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Colonial Spirits

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Colonial SpiritsColonial Spirits
BA SCORE
96
world-class

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
[ Store ]

87 Great Rd
Acton, Massachusetts, 01720-5603
United States
phone: (978) 263-7775

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I stopped in here for the first time on Sunday
Amid rows and rows of giant packs of macro lager there is some really great beer in this store. The back wall of the store is fitted with at least a dozen cooler doors with warm shelves opposite holding the bulk of the micro selections. Large format packaging fills the left side wall of the store. Celebration 12 packs for 12 bucks is pretty good for the area. Lots of mass centric brews as well as a fair assortment of the rest of the country and the world. The beer guy came out and asked if he could help me with anything and even made a phone call about some Firestone Walker beer for me. Pricing is average to a bit above. Its a bit of a drive for me, almost as far as Julio's. I would not hesitate to stop here again if in the area.

Photo of PatriotsRule
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Really a massive store. Wines and spirits dominate the majority of the extensive space, and a couple walls of beers are in the back of the store, one refrigerated and the other shelved. Not the most blow-you-away sales, but the deals in this store are relatively easy to locate. Decent craft beer selection with plenty of growlers and big bottles (22oz and the like) are priced more reasonably as far as I have found than the larger quantities of craft brews are. This being said, colonial has a little something for everyone, and it is a fine store to get "lost" browsing in. Look for 22-24oz bottles of Victory and Sierra Nevada in the $3-4 range, or go here to look for that elusive specialty growler of Berkshire, Opa Opa, etc. I have not scoured the shelving section because it is unrefrigerated, but am not giving up on it either, as I have heard really wonderful things about what is kept over there across the aisle from the beer fridge. If you are looking for liquors other than beer, this place is chock full of 'em.

Photo of greenengineer
4.09/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Colonial Spirits is my go to place. Good selection, with a very wide variety of Belgians, as well as most every US microbrew you'd expect to see. Good selection of local brews including growlers from Berkshire and a few other places. Lots of Pretty Things, which can be hard to find. Prices are decent but you come here for the selection - they rarely have any kind of amazing deals. They have pretty frequent tastings on weekends so check out their calendar and get on their mailing list.

Pretty anonymous place, which is why the service scores low. If you know what you a looking for, they likely have it, but don't ask for help choosing something.

Also, I really like the automated wine tasting - ask for a tasting card at the registers. They need an automated beer taster too.

Photo of Dope
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a huge store with an enormous wine and spirits selection. Probably the best I have ever seen. I'm not really into anything but beer but I was still quite impressed.

At the very back of the store is a large shelf containing warm selections and facing this shelf is a huge row of coolers featuring their cold selection. The left-most aisle of the store (running the entire length of the store) contains their clearance section and shelves upon shelves of cases of beer. At the very front of this row is their super-high end glass case (saw a Utopias in there for example).

Overall, excellent selection. Good spread of styles and brewers. Beer seems to come and go fairly quickly here as the selection seems mostly new, dust-free and is ever changing.

Prices are quite good, and they offer 10% off 6, 15% 12 and 20% off 24 singles. Very nice if you are stocking up.

They have a decent web presence and Tim (the beer guy) is very quick to respond to email. He will try to get you things if he can, he will hold specialties for you as well. Very nice.

Overall, quite excellent. I would rate Colonial second to only the super amazing places like Redstones and Julios.

Photo of soze47
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I go to Colonial regularly as it usually gives me more than enough to choose from. It is near my girlfriend's house, so I make a trip here every two weeks or so for the past year or so.

Pros: They have a huge selection and amount of options. They do have a few coolers dedicated to BMC, but three times as many dedicated to craft and import brews. I'd guess there are 12 or so coolers total mirrored by an extremely long four level shelf filled with more imports and crafts.

Their international selection is extremely comprehensive and what sets this apart from most other stores in MA. If you are looking for an obscure beer from another country, they very well may have it if its available.

