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New Brookline Beer Bar - Hops n' Scotch?

Discussion in 'New England' started by Prufrock, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. braineater

    braineater Savant (290) Massachusetts Dec 24, 2005 Verified

    You should use the other side of Beacon Street. Less hills.
  2. Blanco

    Blanco Advocate (545) Pennsylvania Oct 11, 2008 Verified

    Did the clubhouse close? It's not the Publick House but it had a very respectable craft selection when I went there.
  3. Blanco

    Blanco Advocate (545) Pennsylvania Oct 11, 2008 Verified

    I'm a lazy shit so I took the T. Didn't really see 5 stops as too far.
  4. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Savant (350) Oregon Jun 3, 2005

    A lot of taps, but disagree on respectable selection and the pours are awful. Suspect dirty tap lines.
  5. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Savant (350) Oregon Jun 3, 2005

    But expensive. A few years ago used to be free outbound.
  6. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (710) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Verified

    I agree Boca is so much better than Anna's. Love the burrito wars. BTW, around the corner there is an Israeli restaurant that is phenomenal. Basically Coolidge Corner is fantastic.
  7. Blanco

    Blanco Advocate (545) Pennsylvania Oct 11, 2008 Verified

    fair enough. it's been 3 years since we lived there, but we would basically go to PH if we didn't mind the T or walk to the Clubhouse if we just wanted to go somewhere 2 mins away.
  8. Auror

    Auror Advocate (695) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2010 Verified

    Any word on the opening of this?
  9. jomobono

    jomobono Savant (435) Massachusetts Mar 12, 2012 Verified

    They are hoping the week of July 15th.
  10. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Advocate (650) Massachusetts Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    I would say Kendall/Inman Square is in the lap of luxury. Lord Hobo and CBC are a 5 minute walk from one another, and then Meadhall is also in Kendall Square. Not to mention Atwood's is walkable from any of these bars. If you live in Central/Kendall/Inman you're in the beer mecca of the Boston area.
    BleepBloopBlap likes this.
  11. jomobono

    jomobono Savant (435) Massachusetts Mar 12, 2012 Verified

    From Thrillist:

    Pouring over 30 drafts, the impressive 80-plus beer repertoire runs the gamut from Boulevard Tank 7, Port Wipeout, and Stone Arrogant Bastard, to 21st Bitter American, Victory Golden Monkey, and Wells Banana Bread.

    Soft open next Wednesday.
  12. For the financial district, try jm Curleys. Short draft menu, more on the bottle side, but good selection and good atmosphere. http://www.jmcurleyboston.com/Drink.html

    Also there's a new one I haven't tried, I think it's called Back Deck? Their site doesn't have a beer list but I thought I remember hearing it has a decent craft list.
  13. jomobono

    jomobono Savant (435) Massachusetts Mar 12, 2012 Verified

  14. Sesmu

    Sesmu Savant (360) Massachusetts Feb 28, 2007 Verified

  15. jaasen64

    jaasen64 Advocate (505) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2012 Verified

  16. DrewShal9

    DrewShal9 Savant (320) Massachusetts May 18, 2011 Verified

    Walking towards PH at summit avenue/winchester street, you can stop by and say hi to me at Baystate Food and Spirits! Small store but building the craft beer selection for the past 3 months. Reasonable prices too!
  17. Hops and Scotch sounds good, i'm excited to go one time and see what beers they have. One good bar in Boston that has a decent craft selection is the Kinsale. I'd say they're one of the best that's closest to the downtown area.
  18. I second that. Tried out the Kinsale, surprisingly for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised. Any place with Maine Beer Co. on tap is a plus.
  19. DrewShal9

    DrewShal9 Savant (320) Massachusetts May 18, 2011 Verified

    I third this. Patrick, the bar manager, pushes hard for good beer and has a great cocktails list as well. Definitely check his bar out too!
  20. jomobono

    jomobono Savant (435) Massachusetts Mar 12, 2012 Verified

    The draft menu:
    Dogfish Head 60 Min
    Port Wipeout
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet
    Mayflower IPA
    Harpoon IPA

    Stella Artois
    Brooklyn Lager
    Chimay Draught
    Victory Golden Monkey

    Left Hand Milk Stout

    Stone Arrogant Bastard
    21st Bitter American
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Cisco Whales Tale
    Clown Shoes Clementine
    Leffe Blonde
    Magic Hat #9
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Long Trail Double Bag
    Pretty Things Jack D’Or
    Lexington KY Bourbon
    Harpoon Seasonal
    Berkshire Steel Rail
    Mayflower Seasonal

    Peak Organic Seasonal
    Sam Adams Summer
    Weihenstephaner Hefe
    Blue Moon
    Allagash White
    Harpoon UFO White

    Other Hops
    Angry Orchard Cider
    Backlash Super Saison
    Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    Shipyard Pumpkin Ale

    Specialty 12oz Draft $10
    Delirium Tremens
    St. Bernardus Abt 12
    Triple Karmeliet
    Meantime Naval Porter

    The bottle menu:
    Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, 11.2oz
    Stone Pale Ale, 12oz
    21st Bitter American Extra Pale, 12oz
    Dogfish Head Indian Brown, 12oz
    Avery White Rascal, 12oz
    Baxter Seasonal Can, 12oz
    Unibrue La Fin du Monde, 12oz
    Piraat, 11oz
    Gulden Draak, 11oz
    Butternut Porkslap, Can, 12oz
    Oskar Dale Pale, 12oz

