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American Craft

Not Rated.
American CraftAmerican Craft
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Taps: 40
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1700 Beacon Street
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445
United States
phone: (617) 487-4290
// CLOSED //

@amcraftbar

Notes:
Mon. - Wed. 5pm-12am Thurs.- Fri. 5pm-2am Sat. 4pm-2am Sun. 4pm-12am

(Place added by: Todd on 02-25-2010)
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Reviews by womencantsail:
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

After leaving Publick House, we made the short trip to American Craft.

A very large space to work with with plenty of seating (both inside and out). The tap list was also pretty extensive, though perhaps not quite as eclectic as Publick House (but significantly less expensive).

The food was quite good, especially the chive fries. You get a very generous portion as well. I ordered the turkey-avocado sandwich.

The service was prompt, friendly, and attentive; all of which are appreciated.

Definitely a place worth visiting.

womencantsail, Oct 04, 2011
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Photo of seanwhite
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

I've been to AmCraft a LOT in the past few years since it's been open. For about two thirds of my trips here this was my original destination and the other third has usually been times when I've tried to go to Publick House only to be turned off by the hour to hour and a half wait for a table.

+The beer menu is extensive but not overwhelming. As the name suggests, you will find pretty much only American "craft" beers. The AmCraft selection is generally well balanced between IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, and imperial stouts, etc.

+The place is huge and although the waiting can be up to 45 minutes at peak times, you can usually get seated very quickly.

+This is the place to watch sports in Washington Square. There are numerous HD TVs at both the upper bar and lower bar and almost every seat has a good view of at least one of them.

seanwhite, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jslot38
4/5  rDev -6.1%

With rumors that American Craft may be switching hands I decided to head over for dinner. My parents were in town and joined me as well.

We were told there was going to be a 30 minute wait, but they got us a high top near the bar in less than 10 minutes. We were waited on by the bar tenders, who were very attentive and checked on us frequently. There are plenty of reports about shaky service, but luckily this was not the case with us.

Beer wise the tap list was smaller than I expected, but very well selected. It was great to see a strong mix of local beers with national favorites and a smattering of Belgians (Publick House influence). I had a Blatant IPA (one of the newer MA breweries to open up), a Lagunitas Fusion VII (a hard series to come by for me), and a Wachusett Larry. All the beers were reasonably priced around $6 and change.

For food we had two appetizers, the white bean dip which was nice and the fried pumpkin and sage raviolis which were outstanding. For entrees we had burgers and sandwiches all of which was good. Burger sizes were massive and I ended up taking half home. Fries were good too.

All in all this was a good experience and a place I'd go back to. Here's hoping the rumors aren't true.

jslot38, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of brianatiup
5/5  rDev +17.4%

It was once said by iron chef Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are." the server at American Craft, Matt, is the beer equivalent to this and really knows his ales. Anyone visiting the boston area must visit American craft over the public house. The selection is awesome, I was experiencing new tastes all night long. The prices are right on. The ambiance is very chill with suttle classic rock in the background. Will return to here and only here whenever I return to Boston.

brianatiup, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Keith238
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Spent a long weekend in Boston in mid November and this is the only place that we made it to on 2 nights. Two large bars bookend the dining room with booths surrounding the larger rectangle bar. Nice selection of beers and very friendly service.

Good food with plenty to choose from. Tried some beers from Pretty Things and enjoyed a huge order of frites with cheese and truffle oil. Service was great unless the beer I ordered was poured from the other bar in which case I had to wait a bit longer than expected.

Can't wait to get back to Boston.

Keith238, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

great beer bar, easily one of the best in the boston area - i'd put it right up there with the likes of publick house, sunset, deep ellum, etc. more spacious than publick house, so seating wasn't an issue even on a saturday night (party of 4). loved the selection; where as publick house leans more heavily into belgians, american craft is, well, just that. had a mephistopheles' stout (avery), and from DFH a world wide stout and a 2006 raison d'extra. my one complaint was 2 beers i ordered from the menu being tapped or out of stock (angel's share and then later with sculpin). even so, the beer menu is extensive enough that there was plenty more from which to choose.

didn't eat myself, but for what it's worth others in my party did and were impressed. our server was fine, was neither wow-ed nor displeased. although when the angel's share turned out to be tapped he offered alternative recommendations based on ABV, which i wasn't too impressed about (but forgivable). prices were what i expected, which is to say typical for the area.

perrymarcus, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

I visited American Craft with some friends after the Belgian Beer Fest. We arrived early enough in the afternoon to get a table in the bar.

