Friday, October 14, 2016

A Quick Weekend in Boston

One of the best trips in my life was three years ago when Mr. T, myself and six other friends headed to Denmark for the Copenhagen Beer Celebration.  We crushed Vanilla Bean Dark Lords at Mikkeller and Friends, dined at the world's best restaurant Noma and spent twelve incredible hours drinking some of the best beer in the world at the CBC festival.  We talk about going back to Copenhagen every year but a trip that big is a huge undertaking.  So when the Copenhagen Beer Celebration announced they were bringing the festival to Boston this fall tickets were purchased immediately and we all traveled there for the weekend.


We rolled in on Thursday night and headed to dinner at the trendy supper club Yvonne's.  I feel in love with this place immediately.  Gorgeous chandeliers dripped diamonds from the ceiling,  guests clinked glasses at the long mahogany bar (hand carved by French woodworkers in 1886) and oh the glorious cocktails.


Let's just say we enjoyed a LOT of them from the fruity vacation style King Louie to the rich, frothy Espresso Martini's each cocktail was a prime example of top tier mixology.


Friday morning we woke up and headed to Trillium Brewing to pick up beer for home then stopped into Row 34 next door for a lunch of buttery Lobster Rolls and creamy Clam Chowder.


Friday night kicked of session one of the Copenhagen Beer Celebration in City Hall Park.  I was a little worried about all of the steps when heading into this event but the location couldn't be more perfect.  The wide open space never felt crowded and at night the buildings of downtown Boston provided an absolutely breathtaking scene against the midnight blue sky.


I honestly didn't think Boston could live up to the Copenhagen fest but the amount of rare beer, either not distributed in the United States or extremely hard to find, was pretty impressive.  Cigar City brought the elusive Marshal Zhukov's Final Push and Good Nightmare Mekong; a rich coconut coffee stout that I absolutely adore.  Arizona Wilderness stunned with a cacao nib, pepper Presidential Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels and  Cellermaker's No Nelson IPA kept me coming back for more.  But most memorable in this incredible line up were the lambics from Belgium brewery Bokkereyder.  These guys brought almost every beer in their catalog and each one was artfully well balanced from the subtly sweet Framboos Vanille to the tart jammy Pinot Kriek.


Sunday morning we planned just enough time for a fantastic brunch at Ward 8 complete with porcelain punch bowls and a crazy delicious Cobb Salad before hopping back on the train to NYC. 


It was another great weekend and a fantastic beer festival.  I may not make it to Copenhagen again next year but I'll certainly be returning to Boston.

Yvonne's
2 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

Copenhagen Beer Celebration
City Hall Park

Ward 8
90 North Washington Street
Boston, MA 02113

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