Redbones to expand?
We've all been swamped with work projects, lately, but have wanted to respond to your recent post on BeerAdvocate.
The Redbones Update:
Robert Gregory, (who originally started the beer program at Redbones years ago, including the Northwest Fest), is back to help with the ordering of the craft brew selection. The taps will remain at 24 and customers may see a few beers staying on more regularly than before. This is all based on their interest and appetite for particular brands. Any changes underway that owners Rob & Caryn Whitney are working on are really just focused on improving the overall quality of the customers' experience with regard to service, food & spirits. After many years of growth it's time to recalibrate because the volume this little place now wrestles with, on a daily basis, is enormous.
The Fenway project is still in discussion, but Redbones won't forget who got us to the place where we could have this discussion: the great customers who keep coming back. Again, we may set a few more taps, but before we do, we're open to all input. This means all those speculators should get in here, give the board a look, sample some brew and let us know what they'd like to see! Redbones can still turn on a dime to satisfy a customer, and will -- far from the mindset of the corporate world. We'd also welcome input from craft brewers and other professionals who know how to work a good keg room (we're in the process of re-doing all the lines and the walk-in itself). Those folks should feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Finally, regarding the talented Chris Bol: After seven plus years Chris resigned, recently, to pursue other ventures and his creativity will not be forgotten, especially his deft touch during the Northwest Fest, which will carry on!
Nick Gregory & The Redbones Management Team
While it might not address everything in this thread, I appreciate the reply and the reaching out to loyal consumers and brewers to gather feedback for improvements, and look forward to their efforts to improve the overall experience. Hopefully this reply can begin to quell the slew of rumors that have been floating around, too.
Chris: all the best; you'll be missed by many.
Robert: good to hear that you're back in the beer program! Like I posted, I've been a fan since the mid-90's. Long live the Northwest Fest!
Beer works is currently going through a transition that will either make or break them. Rumor has it that one brother bought out the other and is concentrating on the "business" side of things more than the beer with their recent expansion to Logan and proposed expansion of other outlets. Fairly recently the long time head brewer at the fenway location left, and they fired the brewer at the Salem location on christmas eve - in front of customers. Reports of outages of some regular beers are common and I am sure quality has been effected as well - even though I didn't think they were quality beers to begin with.
This is all so sad to hear. BBW had survived when Northeast, Commonwealth, Brew Moon all bit the big one.
I haven't been there in years, and never liked the food there, but I always enjoyed the brews. Yes, even the ones with fruit in them, so sue me!!
I'll pop in for a beer next time I'm near either the Garden or Fenway..hopefully they'll have cleaned up their act by then.
Isn't Fenway Park and the Kenmore area the same thing? Church has a decent beer list as well as the Lower Depths and Boston Beer Works is above average beer. Would be nice to see a location more central to the city to get a pulled pork sandwich and some killer buffalo shrimp.