The restaurant is larger than I expected, has lots of dark wood, is clean and comfortable. There's several large TV's in the bar showing a variety of sporting events. The TV volume was down and there was no music, which made conversations with friends easy.

Each table has a beverage menu with a long list of beers on tap on the cover. All of the beers are from American brewers (hence American Craft) and included several hard to find brews. The prices were reasonable for what was offered. There's also many beers available in bottles ranging from new arrivals to cellared conditioned ales. They also offer a variety of wines and spirits.

The service was very good. Our waiter was friendly and attentive to our needs. My friends and I got some burgers and sandwiches, which were descent but nothing out of the ordinary. The full dinner menu had some interesting dishes on it and were priced in the $20 - $30 range.

Overall, this is a bar you could easily spend several hours at drinking many excellent craft beers. It's conveniently located near the green line with plenty of parking across the street.

WanderingFool, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

I stopped here with several other people on a not so busy Thursday evening. We were promptly seated. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The palce is modern looking and very roomy. The selection of beer choices was excellent. Lots to choose from on tap and decent bottle selection including some nice vintage items. The food was excellent. The menu was well thought out and the food we received was prepared perfectly. The place is a bit pricey but what isn't in Brookline? I would defintely go back.

mymrnngjckt, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of xrdsci
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Been to this place several times since it re-opened, ranging from its first week to a couple more recent visits.

Have always been seated promptly and only had to wait once when I was with a large group. Even then, it was a short wait. That's always a plus, especially on nights when The Publick House is packed.

Service has been somewhat hit-or-miss. Some servers have been a little spacey and unattentive considering the lack of tables. Others have been very friendly and helpful. I have to say average service overall.

The atmosphere is nice and inviting, but nothing spectacular.

It seems like great care was put into the menu, and I've enjoyed everything that I've ordered. However, the selection feels somewhat limited and a little pricey for what it is. At first I was especially put off by the price of burgers ($11) and toppings ($1-$3 iirc), but it seems like they've lowered their prices slightly. I don't know if this is true for the rest of the menu, but those prices seem reasonable to me at the moment.

The beer list... well it's not called "American Craft" for nothing. The selection was impressive, but again a little pricey for my tastes. You'd be hard-pressed to not find something that would interest you, however their selection of more moderately-priced beers is a bit limited.

Would I go back again? Sure, but price and selection are a little disappointing, and I have several friends who aren't so keen on this place for exactly those reasons (and I see their point). If you're into the craft beer/food scene, then this place is worth the trip, but be prepared to spend a little extra.

xrdsci, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

I went here last Saturday for dinner. The place is spacious and open with a bar at both ends. The service was really friendly and the waiter knew beer. My biggest complaint was that the beer list in chalk above the bar was not up to date--was from a couple days ago and had drafts that were not available. The correct list was on the menu. The food was really good and reasonably priced. I had a crab cake sandwich, fries, and an appetizer of zucchini balls. All was tasty especially the zucchini. Drafts all were about $6. The list had several breweries and a nice mix of styles. There were only a couple of offerings that I could not readily find in bottles though. Overall this was a good beer bar. A step above the Yard House in quality, but if you are looking for an exotic beer, not quite at the level of a Red Bones or Deep Ellum. A good restaurant that I would go back to if I was in the area.

tigg924, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Final stop last night on a pretty good tour of Boston...this place wasnt even on my rader if it wasnt for someone name-dropping it while I was at Publick House.

Clean, open and spacious on the inside...there were maybe 20-25 people in there at 11:00 on a Wed. Got a seat at the bar.

Pretty good list, nothing really though that wow'ed me...a lot of craft "usuals" like Racer 5, etc etc...ended up ordering a Wachusett Larry to cure my hop craving. Wierd bottle selection though, outside of a few cool vintages (nothing too crazy though) there was a lot of high ABV 750's, at pretty big markups. Would have liked a few more conservative choices.

Service was about average, while the bartender was friendly and prompt, he did get into a spat with a few customers and from what I could discern, was completely out of line in insulting them. It got a little awkward for everyone at the bar.

Decent place. Needs to expand their selection a bit more and maybe cozy up the place.

Stigs, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

Stopped in right after they opened around 4:20 on a Sunday afternoon in mid July.

