Food & Drink

6 Boston Tap Rooms You Need to Check Out Right Now

Published On 01/14/2015 Published On 01/14/2015
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1. Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

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, plus a year-round farmers market.

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2. Bantam Cider Company 40 Merriam St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

On the opposite side of Union Square 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. It'll also throw special events such as cheese tastings and live music to go with your cider.

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3. Jack's Abby Brewing 81 Morton St, Framingham, MA 01702

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, half-pints, and pints. Start off with a Lashes Hopbock lager followed immediately by a Ham on Rye (beer, not a sandwich). Pro tip: grab a pint and take the tour… with your pint!

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4. Mystic Brewery 174 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150

Specializing in farmhouse-style ales -- crafted with locally-sourced yeast -- Mystic slings a variety of seasonal, limited, and year-round brews. Old-world charm meets American industrial at Mystic’s beer café, and it’s also where your taste buds meet the signature saisons and abbey-style offerings like Table Beer, Inconceivable, Spectral Evidence, and Entropy.

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5. Night Shift Brewing 3 Charlton St. Unit 9, Everett, MA 02149 (Everett)

Night Shift Brewing only launched in 2012, but you can certainly notice it was testing and perfecting its brew skills and recipes long before that. If you swing by its modest tap room, try its “Art Series,” which is an array of experimental, test-batch Frankenbeers that vary from week to week and sometimes last only a keg at a time.

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6. American Fresh Taproom 301 Canal Street, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

Slumbrew’s much-anticipated American Fresh Taproom shoots straight: it pours delicious beers and serves perfect-with-delicious-beers grub…from the comfort of its year-round beer garden. Let’s talk brews: it has ten draft lines consisting of flagships (Trekker Trippel), seasonals (Attic & Eaves), exclusives (Assembly Row Ale), and limiteds (Yankee Swap).