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Taking a trip to Boston

Discussion in 'New England' started by dbfp210, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Hey everyone,

    I may be traveling to Boston with my girlfriend in March. Any recommendations on where to stay/ things to do/ where to drink? She likes craft beer too so we would maybe like to do a brewery tour or something. Probably be there from a Sunday-Tuesday or something.
  2. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    As for bars, I would make it a point to check out both Deep Ellum (I believe technically in Allston and Lord Hobo (which is technically in Cambridge). Speaking of Cambridge, I stayed at a hotel there that was great recently. Le Meridian. It's pricey, but there's a Groupon popping around for it right now I believe (I got it through priceline for about $140). It's also right across the street from a nice breakfast place (Cafe Luna). But back to Deep Ellum and Lord Hobo. Both are phenomenal and I am sure a good debate would arise about which is better. Check them both out for yourself.

    Bukowski's in Boston proper is a great place too, they also have a location in Cambridge. I haven't been there, but I heard it is also solid.

    As for brewery tours, I have never done Harpoon nor Sam Adams, but both are on my list of places to hit. They should be easily accessible to you when in Boston, although I fear, especially for Harpoon, that tours may only happen on the weekends. So that Sunday you're in town may be the best to schedule brewery tour stuff.

    Enjoy the city!
  3. jamvt

    jamvt Disciple (388) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    You should check out Harpoon. They're about to open their new beer hall. It looks amazing.
  4. rknrll

    rknrll Initiate (37) Jul 13, 2009 Massachusetts

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  5. BostonBiosafety

    BostonBiosafety Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2010 New Hampshire

    Nice people at Harpoon.....not much of a tour......#9 is still a favorite.
  6. cappy201

    cappy201 Initiate (171) Mar 25, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Sam Adams tour is fun. Make sure to take the free trolley to Doyle's after your brewery tour.
  7. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (413) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    I went to Harpoon and just did a tasting. It was pretty awesome for the price of $0.
  8. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Harpoon looks like a definite stop.

    Any chance someone would be willing to set up an IP trade for fresh Heady?
  9. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Highly recommend hitting "brewery row" in Everett if you have a car. Night Shift & Idle Hands are right next to each other, will happily give you tours of their nano-scale breweries on request, are always tasting a TON of beer (you'll probably be able to easily try 12 or more beers), and are generally good people. Yes, the location is a little skeevy, but it's well worth it.

    As for bars, I will second Deep Ellum & Lord Hobo. Lord Hobo is the best beer bar in the city, as far as I'm concerned.
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  10. ljkeats

    ljkeats Devotee (405) Jun 27, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Sunday to Tuesday may be an issue for brewery tours, except for Harpoon I guess, which I like.
    Definitely check for the groupon Boston getaway coupon for the Le Meridien in Central Sq Cambridge. I think it was for $109 a night (includes breakfast for 2, not sure if it covers your nights). Walking distance to Lord Hobo, Cambridge Brewing Co, Meadhall, and Asgard. Also close to a subway stop and a main bus line into Boston.
    Brewery row in Everett will probably be an issue on the days you'll be here.
    As far as a trade for Heady Topper, check back in closer to the time you're due to be here. You never know who'll have some!
  11. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Yeah, I forgot Idle Hands is open fairly limited hours. Night Shift is certainly open 5-9 Monday & Tuesday though, and is well worth the trip just for them in my opinion.
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  12. prasta

    prasta Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2012 Massachusetts

    He said Brewery Row, hahaha. Love it. I agree with you, Night Shift and Idle Hands rock!
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  13. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It's looking like the Holiday Inn Express on Boston Street is where we will be staying (free parking!). Easy to get around the city from there? How easy is the subway system to use?

    A friend recommended Cambridge Brewing Co. to me. Worth a stop?
  14. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Absolutely! Best brew pub in Boston by far, and some of the best barrel aged beers around. You can hit up Lord Hobo, CBC, and Meadhall - all are within a short walk of each other.
  15. kinopio

    kinopio Disciple (328) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts
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    That hotel is in kind of a crappy area. Not dangerous, just kinda gross and far away from anything good. It is near a red line stop called Andrew Square so you could get on there and be at Cambridge Brewing Company easily.
  16. fineout

    fineout Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2010 Rhode Island

    Sam adams is ok but not great, if you can get to the tasting room and sit in the chairs directly to the left of the bar on the wall you get more samples at least.. Harpoon is a good tour and the new beer hall with their spent grain pretzels is wicked nice. I've never been to CBC but have heard really good things. Cheers!
  17. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    This is the best answer.

    Also the 2 breweries in Everett are def. worth vistiting. Additionally, the Mystic Brewery tasting room is opening Feb. 16th. It looks pretty awesome.
  18. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Since it sounds like you'll have a car - if you are around on Thursday-Saturday, I would highly recommend taking a trip to Framingham to visit Jack's Abby. IMO the best overall brewery in the Boston area.
  19. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Unfortunately I'll be there Sunday-Tuesday. Maybe I'll be able to take another trip up there someday and go there!
  20. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    At least try to snag some at a local bar or store - it's great stuff!
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