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Drink Pretty Things Beer Tonight (and More Updates)

A rare peek inside Spencer Brewery, Total Wine wars, and more

Poke bowls at Manoa
Poke bowls at Manoa
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Beer Here

Get a rare peek inside the Spencer Brewery (167 North Spencer Rd., Spencer) on June 24 when it holds an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The only Trappist brewery in America, Spencer Brewery is not usually open to the public but hosted a successful open house last summer and is trying it again this year. The June event will feature tours, tastings, and merch for sale, including glassware and t-shirts. Cash only.

Oh! You Pretty Things

In other beer news, tonight is a rare opportunity to snag a bottle of limited edition/aged Pretty Things beer. (The popular local brewery said goodbye in late 2015.) State Park (1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge) is hosting a fundraiser benefiting co-owner John Kessen’s 100-mile bike ride in support of the Best Buddies organization, which works to provide inclusion for people with intellectual and development disabilities. The restaurant will be selling five varieties of Pretty Things (three bottles each): Meadowlark, Jack d’Or, Babayaga, Baby Tree, and Finest Regards. $50 per bottle (must be consumed onsite). 5 p.m. until sold out.

Total Wine Wars

National booze retailer chain Total Wine & More, which has four Massachusetts locations, has a history of successfully challenging alcohol-related laws in various states, and Massachusetts is on its list, reports the Globe. The company has already filed suit to try to get rid of the state law preventing retailers from selling alcohol below cost, and its next campaign involves removing restrictions that prohibit alcohol retailers from giving out discount coupons and loyalty cards.

Dig Inn Approaches

The next Boston location of New York-based Dig Inn is slated to open by the end of the month at 277 Washington St. in Downtown Crossing. The fast-casual restaurant serves salad and grain bowls stuffed with local produce and first expanded to Boston last summer (557 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston). Nearby, a Prudential Center location is also in the works.

One Thing You Should Eat Today

Classic Hawaiian-style poke bowls have been spreading rapidly around the mainland recently, yet another example of one region’s staple being turned into a trend — complete with fast-casual chains — somewhere else. The Boston area has seen a quick influx of poke shops, and all are worth a visit, but there’s something extra special about Manoa (300 Beacon St., Somerville), a cheerful little shop minutes from Porter Square, decorated with a friendly mural and staffed by even friendlier employees. Try a poke bowl, any poke bowl — or customize your own by choosing from a variety of grain bases, raw seafood (or braised tofu), sides (such as papaya salad), and other add-ons (such as chili pineapple).

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Spencer Brewery

167 North Spencer Rd., Spencer, MA 01562 Visit Website

Dig Inn (Copley Square)

557 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Visit Website

Dig Inn (Downtown Crossing)

277 Washington St., Boston, MA 02108 Visit Website

State Park

15 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 848-4355 Visit Website


300 Beacon St., Somerville, MA 02143 Visit Website

Dig Inn (Prudential)

800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199 617-276-1001 Visit Website