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Boston Beer Works - Fenway
Active Beers: 116
Beer Ratings: 1,328
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)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Rolled in on Extreme Beer Eve, an hour or two before heading over to Anam Cara for pre fest debauchery. More than anything, I was looking forward to seeing an old fraternity brother who works there. Went to school with him in New Haven half a lifetime ago and haven't seen in almost 20 years and he left 10 minutes before we got there. Now, I'm not blaming Phil for being 20 minutes late meeting up that morning at the uptown Port Authority. I'm not suggesting that had he been on time, I would have arrived at Beer Works 10 minutes BEFORE he left instead of 10 minutes after he left. Nope, Not me. Even if it were the case, Phil would be absolved of this crime for the whole "My car broke down on the RI/CT border on the way home Sunday afternoon after Redbones and he didn't bail and hung out at Foxwoods with me until I got my car fixed late Monday night" thing. Yes, he's now MisdemeanorousPhil. Anyway...
Located across the street from "The house that won me a case of beer from Phil", this location is spacious and roomy. They've got a small bar with seating in the front and a larger V shaped bar to the rear with about a dozen and a half stools and an adjacent dining area. There's a good deal of room here.
They house 13 beers, 2 casks and a cider. The casks were the Peanut Butter Porter and Fenway Pale Ale. I went with the 4 beer sampler and took in the Fenway Winterfest (nicely sweet and malty), Pumpkinhead Ale (Excellent nose, but doesn't taste as spicy as it smells. Better than the Dogfish Punkin but it's no Southampton's Pumpkin), the Peanut Butter Porter (not so much Peanut Buttery as chocolatey although it had a slight PB sticky aftertaste, still not bad), and the BunkerHill Bluebeery Ale (Wonderfully shy of being sickishly sweet, topped with blueberries, some rising as others are falling, and blue trails behind the dive bombers. Undoubtably my favorite blueberry beer).
We really didn't get into the food except Phil's "Rings of Onion", which were plentiful and good. Service was spot on. I just need to get back a little earlier next time.
02-09-2004 04:46:41 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is right in the shadow of Fenway Park and has been a stop for me for a while when going to a BOSOX game.
As you enter the place, you go up a fairly steep wheelchair ramp, stopping at the maitre d' station at the top. Down a short flight of steps puts you at their front bar, which I am told is the place to be during daylight hours, due to its ambiance in the sunshine. To the right, ascending the ramp, are more tables, as well as the fermentation tanks (behind glass, with the brewhouse in the right window).
Continuing aft are a bank of wooden booths on the left and behind them is the main restaurant area, with an extensive display of bottled beers in the overhead. The main bar is on the right, and it is a long, angular affair, going all of the way aft to the conditioning tanks. The kitchen is to the left of the CTs, behind swinging doors.
"Where are the serving tanks?" I hear my legion asking. Right in front of you, if you are at the bar, you big dummy! Where else?!? How many times must I tell you that the Woodcompass ALWAYS points to "Bar"?
Onto decor - talk about industrial: BBW, look out! Lots of diamond deck on display here. That, plus the exposed ducting, brushed aluminum poles, and gently spinning ceiling fans give me a chub.
My pick is the Special Pale Ale, made with Palisades hops, but I was also fascinated by the Blueberry Ale, which bore a resemblance to a lava lamp.
Finally, a mention of how nice it is to meet up with fellow BAs. By sheer circumstance, Bocktech happened to be here meeting someone on his way to a satge show nearby as I waited for my train home on a snowy evening. Cheers!
04-15-2006 12:47:19 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
So I wondered around Fenway Park with fellow So. Cal. BA xlperro, because some kinda famous sporting stadium is around here somewhere allegedly. We wondered around and verbally sparred with the Ticket Touts, and joined the Tourists. Then the Boston Beer Works, which lies opposite one of the corners, opened at 11:30am. Hell Yeah.
As the first customers of the day, we were greeted by a very friendly bartender who was performing his duties and filling up the coolers whilst chatting with us. The most amazing thing throughout the visit was the old spices smell from the batch of the Pumpkin Ale that was being brewed whilst we were there, the Brewster was busy clambering up and down the Brewery which lies to your immediate right as you enter, and occasionally disappearing into copper vessels to empty the mash tun. The odors that permeated the air were gorgeous and just to die for.
Similar in decor style to the North Station, there are two bars at the Fenway Park outlet, one to your left in front as you enter, which is the bar that myself and xlperro stayed at, whilst up a level and at the back end of the long room that forms the Boston Beer Works, there is a larger bar on the right hand side which starts where the on-site brewery finishes.
The beer range is quite astounding, given that this is BrewPub. So often you get the standard Wheat, Lager, Stout, Red and Brown. Not here!! There is a vast range of quality brews that will please most palates, including 2 beers on Cask a nice touch. I tried the Curlys Stout, Back Bay IPA and the Watermelon Ale during my visit all were excellent. I was also very impressed with the Allston Mild that xlperro had a MILD!! Shock, Horror, a Mild in America! But you know what it, it was damn good. Top Marks have to be given to Boston Beer Works for their creativity in producing some quality beers that are out-of-the-norm.
Xlperro grabbed a half-plate of Nachos, when it arrived, it was large, & I mean large large enough to feed to the entire continent of Africa. Even despite our best efforts, we could not clear the plate. Make sure you are hungry if you eat here.
A very nice BrewPub, that has an amazingly creative array of Brews (which is why I give it a 5.0), all of high quality, and even two of them on Cask, what more can you ask for? Well worth a visit. Oh yeah, and maybe even worth popping in after you have been to the scruffy looking old brick triangle over the road.
