It’s no secret that Bostonians love beer – not just drinking it, but also analyzing it, and in some cases, brewing it. Boston gastropubs are where the beer snobs of the city proudly unite and agonize over remarkably long draft lists. Varied offerings from beloved local breweries such as Pretty Things, CBC (Cambridge Brewing Company), Harpoon, Wachusett, Blue Hills, and Sam Adams are scrawled on the chalkboards at most beer bars, along with prime selections from the rest of the nation and abroad.
Canary Square in the center of Jamaica Plain provides a cozy atmosphere where hipsters, artists, and laid-back pals can sample nearly 30 craft taps while noshing on small plates of upscale American food.
Kendall Square is the heart of the craft beer movement in Cambridge, with two powerhouses calling the neighborhood home: Lord Hobo and Mead Hall. Lord Hobo is a beer lover’s paradise with over 40 taps and a bottled beer list filled with European imports. Walls hung with the work of local artists and a playlist of alternative hits lend an indie vibe to the dim room. A few streets away, Mead Hall is the holy grail of beer bars with no fewer than 110 craft beers on tap, and caters to a more professional crowd.