Extreme Beer Fest, BeerAdvocate‘s three-day homage to all things creative, cutting-edge, and boozy in the beer world, has long been sold-out. But that doesn’t mean ticketless beer nerds will be shut out of this year’s festivities. On the contrary, there are a number of meet and greets, brunches, after-parties, and pre-parties (most gratis) happening all over town. Below, your guide to all the madness happening outside of the Seaport World Trade Center.
Bukowski Tavern Boston
Bukowski’s is hosting an after-party with Bellaire, Michigan standout Short’s Brewing on Friday, March 20. Beers include their Black Chai Ale, Liberator, Sacred Union, Soft Parade, and Swirl Stout.
March 20, 50 Dalton St., Boston; 617-437-9999 or bukowskitavern.net.
Bukowski Tavern Cambridge
Bukowski’s other location is going to be throwing down with Anderson Valley the first night of EBF. Come hang with the Anderson Valley crew and taste some delicious and rare West Coast beers paired with chef Brian Poe’s wild game burgers. Anderson Valley beers on tap will include their Highway 128 blood orange gose, Spring Hornin IPA, Heelch O’ Hops double IPA, Boont Barl bourbon barrel-aged amber, Mendo Mellow pale ale, and Horse Tongue sour wheat.
March 20, 1280 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-497-7077 or bukowskitavern.net.
The Independent in Somerville will play host to breweries attending the Extreme Beer Fest over the weekend, with special tappings like Allagash’s Century brett saison, Lost Abbey (Carnevale), Foundation (Eddy), Smuttynose (2009 Farmhouse ale), Brooklyn’s Other Half (Brett Saison aged in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels), and more.
March 21 at 9 p.m., The Independent, 75 Union Square, Somerville; 617-440-6022 or theindo.com.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Whether you’re attending the Extreme Beer Fest or not, you should try and make your way to Tony Maws’ more casual Somerville spot for a special Sunday brunch. Maws will be serving a handful of stick-to-your-ribs (i.e., hangover-curing) dishes, along with some fun beers on tap for the occasion. If you’re lucky, you may even spot the owner of Dogfish Head…you know, the guy who was recently named the best brewer in the world (no big deal).
March 22, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 425 Washington St., Somerville; 857-259-6585 or kirklandtapandtrotter.com.
Following the success of their all West Coast tap takeover on March 18, Lord Hobo will dedicate a chunk of their draft lines to Port Brewing’s Lost Abbey line of beers.
Thursday 19, 92 Hampshire St., Cambridge; 617-250-8454 or lordhobo.com.
The Merchant is hosting the official 10 at 10: Extreme Beer Fest after-party with Chicago’s Revolution Brewing. Starting at 10 p.m., The Merchant will be pouring 10 beers from 10 brewers around the country. Everyone is invited to come meet the brewers themselves and enjoy hard-to-find drafts from the likes of Grimm Artisanal Ales (Brooklyn), Funky Buddha Brewery (Florida), The Rare Barrel (California), Surly Brewing Company (Minneapolis), Dogfish Head, and of course, Revolution.
March 20, 10 p.m., 60 Franklin St., Boston; 617-482-6060 or themerchantboston.com.
Night Shift Brewery
On Sunday, March 22, Night Shift Brewery in Everett will be hosting their Munch Brunch in collaboration with the Munch Mobile food truck. Night Shift will bring out special cellar selections including 2014 Stop, Collaborate, and Glisten and Farmer’s Duel ’14. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with Munch offering dishes like a bacon maple doughnut, buttermilk biscuits with duck sausage gravy, tortilla espanola, pork belly confit eggrolls, and smoked salmon on Better Bagels‘ everything bagels.
March 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 87 Santilli Hwy., Everett; 617-294-4233 or nightshiftbrewing.com.
Olde Magoune’s Saloon
Dark beers are the theme this year’s BeerAdvocate Extreme Beer Fest pre-throw down at Somerville’s Old Magoun’s Saloon. That means porters, stouts, and strong ales with plenty of big, bold flavors. The tentative lineup of beers includes:
March 19 at 6 p.m., 518 Medford St., Somerville; 617-776-2600 or magounssaloon.com.
The Publick House
3/19: Meet and greet with Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur. Beers include Track #10, Ron Santo Diego, Cuvee de Tomme, Deliverance 2013, and more.
3/22: Lunch with The Bruery’s Patrick Rue. Beers include Or Xata, Jardinier, Mocha Wednesday, Smokey and The Bois, and more.
3/23: Trillium’s 2nd Anniversary Party with St. Louis ribs, smoked pulled pork sandwiches, and house-made pastrami sandwiches prepared by chef Josh Harrison. An all Trillium tap list includes: Trillium Farmhouse Ale, Rubbel, A Street IPA, Congress Street IPA, Fort Point pale ale, Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point pale ale, Double Dry Hopped The Publick House IPA, Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street IPA, UPPER CASE Double IPA, PM Dawn, Day & Night, and Night & Day stout.
1648 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-277-2880 or thepublickhousebeerbar.com.
3/19: Cascade Social with special beers from the Portland, Oregon brewery including Wild #2, Manhattan and Figaro. No reservations necessary.
3/20: Against the Grain Social with brewers from the Louisville, Kentucky brewery pouring a range of unique draft offerings. No reservations necessary.
3/21: The Bruery Social with draft offerings like Oude Tart with cherries, Mélange #9, and Chocolate Rain. Once again, no reservations necessary.
3/22: Trillium’s Second Anniversary Social where bivalves and bar snacks will be provided by chef Francisco Millan. A beer list from their Fort Point neighbors has yet to be announced.
383 Congress St., Boston; 617-553-5900 or row34.com.
The Tip Tap Room
Tip Tap is hosting another post-EBF brunch on Sunday, March 22 featuring the beers of Grimm Artisanal Ales. Come meet the husband and wife duo behind this hot new nano-brewery from Brooklyn. Chef Doug Rodrigues will be creating a two-course brunch menu to pair with three Grimm beers: Barrel-Aged Double Negative, Gradient, and BFF.
$45 per person, March 22, 138 Cambridge St., Boston; 857-350-3344 or eventbrite.com.
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