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Bauer Wine & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
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330 Newbury St
phone: (617) 262-0363
(Place added by: Todd)
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quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
My first couple of times by I didn't even bother going into Bauer because I figured that with them being on Newbury Street they wouldn't have anything good. I was wrong! They have an impressive selection of large bottles (things I'd never seen before) and a few coolers of 6 packs. Keep in mind, they're a small store so they can only have so much - and wine is really their thing. The service was friendly; and the wine selection was very good as well (I'm a bit of a vinophile too!). Compared to what else is in the area (The Wine Gallery a few blocks west on Commonwealth) it's a no-brainer! Worth stopping in!
06-26-2008 22:06:25 |
More by NeroFiddled
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
My girlfriend lives around the corner from Bauer, so this has become one of my regular beer stops in the past few months.
The beer they carry is, almost without exception, excellent. They also deserve a lot of credit for keeping their selection as diverse as possible, even if they have limited space. The back wall of the store is beer coolers, and from left to right they include Belgians, Germans, American and England bombers, and four/six packs. The offerings rotate frequently, but Victory, Berkshire, Southern Tier, Avery, Ommegang, Dogfish, Sam Adams, and Harpoon are almost always represented.
The service has always been exceptional. Their beer buyer has been in most of the times I've visited, and is always happy to talk beer with customers. On the occasions when I've been in need of wine, their staff has proven themselves to be very knowledgeable.
The prices are reasonable, and maybe a bit high. However, most of the items they carry are hard to find in Boston. There are many places to get cheaper cases of Sam Adams, but you'd have a hard time finding Oskar Blues anywhere else.
02-03-2008 16:33:37 |
More by trumpetego
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nick (BeerPanther), who used to come on shift at 1600, was adamant that I stop in on the WHF2 tour and who would I be to refuse a request for my presence when so often the request is for me to vanish, rather than appear.
It was down a flight of steps, making it easy to overlook. The counter was directly inside the door, slightly to the right. I had to transit the wine and liquor areas to get the very important beer, all of the way aft. It seemed to be a bit cramped and Nick told me that he had been encouraging them to add more coolers, but to no avail. It was an issue for only because I damn near knocked over an expensive bottle of vino with my backpack. The space constraint led Nick to become a Beer-Zen Master, having to decide just what is important when space is such a concern. I chose three bombers of Southern Tier products to take with me to Alabama.
Nick and I had a pleasant conversation; I checked out and headed on down the road to my next adventure.
The big question here: Do you want depth and breadth of selection, or do you want quality, boiled down for your consumption? In this case, Ill take the latter.
01-18-2008 21:06:59 |
More by woodychandler
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Overall this looks like a cool little shop nestled into a nice area in Boston. There is some glassware at the front and as you move to the back of the store there are coolers full of beer. They have a good, but not amazing selection of Belgians, US Craft Brews and so on. I think their main problem is they try to diversify too much and due to limited space they don't extensively carry a good selection of local east coast brews. This isn't to say that there aren't some great beers here, I just would rather have a more focused selection than "1 beer from every brewery". Prices were a bit high compared to other shops around. Wasn't approached by any staff the whole time I was there but they seemed nice enough when I went to check out.
01-17-2008 21:24:07 |
More by Lothore
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice little store located below street level in an area that was bustling days before Christmas. The store appears to be wine at heart, but they have at nice selection of beer located towards the back of the store, most of it refrigerated. Interior is clean and organzied with a few employees working the store. Oh yeah, the beer...while retail space is limited, they have some Lost Abbey, a good selection of lesser known German brews, and mutliple varieties of gift sets (Chimay, Weihenstephaner). Prices are fair, but are on the high end of reasonable. Or is it the low end?
01-02-2008 01:34:25 |
More by DoubleJ
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow! Where do I start! First of all, I found this place when I contacted Dogfish Head to find out where I could find Worldwide Stout over a year ago. What I found was a gold mine of beer knowledge and extremely careful selection and I have gone back at least once a month since then (and I am from Concord, NH).