Public transit will drop you off at their doorstep. Take the green line "T" to Cleveland circle to the Tappan St. stop. It's a beautiful thing.

This was my second quality beer bar tour of Boston. This is the only heavy hitter I missed on the first round and I think it may be the one I prefer returning to.

American Craft specializes in...well, American craft beers. The only downside to this model is if you're in the mood for a sour but the good news is they will carry Belgian-style varieties from American craft brewers.

My end of the consumption list...
Avery 17 Anniversary $5.75
Ommengang Zuur $9.00
DFH 2005 d'extra $14 (12 oz bottle shared with my friend)
Weyerbacher XV $7

They had a number of vintage bottles. I couldn't pass up the '05 d'extra which I'm glad I shared. Raison and malt bomb.

We had an appetizer of fried oysters which had to be sent back in exchace for fried zuchinni balls. I never send food back but the bartender was so insistent about the nasty black guts spilling out of one of the oysters that he exchanged them no problem.

Yetiman420, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%

Visited this establishment while on a business trip to Boston.

The beer menu is absolutely outstanding. They had an amazing line-up of beer from all over country.

The decor of the bar is really cool. I like the hipster, cool, laid back furnishings they placed here.

The service was just terrible. Not that busy at all and the bartender I had was horrible. First, they only give you one copy of the beer menu which makes it tough when they have 40 taps available. I was very honest upfront that I'm not from the Northeast. I drink lots of craft but will want input on some of the beer I can't get back home. The guy basically blanked then went into this response about the purpose of the bar. Seriously?

The worst aspect was that my girlfriend asked him about 3 different beers. His response, "They are all different styles but all are good." Seriously? That's the best you got??

We asked for a dessert menu that never showed so we got the tab after one round.

I'm still giving this place great reviews because I loved their beer menu, decor, and I'm sure with a different bartender on a different night the service would match the other two items.

clarkm04, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

This review is based on a nice evening of beers on the sidewalk area outside the restaurant. I also looked around inside a bit during a trip to the bathroom.

The tap list was phenomenol, all American craft beers (hence the name), and all excellent choices. Including some obscenely good choices. As an example, while I was there they had the following on tap:
Angel's Share Bourbon
Bear Republic Racer X
Bear Republic 50
Bear Republic Ryevalry
Allagash Black Bourbon Barrel
Allagash Curieux
Cisco Dark Woods
DFH Worldwide Stout
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin Belgian
5 beers from Pretty Tree
and another 20 or so beers I can't recall

The bottle list was good too, but I'd expect most people stick to these taps.

Excellent food and decent prices. And on top of everything else a great quality beer store next door (Publick House Provisions). This is a no-brainer in the Boston area.

TurdFurgison, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I stopped in to catch game 1 of the NBA finals and also to see what beers were on tap since I had heard how good this place was since it opened. I took a seat at the bar and took at the beer list and was wowed by how many great craft beers were available on tap. The decor was cool as it gave off an Old American pub feel, combined with the lighting reminded me of the Haunted Mansion which I found to be a plus in a way. The service could have been a little friendlier but was helpful and prompt. The food selection seemed to be pretty tasty but not very large. The chicken wings I had rocked but a little helpful hint to what to pair with the dishes would be a great-added bonus. This trip was a bit pricey but to have great craft beer on tap it was well worth it.

Duhast500, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%

Stopped by here this past rainy Saturday night. Promptly seated at a nice table. Definitely like the refurbished look, very comfortable but upscale looking. When I asked the waitress for another copy of the beer menu while my wife perused it, I was informed that there was only one per table and she walked away. When she came back to take the drink order, I told her we needed a few more minutes so that I can actually read the menu. I know what would have solved that issue (a second menu). Ordered a Clipper City Siren Noire and my wife had an Avery Collaboration. My beer came, and we had to wait probably about three minutes for her beer to come. The appetizer of lamb croquettes were different but lacked a bit in flavor, too bready. My hamburger was fine, but a bit dry and couldn't taste the cheese at all. My wife's turkey burger, on the other hand, was a mess. She took a bite and spit it out. She then cut the top of the patty open and it looked like pink Play-doh. We called the waitress over, and explained that it looked really raw. She "explained" to us that they use high-end meat, and it was "supposed" to look that color. Then she walked away. Needless to say, my wife said she was not eating raw meat. I shared some of my food with her, but she was pissed, and that made me angry. The manager came, just as I was finished my burger. He said that he asked the chef, and the chef agreed it was not cooked correctly. He was nice (for a change) and asked if she would like another sandwich or an app. We said no, just remove it from the bill. I would have given service a MUCH lower rating if this gentleman had not come over to try to smooth things over. As we walked out, I suggested that we just sit at the bar and just relax. There certainly is a great beer selection here, there is no doubting that. I had a draft Ipswich Whipple House and my wife had a draft Kona Pipeline Porter. Unfortunately, due to the poor food and the questionable service, I don't see us making a mutual decision to return to American Craft.

