Sea Dog Brew Pub
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 5
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
3.33/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The fact that it is called a "brew pub" is a bit misleading. The beers are made at Shipyard in Portland, ME, and this is essentially just a bar/restaurant that happens to feature Seadog brews.
DISCLAIMER - if you are put off by Shipyard beers or beers made with Ringwood yeast (and the resulting buttery taste, more prevalent in some of their beers than others) - stay away!
OK, now that's out of the way....
Pleasant, comfortable space, with a long bar along one side and several hi-tops scattered throughout the bar area. I have been a few times and while the bar area seems to be busy, the restaurant side is dead. 3 flat screen TV's in the bar area with the sound muted, John Mayer crap piped in for music.
Although I'm not a Shipyard fan, my curiosity got the best of me and I ordered a sampler. Simply put, many of the beers are undrinkable due to the butter flavors that persist. The stout was awful, the IPA was blah, the winter ale was just puzzling...the saving grace was the Hazelnut Porter, with which the buttery tones were muted and it actually worked...this is the only beer I can drink here. Yes, they do serve BMC product, and lots of patrons are drinking them.
The saving grace for this place is the food. Grilled wings are very tasty, and I had a fried haddock sandwich I would put up with any I've had in New England. I noticed other plates of food that looked pretty good and my buddy said his burger was fantastic.
Servers are pleasant and friendly, though not very knowledgeable about beer at all. Prices are average.
This really isn't a place I would frequent, but I would go here with friends to eat and stick with the Porter.
1/15/14 edit: They have added many more guest taps to the Shityard Lineup - Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Baxter, Oskar Blues, Sixpoint usually on. An improvement.
02-11-2011 03:20:45 | More by SunDevilBeer
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +21.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I went to Boston area and stayed at the Marriott next door. We ended up eating dinner here both nights. It had a relaxing bar atmosphere with TVs showing games. My wife had the roast chicken special and was quite impressed. I had Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale on tap and loved it. Good place that I would gladly visit again.
10-11-2013 14:15:01 | More by TtheGrey
3.89/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
My family was visiting friends up on the North Shore, and we decided to stop here for dinner on the way back to Boston. Looks like a big box when you pull up. Small outdoor patio area. Inside is nicer looking than my first impression. Nicely decorated with a good amount of tvs. Kinda sterile looking, but not bad. Service was good. The hostess was friendly and our waitress was quick. Selection of beers was split in two: one side all Sea Dog beers (10+), and the other was guest taps (Troegs Nugget Nectar, nice). We stayed with the Sea Dog beers for a change of pace. I had the Hazelnut Porter and the Brown, and my wife had the Stout. Nothing special, but tasted fresh. Food was good too, but don't expect gourmet. I had the braised short rib sandwich, and my wife had a pizza (pretty big for single serve). Prices were reasonable, like $45 before tip for a few beers and two meals. I am guessing there is not a lot of hot beer spots in Woburn. So with some huge tvs and a Mug Club (hanging above the bar), this would not be a terrible option if you lived in the area. For a visitor, it's worth it if you are driving by (close to 95), but I wouldn't make a special trip from too far away.
04-15-2013 21:54:22 | More by morebeergood
3.95/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My girlfriend and I were on our way back to PA from Boston when she saw this place from the highway and we decided to stop. It wasn't crowded, being early afternoon on a Monday, so we were seated right away. The server came over shortly after and we ordered our drinks; the stout for myself and the hazelnut porter for the gal. Both were tasty, the stout seemed to be on nitro.
For food I ordered the pulled pork sloppy joe, and my girlfriend got the mac and cheese with lobster. Both were delicious; the sloppy joe bbq sauce was described as a blueberry bbq sauce, and there was plenty of lobster claw meat in the mac and cheese.
We finished our drinks and ordered another round, this time the summer ale (girlfriend) and a stout/raspberry wheat blend (me). We were both happy with what we got. We also asked for (and received) a small taster of the XXXX IPA. We wanted to try it, but didn't want a full serving due to having a long drive back. It was very smooth; the malt and hops were up front and in your face but neither dominated. I would have loved to try a full serving. Oh well, maybe next time.
When we each individually got up to use the restroom before we left, our server folded our napkins fancily while each was away. Not a big deal, but he was very cheerful and attentive while we were there. Normally wouldn't expect service to be that great midday during the work week.
Overall, we were happy we stopped in. Not a spectacular place, and apparently they don't brew there, but the beer was good, the food was good, the service was good,and it was clean, so what more do you want?
11-17-2011 04:40:36 | More by skiofpinsk
3.03/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Beer selection limited to Sea Dog brand on tap and a couple of macro bottles. Sea Dog is brewed in Maine, no brewing on site so not really a brew pub, just another chain restaurant jumping on the band wagon. Tried the Stout which was watery and thin with creamy mouth feel. The Brew pub has been open since mid December, but the service is still working out the kinks. A long wait for a table even though the restaurant side was empty and the bar area was only half full. The menu selection is limited, with several good looking simple dishes. Tried the Grilled Tuna salad which was fantastic for the price and the signature grilled chicken sandwich which was very good. If business and service picks up this could be a good restaurant, but it doesn't work as a bar hangout.
02-13-2011 00:18:26 | More by plpdahl
Sea Dog Brew Pub in Woburn, MA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.