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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 38
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
477 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 787-2337
(Place added by: konabrewer on 01-10-2007)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was here once before, oddly it was just after the last time I lost my job, 3 ½ years ago. Woke up and drove to Portsmouth, NH for a beer release on a whim and then turned around and drove home afterwards, stopping here along the way to catch Dan at the release party for ‘Saint Botolph’s Town’ (where he most generously ponied up the display bottle, and thank you). And here I am again, having just been laid off again. I guess this is the place I go when that happens...
So, sweet slander spot front row center on the strip navigated. I will venture in while Phil, yes, you guessed it, gets his smoke on. Narrow place, none too deep. Brick outer wall, the other walls done in a pale green or gray or something, in this light, hard to say. Front framed vestibule and narrow vertical windows opening in to both sides, each with a shorty wide horizontal window above. Framed ceiling with a center skylight, lightly colored trim & crown molding, pulley pairs of spinny fans, sunken spots & tracks over the adjacent seating, and drop bullet tortoise shell glass lamps along the bar. Black & white floor tilings of the itty-bitty bathroom variety. Large street scene mural piece on the back wall, and a kitchen peek-a-boo to the left of it (where kitchenings happen). A flatscreen above there and another one angled in the front corner.
‘L’ shaped wood bar with a slight slight lip, panel base, & piping foot rail, seating 18 on stools. The barback unit is a large sprawling wood piece, with a skeleton steer atop, a pillared archway over mirrored center, and narrower arches to each side. 2 rows of 11 on a solid bar end to end fronting pitchers & glassware countered on center, and a glassware rack a-dangling above. Tiered booze fronting the outer arches, countered, and slight shelving in between, with jarred Ican’ttellwhatthefuck. Bottled selections coolered below the bar. In addition to the 22 taps on the barback, there are a pair of 3 tap arms extending from different points along the bar, plus a single handpump on center making for 28 taps in all.
Adjacent seating is shared bench action the far wall from front window to the rear of the room, with nearly a dozen 2-seat tables pushed together for 4 or more as needed, and a single raised roundy hightop in the other front window. And through and out to the back yard; a dozen and a half 2-seat tables with benches running 3 sides around.
28 taps, roughly 1/3 of them from MA (Notch Polotmavy Lezak, High & Mighty Fumata Bianca & Beer of the Gods, Tap Beerstand Berlinerweiss, Brash The Bollocks Double IPA, Pretty things Jack D’or, Mystic Vinland One, Clown Shoes Clementine, Idle Hands Dubbel Dimples), and the remainder a mix of American craft, left (21st Amendment Bitter American, Stone IPA & 16th Anniversary, Green Flash West Coast IPA), right (Ommegang Rare Vos), and something in between (Goose Island Matilda), and imports, Belgian (de la Senne Taras Boulba, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Slaapmutske Dry Hopped Lager, Sainte-Helene Simcoe Lager, Dilewyns Vicaris Tripel Gueuze blend, Van Honsebrouck St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition), German (Arcobrau Zwickl Lager, Brauerei Spezial Rauchbier Lager, Ayinger Brau Weisse), and elsewhere (Omnipollo Mazarin, Ca L’Arenys Guineu Riner, O’Hara’s Irish Stout), plus the Blacksmiths winery Fatty Bumpkins hard cider.
And a bottle list of 3 dozen + entries by stylings. Okay, grouping ‘lambic, sour, & cider’ means Panil Barrique, BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien, JK Scrumpy, & Original Sin all hang together, which I know for a fact they do not. And Trappists representing, yo; Orval, Westmalle, Rochefort, & Achel, but not your everyday Chimay, interesting. My pricing benchmark Orval runs the midway $10.
