Food & Drink

6 Boston Tap Rooms You Need to Check Out Right Now

Published On 01/14/2015 Published On 01/14/2015

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.

 

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Aeronaut Brewing Co.

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. The massive space also serves as one-stop shopping for foodies with its year-round farmers market.

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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

Jack’s Abby Brewing

Framingham 
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! 

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Mystic Brewery

Chelsea
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.

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Night Shift Brewing

Everett
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. 

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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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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).

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