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3 Cypress St
phone: (617) 277-5522
(Place added by: dannyvee)
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3
This place is in a kind of tough location-- as you're heading out of Boston on Route 9 it is just past Cypress St on the right hand side. There is a small parking lot in the back, but it's easy to miss the enterance as this is a very busy road and the traffic is really moving.
A local wine rep. friend of mine tipped me off to this brand new (opened mid-February) liquor store and told me that it had an amazing beer selection. I can see why he, a wine guy, said that. Wine Gallery is a large, bright (it even has skylights!) and spacious room with the beer section inhabiting a little less than a quarter of the floor space. There are about twelve reach-in doors for 6-packs and several bulky shelving units for the bomber/ 750 bottles. Approaching the beer corner I was excited the first thing I saw was an end display with pretty much all varieties of the Samuel Smith imperial pint bottles- what treasures would I find on the plentiful shelves
Im disappointed to say, not really any. Dont get me wrong, they did have some amazing beer, just nothing that you cant find elsewhere in the area.
Belgians: Duvel, the 3 Chimays, many Lindemans, both Corsendonks, Stella.
Belgian-style: Three Allagash, three Ommegangs, Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Fin du Monde, Blanche de Chambly.
German: Few Ayinger, few Schneider
English: The afore-mentioned Samuel Smiths, several Fullers, Youngs.
American: Two Cisco, 3 Heavyweights, 5 Magic Hat, a couple Harpoon, a couple Ipswich, one or two Tremont, two each Sierra Nevada and Anchor, the 4 tamest Dogfish Heads, just two Stones
You see? Great stuff, but no risks. While store cleanliness, quality and attentive staff (WG has these in spades) are important, its the thrill of finding things I havent seen before which will keep me coming back. Pricing counts, too, and even with its upscale feel they arent any higher than competitors in the area.
Now, heres the part that I thought was interesting and why I think that my beer allowance might have a future at The Wine Gallery: On the cooler door in front of the Harpoon six-packs there was a printed-out page from the B.A. events section about the Harpoon beer dinner happening that night at Anam Cara. So theyve been here, they know what were about and they seem to have an interest in the local scene. I have faith that once they get the opening wrinkles worked out theyll start bringing in more specialty, seasonal and hard-to-find brews. And being right on the path from my house to Anam Cara, Ill have plenty of opportunities to check back and see if theyve begun branching out
So, definitely check out Wine Gallery when you know what you want and it's not too exotic. Maybe it'd be a good idea to let them know that you were hoping to find some treasures there...
03-22-2004 18:32:54 |
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