Food & Drink

6 Boston Tap Rooms You Need to Check Out Right Now

There’s nothing as fresh as sipping a beer straight from the source (apologies to mountain spring water and DJ Jazzy Jeff). Here are six Boston-area tap rooms where you can live the dream and have your cup runneth over with fresh brews.


Aeronaut Brewing Co.

Hidden away on Tyler St (not far from Union Sq) lurks Aeronaut’s secret beer laboratory and local sustainable foods co-op. Within these techno-chic walls you can enjoy eight rotating drafts of Aeronaut's sought-after suds, like the Unionator doppelbock and Session with Dr. Nandu American pale ale. The massive space also serves as one-stop shopping for foodies with its year-round farmers market.

Bantam Cider Company

Near Union Square
On the opposite side of Union Sq from Aeronaut (tap room crawl!), Bantam’s taps dispense its apple-centric wares to legions of adoring fans. It has eight draft lines with standard ciders (Wunderkind) as well as seasonal and rotating selections (ginger beer) while they last. They'll also throw special events such as cheese tastings and live music to go with your cider. 

Jack’s Abby Brewing

It’s worth the trek to Framingham for the Hendler brothers’ award-winning beers, and your efforts will be rewarded with a treasure trove of growlers, bottles, flights, snifters, pints, and half-pints. Start off with a Lashes Hopbock lager followed immediately by a Ham on Rye (beer, not a sandwich). Look out for upcoming releases like the mighty Framinghammer and “Brewery Only” exclusives like the Lager Ness Monster. Grab a pint and take the tour… with your pint! 

Mystic Brewery

You never thought you could, would, or should do something this fun in Chelsea, but now you can, will, and... shall(?!). Old-world charm meets American industrial at Mystic’s beer cafe, and it’s also where your taste buds meet signature saisons and abbey-style offerings like Table Beer, Inconceivable, and Spectral Evidence. It has samplers, glasses, and growlers of classics and rotating potions, as well as 750mL bottles of tap room exclusives. You’ll definitely like Chelsea a whole lot more.

Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift recently opened its new brewery and 80-seat tap room in Everett, and it's waiting patiently for your arrival. Head over for the Taza stout made with local chocolate nibs and Mainer Weisse aged with Maine wild blueberries and cinnamon sticks. Flights, small pours (4oz), large pours (12oz), growlers (32oz and 64oz), and bottles are available seven days a week. 

Slumbrew’s American Fresh Taproom

Assembly Row
The recently opened Slumbrew’s American Fresh Taproom just landed at Assembly Row inside of a giant white, all-weather tent. It’s packed with everything you need: 10 draft lines of Somerville Brewing’s finest and an eclectic menu of munchies. Pledge allegiance to its Flagraiser IPA while noshing charcuterie and Fluffernutters. But don’t stop until you’ve had the warm soft pretzels with four house-made mustards (Spicy Trekker Trippel, Sweet Happy Sol Citrus, Mild Flagraiser, and Toasted Brown Ale Pub) like it’s Bavaria on the Mystic.

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