morebeergood, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

I went here last night for dinner and beers, and overall I'd say it's a good change from the Roadhouse. I really liked the Roadhouse--the food was great, the prices were decent, the beer selection focusing mostly on American (and many New England) crafts was excellent and varied, and the atmosphere was very nice. I was sad to see that it was closing, but not shocked as it had seemed to be struggling for some time. I'm glad to see it reincarnated in another excellent beer bar, albeit one in which the beer prices may have gone up 50c or so across the board.

I went with my dad, who was in town for work and who had really enjoyed the Roadhouse when I took him there last year. We both ordered turkey burgers with goat cheese and herb mayo. When the server brought the food out, there had been a misunderstanding and only one burger showed up. Three people, including our server, came to apologize, which wasn't a big deal especially since the place just opened, but they handled it very nicely. The second burger came out a little while later and was on the house. I'm always happy to wait for a free burger. (The same thing actually happened when I got a burger with my dad at the CBC this summer). The burgers and accompanying fries were excellent. A little pricey, but not outrageous. The mayo was overpowered by the spicy turkey burger and goat cheese, so in retrospect I'd do without it.

The service was really good though, with an attentive and knowledgeable waiter. His advice on the beer selection was excellent, and he was happy to bring samples to the table, which I always appreciate.

The selection and quality of the serving was excellent, as is the case at the Publick House and was the case at the Roadhouse. I was glad to see that, as the new name implies, the focus of the beers hadn't changed. I think I may have liked the interior a bit better in its old form, but the changes are so minor I barely noticed. I also preferred the old name, and I'll definitely miss the wood-grilled salmon, but the changes are good and work well. I'm glad to see this place on a new track, that will hopefully work out better for the owners and keep serving us great beers for some time.

FrankLloydMike, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of cbeer88
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

I went there on Saturday night - it was opening weekend and thus there were a few wrinkles that need ironing, but otherwise the place is at least as good as Roadhouse.

Atmosphere is great - nice dim lighting, relaxing, plenty of space. Decorations are muted - polar opposite of the breweriana and younger crowd clogging up the Publick House on a Saturday night.

Beer list is exceptional - I had Lost Abbey Angel's Share, Oak Aged Yeti, and Allagash Interlude throughout a very slow paced dinner. Decisions were difficult as there were plenty more beers I would have loved to have tried. Bottle list is small but carefully selected.

Service gets a slight ding - hopefully just a casualty of opening weekend. We sat at the bar and the bartenders were seemingly slammed the entire time despite the place being busy but not quite packed. Had to ask for water 3 times at one point, which is my major arbiter of "are you paying attention to me?". One thing I noticed is the bartenders were running back and forth between bars for their own beers. I seem to remember roadhouse having waitresses do that.

The food was decent but forgettable. Split fried oyster and lamb croquettes appetizers. Neither was bad but neither was knock my socks off great. I thought the portions were a bit small for the price. I later got an open faced turkey sandwich for a meal. It was cold and had clearly been sitting on the counter for a while. Fortunately I kind of like it on the cold side so that didn't bother me too much, but most others would have sent it back. Wife's meal was plenty hot. Fries were good.

Prices seem a bit higher than Roadhouse, but I still find the beer plenty reasonable. Most crafts were $5.75-$6.25 range for a pour size respective of the ABV. Very reasonable. Food was a bit pricey - I already pointed out the apps and a bacon cheeseburger, for example, would have run you I think $16. (You pay by the topping)

Overall I liked American Craft a lot and I will surely go back. For opening weekend I think it was at least equal to what the Roadhouse used to be, and there is surely still plenty of room for improvement.

cbeer88, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

This is going to be a tremendous place, but like any restaurant/bar, week one is always tough. We ran into a few easily correctable issues - and I thoroughly look forward to re-reviewing this place.

