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What Beers Should You Drink This Summer in Boston? We Tried Them All to Find Out.

Published On 06/16/2016 Published On 06/16/2016
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1. Slumbrew Brewing Company 15 Ward St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

Sitauted in Somerville, this local brewing company doles out about 27 beers at a time, most famous being the Trekker Tripel (Belgian Golden Ale), Flagraiser IPA (Double IPA), and Happy Sol, a blood orange Hefeweizen. Slumbrew also boasts an outdoor beergarden and restaurant (310 Canal Street), along with an onsite taproom that also supplies charcuterie, flatbread pizzas, and hearty sandwiches.

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2. Oxbow Brewing Company 274 Jones Woods Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553

Farmhouse Belgian ales -- with a modern American influence -- are offered at the unfussy brewery in Southern Maine. Beers at Oxbow are categorized as year round, bottled, periodical, freestyle, and "occasional," and include flagship, seasonal, and experimental brews. There are two taprooms: one on site in Newcastle, while the other -- Portland Blending & Bottling -- in in Portland.

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3. Hopster's 292 Centre St, Newton, MA 02458 (Newton)

This lively, Centre Street brewpub in Newton is known for its DIY brewing parties, along with its home brewing retail items. Its own creations include the popular Hopsters Leaf Blower, a lights, prohibition-style American ale. Food wise, Hopster's taproom dishes out eats like gargantuan meat and cheese boards (equipped with cured meats and nduja) and sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas.

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4. Throwback Brewery 7 Hobbs Rd, North Hampton, NH 03862

One of the state's best farm-fresh breweries, Throwback in North Hampton is dedicated to using local ingredients to create high quality, small batch brews. Among seasonal, year round, and "rare breeds" is the popular "From Here!" beer: a light tangerine-colored pale ale made with 100% local malts. Food at Throwback's pub is also sourced from nearby farms, and includes snacks, sandwiches, salads, sandwiches, and bowls.

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5. Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210

Babbo Pizzeria, brought to us by the famous Mario Batali, features signatures pizza and pasta dishes, along with a cheese list full of locally made cheeses. It's located in the Seaport district of town, and all the pies are made with organic wheat flour (100%!) and California tomatoes. A fan favorite is Babbo's goat cheese pizza with pistachios, red onions, and truffle honey.

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6. 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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7. SELECT Oyster Bar 50 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

Michael Serpa, formerly of Neptune Oyster, is behind this Back Bay seafood restaurant in a brick townhouse. Select is a seafood lover's paradise that produces daily ceviche, crudo, and grilled fish mains. If you're dining with a group, indulge in one of the platters that features lobster, Island Creek oysters, Littleneck Clams, and prawns. The space is snug with around 30-seats, and the best seats are definitely at the bar.

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8. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant 425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

A modern, yet classic American pub in Southie, Lincoln Tavern whips up decadent dishes like bacon and butternut squash pizza, oven braised short ribs with truffled mac 'n' cheese, and, for brunch, a memorable smoked prime rib hash. To wash it all down, make sure to check out the 40+ bottles/drafts, creative cocktail selection, or (if you're really thirsty) the 1.5 liter prosecc o "Bucket of Bubbles."

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9. Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven 45 Day St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Somerville)

This Massachusetts-born pizza company dishes out creative flatbreads, crafted in traditional clay ovens and topped with organic and range free ingredients. Favorites include the "Punctuated Equilibrium" (Kalamata olives, fresh organic rosemary, organic red onions, Vermont butter, goat cheese and fire-roasted sweet red peppers) and "Mopsy’s Kalua Pork Pie" (smoked free-range pork shoulder or oven-roasted free range chicken, homemade mango BBQ sauce, organic red onions, and fresh pineapple). Beers are also available.

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10. Champions Sports Bar 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02141 (East Cambridge)

A flatscreen TV haven, this sports bar within the Marriott Hotel supplies an American menu that features breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Options include an overwhelming breakfast buffet, along with classic pub fare: burgers, nachos, sandwiches, 12-hour braised short ribs. A wide selection of beers and fruity cocktails are available, too, perfect for the seasonal outdoor patio.

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