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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I grew up in the Worcester area and I remember always going in here with my dad when he wanted to pick up some wine. I just discovered not too long ago that they have a pretty damn good selection of beer, as well. The place looks like a big warehouse with big, wide aisles. Most of the store has wine and liquor but the 2 aisles on the left as well as a cooler section in the back are dedicated to beer. The left-most aisle has mostly BMC products, hard lemonade, and twisted tea, but there gets to be a great selection of Sam Adams and Wachusett beers toward the end. The next aisle over has more craft 6 packs and all of their bombers. I was pretty impressed with their selection, especially when it came to their offerings from California. I wished I could have found more local beers (eg. Wormtown, Jack’s Abbey, Clown Shoes), but I can’t complain. Prices are pretty competitive, and I’m not sure if the staff is helpful or not. The only person working there that I could see was a cashier way at the front of the store, so there aren’t people readily available to ask questions.
Austin Liquors has a really nice selection of craft beer at reasonable prices. If you’re in Worcester, you should check it out.
06-21-2012 13:29:33 | More by BlackBelt5112203
3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in a large strip mall along Route 9. This is a large store with lots of wine, liquor, BMC and a decent amount of craft beer. As others have mentioned, a small amount is in coolers and a larger amount of it on the shelves. You can find local stuff like CBC, Mayflower and Barrington Brewing. Other stuff from quite a few us craft brewers including the newer to Mass, Boulevard, which was nice to see. Some beers from Europe and other regions as well. For those coming from a different state, passing through Worcester, it is worth spending some of your time and money here.
02-16-2012 02:42:48 | More by mltobin
3.01/5 rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere initially turned me off, but I rebounded once inside looking at what is a pretty good selection. My biggest complaint is the very small amount of cooled storage dedicated to craft. Also, the Be Hoppy that I was targeting to buy was fairly old for being in the same town as the brewery. I can't entirely fault the store for this though--it's a larger issue than that. Anyways, this store is worth hitting if you're in the area but I certainly wouldn't drive out of my way for it. If you're going to drive there are options that aren't too much further and in my opinion incrementally better.
01-22-2012 18:10:25 | More by jraras
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For some reason I have driven by this place and have never stopped. Had a few minutes today so I figured I'd give it a try. My first thought when walking in is "boy, this place is big". Wine, liquor, and beer everywhere. Nice wide aisles to walk down. The first thing I came to was the Import/large format/warm storage area. Pretty decent selection here. Lots of locals and New England brews. Shot straight for the CBC and Maine Beer Co.. Plenty of Sixpoint cans, grabbed a four of Diesel. The other side of that aisle and the next aisle left wew loaded with mostly macros and malternatives. Straight back at the back of the store were quite a few coolers loaded with beer. In front of the coolers were quite a few offerings from the Boulevard Smokestack Series. Pretty nice place, Not the Taj Mahal by any means. Rather clean. The peolple working seemed helpful and polite, although I didn't pick their brains. Selection was great. Seemed as if they had a little bit from a lot of breweries. I did see a few older/discontinued brews that have been sitting there for a while. Prices seemed pretty much inline with other stores I've visited in Mass. Overall, not too bad. I would definitely visit again.
01-15-2012 00:46:20 | More by jaxon53
3.14/5 rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I went here on my week vacation that I spent in Massachusetts. I read excellent reviews about this place; it wasn't too far from where I was staying, I thought I should check it out. I walked in with a cart knowing I'm going to spend a lot of money. What a understatement, I was very let down. I thought this was going to be beer heaven; did I miss the exit somewhere?
I look around and I usually know where they keep the beer in every store. They a shelf of bombers but there wasn't an impressive amount. They have few fridge doors with some bombers and off to the side they have another section of limited cold six packs.
The only impressive thing about the store was they had beers labeled from different countries. I thought that was pretty neat but they, as well, were limited. I didn't walk out emptied handed I bought a prepackaged growler of Ten Penny Ale by Olde Burnside Brewing Company a bomber of Gritty McDuff's Brewing co's Bitter Ale and a six pack of Sea Hag IPA by New England Brewing Co. and it came out to about twenty three dollars. I would have spent a lot more if I found some gems.