Their craft selection is pretty good and covers most of the basics from all the different domestic craft brewers available in MA. I never seem to find the really highly in demand beers here (Big John being a big recent exception), but I have picked up Breakfast Stout from Founders, Lukcy Bastard, and Bitches Brew over the past few months. Almost forgot that this place had Zoe when almost every where else sold out of theirs in days.

They also seem to have a good amount of local New England and MA brewers. I can always count on the whole BBC line-up to be their, along with Wachusett., People's Pint, Clown Shoes, Pretty Things and Opa Opa.

Their wine and booze selection seems to be huge as well. Can't say I have ever really looked at those parts of the store closely, but it is big, no doubt about it. This place is big and almost has a supermarket vibe. Nice and bright, which helps it to always seem clean.

Cons:
I hesitate to call these cons because I'm a pretty low maintenance customer.

There isn't always a knowledgeable person on beer. Their beer manager is really top notch and is there often, but when he isn't their, don't count on folks up front to help you find the something really intricate. The beer manager is about the only one that can give you really good recommendations.

I usually know what I'm looking for and how to find it, so this isn't too bad in my book. Their check-out staff is always friendly and wraps/boxes things very well.

I think the prices are pretty much in line with most stores that I frequent. They offer the discount at 6 single bottles, regardless of size, so a mix a six is always a solid option here. The discount get bigger at 12 bottles too.

Overall: If you are a craft beer fan and live near Colonial, you should really get to know it if you haven't already. Good prices, a beer for every occasion and style, and the great find every once in a while make this a place to frequent if you love good beer.

Photo of gpc
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is hands down the BEER STORE of all beer stores. A (3) movie movie theater turned into a store. I must start by saying that Colonial is a bit pricey as compared to local packys. But, their selection is unmatched.

Colonial must have (I have to guess) 1000+ beers for sale. Every country and virtually every state is represented here. If you love beer, Colonial is a one stop shop. You become like a kid in a candy store in there. They frequently have deals and tastings here ans staff is well knowledgeable in their product however broad.

If you need a Beer Advocate brew that you have seen here, Colonial usually will have it and if not they are happy to get it. They also have a mix-a-sixer. All beers can be purchased bottle only too.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Let me start out by saying that this is the best beer store I have ever been to, and then let me say that I have never been to julios. This place has an amazing selection of craft breweries from around the country, as well as from europe. I have only been a few times, as it is quite a hike from my house, but I never regret making the trip. I always end up with a few new bottles to try, as well as my favorites. The beer manager here is also very helpful. I have emailed him asking about several beers, and I had a response the next morning. most places have an email address, but never check or respond to emails. This place is large, clean, with a great selection, and very well run.

Photo of linusbwell
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Since moving to the area I've explored a few shops.

I really like Colonial, they have an amazing selection of beer and the mix-a-six is definitely a plus in my book.

The prices seem reasonable compared to other shops in the area and the discount on 6/12/24 is appreciated.

Customer service is okay. The hour I spent browsing was uninterrupted, which some may feel to be a plus, but I would have like at least some acknowledgement.

Altogether this is a fine shop, they have lots of space to browse and a huge selection (which makes me question how long some of those beers have been on the shelves, I did notice some dust). I will be back.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

One of the great beer selections in my area.

Pluses: Belgians (bombers and 12 oz. singles, plus specialty mix packs, some with glasses); good international selection (including oddities, like Kenya, Laos, etc.). Lots of special release bombers, some cold, some not. Domestic selection is good, again, with some beers from other states you just don't see elsewhere, or beers from brewers you don't see elsewhere. Cooler is decent, with sixers, growlers, bombers, 12's, cases, and some mini-kegs. Biggest plus is that they encourage the purchase of singles, with the price listed right next to the six (with a country flag to boot). You can try alot of different beers by shopping here. Also look at seasonal discount or sale shelves off to the side. Some really good deals on beer just out of season, or some oddities that aren't moving.

