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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal StreetBoston Beer Works - Canal Street
Based on:
127 Beers
1,764 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Taps: 16
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

112 Canal St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02114
United States
phone: (617) 896-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beer_works

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Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

After the BA warmup lunch at the Tap (before the 1st BBF), we quickly discovered that the Boston early winter wind was cold for a bunch of southerners. :)

Fortunately, just a half block beyond the T station is the Canal St location of the Beer Works chain. Slightly smaller than the Fenway location that I'm used to, but it follows the same diamond plate industrial design as the other locations.

Also similiar is the enormous number of house beers on tap. (One of the first lessons in brewpub disappointment was learning that not every place in universe brews that many house beers.)

Overall a vlean joint with the Beer Works theme, a wide selection of beers to keep you satisfied if not super thrilled.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mr-jj
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Big place with lots of seating. Food was standard brew pub fare and of good quality. Beer selection was okay - lots of styles should cover most peoples tastes.

Photo of tikk
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Boston71
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kevintaraross
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of vonnerbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Nickcal
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Ant4711
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of lwbyrne
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bakerbill
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Bob6518
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of cellardwellersbrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of WreckingBrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Plissken
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zachgroves
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is my happy place. Proximity to the Garden and the subway is definitely a plus, but it's got a lot more going for it than that. No matter what your beer preference is it's got something for you. This is a great place to take your hophead buddies, but it's also a place to take your uncultured friends who drink yellow fizzy piss water and enlighten them with good entry level beers. Some of the best beer in Boston (and therefore America) is served here. If you're lucky enough to be here when they're serving the Chocolate Strawberry Stout, get it and it might change your life.

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Large cavernous room with a long curving bar. I'm here on St. Patrick's Day. I arrived at the right time, just after a Bruins game started at the Garden (less than a block away).

So, it is a bustling location today, but I did get a seat at the bar. To give you an idea I've seen four kegs kicked in the last thirty minutes. Because of the size, it is noisy.

Basically, this is your typical brew pub on a game day. If you like that atmosphere, come on a game day for the Celtics or Bruins.

I didn't get a chance to try the food, but the location at the Fens has a typical brew pub fair. The beer selection is extensive and overall fairly decent.

Photo of bszern
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Atmosphere is ok. Tables are all over the place, and any person who gets stuck sitting by the garage doors in the winter will regret going there.

Food and beer quality were ok. I wasn't really blown away by anything. Standard pub fare on the first page of the menu, and up-scale dishes on the second (the prices pretty much double).

Service sucked (went on a Saturday around 8 PM). I was surprised, considering how empty the place was (now I know why). Sat at a table for 15 minutes without anyone coming over to take a drink order before I finally went to the bar.

Pretty big selection of beers, not mind blowing. If you like Pale Ales, you are in for a treat!

Food was ok. They forgot the bacon on my cheeseburger, and the desert pizza was made without all the ingredients.

The only reason I would come back here would be for a beer or two before a Bruins/Celtics game.

Photo of seanwhite
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

Come for the beer, but you won't be blown away, avoid the food.

They have a wide selection of beer and one cask at all times, but they are more mainstream beers (nothing wrong with this), and nothing really pushes the envelope.

I joke that it is a gateway drug for mainstream beer drinkers to get turned onto craft beer.

You will see hundreds of beers go by with floating blueberries headed to college chicks, but just lit it slide. The back bay IPA is not bad, and can help you overcome the dry food.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by after visiting our niece who is in college in Boston. Great looking place from the outside, as well as when you walk in. Prime location, too, being walking distance to North Station/The Garden. The place is pretty spacious, with a ton of room and a ton of seating. It was pretty empty for a Sunday afternoon...I can imagine it packs in depending on the day. They have quite a list of brews available on-tap, and have quite a few available in 6-packs to go. They also have a group of 3 or 4 "seasonal" brews that rotate each month along with a themed portion of their menu. Very cool. The food was very decent, and the prices were not bad at all, especially when compared to most establishments in downtown Boston. Our waitress was helpful, and very prompt. All in all, a very decent place to hang out with a group and watch a game while drinking some decent beers.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

After a day on the Freedom Trail, we headed to Boston Beer Works for a beer break before walking over the bridge to Bunker Hill. Tried only a couple of beers since we had had some of the in common brews the day before at Salem Beer Works. All were adequate brews with the India Pale Porter that stand out beer on Canal Street. Similar to Salem, each place had ok beer with a single beer that was just a bit better than the rest. Nachos were too big and ok as well. Nice break, but a bit pricey. Best feature was that for some reason there was a very cooling breeze down the street that made the patio very nice, in spite of it being fairly warm walking in other parts of the city that day. So, great patio dining if that's something you enjoy.

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street in Boston, MA
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.