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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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Phil, just where the hell are we? Do you know, really? Really?? It's the old "First we find the town, then we find the street" game. yeah, we don't do that one too often. Riiight!!!
Watch City is a large open room with a long rectangular 2 sided bar island in the middle towards one side. The bar seats roughly 20 with mug club mugs hanging overhead and there are counters lying adjacent to the bar seating on one side. The room has wood lowers and trim, painted wood uppers in pale lime & light yellow, industrial duct venting, TV's in the corners, and is fairly lowly lit. A pleasant collection of art pieces include a three panelled framed piece on one wall, painted tile pieces on the other, a 6' X 4' "Moet" print up above and other liquor prints of similar dimensions. There's also a small beer tray display in one area.
About 4 dozen booths & tables in sectioned areas, and the front window seating area. There's a small room next to the front door with some brick & wood lined kettles.
There's a board describing what's on, when it was brewed, and what's next up. We caught 9 beers on tap. 5 standards (Stout, Brown Ale, Nitro Red, Golden Ale, Cask IPA) and 4 specials (IPA, Octo, Double IPA, Scotch Ale). I did a sampler, which was 4 beers of my choice. The Stout was nicely chocolatey & chewy, the Double IPA very hoppy with a bitter finish, the Cask IPA was sweet (and we liked it better than the Double IPA), and the Scotch Ale weighing in at 8.8%, was chocolatey, peaty, and very malty.
Service was pleasant enough. I caught a great bowl of SouthWestern Beef & Bean chili, and Phil had some sort of a fried Ravioli app that he seemed okay with.
Beers were clean and fresh, food was good, and the bathrooms smelled like bubblegum...
11-29-2004 03:41:16 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is in an interesting location, right on the corner of Moody and Pine Streets. The brewhouse sits right in the window and the entire facade is like a gigantic bay window.
Coming in, there is a short vestibule, a second set of doors, a wooden cigar-store Native American to the right, then the maitre d' station, and fnally, the oval-shaped bar. Tables and booths flank either side of the bar and the kitchen is all of the way aft, on the left-hand side.
They offer five (5) regular beers, three (3) rotating, plus one (1) cask (always available). These are all very good beers, ranging from the TickTock Golden Ale (Repent, Harlequin, said the TickTock Man); Moody Street Stout; Totem Pale Ale; Titan Ale; and Hops Explosion IPA. My pick might have been the Monkey Monk Saison (for reasons that would be obvious to anyone who has ever seen me), except for its 6.34 ABV. It would just be too much for a session beer.
I had the mac & cheese, which came in a huge bowl that caused me to really have to work at it to get it all put away. The waitress was very friendly and the owner came over at one point to speak to a visiting celebrity and then he came over and spoke to me. Ha ha.
The Mens' and Ladies' are down a short hallway at the extreme rear right. There is a Golden Tee machine down that corridor, also. The decor in the Men's put me in mind of Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" with the melting watches. That reminds me to mention the display of eight (8) vintage trays on the front right wall, facing aft. Some are in better shape than others, but one has a pocket watch theme. Ticktockticktockticktock ...
Great place and an excellent suggestion on Goz's part. Definitely recommended and especially given its proximity to the commuter rail.
06-23-2006 13:20:34 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After a few Beers and a Burger at the Cambridge Common, and a return back to Carmens house to walk the ever lovable and cuddly Riley, we headed out again to hit the Watch City Brewing in Waltham.
At last I managed to get to ride the Commuter Railway (proper trains as we call them in England). To my surprise it reminded me of traveling on the trains in England ..well back in the 1980s that is. Queuing, or rather standing in line, for a guy to dispense a hand cut piece of cardboard which was then promptly stamped by hand, followed by the carriage Sturmbahnfuhrer conductors punching tickets with their 1960s hand held stampers ..quite the journey! I digress, we were soon in Waltham though, and despite making a wrong turn, we went left instead of right at the Station platform, once we reversed footsteps we were soon stood by the traffic lights outside opposite the WCB, ironically watching 36LovePoundChild ignoring our highly verbose hailing.
A black painted exterior looked a little worn, but the sight of the small stainless brewery with some wooden clad vessels to the lefty of the entrance soon lifted the spirits. The centrally located doorway, complete with some wooden cask decorations, has you standing right at the end of the Bar once you get inside. The bar itself is a long rectangular affair that sits in the middle of the Watch Citys single main room. Seating to the left and right of here accommodates diners and those that dont wish to sit at the bar with their beer.
