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Old 06-29-2010, 02:45 AM   #1
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I've become very interested in beer about a year ago, trying as many different kinds and brands as I could and eventually leading to my home brewing and now hops growing.

So, I found this place in Boston that has 112 beers on tap and like 300 some odd bottles. I figure this is the place for me to go to find the beer that will knock my, well, off my seat.

I like IPAs and IIPAs probably the most, I seem to hate most wheat beers (although I like Blue Moon and some fake Americanized Heffes) and I don't like Guiness like flavor, so I guess probably no stouts.

So do you guys have any suggestions for beer for me to sample at this place? I'll save the names and see if they have them, I'd appreciate it!

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:48 AM   #2
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Russian River Pliny the Elder

Dunno if they'll have it, as I'm not sure if it's distributed to Boston.
Basically, I know a bunch of West coast beers that meet your criteria, that you are unlikely to be able to get your hands on. I'm sure there are some excellent IPAs and IIPAs made over yonder that I haven't tried because they don't distribute here...

Also, I cannot stand Guinness but I love stouts. I suspect you just have to try better stouts. Again, I'm a bit stuck as I only know a few stouts that aren't stuck on the West coast.


Can you get Alesmith there? Alesmith's Speedway Stout is a good one. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is also very tasty.

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:51 AM   #3
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I'll have to remember that name. The place might have it though, as they're not all local brewed beers. Even as much of a drinking city as Boston is, I don't think we have 500 different types of beer here! I heard them talking on a radio program about how they have stuff from Baltimore, so I would assume they would have a fairly decent national selection. It seems to be specifically focused on microbreweries.

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The Ipswich Ales! (local beer for you). I'm from California and I tasted three of the Ipswich ales last October when I was in your neck of the woods last fall. I loved those Ipswich ales.

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Old 06-29-2010, 03:00 AM   #5
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It would be easier if you told us what they have, they probably have a list online.

In either case, Dogfish Head 90 minute is the archetype East Coast IPA. Well distributed west coast IPA type stuff you might be able to get:

Bear Republic: Racer 5, Red Rocket, Hop Rod Rye, Racer 10 (seasonal), Mach X (seasonal)
Lagunitus: IPA, Maximus, Imperial Red, WTF (brown IPA), Hop Stoopid, almost anything else
Stone: IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, Sublimely Self Righteous (black IPA)
Green Flash: West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red

For hoppy beers I recommend sticking to draught unless you have an idea of the packaging date and storage conditions for a bottle. Maybe ask what they have gotten in recently.

There are some hoppy stouts which you might find interesting. Rogue Shakespeare and Sierra Nevada Stout come to mind.

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What's the bar? My sister just moved to Boston and she would be very interested in such an establishment. I also can't wait to visit her.

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Beerbeque, I'll definitely have to try those, I bet they would be available.

Remilard, I'll try to find a list of them. I've had Dogfish 90 min before and I loved it. The others, I haven't so I'll look into them all.

And danculwell, it's called Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston.

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Good call on the Bear Republic stuff. I forgot they distribute out East.


OK I did a little google search and I suspect the place you're talking about is Sunset Grill & Tap.

Looks like they do have the Bear Republic stuff. Also they have Beer Geek Breakfast...I'd try one of those and then decide if you still hate stouts.

Also on that list:

Green Flash IPA is decent...not my favorite but a good beer. I prefer Bear Republic Racer 5 personally, but they are both excellent.

Avery Maharaja is a heavy hitter. It will definitely knock you down with hops.
Port 4th Annivesary is pretty good. Not my favorite IPA by them, but I do like it quite a bit. If they get that, they might also get Mongo on occasion...try that one.

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Yeah, that's the place. Here's the website http://www.allstonsfinest.com/

I didn't see the Russian River one though kind of sad

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Bosox - you should also check out the Publick House in Brookline. Sunset is a cool place and all, but I've never found them to be very knowledgeable about what they're serving. If you're looking to learn about what you're drinking from some hardcore beer geeks, check out publicks.

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