I’m not sure why, but my visit to Boston was a bit of a blur. I can safely say that, from a tourist point of view, this was my favourite city so far. Here’s a recap of my top experiences:
– Walking the Freedom Trail from start to finish. Nothing to do with beer, but a great way to see the city
– Dining at Stoddards Pub. The place was PACKED when we got there, otherwise I would have perched at the bar for a while after. I tried a Harpoon Rich and Dan (a fresh, light bodied rye IPA that really let the spice shine), and a Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (which smelt like coffee ice cream, with vanilla backing up the bitter coffee along with some raisin and cinnamon to create a great desert beer). The Oak Aged Yeti is a beer from this list, but I’m not sure it’s fair to count the ESPRESSO Oak Aged Yeti…
– Eating clam ‘chowda’ and lobster rolls at the Union Oyster House (apparently the oldest restaurant in America), while enjoying a Harpoon IPA (a very light bodied, sessionable IPA, with a light bitterness and a nice biscuit malt kick at the end. Would go well in Australia)
– A visit to the Boston Wine Exchange (181 Devonshire Street), where I was completely overwhelmed by the beer choices available to me. After searching the shelves, I walked away with two beers from the list; the Stone Smoked Porter and the AleSmith Speedway Stout (see part two for these brews)
– Spending an evening at the TD Garden to watch the Boston Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors (we seem to be good luck for the home teams when we go to games). I only had one beer while here, the Boston Brewery Whitewater IPA (big tropical aromas with a dry bitterness in a relatively light body. I’m a fan of this)
If I could have my time again, I’d be spending much more time in Boston. We had heaps of fun, yet left feeling like we’d only just scratched the surface. Another trip is definitely in order…next time in Summer.