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3.91/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited here after learning I had some family living relatively close by... was looking to pick up some locals as well as anything else that might catch my eye.
I didn't really peruse the rest of the sections of the store, just the beer. First spot I encountered was what seemed to be an elbow of newer releases / rarer bombers. Nice selection of stuff there, about on point with the market average pricing (at least compared to my home state of PA). There was a wall of 'locals' bombers, which was great for a guy like me, saved time sifting through the other aisles with a checklist! I found a good majority of what I had on my "to search for" list, and also browsed the coolers and other rows.
Overall, a good experience and I'll definitely pop back in on my future visits to MA!
My composite score is down a bit only because I didn't have any 'service'- no one asked me if they could help with anything- this was no problem, because I was happy just to browse, but that's why the rating is hovering around okay.
02-18-2014 18:27:58 | More by Shandycan
4.14/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Large store with a great selection. They get all the limited release beers but you have to get there quick because they are very busy and popular. Knowledgable and helpful staff. The prices are a bit higher than other stores but their selection is unmatched. If it wasn't an hour drive for me I would be a fixture in the store.
02-05-2014 14:22:57 | More by AdamF625
4.86/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Amazing selection! Its like a candy store for adults. Great Selection of local and Belgium beers. Tim and Chris are very knowledgeable and nice people. Whatever beer gets distributed in Mass, most likely this store picks it up. A must visit for people in New England...
01-22-2014 23:38:44 | More by NAPO
4.97/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
What more can be said. The selection and the employees are second to none in the area (very wide area). If there is something specific you are looking for they will more than likely have it. The employees are always available and willing to help and make a suggestion. I make a quarterly trip here to get all my unusual beers. Thanks Julio's and keep up the great work.
10-18-2013 17:03:46 | More by hughlatimer
4.58/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Been here twice since I heard about it, visits a month apart.
Fairly easy on and off from I-495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike. Slightly hard to see and get to if you are driving west on Route 9. Must make a left onto Lyman St. at the light and a right at the first through entrance, then another right and a short left and right into the parking lot.
Big small-supermarket-sized store mostly devoted to liquor and wine, but beer cases dominate the back wall and the right quarter of the store.
About 75x20 feet of beer, including a long wall of coolers, one of which is all bombers and 750s, the rest sixpacks and cases. The three aisles are lined with sixpacks and singles, other racks of bombers. Selection is hard to top, especially Belgians and imports, but the array of regional and national is also very extensive.
Most things are average to slightly higher priced for New England, either on the item or underneath on the shelves. Just had a discussion in a forum last night (which reminded me to do this review), where we agreed that it can be annoying when new/popular arrivals are put out without a price. But most if not all stores are guilty of this to at least some degree.
Good sales here are an added bonus, as is their "Wild Six" program in which if you get a card at the front desk, you can pick out six bottles any size and get 15% off. Taking advantage of that can make Julio's more of a best buy store.
This is unquestionably one of the best stores for beer in all of New England.
08-26-2013 17:50:25 | More by scotorum
4.61/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Made my first trip here the other day after living in the area for about 5 years. Not smart on my part because I have been missing out. Pretty cool atmosphere inside. They seem to have regular tastings which would have been nice to go too. I was there on a Thursday morning and it seemed really inviting inside. Service is great. They had a couple "beer experts" just roaming the aisles. They were happy to lend any advice on beers they have had and comment on everything they had in stock. Both were pretty cool to talk too and seemed to have a general interest in what people were looking for. The selection was great. Tons and tons of options. From Belgiums, to locals, US craft beer, to cold, and shelf, cases, 6packs, singles, you name it! Specifically, they had a really good selection of Mikkeller, Belgiums and local NE craft beer. Impressive. They also had a ton of Founders which is always a treat. Pricing was on par with any of the other craft beer stores in the Boston area. I was given a 15% discount for having 6 bottles so that was a bonus.
I would definitely recommend this place and come back in a heart beat. You can't go wrong here and I am glad the workers are as enthused about craft beer as some of their customers.
06-16-2013 20:37:14 | More by rjp217
4.89/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I moved to Framingham almost four years ago and Julio's as a result has become a go-to store for me. It is massive and does have a large clientele of beer geeks that will clean out their shelves when harder to come by product comes in, but I can't hold that against them because they really are the De Facto best store in the state. Their prices are always right in line with anybody else; if it isn't, its usually only a dollar or two more, which can be made up for by just buying a mix-6, which gives you a 15% discount on the individual bottles (22,750 or 12, size really doesn't matter this time!).
