Hello! I’m so excited to kick off a new series here on the blog – focused on one of my loves, GOOD BEER! Welcome to Boston Brews, a biweekly series where I will be sharing about a different brewery in the area. I actually wanted to start a similar series when I was still in Minneapolis because there are tons of good breweries there too, but what’s better than starting this off fresh in a new city?
I will be posting at least every other Thursday because who doesn’t want to talk about or read about beer on Thirsty Thursday 😉 Anyway, there will be a lot of variables in sharing about these breweries with factors like space, whether or not they are dog-friendly (#EmmaFriendly), types of beer, selection of beers, my favorite beers, etc. Today, we’re kicking it off with a brewery in Braintree, MA (off the red line on the T) called Widowmaker Brewing.
This brewery is located in the South Shore and was definitely worth the trip for my first brewery in the Boston area. For starters, I went on a Thursday afternoon because Thursdays and Sundays are dog-friendly days, aka I got to bring my cute little fluffy date with me! Since the hubby was busy with other work, it always makes life better to have a friend along, especially when they are as cute as Emma. So yes this is a dog-friendly brewery, which is an A+ in my book because I can bring Emma and also meet other dogs. Isn’t that one of the best parts about going to breweries – the dogs (of course along with the beer). BUT note that currently the brewery only allows dogs on Thursdays and Sundays. I do like this policy because even though I’m a crazy dog lady, I know that not everyone loves dogs, is allergic to them or is afraid of them. I think this is a great balance for crazy dog people like me and those who just want to enjoy a good brew!
Great Space – Spacious & Open
The space itself is beautiful and very open. This makes it a great place to bring your dog if you still want some space 😉 or to gather with a group of friends or co-workers. The bar is long, so it’s easy to step up to place your order and easily see the full selection of beers before placing your order. There are also a ton of cards/bar games that you can play as well. There is a corner with shirts, pint glasses and more so you can take home a souvenir, which I wish I would have done because I LOVE the logo.
IPAs for the Win!
I love a good ol’ IPA. Or a few depending on the day 😉 I also love stouts, they are two of my favorite kinds of brews and Widowmaker Brewing had both on tap! For this trip, I ordered two full beers to try and enjoy some time with my dog, and meeting new people who wanted to meet Emma!
I started with the Blue Comet IPA, which was delicious. You can get a half or full pour, and a pack of four tall cans is $16. It is created with Simcoe and Comet hops providing a ripe tropical fruit nose. You can see the hazy yellow color of the beer from my pictures, which always makes for a nice Instagram photo! I shared one on my personal account – @rachelsobieck.
I then tried the Donut Shop Coffee Stout, which was equally as delicious (if you are also a stout person). I really love flavorful beers! This beer has some sweetness up front but finishes with a smooth coffee finish.
I probably should have ordered a flight to try more (four pours of 4 oz), but since the brewery is so close, I plan to go back soon and bring my husband with! I would highly recommend the beer, especially the IPA, based on my experience. I will be buying it at a nearby liquor store or ordering it next time I’m there!
Hopefully, you enjoyed this new content today. I realize that it’s very specific to this area, but if you ever come to Boston and want to check out the brewery/beer scene, then be sure to come back and check out more of my Boston Brews series. Much more to come! I’m also hoping to share what I wear in a brewery setting – some casual outfits or date-night attire for these types of places. On that note, cheers!