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Boston Beer Works - Fenway

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Boston Beer Works - FenwayBoston Beer Works - Fenway
BEER AVG
3.63/5
Based on:
146 Beers
1,864 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 182
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

61 Brookline Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
United States
phone: (617) 536-BEER

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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 124
Reviews by sinstaineddemon:
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

i cant speak as to the food, just stopped by for a beer on a hot day, and didnt go further thatn the front room bar area, but what a nice place. the server behind the bar was helpful and more knowledgeable than was expected and came back to see how the beer was, as i mentioned i have never had it.

they had several beers on tap, from several styles from a hopless beer that i treid to oatmeal stouts, porters and IPA's as well as a few guest taps. nothing amazingly exotic, but the spectrum of styles was wel represented. plus a couple pints was only $9!

the place itself was clean and welcoming, and most importantly right across from fenway

More User Reviews:
Photo of AdamTebbs
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Great place to grab beers before a sox game. Gets very crowded and hard to get beer but great selection.

Photo of dabarton
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

The food is pretty good, the beer is decent. They brew a fairly large variety of beer, but none of it is very exciting.

Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

I’ve only been here during Redsox games, but they do a terrific job of moving people through without you feeling rushed. Decent beers, pub type food. The food is all quite good. We have always had a good meal here. Recently my wife was disappointed that they took her favorite sandwich (Green Monstah) off the menu. They told her no problem, they will still make it for her.

Photo of ALC82
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was one stop on our Boston tour, the food was ok and the beer was great. We were there during the '13 World Series and this place was still not extremely busy (not sure what that says about them) The beer selection was above average to great. I tried 4 selections mostly from their Fall line-up. The Oktoberfest was very good (on the east coast they rim the glass w/ sugar/cinnamon) There was also a blueberry beer that I found to be very good. Service was a bit slow for them not being busy but other then that, I think the place was worth the stop if just for the large selection.

Photo of Tainha
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

They have a fast service and polite service, but lack information about the beers. And this, in one brewpub is something must not be happened.

The beers are good. I try the sampler and discovery some very nice one, like a one farmhouse very refreshing.

Anyaway, is the best place to stay before a Red Sox game for sure!

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited for a quick bite before our tour of Fenway. Very large space with a smaller bar and a few tables to the left upon entering. Large bar, lots of booths, and a bunch of TVs in the main area. Service was good, but we were one of only four or five tables occupied at the time. Beer was average, food just a bit better. Kind of what I expected when I entered a sports bar/brew pub. I can only imagine the crowd during a home game. Better spots in Boston, but it is in a convenient location.

Photo of VaTarheel
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went there for my birthday to see the Sox play. Great place to sit and have a few beers. The bartenders were very pleasant and they knew their stuff. They had about 20 beers on tap. I tried the flight of 4 beers which was nice, along with a pint or 2 of my favorites from the samples he gave us. My only complaint about the place was the lack of TV's at the bar in the back. There were some in the dining room, but it would've been nice to have them in front of you. If and when I ever get back to Boston, I will be sure to come back.

Photo of wingman14
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Had a few beers here before going to a Red Sox game. The place was loud and crowded as expected, the beers were decent, they had plenty of TVs to watch plenty of sports. I didn't try any of the food, the staff knew their beer, but since it was so busy were just trying to keep up with the ordering. Overall a cool place to catch a game and grab a microbrew. The beers weren't anything special, but better than your standard macro. Worth checking out if you are in the area, or want a better beer before catching a game.

Photo of BostonHops
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

beers were solid, nothing that blew me out of the water, but i enjoyed sampling some stuff outside my regular lineup. they have seasonals in addition to their beer menu staples, so, while not a prolific selection, the assortment was enough to find something to suffice. food was decent bar fare; went with a "charlestown burger", which came w bacon and cheddar. no complaints there. service was ok considering we were there before a sox game. would recommend if you're in the area and looking for some grub and a decent brew, but no need to go out of your way for it.

original review on: 06-25-2010

Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here before a concert at a nearby location. Nice, very clean, industrial feeling area. Small bar to the right when you walk in, larger bar farther back. Brewing equipment on the right. Had the Back Bay IPA, the Boston Red, and the Oktoberfest. The beer tasted super fresh, and was quite good. Tried the loaded potato spring rolls, and the South End burger, which had bacon and smoked gouda. Both were very good. Service was fast and quite helpful, although the place wasn't very full. Prices were quite reasonable I thought. Good food, good beer, and good service. Definitely worth a shot if you're in the neighborhood.

Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Came in here the day after the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention (and then again two days later).

Pretty damn convenient location: right across the street from Fenway Park. The inside is surprisingly nice and modern, and rather large. A smaller bar area right inside the door with the main bar more toward the back.

The staff was fairly friendly (didn't get any Masshole attitude). They also humored my unflappable desire to try every single beer they had on-tap (15 the first time I went).

Quality of the beers ranged from good to below average, though nothing was quite in the White Birch range.

