A good deal and good time, decent overall. Even tho I don't drink much beer and didn't think the menu was the most exciting, this was a friend's b-day dinner who's a big beer person and I'd gone to 2 good beer dinners in the past, so I was looking forward to it. $35 got you the following (menu in front of me):
pre-meal brew: Harpoon Ale
1st course: clam chowder w/ Sam Adams Boston Lager
2nd: Atlantic lobster salad w/ Cape Ann fisherman's IPA
3rd: baked cod w/ risotto and Camb. Brewing Tall Tale Pale Ale or Yankee pot roast w/ Offshore Amber Ale
4th: Boston cream pie w/ Berkshire Shabadoo black & tan
There were about 40 of us seated in a room off the bar area for a 6:30 dinner (seated about 15 min late). The Cambridge Brewing guys were there and also gave a taste of their spring ale. It was a LOT of beer and I did a pretty admirable job for someone who drinks a Rolling Rock once every 4 months when I just need a frosty drink. A couple girls next to us barely made a dent. I think my favorite was Harpoon who I've always liked. Friend liked the Tall Tale pale ale the best (he switched main course beers). The food verdict for me was the first and last course were very good and I could have skipped the in between. Clam chowder was the perfect consistency and had bacony goodness in it. Lobster salad was a little boring, lightly dressed lettuce, tomatoes and asparagus with pieces of lobster, which you can never snub your nose at, but not too exciting. The cod entree was a huge portion but came lukewarm (hard to serve everyone at the same time and that was the more popular choice) and the risotto was on the gummy side. Pot roast was better, much hotter and the baked beans side dish was awesome. We were told later it was made w/ a Camb. Brewing beer, yummy. The Boston cream pie was a great version. Instead of a spongy yellow cake, it was almost like an oatmeal bread consistency, better to hold up to beer I think. I liked that style and the chocolate frosting was good quality.
They gave out some t-shirts and stuff and it was fun even if I wasn't blown away by the food. Would do it again.
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