Beer selection is expansive (not expensive) and stellar, which may be deceiving upon an initial scan of this small basement store on Newbury Street. Formerly Nick ran the beer selection and graced us with weekly e-mails about what was coming in and what was already there. Nick departed to seek other opportunities and Josh filled in without skipping a beat. Both men have fantastic taste in beer. You can find Victory, Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, New England Brewery, Magic Hat, Southern Tier, Mikeller, AleSmith, Sam Adams, Founders, Stone, Smuttynose, Samuel Smith, and a whole bunch of Belgians and other imports. Oh yeah, Josh keeps you posted as to what is coming up with weekly and/or bi-weekly e-mail updates in the same vein as Nick had with descriptions of the beer that has just landed and what lies ahead. In fact, the beer newsletter is my most anticipated e-mail of the week. What can I say? I like beer, good beer.
If you are a regular customer they may be willing to hold stuff depending on its scarcity. The prices are reasonable considering the real estate (Boston's trendy Newbury Street). Just ask for Josh and you will be in good hands. This place is more than worthy.
01-01-2008 20:46:44 |
More by TJP75Beer
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
On a business trip to Boston Bauer's seemed to be the closest place to my hotel to buy beer, so on the recommendation of some local BAers I hauled ass on the 10 minute walk or so to get there. They had about 4-5 coolers of beer in the back, plus maybe 5 or 6 brews that weren't in the cooler. Most of the store was wine, but the little space they did have devoted to beer was well kept. Only 1/2 cooler case or so of crap, 1/2 case of imports, a case and a half of singles, bombers and 750s (including some more imports), and the rest to domestic craft 6ers.
I was in search of some things that I can't get back home in PA or in NY where I am quite a bit, and honestly there wasn't a whole lot. A few Berkshire brews, a harpoon 100bbl series, and a handful of others. But even though I can find a lot of this elsewhere, the selection was still pretty darn good and all seemed very fresh. Lots of Avery, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Great Divide, Unibroue, Allagash, Stone (including a good case of Epic left) and other bombers and 750s. Also plenty of Sam Adams, Harpoon, a few Founders, Leatherlips IPA, Dogfish, some Victory, Weyerbacher, etc. Nice selection overall...not the best but quite good.
Service was nonexistent, but I won't knock them too much because I've only been there once. There was a guy standing right next to me organizing some wine while I was looking through the beer for a good 10 minutes...he seemed to not notice my presence, though. Oh well.
Prices also seemed pretty reasonable, maybe a hair expensive, but it is a trendy part of Boston so that's to be expected. Seems like a worthy place to hit up, overall. I'd definitely go back if I were staying in this part of Boston again.
08-15-2007 02:39:52 |
More by number1bum
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Having read many reviews about Bauer I decided to finally pay them a visit. I was looking for the Stone Vertical Epic 7.7.07 which I was surprised to find they had. Many of the larger stores I've been to didn't carry it.
This is mostly a wine store with several coolers in the back filled with beer. Mixed in among the standard fare (Harpoon, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, etc.) are some real gems. In addition to the VE I found a special release beer from Lagunitas that I didn't even know was available. I only wish their selection was greater, however they just don't have the room in the store to expand.
The clerk at the front commented on the beers I purchased and seemed like a friendly guy. He even mentioned that if I wanted any more VE I better come back soon because he didn't think it would last long.
If you're looking for something specific check out Bauer. They just might have it.
07-23-2007 21:31:13 |
More by WanderingFool
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Recommended via BeerFly and my Forum post, so thank you. For the highest ranked beer store rated here, I was a bit disappointed. Definitely a wine store, though they have a four or five cooler selection in the back. Found a Harpoon Reserve and Smuttynose Big Beer series for $4.99 per bomber, but nothing else really excited me. Just a few singles available. Store employees and other two customers were standing around the counter tasting and spitting wine and barely noticed me. Convenient location.
05-14-2007 02:47:32 |
More by Backer2004
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I go to Bauer a good bit, so I figured it was time for a review. Bauer is probably my favorite beer store in the Boston area. They don't have the wide selection of a place like Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square, but the beers they do carry are generally excellent and of great interest to your typical Beer Advocate. The other positive about their small selection is that turnover is quick, so anything you buy is likely to be fresh.
Most of the other reviews mention Nick (BeerPanther), the beer manager, and my experience with him has been similarly great. He knows his beer, is very helpful, and sends out a great weekly email. Several months ago, my wife came in to to buy some birthday brews for me, and Nick helped her pick some great stuff that we really enjoyed. Thanks Nick!
I make a point to visit Bauer whenever I'm in the Newbury Street/Prudential area. You would do well to do the same.
04-25-2007 17:25:30 |
More by Afty
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