Watertown’s Craft Beer Scene

If you haven’t yet tapped into the Boston-area craft beer scene (#shamelesspun) there’s no better time to do it than in the fall months! Cooler temperatures inspire local brewers to get creative with seasonal ingredients to pair with heartier fall menus, and the results are spectacular. Here are some of our favorite local craft beer destinations for sampling brews out, at home, or at the brewery itself!  

  • For sampling out on the town, the undisputed craft beer superstar right here in Watertown is Branch Line Restaurant, presiding over a particularly inspired and eclectic craft beer list. Traditional brews are served up alongside experimental and quirky local draughts from J. Wakefield, Omnipollo, and Jack’s Abby, alongside an impressive selection of bottles and cans from all over the world.
  • Just over the line in Cambridge you’ll find 2016 Best of Boston winner Lord Hobo, an essential stop for any serious beer drinker or aspiring novice. Partially supplied by their own brewery in Woburn, Lord Hobo serves over 40 beers on draft along with dozens of bottled selections. The wait staff is uber-knowledgeable and will gladly geek out with you on any hop-related subject or factoid. Great food menu, too.
  • From the young upstart to establishment – Kendall Square fave Cambridge Brewing Company has been at the forefront of the local craft brew scene since 1989. The first American brewery to produce a Belgian beer, this place was way ahead of its time, and is still known for being super-experimental and devoted to sustainability. The menu is casual and approachable, and takes some of the carb guilt away with healthy takes on pub fare, like their Spiced Vegetarian Chickpea Burger.
  • Rather sample some brews at home? Newton’s Craft Beer Cellar, a ten-minute drive from Watertown Square, hosts a staggering selection of craft beers carefully curated from breweries all over the world. The founders and staff are all credentialed in the field and take their brews seriously; self-described as “beer geeks, not beer snobs”, they’re a friendly bunch that will spend as much time as you need guiding you through their well-stocked aisles. They even have a Beer of The Month Club should you so desire!
  • If you’re dying to visit an actual craft brewery, award-winning Trillium Brewing Company offers brews for sale at their original Fort Point location, and both sales and samplings at their new 16,000 s/f facility in Canton. They do have case and bottle limits on certain brews and there’s often a wait – but lines move fast and the quality and price point make it all worth the investment.