Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Boston's worst beer
If you have ever spent time at the Beacon Hill Pub, The Tam, Sullivan's at North Station, Our House West in Allston or the immortal Mary Ann's at Cleveland Circle you may have come face to face with Boston's worst beer.
While most dive bars in the city have adopted Papst Blue Ribbon as the swill of choice the bars metioned above and a handful of others carry Brubaker.
It comes from the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA and nobody buys it because it tastes good.
It is cheap and comes in 16 ounce bottles.
One word of warning. The 16 ounce bottles are refilled over and over again and you can rest assured that the bottle you are putting your lips on has tasted many, many lips for almost 20 years.
Years ago Henry Vara who owned many bars in Boston ( including the Father's chain ) sold Knickerbocker Beer in 16 ounce bottles and in the early 90's he decided to brew a cheap beer for in house use. The result was Brubaker.
It is what it is....cheap and almost guaranteed to give you a hangover.
What was really odd was I was reading about the beer in the Improper Bostonian while watching the end of the Sox game this morning at Sullivan's. I had not had it in years since the Bow and Arrow Pub in Harvard Sq left some 10 years ago.
So I had one for old times sake.......couldn't even finish it.
Without question it is Boston's worst beer and they seem to be proud of that.