Must-Drink Beer Events in March
Stoddard’s Annual Evacuation Day Party
If you want to spend St. Patrick’s Day at an Irish pub with other revelers, you’re certainly covered. But if you want to commemorate Evacuation Day instead—the day that marks the end of the Siege of Boston 240 years ago, when British forces retreated from the city and General Washington’s Continental Army—Stoddard’s is the go-to pub. There are St. Patrick’s Day food specials all day, and O’Hara’s Irish Stout is among the breweries sending reps to the party, so the day is not lacking in celebration of Irish culture. But for the sixth year in a row, Stoddard’s is making craft beer the focus of its March 17 party. In addition to a few cask selections and a huge bottle list, the 20 draft lines will also feature specials from Norwood’s new Castle Island Brewing Co., Smuttynose, Ballast Point, and more.
Thursday, March 17, 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale, 48 Temple Pl., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 617-426-0048, Facebook.
Boozy Birthday Bashes at Wormtown and Night Shift
Massachusetts’ mug overfloweth with craft beer, and two heavyweights are celebrating their anniversaries this month. (Trillium is, too, but of course, it’s sold out.)
Wormtown is planning a hoppy 6th birthday party Thursday, March 17, with a stacked tap lineup including a few one-off birthday brews, vintage kegs of Tennessee Tats, and more. The cellared specials are tapped at 4 p.m., live music starts at 6 p.m., and the taproom is open ’til 10 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 72 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, wormtownbrewery.com.
Night Shift is celebrating its fourth year brewing in Everett with a full day of festivities, including food trucks, brewery tours throughout the afternoon, and a “spring cleaning” yard sale, with discounted Night Shift swag. Two special beers are the highlight: there will be a double IPA canned that day, and an apple brandy barrel-aged maple oatmeal stout.
Saturday, March 19, 12-9 p.m., 87 Santilli Highway, Everett, Facebook.
Burgers & Boilermakers at Drink
Here’s a chance to get your hands around the Barbara Lynch Gruppo’s take on the limited, worth-whatever-wait, fine dining burger. Drink, the cocktail cavern beneath the illustrious Menton, has a double flat patty doused in house-made Thousand Island on a sesame-seed bun—if you’re getting Big Mac vibes, they aren’t out of place. To complement the $15 special, the mixologists at Drink are creating an accompanying list of boilermakers—beer and shot pairings at $13 and up—on the theme of one-hit wonders. No reservations, certainly a line.
Sunday, March 20, 12-2 p.m., 348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-695-1806, drinkfortpoint.com.
Battle of the Barrels at Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
The updated diner in Davis Square has apparently been stockpiling barrel-aged beers all winter. During the first week of spring, Rosebud will tap a special keg from a visiting brewer each night, with representatives on hand to talk about the beer and answer questions. Chef John Delpha is preparing big beer-friendly smoke-braised beef short ribs with ancho chocolate mole and crumbled Stilton cheese. Guests include Mandy Connor of Jack’s Abby, Jason Hollander of Firestone Walker, Billy Morrissey of Allagash, and more. Check out the lineup below.
Monday, March 21-Saturday, March 26, visiting brewers on site nightly from 5:30-8 p.m., 381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.