Boston Beer Works - Fenway

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3.69/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

61 Brookline Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
United States

(617) 536-BEER | map
beerworks.net

Notes:
"Boston Beer Works," opened at 61 Brookline Avenue, across from Fenway Park in 1992. Providing an extensive menu of handcrafted ales and lagers and a varied menu of freshly prepared bold American cuisine to the thirsty and hungry masses. An instant landmark, "Boston Beer Works" not only recognized and capitalized on the microbrewery trend it pushed the boundaries. Here, the restaurant layout took the beer making process and exposed it allowing our guests the chance to taste, touch and smell the complete beer making experience. This "naked and true" interior concept still exists in the store today and has been extended to all our locations.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
120
Reviews:
670
Ratings:
1,632
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.86/5
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
209
pDev:
10.36%
 
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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 126
Reviews by bsend:
Photo of bsend
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Started recently going here and have really enjoyed it. Right near Fenway park for those visiting Boston, it can be a fun place to get a cheap dinner, and for the locals, a nice place to start the weekend.

The atmosphere is really hit or miss. You get a mix of young and old, however you definitely find it to be more professional. The music though can be a little too loud as it bumps.

The quality is good. Their beer is fresh and made on site. A nice brimming glass of beer is always good. I went easy on their brewing but I have mixed feelings about their IIPA.

The service really is top notch. There is plenty of bar space to grab a drink and the bartender will look for you. Without a doubt I have never waited long to get a beer in my hands. Even on a Saturday night, the service moves fast and dinner at 8pm took about 15 minutes to get a table.

The food was good, however I am leaving this inbetween. The first time I went, I got a double bacon cheese burger for $13. That provided 20 oz of beef with loads of cheddar cheese and perfectly cooked bacon with lettuce/tomato/onion on the side with ketchup or sauce. I was stuffed. Too much food, I won't complain with that kind of value. The second time I went, I got the Mexicali chicken sandwich. A grilled chicken breast with jalapenos and spciey cheese for $10.45. It was good however they provided no lettuce/tomato/or onion. Slightly odd for a sandwich. Also the fry upgrades (99 cents for sandwich) are not worth it. My girlfriend got gravy fries and for 99 cents got roughly a tablespoon on a heaping pile of french fries. Its fine to offer an upgrade but for a dollar they could definitely put a little more on there.

The value I gave $$, its actually cheap as a sandwich, burger or pizza is well within reason, however sometime additional charges are not worth it. They offer their beer in different size, however a 22 ouncer is definitely the way to get the most bang for your buck. Would rate it cheaper but they don't offer cheaper alternatives (their light lager is the price of their pale ale). Definitely a reasonable place as you can get two 22 oz. beers and a sandwich for roughly $25.

Final Thoughts - I like Beer Works a lot. They do some things really right, and some not so much. Its unfortunate that the food can be hit or miss some times but never the less compared to some bars in that area, you get a wonderful variety of fresh brews to try. Give it a go.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jlabs
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I used to live around the corner from BBW - Fenway, over on Boylston, and stopped in frequently. I stopped in a few hours before a Sox game to show my daughter the old neighborhood and was very pleased to see that it hadn't changed much; it still had the same fun look and vibe, same excellent solid selection of quality beers and solid food offerings, and the same "can do" good service despite being packed at times, and great location. Really a great place to hang out with friends.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Sprawling brewpub/ sports bar around the corner from the ballpark. Multiple bars a communial table throughout. 3 different game playing while I was there... ergo very rowdy. Nice assortment of 20 beers on tap, the one I had was solid. Good service, did not try the food - looked to be typical bar fare.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of coachp73
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was here after a terrific Red Sox game that had them come back to score three in the ninth to beat the Cards. Needless to say the atmosphere was pumped up.

I thought the service was good considering the crowds. My bartender was able to make a recommendation for one of my party who was looking for something specific.

My beers were fresh and I thought well made. I had a hoppy red and nice stout. Prices were good considering the location.

This was a large sleek space. I liked how it wasn’t really a traditional brewpub.

I will head back next time I am near Fenway!

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Photo of coz
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Fitzy01
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of HurryItsJacob
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Photo of JohnnyB
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of sbuchert
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of von_kaiser
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of eppie82
3.63/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Standard, Granite City like brewery & restaurant. Convenient that it's right next to Fenway Park.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TWStandley
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of illpass78
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Classic place. Very crowded before Sox games, but definitely a better spot than some of the other places around Fenway, which can be tourist trappy. Solid pub food. Prices are decent for a "captive audience" type spot. You'll always find a fun new beer on tap here, too.

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Photo of Burt
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.86/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of KristopherWKing
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of scxcrunner
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of moosup89
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA
Brewery rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,632 ratings