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Commonwealth Brewing #1
Boston Hops
(Closed)
138 Portland Street
85 Merrimac Street
Boston MA 02114
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Notes

Visited: September 1, 1992

Opened: 1986

Closed: 2002

Annual Production: 3,100 bbl

Contributor: Todd Alström

Some General Notes from my visit back in 1992:

  • Prices: $2.25/half, $9.95/T-shirt
  • Nice place, not Real Big...good Thursday night crowd.
  • Had to drink half pints. "No samplers - it's the law, you know."
  • British malt, Cluster bittering, Golding and Cascade finishing. Some beers are dry hopped. Open fermenters, aged 1-6 weeks, fined and filtered. Traditional Ales (noted by * below) served via hand pumps.
  • Cajun calamari outstanding!
  • Commonwealth recently opened their second location in New York NY.
  • Directions: Take the T...Green or Orange Line to North Station/Boston Garden. With the Garden on your right, walk down Causeway Street, turn left on Portland.

Commonwealth brewed their final batch of beer on December 28, 2001 and remained open until the beer was gone.

Updated: January 21, 2008

Beer List

    • Date: September 1, 1992 (#1979)
      Package: real ale
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      Beautiful red color, creamy white head. Very nice. Good balance - malt at first, bitter hop finish. Ann: "But you haven't tried the Porter yet!" "I'm getting there!"

    • Date: May 31, 1994 (#346)
      Package: bottled
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      May 1994 selection. Beautiful clear amber. Thick white head. Great mix of aromatic hops and malt. Clean and malty. Smooth hop finish followed by...alcohol! Excellent beer.

  • (Special) Best Bitter
    • Date: September 1, 1992 (#1980)
      Package: real ale
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      Started with a yeasty flavor, but that dissipated quickly. Thick white creamy head, very chewy. Good heavy beer.

  • Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
    • Date: September 1, 1992 (#1981)
      Package: real ale
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      Sweet stout. Hop flavor is more obvious than black malt flavor. Sticks with you! Very good if you like sweet stouts - I prefer dry.

  • Robust Porter

  • Golden Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Special Old Ale
    Old Ale