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Boston Beer Works - Fenway
Active Beers: 116
Beer Ratings: 1,326
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
61 Brookline Avenue
phone: (617) 536-BEER
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 120 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Great place and a lot different from the bars around the Fenway area. Your other alternatives are pretty much generating 95% of revenues from Bud Light sales, so Beer Works is a nice stop.
I like this place but two complaints: I don't think I've ever gotten really great service here. I see a multitude of staff members, but depending on where you sit, it's quite difficult to grab your server's attention. Additionally, I think the wait staff treats the place like a restaurant a bit too much, and less like a bar. Drinks have quicker turnovers, they should probably walk around more frequently. My other complaint is their really high prices, but understandable given its area.
Other than that, their IPA is wonderful, and it's worth a stop in if you're there for House of Blues or the Sox and want something a bit different.
02-28-2010 21:48:20 |
More by zerofear13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I had a drink here at the Fenway location while waiting to go on a tour of Fenway.
The atmosphere was pretty nice. It was clean, spacious and nice for a bar, nice seating available. Some Red Sox stuff but nothing super cool.
The quality was pretty decent, 16 different brews brewed by them and some other's I'm sure but I didn't check them out.
The service was a little lack luster. I sat at the bar and the bartender didn't know jack. She knew a little about there beers then proceeded to describe the Bunker Hill Blueberry like a fruit beer. Come on, this is a pilsner with some fruit dumped into it.
I had the food for breakfast at the airport, it was ok, nothing special.
02-21-2010 23:18:42 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had tickets to an event at the House of Blues (about a block away) so I stopped in here with a buddy to escape a torrential downpour and get a meal served with locally produced brew. Walked into a vast building with extremely high ceilings. Felt like a Hard Rock Cafe only bigger and without the memorabilia on the walls. There was a front table area near a bar with some TV's and lots of table seating in the back right side of the building. We took a front window seat for the view and to be close to the bar. Our server was attentive and offered his recommendations for after hours bars to try after the Arctic Monkeys concert at HOB ended. He had moderate knowledge about beer but made an effort none the less to answer any question I posed. Beer selection was decent but none of the brews really wowed me at all. The food was ok and reasonably priced. I opted for the daily special which was a fresh home baked turkey dinner plate for $14.00 and was quite happy with it.
02-21-2010 14:08:48 |
More by koopa
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This Fenway stop, dead across from Fenway Park, is a good destination on a warm summer day or a cold winter night. The establishment is fairly large (deep), with 2 bars and good bar/table/booth seating. You walk in and you smell beer and malt. On game day, good luck finding a seat, let alone elbow room at the bar to get pint.
The beer is decent and always fresh. Nice standards as well as seasonal rotations. You'll get the odd twist (a belgian whatever), but you can always find an IPA, a pale ale, and a stout.
Table service is pretty good. plenty of waitstaff. Bartenders work hard and keep up, even when the Sox are in town. You can wait a bit to be seated, but they have their act together.
Food is pub grub, with some higher-end fare on the menu (as an appetizer, Grilled Mako Shark kabobs that have been marinated in raspberries and beer; another good one is - surprise - the meatloaf). Portions are good, but you get what you pay for, because it is a bit pricier than other brew pubs. Pints are a bit higher, and growlers (got oatmeal stout and watermelon ale this summer - 2 growlers - $36.00 -- ouch). Still, worth checking out when near Fenway.
01-26-2010 13:36:09 |
More by OtherShoe2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
What could be better-drinking beer brewed on site across the street from Fenway. Went with a friend and my daughter. It was 3:30PM and the Red Sox were on the road so we were almost the only ones there. We ordered the nachos and two samplers. The waitress was every imformative about the beer we were drinking and offered us larger portions of the ones we especially enjoyed. the BackBay IPA was my favorite, I bought a t-shirt. The food was good, alittle pricey. I wanted to come back for dinner but we had other plans.
08-08-2009 18:55:32 |
More by ProfessorCJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is loud and raucous on game days. We got there two and one half hours before a game, and the place was packed. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and the vibe was pretty electric.
We waited almost an hour for a table. No trouble getting a beer while we waited. The guy at the back bar was efficient and knowledgeable. There were 14 beers on tap. I had a couple IPAs, enjoyed them. My wife had to try the watermelon beer, and said it was very good.
The food is typical pub food, with generous portions. Our server was on the ball. She got extra points for bringing me another beer, at no charge, after I knocked mine over while handing her my menu.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Would have liked it even more if the Red Sox had managed more than two hits and no runs in a loss to the Athletics.
