Beese (71) Watford, England | July 3, 2008| Updated September 5, 2008
I’d read some good things about this place, but I wasn’t all that impressed with it, on the whole. I found it to be a little dank and quite lifeless, although it was very busy (probably too busy for my liking). The service was a little slow and the food wasn’t all that good, not awful, but somewhat over-priced. The beer selection was good, but not huge... in fairness it catered more for European brews rather than American ones (which isn’t really what I came to America to taste). Their own Jake’s Dark was fairly good and I had a couple of other nice brews, but it proved too pricey to drink all night in the place.
A well known old restaurant within walking distance of South Station. Worth stopping by for a serious choice of beer. Includes a Belgian tap of Leffe and many others. I tried the Jake’s Dark on-tap ($5.25 for 16oz glass) that had good carbonation, some maltiness but was balanced with a slight burnt coffee aftertaste. Decent dark. Food choice was reasonable but service was off this time due to no communication between our waiter and the cook staff. After waiting a 1/2 hour for fried scallops and everyone else served at our table our waiter informed me that the scallops were off and had to be thrown out. Cook staff did not inform the waiter of this fact at order time. Ultimately an alternate entré was served at no charge to me.
A damn good restaurant, the food is superb, and the beer selection is impressive, with a large number of German and Belgian beers on tap, plus a couple of local brews as well as a couple of special in-house brews. Go on Friday from 8-12 for the legendary singalong. You have to experience it to understand it’s full greatness. If you do go to the singalong, there’s a good chance you’ll see me there.
Large bar on Stuart Street, close to the hotel I was staying at, popped in here for one more brew while i was out and about. Huge place, plenty of seating, nice staff, after seeing some of the ratings on here, i wish i had decided to grab a bite to eat, nice selection of brews, no top 100’s, but not a bad place to chill. If i am in the area again, maybe i will stop in for lunch.
This restaurant was established in 1868 by Prussian immigrant Jacob Wirth, and has been a Boston institution for 136 years.
I was fortunate enough to find a seat at the fabled long mahogany bar, and started to do things off right with a pint of Jacob Wirth Special Dark Lager. This beer, along with Jacob Wirth Special Lite Lager are the two house brews, that can be found along side a selection of 26 local beers from Boston, and a deep selection of German/European imports. I was able to enjoy German favorites such Paluaner Hefeweizen, Frankenhiem Alt, Celebrator Dopple Bock, and Raderburger Pilsner, as well as Sam Adams, Harpoon, and Berkshire Brewing just to name a few. The bartender didn’t know who brewed the house beers, but I suspect it is one of the local Boston breweries.
This is an exceptional house brew, that must be experienced on draught at this Boston land mark. It was the perfect match to an appetizer of potato pancakes with creme fraiche and smoked salmon. It was even better with the German classic saurbraten, which is sweet and sour braised beef, served over dill spatezle, with red cabbage, and covered with a ginger snap sauce. Great German food and great German beer, made my very short trip to Boston, well wirth it!
If you like German food, this place has been a fixture in Boston on Stuart street since 1868. Long Wooden tables and waiters in black tie serve: Bratwurst, Saurbraten,Wiener Schnitzel, and German Mixed Grill (Grilled Smoked Bratwurst and Weisswurst with Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage and German Potato Salad.) along with fantistic chowder. Beer selection is your average: Sam Adams, Guiness, etc..