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The beer scene in Massachusetts has become so great that we rarely drink beer that’s from outside the state! While we should expand our horizons outside of our beautiful home state, it’s hard to when we have places like Dorchester Brewing Co. right down the street.

Recently our travels took us to lovely Acton to visit friends. We met at True West and discovered even more great Massachusetts beer.

True West Acton

True West is a beautiful, airy space that was perfect for lunch with the most adorable baby. Who doesn’t love a kid-friendly brewery?!

beer flight  True West beer

I found it impossible to decide on a beer flight at True West and asked them to send out whatever they thought would be best. They did a great job of giving me a diverse lineup to taste. Being a fan of darker beers, I loved the Dubbel the most, but I really enjoyed all of the beers, including the Ruckus, which was a super balanced IPA. I am not always a fan of IPAs, so it says a lot when I like one! I also liked their pumpkin beer, which I haven’t been able to say in a while. Most pumpkin beers end up tasting like potpourri to me (not that I have ever eaten it), but this had a nice blend of spice with a touch of sweet.

True West beer

Tasty pub food paired well with the beer and chilly day. I went for the turkey BLT and the homemade tater tots.

BLT The BLT was on a great, hearty white bread and was well-stacked with bacon and turkey, and the tots. . . well just look at them! They were huge and homemade, served with a great house ketchup. I usually don’t like to veer away from Heinz, to be quite honest, but this was so flavorful and the perfect dip for their tater tots.

homemade tater tots

Everything from the space to the beer to the food at True West flowed together really well and made for a great drinking and dining experience. I hope we have more opportunities to visit in the future, and if you find yourself in Acton, definitely stop in.

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I love any excuse to get out and about in our neighborhood, so when I read about the Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest, despite the fact that I don’t do much biking, I knew I would have to at least stop by.

Dorchester bike

The festival took place on a gorgeous late summer night in Ashmont’s Peabody Square. With the street closed off to traffic, it was the perfect setting for people of all ages to mingle and for kids to run around without parents having to worry about traffic. Dorchester has a huge sense of community, and every time we go to local events, we run into people we know and meet some new friends as well.

Dorchester

The festival centered around bikes and local brews. There was plenty of information on biking in the area, and this cool mobile home took care of the brews. It was a pub-on-wheels for the night, and probably the most popular spot at the festival!

Dorchester Bike and Brew Many great aspects of the community were featured, including local leaders and the Boston Police ice cream  van, which is just a brilliant idea for creating positive experiences with police for kids from an early age. The area around the ice cream van was full of smiles!

Boston Police Ice Cream Truck  

There were a number of food trucks at the festival, but our noses kept bringing us back to Sheherazad where we tucked into fragrant Iraqi red chicken and a fried cauliflower wrap. . . some of the best food I have eaten lately!

sheherazad food truck

Iraqi red chicken

cauliflower wrap

Sitting on the sidewalk eating dinner with the setting sun, laughing neighbors, and live music as the backdrop, I was as happy as can be. It doesn’t take more than great people and simple, delicious food to make my day.

The Bike & Brew Fest was a great time, and while I know logistics can be complicated, I wish it was something that could happen a few times a year.

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Local is one of the biggest buzzwords these days in the food blogging community. From utilizing farmer’s markets to seeking out local milk and eggs to drinking amazing local wine, many of us are doing out best to support our communities while eating and drinking really fresh treats.

This past fall, the husband and I attended the Boston Lobster Party where we tasted lots of local beer, including beer from the very nearby Blue Hills Brewery. We were quite impressed by the beers poured by Blue Hills, and on Saturday we decided to take a little field trip to their brewery.

Blue Hills Brewery

Located in Canton, MA, just south of Boston, the brewery tasting room is in a pretty nondescript building. Make sure to bring directions or a GPS if you decide to go! From the small tasting room, you can see the brewery which is in the same space, visible through a clear glass window.

We received a very friendly welcome at the brewery tasting room, listened to a little bit of information on each of the available beers, and then got to the tasting. Note that tasting is free, but if you want to buy beer, which you likely will, they only accept cash.

Blue Hills Brewery

From the Boston Lobster Party, I knew we liked the Dunkelweizen and Red Baron, but there were many more beers to try including the plain Wampatuck Wheat and the Watermelon Wampatuck Wheat. I almost didn’t try the watermelon because it seemed too summery, but I am so glad I did. It has a hint of sweetness but mostly just a lot of refreshing fruit flavor. We tasted this out of order and at the very end, and the freshness was so palate-cleansing. I can see it being dangerous in the summertime!

Blue Hills Brewery

As we tasted through, we enjoyed all of the beers but quickly came up with our favorites Black Hops and Imperial Red IPA. The Black Hops is toasty and caramel-y, almost like dessert, while the Imperial Red is hoppy and just a really big beer. Both are perfect for winter sipping, so we decided to bring a few home. The prices at Blue Hills Brewery are incredible. A 22 ounce craft beer is just $3 with the exception of the Imperial Red IPA which is $7. These beers could easily retail at $9 each and still be sold. Growlers are also available with refills costing close to nothing after the initial growler investment. This brewery is a great deal.

As we waited to check out (old fashioned pencil and paper were used in this simple establishment), I checked out some of the good press Blue Hills Brewery has gotten.

Blue Hills Brewery

Their beer is high quality and tastes great, and we know that we will be back to this little gem in Canton to stock up on local beer whenever we can. It is definitely worth a visit if you live in the Boston area, and you can also find their beers at stores and bars around Massachusetts.

Do you have a favorite local hidden gem?

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