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BA SCORE
90
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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
$$ - reasonable
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117 Gold Star Boulevard
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01606-2800
United States
phone: (508) 853-8953

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jeepcj85

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A wonderful store. As the last post stated, they now have an ID scanning machine that takes all out of state IDs.
A great beer selection including microbrews, imports, and Belgians. They have a 3 door cooler dedicated just to micro, import, and Belgian singles and 750s. Over 50 or so Belgians, with a dedicated beer man bringing more all the time. Expecting 25 NEW belgians in the next 6 months. Beer tastings every Saturday, mostly Belgians although next up is a a comparison tasting Beer vs. Champagne, with 4 Champagnes, Deus, Lindemans and others. A few knowlegable beer guys are usually on hand. Good stuff.

01-22-2003 13:23:38 | More by jeepcj85
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is almost local to me when at work, as the crow flies, but with the highway being all ripped up, is a bit of an adventure to get to. However, after visiting for the first time since my college days (lo, so many years ago at WPI), I was quite impressed. Only two full aisles of beers, but oh what beers the second one is. Tons of Belgians, innumerous US micros, inc probably a case of Stone VE03, if anyone's looking... Selection better than most all in the central MA area, and is better than their sister store in the White City section of Shrewsbury, I feel.

But my main reason to go was that I was in search of a bottle of Magic Hat Thumbsucker. Called the distributor for Magic Hat in MA, they gave me a lead on Austin, called them, they had one last bottle in stock, and were more than happy to hold it for me at the register. Excellent! That is the kind of service I appreciate.

Worth a stop if you find yourself in Central MA, for sure.

05-10-2004 18:22:00 | More by ppoitras
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antaydos

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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
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bsend

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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dylnthmsn

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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
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jward

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

And, alas, Worcester gets such a bad rap...This store is solid. Austin's selection is strong, especially with respect to English Pale Ales / Bitters and the local, Central- and Western-Massachusetts and Northern New England microbrew scene. A large cooler in the back holds, among other beers, a nice stock of local offerings like Berkshire, Paper City, Smuttynose and the like. The selection of Continental beers, including Belgian beers, is decent, though not especially great. Austin does offer a nice selection of West Coast beers, including Stone, Rogue, Anderson Valley, etc., typically in limited varieties.

The quality of the beer is generally good, though I've had a few bad experiences now and then. The staff is always willing to answer questions, however, about how long certain bottles have been sitting around or which beers are coming in. In general the service is excellent. Austin is a big store, and not all employees know that much about beer. But the ones who do certainly know their stuff. Employees regularly present beers of the month or season, and beer tastings are also quite common. The managers have always gone out of their way to look into ordering beers I've requested. It's a good, reliable place to shop.

Note: Austin has a sister store in in the "White City" shopping area(Shrewsbury, MA) which is also strong.

02-25-2003 04:33:24 | More by jward
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This is a large white box of a place, in a mall/shopping/highway kind of area, real close to rt. 290, just north of Wusta. Huge selection of wine, and an equally impressive selection of fine beer from near and far. They have got the goods. Locals, regionals, imports etc etc, they have all their beer bases well covered. Cases of macros all the way to the left, the good stuff takes up an entire, huge row, 2nd from the left. Also coolers with cold brew in the rear, including growlers from Berkshire Brewing. A nice feature was a display they had up front, showing beers that were being recomended for consumption with various types of food. This type of beer/food education I have never seen before in a liquor store. A very cool touch. They also have a newsletter, with wine and beer info/education. I highly advise making this a stop on your beer travels.

11-22-2004 02:36:33 | More by Billolick
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cupcakequeenie

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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Plughfish

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was an awesome find while visiting some relatives. We were just looking to find a liquor store to replenish some of the beer that we consumed at our uncles house and stumbled into a beer oasis.

Austin’s offers a great local selection as well as beers from around the world. The selection includes Smuttynose, Wachusett’s, Magic Hat, Victory, Stone, Rogue, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, just to name a few from the American breweries. They also have a nice selection of English, German and Belgians.

I really did not need help when I was there but the staff seemed eager to answer any questions we may have had. I am unfamiliar with the typical liquor store in Massachusetts but being from Pennsylvania and our screwed up liquor / beer laws, this store was a real find.

11-08-2004 16:05:51 | More by Plughfish
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macpapi

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Although I just left Worcester a couple of weeks ago, my many experiences at Austin's necessitate a Beerfly review. It is by far the best place in Worcester for purchasing beer--though that is not saying much. But still this is a quality store. Until recently, they held beer tastings on Fridays and Saturdays for such quality brews as Stone, DogFish Head, Ommegang and Unibroue, among others. Still do wine tastings on the weekends, but that is beyond the purview of this review.

Overall selection is usually excellent. There were a few times, when they seemed to be behind on ordering or receiving of products and there were quite a few holes on the shelves. But between the many fine selections of Belgians, local brews (in both sixers and growlers located in the back cooler), traditionally popular craft beers from out of region (good run of Stone, Bear Republic, Rogue, and Victory among others) and others from just about every global region, you can always find something worthwhile to purchase. While their prices aren't the best, there are a few staples that are more than reasonable for my tastes. (Hop Devil at $6.99 was a steal compared to most local places pricing at two-three dollars more.) And I always looked forward to the times when they placed slightly out of seasonals on clearance (summer sixers for $2 in October; Concord North Woods for $3.49 in January for example).

Service was usually very good. All employees are helpful and you could always find one or two very knowledgable about beer. Aaron who ran the tastings was extremely helpful and up on his beer styles and info. Worcester is not the easiest place to find good quality beer, but Austins is definitely a diamond in the rough!!

07-21-2005 13:18:20 | More by macpapi
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Austin Liquors in Worcester, MA
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.