Best of Boston


1999 BEST Pub, Brew

Back Bay Brewing Company


In years past, we anointed Back Bay, but with one reservation. Brewmeister Tod Mott always made the damn small-batch beers this side of the Mississippi. (His seasonal Imperial stout is a classic, notwithstanding that goofy squabble over naming it Boston… read more»

1998 BEST Pub, Brew

Back Bay Brewing Company


No matter how much they tinker with the menu, the food never gets beyond adequate, not to mention over-priced. But Tod Mott still brews the best damn small-batch beers. His India Pale Ale, bitter ale and seasonal brown ale are… read more»

1997 BEST Pub, Brew

Back Bay Brewing Co.


The vittles range from basic barbeque to frou-frou. But anyone who goes to a brew pub for the food is missing the point, which, obviously, is the beer. Back Bay features superb lagers and ales crafted by local brew guru… read more»

1994 BEST Pub

John Harvard’s Brew House


Could be the largest cozy tavern in town. The Old Willy India Pale Ale is heavenly, especially when used to wash down the grilled sausage. read more»