Beerwise, I’m drinking MA, today. Started with the Tap Beerstand Berlinerweiss (pleasantly quaffable), and then had a High & Mighty Beer of the Gods (a nice Pale Ale that calls itself a Blonde). Sampled both the Idle Hands Dubbel (oxidized, pass), and the Mystic Brewing Vinland One (a farmhouse with local yeast, seemed more like a weizenbock to me, having had lovely Aventinus just last night. You get the deep fruit. Not what I’m looking for in a farmhouse, pass), and opted instead for the Notch Polotmavy Lezak (an amber Czech Pils, very nice), and wound down with a Pretty Things Jack D’or (a solid Saison you can always count on).
They were equipped this night with drunk loud drunk barely legal drunk Steelers chicks who wouldn’t shut the fuck up (Please shut the fuck up!) Oddly enough, the tunes got louder somewhere along the way, perhaps to offset the aforementioned drunk loud drunk, well, you know. An anomaly, I’m sure; they’ve got a crowd otherwise. Would have liked some food this night but it was not to be. Servers know their game and can speak to it. Great beer thing here, solid selection, and the beer in good shape. Glad I lost my job...
12-06-2012 22:49:01 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A narrow space with glass windows on either side of the narrow doorway. A beautiful, dark wood, elongated "U"-shaped bar ran ¾'s of the way down the left side, facing aft. The back bar was a gorgeous carved, dark wood and mirror construction. The right wall was exposed brick and a line of benches fronted by standard restaurant tables and chairs. Aft of the bar, through an archway, were the lavs. To the left of the archway was the kitchen. Further aft was a wooden deck, leading down to the parking lot.
Beer: Draft - Yow: 20 CO2; 2 N2; 1 Cask. No B. S. on tap, just a continual conundrum as to what to drink next. ½ PTs available to help.
BTs: Around 72 total, all but 5 really good.
More thoughts: I love that it is located between the Green Line's Harvard Avenue stop and Abercombies Farrington Inn, my home away from home when visiting BOS. Windows flanked the center doorway with the elongated "U"-shaped wood bar and the elegant mirror and carved wood back bar to the left. Along the exposed brick right wall was a long wood bench with standard restaurant tables and chairs in front of it. Mosaic tiled floors. Kitchen all of the way aft, left. Lavs aft, right. Rose, the smiling server. 22 drafts and 1 hand pump. 73 BTs plus "special BT's".
11-23-2009 23:27:19 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is on the small side, sparse in decor, simple, clean and direct in their approach. Located in the student and bar rich burgh of Allston, just outside of Boston proper.Go to watch a game, enjoy plenty of well chosen drafts and bottled choices. Basic pints are $5.50 and more fancy stuff is gonna set you back $6.50-$7. The beers we sampled on the recent visit were tasty and seemed to be in good shape. 22 on tap, cask available, they make some great looking "classic" cocktails. I have heard that the brunch on sunday is quite worthwhile. Decent place for quality selections. If I was local, I'm sure this would be a regular destination.
10-28-2007 23:11:00 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had a couple hours to kill in Boston so I spent them at Deep Ellum. This turned out to be a great beer bar, most of the 22 taps were top shelf beers so there was no problem finding something tasty. The offerings included:
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lager (my 1st choice)
Atomium Grand Cru (my 2nd choice)
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly
Smutty nose IPA
Green Flash IPA
Smuttynose Big A IIPA
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IIPA
De Ranke XX Bitter
Unibroue Trois Pistoles
BBC Coffee Haus Porter
some more I can't remember, and Dark Star Best Amber Bitter on cask
So the selection was really good, making full use of the 22 lines. One nice touch: The server brought me a glass of water without my asking and kept it filled periodically. I prefer to drink as much water as I do beer to keep myself hydrated and cut down on my drinking volume, so this was nice.
The place is small but laid out nicely, with 11 tables (2 seats each) and about 15 stools along the bar. Not too loud, friendly people (customers and servers), a very nice stop.
