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3 Cypress St
phone: (617) 277-5522
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the nicest liquor store I've found in Boston. As I've been going there for nearly a year now, quite regularly, I've gotten to know the staff. They get know your face, tell you what's new, sample beer every Thursday (if you can get there around 6pm)... they'll even offer you options if you ask "Can you suggest a mildy hoppy beer with a super dry finish in a 6-pack." The place is spatious and parking is plentiful. There are 5 coolers devoted to beer and 4 multi-tier shelves devoted to beer. There is usually a pile of singles around that you can assemble into 6-packs, sometimes a particular brewery is featured (in the past Ottercreek, Brooklyn, Sams). I've also picked up Heavyweight Gruit in this way.
The prices are fair, beating out local competition, except TJs. However, beers occasionally go on sale when their distributers drop them (THANK YOU!). For a week I bought $1 bottles off HotD Fred... big head Fred. I tried to leave some for others but after 7 days I cleaned them out. Rapscallion just went FS and so has Anchor Steam, but it's probably gone now.
Selection includes seasonal brews, the best I've had was Paper City. You can get there super easily via the D line. Get off at Brooklin Hills, cross the bridge to the other side of the tracks and walk a block to Rt. 9 (Boylston), go right (don't cross) and it's a few stores down. You'll thank me.
08-24-2006 15:43:28 |
More by snilsen13
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just a fantastic beer store that keeps getting better.
I visited for the first time last year when they were doing a tasting of last year's Stone's Russian Imperial Stout (and the rest of the line of Stone beers...) and was floored. But they keep refining and expanding their selection.
Beers are divided by region and sometimes by style. There's Belgians, Belgian-style, International, German, England, and a whole slew of American beers. Today they were featuring Founder's Brewing Company (none of their stouts, *insert frowny face*) and I was lured into picking up a couple sixers of their black rye and IPA. They've got a run of AleSmith beers, there's bunch from Avery, all of the Stone Brews that will travel to the East Coast (i.e.: everything that's not Levitation and Pale), including some 9th Anniversary ales still kicking around (a month ago they still had some 8th Anniversary and some Vertical Epics). There was 2004 and 2005 vintage World Wide Stouts from Dogfish Head (as well as this year's Raison D'Extra and some Golden Shower), a bunch of North Coast offerings, Thomas Hooker brews, Ayinger Celebrator, the Rapscallion 4-packs with free glasses, Unibroue and Ommegang selections... Two Brothers, Left-Handed, a fine selection of Rogue (all bombers).
And so on and so forth. Next pay check I'm returning to create my first beer cellar stock. And hopefully they'll have this year's Stone Russian Imperial in by then.
I love my convenient (and slightly less expensive) Blanchard's, and my extraordinarily convenient (and overpriced) Harvest Co-op, but this is where I go when I'm looking for quality brews at the right price. And to get lost browsing.
04-17-2006 20:57:32 |
More by errantnight
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Wine Gallery has absolutely the best service I have encountered in Boston. Maybe the best service including any kind of retail. Very friendly, very helpful. They will always approach and ask if you need help in a sincere manner. The staff is knowledgeable about beer, and as far as I can tell wine also. They are always up for a conversation too.
24 hour wine tasting, and beer tastings every Thursday.
The selection is about as good as anywhere I've seen in Boston. Prices run about average. I grabbed a few bottles of Hooker's Liberator and Old Marley when I was there last (8 bucks a piece, I may or may not have bought all they had left). Some Ten Fidy Stout too.
All kinds of tasty snacks, I've bought some chips and chocolate there and both were excellent.
Large Wine selection.
Also has a parking lot in the back, which is very nice.
Go to the Wine Gallery!
02-09-2008 00:57:16 |
More by Hojaminbag
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We went here on a mission to find some Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout, and came away with a whole lot more...
I had been to the Wine Gallery near Fenway, and was nothing but impressed with the place, so I was looking forward to checking out the one in Brookline. First impression is that the place is just very clean, airy, and spacious. The staff were very helpful and friendly....plus, after driving up from the Cape, the fact that they have a bathroom available for customer use is a massive plus in my book....nothing worse than sneaking into the nearest Dunkin Donuts to use the head. I love the way the shelves are arranged, everything is about hip-high, which I like...I don't want to be reaching over my head for a $15 bottle of beer. I picked up some amazing stuff (on top of the Pumpkin Stout), including a few offerings from The People's Pint (more Imperial Stout...how is this stuff still on the shelves?), and a cave-aged Three Philosophers (seriously?). This is an excellent shop, and I'll be sure to stop by whenever I'm in thhe area.
09-21-2008 16:18:15 |
More by corey0212
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited March '06.
