Beer Bar and Beer Shop Finds (2020)

Discussion in 'New England' started by AlcahueteJ, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (204) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Dinner on tap at Monument in Charlestown.
     
  2. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,187) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Equilibrium Time is also on draft at Five Horses in Davis.
     
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  3. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (140) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco
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    For those in the Merrimack Valley, One Stop in Haverhill is doing a sour sale (2 for $10). I picked up an Arboreal from Oxbow and a Wicked Weed brett beer. There were a bunch of brands represented besides Oxbow & WW: Epic, Avery, Transmitter, etc.
     
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  4. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (223) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    These kind of sales are one of the first things I look for in liquor stores.
     
  5. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (140) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco
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    my crowing achievement one time was being at a place with discounted singles doing like $10 six packs. I found six year “old” jacks abby framinghammers and won that transaction.
     
  6. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,286) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I’ve found discounted “old” lambics - that is definitely my favorite, but you don’t see it much.
     
  7. Davl22

    Davl22 Aspirant (270) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    ALMOST grabbed those exact two when I swung in on Wed. Def a great sale.
     
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  8. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (140) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco
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    I drank the WW last night. Not bad. Bottled in 2017. It's a brett beer, so it held up nicely, but it seemed a bit stale to me (I don't even know if that word makes sense here, but that's the one I used last night). It was probably a bit past its prime. Not a bad beer. I just think it probably has seen better days.

    This is going to SHOCK people too, but I picked up a Cloud Candy from Mighty Squirrel (what a dumb brewery name). A friend is coming over to smoke some ribs and a venison meatloaf and he prefers hoppy stuff, but I had one and it was really good. Then I had another. But, man, I remember why I typically avoid that stuff. My stomach is rocked. Possible I have a slight hop allergy? Two beers shouldn't have done that to my stomach.
     
  9. YourDigitalGrave

    YourDigitalGrave Initiate (71) Jun 5, 2019 Massachusetts

    I think they started out as some sort of protein beer brewery or something. I am not sure if that played into the name somehow but that is all I've got.
     
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  10. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (272) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    Check out my posts on Lisbon. There is some nice beer to be had but also you can get a pour of 20 year old port at like half the bars.
     
  11. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (573) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Aww shit, give me all the 20 y.o. pours. Ports are the original "pastry stout"...
     
  12. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (223) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Ha- I already did! Thanks! Did you you come across any Cantillon in Lisbon? I think I have only had port once in my life, but am certainly interested to explore the terrior, food and traditions of Portugal.
     
  13. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (272) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    I didn’t come across any cantillon, unfortunately.
     
  14. Dave_32

    Dave_32 Initiate (50) Apr 7, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Burlington Wine has 50/50 Eclipse bottles for $22.99. Picked up a bottle of German Chocolate cake.
     
  15. joberlander

    joberlander Disciple (337) May 30, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Dion's in Waltham has the prairie Christmas gift set that has 2 bomb 2 Christmas bomb and a really cool glass for $40 if i remember correctly. Really good value for great beers.
     
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  16. mgp

    mgp Initiate (97) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    A very belated thanks for your posts.

    I was in Portugal for a week in October. We started in Porto and ended in Lisbon. By the time I got to Lisbon, I was ODing on wine & port and was really jonesing for a good beer. I found your posts and found some solid beers. There’s also a bottle shop in Lisbon called LIBEERDADE that is pretty great. I had a good IPA poured there and bought a couple of cans to go. Cheers!
     
  17. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (132) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    You're just supposed to drink Sagres and super bock in Portugal. At least that's what I thought.

    Flights to São Miguel are short and cheap outta Boston. Fun place to spend a week.
     
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  18. buzzgirlfriendwoof

    buzzgirlfriendwoof Initiate (34) Nov 7, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Ipswich Zumatra Stout has been popping up on the north shore in a couple of places. They haven’t had it in a few years and it’s easily their best beer they make. $11 a 16oz 4pk, there isn’t a coffee stout out there that can touch it at that price. Also picked up a sixpoint master blend. I used to buy resin/bengali every once in a while but haven’t had them in years. Excellent BA stout, worth picking up.
     
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  19. soheadyithurts

    soheadyithurts Initiate (124) Jan 4, 2013 Massachusetts


    ^^^this. All of this.


    Thanks
     
  20. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,187) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Better than their Oatmeal Stout?
     
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  21. buzzgirlfriendwoof

    buzzgirlfriendwoof Initiate (34) Nov 7, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Oatmeal stout is always great (especially when they put it on cask) but to me Zumatra is the best they have made. They never BA anything, but hopefully they think about doing it in the future.
     
