Best Beer in Boston

2015

Publick House

Brookline

Several craft-beer haunts opened this year, but our hops-loving hearts still belong to the Publick House. Draft selections in the triple digits and a phone-book-thick menu don’t always make a…Read More

2015 Best Beer Program

Row 34

Boston

Steely Chablis and minerally Muscadet are natural seafood pairings. But at Row 34, wine takes a back seat to beer director Megan Parker-Gray’s phenomenal suds selection. Her rotating cast of...Read More

2015 Best Beer, Shop

Craft Beer Cellar Belmont

Belmont

Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker inherently understand their beer-geek brethren, offering the widest possible selection in a format that encourages experimentation. Why not grab a mixed six-pack of Belgian Trappist...Read More

2014 Best Beer, Shop

Craft Beer Cellar

Much to the delight of local hopheads, this shop—opened in Belmont four years ago by Cambridge Common alums Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker—is now spreading its sudsy gospel to new...Read More

2014 Best Beer Bar

Lord Hobo

Cambridge

To the pubs with rows and rows of taps: Quantity alone doesn't cut it anymore. Lord Hobo, by contrast, has all the variety and thrills suds geeks crave. Even if...Read More

2014 Best Beer Bar

The Publick House

Brookline

This was a winner in our 2014 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2014 winners...Read More

2013 Best Beer Bar

Lord Hobo

Cambridge

Bourbon-barrel-aged Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft? Check. Smoked Maple Lager, a collaboration between Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Jack’s Abby Brewing? Check. Elusive cans of everyone’s favorite double IPA, Heady...Read More

2013 Best Beer, Shop

Craft Beer Cellar

Belmont

Beer nerds and brewmasters, unite! This suburban shop, which lines its shelves with everything from Rock Art Jasmine pale ale (Vermont) to Hofbräu Dunkel (Germany), is the place for suds...Read More

2012 Best Beer Bar, Craft Beer

The Publick House

Brookline

This monastic pub is ;the place to earn an advanced degree in artisanal ales (or just keep pace with the craft-beer aficionados in your life). The bartenders and servers know...Read More

2011 Best Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

With 112 drafts and 380 total beers to choose from, this just ain’t much of a competition. Sure, other places offer great lists: The Publick House has a slate of...Read More

2011 Best Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

With 112 drafts and 380 total beers to choose from, this just ain’t much of a competition. Sure, other places offer great lists: The Publick House has a slate of...Read More

2011 Best Beer, Locally Made

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

Talk about microbrewing: This Somerville-based enterprise was founded by husband-and-wife team Dann and Martha Paquette, and now employs all of four people to meet an ever-growing demand. Pretty Things’ masterful...Read More

2010 Best Beer Bar

The Publick House

Brookline

How many beers does this place have, anyway? 100? 200? Who knows. The suds menu changes all the time at the Publick House (though the Belgians always make an appearance)....Read More

2008 Best Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

Given all the sterling pubs in Boston, a city that’s become a destination for the beer-drinking world, you’d think Sunset would see stiffer competition in this category. Yet there’s no...Read More

2008 Best Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

Given all the sterling pubs in Boston, a city that’s become a destination for the beer-drinking world, you’d think Sunset would see stiffer competition in this category. Yet there’s no...Read More

2007 Best Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

We like beer. Draft or bottled, light or stout, domestic or imported—so long as it’s good and cold, we’re all over it. The fine people at the Sunset share that...Read More

2006 Best Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

Just reading the beer menu at the Sunset is enough to make your head spin. At last count there were 100 brews on tap here, as well as 300-plus bottled...Read More

2002 Best Beer, Locally Made

Tremont IPA

Enough with the fruit-and-berry recipes made by all those microbreweries that are (not coincidentally) going out of business left and right. Enough, too, with the endless seasonal brews—even the ones...Read More

2000 Best Beer, Surprise

Grape Ale

West Concord

Concord Junction Brewing Company’s Grape Ale is proof that just because it sounds icky, it doesn’t have to taste that way. We don’t know how they do it. We don’t...Read More

