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Old 06-02-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Boston Area Craft Beer Bars?

I'm headed to Boston tomorrow and have 4 hours to kill right outside Harpoon Brewery. Looking for some locals to tell me good places to go. Obviously harpoon is on my list but what else is around South Street Station that's worth checking out. I am taking the train up and have tons of time to kill before being picked up.... Ideas?

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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Stick around until Monday and go see the hockey game haha. Other than that I have no advice. I've never been to boston. Just bored at work.

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Depends on how fah you wanna travel and how much time ya got.

I know every decent beer bah within about a 25 mile radius of South Station... (where I commute in and out of every workday)

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four hours to kill... hmmm....

"lookin' for a decent beer or two without a ton of work" option close to South Station is probably Kinsale in Govt Center. It is a solid 10 minute walk if you know where you're going.

another 5 minute walk from Kinsale and you can hit Boston Beer Works on Canal Street over by North Station.


If you're looking to get in a cab... three places I would recommend are:

Publick House: Belgian beer heaven, somewhat upscale, kinda pricey, bit of a cab ride
Deep Ellum: Hole in the wall hipster place, still reasonably nice, fantastic beer list
Bukowski: Hole in the wall hipster dive bah, resonably priced, great beer list, cash only

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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American Craft brew Festival is in boston this weekend:

http://beeradvocate.com/acbf/

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If you're gonna go as far as Deep Ellum I would recommend going a few blocks further down the street to Sunset/Big City.

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I wouldn't drink at Sunset for free.

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I would check out Cambridge Brewing Co. They had some pretty good beers when i was there. Just a short ride on the red line T (if I remember correctly) from south station and your there.

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To each his own. I'm just saying they have a huge beer selection and for a non Boston native isn't a bad place to check out.

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CBC is a great place... it's a brewery as opposed to a beer bar (but then again so is Boston Beer Works... but Beer works is walking distance).

CBC is a bit of a distance by cab but not much longer than Publick. I THINK Deep Ellum and Bukowski would be a shorter cab ride.

Although... if you want to hit CBC, you could hit Lord Hobo as well which is about a block away. That's a GREAT place. Actually... that might be my final suggestion. Hop in a cab to CBC, spend an hour or two there, and then walk over to Lord Hobo.




... and apologies on Sunset. I despise the place and whenever "beer bars in Boston" comes up, Sunset gets thrown out immediately. Yes, they have a huge beer selection (115 taps or something like that and 350 bottles). The problem is every time I, or anyone in any of the homebrew clubs I know, have gone in there, almost every beer on tap is a diacytil bomb because the lines haven't been cleaned in forever. All of the beers are served in pint glasses at at the exact same temp. Yes, they have a ton of beers, but that doesn't mean a ton of good beers. I see Sunset as a margarita and fajita bar that has decided to push a gimmic of having a million beers as well. Uur club does the occasional pub-crawl through Boston and we hit 6 or 7 bars... Sunset gets skipped every time.

Sorry again... I don't be to be a jerk about it... I just hate that place and would never send someone there.

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