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Spiritus Fermenti

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Spiritus FermentiSpiritus Fermenti

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
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220 Meeting St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02906-1335
United States
phone: (401) 273-1999

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Photo of moe-ron
2.77/5  rDev -30.9%

Okay so I don't do beer reviews - or at least haven't yet but we were in Providence for a concert and found this place because of B.A... we go in to get a few bottles and a few 6 packs. Wholly F-this place is spendy. 220z'ers of stuff that should be in the $6-9 range were $13.99. I almost left on principle alone...but we went out of our way to go hear. Parking was a complete pain in the bum. We found some inexpensive 6-packs for $12-14 which were too expensive but not off the charts like the bottles.

1.) The selection was very good. Sure some basic stuff but also so quality goods.
2.) I bet a lot of their beer sits because of prices-they still had stuff from Halloween so that blows.
3.) The price blow. I would quit drinking before shopping here again. Ok that's exaggeration but not far off.
4.) Place is tiny. Parking in the area is hampered greatly by tons of other retail/etc. in college area.
5.) The guy that was working (owner I think) on Friday May 30th 2014 comes off like a sleazeball. Just something very slick-willy. Made me want to leave this claustraphobic store all the quicker.

Maybe RI is just way over priced...but I can tell you this place is a the top of that in the price category. It's almost cheaper to drink at a bar than it is to get your beer from here.

moe-ron, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

I don't hit this place too often (it's probably been a year since my last visit) but decided to pop in to see if they had anything special. A nice smallish Belgian section (Two short shelves).
A larger American Craft section with bombers and 750s. The six pack selection was small in regards to craft.

The prices seemed to be slightly higher than average. Maybe has something to do with where they are located in a college business district.

I didn't find anything that I was looking for but there definitely is decent beer to be had here.

Parking is limited here as others have noted.

ThirstyBird, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of cbw1978
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Hadn't been here in probably 5 or 6 years, and stopped by the other night on the way to the movies. I do not remember the craft beer selection being anything like it is now - I was very impressed with how far they have come. For a small store so close to a college campus, the selection of American craft beers is fairly decent (though too much Rogue for my tastes), as are the number of Belgian beers and other European offerings.

I did see some Belgian bottles stored sideways like wine - thought this wasn't kosher. Not sure how much all staff knows their stuff, but somebody that is there must know something because they are certainly the best craft beer selection that I have seen on that side of town.

cbw1978, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Spiritus Fermenti is a small but well stocked basement shop just off Thayer Street by Brown University. I've walked by it a million times (mostly as a minor) but never made it in. Tonight I finally stopped by.

They have a decent selection of American, Belgian, British and German beers. Like most RI shops, they're a little weak on west coast beers (although they have a pretty good selection from Rogue). The stock is a mix of six packs and 22oz bottles. A decent portion of the refrigerated section contains craft beer.

Spiritus Fermenti is worth a visit if you're in the area but it's not worth a special trip.

GJ40, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -0.2%

I went in with one goal in mind; Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout. Unfortunately they didn't have it, but the staff person was very helpful and pleasant and offered to look into it for me. Nice selection of belgians, as well as several Unibroue, Avery, Dogfish Head and Victory brews. Spiritus is definitely small, but they do cram a lot of brews in. Shelf selection was better than the cooler selection. Not too may six pack options, but quite a few 22oz's to keep you occupied. I found some of the prices to be a little high, but all and all, a pretty nice craft beer selection right in the heart of Thayer Street.

Jwale73, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

I have known of the place for awhile but always thought they sold brands like Bud and Coors.
By my surprised they had a lot of Craft beers here, cold and on the shelf. Nothing that I have not seen at other places. Some prices were a little higher then other places.
Service...bunch of college kids working the place. They also people playing in the cooler.Not sure if it was customers or not.
Oh they had like 2 tags of Beer Advocate on the shelf. Why not have someone put them on all of the beers or not at all.

auxiliary, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of OldSock
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Quality – Never gotten a bad bottle, but there is occasionally a bit of dust on some bottles or some six packs on the floor. Plenty of cooler space for the good stuff, but the organization system can be a bit confusing with bottles placed rather randomly.

Service – Generally pretty good with a chatty staff, however they often have just one person working and that person occasion disappears briefly into the cooler making it hard to pay and leave. They do often take the price tags off with a razor, pretty classy.

Selection – Its my standard stop to grab some Three Floyds, plus I always walk out with a couple more bottles that I haven't seen around MA.

The only real problem with this place is that its hard to park nearby. Its convenient to go to off of 95, not a bad ride from where I live.

OldSock, May 15, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -0.2%

This place basically is on the Brown University campus, down a flight of stairs to a quite small wine and beer store, the beer is located mostly to the left and in the coolers along the rear wall. Respectable selection of Belgians, local, regional and national good stuff. I didn't find anything way out of the usual suspects. Parking will be tight. The guy behind the counter was friendly and gave us a good tip on getting a bite the eat (the bagel place, that also has a full burrito selection, around the corner) as the joint upstairs took forever to seat us and we left...Worth a stop to find BA worthy beer, but dont expect your eyes to pop out.

Billolick, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice little beer store tucked under a nice BYOB cafe (thank you Rhode Island). Almost everything seems to be well handled and in its prime. just watch out for the dusty bottles in the bottom corner of the walk-in cooler. About 4 cooler doors of craft beer, a couple shelves and a few random piles throughout the store.

Very nice service, friendly staff. Willing to help and somewhat knowledgable. Kept the line moving quite fast when I visited on St. Patricks day.

Good selection of NE brews plus a few imports and others from across the country. Had 5 brews from 3 Floyds, and thats always impressive. Also good selection from Concorde, some Middle Ages, Hooker, Jolly Pumpkin, and Dogfish Head.

A great stop if you're in Providence and near Brown. The best part about this store is their willingness to sell singles of any beer they have. I recommend going down, grabing a couple bottles and drinking them in the cafe above with a nice sandwich.

tempest, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

This is one of the best small liquor stores in New England. It is within shouting distance of Brown University on Thayer Street. I have been here several times to pick up Three Floyds beers that cannot be found in Massachusetts, and they always do a good job of securing a decent amount from their distributor. They have rather large selection of hand-picked sixers and bombers. As far as size goes, they are as small a liquor store as there is, but they cram so much product into the space that the selection of beer is vast. The couple that owns the place is very friendly, as is the younger guy who often works the counter.

bignick, Mar 03, 2006
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Spiritus Fermenti in Providence, RI
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.