Last Visit : 15 Sept. 2003
09-22-2003 03:57:44 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Boston Beer Works sits across the street from Fenway Park, which I presume rocks on game day. The place is huge. Four rows of drafts and a cask sit at the bar, where I enjoyed a very tasty and generous portion of their panko chicken and a 22oz glass of "Baby Hercules". 17 different styles were listed. The bartender was helpful and explained to me about the cask-conditioned Baby Hercules. The bar got busy around dinner time, but the bartenders kept pouring beer after beer and satisfying the patrons. Everyone in the restaurant seemed to have a beer at hand, contributing to the atmosphere. This was a very nice place to visit, and shall I return for the baseball season one day, I'm hanging out here.
12-26-2007 19:22:19 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stumbled across this place after a Red Sox game. We walked to the ballpark so I am guessing nearby parking is largely dependent on whether there is a game or not. Since finding craft beer inside the park is impossible, this is a great location.
Inside the theme is beer and baseball. Lots of baseball memorabilia, and TVs line the upper wall everywhere. The bar is near the entrance, with seating in the rear. Chalkboards list all the current beers and the brewing equipment is visible from the dining room.
The beer selection is pretty good. Beer Works offers everything from Light to Stout with a couple unique choices mixed in, such as a Belgian Strong, a Blueberry Ale with real blueberries dancing around, or a Watermelon beer served with a wedge of watermelon. Most of the remainder of beers are the standard types found at most brewpubs (Amber, Nut Brown, Oatmeal Stout etc). They offer a 4-beer sampler for $5 and it takes about 3 of those to get through all the selections.
Service here is good. We beat the rush since we left the game a little early but even when people started pouring in our server did a good job explaining the beers and even writing down what was in each sampler so we could keep track.
The food is above average as far as pub grub goes. Sandwiches are tasty, and the french fries are good to begin with but they add flair with different sauces and seasonings that kick them to the next level.
Overall I am glad we came across this unplanned beer stop during our Boston visit. I would definitely hit this place again, or try to stop at one of the other locations.
07-03-2007 21:04:18 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
There's not much I can add to the previous reviews, which may be the best review I can give! This is easily my favorite brewpub in the Boston area. There hasn't been alot of mention in recent posts about the food. It's basic, brewpub type foods with some odd quirks thrown in. Nothing 'Nuveau Bizarre' here.The quality is very good. The prices are fair. Anyone can find something to enjoy, vegetarians included. I feel that the beers are exceptional, and I'm amazed at the variety and number of beers available. The interior is comfortable and wide open. Great for large groups. And the T-shirts are pretty good looking as well. Absolutely worth a visit!
08-01-2002 17:57:37 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Located a few blocks from the Kenmore greenline T stop. The place had a good crowd for a mid-afternoon Saturday, mostly younger college aged kids. The place is big with a small bar in the front section and a large 25+ stool bar in the back. Plenty of booths and table for diners. Warehouse feel throughout.
There were 16 beers on tap during our visit, with a few special Irish-themed beers outside the Beer Work normal offerings. There was a special Irish Ale, Irish Creme Ale, and and Oatmeal Stout. The beers ranged from just OK (pale ale and bluebeery ale) to really good (Imperial IPA and Irish Creme Ale). Interestingly the barkeep told us the Bluebeery Ale is their best seller.
Food was not overwhelming by any means as the food was somewhat bland but plentiful. Service was very prompt, extremely friendly, and talkative without becoming annoying.
I've been here several times over the years and it is quite consistant. This place always provides a nice atmosphere to quaff several beers on a weekend afternoon. Definitely worth a stop.
03-14-2007 12:08:45 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here during a Red Sox / Twins game (the last regular season game of 2007). The tickets were too expensive so this was our back-up plan. There were about 15 TV's tuned into the game, but unfortunately most of the seats (except those at the bar) are reserved for "eating" customers only. We were able to snag a few seats and watch the game.
There were about 9 beers on tap, all brewed on site or other BBW sites. We tried the Weisse bier, the red ale, the dopplebock, and the blueberry beer. They were all fair beers, the blueberry being the oddest (floating blueberries in the beer). Too bad the IPA was tapped out, as was the cask ale.
A really good stop at Fenway (you can't get closer without tickets) and good beer selection make this a good stop in Boston.
10-01-2007 02:57:38 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I have been here many times, but my most recent trip to Beer Works was last Friday night for dinner and drinks. BW is much more laid back when it's not baseball season, which some people prefer. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat, but I will agree with some other reviewers that it can get loud. The service is hit or miss, sometimes the waiter/ess is cool, other times I have been stuck with a knucklehead. The food is always pretty good, the apps and burgers/sandwiches/salads always satisfy. The beer is the main attraction here, and it's always good. The only problem is that the beer list always seems to be the same. It's rare to see a beer style on there that hasn't been there for years. But now and again, there will be a new beer worth trying. Overall, it's a great place to either watch a game, have a decent meal, or have a few beers.
12-05-2006 19:03:04 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Very large place with a good mix of booths/tables and bar seating. Big-time industrial looking pub. Service is generally good and knowledgable, but you may come across the occasional slug now and then. Wide array of biers to choose from, and they are all done fairly well. I am, though, still waiting for that 1 or 2 that knocks my sox off. Varied menu selections have always hit the spot for me (especially the Spicy Chicken Sammich). Watch out, though, if the Red Sox are playing....the place will be swamped! Prosit!!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
08-01-2002 04:43:50 |
More by Bierman9
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