Step Up Your Bar Crawl
THE EMPIRE BUILDER
This Cambridge linchpin, with more than a dozen New England brews on tap, tons of stellar imports, and made-from-scratch corn dogs, is getting in the beer-making biz, too. Owner Daniel Lanigan will soon open a 46,000-square-foot brewing space in Woburn with a tasting room and a signature IPA, dubbed Boom Sauce.
Drink this: Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Coffee Framinghammer; Night Shift Mainer Weisse.
92 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-250-8454, lordhobo.com.
THE GOLDEN STANDARD
The Publick House
Before great beer could be had all over town, the Publick House had our back with what has to be the largest list of Belgian brews in the city, tons of local gems from the likes of Allagash, and some of the best mac ’n’ cheese and moules frites around.
Drink this: Pretty Things Baby Tree; Two Roads Igor’s Dream.
1648 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-2880, thepublickhousebeerbar.com.
A collaboration between Publick House alum Michael Cooney and Sorriso’s John Paine, this Charlestown spot combines wood-oven-fired pizzas, elegant small plates, and a mile-long list of brews that mixes local cult favorites with Belgian and German rarities.
Drink this: Allagash Curieux; OEC Brewing Solaris American Wild Ale.
7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com.
At this seafood haven, beer director Meghan Parker Gray has assembled a beer list—with hyperlocal brews like the hard-to-come-by Trillium, and unusual sours from Italy and Belgium—that’s as strong a draw as the bivalves shucked at the pristine raw bar.
Drink this: Jack’s Abby Bride Maker; Allagash Odyssey.
383 Congress St., Boston, 617-553-5900, row34.com.
THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY HANG
This is the unusual spot where the food is kid-friendly (cones of frites with a slew of dipping sauces; dense, buttery waffles topped with house-made Nutella or berry purée; sandwiches stuffed with crispy chicken and slaw) and the beverages are suited perfectly for discerning adults.
Drink this: Rotating draft pours from Idle Hands and Enlightenment Ales.
33 Union St., Boston, 617-248-8835, eatfrites.com.