interest in unheard-of/unknown offerings with reduced risk of useless stock and wasted money. I had some difficulty finding staff for assistance but when I did, they were very friendly and helpful. This is a fairly large place and it's easy to get around and see what they have clearly without poking around or dodging other people. They had a couple of tastings with premiums/deals for Harpoon & Wachusetts while I was there this evening and I suspect this is a common occurence at Yankee Spirits. Prices for the micros & imports are not particularly exciting from what I could see, but not unusual or concerning if you are serious about variety and high quality beers. I didn't see much missing in their selection so I expect this will be a regular stop for me when heading up to Massachusetts. Highly recommended. (1,843 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on my way back from the Hyland OFest yesterday.... I'm not usually in this neck of the woods, so why not, eh?

It's your basic, nondescript little building from the outside, yet inside it's stocked to the hilt with liquor, wine and bier. I found the bier all the way in the rear, and the selection stretched from wall to wall along the back area. It was divvied up into area of origin, basically, with a large number of offerings from Belgium, Germany and the UK in addition to the numerous regional and national American options. You should be able to find most any bier you like here, if it's available in Massachusetts, and the prices were in line with most other places of this size. I did ding them a bit in service, as they don't take Amex cards. I work for Amex, so I gots to look out for #1, versteh?

Prosit!!

overall: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +3%

Decided to stop by Yankee Spirits on a recent Sunday afternoon. They don't open until 12:00 PM on Sundays, we arrived early with some time to kill. This place is an easy pit stop off of RT 84 on RT 20. You must go here. That's all I can say.

When the doors finally opened after a lengthy anticipated wait, I was ready to enter and explore. Yankee Spirits is a huge and almost overwhelming liquor store. There are some great hot sauce, cheese and other specialty options on the right side. There are massive amounts of wine and hard liquor. Grab a push cart and you are ready to go.

The beer selection is excellent, without question. It's almost too much if there is such a thing. There are major amounts of stacked warm cases, 12 packs and 6 packs. I also noticed a "make your own six pack" shelf. There were some nice options, but nothing that is too attractive (except for the 2004 Anchor OSA). My understanding is that you can make a 6 pack from any of the beers here, but I didn't take advantage of this option. This place has everything that you could hope for. From Belgians, German beers, micros, etc. They have it here.

I felt like I was in maze when I was here. That's how extensive Yankee Spirits is. Highlights from Dogfish Head, Victory, Anchor, Berkshire Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, Shipyard, Rogue, Thomas Hooker, Unibroue, Stone, Piraat, Cantillon and the list goes on and on. All I can say is stop by here if you find yourself on the RT 84 Connecticut/Massachusetts border and you want options galore for beer. (1,556 characters)

Photo of Matthew
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Drove up on a Sunday to check out the place. I was very impressed with their selection and more impressed with the service. I was glad to see the emplyees that I spoke with recommeding the local beers. There are beers that I enjoy but cant get in CT, and im glad I chose to go to yankee spirits to look for them. They have a very large selection of imports that is all the way to the right side of the very back wall. Their selection of Domestic Micros was very impressive as well. Offering brews from all over the country and alot of great local beer too. The prices are reasonable no more expensive than your average beer store. I'd say the ride was worth it and definately plan to ride up again soon to poke around. Great beer store! (736 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a huge, very well stocked beer retailer. Easy to find, about 2 minutes off of rt. 84. Tons of wine and booze. The awesome selection of beer is located in the rear 1/4 of the store. This place has the goods. Tons of macros, tons of local micros, tons of regional and national micros and much better then average selections of typical and beyond the typical imports. The prices also were very reasonable. I was happy to pick up the latest Harpoon smoked porter, the 2005 Unibrew special beer, a coupla of Belgians I hadnt seen before, a bomber from Hylands-Sturbridge,and one from McNiel's etc etc. they also have a gourmet foods area, staff was friendly and helpful. Well worth a stop, bring your check book (714 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.15/5  rDev +3%

this place is my go-to store when i want to stock up, and spirit haus or half time seem just a little too far. also girlfriend-friendly, as they have a wonderful wine selection as well.

high quantities of micros make it easy to buy by the case, a real unique thing in this area. u.s. section is my favorite- weyerbacher, dogfish head, stoudt's, avery, cisco, and lots of small, small, small microbrews well-stocked.

full selection of eastern europe, germans, japanese...

belgian selection always yields something good. all the weird overpriced cantillons, tripel karmeliet 750s, lots of the bios beers (piraat, gulden draak, etc)... whatever other weird bottles they can dig up. often messy and sometimes alot emptier than other times (sometimes frustrating after a long drive).

