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Sunset Grill & Tap
Taps: 112 / Bottles: 380
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
130 Brighton Ave
phone: (617) 254-1331
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 227 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Sunday morning brings another look, just one more, no no no, just one more time, at that picture on the back wall of Phil's mom's kitchen before we get underway. There's a Flag Day parade in Brookline, obviously Phil's doing, and the roads are just packed as we run parallel. Every time we want to turn left, it's all police baracades shoooin' us along, and it seems like this is going to be one them, "can't get there from here" kind of deals. Actually, we can get there, we do get there, eventually, it's just at a snail's pace...
Entering past the elevated hostess station (surveying all that is theirs), we moved up a short ramp into the side room where the Colorado Beer Slam was a-happenin'. The room is a big "L" with a seemingly small "L" shaped bar to the rear. Raised bar tables run the length of the inside wall, and low tables sit in the nook along the large front windows and in the area to the rear surrounding the bar. South Western motif colored table tops, leather benches, pale green walls, burgundy trim & high ceiling with fans. A large TV over the entranceway and a small, small TV in the opposite corner. The space was an old bank and they've got the bank counter (with deposit & withdrawl slip slots) and old ATM pieces in tact. The walls above the front seating areas are decorated with 3' X 4' framed coaster displays mounted 2 high, with racks holding tap handles, a dozen each, above them, and mounted beer trays running above to the ceiling. I combed the coaster displays row by row, back and forth and back again, seeing breweries and beers I've never heard of, and remembering some of them long gone (Commonwealth, Elm City, Catamount, Post Road, Miller Reserve, Dock Street). The Grant's Ales coaster with the litle picture of Bert Grant made me weep. He was like a father (of the American brewpub) to me. Beer mirrors, placards and tin signs here and there. Thick paned glass cube window to the rear, neon beer signs in the front windows and old framed bank & loan signs run above the bar tables along the inside brick wall.
For the Colorado Beer Slam, they had 18 taps and 12 bottles from Colorado (Avery, Flying Dog, Great Divide, Left Hand, Rockies, Blue Moon, Red Stone Meadery), and a killer buffet with Denver omelettes, bison burgers, fish tacos, and some other goods. Service was absurdly attentative (yes, more water, thank you).
It appears to be a small bar in that back corner with 3 towers, but when I got there, I realized that there was a massive row of taps running the back wall clear into the next room. 112 taps in all, including the cask ale, not too shabby. Served in a variety of sizes from 2 ounce samplers and 5 ounce flight glasses to pitchers and yard glasses. And well over 300 beers on the beer menu, broken out by style, plus ciders, meads, maltos, NA's, cocktails, beertails, and then some. Great mix of imports and domestic micros. Beer was fresh, no complaints there.
Swinging around into the main room, you find another "L" shaped bar with a few small towers, this one seating a dozen, and roughly 16 tables low & raised. A TV and a shitload of beers displayed on shelves above the bar. Nautical theme (kind of), ships, harpoons, and then Little Rascal, 3 Stooges & Honeymooner prints, license plates, beer trays and matchbook displays. There's another small room downstairs with about a dozen tables.
Not quite sure how this one flew under the radar this long, especially with it's close proximity to Brookline's The Inn at Phil's Mom's House.
07-09-2005 04:18:38 |
More by slander
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Here was another establishment whose review belongs in the Breweriana section with its walls filled with trays, framed coasters, old taps, spent bottles, ad infinitum. I actually became overwhelmed from trying to take it all in. The real draw was one hundred and twelve (112) taps and approximately three hundred (300) bottles. Zounds!
This was a hugely expansive place with a dividing wall and a bar that wrapped around on both sides. It is actually on two levels, with a separate booth-style restaurant area down a short flight of stairs to the left of the maitre d station. On the first floor, to the left, is a less extensive restaurant area with the kitchen all of the way aft. The right side is extensively restaurant seating with a mix of high tables and chairs, booths, and a row of upholstered chairs along the window. The washrooms are on the right side, along the wall, about halfway back, just before the auxiliary kitchen with its gas-fired oven.
The service for the post-American Beer Fest gathering was a bit slow, for which I have mixed feelings. I can almost forgive it, based on the volume of people, but conversely, they knew we were coming, so why not bump up the number of staff for that shift? I also have to put in a word for their beer I liked every one that I had, but I drank New England beers exclusively. I live in PA, so the opportunity to drink fresh, local beers is something not to be squandered.
