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Where be Cask Ales?

enhF94 Jan 13, 2011 04:32 PM

...besides Stoddards and Beer Works? A friend just returned from jolly ol' Angland, and I presume she'll need a fix. Bonus points for the CambLingVille side of the river.

ObOpinion: Although I'm still pissed about Beer Works' menu redesign ten or so years ago, I've enjoyed some of their beers, particularly the Allston Mild (no longer available, afaik) and same-on-cask.

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    drewames03 RE: enhF94 Jan 13, 2011 05:00 PM

    Russell House - Harvard Square...What do I win?

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      celeriac RE: enhF94 Jan 13, 2011 05:18 PM

      In Cambridge, Lord Hobo always has a cask on, and in fact they're having a special NERAX (New England Real Al Exhibition) event this weekend, with 3 special UK casks (http://twitter.com/lordhobo). I believe that Redbones also always has a cask on. Cambridge Brewing Co puts a cask on every Tuesday, I think, and it usually lasts for a few days.

      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

      Lord Hobo
      92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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        digga RE: celeriac Jan 13, 2011 06:04 PM

        Yep, Redbones always has a cask.

        A chain, I know, and outside the city limits, but British Beer Company always has English Ales on cask.

        55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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        hckybg RE: enhF94 Jan 13, 2011 05:26 PM

        I believe Cambridge Common always has a cask ale as well.

        Cambridge Common
        1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. okra RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 04:43 AM

          Add Deep Ellum Bar to your list.

          And if you do the Twitter thing, follow @NERAX. They have the up to the minute listing.

          Deep Ellum Bar
          477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

          1. Bob Dobalina RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 05:16 AM

            Jacob Wirth had a daily/weekly? cask ale - definitely a good way to go if you are headed there.

            Jacob Wirth Restaurant
            31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

            1. Bob Dobalina RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 05:17 AM

              And just want to mention that Marliave is periodically having cask-aged Manhattans at the bar. They are outstanding.

              10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                Baiye RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 05:57 AM

                To this list, I would add Cambridge Brewing Company. In the last year, they've expanded from their Tuesday cask nights, and generally have a cask on. You can also find maps of cask in Boston on the nerax.org website.

                Cambridge Brewing Company
                1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                  emannths RE: Baiye Jan 14, 2011 07:11 AM

                  One potential advantage to CBC: their cask ales are often British-style ales (bitters, eg), which some (including me) think take better to the cask than other styles. But don't take my word for it--try a few and see what you like.

                  Oh, and since cask ale is more perishable, a) it's more likely to run and and b) most places will have only one beer on cask at once. So if you're going only because cask ale is being offered, you might want to call ahead to just make sure they they're not out or pouring something you don't like.

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                    jgg13 RE: emannths Jan 14, 2011 07:39 AM

                    Count me as another pro-british style cask guy. I'm not a big fan of the trend of jamming anything and everything into a cask just to say you did it.

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                  Kitamonster RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 09:00 AM

                  Bukowski's often (but not always) has something on cask. Worth calling ahead to ask.

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                    Kinopio RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 09:26 AM

                    On that side of the river Lord Hobo is your best bet for cask. Most places usually only have one, they are equipped to have up to 3 at a time.

                    Lord Hobo
                    92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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                      phatchris RE: enhF94 Jan 14, 2011 02:23 PM

                      I feel like Cornwells in Kenmore may have a cask.

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