This is one of the best places to buy micros, macros, imports, and generally hard to find beers. Prices are pretty reasonable. There are a lot of beers here I have never seen anyplace else in New England. I visit this place at least once or twice a year. Worth the trip. I give this a very high rating
A must stop if you are passing through this large and modern lquor store sports a good long three rows of beer, with anything new in abundant supply. Lots of Alesmith, which the other stores were sparser in. Easy to find. Good selection of deli. Physical help is available. Convenient to the highway though it was a bit tricky and took a couple of u-turns to find-the first time. Prices are average. I am glad this was the last stop on the tour, to fill in on beers I could not get elsewhere.
Very good store with a well disposed selection, plenty of other craft products besides beer. Clean shelves, typical great MA store, though certainly surpassed in terms of rarities by Julio’s. Lots of staff apparently, though they were not so helpful with a code problem at the cash. Lots of imports, lots of micros, availability in singles.
This is one of the best package stores in the Massachusetts area in terms of availability of product. I just picked up Curieux (second batch), Raison d’Extra, Weyerbacher Quad, Jopen Koyt, Rochefort 6 and a bunch of others too numerous to list. They also stock McNeills, Hyland and Berkshire.
Used to love this place, but they recently caved to their Big Y corporate overseers and dedicated several former micro fridges to macroslime. Sacrificed quality beer space for profits from 30-pack sales. Their wine selection remains probably the best in New England, though. And their import selections are still staggering. Great domestic selection, too, but since last year it’s grown static, very few new additions, many dusty bottles, and Spirithaus in Amherst has overtaken T&V as the area’s best US micro selection. Probably because Spirithaus is more interested in providing good products and doesn’t have to pathetically pander to Big Y’s bottom line. The gourmet food selection is nice, though from friends who worked there heard that cheese is routinely wiped of mold and repackaged, and "fresh" bread is shipped frozen, then thawed before display. Despite my many gripes, still a great beer selection. Just wish that selection wasn’t in decline.
MaiBockAddict (76) Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey | September 5, 2005| Updated September 6, 2005
Second stop on Dave and Mary’s Western MA tour. Looking for a good selection of beers that are available in MA? good place to stop. Picked up six different sixers including Founders, Stone Coast, Wachusset, and Off Shore. Had many more to select from. Picked up a few Berkshire brews, and several other larger bottles that I had not had before. The have a couple of Midnight Sun selections as well. A convienient stop right off of I91.
What a find. Drove the 1.5 hours from Ludlow, VT to get to it. The good thing, is you can get on the 91N for about a 1/2 hour and be at McNeills. The place has just about everything sold in the state. Hooker, Stone, Allagash (no Odyssey or Curieux on my trip), Bear Republic, Victory & Weyerbacher and so much more. Don (I think he’s the beer manager) is a very knowledgeable guy and told me I could mix 6’ers, as long as they are the same price and same brewery. Very cool indeed. Plenty of Cantillons and German stuff as well.
Big, huge bottle shop.
Isles split by country, very good selection of American micros, good belgian, excellent German brews. They had a few intersting ciders too. Look out though, I spotted one or two bottles that were past their prime. Service was decent, a clerk stopped by to see if we needed anything, but the girl at the checkout had trouble scanning our stuff, so we had to check the bill to see if we didn’t get charged twice for the same Beer.
CamdenD (51) Madrid, Spain | May 25, 2005| Updated May 3, 2011
Nice large open store with an incredible wine selection as well. Beer selection grows and offers good variety for this area. I go here a lot. Fun.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 8, 2005| Updated June 1, 2009
Fantastic bottle shop in Western Massachusetts. Tons of American micros, great Belgian selection, okay English and German. This is a huge gourmet store with a plenty of interesting cheeses, wines, foods, etc. Tidier than the nearby, excellent Spirit Haus and with a better American craft brew selection. Near Half Time in terms of overall quality of the beers offered, frankly I was incredibly impressed. For its American selection, this is up there with Half Time in Poughkeepsie and Julio’s in Westborough.