This Columbus Day weekend, I was fortunate to receive an all expense paid trip with my better half to Boston. We arrived at the Charlotte Airport in what would have been sufficient time to grab a beer near the gate before departure. However, following suit with my typically comical life, a particular cylindrical container caused a TSA emergency. When we were finally cleared by security, we sprinted toward our gate, shouting to the gate attendants calling our name that "We're here! We're coming!”
We landed early in Boston and headed straight to the lovely restaurant, Rialto, in Harvard Square. The craft beer menu was small, albeit mighty. I asked the Bostonian bartender what his favorite local craft beer was, and I was presented an ice cold “Jack D' Or,” an American ale by Pretty Things (Westport, MA). This delicious first release from Pretty Things came in at 6.40% and scored a 90 from Beer Advocate. I indulged in a few glasses of this before deciding to give another Pretty Things brew a try.
Next, I tried “Baby Tree,” an Abbey Quadruple that did not disappoint. This 9.00% beauty is deep brown in color with a splash of red highlighting. While it is no longer brewed with dried plums, the taste of other fruits made this a delightful treat. Had I not ordered the extraordinarily filling Ricotta Parmesan Gnocchi, I would have definitely had another glass (or two) of the Baby Tree.
Boston has so much to offer as a player in the craft beer scene. It has a plethora of local breweries. I regret that I did not have more time to visit them all! The rest of our trip was spent enjoying quality time with family. All in all, my first trip to Boston was a true delight with the ability to indulge in the local craft brews. I enjoyed a great deal of good food and drink. As a true Southern Belle, however, I was not sad to board the plane home at the end of the weekend and get back home to the Queen City.