There is always someone in the beer section if you need to ask a question and they will generally just let you do your thing, with an occasional "finding everything o k?" asked. The beer events that they put on are always top notch, with some hard to find beers always being poured in addition to the staples.
Julios is must stop for any beer geek
05-17-2013 23:38:01 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
4.84/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is fantastic. I went for the first time about 5 months ago and was blown away by the selection. The service has been fantastic. I am sending out boxes for trades and they package and send them for you in store with no fee. All we pay is for materials and shipping (what we would pay for by ourselves anyways). The selection is incredible, and they allow everything in store to be used in a mix 6 pack with a 15% discount. Seeing as that is all I ever do this is perfect for me personally. They have a pretty big selection of snacks and foods, but honestly I am drawn straight to the beer section and have not really browsed through that section too much. With the 15% discount on the mix 6 the prices are more than reasonable.
05-14-2013 11:15:03 | More by alex_hart
4.28/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Julio's is one of the largest liquor stores I have ever been to in my life. It is roughly the size of a small supermarket, yet it somehow manages to retain the feel of a smaller, Mom and Pop type establishment. The store is roughly broken down into three or four sections. There is a very large selection of wine in the spacious and well-organized left wing of the store, shelving units in the middle are dedicated to spirits and some gourmet food items, cigars and tobacco in a large booth by the checkout counter, and shelves and floor displays of beer along the back wall and in the right wing of the store. The shelving units in the beer section are placed rather closely together, creating very narrow aisles and several choke points. This place must be hell around the holidays, or whenever there's a high volume of foot traffic.
The beer section is roughly divided into distinct areas for imports, local beers, and American craft. A few cooler doors contain mostly macro items. Overall the selection is pretty thorough, and right up there with the best I've seen in the state. They seem to get a fair amount of rarities, and it appears that everything hits the shelves. Like anywhere else though, you need to stay on top of releases if you want a crack at the beer. Don't expect hyped beers to linger on the shelf. Perhaps the most impressive part about the selection is the sheer numbers they are able to pull on some of the more sought-after craft beers. On my most recent trip, they had full-size floor displays built of Nugget Nectar and Breakfast Stout cases. That kind of buying power is really only rivaled by one or two other businesses in the state.
Quality is good overall, though I did notice some past-prime beers languishing on the shelf, mainly in the less-traveled part of the import section. The employees are very polite and seem fairly knowledgeable. Pricing on the beer seems to be on par with its competitors (though the liquor prices were a tad high).
The bottom line: Julio's is one of the best retail beer destinations in the state. The convenient location makes it even more of a must-visit if you're in that neck of the woods.
03-02-2013 07:06:27 | More by ryan1788a5
4.22/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Stopped by on my way home from a trip to MASS. Super convenient location along the 495/Mass Pike connection. Good parking and easy to find (next to starbucks).
Upon entering - Beer is to the right - all else is to the left. Nice selection of US Craft bottles from Joly pumpkin, cascade, lost abbey in one area and a local Mass/New England craft section full of Cambridge, Jacks Abby, Maine, allagash, etc on another rack. There is a row full of Germans, followed by English, then a big selection of Belgian, with an end cap of Scandanavian. A cold row of US 6 and 12 packs and another row of warm US brews.
There were lots of sales too. I got a CBC great pumpkin ale for $2.99! They had a Bruery Tart of Darknes for $19.99 also which is like $5 off what I normally see it for (I should have picked that one up). They also have a 15% discount when you buy 6 or more singles, which is awesome. They include sale items in the "6 pack" but only discount the full price items. I got a Lost Abbey Devotion and Mayan Judgement day, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire, Jacks Abby Hoponius Union, CBC Sgt Pepper and Great Pumpkin; all for like $33! (with discount)! You also get a "punch card" which entitles you to a free special edition glass when you make your own "6-pack" of bombers like 18x. So, basically you get a free limited edition brewery glass with every 108 bottles you buy...somewhat insane amount but nice that they reward you for being loyal.
I heard they get nice rares like Cantillon, like 2x a year, but they obviously didnt have any left on a random sunday afternoon...
Worth a stop if you are passing by or if you know of a special release; especially since you get a %15 discount when you buy 6 bottles. Nice workers and are very willing to help if you need it.
While the selection is big, its just not any different or better than places local to me like DeCiccos in Brewster, Port Chester Beverage (expensive but good selection), or my uber local fav, Vista Beverage; but they do carry New England only brews like CBC and some national brews like Lost Abbey, that I cant get or is hard to get in NY.
01-25-2013 15:03:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA
100 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.