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The Eater Boston Beer Heatmap: Where to Drink Now

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Yesterday, Esquire aired the season finale of Brew Dogs, filmed in Boston. Sadly, with so many bars and an ever increasing number of breweries, one hour isn't nearly enough to showcase all the beers this city has to offer. Here's a reference map for where you should be drinking fermented malt juice right now, including breweries, tap rooms, and bars. As always, leave a comment below to share personal favorites.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Night Shift Brewing, Inc.

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3 Charlton St, Unit 9
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 294-4233
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A quick trip to Everett is justifiable considering Night Shift recently joined a select group of breweries in Massachusetts that are allowed to offer full-pint pours. Their focus on big, bold flavors and unique combinations produces some of the more innovative beers on the market, like tea-infused Bee Tea and Snow, a white stout. Look for the fall release on their line of sour beers, Mainer Weisse, aged on wild blueberries and cinnamon sticks. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Mystic Brewery

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174 Williams St
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 800-9023
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Although they are technically a gypsy brewery, you can visit Mystic's Chelsea barrel room for a taste of their award-winning Vinland 2, brewed with yeast harvested from blueberries in Maine. For avid Mystic fans, a "Friends of the Barrels" program gives members 12 of their most exclusive beers and some swag. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Bronwyn

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255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776-9900
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This may be shocking, but there’s more to lagers than wide-mouth cans and superior drinkability. At Bronwyn, they highlight the very best of those styles, such as Mahr's Helles, and what they do best. Namely, filling steins, pairing with wursts, and bringing people together around a communal table. [Photo: Chris Coe]

4. Lord Hobo

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92 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 250-8454
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This Inman Square favorite (former home to the beloved B-Side lounge, may it rest in peace) recently opened new entries to their Mug Club, a gauntlet of 150 beers to be consumed over a year. Even though most will "fail" at completing it, having to drink beers from Lost Abby, Freigeist, and Cantillon could hardly be described as a grueling challenge. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Cambridge Brewing Company

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1 Kendall Square, Building 100
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 494-1994
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Now that some of CBC's most popular beers like Sgt. Pepper, their spicy saison, are readily available in 22-ounce "bombers," it's easy to forget how influential they've been since the dawn of craft culture in Boston. They have managed to stay relevant by consistently innovating, with products like Banryu Ichi, a sake-beer hybrid, and with beloved annual events like the Great Pumpkin Festival. [Photo: Flickr]

6. Meadhall

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4 Cambridge Ctr
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 714-4372
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Second to beer, the one thing beer nerds love the most is collectible glassware to steal — ahem, drink beer out of. Unsurprisingly, this spacious Kendall Square bar seems to have that aspect down to a science. Pick any one of their draft beers, and it will be poured into beautifully specific glassware that should absolutely never leave the bar. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-0048
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Come into a beautiful, timeless bar, and be treated like an old friend by a knowledgeable and welcoming staff. Of course no one is there to stare at the undergarments that adorn this old brassiere factory, but rather to drink from 20 draft selections or choose from one of the most well-curated cask programs in the city. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Trillium Brewing Company

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369 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 453-8745
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With all the beer nerd respect they have been getting, it's easy to forget that Trillium is not even one year old. Since they ran out of the Citra hops necessary to make their wildly popular Fort Point Pale Ale, that won't be available for a couple weeks, but their recently launched Congress St. IPA will satisfy hop lovers in pursuit of the next enamel-meting experience. [Photo: Facebook]

9. Harpoon Beer Hall

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306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 456-2322
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The recently opened Harpoon Beer Hall features old favorites like Harpoon IPA, new ones like Boston Irish Stout, and one-off brewery exclusives. Although pretzels are the only food available, they do not disappoint. No golden ticket required for factory tours. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

10. J.J. Foley's Cafe

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117 E Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 728-0315
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Because sometimes, life calls for an Irish pub and a well-poured pint of Guinness. [Photo: Facebook]

11. The Publick House

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1648 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 277-2880
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With an old-world atmosphere, moules frites, multiple variations on mac & cheese, and a rotating selection of Trappist beers on draft, there's a lot to love. But spend some time reading their bottle list: it's a cohesive and educative guide to the world of beer, and it hides a couple surprises. And don’t freak out — seeing gnomes hanging around the bar area has nothing to do with high ABV. [Photo: Foursquare]

12. Doyle's Cafe

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3484 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-2345
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It's impossible to talk about Boston beer without mentioning Sam Adams. Since the brewery doesn't have a taproom, Doyle's in JP in the next best thing. It was one of the first accounts to have Sam's famous Boston Lager on tap. Today it features the largest selection of Sam's, including their limited releases, and Sam's glassware is available for purchase at a discount. [Photo: Official Site]

