The Wine Press
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
3.12/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75 | $$$
An expensive little store in the middle of a beer desert. Well, a relative desert. I found a few interesting things on the shelf, but the shelf itself is tiny. At least, what they did have was pretty good. When I asked the only guy at the store if all the beer was in the corner (it was), he pointed me to the BMC coolers. Clueless... I didn't buy anything. I might go there to see if they have anything I can't get elsewhere, but it's unlikely. And price is most certainly wrong on most merchandise, but it is Brookline, after all (of course, I can always go up a few blocks and get my fill of Pretty Things and CBC at Trader Joe's at about 30% less each bottle). Don't bother unless you're already there, have no transportation and are desperate.
07-21-2013 05:53:30 | More by VictorWisc
3.36/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
in my personal three tier breakdown of beer stores (the in-a-pinch dive / the everyday 'go-to' / the out of the way-destination) the Wine Press would rank somewhere between the first two, but leaning toward the second. with a solid range of the big names in craft (Founders, Stone, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Victory, Bear Republic, Great Divide et al) and some nice locals (Pretty Things, Jack's Abby etc), it certainly provides a respectable selection base for those who live in the immediate vicinity. A handful of Belgians available too. (In reading some of the older reviews I'm lead to believe management has followed the general trend of significantly improving the craft inventory). Not the type of store you'd go out of your way for, or when you're on the hunt for something specific that's not in the craft mainstream, but worth a look if you happen to be in the area (hell, what beer store *isn't* worth a look?) and a viable option for anyone living nearby.
06-18-2013 22:36:27 | More by BostonHops
2.83/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A place of necessity, not choice. With many other great places around I only frequent because it is closest, even though it is much more expensice. The wine selection here is pretty impressive and there is a good selection of liquor, both high end and the cheap stuff for poor BU students. Some good local and craft beers, but again they are expensive. The best part about this store is the old man who hangs out there on friday and satruday night. As soon as you begin looking at the liquor he asks you what you want. And whatever you say he has something "Bettah."
Me: Can I get a handle of Captain Morgan
Oldman: I have that, but you want this... It's Bettah (hands me Admiral Nelson).
Overall a good selection but its better to go the larger stores of Allston if you have the ability.
02-28-2011 05:48:31 | More by Floyd12
3.2/5 rDev +6.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
This store is clearly more of a wine store, but the selection of the beer was better than expected given the size of the store and the beer section in general. The prices of the 12 and 6 packs were hard to find unless it was one of the featured packs of the week. The 12 packs were about $3 more expensive than most stores and 22oz bottles were like a dollar higher, but I live close by and they have a good selection including several Stones and Rogues. I come here mostly because I live near by. If you are in the neighbor hood paying a little extra for the convience is reasonable
10-29-2006 20:48:55 | More by shaebs99
3.2/5 rDev +6.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Right next door to a Dunkin Donuts, a good Chinese restaurant (Chef Chang's House), and a good Irish pub (O'Leary's, where I once saw Ted Kennedy) on Beacon Street in Brookline very close to Fenway.
This place has a sufficient, although unremarkable, selection of beer. There is a decent selection if 6-packs, considering the size of the store, that cover New England Pretty well. There are also some bombers, including some Stones, that supplement the 6-packs. This store is unremarkable, but it does the trick when in the neighborhood.
05-16-2006 02:38:03 | More by bignick
2.45/5 rDev -18.3%
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The wine press is a larger than average dive liquor store. If such a thing exists. Wine, wine and more wine all along the wall, in boxes and bins. All the hard liquor is behind the counter. Beer is off to the side in a mixed assortment of cases.
The beer selection is actually a bit surprising. For the most part its all the normal 6 packs of local micros, macros and malternatives. Nothing too fancy, but upon closer investigation you notice they have a case with a mixed bag of singles. A nice selection of German weis, basic Belgians, basic crafts and micros. Nothing to go crazy about, but the day I went they actually had Magic Hat Thumbsucker for $11 which I cant seem to find anyplace else. Beyond that, all their beers are in coolers and arent organized very well.
The wine press is the sort of place you might expect to find the local bum buying a single of miller light in a brown paper bag. Its dusty and they dont seem to take much pride in the quality. If it werent for the fact they have some hidden gems this place wouldnt even be worth mentioning. Basically, I wouldnt go back unless I was just passing by.
05-04-2004 06:17:54 | More by taez555
2.85/5 rDev -5%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3
Very deceiving. On Beacon Street. Fairly large on the outside. This place seemed like it would have a lot of quality beers, but I was wrong. Has your typical area microbrews. Also had most of the Brooklyns (which was rather strange). That's about it. More of a wine and spirits store. Lots of liquers and cordials. I have to give them props for that. The service seemed rather rude (and kind of snotty). The girl working there seemed bothered that I was there. No need to come back here. I'll have to check out other Brookline area stores.
12-16-2003 07:18:25 | More by Admiraldinty
The Wine Press in Brookline, MA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.