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Honest Pint is Boston’s local beer column. New England craft beer news, events, features, and reviews. Drink up.

10 THINGS I LEARNED AT THE MOHEGAN SUN BREWFEST THIS YEAR

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I was given a room and a pass to this year’s Mohegan Sun Brewfest at the beginning of October. I drank, and then drank, and then drank a lot more. Continue reading

HONEST PINT: LORD HOBO BREWING COMPANY

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Along with his years of experience presiding over ever-changing, handpicked drafts, dispensing domestic all-stars and local standouts, Lanigan’s enthusiasm for sharing high-quality liquid is exactly what’s needed to enact change in the local beer scene. Continue reading

TAPPED OUT: A QUICK GUIDE TO THE PAY-TO-PLAY CRAFT BEER BROUHAHA

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Whatever one’s choice in slang or position on the act itself – which in essence gives distinct advantage to larger brewers at the expense of smaller, independent craft brewers, and is illegal according to the Mass Alcohol Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) – the fallout has become a clear and present danger to the local beer and bar ecosystem. Continue reading

HONEST PINT: PRIZED HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY EXPANDS TO STAY SMALL

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From the start, Hill’s philosophy has been to make the best possible beers without chasing the idea of becoming some mass-produced beer conglomerate with boundless growth. He operates with the understanding that beer is perishable, just like foodstuff plucked from a local plantation, and should be consumed as close to the source as possible, without suffering the impact long-distance shipping has on the brew. Continue reading

HONEST PINT: WHAT A BULLY

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The craft spirits and beer worlds have a lot in common—both in their experimental approach, and in the actual making of boozy goodies. Continue reading

RESERVE STOCK: OGLING JASON BOND’S RESERVE BEERS AT BONDIR CONCORD

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Each bottle in Bond’s growing collection is treated like an expensive vintage wine. They’re stored in a temperature controlled cellar than never rises above 60 degrees. But instead of being racked on their side, bottles are stowed upright to force any sediment to the bottom so they’re ready to serve immediately. Continue reading

FLOATING DEVICES: CELEBRATING THE BOOZY FLOAT AT SAUS

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“We started [experimenting with floats] around the time we added ice cream to the menu for our waffles in 2012,” Eliah says. “We started offering beers then as well, and they’re perfect in that last-gasp-of-summer way.” Continue reading

HONEST PINT: TREE HOUSE BREWING EXPANDING MEANS MORE BEER FOR YOU

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On Saturday mornings, fans of Monson, Mass-based Tree House Brewing tend to assemble on the three-acre property overlooking the Pioneer Valley hills, hoping to procure some of the craft brewery’s coveted barn-brewed beer right from the source. Continue reading

EXOTIC ASSHOLES: VANDALS CAUGHT ON CAMERA AT WAREHOUSE BAR & GRILLE

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“I came in on Monday, when we were closed for Labor Day, just to do a beer order. I noticed someone had ripped out the plants, so I had to go back and view the camera footage, and caught them in the act.” Continue reading

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