On my most recent return, the guy on the stool next to me had their fajitas. The smell was just fabulous and tantalizing as all get-out. I was inspired to have an order of my own.
08-20-2006 12:28:11 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Large, friendly, unpretentious, comfortable kinda place, in the student slum area of Allston, MA. just a stones throw from Comm. ave. and B.U. With over 100 quality and ever changing taps, this is an obvious must hit spot in Boston. Extensive menu of tasty, reasonably priced and varied food selections. Beer stuff all over the place. One problem was our service was SLOW, friendly but SLOW...c'mon the place was not even crowded. Anyway be sure to go and check this place out. Tons of very worthy selections. Beer obviously being respected here
12-31-2007 01:36:40 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
After attending the Belgium Beer Festival Hair of the Dog Brunch at Big City, which is literally right next door, it was time to grab a Taxi Cab and head back to the Airport and the West Coast. However, as with all beery ventures, there is always time for one more Pint it seems. Fellow BA JayT, who kindly shared a Cab with me, informed me that the Sunset Grill and Tap next door had just recently tapped a Keg of Stone 2004 Double Bastard. Oh Yes, I guess there is always time for another Pint right!!
Although the Sunset Grill and Tap is owned by the same people as the Big City, and bearing in mind the hit-and-miss quality next door in the Pool Hall, I had no qualms about the quick Pint in here, for the Stone 2004 Double Bastard had only just been released, so I knew that this beer would at least be fresh.
Inside myself and JayT quickly made ourselves comfortable at the Bar, though I noted that there are plenty of Tables and Chairs crammed into here taking the edge away from a cozy Pub feel and more towards that of a typical American sit-down Bar that has a few stools at the small Bar area. Still the atmosphere is good, because this place is about the beer, and lots of it. There are 100+ Taps that are seemingly everywhere all over the back wall of the bar and they seem to stretch right back to what looks like a smallish Kitchen.
The Kitchen serves up a food menu which is mainly good quality Pub Grub that will adequately accompany several beers, but may fall short of filling you up if you are really hungry. I never tried any food here though as I quite literally had only 10-15 minutes to grab a beer and then a Taxi.
Behind the Bar there are rows and rows of bottles on a myriad of Shelves, it seems that the Sunset Grill and Tap has a decent selection of Bottles to back up the 100+ Taps should you find yourself stuck in here for a week or two and run out of draft beers to try.
Service was very prompt and friendly, and the Two Pints of Stone 2004 Double Bastard that I ordered for myself and JayT arrived in double quick time. The DB04 was awesome and incredibly quaffable, even though we were pushed for time, it was very easy to take care of the fresh Stone offering and the Pint soon disappeared.
I wish I could stayed here a little longer but all too soon it was time to head outside and grab a Taxi driven by a mad Indian guy that liked to show us the richest Female Freeway Beggar in Boston. When I told him he should stop being a Cabby and put a Skirt and some Lipstick on, he immediately started waving a Beard Trimmer at me and agreeing ..why does this kind of thing always happen to me? LOL.
Definitely worth a look in, forget the Pool Hall next door and stick with a seat at the Bar in the Sunset would be my advice. Oh and grab a plate of the Nachos if you are staying for a few, they looked great!!!
Last Visit: Sunday 6th November, 2004
11-25-2004 23:43:45 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
They need to reverse the words in the establishment to tap and grill, as this is one crazy beer bar! Even as you walk in, you can feel the love for beer in the air. Beer memorabila decorates the walls and beer bottles sharpen the image of the bar. As with many of the Boston beer bars, they have a very nice selection of bottles. As a bonus, they have lots of drafts, and nearly all of the them pour good beer, most of which are rare to find on draft (St. Bernardus, EKU 28, Rogue Chocolate Stout). Draft prices are quite reasonable as well. Even after I finished my glass of Chocolate Stout, I wanted to stay.
Without a doubt, the best draft selection I have ever come acorss, and a must stop for any beer lover.
