92 Hampshire St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
Lord Hobo’s craft beer selection is massive, making it a must visit for every beer aficionado. The menu offers a very brief description of the flavors incorporated into each beer, similar to what you might see on a wine list. Sip slowly and savor the complex fruits, florals and hops that make up many of the specialty brews.
50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
Also featuring a Mug Club and located in the Back Bay is the beer-lovers’ bar Bukowski’s. The local favorites included Pretty Things, Allagash White Ale, Harpoon IPA and good old Samuel Adams. It also features beer selections from around the globe. Check out the website to see what seasonal offerings are on tap. Its food is also a favorite amongst regulars, with all options for burgers, sandwiches and snacks at less than $11. Be warned though. While some ‘beer bars’ boast a pretentious atmosphere to go with their selection, Bukowski’s uses all of its frills on the beer, while embracing the dive bar attitude. If you want a more ‘inviting’ atmosphere, try the Bukowski’s in Cambridge.
Sunset Grill and Tap
130 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
Featuring tons of options for pub grub and even more beer, Sunset is popular amongst college kids and young professionals in the Allston area and beyond. With its 112 beers on tap and a whopping total of 380 microbrews, it is basically impossible not to find a beer that catches diners’ (and drinkers’) eyes. Sunset boasts an unbeatable atmosphere with large groups aplenty sipping beers from yard glasses or trying a variety of choices from the beer list by ordering one of its flights. Choices for beverages include New England-area specialties like Long Trail, a variety of Harpoon beers, Clown Shoes 3rd Party, and Rapscallion Honey. Prices per beer start at about $4.50.
477 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134
Also in Allston, Deep Ellum has a beer menu that is short and to the point, but satisfying. It offers plenty of Belgium-style beers made by breweries outside of the immediate area, but it also offers menu items from a little closer to home. Notch Brewing, High & Mighty and Idle Hands are just a few of the Massachusetts breweries that are proudly on display. The beer selections are less than $9 and the cuisine is all less than $20, making it a reasonably priced place to let loose.
Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale
48 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Right in downtown Boston, Stoddard’s quickly has become an after-work meeting spot because of its more than 100 options for beers. The beer menu is heavy on American-style ales and lagers, and the food options, which range in price from around $10 all the way up to the $30s, are diverse and interesting. Take a seat surrounding the 30-foot-long oak and Mahogany bar. Narragansett Lager is just $4 while other local varieties including Jack’s Abby Jabby Brau or Peak Organic Summer Session are $6.
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