I’m going to say it right up front–The Publick House in the Brookline neighborhood of Boston is the best beer bar I have ever been to. Ever. It’s not just the wide variety of beers–both Belgian and American–available. I’ve seen places like Toronado and The Ginger Man that have just as many. It’s not just the atmosphere–hoards of young people looking for pints of Allagash White. It’s all those things PLUS the best food I’ve ever had at any beer centric establishment.
While we waited for a table (get there EARLY!), I had a bottle of Saxo, and Joe had a Weissbeer on tap from Victory Brewing. Table service, once we got there, was pretty fast, though harried. We started with an appetizer size pot of mussels, which we couldn’t finish. Our main courses were what I will alway remember though: meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Maytag cheese and a fish stew.
My other favorite thing about this place is the samplers. I always assign bonus points for samplers. It’s $1.50 for most American beers, $2 for Belgian or anything over 9%. The one I was most proud of was the dessert sampler we concocted for ourselves. It included Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Triticus Wheat Wine, Founders Rubaeus (raspberry) and Atomium Grand Cru. You could smell the creme brulee from two feet away.
The Publick House is easy to get to–the T runs right in front and drops you off just a block away. If you can’t get a table, you can order food at the bar if you can score a stool. It’s well worth elbowing your way in.