Thoughts on this bar itinerary through New England this weekend...

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  1. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    Hey folks...

    I will be heading down through New England (Vermont, Mass, Maine) on the way to see my family in New Brunswick (Can) this (longer) weekend.

    Here is my bar itinerary...

    Friday: Staying in Waterbury: Prohibition Pig and The Reservoir
    Saturday: Boston/Cambridge: Publick House for lunch/dinner
    Sunday: Boston/Cambridge: Lord Hobo for Brunch
    Monday: Portland: Novare Res Bier Cafe

    So, does anyone have any other suggestions for places to visit...our schedule is pretty loose and we will have time to add a spot or two.

    Also going to be visiting Allagash brewery in Portland and Bier Cellar and Craft Beer Cellar to pick up my beer before heading back to Canada (I am only allowed to bring back 17.0 liters legally...about 575 oz.)

    Thanks for any advice,

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  2. JayT

    JayT May 21, 2004 New Hampshire

    No New Hampshire stops? We've got a great cluster of breweries here in the Portsmouth area, which are right between between Boston and Portland, unless you're traveling by boat. Smuttynose (Hampton), Portsmouth Brewery, Stoneface (Newington), Throwback (North Hampton), Blue Lobster (Hampton), Earth Eagle (Portsmouth), RedHook (Portsmouth) and 7thSettlement & One Love (Dover) are all within a quick stop off the highway.

    Have fun and safe travels,

    Smuttynose Brewing Co. & Portsmouth Brewery
  3. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    Damn...Forgot about NH...I love Portsmouth of my favorite one hell of a pizza there once and a regrettable tattoo.

    Good convince the wife. :grinning:
  4. JayT

    JayT May 21, 2004 New Hampshire

    I hope we'll see you at the new Smuttynose.

    How regrettable was the tattoo?
  5. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
    Society Trader know...the folly of youth...something that means nothing now, and is tough to explain to the kids.

    Not like the others...which I have no regrets about.
  6. Auror

    Auror Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts

    I wouldn't do a whole day at Publick House (if that is what you are implying by the lunch/dinner). Throw Deep Ellum in there, too.
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  7. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    No...more like a late lunch or early dinner...depends on when we get there.

    Thanks for the tip
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  8. rhino88888888

    rhino88888888 Dec 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    If you are at Lord Hobo you will be within walking distance of Cambridge Brewing Company. Always something good on tap there and they have a nice outdoor patio. State Park is another great bar with cool decor located in the same plaza as Cambridge Brewing Company. They have some gems on their bottle list.
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  9. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    I'd definitely recommend a stop in the 'Smouth, and I'd also highly recommend a visit to the Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC) while you're in Boston--easily one of the best brewpubs in New England, and as nice a patio as you'll find in Boston.
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  10. pjs234

    pjs234 Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    You might consider stopping at Three Penny Pub in Montpellier VT. I personally like it better than Pro Pig and the Res, though it would require a drive back to Waterbury... even if you just stopped in for a pint.

    Also, consider eating dinner at Hen of the Wood. Not sure if you'll be able to land reservations, but if you can... the food is great, really a must do when in the area.
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  11. Mikecap

    Mikecap May 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    In addition to the Cambridge/Boston area suggestions (I know this might get tough...) I highly recommend a stop at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston. 100ish taps and always really good stuff. I've seen Parabola, BCBS, 120 minute, etc on tap there. The food is also surprisingly really good....
  12. cskollmann

    cskollmann Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    I see others already hit on CBC, but I'll add to their recommendations. They have an amazing apricot sour on tap right now in Picture of Nectar.
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  13. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
    Society Trader many good tips. Thanks folks. One of the reasons I like this community.

    We may wind up checking a few of those out, most likely on the list is the Cambridge Brewing Company as it is within "crawling" distance of where we are staying.


  14. Beericjb

    Beericjb Jan 9, 2012 Connecticut

    They have really good food there too. Definitely try anything they have that is sour or barrel aged, which looks like Arquebus, a really crazy wine barrel aged barleywine that is 15% ABV but easy to drink, and Picture of Nectar.
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  15. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    a loud 'second' to this idea! I had a birthday dinner there last summer that was outta this world. tremendous, tremendous, fresh, locally sourced food (with Heady on tap when I was there) and the setting is just beautiful
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  16. dubdrop

    dubdrop Aug 6, 2012 Vermont

    Seconded. Highly recommend Picture of Nectar if you're even remotely into sours. This beer is really really good.
  17. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I think mixing in a couple restaurants that serve as high quality of food can be nice, but maybe that’s just me. Let’s face it, many beer bars have decent enough food, but they’re sometimes a bit too similar on the food front and it’s more about the beer. Places like Hen of The Wood will give you a culinary experience on top of a few quality taps (HF Twilight, HT, and Maine Lunch last time I was there). In the same vein, if you want primo local seafood in Boston without sacrificing a top tier beer list, hit Row 34. That’ said, this doesn't mean stay away from places like CBC, Lord Hobo, Public House… it’s just food for thought (pun intended) if you're a real foodie type.
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  18. KingCobra686

    KingCobra686 Aug 13, 2014 Connecticut

    I would definitely hit up prohibition pig. Its my favorite place to go in VT. They always have a decent selection of hill farmstead, lawsons, and other rarer VT beers that you wouldnt find on the average draft list.
  19. rawlus

    rawlus Sep 1, 2010 Massachusetts

    To me the publick house is more about bourbon than beer.
  20. jbart

    jbart Oct 2, 2004 Massachusetts

    Are you perhaps thinking of Citizen Public House in Fenway rather than The Publick House in Brookline (one of the best beer bars in the country)?
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  21. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    So far I have hit the Pro Pig which was awesome. Excellent food and great service. Had Heady, Sip of Sunshine and Edward there before mosying about town. Stopped at the Craft Beer Cellar and was shocked to find they still had Heady available. I bought a couple of fours along with a load of other stuff. Tried the blackback and was disappointed.

    Boston has been unkind too... Publick House was good, but I found the pours a little short.

    CBC was a bust from the perspective of a social visit... Far too loud and crowded and poor service across the board. Loved the beer though.

    Walked into Lord Hobo and there was an immediate douchebag vibe. I'm not sure if it was just the crowd of the night, but it did not go well... Sparky service, Jenks about doing and a sour taste in my mouth.

    Tomorrow is Portland and I hope for better. . Starts with a tour at Allagash then a couple of beer stores before the pubs
  22. Flashy

    Flashy Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    I was in Waterbury on Friday and went to the Pro Pig. I was also shocked to see the Craft Beer Cellar had HT on Saturday morning.
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