Minuses: When you have alot of stock, some stuff just doesn't move. You may also find an oddity that you like (buying a single), and find that when you go back....that's it, no more left. Also, in order to carry more, their prices are a little higher than average. Some common domestic stuff (Sam Adams, etc., some bombers) can be found much cheaper elsewhere.

Overall, a great place to stop and just browse. Frequent beer tastings (had a Bigfoot tasting one time, including some from the previous year!). A gem of a store.

Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev 0%

A lot's already been said about this place, so I'll just add a few notes. This has become my regular beer store since moving to the Boston burbs a few months ago. I like the great selection of Belgian and English beers here, as well as grabbing Alesmith when it's available and the Stone special releases. The fridges are well stocked with bombers, six packs and growlers, both from local MA (BBC, Opa Opa, People's Pint) and other craft brewers. I was quite happy that they carry Victory and Troegs, having just relocated from Pennsylvania. Prices are good both on singles and larger package sizes. So far it's been easy for me to find new and interesting beers as well as old favourites on a regular basis here.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

When you first walk into this place your immediate thought is "What a selection of wine." Keeping walking to the back and suddenly it is Christmas morning. The selection is incredible and logically organized by country. The other thing that amazed me was how many different beers are in the refrigerators. So if you're on your way to a friend's house, you can pick up a cold six pack, growler or tall boy of something unique. They also have a generous mix and match discount a good selection of cases.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

I've heard great things about this place and finally made it in here on the way back from Kimball Farm.

They have a wide range in selection - maybe not as substantial as Julio's or even Marty's...but it's a good selection. My issue is with a lot of "old" bottles on the shelf - I saw a fair amount of dust and it seemed like there was quite a bit of past code stuff - especially on the German front. Service was unobtrusive in the beer aisles. Cashier service was friendly. Prices were right around where they should be.

Overall a decent place - wish they'd keep the codes a little tighter and manage inventory on that front.

Photo of zerofear13
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Took the drive to Colonial with Joel on like a late Wednesday afternoon - talk about your random beer runs. We hit the typical Massachusetts traffic since it was approaching rush hour. I just don't understand the logic behind Massachusetts' street planning. Why a rotary? What was that supposed to help? The roundabout on Route 2 that leads right to Colonial Spirits is a nightmare. Approximately 16 street converge at this one point.

Once you get to Colonial though, you realize it was worth the hellish traffic. Very large store. Quite stocked with wines, but if you keep our eyes open for the beers, it's easy to find gems out there. I think what impressed me the most (and this might be my own little comparison to New York beer stores), but this place was so clean. The inventory and shelves looked like they were well-maintained and the facilities were immaculate. In stark contrast, New York stores are often quite dingy and you're shocked to even find delicious micros in the the caverns.

So Colonial's service was a bit on the lacking side. I mean everyone was friendly, but you got the impression that they were employees in a store, rather than a part-owner who would know a great deal about beers. But I don't mind shopping in peace, so I was completely fine with that. The variety of beers is quite impressive. Stone brews out the ying-yang (including the Special Holiday collaboration with Nogne), Redhook, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Magic Hat, more local ones like Saranac, Long Trail, Sam Adams, but then some rarer breweries like Fisherman's, People's Pint, Lagunitas, etc.

Definitely worth the drive. Stop in. See what you can find. Quite easy to find some rare gems in here. Oh, also! The prices were amazing. Great discount if you buy in bulk. Something like if you buy 12-23 different items, there's 15% discount. How awesome is that. Rhetorical. It is amazing.

Photo of tittymcj
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

I've been here a couple times now, and not much changes. Primarily a wine store. About 85% of the floor space is devoted to wine, but there is a very good selection of beers at the very back.

There is a fair selection of "world beers" that includes mostly german brews, but then a rather large variety of microbrews and craft brews about three times the size of the world beers section. Everything from Stone to Magic Hat and most everything in between is represented, including some that I've never heard of before. They sell singles as well as sixes, so it's very convenient to get a good variety in.

The most memorable thing, unfortunately, about this store is the drive there. The traffic circle just before it is nearly impenetrable between 2pm and 8pm due to the amount of traffic. I drove from 20 minutes away, but it took me over an hour to get there.

