Crafting a beer to perfection is an art form, and finding the perfect brews to satisfy a beer lover’s palette is no easy feat – unless, of course, you’re in Boston. The abundance of expert Beantown brewers makes finding delicious craft beers a bit easier. We’ve tapped into these Boston neighborhoods to take stock of where beer lovers can find expertly crafted brews to take home and enjoy.
292 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02458
Hopsters is the barley-filled love child of husband-and-wife-team Lee and Karen Cooper. The couple’s vision of opening a community brewery transformed into Hopsters, a magical place where hand-crafted, all-natural beer is made with locally-sourced ingredients. Visit the brewery to sample some beers or come in to pick up your own home brewing supplies. You can even brew your own beer here and take three cases home! In the very near future (this July), the Coopers will be opening Hopsters Alley in the newly awaited Boston Public Market. The new setup will sell spirits, beer and hard cider, all locally made in New England.
Boston Homebrew Supply
1378B Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Grab the metro C train on the green line to Coolidge Corner and meet the sales crew of Boston Homebrew Supply. Like every originally crafted beer you’ll find on its shelves, a well informed sales person makes the experience worth a return trip. Boston Homebrew Supply shares brewing secrets, recipes and tips with its patrons, whether you’ve come to savor the taste or to invent your own. Rose grains, specialty grains, porters—the craft beer opportunities available is worthy of many more trips into Boston on the C train. The possibilities are endless.
Wollaston Wine & Spirits
58 Beale St.
Quincy, MA 02170
Wollaston Wine & Spirits is one of those precious jewels to its neighborhood craft beer lovers. This place keeps it simple: reserving kegs and special orders for new arrivals is as easy as stopping in or making a quick phone call. While the name may imply an abundance of booze and wine, don’t be fooled – this place is jam packed with a huge selection of speciality craft beers. Wollaston Wine & Spirits has been a staple of Quincy since before the shipyards were built. Looking for the most popular brews? The seasonal flavor of the month? The local, hoppy gem? The staff here can point you in the right direction.
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Craft Beer Cellar
14 Austin St.
Newton, MA 02460
Did you know Massachusetts is home to more than 32 award winning breweries? The Craft Beer Cellar acquires its selected stock from each and every crafted beer brewery in Massachusetts. If local taste is what you are looking for, the CBC is a one-stop shop, filled to the brim with local suds. The name says it all: The mission here is not wines or other spirits; this is solely a Boston beer store that specializes in mixing up the six’s and 12 packs. You can even call ahead to request a delivery. Which of the many crafted beers in store will you bring home next? Try taste testing alphabetically.
Aeronaut Brewing Co
14 Tyler St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Peruse the events page of this crafted beer store and be delightfully surprised. Aeronaut Brewing Co is the only beer store to celebrate a brewery’s birthday almost every day of the year. Stopping in to make a purchase for the road you may just walk into a Somerville porchfest or second line brass band. Where craft beer establishments keep it simple, Aeronaut Brewing Co. celebrates the process.
Freelance Writer Corinne Costantino brings the “Best of Boston” to New England. Her work can be found on Examiner.com