United States > Massachusetts > Boston
MikeMoriendi (50) Boynton Beach, | February 16, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really tiny store just off the T stop at State St. While their selection was small it was really quality stuff. The only place I saw Red Poppy on the shelf and some Maine Brewing stuff. The man at the register was nice but said the real beer guy was not in. He told us there was a cellar downstairs that we could look at. Turns out they donít want you looking at the beer section of the cellar as itís not for the public. We found it and wandered around before being told it wasít for the public. Prices were normal but a cool shop nonetheless.
Glouglouburp (345) Montreal, Quebec | November 19, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Miniature store in the business Boston district, if you blink while walking pass it youíll miss it. Forget about parking. As far as size in square feet this is probably on the smallest beer store listed on ratebeer. Not only is it very small but only 1/4th of the store is dedicated for beer. So obviously the selection is very small. But the limited selection is carefully selected. Thereís obviously someone who knows beer behind the store selection. Only 1 or 2 beer from each brewery, mostly the good stuff. I bought some Jolly Pumpkin, Port Brewing 3rd Anniversary and more. Decent prices, cheaper than Charles Street Liquors. Somewhat knowledgeable service. Not worth a detour for the beer tourist but if you are in Boston for business this might be a convenient stress relief supplier.
Lubiere (412) Ottawa, Ontario | October 18, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited early July 2009. As mentionned by others, its smallish, huge wine selection, the beer selection is not huge but concentrates on fairly decent offering. Service was excellent. I was in transit in Boston for enough time to take the T for a quick roundtrip from BOS to State, and basically ordered over the phone the day before for a quick pick up (although it didnt happen quite like that, got delayed in Boston overnight, and managed to spend more time there). This is more of a wine store, with tastings, but the service is what makes this place excellent. Thanks to the owners!
thornecb (53) Marblehead, Massachusetts | July 8, 2009| Updated September 23, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The quality of the selection at Federal Wines as diminished greatly. Cellared beers no longer appear in the coolers and harder to find offerings no longer appear...may be an effect of BWX opening just down the street which offers more shelf space and coolers.
This is a very small store in downtown Boston near the State T-Stop. Size affects selection, but what they lack in diversity they make up for in selection. There is always a hard-to-find beer in the cooler upstairs or aging down the steep stairs in the cellar. Service is very good - staff is always willing to assist and point out latest beers - and promote next in-house tasting. Price is actually quite reasonable considering the location. There also appears to be a good wine and whisk(e)y selection. I stop in at least once a week and never leave without a rarity.
OldGrowth (138) North Carolina | September 4, 2005| Updated September 23, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Little store, right by the old meeting house. Guy I spoke to that day was friendly and told me what was new at the store, but then said the beer guy wasnít around so he wasnít sure about everything. Small beer area, but they packed a bunch of tasty things. Select items from brewers, never the whole line up. Remeber Great Divide, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, DFH, Few Euroís too, I just donít remember the names. Not a bad place, probably sell a bunch to the downtown business people. Nothing to go out of your way for, but if you were in a hotel in the area could be convenient.
ericnixon (57) Vermont | June 14, 2005| Updated September 23, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Small place, but a big beer selection. They have a lot more stuff in the basement, so if you donít see something, just ask.
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