Generally, though, a good store with good selection and decent prices. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of gameface23
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%

I went there in September because I heard a that they had Alesmith Speedway and Stone Double Bastard (before the 2008 was released). I called the store 2 seperate days and was told by the person answering the phone that the beer person wasn't in that day to tell me if they had it in stock or not. When I finally did get in touch with the guy, he said they did in fact have Speedway and the '06 Double Bastard in stock. Suspiciously, they didn't have either when I made the drive down the next day. They did, however, have the second most impressive selection I've seen in the area (after Julio's). There prices seemed more expensive than most places I have been to, but they allowed any 6 pack to be broken up to singles, which I loved.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev 0%

Great selection, NO Doubt... If you live in the area you definitely shop here.

I've fouhnd the store to be empty with respect to help. And when I ask, "the beer guy" isn't in...

C'mon, I'm not shopping at 2:00am....

This is a great place if you know what you are looking for. If you want to get some advice or direction, forget it.

But Acton, is the suburbs and this is clearly a great place. I'll drive to Julio's before driving here. But if I'm in Acton, I stop by for sure.

I do always find something I want.

Photo of sethmeister
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

If it can be sold in MA Colonial probably has it.

Largest selection I've seen *anywhere*

There's a pretty extensive Belgian/Trappist selection and lots of German beers.

American beers they carry include Founders, AleSmith, Stone, Rogue, Bear Republic, Brooklyn, Smuttynose, Berkshire, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Great Divide, North Coast, DFH, etc etc. Not just flagships but seasonals and special brews.

I make a pilgrimage here a couple times a year to stock up on things I can't find in NH.

Service has been excellent. Tim seems to know his stuff and will help you out.

Photo of deciding39
4.7/5  rDev +8%

This place is fantastic, what else can I say. Whenever I visit my parents in neighboring Littleton, I swing through here to stock up and drop at least $30-40 on hard-to-find beers. The import section is particularly noteworthy. On my last trip I stocked up on a few Polish beers, given that a 500ml bottle never cost more than $2.05. Some were hits and some were misses, but it's great to be able to try such obscure beers. Also fantastic is that you can break up six-packs. If you want to try something new, just grab a bottle - the single bottle price is listed right next to the six-pack price. Brilliant.

The staff is knowledgeable, the prices are fair, and the selection is unparalleled. There's not much more you could ask for, so check this place out next time you're in the area. Even if you're nowhere near Acton, this store is worth the drive.

Photo of RatAgain
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

Finally got a chance to stop by Colonial Spirits today, I've wanted to for some time, and I was extremely happy with the selection. Not only did they carry a great selection of local beers but a great selection of American and Imports. The whole back wall was devoted to refrigerators with craft beer in them and the opposing shelves were stocked as well.

Part of the reason I was so happy with Colonial was that not only did they carry the regular releases from American Craft Breweries but they also had a lot of what I have considered 'rare' or 'limited' finds. There was DFH Fort, Stone IRS & Old Guardian, a good selection of Ale Smith, Smuttynose Big Beers, and on and on I could go. I didn't pay too much attention to price but a 750mL bottle of Ale Smith Wee Heavy was $13.45 and it's about what I remember paying up in Albany, NY for it.

On the whole just a great selection.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Very easy to access only a few minutes from the traffic circle on Rt. 2 the store sits back from the road a bit. Beer selection is against the back wall with coolers, directly oppiset that with shelves, and along the left wall. A very nice trappist selection and overall an impressive selection generaly organized by country and brewery. They carry most anything that comes to the state and prices are also resonable. They also have the full line of 5L mini-kegs from EKU including the pils, schwartzbier, and hefeweizen. The store is only a 20 minute drive from 128 and maybe 30-40 minutes from downtown Boston. In terms of selection alone its worth the trip to stock up. Service is attentive, and every time I've been in the store I've been asked if there is anything they can do to help. All in all an excellent store.

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Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.