07-09-2009 14:21:02 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
i cant speak as to the food, just stopped by for a beer on a hot day, and didnt go further thatn the front room bar area, but what a nice place. the server behind the bar was helpful and more knowledgeable than was expected and came back to see how the beer was, as i mentioned i have never had it.
they had several beers on tap, from several styles from a hopless beer that i treid to oatmeal stouts, porters and IPA's as well as a few guest taps. nothing amazingly exotic, but the spectrum of styles was wel represented. plus a couple pints was only $9!
the place itself was clean and welcoming, and most importantly right across from fenway
05-26-2009 02:15:57 |
More by sinstaineddemon
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
After reading many of the other BA's reviews, I was looking forward to visiting the Beer Works. Overall though, I was not impressed with the experience. Perhaps game days are different than other days?
The food was average pub grub (nachos, burgers, pizza, wings). Beer list consisted of 12-16 Beer Works beers on tap in addition to Woodchuck Cider (which seemed kind of random to me). The one bright star out of the 5 different beers that I tried was the Imperial Pilsner. I also tried the Back Bay IPA, Old Ironsides, a Hefeweizen, and the Bunker Hill Blueberry.
Staff were quite rude. You must order your beer at the end of the bar or they won't serve you. The bartender also felt the need to snidely inform me that the imperial pilsner is served in a "small glass" because it is a "strong beer". Thanks for that tip... When I asked about the beer in more detail, she didn't seem to know anything about the beer (except for the fact that it is served in a "small glass" because it is "strong").
Due to its close proximity to Fenway, I can see why this is a popular choice for many. I think I might give other establishments a try before going to the Beer Works next time I'm in the area.
05-24-2009 02:40:46 |
More by swierczt
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Started recently going here and have really enjoyed it. Right near Fenway park for those visiting Boston, it can be a fun place to get a cheap dinner, and for the locals, a nice place to start the weekend.
The atmosphere is really hit or miss. You get a mix of young and old, however you definitely find it to be more professional. The music though can be a little too loud as it bumps.
The quality is good. Their beer is fresh and made on site. A nice brimming glass of beer is always good. I went easy on their brewing but I have mixed feelings about their IIPA.
The service really is top notch. There is plenty of bar space to grab a drink and the bartender will look for you. Without a doubt I have never waited long to get a beer in my hands. Even on a Saturday night, the service moves fast and dinner at 8pm took about 15 minutes to get a table.
The food was good, however I am leaving this inbetween. The first time I went, I got a double bacon cheese burger for $13. That provided 20 oz of beef with loads of cheddar cheese and perfectly cooked bacon with lettuce/tomato/onion on the side with ketchup or sauce. I was stuffed. Too much food, I won't complain with that kind of value. The second time I went, I got the Mexicali chicken sandwich. A grilled chicken breast with jalapenos and spciey cheese for $10.45. It was good however they provided no lettuce/tomato/or onion. Slightly odd for a sandwich. Also the fry upgrades (99 cents for sandwich) are not worth it. My girlfriend got gravy fries and for 99 cents got roughly a tablespoon on a heaping pile of french fries. Its fine to offer an upgrade but for a dollar they could definitely put a little more on there.
The value I gave $$, its actually cheap as a sandwich, burger or pizza is well within reason, however sometime additional charges are not worth it. They offer their beer in different size, however a 22 ouncer is definitely the way to get the most bang for your buck. Would rate it cheaper but they don't offer cheaper alternatives (their light lager is the price of their pale ale). Definitely a reasonable place as you can get two 22 oz. beers and a sandwich for roughly $25.
Final Thoughts - I like Beer Works a lot. They do some things really right, and some not so much. Its unfortunate that the food can be hit or miss some times but never the less compared to some bars in that area, you get a wonderful variety of fresh brews to try. Give it a go.
03-22-2009 22:00:25 |
More by bsend
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I like the atmosphere and location. Its informal and yet appealing, kind of like a dave and busters but without the games. Beer selection is very nice. Bartender screwed up our orders but he made up for it with a free pint. Not a bad place at all. I imagine it gets packed after Sox games. Would probably go back, especially if I go to see the Sox. I wish that I'd gotten a growler. I sewe that they have other locations within Boston. We don't have these types of chain brewpubs in VT but so far, I'm impressed.
03-21-2009 21:43:07 |
More by Brad007
Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA
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