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Watch City Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 73
Beer Ratings: 441
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
256 Moody Street
phone: (781) 647-4000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
I was super excited to visit my neighborhood brewpub for the first time. Alas, I've been subsequently disappointed each time I visit. My complaints revolve around two points.
Beer: This is a brewpub. The reason people go to a brewpub is for the beer. While I've had a decent pint at Watch City, I've never had a beer that's really impressed me. Furthermore, I've had some real clunkers; beer that I wouldn't even serve as a homebrewer. They also seem to have some line issues and problems with keeping their growlers fresh.
Service: Service here can be downright terrible. For Example -Early on, I purchased a mug for the mug-club. I then lost the number of my mug. On two separate occasions I've been told that I am SOL by my server. Not what I wanted to hear after paying good money to join.
Staff is standoffish, can be rude, impatient, etc. Food is decent, but nothing to rave about either. Again, it is a consistency thing.
I really want Watch City to get its act together so I can love them. I'll still pop in now and again.
07-08-2011 14:31:54 |
More by CavePainter
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Just returned from the Watch City Brewery, a place I've been visiting for many years. This afternoon I had a bowl of turkey chili ($7) a Titan Brown, and a Hops Explosion ($5.50 a pop). No worries.
I've often gone back and forth on my experience in Watch City. That I return several times a year over maybe a decade tells me that there is something good going on here. And yet, as seems to be the case with many customers here, there seem to be some issues that don't go away. The service is generally iffy at the bar, even in slow times. The least a bartender can do is keep yer glass full, c'mon folks!
Some of the brews, especially the couple I had this afternoon, are excellent. Titan Brown is a full-bodied malt, a fine ale. The Hops Explosion has been changed from the in-your-face variety to a more pedestrian IPA. But oftentimes I don't find much that really interests me here. The brewer is very experimental, which I like, and tending towards Belgian yeast it seems. Which is not my cup of tea.
And so, a nice place for fresh beer on Moody Street in Waltham. Bison County across the street has a nice selection of brews and BBQ as well.
11-28-2010 23:21:06 |
More by hudsonvalleyslim
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
beer and food were good. some interesting belgians and a very good "northwest style" brown ale. the space was nice, two high-ceilinged rooms divided by a double-sided bar.
I made the mistake of sitting at that bar. the bartender was terrible. He focused on doing everything but serving the people sitting right in front of him. He never smiled, barely looked at his customers and only spoke to them if you asked him something. I had to get his attention to request my samplers, food order, and pint. He left my empty pint glass sitting on the bar for 10 minutes, then cleared it away without asking if I wanted another. It's like he didn't want to sell beer!
The other people sitting at the bar got the same passive-agressive treatment so no one stuck around too long. Just bizzare... If I happened to be out in Waltham again (a pretty scruffy place) I would go back, but make sure to sit at a table. It's unfortunate since with a decent bartender the atmosphere could have been great.
went back a second time. different 'tender, same indifferent service at the bar. This is a brewpub! you sell beer! people who drink beer tend to sit at bars! please don't be so indifferent toward them!
All I can think is that the people who own this place are making $ and don't care. I would imagine there's a steady flow of visitors from people going to Brandeis so they don't have to work to hard.
I was less impressed the second time around with the beer itself. Summer Ale - blech, like most. Saison is passable but a bit heavy, not much floral character. I did not try Green Tea IPA because my well-honed intuition told me it was not going to be a happy pint... oh yeah, and because the bartender was too busy trying to find something besides the Olympics to watch.
By the way, i would be shocked if the first review in this thread was not from the place itself ("Be sure to try the pumpikin ale in the fall!" is not a thing that most paying customers would write).
08-04-2012 00:05:30 |
More by rinypa
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
I lived in Waltham for 10 years, before and after the brewery opened. I was so looking forward to it before it opened and then I was so disappointed when it did open. The beers were lame and the establishment was all about being a restaurant and not about being a bar.
The beers have improved a bit over time but the atmosphere has not. It is not a weekend evening destination, it's usually very empty. I understand they have a great lunchtime crowd during the week though.
I can't recommend it if your not in Waltham for some other reason. It just doesn't offer anything interesting.
12-31-2004 03:27:05 |
More by BrianC
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I went to dinner at Watch City tonight with bjohnson to see if we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner there, but the guy at the front desk knew nothing about private events.
Annnyway, I like the atmosphere at Watch City--it's right on Moody Street in Waltham, which is a fun location, and I like that the bar is in the middle, dividing the two halves of the restaurant.
I had a decent crab cake sandwich with a side salad--the only problem was that the crab cake was all burnt on the bottom. I also had the Tick Tock Golden Ale--it wasn't anything exciting--tasted like Miller Lite, but maybe less good (that's my shout out to FitzIPAtrick).
So yeah, tonight I'm underwhelmed by Watch City...I'll give it another shot, but I don't know...not too excited about it this time.