The prices were pretty reasonable, especially for Boston.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Was here for the Sox game so it was very crowded and very sports bat-ish, so if that's a turnoff for you then don't go during a game. As crowded and noisy as the place was, the service was fast, informative and very helpful. I wasn't disappointed w/ the place but not a real high grade b/c, simply, the beer and food are good, not great. Got some apps- wings, pizza, sweet potato fry basket...basically other than the fry basket everything was OK, that's it. Same w/ the beers which disappointed me a little - some of the beers I had were real good, most "menhh" and one was rather bad. In other words I didn't have a bad experience at all but next time I'm up for a game or in the area I will be content going somewhere else.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

You can catch this place packed or completely empty. Either way is perfectly fine. I have been here on game day and had a great time drinking awesome beer with a bunch of friends and slamming down heaping plates of loaded nachos. I have also been here on an off night and sat down for a meal and a couple of beers. Either occasion I'm satisfied with tentative wait staff and quick food/beer serve times. Beer and food are fairly priced and there is constantly something different for you to try. I love coming here with people just getting into craft beer because they can experience a bunch of different styles. The brewers here make some pretty true to style beer. Consistent quality on tap.

Photo of businesstime
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

It was pretty packed this night, since there was a rain delay at Fenway park, right across the street. There was one beer on tap, their cask-conditioned armarillo dry-hopped pale ale. AWESOME beer, reminded me of a finely crafted homebrew!

The rest of the selection was depleted. Half of the beers on their list were unavailable, including their IPA. Who runs out of their IPA??

Food was pretty good and not too expensive. As with just about every place in Boston, the nacho plates are ridiculously large and enough for 3-4 people.

Photo of jgasparine
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere- We visited this location at a slow time- 5:00pm on a Wednesday- so it was pretty empty. Not that this was a bad thing. It allowed us to take-in the decor, converse with the bartendress and more thoroughly enjoy our beers. Overall, the place was enjoyable from the standpoint of atmosphere.

Quality- High quality everywhere. Clean facilities, nice marketing materials, good beer, etc.

Service- Our bartendress was reasonably familiar with her product, which was good. We had great service, but that is easy to deliver when the place is empty.

Selection- They had their blueberry ale on tap, which is something my wife was looking for. They also had a range of other house beers, including one beer on cask. Everything we tasted ranged from "decent" to "very good".

Overall, this is a place we would go back to when back up in Boston.

Photo of sjverla
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Every damn time I've been to this place, they're always out of a good chunk of the beers that they've got hanging on the menu. That, and I've never been thrilled with their beer. The food's ok, service has never been a problem, and the prices are pretty solid. However, given the desire for combining bar food and good beer, I never name this place first.

It is, however, and excellent gateway for neophytes and budding beer-enthusiasts, provided you can actually get a glass of what you're after.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I hadn't been in here since a friend's birthday about five years ago, but stopped in before a concert nearby Friday night. Having been recently impressed by the beer at the Hingham Beer Works, I was eager to check out the Fenway location while it wasn't overrun during Red Sox games.

The vibe reminded me just a bit of the Capitol Hill location of Elysian in Seattle, with its big, open, industrial space. I was happy that there were actually relatively few TVs and the brewhouse was featured prominently. I had really enjoyed the beer in Hingham, but the vibe left a lot to be desired. That was not the case here. Like John Harvard's in Cambridge, though, the atmosphere can range from very pleasant to overcrowded and rowdy depending on the crowd and outside events. Friday night, though, it was extremely comfortable and enjoyable, and the ample floor space--replete with shelves around columns for placing drinks--between the bar and booths leads me to believe that this place can handle a good sized crowd pretty well.

The quality of the beers was not quite as strong as in Hingham, though that may have owed more to my choices, and none of the beers disappointed. The Steinbier, red Beglian IPA, and especially the brown ale on cask, which had a wonderfully dank nose, were standouts. There was a good selection, maybe 12-15 on tap and cask, ranging many styles.

We just had an order of sweet potato fries, which were good but not great. Service was excellent, friendly and attentive with samples being readily offered, and the prices were all reasonable.

I wouldn't go far out of my way to visit here, especially during baseball season, but I'll definitely stop by sometime when I'm in the area. I went to school just up the road, and while I have no regrets about the hours spent in the Squealing Pig, I probably should have stopped in at the Beer Works from time to time.

Photo of IHC
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a great place to go if you're in the fenway area! This is a working brewery and the beer served on site is the beer made on site and thats it! no bud ligt folks sorry! lol Any ways that also means no other craft beer either, However they do cater to all and there's a beer for almost anyone. I like they're blueberry ale its one of the better blueberry's in this area. Beware! This place is a mob scene before every redsox game. This place like every other place around fenway is jam packed with people during the games so if your not a fan of people standing all around you when you eat then this might not be the place for you.

If you go here any other time though it operates like a normal restraunt so you wont have to worry to much.

