Best of Boston

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 of it arrived this year, we were pleasantly stunned: They kicked out some of the cheaper grains, fiddled with the hops, and turned out the best damned baseball-watching, lawn-mowing beer in history. Are you listening, Fenway Park?