1. Night Shift Brewing, Inc.

3 Charlton St, Unit 9, Everett, MA 02149
A quick trip to Everett is justifiable considering Night Shift recently joined a select group of breweries in Massachusetts that are allowed to offer full-pint pours. Their focus on big, bold flavors and unique combinations produces some of the more innovative beers on the market, like tea-infused Bee Tea and Snow, a white stout. Look for the fall release on their line of sour beers, Mainer Weisse, aged on wild blueberries and cinnamon sticks. [Photo: Facebook]
3 Charlton St, Unit 9
Everett, MA 02149

2. Mystic Brewery

174 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150
Although they are technically a gypsy brewery, you can visit Mystic's Chelsea barrel room for a taste of their award-winning Vinland 2, brewed with yeast harvested from blueberries in Maine. For avid Mystic fans, a "Friends of the Barrels" program gives members 12 of their most exclusive beers and some swag. [Photo: Facebook]
174 Williams St
Chelsea, MA 02150

3. Bronwyn

255 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
This may be shocking, but there’s more to lagers than wide-mouth cans and superior drinkability. At Bronwyn, they highlight the very best of those styles, such as Mahr's Helles, and what they do best. Namely, filling steins, pairing with wursts, and bringing people together around a communal table. [Photo: Chris Coe]
255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Lord Hobo

92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
This Inman Square favorite (former home to the beloved B-Side lounge, may it rest in peace) recently opened new entries to their Mug Club, a gauntlet of 150 beers to be consumed over a year. Even though most will "fail" at completing it, having to drink beers from Lost Abby, Freigeist, and Cantillon could hardly be described as a grueling challenge. [Photo: Facebook]
92 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Cambridge Brewing Company

1 Kendall Square, Building 100, Cambridge, MA 02139
Now that some of CBC's most popular beers like Sgt. Pepper, their spicy saison, are readily available in 22-ounce "bombers," it's easy to forget how influential they've been since the dawn of craft culture in Boston. They have managed to stay relevant by consistently innovating, with products like Banryu Ichi, a sake-beer hybrid, and with beloved annual events like the Great Pumpkin Festival. [Photo: Flickr]
1 Kendall Square, Building 100
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Meadhall

4 Cambridge Ctr, Cambridge, MA 02142
Second to beer, the one thing beer nerds love the most is collectible glassware to steal — ahem, drink beer out of. Unsurprisingly, this spacious Kendall Square bar seems to have that aspect down to a science. Pick any one of their draft beers, and it will be poured into beautifully specific glassware that should absolutely never leave the bar. [Photo: Facebook]
4 Cambridge Ctr
Cambridge, MA 02142

7. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

48 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111
Come into a beautiful, timeless bar, and be treated like an old friend by a knowledgeable and welcoming staff. Of course no one is there to stare at the undergarments that adorn this old brassiere factory, but rather to drink from 20 draft selections or choose from one of the most well-curated cask programs in the city. [Photo: Facebook]
48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111

8. Trillium Brewing Company

369 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
With all the beer nerd respect they have been getting, it's easy to forget that Trillium is not even one year old. Since they ran out of the Citra hops necessary to make their wildly popular Fort Point Pale Ale, that won't be available for a couple weeks, but their recently launched Congress St. IPA will satisfy hop lovers in pursuit of the next enamel-meting experience. [Photo: Facebook]
369 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

9. Harpoon Beer Hall

306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
The recently opened Harpoon Beer Hall features old favorites like Harpoon IPA, new ones like Boston Irish Stout, and one-off brewery exclusives. Although pretzels are the only food available, they do not disappoint. No golden ticket required for factory tours. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

10. J.J. Foley's Cafe

117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118
Because sometimes, life calls for an Irish pub and a well-poured pint of Guinness. [Photo: Facebook]
117 E Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02118

11. The Publick House

1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445
With an old-world atmosphere, moules frites, multiple variations on mac & cheese, and a rotating selection of Trappist beers on draft, there's a lot to love. But spend some time reading their bottle list: it's a cohesive and educative guide to the world of beer, and it hides a couple surprises. And don’t freak out — seeing gnomes hanging around the bar area has nothing to do with high ABV. [Photo: Foursquare]
1648 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

12. Doyle's Cafe

3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
It's impossible to talk about Boston beer without mentioning Sam Adams. Since the brewery doesn't have a taproom, Doyle's in JP in the next best thing. It was one of the first accounts to have Sam's famous Boston Lager on tap. Today it features the largest selection of Sam's, including their limited releases, and Sam's glassware is available for purchase at a discount. [Photo: Official Site]
3484 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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