The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 275 | Reviews: 251 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by wedge:
4.66/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was my first trip to the Publick House in Brookline - decided to go with tastybeer to meet some fellow beer lovers (including ILiveOffHops below). I had tried to find this place before but failed miserably and gave up. This time was much easier after using a different direction finder (mapquest rather than google). Suprising amount of parking for a Saturday night in August.
Rather packed for such a late hour but friends already had control of a table. The beer menu was well organized and impressive. After sampling a few of the friend's selections I made my own. Very impressed by the presentation - all beers served in their appropriate glasses and all seemed to be quite fresh. A definate sense of care taken by the staff. Trappist ales, belgians, IPAs, double IPAs, lambics, etc. Most in the bottle with a modest yet impressive tap lineup (including Arrogant Bastard, Hercules, Hennepin, Smuttynose Wheatwine).
Prices were a bit high but well worth it for the quality and care. Nice atmosphere, not rediculously crowded, pretty good music - fitting for the dark setting. Excellent place to sample some rare brews.
I will definately return, this place met my expectations. They claim to have a growing and changing Imperial stout lineup depending on the season so I'll have to check that out. I'll have to stop by earlier as well to sample the food.
A superior beer bar for sure and worth the hour drive.
08-24-2005 01:48:58 | More by wedge
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2.64/5 rDev -40.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
So my friends and I stopped here after a bar-jumping experience last weekend in Boston. Let's set the stage... All three of us are experienced beercationers who travel and pursue beer to the extreme. 2 from Baltimore and me from Mpls, so you know we know good beer and service.
This place did not have good service. I noticed the Heady Topper sign out front, bolted into the wall. So, you can imagine my surprise when I was met with denial when I asked for one. When mentioned the sign, the waitress told me they have a Guinness sign too, but didn't carry that beer. The problem was, she was so condiscending and rude that it put me off. We ordered 2 beers from the beer menu, and the waitress looked at the chalkboard and said they didn't have it. But when I pointed out that it was on the actual menu, she backtracked and attempted to spin it that either the menu or the chalkboard was wrong.
Problem is, I am the customer and how am I to know which one was correct. I have experienced rudeness at Chicago's Map Room, to the point I will never, ever go back to this pretentious and elitiest bar and The Publick House is absolutely no difference.
Boston has enough great beer bars, this one, along with it's shitty service, can easily be forgotten.
03-27-2014 02:59:16 | More by stbroome
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.