I mentioned in a previous post that many restaurants are welcoming craft beer to their taps. The place your buddies used to frequent for $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts might now have a tap handle with an unfamiliar name written down the side. Why? Well, it could be because local craft brands have started to market their product better. It could be because 20-and-30-somethings have thrown themselves at the organic and locally grown food scene. Beer’s food, right?
Still, some craft beer bars stick out from the others. Below is my growing compilation of good bars in and around Boston that specialize in craft beer. They’re some of the beer bars with the best selections I’ve found so far.
The Publick House – 1648 Beacon St., Brookline
The Publick House has a laid-back feel and a friendly staff. The restaurant boasts a wide variety of Belgian beers on tap, many of which are not available at any other Boston restaurants. When I was there, I ordered a Founders Brewing Co. Breakfast Stout. The breakfast brew is a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout—a meal in itself.
Deep Ellum – 477 Cambridge St., Allston
More than twice I’ve heard Deep Ellum referred to as a hipster bar. It’s a little on the pricier side for its Allston location, but the selections, including cask beer, are worth the extra cash. I had a Maine Mead Works Hard Apple Cider, bubbly like a champagne and served in a wine glass. Other local offerings include beers from Maine’s Rising Tide Brewing Company and New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Company.
Bukowski Tavern – 50 Dalton St., Boston
Bukowski’s, from what I hear, is a great place to grab a hotdog and a Belgian ale. I was in there once. Someone ordered a Chimay Rouge for me that I didn’t like, but that’s no fault of Bukowski’s. The place has an outstanding selection I haven’t gotten a chance to return back to try. Its menu includes a sake-ale hybrid, a number of smoked beers and Dixie Blackened Voodoo—a lager out of Louisiana that sounds like it could kill someone.
Sunset Grill and Tap – 130 Brighton Ave., Allston
With more than 100 beers on tap and more in the bottle, Sunset’s menu could take you all night to read. Seventeen hard ciders are listed on the menu. The restaurant’s Twitter account mentions 112 taps and 380 bottled beers.
Here’s a Google map for other craft beer bars around the city.