There are seven craft breweries within walking distance of Metro9, making these Somerville condos a paradise for craft beer lovers.
For craft beer aficionados, the Somerville/Cambridge area is about as good as it gets. There are no less than 7 unique craft breweries within such easy walking distance of Metro9, it’s not even far enough to burn off the burgers and beers.
Let’s take a look at our neighborhood craft breweries.
Somerville Brewing Company – The Makers of Slumbrew Craft Ales
This funky warehouse brewery has prided itself on its “warm staff, cold beers, light dining, 4 packs, and growlers to go home” since it opened in 2011, right around the corner from Metro9.
The original three beers — Flagraiser IPA, Porter Square Porter, and Happy Sol — remain favorites. And the selection of porters, West Coast IPAs, traditional UK beers, New England IPAs, and sour ales does not disappoint. Their gluten-free pale is also a popular option for those avoiding wheat.
Slumbrew doesn’t take itself too seriously: the ethos is creative and light-hearted. Several years ago, they even pioneered a Belgian ale brewed with Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal.
Somerville Brewing hosts events and classes, from comedy nights on Sundays, to a class on spent grain bread making, to 50-cent wing Wednesdays. Food choices range from snacks like spicy poutine and nachos to pizza, sandwiches, and salads.
If you’re in the mood for something out of the box, try one of Slumbrew’s beer cocktails. Trust us: even the most skeptical beer-snobs can’t possibly resist a Beerjito or Beergarita.
Distance from Metro9: 0.2 miles, 5-minute walk
Located in the heart of Union Square on the first floor of Bow Market, Remnant Brewing serves up freshly roasted Barrington Coffees in addition to unique beers daily. The founders were inspired by the history of Union Square, and this quintessentially Somerville company uses historic interpretations of beer styles to present new takes on their creations.
Draft options rotate frequently, with new releases highlighted several times a year. You’re likely to find an IPA or two always on the menu, but they’re also passionate about funky saisons and using local and wild ingredients. Not only that, they’ll always have something interesting resting in a barrel.
The space is community-minded and inclusive. Weather-permitting, it features a back patio beer garden where customers can enjoy a freshly poured beer in the sunshine.
Remnant hosts monthly movie nights, weekly live music performances, and food pop-ups. They even encourage friendly pets to keep guests and staff company.
Distance from Metro9: 0.9 miles, 18-minute walk
Aeronaut is all about pushing boundaries. This brewery and community space uses fearless recipe design powered by house-cultured fermentations to carry out its mission: “to brew world-class beer, amplify the voice of our community, and support arts and culture.”
Launched on the first day of summer in 2014 in the loading bay of a historic envelope factory, Aeronaut has an eclectic vibe. From board game and trivia nights to arts events and social-justice-oriented happenings, it’s truly a place for the community to come together. There’s live music almost every night, and the website invites local musicians to inquire about playing.
Beers on draft include a crisp American Pilsner, several IPAs, a dark German lager, Belgian Ale, and even an Horchata Milk Stout. This time of year, we’re particularly partial to the Winter Warmer Spiced, a strong, malty ale flavored with African Bronze honey, cinnamon, and ginger.
Distance from Metro9: 1.3 miles, 25-minute walk
Who doesn’t love cider, especially when it’s all grown up and thoughtfully crafted? Bantam is founded on the idea that “anything worth drinking is worth drinking well,” and their delicious offerings definitely live up to the idea!
This women-owned cidery is passionate about making modern American cider, which, at its core, pushes beyond traditional styles. “Our philosophy is simple; to use great fruit and ingredients to make unique and memorable cider that’s approachable and enjoyable to drink,” say founders Michelle da Silva and Dana Masterpolo.
Using local apples, real honey, and hand-ground peppercorns and ginger, Bantam prides itself on authentic, nuanced flavor from the best ingredients. From the bright and crisp Wunderkind (fresh pressed New England apples and orange blossom honey) to the subtly sour Rojo (New England apples, tart cherries, and black peppercorns), their year-round offerings are beautifully crafted.
Don’t miss limited-availability options like the rich and aromatic American, which pairs rose petals and spices with New England apples, or the wildly imaginative Conch Street, with pineapple and hot chilies.
Distance from Metro9: 0.5 miles, 10-minute walk
Barely four years old, this Cambridge brewery is already an institution. It focuses on aroma-packed and flavor-driven beers, with an emphasis on New England IPAs, barrel-aged sours, and special seasonals. Lamplighter also brews a variety of one-off batches that allow the brewers to “pursue our various whims, and we don’t shy away from funk, twists on tradition, and unique ingredients.”
The on-tap brews are whimsical and inventive, ranging from the Charred Riley (a charred bourbon barrel-aged mixed fermentation sour) to the After Midnight (imperial stout with vanilla and maple syrup) to the Lawyers, Guns, & Honey (IPA with raw honey). The taproom has a bring-your-own food policy, but it additionally hosts rotating food pop-ups.
Open until 3:00pm every day, the newest addition to the Lamplighter family, Pepita, is a new café concept housed in the front taproom that offers a full espresso menu, rotating cold brews on tap, specialty iced drinks, and a breakfast menu inspired by Austin breakfast tacos.
Distance from Metro9: 1 mile, 19-minute walk
Located in the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville, the eponymous brewery makes unique beers in small batches and serves Counter Culture coffee and espresso by day. The brewery’s philosophy is grounded in the idea that beer, “not unlike song, has a cadence and a story.”
The brewers don’t chase trends, but instead “cull from creative impulses and larger inspirations for each unique batch.” The beers are nothing short of lovingly crafted, with a tap list ranging from German Altbier to Russian Imperial Stout.
Winter Hill’s taproom doesn’t just pour out great brews, they offer an eclectic food menu as well. Handcrafted sausage and schnitzel are some of our favorites. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try whimsical Kimchi Latkes. All ingredients are locally and responsibly sourced.
In addition to the taproom’s delicious offerings, Winter Hill strives to make a difference in the community. They work to raise awareness for and contribute financially to non-profit organizations, and each month they partner with a different organization to host events in the taproom and remotely. To date, they’ve contributed close to 10% of net proceeds to organizations in the Greater Boston area and nationwide.
Distance from Metro9: 1.6 miles, 30-minute walk
Established all the way back in 1989, Cambridge Brewing Co. is the oldest brewpub in the greater Boston area serving fresh handcrafted beer and food made with local ingredients. Nationally acclaimed and locally cherished, this brewery has been at the forefront of the pub brewery movement since its inception. It focuses on high-quality craft beers and seasonally inspired New England fare in an unassuming and welcoming atmosphere.
Cambridge Brewing’s team of brewers crafts a wide array of traditional, new American, and experimental beers styles, and were the first commercial brewery in America to produce a Belgian beer. Their revolutionary barrel cellar was one of the first of its kind, creating wood-aged beers and using micro flora to enhance flavors.
Distance from Metro9: 0.7 miles, 14-minute walk