Food is good and typical selection prevails the menu, burgers fries, chicken and a variety of other foods you'd expect at a place like this.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fenway was one of our stops last Monday, and thankfully there wasn't a game, because I knew we couldn't get tickets, and I knew the area around the stadium would be insanely packed.

My wife and I went here for lunch to grab a brew and some food. I got a turkey club with fries, and everything was solid. She got a chicken sandwich that she liked. Prices seemed reasonable for the quality and the area.

This is one of those all around "good" places. A ton of room, which is good for a few people or a whole family, and I think that's what makes these places do so well. And it was also insanely clean all around. A good selection was on tap for folks too, though most of it's your lighter versions of brews. That said, at a place like this, that's what's going to sell. They did have a cask porter on tap, and I was told that a Belgian IPA was carbonating and should be done soon.

There are a few of these, and if I were to come back to Fenway, I'd go here again.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

beers were good, nothing that blew me out of the water, but i enjoyed sampling some stuff outside my regular lineup. some seasonals in addition to their beer menu staples, so there was a pretty decent assortment from which to choose. food was decent bar fare; went with a "charlestown burger", which came w bacon and cheddar. no complaints there. service was ok considering we were there before a sox game. would reccommend if you're in the area and looking for some grub and a brew, but no need to go out of your way for it.

Photo of Marty
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Beers were okay. They tasted under-carbonated, and I wonder if that's done deliberately because - on a Fenway game day - the place is packed and the bartenders know they're going to be pouring straight into glasses, instead of down the sides. Despite massive crowds, I managed to get a couple beers in less time than it sometimes takes at smaller bars. The place is well staffed.

I tried an IPA, which was good but simple; good bitterness, but lacking in the aroma/finishing hops department. If you go, I'd recommend trying a beer that's not dependent on high levels of hoppiness - maybe a wheat? - and see how it fares.

The place is definitely worth a stop, if only to experience the insane crowds of Sox fans.

Photo of dustinjkline
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Came to town on 4/23/10 for a Sox game. Stopped in to the Beer Works Fenway for some food and a couple beers. The prices are very good for that area. I had Muddy River Porter that was delicious, and a Back Bay IPA that was also very good. Waiter was very good. I ordered the wrong burger, and he had no problem switching it up for me after he brought it out to me. Food was very tasty. Beer was fresh and delicious.My friend that was with me got a chicken sandwich that he said was very good. He had a couple of the Bambino ales. My favorite stop before a Sox game.

Photo of Deingeist
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went with a couple of friends on a weeknight cause we were looking for some quick food nearby, no games thankfully, the place was nearly dead save for a few tables of former teeny-boppers.

The atmosphere is sorta what you'd expect from an establishment across the street from Fenway. It's large enough to accommodate some big numbers, but I'm sure it still gets packed on game days. Fakey industrial/studio decor, very clean (which was nice), a bit theme-ish but it was ok.

It was a tad bit slow especially for a quiet night, but the waiter was understanding and good about special requests (one of the pals is a bit of an oddball and can be awkward). He checked back often enough without being overbearing.

They've got a good number of beers on tap and I have had several previously, all were decent, some in the past such as the "watermelon beer" (very light pils i think, with a wedge of watermelon in) were a bit of a stretch. However the pumpkin ale, blueberry, and black bat stout were all good. This night I had the Hercules Strong Ale. Served in a tulip glass this beer had a cloudy dark yellow/caramel color with an average head that left a lot of lacing. Tasted of vanilla and caramel with some citrus to balance out the sweetness. One of the better barley wines I have had, it was enjoyable.

The food is mostly average pub stuff, burgers are good but not amazing, however they seem to offer some interesting dinners (friends got the pork chops, and ragin' cajun) and apparently they also tasted good.

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been coming here for years but have never reviewed it.

This location is literally across from Fenway Park. When you first walk in, there is an area of tables to the left. Up the ramp the room then splits - a full out bar behind a partition and then seating on the left. I like the atmosphere - exposed brick, walls with bottles and growlers line the walls.
Service has been hit or miss, but this last time around our waitress was fantastic. She was attentive and stopped by enough, but not too much. She was quite knowledgeable about the beers, as well as the food.
Selection of beer and food is damn good. We got the Mako Shark Skewers - which was the first time that I had ever gotten them and hot DAMN they were fantastic. I got the South End burger, which was bacon and smoked gouda, and my friend got the Surf and Turf Sliders. Both were outstanding - and HUGE portions. Beer menu is solid. They have the Bunkerhill Blueberry, which still holds a soft spot with me, Kenmore Kolsch, Splendid Spliter Ale, Back Bay IPA, Beantown Nut Brown, Boston Common, Buck Eye Oatmeal Stout, and a couple of others. They are having an April special of APA's and Wheats right now.

I enjoy Beer Works, I may avoid it on game day, as the crowd gets rowdy, but overall it's a decent stop with some great food and solid beers.

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Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA
87 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.