12-27-2007 16:56:26 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here for dinner after arriving at Logan on a Wednesday night. It's located in a very cool part of town, with dozens of good restaurants and bars to choose from within 6 blocks. Sunset is definitely worth a stop based on selection alone. There were maybe 50 taps, including lots of rarities. I had the Brooklyn Blast on cask and Bear Republic Black Mamba. Other notable beers on tap included Stone Ruination, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Binchoise Amber, Samichlaus Bier Helles, St Bernardus ABT 12, Monk's Cafe, Ommegang Rouge, and so on. The beers were reasonably priced too, ranging from $4.99 to $7.99 on tap. The food menu was just as varied, with entrees costing about $13-14. I'm glad I stopped here, and I'd come back anytime without hesitation.
08-21-2008 02:59:36 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have always considered Sunset my beer nirvana in Massachusetts. This is the beer bar that I go to if I want to have some good beer. I know that no matter when you visit, the extensive list of beers will have something that catches my eye. The location here is tough for parking, but luckily I can walk here from my place. The atmosphere can get a bit loud due to the usually young crowd. I think that Sunset is the best decorated bar I have ever been in, with literally hundreds of beer bottles and signs covering the walls. Half the time there, I find myself just checking out the decorations. I wouldn't come here if you want gourmet meals, it's pretty standard pub fare, with burgers and sandwiches as the norm. But the main attraction here is the beer selection, which is at the top of what I have ever seen anywhere.
12-27-2006 23:53:49 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Sunset was stop #2 on a two-day Boston beer bar tour (Publick House and Deep Ellum the others).
Sunset has the largest high-quality beer selection I've ever seen. We focused on taps because they offer four 5 oz glasses for $8.99.
Offshore IPA (pint)
5 oz glasses...
Allagash Hugh Malone
Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard
Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Six Point Righteous Rye (Cask)
Stone 12th Anniversary
Cambridge You Enjoy My Stout (1 year bourbon aged)
Six Point Bengali Tiger
Southern Tier Unearthly
Bear Republic Black Mamba
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
Harpoon Leviathan Triticus
Monks Cafe Sour
Stone Ruination (tulip glass)
07-30-2008 12:58:06 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Erica and I found ourselves at the famed "Sunset Grill and Tap" in Allston (Boston). This was quite a place. The atmosphere was lacking as this place had a real "Chain restaurant" feel to it, but the beer-list more than makes up for it. The selection here is on crack. 110+ beers on tap, with a randall in operation, and an insane bottle list. Too many beers to list, but on our visit, I had a nice Stone Russian Imperial Stout, and a Victory Hop Wallop both on draught. The quality of both beers was excellent and they leave no keg on for more than 13 days, in order to deliver fresh beer to the masses. I'm not sure if they had any beers on cask here, but if they don't that would be my ONE complaint about the selection of this establishment. Service was quick and with a smile, our waitress was very helpful and even helped us with directions to the nearest T stop! The food here was also quite good. I had a veggie wrap with some nice cheeses, it was a pretty big portion and for a pretty small price.
Overall: A fridays like atmosphere with good food at cheap prices and an absoluteley mental beer-list that is rotated frequently.
11-15-2004 20:15:48 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hooked up with the Bros and other BAs yesterday (24APR05) for a meeting, food and bier... Must say that it seems like they have the quality issues under control... And service? Top-shelf! Our bartender was right there, all the time, every time. No delay with our food, bier, or water refills. Nice to see. Have upped the service from 3.0 to 4.0.... It was a BA meeting, so that may have had a hand in things. If service is like this in the future, a 4.5 is no prob.... Prosit!!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Original review from 08SEP02:
Hadn't been here in a bit, till there was an informal BA get-together yesterday... Great look to the place, with all kinds of bier memorabalia all over the walls, and shelves upon shelves of biers on display; juke-box has a wide-array of great tunes, too. Had a great Buffalo burger; the Jamaican jerk sandwich hits the spot, also. Service was a bit spotty, though. Have seen better. They do have a wide, wide selection of bottles and drafts. Keep an eye on expiry dates on the bottled stuff, though. Must say the drafts I had were not quite where they should be; most of mine (and drinking buddies biers) seemed a bit thin, and one Kolsch I had had absolutely no head at all. A bit more attention to their draft-lines may be in order. Still, a good time was had... (4.5/3.5/3.0/4.5/4.5 = 4.00)
04-24-2005 20:45:17 |
More by Bierman9
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