The beer highlight of my recent business trip to Boston was the visit to Boston Beer Works near Fenway Park.
I traveled to Boston from November 14-18, which should have been plenty of time to enjoy the Boston beer scene. Unfortunately, I was in town on business and free time was scarce. Of course, I still found time to visit one of my favorite brewpubs – the Boston Beer Works on Brookline Avenue opposite Fenway Park.
Todd, Javier, Brad, and I cabbed over to Beer Works for dinner on Monday evening, November 16. There were about 15 house beers on tap, including half a dozen seasonals. I ordered the four-beer sampler and tried the:
- Splendid Splinter – West Coast Gold Ale
- Paul Revere Rye Lager – Slovenian-style dark Amber
- Slash and Burn Double IPA – Hoppy and strong, I ordered a pint of this after my sampler (8%)
- Dankfest Doublebock – Brewed with double the malt
In addition to the visit to Boston Beer Works, I was able to sample several other regional beers during this trip:
- Sam Adams Boston Lager, Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA (goes down even better in Boston)
- Harpoon IPA, Boston, MA (as easy to get in Boston as a Sam Adams Boston Lager, I drank many Harpoon IPAs at various receptions and dinners on this trip)
- Harpoon Winter Warmer, Boston, MA (a delicious winter spice beer, enjoyed with dinner at Salvatore’s on Sunday, November 15)
- Green Monsta Ale, Wachusett Brewing Company, Westminster, MA (I couldn’t resist drinking one of these during a reception at Fenway Park on Tuesday, November 17)
- Whale’s Tail Pale Ale, Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA (Also drank at reception at Fenway)
- Sam Adams Light, Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA (A warm-up beer at the Fenway Park reception)
- Beantown Nut Brown Ale, Boston Beer Works, Boston, MA (Post Fenway reception beer at the Beer Works with Martin, Lana and crew)
- Sam Adams Winter Lager, Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA (Post Fenway reception beer at the Cask’n Flagon, near Fenway Park)
Back to the Beer Works…there are four locations — two in Boston, one in Salem, and one in Lowell. I’ve visited all four, and highly recommend a visit. The menu is a pub food-lover’s dream, not to mention the outstanding beer selection – just look at that beer menu!