Boston What’s 9,000-years-old and making a big-time comeback? No, not hunting and gathering. Mead... that’s what! This ancient nectar derived from honey is the next craft revolution, and you don’t want to be late to the party/miss your chance to drink like a Knight of the Round Table. Here are five prime places to get it in the Hub:
Sunset Grill & Tap
Get mead madness at Sunset with more than 30 different varieties from around the world… easily earning them multiple "Best Mead Selection" titles. Go international with Apis Jadwiga (Poland) and Dansk Mjød Viking Blod (Denmark), or stay domestic with Moonlight’s Kamasutra (NH) and B. Nektar Zombie Killer (MI). Bonus: they have "mead-tails"! Try the Orange Blossom (orange blossom mead, unfiltered Hefeweizen). Continue Reading
This cozy hideaway has four different chill zones (The Dining Room, The Classroom, The Den, The Back Room) to go along with their four mead offerings. Sourcing from Sap House Meadery (Center Ossipee, NH), selections include Hopped Blueberry Maple, Ossipioja, Sugar Maple, and a rotating seasonal. Can’t decide? Opt for a flight of three for $12.
It'd be kind of disingenuous if they didn't have it, right? It’s in the name! This malty mecca in Kendall Square is flush with craft drafts (100) and, to keep things honest, they also have some meads. The menu rotates constantly, but their current dozen options come from three different producers: Maine Mead Works, Moonlight Meadery, and Sap House Meadery.
Husband-and-wife team Dan and Kristen Valachovic (Mr. and Mrs. "Vee", get it?) keep it real in JP with American fare, craft beers, and artisanal wines from local wellsprings. So of course they have some New England mead, too. Kick start your hunger with the aperitif Green River Liquid Sunshine (Greenfield, MA), a semi-dry mead with honey and floral notes.
In Beowulf, Grendel destroyed the massive mead hall Heorot because it was too noisy and the patrons kept him up all night. Not cool, Grendel! At Grendel’s Den, you will find a much quieter scene, frequent half-price food specials, and no giant beast-creatures with sensitive hearing. With a nod to the literary set, this subterranean Harvard Square mainstay also has Green River Liquid Sunshine, so you can drink like a 6th century tough guy.
Although this Allston spot is known primarily for its HUGE beer selection (nearly 400) -- which makes sense, because this joint is right near BU and is in the frat/party central area of the campus -- it's also got a massive food menu to boast about. It features everything you could possibly think of, including nachos, BBQ ribs, fish tacos, 1/2 lb. burgers, fajitas, and a bunch more. If you aren't coming here hungry, there must be something wrong.
This stately tavern and lounge has four distinct areas for imbibing and masticating, both of which you'll want to do considering the beer list is loaded with more than 50 choices and the food menu features options like slow roasted brisket, braised lamb belly and a number of other meaty options and sides.
This loungy, semi-industrial beer castle plates upscale lunch-thru-late night vittles (from an egg-topped steak tartare w/ anchovy vinaigrette to a signature VT turkey, bacon & avocado club), and pours over 100 draughts (including Peak Hop Noir, Wee Heavy Scottish Ale, McChouffe Brown, Hoptical Illusion, and Storm King Stout) in a 32-table (plus upstairs lounge) space.
Run by husband-and-wife team Dan and Kristen Valachovic (Mr. and Mrs. "Vee", get it?), this cozy JP joint's got American fare, craft beers, and artisanal wines from local wellsprings.
This Harvard Square hot spot is home to all walks of life (read: Harvard and Cambridge students). Grab one of their unique brew choices and relax in the bar that noted Harvard hottie Natalie Portman used to hang in.