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3 Cypress St
phone: (617) 277-5522
(Place added by: dannyvee)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I feel that my review is a little pointless because of all the other extremely positive reviews, but I feel I should give the wine gallery a little love.
Between the weekly beer tastings (recently have included Stone, Clipper City, DFH), the helpfulness of the employees (especially Kai), and the cleanliness of the store I would probably want to give a value above 5.0 for service.
The place is a bit out of the way for me, but I make my way here weekly for the tastings, selection and service.
The beer (not including 6 and 12 pks which are in coolers) is broken up into countries with very little if any dust on the bottles (which is saying something in comparison of my more local options). The selection is good enough that I have been staying within the country (mostly) and haven't exhausted my options yet. The selection includes a bunch of Rogue Ales, Stone, DFH (including Black & White, Pangea, as well as their IPA's) as well as more local breweries like Berkshire
The coolers are also well stocked with very little space dedicated to macros.
The service, like I said, is an A+. I have gotten into several conversations with the staff, espcecially at the beginning of my beer exploration (I am only 21 and do need help to navigate through the many beers available), but also with their new additions and seasonals. Prices are right in line with other stores in Boston/Brookline/Alston. However, the Wine Gallery is on top of their beers age as several beers may be on sale as they approach their freshness date (once again in stark contrast to some of the other Boston/Alston stores I frequent)
Visit on a thursday around 6pm and you will be able to enjoy a good tasting and a great store
04-29-2007 21:50:08 |
More by shaebs99
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Even though probably more known for their wine selection, their beer selection is pretty good too. They have about two aisles of beer and then some more in coolers. The variety is pretty good too alot of american craft, some german, some english, and some belgian stuff also. I started comin to this place instead of marty's in newton cause even though the selection isnt as large i can still get pretty much everything I want and the stuff looks like it moves alot quicker here (not as many dusty bottles). Oh and it seems a lot cheaper I know one 22 ounce bomber I bought here was two dollars cheaper than it wouldve been at martys but i guess thats the price you pay for more selection. Finally this place has a great tasting room and they pretty much have a beer tasting every thursday. Last week it was dogfish head it was nice to get a free sip of a world wide stout.
12-24-2007 08:29:16 |
More by ohmesohoppy
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I used to go here in college a lot. They have a very good selection, with very little crap and a big section of both American and European beers. They also carry People's Pint most of the time, which is one of my favorite breweries in Massachusetts. They usually have some good Smutty and Berkshire as well as some good California breweries, and even Hoppin' Frog from Ohio.
The prices are cheaper than Blanchard's in Allston, and the place itself is clean and pleasant. The people working there are also pleasant, and there is nice tasting room in the back. When I was in college they had a tasting almost every Thursday. I'm not sure if they still do that, but it was awesome when they did.
The Wine Gallery is awesome.
Side note: I went back recently for the first time in a year or so, and I was surprised to find a wine tasting center open in the middle of the place. You give them your ID and they give you a glass and a card good for six tastings. Nice to taste some wine while you're looking at the beer selection.
02-13-2009 18:52:48 |
More by rasta16ry
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
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 |
More by dannyvee
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the nicest liquor store I've found in Boston. As I've been going there for nearly a year now, quite regularly, I've gotten to know the staff. They get know your face, tell you what's new, sample beer every Thursday (if you can get there around 6pm)... they'll even offer you options if you ask "Can you suggest a mildy hoppy beer with a super dry finish in a 6-pack." The place is spatious and parking is plentiful. There are 5 coolers devoted to beer and 4 multi-tier shelves devoted to beer. There is usually a pile of singles around that you can assemble into 6-packs, sometimes a particular brewery is featured (in the past Ottercreek, Brooklyn, Sams). I've also picked up Heavyweight Gruit in this way.
The prices are fair, beating out local competition, except TJs. However, beers occasionally go on sale when their distributers drop them (THANK YOU!). For a week I bought $1 bottles off HotD Fred... big head Fred. I tried to leave some for others but after 7 days I cleaned them out. Rapscallion just went FS and so has Anchor Steam, but it's probably gone now.
Selection includes seasonal brews, the best I've had was Paper City. You can get there super easily via the D line. Get off at Brooklin Hills, cross the bridge to the other side of the tracks and walk a block to Rt. 9 (Boylston), go right (don't cross) and it's a few stores down. You'll thank me.
08-24-2006 15:43:28 |
More by snilsen13
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I don't live in Boston, but I come here somewhat frequently as my partner's family lives here. This Christmas was probably my third or fourth trip to Wine Gallery, and it will definitely not be my last.
The selection is really outstanding, especially for those looking for some of the more esoteric American extreme beers. Great selections from Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Great Divide, many many others. There's a wonderful selection of bombers on the shelves to your left and a cooler toward the back stocked with six packs.
The staff is very nice, very willing to offer help. Last time I was there, the guy told me about a black and tan that you can make with Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA and World Wide Stout. A crazy idea, but one I may have to try simply because I've never had an $18 dollar beer before.
Easy to get to, parking always available.
12-24-2007 04:14:29 |
More by PlaywrightSam
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
The Wine Gallery is a very clean store. They offer a small cheese selection, an adequate space for beer, but a large focus is on the wine. The Wine Gallery has an outstanding wine tasting room, that also holds beer tastings. Thursdays starting in August, beer tastings will be held almost weekly. Including Victory Brewing and the Smuttynose Brewery.
The service is friendly, well manored and growing in knowledge. The staff are also big fans of B.A., local beer bars, and post upcoming events for both.
The Wine Gallery has been slowly growing it's beer selection. They added, Schlenkerla smoked wiezen, Baladin Nora, J.W. Lees Harvest vintage 97', 99', 00', westmall double and triple, dogfish 120 min., with more to come soon. Many of the products offer the proper glass wear free with a quantity purchase.
The wine Gallery, located on busy route nine is easy to drive past, but definitely worth looking for.
07-10-2004 21:46:06 |
More by JSHenryChinaski
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
After reading the other reviews for Wine Gallery, I'm wondering if things have just changed over time. I decided to check out several of the top reviewed places within 128 (Boston area) to see if I could find any new favorites. If I lived around Wine Gallery, it'd be a great alternative to a corner six-pack store, but it isn't a best of Boston. While they had some various imports that I don't see as often, their craft selection was fairly weak. I saw nothing aged there, and only a single representative beer from places like Stone, Dogfish Head, Allagash, and Rogue. This would still be fine if the selections they had seemed like a best-of-the-best with great service to guide you through it, but they seemed more haphazard than not and the only guy working seemed puzzled when I asked about beer.
If I'm going to make the drive, in the future I'll probably go to Publick House Provisions, or Downtown Wine and Spirits.
02-20-2010 23:25:13 |
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