Great feel to this place - engaging as a place to grab a beer, but also somewhere a family can go. Lighting is perfect, walls are clear with big black boards listing the beer list and food specials. Not too loud, not too quiet - this is a cool place to hang. Nice mix of high-tops, bars and tables.

Quality is the toughest part of a new restaurant, and I'll try to give them the benefit of the doubt. We twice received dirty glassware and the bathroom was a bit of a mess. They just need to tighten the loose ends.

Service was attentive and knowledgeable, but two aspects of our order were not entered correctly - this is also correctable. The waiter was apologetic and did his best to correct - but nothing was "comped", which mistakes of this caliber were typically require.

The beer selection is excellent - and the american craft theme is unique and effective. Really made for fun menu reading, and difficult choices. I had a Pretty Things Baby Tree and Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence.

I love this menu and my biggest disappointment was not getting to try more. The burger was well cooked, and the choice of toppings was a cool touch. My appetizer never arrived - but if it had I'm sure I would have loved the duck hash. The one downside - all the sandwiches had too much bread. Great quality bread, but just too much, particularly the steak dip. My friends really thought the side salads were excellent, and only one didn't love their meal.

I can't wait to re-review this place, but I do suggest letting them get the kinks out a bit.

Jesstyr, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jfunkk79
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Went for opening night and all I can say is YES!!!

The new decor and vibe is pretty great. Warm and cozy, not too bright. The top bar has been built out with shelving that adds a nice touch. Tables look like they were redone as well and look nice.

Draft selection is pretty solid. A couple Pretty Things offerings, a nice selection of west coast stuff (Bruery Mischief, mmm) and a really great bottle list focusing on harder to find beers. The few I can remember: Black Ops, Sculpin, Old Raspy XII, Bruery Saison Rue.

The food was excellent. For an appetizer we had the fried mozzarella and chive fries which were both awesome. The fondue sauce with the fries was damn good.

I had the steak sandwich which was decent, needed a little seasoning but good overall. Everyone else at my table had the grilled cheese and said it was excellent. Nice thick slices of bread. Everything was superbly cooked.

Kudos to the staff's hard work on bringing this much welcome change. With American Craft the food and atmosphere will be as much of a draw as the beer.

I wholeheartedly recommend American Craft. A+

jfunkk79, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Todd
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Went to the American Craft opening night on Feb 24.

Initial impression: Awesome.

The new decor smacks of something a bit old-school with warm colors, Victorian-esque wallpaper, dark woods, and chandeliers that dimly light the place. Music was a mix of jazz and low key, low volume tunes which really helped to set the overall mood; relaxed and comfortable. Staff were all uniforms; jeans and short-sleaved button-down collared shirts; nice touch and fits the old-school theme. And I enjoyed the fact that they turned off many of the big TVs too; something I hope they do on a regular basis. No brewerania too.

Ponied-up to the front bar (which was totally rebuilt in a way that opens the entire front up) and ordered a Green Flash West Coast IPA to get the palate going, followed by Mischief from The Bruery paired w/ Fried Cornmeal Crusted Local Oysters on a tarragon-caper remoulade ($11). Spot on. Absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection; crispy outside, juicy inside.

Had an Allagash Anniversary aged in oak for 4 years. Kick-ass.

Gazed at the big chalkboard (there's chalkboards throughout the place) which listed all of the available beers and prices, plus the daily blue plate specials. Noticed the beer prices might have gone up a bit across the board (?), but opening a new place isn't cheap. High-quality pours and a lot of beers that aren't readily available on-tap = not bothered paying some extra coins here or there.

Next up, we moved to a high-top in the bar area. Ordered a Lagunitas Czech Pils w/ medium-rare custom burger that sat on a sturdy challah roll; never broke apart. Base burger was $11, then I added baby spinach ($2), cheddar ($1), fried egg ($2), and thick-cut applewood smoked bacon ($3). Burger could have been a bit more pink, but overall an absurdly great eat. Fries were well-down, crispy, with a sweet moist center.

Someone ordered a $40 burger while we were there. Must try that sometime!

Finished w/ an Allagash Black aged in bourbon barrels, and then The Lost Abbey Angel Share. Tons of great beers on-tap.

Service was very attentive at the bar and initially at the high-top, but over the course of our stay at the high-top we did notice things got a bit slow, but not too bad and our server did an excellent job otherwise.

A welcome addition to the beer & food scene, and I'll definitely be going back to checkout more of the beer & food.

Todd, Feb 25, 2010
American Craft in Brookline, MA
92 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.