Socially Distant/Contactless Biergartens

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  1. seanunreal

    seanunreal (0) Jul 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    Who besides Notch is doing a truly contactless Biergarten experience? Anywhere in central MA?
     
  2. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    It's not central MA, but Nightshift's Everett location is more or less contactless. You order and pay on your phone, and they bring you your food and beer.
     
  3. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim (0) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    Wachusett last time I was there. For me now, and I'm not Dr. Fauci, outside is comfortable & safe within reason. Many places are featuring phone ordering and such. From what I've seen the beer folks have been right on.
     
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  4. rhino88888888

    rhino88888888 (240) Dec 12, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Also not Central MA, but Aeronaut is doing a great job with contactless delivery of beer and food in their outdoor space. All orders taken online. I sat outside there in February (12 degrees out!) and they would not approach the table until you put on your mask. They take reservations also.
     
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  5. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf (0) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Mighty Squirrel does a very good job with this in Waltham. We went to Riverwalk in Newburyport yesterday and they are pretty nicely set up as well.
     
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  6. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I really hope this set up remains at breweries.

    It’s so much easier to just pay on my phone, and when I’m done, I get up and go.
     
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  7. Aaron58

    Aaron58 (0) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    Lost Shoe in Marlboro is essentially contactless. All beer is ordered through an app, reservations only, great spot
     
  8. Trull

    Trull (587) Dec 24, 2016 Massachusetts

    Was there this evening, nice taproom, with solid beer!

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  9. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Riverwalk has a great outdoor setup. Even the indoor seats are fine, there are huge garage doors to make it very open-air. Friendly service & good pizza. Very laid back.

    As for Mighty Squirrel, I had a very unpleasant visit there last month. Practically had a stopwatch on us from the moment we arrived to enforce the 90 minute rule. Was curtly told we had to order everything through their clumsy website, no beers prior to a food order despite telling them we’d peruse the menu while having a beer. An ask for cups of tap water was met with “order bottles of water off the website”. The meat pies were very mediocre & the service was non-existent, we were the only ones in the place. Tried to order some last beers at the 75 minute term & were informed in no uncertain terms that they could not possibly honor it, again the place was still empty. Pure COVID theater. Never going back , even for the mediocre beer either.
     
  10. forum8417

    forum8417 (0) Feb 1, 2011 New Jersey
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    Why not just stay home and drink if you want to "socially distance'?
     
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  11. Stormfield

    Stormfield (0) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Not everyone has their own biergarten with table service in their backyards. It's also nice to get out of the house sometimes. I'm just guessing though.
     
  12. dental

    dental (601) Apr 2, 2014 Massachusetts
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    LOL! I've been cen...centered on drinking these fantastic Schilling beers I picked up yesterday.
     
  13. Resuin

    Resuin (1,010) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Trillium had this before they shut down for the winter. So nice to be able to pay upfront then just leave when you’re done.
     
  14. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    I trust you left a huge tip since you did all the work for them aside from the arduous tasks of pouring beer & bringing them 50 feet to your table.
     
  15. Aaron58

    Aaron58 (0) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts


    You know they are mandated to have you stay only 90 minutes and order food with your first round of drinks right?

    But hey, it bothered you, so F them right?
     
  16. jamvt

    jamvt (355) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    Sir, this is a Wendy’s.
     
  17. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Of course it’s state-mandated. But yeah let’s adhere to the tightest guidelines when they’re stupid & not enforced just to prove how woke you are.
     
  18. Aaron58

    Aaron58 (0) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    How entitled can you be?
     
  19. juliolugo

    juliolugo (314) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

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  20. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    While true, his experience at Mighty Squirrel is the first I've heard of somewhere actually not giving you your beer until you had food.

    I've been to numerous places over the last year and I've never personally experienced that, and the majority of places I've been to are in tight-assed Cambridge and Somerville. I always had to get food, but I was served beers before my food arrived every time. Including when I went out this past Saturday night.

    As an aside, can they get rid of this rule at this point anyways? It was always dumb and useless, and with things steadily improving and us entering Phase 4 in a week in MA, all it's going to do now is hurt businesses. I've been more cautious than most (I still haven't even got a haircut!), but this necessity to have food with a drink order was always curious at best, time to lift this restriction in my opinion.
     
  21. dental

    dental (601) Apr 2, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I envision a 1990s Jaromir Jagr shag while you sip on the finest of lager.
     
  22. Jbrews

    Jbrews (478) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Hahaha, well said
     
  23. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Ha, nah. My post was a little deceiving. My roommate cuts the sides and back, but the top hasn't been trimmed in over a year.

    I've had to embrace the "soccer head band" when working out so my hair doesn't flop in my eyes.
     
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  24. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer (0) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    When you say roommate, should we assume that you mean butler?
     
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  25. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Of course. And Ležák (that's my butler's name) will be vaccinated soon as an essential employee.

