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Reviews by pizzahead:
4.55/5 rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been frequenting the Wine Gallery Kenmore since it opened. Located in the downstairs of Hotel Commonwealth, next to Eastern Standard, across from Cornwall's. The beer selection has expanded as of late, but its still nowhere near the Brookline location, due to the size of the store.
Beers are in two areas: a double sided rack of mostly bombers in the middle of the floor, and a refrigereator filled with mostly sixers. One side of the rack is domestic, ranging from local (BBC, Cisco, Allagash) to Cali (Moylans, ok Stone selection) and in between (Rogue, Jolly Pumpkin, Middle Ages, Hooker). Other side of the rack is imports. Good amount of Belgian (St. Bernardus, Trappists, Fantome) some German and English below. Fridge contains sixers from BMC, some Sam, Oscar Blues, Founders, Smutty. The selction varies. There are also cold bombers in the fridge by the cheese, but the selection is spotty. Service is excellent- they know what they have, what they don't have, why they don't have it and if they'll get it. I find the price to be reasonable for a specialty store in the middle of Boston. Right on par w/ Bauer or the WIne Emporiums in the South End.
08-19-2006 03:48:53 | More by pizzahead
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4.75/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my go-to store for any time I want to go out and buy some craft beer. Though it's called the Wine Gallery, they have a large selection of beers from right here in Massachusetts and from around the world. The staff here is knowledgeable, friendly, and very helpful. As someone who has been introduced to the craft beer scene in New England relatively recently, this store has helped me to expand my tastes and learn about the many wonderful micro-breweries that make this state so great.
One of my favorite things about the Wine Gallery is the beer tastings that they have every Thursday. The reps that show up for different breweries really know their stuff and will not only let you try all of the beers in their selection, but they'll tell you about each one while you're tasting it. It's this kind of event that keeps me coming back to the Wine Gallery each week.
If you're in the area and you're looking to buy any sort of alcohol, I'd suggest you stop in here. It's got a light, welcoming atmosphere and you will most likely find something you like. If not, the staff will help you to discover something that you do. Three cheers for the Wine Gallery!
03-12-2013 13:10:53 | More by ZackRothman
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This store hasn't been reviewed for over a year, so it might be time for an update.
The Wine Gallery @ Kenmore is very easy to get to if using the T or a bus. Its a very small place that gives at least 70% of the space to wine and liquor. The staff is pleasant and helpful if asked. There is an 8 foot section of cooler for beer & about a 4 foot section of room temp bombers and such. It takes about 5 min to check out the selections.
The prices are quite fair. The selection is pretty varied for the space allotted for brews. A good selection of UK and european offerings. Most the cooler space is for 6 or 4 pks. The usual brands: Stone, SN, Lagunitas, Long Trail, Smuttynose, bear republic, sam adams, etc.
Worth a stop if in the area or need a quick sixer. Might find something special or rare.
11-07-2010 16:48:44 | More by busterthecat
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Mainly a wine store as the name suggests but they have a decent selection of beer. With a fridge dedicated to 6 packs and two whole shelves full of 750ml, bombers, and 12oz singles.
Quality of the beer here is very good. More mainstream micros like Sam Adams and Macros are kept in the fridge along with a decent selection of 4 packs from Founders, Flying Dog, etc. There are also 2 shelves with all the usual Belgian suspects along with Lost Abbey, Brooklyn Brewery, etc. All bottles were kept at a good temperature and seemed up to date.
There was no real service here. Again, this is a wine place and presents itself as such. If you need help getting something, they can usually provide and they'll even offer to order you something if they don't currently stock it. However, if they're beer guy isn't there, it becomes harder to get a beer suggestion or the like.
Selection here, as said before is rather good. At least comparing to Bauer. They have more in general and seem to dedicated a larger proportion of their space to beer.
