Framingham Beer Works, Framingham, MA

In the early Fall, we visited Framingham Beer Works in Framingham, MA. The Beer Works franchise has 7 different locations. Each location brews their own beer, while Lowell Beer Works does the bottling for all locations.

 

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The Beer Works franchise seems to focus on seasonal beers. We have tried to visit during the different seasons so we can try as many of their beers as possible, at different locations of course.

 

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We went for lunch with Megan’s sister Sam and her boyfriend Dustin.

 

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Fall Flight

Curly’s Irish Stout
Good, pretty standard stout, a hint of roastyness, from the roasted malts they use.

 

Hay-ryder
Megan said it had an ok first taste, but the aftertaste was a little funny…

 

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Oktoberfest
A very malt forward beer, decent taste, fairly light in body and not much bitterness. Megan thought it was too strong, too malty.

 

Pumpkin
Decent pumpkin beer, best beer so far. They did the brown sugar rim, which definitely added some flavor to the beer.

 

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Sam and Dustin had just been to a Beerworks the week before, they liked the Pumpkin beer so they both ordered a pint of it.

 

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Hop Flight

Lil Tasty IPL
Not the best IPL we have had, but a pretty decent attempt. More on the bitter hop spectrum for flavor.

 

Deliberation Session IPA
Fairly light, again more of a bitter hop spectrum, not that bitter, but it was a session ipa so the bitterness is the major taste that stood out.

 

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Cantander IPA
Much better IPA, has more of a tropical fruity hop flavor, not very bitter at all, Mark’s favorite beer this visit.

 

Black Sheep IPA
Bitter, with a smoky or burnt flavor that Mark didn’t like that much. Megan thought it had more of a toffee flavor.

 

Mark wanted to try another beer, so he decided to go for the:

Chapagne Du Nord – Berliner Weiss
A sour, tart taste. That’s all it really was though, just sour with nothing much else behind it.

 

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We ordered nachos as an appetizer and it was pretty good.

 

We all ordered burgers for lunch as well, and they were pretty good. We ate them too fast to take a picture!

 

Our visit this fall was not that impressive, compared to former visits. The beers were just ok, nothing we were very impressed with. When we visited Boston Beer Works, Fenway Park location, the food and service were good and the beers were pretty good. Our best visit was when we went to Lowell Beer Works a year and a half ago, over the summer. Good food, good service, good summer beers.

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Lowell Beer Works, Lowell MA

IMG_1263Lowell Beer Works is part of the Beer Works chain, which has 7 different locations. This is actually the location where the brewing and bottling happens. IMG_1264Each location also brews for their own location. We did not take a tour when we were there, though you can. This is a cool location, cool design and décor. They have a big bar inside. We sat outside on the front patio which was nice, they have umbrellas for the sun, or rain.

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Mark, looking over our beer options

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We both ordered a 4 oz Sampler of 4 Beers.IMG_1276  IMG_1275

Watermelon – 4.4% – IBU 22

Megan thought it had a good watermelon to beer balance. Did not taste like a jolly rancher, which Megan liked. Mark wasn’t as big of a fan, too subtle of a watermelon taste. Reminded him a little bit of a Budweiser, probable because it was a light golden ale. The beer came with a slice of Watermelon in it, that was a nice touch.

 

Haymarket Hefeweizen – 5% – IBU 24

We both liked this, a little bit of a different flavor for a Hefeweizen. Smooth and creamy upfront with a spicy secondary taste that hits in the back of the throat.

 

IMG_1277Bunker Hill Blueberry

Light in color, smells like blueberries. Lighter style beer than other blueberries we have had. Good blueberry flavor, good balance of flavors. Refreshing flavor, good for summer.

 

Salem Amber Hefeweizen

Not as light of a color, because it is an amber Hefeweizen. Gives it a different, slightly more robust taste. Has a hint of something at the end, maybe banana? Megan liked the Haymarket Hefeweizen better.

 

Double Apricot Saison – 8% – IBU 28

Good, not something Megan would typically order, but it sounded like an interesting flavor. It was a tart, light beer with lots of flavor.

 

Pale 2 (AKA Double Pale Ale) – 8% – IBU 85

Smells like a pale ale. Strong flavor, as expected, pretty standard, but not in a bad way.

 

Boot’s Nut Brown Ale – 4.5% – IBU 38

Pretty smooth, light body, good flavor.

 

Redeemer – 8.2% – IBU 38

Smells like a strong beer. Very hoppy and bitter.

 

Megan’s favorites were the Watermelon and the Haymarket Hefeweizen. There were so many beers that we didn’t try. They had 17 of their own beers on tap in May! A few beers were on ‘overtime’, they just had a little bit leftover they were selling. They did have some more ‘normal’ sounding beers, but we chose to try the most interesting sounding ones, or the ones we thought we would like.

 

IMG_1280  IMG_1282Potato Bacon Cheddar Spring Rolls

This was a cool take on potato skins. They were good, but unfortunately the ones Mark ate didn’t have any bacon in them. They could have used more bacon.

 

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cooked to perfection!

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Cheeseburger Sliders

Juicy, cooked well, good burgers.

 

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delicious!

Mudpie Dessert

 

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Our “Dessert time” serving of Watermelon beer!

Three different people took care of us, very attentive. Although it was lunchtime and not terribly busy, they were attentive. We have been at other places when it has been not crowded and the service was still slow, so we were very happy with this!

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a view at the bar

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beer to go!

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