a few homebrewing things in a remote corner of the store, nothing to speak of.

best 'extra' is the snack section. REAL high quality bar-type snacks in a grocery store layout towards the front doors. always grab 2-3 things thinking, "wow, these pickled kielbasas would be excellent with an optimator!" or "these rosemary crostini are the perfect foil to la fin du monde!"

yankee, if you're reading this, bring back rapscallion!!! (1,227 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This is what a beer-lover's package store is meant to be. I spent fifteen minutes looking for some specific brews and found them easily, then some browsing time. I was amazed at the selection... even more than I remember. It seemed like even more of the back of the store was filled than before. And the cases were all over the place... I even saw Sam Adams Chocolate Bock offered by the case.

I saw imports that I had only heard about from our hallowed halls, and now that I have a source, I know that I must try them soon. I saw local beers that I have not seen anywhere else. Most of the Dogfish Head line was there, except the limited release brews :-(

The place is almost an hour from my house, which is a bummer, but it is between me and Boston, which makes it an excellent stop if I ever am able to get to some of the BA events there.

Easy to get to from I-84 or I-90, and a couple of good restaurants nearby as well as fast food. Well worth the stop. Very convenient.

One thing though... if it is your first time there, do NOT expect to be able to do some fast browsing. Plan on making it an event. (1,120 characters)

Photo of MattFrenzy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Yessss... Mecca!! 20 minute drive for me but well worth it. I go here when I am in need of some rarities, specifically Stone Brews. Huge place, with the back devoted to beer and singles, big walk in coolers. The Wal-mart of alcohol in the area. Prices are decent, service can improve though. It's basically serve yourself and good luck finding somone who knows what they are doing during peak hours. Can be very daunting at first to find your away around and locate what you're looking for without feeling like you are missing some great finds... but once you've been a few times its easy. (589 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Pretty decent establishment. The whole back wall is devoted to mostly single bottles, Selection was very good with many Belgians, some from England and some domestic and local singles. Some of the items were not priced which was a bit annoying. They had a decent 12 pack and case selection, including Stones and Samuel Smith. Cooler selection was a bit more limited, but substantial nonetheless. Cleanliness was not a big plus. All in all the experience was good and this is definitely a place worth checking out. (513 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Right on my way home from work every day, which is great! Maybe my wife doesn't think so, but whatever. Anyways, excellent selection of beers, including many unusual beers imported by Shelton Brothers from Belgium and surrounding environs. Lots of cases, lots of singles, lots of fun spent perusing the shelves. A lot of money could be and has been spent here by me.

Service gets a ding because I was in one line that had some sort of HUGE issue with a wine purchase, requiring numerous mgr visits, and then I reluctantly ended up in the line with the SLOWEST checkout lady EVER. Watch out for the older lady who types in numbers real slow, she bags singles even slower and everyone behind you in line grumps... I just looked forward and ignored them, thinking about the beers I had just purchased. Mmmm, Pangea and Triple Bock and a Heavyweight variety foiur pack, oh my! (875 characters)

Photo of Greenlabel
4.15/5  rDev +3%

A big surprise. I hadn't been to this store for more than 5 years and had often been disappointed in the past by the sloppy manner in which the beer was handled and the sizeable amount of out-of-date stock. A late January trip to Sturbridge completely changed my view of this store. It now probably has the largest beer selection I've seen in New England and, even better, it was displayed well and generally seemed to be fresh. A wider ranging micro selection and a substantially increased import selection as compared to my last visit. For instance, this was the first time I had seen products from UK brewers Adnams and Cameron available anywhere and also my first introduction to 6-packs of Martha's Vineyard's Offshore Ale. UK products seemed to be particularly prominent among the imports although that may be partially because they're my favorite imports and I spent more time studying them in detail. Cases, 6-packs, 12-packs or individual bottles displayed in an immense area with prices seemingly in line with other large Massachusetts package stores.

In total, I spent almost 2 hours in the store and am still not sure I covered all the beers. Left with over 2 cases including a number of products totally new to me in addition to the ones mentioned above. It's about 80 miles from my NH house but it will become a regular stop for me along with Julio's in Westboro and Table and Vine in Northampton. Like those 2 stores, this one also has an massive wine selection but I went straight through it to the beer which is in the back portion of the store. This store has definitely undergone a change for the better - let's hope it keeps moving ahead in that fashion. (1,678 characters)

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Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.