Prices here are a bit high but not excessively so. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
10-18-2009 16:45:15 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev -4.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was thrilled to find this place next to our hotel. After getting off the Kenmore stop on the T it was there Chimay sign that I noticed. Otherwise this place can be easily missed being it is in the basement.
The people working where very friendly and knowledgeable. The thing that got me was they had Southern Tier Mokah and Choklat. I live in upstate NY and have not been able to locate Choklat. The fact I drive 3 hours in the opposite direction and find it was funny to me. There selection of Belgium beers was pretty extensive as well. They even had some run of the mill stuff to accommodate the every day drinker.
All in all this made the evening in the hotel much more enjoyable. I am sure there are better places in Boston but when from out of town and staying by Fenway this is a Little gem
06-29-2009 18:05:18 | More by nopucophop
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great bomber selection from all corners of the globe. The beer geek will be happy in this store. All the unibroue, dogfish and rogue that you want are here.
The refrigerated six-pack selection is quite diverse, containing the usual local beers (harpoon, sam, wachusset) and imports (Red Stripe, Heineken) and then there is the rare west coast stuff as well (Green Flash, Lagunitas). The sixers are a bit pricey - no "deals" to be found at Wine Gallery. However, I am willing to pay a tiny bit of extra cash for a place that really knows their stuff and keeps up an interesting rotation of brew.
I've never bought wine here, but have bought hard alcohol. Prices for the hard booze are actually quite reasonable.
A great place to have in the neighborhood.
12-18-2008 17:10:36 | More by TrevorGW
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stumbled into this place on our way back form the Belgian Beerfest on Saturday evening. The man and woman working behind the counter were extremely helpful.
The selection was decent. Nice assortment of Domestic, Micros, Belgian, and other fine Euro offerings. Delicous selection of Bombers.
They were quite familiar with BA's and the impending beer fest going on this past weekend.
Overall I was pleased with the selection available in this metro area. I'm happy that I was able to locate this gem on the way back to our hotel.
It is also relly close to Fenway which is a plus.Check this place out if you can, it's worth it.
09-29-2008 15:23:48 | More by deanhead
4.2/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Little cousion to the Brookline behemoth. Right off the Kenmore T. How convenient!
They have an eclectic mix for the small space there. Good place to find offerings such as Peche Mortel, People's Pint and stuff you may not see at the usual suspects. The space they do dedicate to craft beer is definitely well-used.
Service is friendly and actually pretty humorous - one of the guys wondered aloud when I took a bottle of Peche Mortel why it hadn't been picked up sooner. Maybe the location?
Prices reflect rental costs around there - it may be illusion but they seem a little more expensive than others. Still, it's a good stop when around Kenmore or the ballpahk. Solid store.
09-10-2008 16:37:46 | More by IBUnit63
4/5 rDev -4.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Grabbed a few bottles here while in town the other day, of the random few liquor stores I popped into throughout the week, this one had the best selection of crafts, especially specialty ones in bombers. Also had some nice Belgians and English, like all the different cask aged JW Lees. Not a huge selection, but it's not a huge store, and they seemed to be pretty knowledgeable in their selections. As was the guy behind the counter. They also do regular beer & wine tastings there, and apparently have some kind of system where you can sample any wine bottle they have in stock (but not beer). Priced seemed average compared to the other places I hit in town.
08-15-2008 17:32:11 | More by ccrida
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Wine Gallery is down a half flight of stairs at 516 Commonweath. It's not far from "The Lower Depths" on one side (headed east towards Newbury), or "Eastern Standard" on the other. It's a small liquor store with a nice "wood" look to it. It has an average selection of imports and local 6-packs and a small amount of individual larger bottles; as well as a fairly decent selection of wine (note: that does not mean good, just OK, but it is a small store). I wasn't impressed by the selection (of either beer or wine), but it is nice that it's near at least one good stop (The Lower Depths). In a pinch it's certainly worth hitting.
06-22-2008 02:04:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Wine Gallery in Boston, MA
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