2000 Best Beer, Most Improved

Tremont Summer Ale

After three years of winning Best Beer honors (Tremont Ale, Tremont IPA, and our favorite, Tremont’s cask-conditioned Best Bitter), the Charlestown brewery introduced its seasonal Summer Ale last year. We...Read More

2000 Best Beer

Back Bay IPA, Boston Beer Works

Boston

A hoppy, aromatic, high-octane India Pale Ale, the Back Bay IPA gets its character from the dry hops added in the aging process. The copper-colored beer starts with the full...Read More

1999 Best Beer

Tremont Bitter

After years of waffling, we’re finally calling a bitter the beer. The Tremont brewers distribute their bitter at only a handful of pubs, including Doyle’s Cafe and Cornwall’s. They shouldn’t...Read More

1999 Best Beer, Selection

The Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

Is anyone even competing with these guys? With some 600 beers in stock, including 112 on top and three beer engines for those hard-to-find cask-conditioned ales, Sunset is a hophead’s...Read More

1998 Best Beer

Tremont India Pale Ale

Used to be this hophead’s delight was available only on the occasional tap at, say, F.J.Doyle’s in Jamaica Plan. As of April, though, the good people at the Tremont Brewery,...Read More

1998 Best Beer Bar

The Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

True medical fact: If you sat down at the bar at Sunset and drank only four ounces of each beer in stock, you’d die a horribly painful death, probably by...Read More

1998 Best Beer, Retail

Downtown Wine and Spirits

Somerville

Not for nothing the motto, “From beer for eternity.” Downtown stocks more than 650 brews drawn from nearly every continent (at last check, Antarctica was still brewery-free). If you can’t...Read More

1997 Best Beer

Tremont Ale

A classic pale ale—vaguely sweet, distinctly hopped, and tinged a deep shade of copper—this is the flagship brew of tiny Atlantic Coast Brewing, more commonly known as Tremont Brewery, in...Read More

1997 Best Beer Bar

The Sunset Grill & Tap

Brighton

Back when good beer selection meant both Bud and Miller Lite, these hopheads did their damnedest to broaden our horizons. A decade later, the bar stocks nearly 500 microbrews, including...Read More

1996 Best Beer Bar

Brew Moon

Boston

Brewmaster Tony Vieira has hit his stride with beers that are clean, crisp, full-bodied, and especially flavorful when paired with chef Donald Chapelle’s California-influenced cuisine...Read More

1996 Best Beer, Jamaican Ginger

Maryahm’s Famous Cuisine

Dorchester

Loads of fresh ginger make this an intense, heady drink: spicy, sweet, assertive, simultaneously refreshing and invigorating. The Come Back is a sandwich—either fried fish or chicken, served with special...Read More

1995 Best Beer, Selection

The Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

We recently described this restaurant/bar as a “Valhalla of brewski.” Now boasting 113 taps and more than 450 bottles. Case closed...Read More

1995 Best Beer Bar

John Harvard’s Brewhouse

Cambridge

The food is as good as the ale. Master brewer Tim Morse works hand in hand with chef Joe Kubik to ensure that the beers both complement and counterpoint the...Read More

1994 Best Beer Bar, Selection

The Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

If variety is indeed the spice of life, the Sunset’s selection of 76 drafts and 350 bottles makes it the place for beer lovers to do some serious living...Read More

1992 Best Beer, List

The Sunet Grill and Tap

Allston

At least 40 varieties on tap and 200 in bottles, most from microbreweries, make the Sunset the place to wet your whistle...Read More

1990 Best Beer Bar

The Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

This casual taproom offers more than 100 beers for sipping or quaffing, including some hard-to-get microwbrews and a fine selection of drafts...Read More

1990 Best Beer Bar, Draft Guinness

The Green Briar

Brighton

It’s not much of an Irish bar, what with all the natty brick and brass, but its pint is as good as you’ll find anywhere: properly cooled and poured, creamy,...Read More

1974 Best Beer, Mug of

Billy Budd

Boston

Billy Budd on Newbury Street has Falstaff, Bass Ale and Beck’s on draught, 15 other quality labels in bottles, and chilled mugs. For the gourmand, it’s ideal. The gourmet might...Read More

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