05-31-2008 14:24:34 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped by here last Saturday night to check this place out and try a few beers. Very dark atmosphere when you walk in, and there was some good music cranking though the system. Sat at the bar and talked with both bartenders, who greeted us and helped us with our beer selection. The service was very good. Had a DFH Chateau Jiahu in a snifter and the wife had a BBC Coffehouse Porter. Both tasted great. The food menu looked pretty intriguing, very interesting selections for a beer bar. Had a cheeseburger which was quite good. The beers were priced decently, with most draughts $5.00-$6.00, and bottles were a range of prices higher than that, most over $6.00. The bottle selection had a few that you don't see often, so that was a bonus. Deep Ellum is a nice addition to the Allston beer scene.
01-15-2007 18:04:29 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Deep Ellum was the third and final stop on our two day beer bar tour of Boston. The Publik House and Sunset were the other stops. The selection at Deep Ellum does not match that of The Publik House and is nowhere close to that of Sunset so if you're considering multiple stops, I would do Deep Ellum first. It does have a cozy atmosphere which is a stark contrast to Sunset. The young female server seemed knowledgeable about beers but gave me a bit too much head on my $6 pint of Smuttynose IPA. The selections were all very good, but we struggled to find something as unique as what was available at the other two stops.
07-29-2008 19:53:59 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere at Deep Ellum is nothing special from a decor stand point, but its the hospitality of the staff that really give it such a great vibe. I have been here about 6X as it is kind of out of the way for me but each time I have left feeling it was well worth the trip.
The beer selection is great with a wide variety of craft and imported beers both on tap and in the bottle. Some of the taps of note on my trips have been De Ranke, Bear Republic, Ommegang, Anderson Valley, Stone, DFH, Krusovice, High & Mighty, Berkshire, The Tap, CBC, etc. The bottle selection is equally impressive and everything has always tasted clean and fresh. They are also cool with letting you sample something before buying a pint of it. Everyone just seems to appreciate good beer here and this is what its all about.
The food has been quite good both times I have visited and prices were reasonable. The beers might be a little on the steep side for the Allston locale but they are good quality beers that dont come cheaply so that is to be expected to some degree. I would rank Deep Ellum right up there as one of the best beer bars in Boston.
08-25-2007 15:06:13 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Our large group dropped in at DE after EBF. I was impressed with the prompt, knowledgeable and efficient service.
With 28 taps+bottles+cask not much more toask for. I had a Schlenkerla Rauch Marzen that was splendid. C opted for some egg-nog like concoction (well TWO of them actually) that knocked her on her ass!
Food wise a most interesting and tasty order of truffle gorgonzola fries was shared and they were absolutely delicious.
A dark, yet cozy and inviting A really fun speak easy great vibe welcomes you in to take a load off.
Prices were a bit steep but hey, it's hip and it's Boston...nuff said!
07-18-2009 12:38:58 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Deep Ellum had fewer taps than the other beer spot just down the street, but they were all thoughtful/quality selections. My hoptimator was just what I was looking for, though it was seemingly harder to choose from their limited selection over the larger selection elsewhere.
Narrow interior is decorated well with a clean and more upscale feel to it than other bars in the area. Food presentation looked good but I did not eat on this vist - it just looked very good!
Prices were within normal range for the area and quality of beer.
10-07-2009 16:06:16 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Long over due review from when I went there during this years EBF back in February. I went with the crew from Foothills and had a fantastic experience.
Atmosphere: Great place. Laid back, wasn't too crowded. Almost had a neighborhood bar feel. Very comfortable with an obvious emphasis on quality, craft beer and quality food. Very friendly and knowledgeable service.
Quality: Only the best of imports and craft beers. Great draft selection. Boutique bottle selection. Cellared items. Had stuff from place I've never had before. All of the highest quality
Selection: Redonkulous selection. 22 drafts, hundreds of bottles. Cellared items. Rare imports. Small production crafts
Food: Fantastic food. All fresh and I think with local products. Kind of eclectic or at least some unique spin on a dish.
Great place that I can't wait to go back to.
03-25-2009 19:35:45 |
More by Loki
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