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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 […] 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), […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2001 Best Beer

Grampus Trippel, North East Brewing Company

Allston
North East brewmeister Dan Paquette is one to watch, mainly because his Grampus Trippel is one to drink. Served up in a 10-ounce brandy snifter […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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»
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»