Q. Which bar keeps you coming back again and again?
A. Deep Ellum in Allston. It feels like a bar. It's beer-centric with a very tight and well thought out selection. . . . Their new back patio is the most unique place to have a pint in the area.
Q. What are some of the new places people might not be aware of yet that are doing cool things with beer?
A. Green Street (Cambridge) and the Independent (Somerville) aren't new, but recently they've become more beer-centric, making them new to better beer. The Chicken Bone (Boston) is a sports bar with good beer! And Hungry Mother (Cambridge) is fine dining meets Southern comfort, with a small but focused beer selection.
Q. What's the state of the bar scene in Boston in your opinion?
A. Boston has become a hub and testing ground for many domestic and foreign imports, which has created some top-notch beer bars and a demand for more of them. Personally, I'd rather see more local beer being produced, but I can't complain too much as there are thousands of beers in the area.
Q. Who is doing the best job of pairing beer with food?
A. The Publick House in Brookline, hands down. The menu features beer recommendations, and many of the dishes incorporate beer. . . . I can't wait for their Roadhouse to open up down the street, featuring Texas-style barbecue and all-American draught beer only.