As there was just the three of us initially though, we all decided to sit at the bar and promptly raised our buttocks onto one of the 12 or so high stools, those of the fancy rotating but annoyingly fixed base type. We elected to grab a couple of Tables to the right of the Bar once we were joined by Todd A., Denali and later by Longstaff and others.
The ambience is strange to nail down, it doesnt really have any outstanding characteristics, it felt a little open and cold at first, but I soon warmed to its simplistic presentation. Decoration on the walls is in the form of promotional posters for a wide variety of libations, not just beer.
Beer range was interesting and varied; on my visit it included the Tick Tock Ale, Titan Ale and the Mongrel Pale Ale, the latter was quite delicious. I also got to sample Joes (Mai?) Bock and later on I went for the Cask Hop Explosions IPA from the lone Beer Engine at the front of the Bar to your left as you enter. The quality of the brews was very good. It seems that our small BA get together attracted the Brewers [Aaron Mateychuk] attention, for he was eager to escape the heat in the greenhouse like Brewery and join us for a short while. Aaron plied us with a Growler of the FNA IPA straight from the Tanks; it lacked a little carbonation obviously but still managed to stamp its greatness on everyone. I finished with a Chocolate Thunder Porter which was delicious and ably accompanied my excellent Chill which was great value.
Service at the Bar was solid, timely and although it lacked a little charm at the start, once we moved to the Tables, our new server was extremely attentive and great fun. The whole place is clean and tidy as are the spacious restrooms, useful after the Chilli (sic) and you even get chance to play with the wooden train-set that is nearby on your return.
It took a little while for me to warm to the Watch City, probably because it was quiet when we arrived. Whilst it does not have the Bells & Whistles of other better known Brewpubs, there is nothing really to bitch about here, what it does do is concentrate on brewing & serving great beers and good food. Watch City is a cool place that is well worth seeking out, so grab a Timetable and take the train here would be my suggestion if you are in downtown Boston; it is only a 15 minute ride from downtown. But make time once here to try all the brews; for they are all worth sampling, especially the well kept Cask offering!
Watch City is 9 Years Old ..so is BeerAdvocate.com ..both are institutions and both are always worth a visit.
Last Visit: Friday 22nd July, 2005.
08-05-2005 08:16:41 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Solid brewpub, away from Boston and near a major highway. Attractive medium sized place, staff knowledge of the beers was passable. I would not call this a friendly place, but people were relaxed and staff was on top of it. In a word, good beer is the reason to be here. Nothing floored me, but it was a solid lineup between the stout, scotch, and IPA, and a totally different stout was on cask. It is also a short drive to two Gordon Liquor locations, another plus if you are just passing through, like us. Must stop if you are in the area.
07-15-2009 03:46:49 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Not to far off the Mass. Turnpike. Parked in a public lot down the street. The building fits the street its on - almost a throwback to the 50's styled diners. Upon entering we saw the brewer working his craft in the front window. The bar is immediately in front of you, and numerous tables on the left and the right. The bar has about 25 stools that are bolted to the floor and we found to be uncomfortable. Definite old 50's restaurant style with some modern decorations. One spot had some beer trays mounted on the wall.
The bar had an easy to read beer menu with the seven selections on tap. Tick Tock Golden, Clockwork Summer, Totem Pale Ale, 38 Schilling, Blackdogg Oatmeal Stout, Hops Explosion IPA and Big Steamer Common Ale. The IPA was killer, and the other beers were also very good.
The service was friendly and knowledgable. Food was very good as the salad and fish & chips were perfectly done. Portions were pretty big. The place was very crowded too.
I am glad we made the effort to stop in during our short stay in the area. Anyone heading into Boston should make some time to hit this place.
08-02-2006 12:14:12 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This was the second stop on our Moody Street pubcrawl on Saturday 6/30/07. Grabbed two seats at the bar. We both noticed that it was pretty dark in there, along with a weak crowd for a Saturday night. The bartender kinda grumbled something to take our order, so I ordered the Stout and my wife got the Rye Hefeweizen. The Stout was kinda boring, nothing I'd order again. Her Hefe was actually pretty good, the Rye added something new and different that we both agreed was good. I asked the bartender about the Monkey Monk Saison (belgian red ale) and he then opened up to us and chatted about beer, giving us two samples to see what we liked. We both went with the Monkey Monk, which was served in an oversized chalice. We agreed it was a very nice beer, with an unexpected sweetness. I am glad that I finally got to visit Watch City. This brewpub is a quality stop if you are in Waltham, but I am not sure if I'd go out of my way to come here again.