04-20-2007 01:38:07 |
More by eheff
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
I wanted to get some fresh beer for a party so I dropped by Watch City on Friday to pick up some growlers. Got a flight to figure out what I was in the mood for. The flight consisted of Hops Explosion IPA, Titan Ale, Tick Tock Golden Ale, & a Brown Ale (they were inexcusably out of Stout!). To my taste the IPA & Titan were best. Since I didn't have the forethought to bring my own growlers I had to buy new ones...one of each from the case + one freshly tapped IPA. When I asked the bartender she didn't seem sure if they would fill growlers from other sources. The growlers here are $12 and $10 for a refill...kinda expensive! The bad news was that the two beers from the case, consumed the same day, were disappointingly pretty much flat. The ""freshly" tapped IPA growler was also essentially flat the next day. It's difficult to say how well these beers would have gone over if a bit of carbonation remained. I've had beers in growlers for a week that remained well carbonated.
What caused the flat beer in growlers? The Watch City growlers have plastic caps whereas I'm used to the metal ones...I'll run a test from a source where carbonation hasn't been a problem to see what happens. Maybe these beers are just lower in carbonation. In any case I'm disappointed, and no one at my party was very impressed with these Watch City brews.
Too bad...but who loves (expensive) flat beer?
03-31-2008 04:18:00 |
More by BrewIAm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3
This looked like the type of bar we'd like - dark wood bar, wide open spaces...But once we sat down: the service was terrible and we were the only ones in there! We had the Moody Street Stout, Chocolate Thunder Porter, Hops Explosion IPA, & Up Yer Kilt Scotch Ale. If the stout and porter had been served a touch warmer, this place would have moved up a notch. No clue what the food was as the bartender never came back to our side of the bar to ask us if we wanted anything to eat, never mind refilling our sampler. Did I mention we were the only ones there? Screwtop growlers (must be a Massachusetts thing).
04-05-2002 12:59:50 |
More by MTMugs
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I want to like Watch City, I really do, but I always seem to leave disappointed. I've been there several times, and never leave fulfilled
I don't think I ever out-and-out disliked a beer, but I have never been left wanting to try one for a second time.
They have a large selection of rotating beers, but, no matter the style, I'm still left with the impression there's something similar about them all.
The food is decent, and the service was not bad.
I know I'll go back, because I keep hearing good things about it, so maybe my opinion will change.
I like the location and there's decent parking available and many decent restaurants and bars within walking distance.
09-30-2006 13:23:49 |
More by n0rmann
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
Let's start with the positive comments: First of all, the service is very good. The wait staff is quick, friendly, and courteous.
Second, the atmosphere is pretty much what you would expect from a brewpub. I was definately comfortable there.
The food is good, too, but there's not enough pub grub on the menu to choose from. They try to get too fancy with high priced "gourmet" meals.
They beer is okay. Nothing great, but not bad.
Now the negatives:
Actually, there's only one real negative, and that's the HIGHLY INFLATED PRICE OF ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THEY SELL. $4.95 for a pint is absolutely stupid. This place is roughly 15-20 miles outside of Boston, and they're charging 50-75 cents more per pint than what the Boston Beer Works is charging, and they're in the heart of Boston! And who the heck charges $8.95 for a simple hamburger in a brewpub?! And there's nothing special about it - it's the same burger that you get anywhere else. And forget about buying a meal there. For a brewpub they have some of the most inflated menu prices that I've ever seen. The food may be good, but it ain't worth the price.
Bottom line: if you value your hard-earned money, then avoid this place like the plague. If you don't care what, or how much, you blow your money on, then the Watch City Brewing Company is average, at best.
FYI... I heard a rumor that they plan on raising prices even higher! Keep in mind, this is just a rumor.
05-05-2008 19:05:46 |
More by tcbl1007
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Had dinner with a friend last night, first time in a long time. Food consists of mainly sandwiches, burgers, salads, and a few pricey entrees ($17 for fish & chips?). We split Nachos w/ Turkey chili. Chips came plain in one bowl, chili and melted cheese in a blob on another plate. Have not really seen this presentation befoer, but once combined it was pretty tasty. I ate the IPA Lamb Burger which had some sort of Blue Cheese spread on the top, in a nice roll. It was tasty, and the accompanying fries were good.
Well, I went really to try their beer. In general, I would say good, but not great. I started with Black Twig, a black IPA. It was advertised as a big hop bomb, but honestly, I was wondering where the hops were. It was smooth, but not what I expected. Next a nitro Irish Red Ale. Again, smooth and easy to drink, but nothing stellar. finished with Titan Ale, a smoooth and tasty brown ale. It was good with food, and also easy to drink.
There were 3 cask beers, all with bacon, plus other ingredients. I tried a sample of one with ginger and coriander (I think). All I got was salty bacon. It wasn't bad, but I don't know if I could do a whole pint.
We sat at the bar, as I often do. Servie at bars is usually awesome, and some good converstations are usually had. Our bartender, while nice, was always distracted. Took ages to clear dirty stuff, and basically we had to interrupt whatever he was supposedly busy with to order anything. Not once did he come to us and ask if we needed anything. A big turn-off.
In summary, there wasn't any beer that was memorable for me, none that will have me wanting to rush back there, but they were all decent, and certainly way better than your usual BMC offerings at many other local spots.
04-22-2011 12:21:44 |
More by BeTheBall
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