Federal Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This place is tiny! 250sq ft maybe (although I hear there is a huge wine cellar downstairs). It's right across the street from the State House.
As the previous poster described, their beer selection is small. There is a small rack right near the door (mostly bombers) and then there is more selection in their cooler. I was in town, and had visited some other stores looking for Stone RIS. This place had some! They also had some other Stone bombers such as 080808. The bottles were dusty, and there were other random bottles on the floor to pick through. There were some other scattered sixers in the cooler. I think some DFH.
Pricing seemed reasonable.
If you don't have cash, they'll accept debit/credit cards with a $10 minimum purchase.
08-20-2008 13:29:37 | More by Yesac
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I just discovered this place even though I've worked not far from it for 8 years.
Yep, it's tiny and the one off bombers of beer are all right near the door so if like me you have a hard time making decisions and are a browser be prepared to do a lot of shifting out of people's way.
The majority of what they have is harder to get, slightly higher end brews. Lots of specialty stuff. Cooler is densely packed w/ a mix of sixers and singles. The selection is very interesting, but given the space it is limited.
I have not had a chance to explore the basement that some have spoke of, but I'm sure that'll be soon.
All things considered the prices seem on par if not a bit cheaper than other downtown stores with similar stock.
05-23-2008 14:30:51 | More by 3leggeddub
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This place has an extremely small cooler of beer - singles/bombers and six packs. I will say most of what they carry is extremely high quality and rare stuff. It's a tiny little store but stop by and you might find a few brews that you'd never see elsewhere. They carry some great stuff; found Hercules IPA here and a rare bananna lambic - supposedly the last batch ever made as the sales clerk informed me. Service was great as the employees have often talked to me about what I'm buying, provided recommendations, facts/trivia about the brews, and asked me other questions, being generally friendly and talkative.
09-10-2005 01:29:28 | More by LPorter33
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Very small selection in a very tiny store. Helpful staff but limited by what space is available. Apparently they keep some of the more unusual beers in the basement which you must ask for. I was able to find some Dogfish WWStout by asking. No domestic beers on display from outside the Northeast region of the country.
Prices seem comparable to slightly higher than other Boston beer stores.
Not really worth a trip unless you are already in the neighborhood. It is only two blocks from my hotel so I gave it a try.
09-01-2005 17:57:02 | More by joedon
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My office happens to be right around the corner from this place. While they have a sign outside about their 8000 bottle wine cellar, they really dont advertise their beer selection.
Its a pretty small space but they do a good job in a limited space. I was happy to find 3 different varieties of Founders. They also seemed to have excellent prices on some of the Belgians too. I met the beer guy John and he is very helpful, easy to talk to, and seems to definitely appreciate a better selection of beers.
These guys are open on Saturday which is kind of surprising given the financial district/downtown location but good for them. I prefer this place over a few of my other local beer store choices, so I'm glad I discovered it. If it wasn't in beerfly, I may never have gone in. I recommend this place pretty highly --especially when you consider the location and the size of the store.
06-11-2005 02:45:59 | More by rousee
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Federal Wines keeps a stock of interesting brews available all the time. There are American, British and Irish ales, and other stocks [barley wines, pilsners, mead, etc.] This is a pretty small store front, so you may not guess that such good beers and whiskies are available right in the middle of downtown Boston.
Weekdays, see John K. for assistance with a beer selection from the cooler or cellar.
If you enjoy single malt whisky, see Joe Howell for a taste of the finest malts. It's often that I come home from FedWines with a perfect whisky and a hard to get six pack of beers.
For assistance with a wine selection see Peter or Len.
04-25-2005 02:09:11 | More by MrSeth
Federal Wine & Spirits in Boston, MA
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.