Federal Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Very small selection in a very tiny store. Helpful staff but limited by what space is available. Apparently they keep some of the more unusual beers in the basement which you must ask for. I was able to find some Dogfish WWStout by asking. No domestic beers on display from outside the Northeast region of the country.
Prices seem comparable to slightly higher than other Boston beer stores.
Not really worth a trip unless you are already in the neighborhood. It is only two blocks from my hotel so I gave it a try.
09-01-2005 17:57:02 | More by joedon
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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
3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Was near Fanueil Hall, so I stopped by to see what they had to offer. Very small upstairs. Coolers to the left, shelves to the right, and another shelf dead center of the store. Not a lot of room to wander. The wine and liquor bottles seem to form a wall around you. There were a few bottles of beer on a display stand as soon as you walk in, but most seem to be in the cooler. An eclectic selection: macro beers, mixed in with craft beers, and scattered in the last cooler are Belgian and Euro single bottles. The gentleman behind the counter asked if I needed help when he saw me perusing the beers. I wish that he had told me they had beers more downstairs, as I thought they just kept wine down there. Oh well, next time. Prices seemed reasonable, almost a good deal considering the location of this store and what they "could" be charging for the area. I picked up a Goliath Belgian Blonde Ale for $3.25. I am not in the area very often, but I'd stop by again, if only to check out the basement.
05-21-2009 00:47:42 | More by morebeergood
3.88/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
Very close to my office. They are indeed limited by space but do a great job finding you something you'll like because there is so much inventory they can't display. Nate is always very helpful and will offer a very informed opinion if you need it. Wish they were bigger!
06-10-2013 18:17:46 | More by afi4lifer
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This place has an extremely small cooler of beer - singles/bombers and six packs. I will say most of what they carry is extremely high quality and rare stuff. It's a tiny little store but stop by and you might find a few brews that you'd never see elsewhere. They carry some great stuff; found Hercules IPA here and a rare bananna lambic - supposedly the last batch ever made as the sales clerk informed me. Service was great as the employees have often talked to me about what I'm buying, provided recommendations, facts/trivia about the brews, and asked me other questions, being generally friendly and talkative.
09-10-2005 01:29:28 | More by LPorter33
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Great location for working stiffs in the Financial District like me. They have increased their beer focus and have gotten in quite a few interesting craft beers in the past couple of months. Purveyors are quite knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and I stop in every couple of weeks to get updates on what's new. It is a small store at ground level (with wine cellar, storage and offices downstairs) so that limits their visible beer selection on the sales floor. Good to ask the manager what's in and it may be downstairs. Prices are pretty much within the norm. Perfect stop during the work week to pick up something new to catch the Sox game.
09-10-2008 16:19:49 | More by IBUnit63
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
Federal Wine & Spirits in Boston, MA
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.