    Dogfish Head 90min IPA, 12oz
    Stone IPA, 12oz
    Avery IPA, 12oz
    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin, 12oz
    21st Black IPA/Die IPA, 12oz
    Stone Ruination, 12oz
    Great Divide Hercules, 12oz
    Ruckus Hoptimus DBL IPA, 22oz
    Port Mongo, 22oz
    Stone Cali Belqique, 22oz
    Baxter Stowaway, IPA ,Can 12oz

    Dos Equis Lager, 12oz
    Red Stripe, 11.2oz
    Sam Adams Light, 12oz
    Corona, 12oz 4.50
    Corona Light, 12oz
    Narragansett Can, 16oz

    Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, 12oz
    Great Divide Yeti, 12oz
    North Coast Old Rasputin, 12oz

    Schneider Aventinus, 16.9oz

    Other Hops
    Lindemans Framboise, 12oz
    Great Divide Claymore Scotch, 12oz
    JK Scrumpy Organic Cider, 22oz
    Magners Cider, 12oz
    Wells Banana Bread, 16.9oz
    Greens Gluten Free, 16.9oz
    Rochefort 10, 11.2oz
  21. Psychmusic

    Psychmusic Savant (490) Rhode Island Jun 22, 2012 Verified

    meh... I'd be impressed if I saw this menu at a restaurant, but not at a restaurant that specifically bills itself as a "Beer Bar." It's not like they're missing anything, but they don't have anything especially impressive either.
  22. wdarcy77

    wdarcy77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Nov 27, 2008

    Checked out this place this past Saturday. While it's not a geektastic list, all pints (unless noted) were $6.

    A good place to start before you head to the Publick House.

  23. Chimay and Golden Monkey fall under their lager category?

    And I like how some ales are included in the super descriptive "ale" category, but other ales aren't.
  24. the latter was likely confused with brass monkey, which would indeed fall there.
  25. jomobono

    jomobono Savant (435) Massachusetts Mar 12, 2012 Verified

    I would agree to that. Did you have any of the food?
  26. wdarcy77

    wdarcy77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Nov 27, 2008

    I did. Scott egg w/chorizo was decent. Grilled cheese (3 cheese w/pimento cheese spread) with a side of gazpacho was very tasty.

    Will be returning.
  27. Gimme a break...
  28. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2007

    Forgot I made that post 2 months ago. Did Publick house move to coolidge corner yet?
  29. kinopio

    kinopio Savant (420) Massachusetts Apr 30, 2009

    I tried to go saturday night around 10 but there was a long line out the door. Went to Publick House instead. I was hoping to check it out before I moved out of the neighborhood but oh well. Im sure this place will survive since it has no competition in the area.

    Decent beer list. Very light on the stouts/porters. Ditch the Stella and Blue Moon and add a couple good stouts and now we are talkin'.
  30. PaulB

    PaulB Savant (265) Massachusetts Sep 3, 2002 Verified

    “bring your own blanket” night is a special event that is sure to appeal to craft beer nerds, I've been waiting for years to combine my strong interests in beer and blankets.
    FarmingtonRiver and braineater like this.
  31. No I was just pointing to the general douchiness of your post
  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Advocate (650) Massachusetts Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    I completely agree. I'm not a huge fan of a place that just throws a ton of well-known craft beers at a tap list and calls itself a beer bar. We need more QUALITY beer bars in Boston, not just a place that sells beers other than Sam/Guinness and thinks they're a beer bar. This also doesn't mean I need a place with 130 taps either.

    Give me 15 - 20 rotating taps that have been given some thought. This is why places like Lord Hobo, Deep Ellum, and Publick House get/deserve all the praise they receive.
  33. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2007

    Pointing out that Publick House isn't in Coolidge Corner is douchey?
  34. I prefer to pair my blankets with spaghetti.
  35. benbking

    benbking Savant (390) Massachusetts Dec 11, 2009 Verified

    1.I want to declare a burrito Jihad on anyone that dares besmirch Anna's. But I'm not sure what that would involve and I know I don't have the energy for it.
    2. The Kinsale is the best option for Downtown IMO. My wife and I go there on the weekends from East Boston(make's your CC arguments 100% first world problems when you consider the lack of Craft in Eastie.)
    3. Haven't been back to Stoddards since they charged me $10 for a Clown Shoes "Cask"
    4. Hops n' Scotch sounds like a place that sells $16 hamburgers. I might go check online.
  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Advocate (650) Massachusetts Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    Based on number 3 you should never go to Davis Square.
  37. benbking

    benbking Savant (390) Massachusetts Dec 11, 2009 Verified

    But Redbones is in Davis Square and they've never charged me $10 for a beer! Davis Sq is pretty far via T from East Boston though, we pretty much just go there for Redbones every few months.
    also here's what I found on the Hops n' Scotch facebook page re: their burger
    HnS Burger $14House-made hamburger,lettuce,onions,tomatoes, toasted bun served with hand cut French fries. Add:cheese, bacon,fried egg$2*****can be made gluten free***
    notice no statement about the weight of said burger, and you can 100% have a $16 at Hops N Scotch if you want cheese, bacon, or fried egg. I image that's $2 per choice.
  38. Stopped in here last night for a couple of beers. Was pleased to see a $9 Rochefort 10 on the menu, so I ordered that. Waitress brought me the bottle and a pint glass. I shan't be returning.

    But I did also have a Pumking on draught, which was nice.