07-02-2007 17:51:02 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Decent place, with a big, central bar and many booths/tables scattered all around. Decorated with some large, old, obscure bier/wine posters. There are a couple of tv's at the bar for the sports lover (though one of my Daughters and I did thoroughly enjoy watching the Three Stooges on them there once!!). Most of the biers I've sampled there are pretty good, with the once-in-a-while standout, like the Imperial Stout or Barleywine. Service has been quite good in regards to taking care of your needs. Selection is typically quite good for a brewpub, with 7 to 8 regular/seasonal biers. Can't expound too much on the food menu, but the Buffalo Chicken Fingers are A-1 (though not hot enough!). Grilled chicken sammich on another visit was tasty, but much too small; it got lost in the kaiser roll. A bit pricy for a lot of "pub-grub" type items. Check 'em out!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
11-16-2002 18:01:57 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I had not been here for a few years, and so decided to go back for a visit. Located at the corner of Pine St. and Moody St., with a large municipal parking lot and garage behind, this is a comfortable brewpub. The center of the pub is the large, rectangular bar. The bar has fixed stools with backs (and if you have large legs, this might not be the most comfortable place to sit), and there are tables and booths as well. The Moody St. front is glass windows. There are a few small tv's above the bar.
The seem to have 5 regular beers on tap, and 3 specials on tap, and 1 special on cask. The offer a nice 4 beer sampler (4-5 oz glasses) for $4.95, and you get to pick your four beers in your sampler (a nice touch). The beer menu gives a description of each brew, which includes %abv and IBU.
The menu is fairly typical pub fare, and the food I tasted was good.
The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable.
Overall a very comfortable place. They are currently recruiting members for their Mug Club ($35/year). This is one of the rare brewpubs these days that only serves their own beer (no Bud Light here!), and they don't appear to have a hard liquor license.
01-20-2003 18:17:49 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
It was the middle of autumn and I overdue for a visit to Watch City Brewing Company. After traveling west on the commuter rail during the 5 PM shuffle in Boston from North Station, I quickly found this great brewpub in the middle of downtown Waltham.
The atmosphere is par for the course, perhaps better than one might imagine. A sizable square bar sits in the middle of a large, open room with ample seating. One cannot help but sit and watch from the dimly lit room with servers marching to their respective tables and picking up food from the rear kitchen and serving food & well-crafted beers with ease. I had the opportunity to sit at the bar for my first beer, which was a Bee Jesus BPA - a brew made with bee & lemon balm and Jasmine White Tea and served in appropriate glassware. My first sip signaled quality, this was clearly a well hand crafted ale and quite enjoyable. As I sampled more beers, this validated my initial opinion.
If there is one recommendation, it's to take full advantage of this brewpub's half price special on all appetizers that are offered from 4 PM - 6 PM. I had the Watch City's Famous Nachos with turkey chili and the Traditional Tomato Bruschetta. All the food I had was tasty, flavorful and nicely made. I like how the nachos were served with the dip on the side and not piled on top of the chips as usual. Service was attentive and quick to all requests.
In terms of beer selection - there were five staples, the Tick Tock Ale, Irish Red, Hops Explosion IPA, Titan Ale and Moody Street Stout. There were also three "specials" on tap which included the Pie Eyed Pumpkin Ale, Clocktoberfest and Bee Jesus BPA. Beer prices will run you from $4.95 to $5.95 for special and cask selections. On cask during my visit was the Titan Ale that was quite enjoyable. Prices are a tad on the high side to be honest.
Yeah....I liked this place. Really good beer with a solid atmosphere to match, I liked the selection that was focused, diverse and well crafted. Sometimes brewpubs have the tendency to overextend themselves, clearly not the case here. A recommended visit - one of the better brewpubs in this portion of the commonwealth.
10-25-2008 11:35:58 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've stopped in here a few times now since moving to the Boston area. They always seem to have 7-8 beers available, often a cask offering as one of those. Styles vary enough to keep things interesting, particularly if you like hops and/or hearty ales. Beer quality is above average overall, but individual beers range from being merely okay to being quite good. Service has been solid and the waitstaff that I've encountered have been able to help others at my table with appropriate beer choices. The food is solid, but nothing has really stood out as a must-have on the next visit. Definitely worth stopping in for a pint and a bite to eat, particularly if you're in the area.
06-12-2010 12:48:39 |
More by DrJay
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