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  22. LukieBL

    LukieBL Initiate (116) Jun 10, 2015 Massachusetts

    Isn’t Zumatra just the oatmeal base plus Zumis coffee?
    The oatmeal is one of my desert island beers
     
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  23. raenge

    raenge Initiate (55) Dec 31, 2016 Rhode Island

    Bissell dropped for what may be the first time in RI today. Went in to my local place saw two cases sitting on floor. Was at the register with a 4 pack of Substance in hand only to have the manager come running up to tell me “those aren’t for sale. They’re already spoken for.”
     
  24. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Aspirant (226) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    It's RI... Can't get anything done if you don't "know a guy"...
     
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  25. LukieBL

    LukieBL Initiate (116) Jun 10, 2015 Massachusetts

    Pathetic approach by that store. Name and shame them - what a horrible business practice
     
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  26. jimmyfausto

    jimmyfausto Initiate (49) Jul 28, 2014 Massachusetts

    Picked up some fresh Mayflower 400 about 10 days ago, after I had a 3 month old Mayflower IPA that held up really well, and was really impressed.

    It was as good as anything I've had recently from the hyped breweries around here. Hopefully they keep that one in the rotation, as their availability around me seems to be pretty good.
     
  27. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,194) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Ditto. I had this beer last night and thought the same thing. Really impressed and literally said to myself I think I like it better than any Trillium IPA I can remember. Distinct hop profile – mainly pineapple coming through - with a smoothie like flavor that still finishes a touch dry (in a good way) and quenching for the style.

    I love that we’re in a time now where I find I enjoy IPAs from non hyped breweries on shelves that I enjoy more than the hyped breweries with their own threads on this forum.
     
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  28. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (132) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    no comment regarding the spoken for BS, but they did a tap takeover at Bayberry Beer Hall, so I'm guessing it's related to that.

    Re: Mayflower. I'm always a bit skeptical of their NEIPAs. Was not a fan of 399, but did like a number of their "lupulin" series or whatever it was called.

    Love their porter, though. They're just a very solid brewery, through and through. A few standouts with most everything else being above average, or at least never bad.
     
  29. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,187) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    KBS Espresso on draft at Five Horses in Davis.
     
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  30. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (573) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    I have a couple 4-packs picked up from the source just after Christmas sitting in my cold sun room (small beer fridge is full and not diminishing too quickly while I take it easy this month). One of them is yours if you want it, I'm generally in the Pawtucket to Warwick corridor every weekday then usually at one or two breweries at some point during the weekend. PM if interested...
     
  31. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (140) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco
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    Thread was sitting on 69 posts and I didn’t want to change that, so apologies. Wondering if anyone has seen Notch Kolsch or Oxbow lager around? They might fit nicely into my weekend plans.
     
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,187) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Haha, nice.

    I'm very proud to be the owner of the 69th post.

    I think those would fit nicely into any plans.

    I'll be sure to post when I see the Notch Kölsch, please do the same.
     
  33. dubdrop

    dubdrop Disciple (313) Aug 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Lulu's in Allston has SARA Saison Bernice on draft. Very nice to see. Hopefully occasional SARA kegs are a regular thing in Boston.
     
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  34. DucRacer900

    DucRacer900 Initiate (90) Aug 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    CBC Belmont has it, so I'm assuming others do or will start to. Planning on grabbing some today.
     
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  35. Davl22

    Davl22 Aspirant (270) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Leary’s in Amesbury said Kolsch is dropping today. One Stop in Haverhill said next week.
     
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  36. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (640) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock is currently on tap @ Magoun's in Somerville. Definitely paying a visit this weekend.
     
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  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,187) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Not sure how much you check their tap list (I check it weekly), but Vitus has been on tap for quite some time. So even if you can't make it for some reason, it should be there next weekend too.
     
  38. rhino88888888

    rhino88888888 Initiate (119) Dec 12, 2013 Massachusetts
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    The owner of Olde Magoun's Saloon has opened a new craft beer bar in Medford called Longcross Bar & Kitchen. I don't see a tap list on their website, but the early checkins on Untappd look good. It is located in Station Landing, right across the river from Assembly Row - very close to Nightshift, Bone Up and Idle Hands.

    https://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/2020/01/08/longcross-bar-medford-open/
     
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  39. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (640) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Thx - don't check it too often, but I was planning to go at some point this weekend and checked out the website.
     
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  40. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,187) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    He's a nice guy who seems to get it. I have faith this will be a solid bar. You can usually see him hanging out at the bar during their Oktoberfest events.
     
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