    It's essential that he cuts my hair.
     
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  26. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    I'm hoping Phase 4 will get rid of the just as pointless 90 minute rule as well? Tried searching the MA.Gov website and didn't see any details aside from stadiums and function hall changes. Perhaps the Gov's favorite northern Italian steakhouse owner is chirping in his ear to get rid of the COVID theater restrictions for restaurants and bars.
     
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  27. rozzom

    rozzom (719) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Thank you for your incredibly helpful response to this thread!
     
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  28. gclaw4444

    gclaw4444 (329) Jul 30, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I mean the way you worded this sounds like you ordered food and beer, and the beer takes no time to prepare so you naturally got it first. Mx. COVID Theater over here seemed to want to just order beer and say that they'll order food later.
     
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  29. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    True I did word it that way.

    But there’s been plenty of places I’ve ordered my drink first without a food order.

    Then I would order food when they came back with my drink. I haven’t been to a place yet that has been strict about it, but I also always ordered food. More often than not I’ve ordered my drink first.

    I imagine they’ll say something if you’re being a dick and have been sitting there for a half hour enjoying your drink with no intention of getting food.
     
  30. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Nope they said they would only serve a beer with the food & it’s what happened. No inquiries about the beers either, god forbid you have any questions. Just a miserable experience compared with any other bar/restaurant/taproom in the state. But yah, they complied with all the regulations, congrats.
     
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  31. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Yeah that does seem a bit over the top and unnecessary. I've been to more places since the pandemic began (almost all of them outside, so as safe as possible) then I can count on two hands and I don't recall any establishment ever doing this.

    Maybe they got dinged in the past, so they were tighter with the rules?
     
  32. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim (0) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    Should get back to normal soon enough. My experience with Mighty Squirrel was similarly disappointing. Had to get the food truck fare first, then had some phone ordering issues, it was a half hour into our hour and a half before we got beers. And very rigid about booting us out. Had to gulp down my 2nd. There shoulda been some NFL 'reset the clock' ruling here... I'm giving most everyone a pass on the last year. It was a learning experience, some learned quicker than others.

    One GREAT find for me was Rapscallion Brewpub in Acton. Only place I hung out at all winter. Outside around their firepit. Good beer and food. Smoked wings. The barrel-aged imperial stout was a favorite.
     
  33. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy (707) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    A "police state" except within your own state. Probably the same feeling as when I had the gall to go to a beer store in PA and try to buy a 6 pack of beer rather than a whole case of anything. Wait, wha?
     
  34. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    To follow up on my miserable experience @ Mighty Squirrel, which many seemed to think was just fine & should be the standard.

    I went to a popular place in Somerville over the weekend and stayed for nearly 3 hours. The windows were open & tables were appropriately spaced. Was able to order a beer while I perused the food menu. Enjoyed a nice meal with my friend watching March Madness & were never told at any point that we’d need to leave. Chatted with the friendly server about the beer & food menu. In fact declined an additional offer of another drink. But yeah, please tell me how this place is a COVID hotspot & evil.

    *Footnote: we left a great tip too (30%)
     
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  35. rozzom

    rozzom (719) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Why not name the place since Op is looking for ideas (vs just whining/bickering)?
     
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  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (921) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Ha, I think I know the place. :wink: I was at a similar type place in Somerville with a similar vibe (assuming I do know the place you were at). I also seem to recall them asking if we even wanted food, haha.

    I'd personally rather not name a place that let me stay 3 hours on the off chance (albeit a remote chance) that caused the establishment any trouble.

    Honestly, you can just go anywhere in Somerville and find a similar experience. Despite its reputation for being more liberal than most cities, the restaurants have been fairly relaxed in this regard.
     
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  37. rozzom

    rozzom (719) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Fair enough - just seems to me (and this is BA so I guess it’s important to keep expectations rock bottom) that OP had a straightforward question, and has gotten very little in terms of helpful responses. Just a combo of judgement, bitching or the usual BA rabbit hole tangents.
     
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  38. MattOC

    MattOC (435) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Exactly. Let's slam the place publicly following the mandate because someone didn't like their experience, but laud and not name the one who isn't following because that experience suited them better.
     
  39. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer (425) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Let’s come back to reality here. I was a strict adherent to COVID protocols for most of the pandemic & still caught it pre-Thanksgiving. It sucked for full disclosure. But with the rising vaccinations & lowering hospitalizations these rules are just plain dumb . Btw the place I visited has had zero closures & upgraded where it counts in their fresh air ventilation system, which is why I was confident in visiting there. The end of COVID is close.
     
  40. Aaron58

    Aaron58 (0) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts


    Heres the point. The state mandates exist. Some places will choose to adhere to them more strictly than others and giving the ones that do a hard time is BS. Ive been to both kinds of places and was able to enjoy myself at both.

    You should be taking issue with the rules, not the establishment attempting to follow them.
     
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