Best of Boston


2013 BEST Beer, Shop

Craft Beer Cellar


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 aficionados. And for those just getting into the craft-beer scene,… 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 ales are made in tiny batches, with each bottle and… 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 from Tremont. It’s time to get back to basics, and… read more»

2001 BEST Beer

Grampus Trippel, North East Brewing Company


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 that lets you see its clear amber color and appreciate its aroma, the trippel is… 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 want to know. But it’s damn good nonetheless. 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 were disappointed, to say the least. Yet when a 12-pack… 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 be so stingy: It’s phenomenal, a classically crafted English ale…. read more»

1999 BEST Beer, Selection

The Sunset Grill & Tap


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 paradise. read more»

1998 BEST Beer, Retail

Downtown Wine and Spirits


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 find a particular favorite in stock, give the staff a… 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, way over in Charlestown, started running product through their million-dollar… read more»