This place seemed a bit overrated and I would say it's not any more than average. Why such the great reviews? I don't know, maybe I'm missing something. This would be a place that's convenient to live by but not worth it if its out of the way.
07-18-2011 03:51:54 | More by 9InchNails
4.44/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the place to go if you are looking for specialty brews in Worcester. With an ever expanding list of beers, you can always count on something new. New ownership, and new store layout is much more navigable. Broken down by foreign and domestic, starting with domestic micro 6 packs, working through 22oz bombers and 750ml. Then starting in England and working east into Asia. Ending with a large section devoted to Belgian Specialties (Chimay, St. Bernardus, Delirium, Allagash, Ommegang, and Duvel, to name just a few) The new staff continues the tradition of great service and brew suggestions. Specialty orders are always available, so if they don't have what you are looking for; they can have it in a matter of days. Go find something you haven't tried at Austin Liquors, worth the trip!
02-16-2011 09:43:55 | More by dylnthmsn
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Will continue the streak of those from Worcester and agree this is the best selection in Central MA for miles. Yes, I can go a little out of my way to another reputable store but Austin has a great supply and is easy to reach when you want good variety. I am there every other week or so and almost every time I have been in a member of the staff approaches me and offers help or suggestions which is great because I always like to know if there is a particular fave I haven't heard of. Just recently the Worcester store got new lighting above each aisle and brightened up the place a lot, making it much easier to peruse the beer aisle specifically.
08-31-2009 01:25:51 | More by cupcakequeenie
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love visting Austin Liquors when I can. This place has it all, huge warehouse atmosphere, impressive selection and decent sales.
The place has a rather knowledgeable staff. If you want are in the aisles they will ask if you need help or provide recommendations. If you say "browsing", they let you do your thing or if you ask for help they provide a wide arrange of suggestions based on brand/style/or price. Their beer guy "Pat" provides a variety of suggestion labels through out based on his favorite beers or based on value.
The selection ir great they offer bombers, 750ml corked bottles, six packs, 12 oz, 24 oz, growlers, 12 packs, cases, 30 packs and everything in between. They will always have a 6 or 12 on sale for a great value (Wachusett or Sam Adams for $12 a 12 pack).
Prices are standard at worst, and usually a dollar or two cheaper than the smaller places. Give Austin Liquors a look for some excellent craft beer if you are in the area it has macros, it has micros, it has imports and all it really needs is your business.
03-23-2009 16:06:18 | More by bsend
4.7/5 rDev +15.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live not too far from Austin, and love it. Their selection is fantastic, as many here have noted. I don't have much to add to what others have said.
However, I do have a negative to add. For the most part, their staff who roam the aisles are helpful. Unfortunately, not all their cashiers are familiar with the concept of bottle conditioning, and as a result, have had (on many occasions) the cashier flip the bottle all around looking for a bar code to scan while I stand and watch in horror. Small quibble, though. Only gotta wait a couple days to drink it.
Apart from that, I love this place.
06-23-2008 20:56:48 | More by antaydos
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
you won't find anything better in worcester. while i still drive an extra 20 minutes for a slightly better selection, Austin can hold it's own, and i still visit when i happen to be in the area. they have a very good selection of 22oz and 750's, but since there is next to no 12oz singles selections, i usually take that long drive when i'm looking to try something new. i did manage to find alesmith speedway stout in both the bottle aisle and (very suprisingly) the cold selection, this was one i had looked for the last 4 times visiting my other regular store. speaking of the cold selection, while they did have some good choices in there (alesmith, stone, a few others), there was way too much room dedicated to the common brews i can get everywhere. i guess i can't complain though, everyone has to make money somehow.
02-26-2007 22:08:16 | More by ubermunkey
Austin Liquors in Worcester, MA
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.