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3.35/5 rDev -24%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
After reading the other reviews for Wine Gallery, I'm wondering if things have just changed over time. I decided to check out several of the top reviewed places within 128 (Boston area) to see if I could find any new favorites. If I lived around Wine Gallery, it'd be a great alternative to a corner six-pack store, but it isn't a best of Boston. While they had some various imports that I don't see as often, their craft selection was fairly weak. I saw nothing aged there, and only a single representative beer from places like Stone, Dogfish Head, Allagash, and Rogue. This would still be fine if the selections they had seemed like a best-of-the-best with great service to guide you through it, but they seemed more haphazard than not and the only guy working seemed puzzled when I asked about beer.
If I'm going to make the drive, in the future I'll probably go to Publick House Provisions, or Downtown Wine and Spirits.
02-20-2010 23:25:13 | More by AdamPennin
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Fantastic selection of beer and wine. Free Wine tastings and a knowledgeable staff who can make great pairing recommendations.
Wine Gallery has a great selection of beer - Whether you are looking
for something from the farthest flung regions of the world, or something brewed right in Boston's backyard- you will most likely find it here.
Staff is cheerful and laid back. These guys know their stuff. Some of the products can be a little pricey, but Wes will usually help you out in selecting something that will rock your socks off without emptying your wallet.
06-16-2009 14:09:40 | More by CavePainter
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my go-to beer store near home. Everytime I'm there I get approached at least once (or more) by employees asking if I need any help with anything. Very friendly and very knowledgeable.
Selection is great. They have some cold in coolers along the back wall to the left (probably 8 fridges or so) all stocked with good brews. They then have beers in the store arranged by country/area. Nice Belgian selection, North American, German, UK, etc. Prices are around the same as anywhere else in the Boston area...I've found some beers less expensive elsewhere but also some that are more expensive elsewhere. They have a nice little cheese selection too and some crackers/snacks. They usually have a few glasses as well, but they are random and sparse. They have given me a free glass on 2 occasions in the past but that might have been before they started selling the randoms they get. They have beer tastings every week too, I think on Thursdays but not sure. They have a blog online that updates regularly. Ask them about it if you go to the store.
Huge wine selection as well (and some good liquors)...some of which (the wine, not liquor) you can sample at anytime in the store. Great place. Easily accessible too as they have parking right outside (off route 9), or it's less then a 5 minute walk to the D Line Brookline Hills stop.
*edit: This place has gone WAY down hill... (3/24/10)
03-03-2009 15:34:50 | More by harsley
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped through here the other day and was not disappointed. Their beer is very organized and have a fairly large selection of both imports and craft brew. Their belgian selection is rather large and includes a lot of good guezes which is always a plus for me. They had quite a bit of stone, weyerbacher, lost abbey, berkshire etc.. While I usually go for the divey, small business vibe where you have to search for treasures, the organization and cleanliness here was amazing. Their beer guy was extremely helpful and even broke up a four pack for me so that I could have 1 double simcoe before I left on the plane the next day (I don't think they usually do this but the guy there was extremely nice). Anyhow, great service, a decent selection and it seemed very clean (unlike many other stores with good beer).
02-22-2009 00:48:32 | More by Lothore
4.4/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I used to go here in college a lot. They have a very good selection, with very little crap and a big section of both American and European beers. They also carry People's Pint most of the time, which is one of my favorite breweries in Massachusetts. They usually have some good Smutty and Berkshire as well as some good California breweries, and even Hoppin' Frog from Ohio.
The prices are cheaper than Blanchard's in Allston, and the place itself is clean and pleasant. The people working there are also pleasant, and there is nice tasting room in the back. When I was in college they had a tasting almost every Thursday. I'm not sure if they still do that, but it was awesome when they did.
The Wine Gallery is awesome.
Side note: I went back recently for the first time in a year or so, and I was surprised to find a wine tasting center open in the middle of the place. You give them your ID and they give you a glass and a card good for six tastings. Nice to taste some wine while you're looking at the beer selection.
02-13-2009 18:52:48 | More by rasta16ry
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
On a recent business trip, I stopped by this place in search of beer not available back in Southwestern Connecticut. One walk through the beer section and I realized I had made a great decision in stopping by.
A variety of local and regional breweries were represented in their domestic beer section including: Buzzard Bay, Cisco, Olde Burnside, Opa Opa, Peak Organic, Harpoon, Sherwood Forest, and Berkshire.
In addition, English and Belgium beers were well represented with a variety of sought after brews.
What surprised me was that they had some Founders (Curmudgeon), Pizza Port (Sharkbite, Wipeout, Hop Suey), Middle Ages (Dragonslayer, Wailing Wench, Druid Fluid), and The Lost Abbey (Inferno).
The staff was friendly and offered to help me find what I was looking for. The store also carries gourmet snacks and obviously wine. The store is well-kept and laid-out nicely with plenty of space to move around.
Overall, I highly recommend this store and will definitely be back the next time I'm in the Boston area.
11-26-2008 03:05:25 | More by jaluria
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We went here on a mission to find some Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout, and came away with a whole lot more...
I had been to the Wine Gallery near Fenway, and was nothing but impressed with the place, so I was looking forward to checking out the one in Brookline. First impression is that the place is just very clean, airy, and spacious. The staff were very helpful and friendly....plus, after driving up from the Cape, the fact that they have a bathroom available for customer use is a massive plus in my book....nothing worse than sneaking into the nearest Dunkin Donuts to use the head. I love the way the shelves are arranged, everything is about hip-high, which I like...I don't want to be reaching over my head for a $15 bottle of beer. I picked up some amazing stuff (on top of the Pumpkin Stout), including a few offerings from The People's Pint (more Imperial Stout...how is this stuff still on the shelves?), and a cave-aged Three Philosophers (seriously?). This is an excellent shop, and I'll be sure to stop by whenever I'm in thhe area.
09-21-2008 16:18:15 | More by corey0212
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a little outside my circle of destruction but I had heard good things, so here goes...
First impression - the place is very very CLEAN. Very inviting atmosphere with a couple of tasting areas for wine. The quality of the offerings was quite good - a wide selection of American craft brews as well as imports - saw a fair amount of German and Belgian fare. Service was friendly and very courteous. Prices were quite reasonable - for bombers maybe 50 cents to a buck cheaper than comparable spots - nothing huge, but good to know. One more arrow in the quiver...
07-26-2008 10:17:49 | More by IBUnit63
3.85/5 rDev -12.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My second ever visit to this location was this past Saturday for their annual grand wine tasting afternoon. Always a good time. This store has a great selection of everything you need. There are several large coolers in the back with an assortment of cold six packs. There are also at least six entire shelves (three rows) dedicated to bombers. One whole section has the best Belgian selection I've seen around. Each section is also clearly organized. They have a small glassware section in the back too. On top of this, they have a great selection of fine wines and gourmet cheeses. High quality place with a great selection and good service. Can't go wrong.
03-31-2008 23:50:48 | More by morebeergood
Wine Gallery in Brookline, MA
96 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.