For those that haven't been in a while, you need to check it out again. Expansion of the beer selection is now complete. Selection, which was very good before, is now great; some examples: Thomas Hooker (barleywine, imperial porter, doppelbock), Bear Republic, Cisco, Nantucket, tons of Belgians (Delirium, Rochefort, De Dolle, Het Anker, et al.), Peche Mortel (although there was only one on the shelf), Sinebrychoff, Aventinus, and tons of others.
Regular tastings (I think beer is usually on Thursdays), great service and recommendations.
Only complaint is that prices are slightly higher than what you'd find a little further outside of Boston, but I guess that's the price of convenience.
01-09-2006 21:38:53 |
More by Prufrock
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the best liquor store for beer on the Western outskirts of Boston including the areas of Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Watertown, etc. The selection is pretty extensive. I wish there were more cooler space for six-packs, but there are many rows of warm beer. The focus is clearly on quality; unlike many of the other liquor stores in the area, they do not have a great quantity of students buying 30s, so they can utilize their space for craft beer. The layout of the store makes it just a pleasure shop here. It does not feel cramped at all. I highly recommend this store.
Ask for Kai, the beer manager. He knows his stuff and very helpful.
03-01-2006 19:05:17 |
More by bignick
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I feel that my review is a little pointless because of all the other extremely positive reviews, but I feel I should give the wine gallery a little love.
Between the weekly beer tastings (recently have included Stone, Clipper City, DFH), the helpfulness of the employees (especially Kai), and the cleanliness of the store I would probably want to give a value above 5.0 for service.
The place is a bit out of the way for me, but I make my way here weekly for the tastings, selection and service.
The beer (not including 6 and 12 pks which are in coolers) is broken up into countries with very little if any dust on the bottles (which is saying something in comparison of my more local options). The selection is good enough that I have been staying within the country (mostly) and haven't exhausted my options yet. The selection includes a bunch of Rogue Ales, Stone, DFH (including Black & White, Pangea, as well as their IPA's) as well as more local breweries like Berkshire
The coolers are also well stocked with very little space dedicated to macros.
The service, like I said, is an A+. I have gotten into several conversations with the staff, espcecially at the beginning of my beer exploration (I am only 21 and do need help to navigate through the many beers available), but also with their new additions and seasonals. Prices are right in line with other stores in Boston/Brookline/Alston. However, the Wine Gallery is on top of their beers age as several beers may be on sale as they approach their freshness date (once again in stark contrast to some of the other Boston/Alston stores I frequent)
Visit on a thursday around 6pm and you will be able to enjoy a good tasting and a great store
04-29-2007 21:50:08 |
More by shaebs99
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Wow!! This place was truly amazing. Their selection was outstanding and the beer is wonderfully displayed. Very neat, organized and easy to find. I must have found about 20% of the beers [+/- 30] on my wish list. Filled up a shopping cart.
Also nice parking on the side/back of the store. The checkout guy was nice enough to use his handtruck to help me out to the car.
Prices seemed reasonable considering the quality of the beer.
Overall, a truly excellent place to visit. Very professional. I am greatly impressed. There may be better beer stores out there, but I haven't been to one. I've been to bigger, but not better.
10-16-2007 00:14:36 |
More by atigerlife
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Fantastic selection of beer and wine. Free Wine tastings and a knowledgeable staff who can make great pairing recommendations.
Wine Gallery has a great selection of beer - Whether you are looking
for something from the farthest flung regions of the world, or something brewed right in Boston's backyard- you will most likely find it here.
Staff is cheerful and laid back. These guys know their stuff. Some of the products can be a little pricey, but Wes will usually help you out in selecting something that will rock your socks off without emptying your wallet.
06-16-2009 14:09:40 |
More by CavePainter
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
The Wine Gallery is a very clean store. They offer a small cheese selection, an adequate space for beer, but a large focus is on the wine. The Wine Gallery has an outstanding wine tasting room, that also holds beer tastings. Thursdays starting in August, beer tastings will be held almost weekly. Including Victory Brewing and the Smuttynose Brewery.
The service is friendly, well manored and growing in knowledge. The staff are also big fans of B.A., local beer bars, and post upcoming events for both.
The Wine Gallery has been slowly growing it's beer selection. They added, Schlenkerla smoked wiezen, Baladin Nora, J.W. Lees Harvest vintage 97', 99', 00', westmall double and triple, dogfish 120 min., with more to come soon. Many of the products offer the proper glass wear free with a quantity purchase.
The wine Gallery, located on busy route nine is easy to drive past, but definitely worth looking for.
07-10-2004 21:46:06 |
More by JSHenryChinaski
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