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Oh please Arby's...

806 Main St is a Wendy's now and has been for quite a long time.

Aug 11, 2014
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What words/adjectives are used to describe taste of cider?

Cidery. ;-)

Aug 01, 2014
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All Grain Brew For Fall

I always think about making a nutty/caramelly ESB in the fall. I brew 10 gals at a time but never want to drink 10 gals of ESB. I would just go with IPA and dry hop each keg differently - but 95% the beers I brew are IPA's...

Aug 01, 2014
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Could be considered as job abandonment. If mgmt was smart they would have already sent letters to employees who are scheduled to work and havent clocked in to notify them of this. Now that there is a deadline in place, makes a stronger case if they dont show after the deadline.

Jul 31, 2014
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Beer Camp

12 packs in my area were going for $23 - $25. I have tried all but the two belgian styles which I have to be really in the mood for to enjoy. Impressed by the Hoppy Pilsner and thought the rye bock, scottish ale, and espresso stout were good as far as malt heavy beers go. The rest meh. Many of the "hoppy" ones seemed to suffer from hop fade being already two months old when it hit shelves.

Jul 31, 2014
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Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Don't agree (without shouting)

Sometimes clams have a "farmy" taste without being unedible. Experienced many times at chowhound exalted clam box in ipswich with their big bellies.

Jul 31, 2014
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Avery announces Quintupel Ale

Avery makes another booze bomb? Shocking...

Jul 29, 2014
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Stone in Berlin

"Beer consumption has been decreasing there"

Same for the US too despite the rising popularity of craft beer.

Jul 24, 2014
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Wholesale Clam prices increased over 50% this week !!? !!? Dairy Joy

The red tide ban was lifted for some areas (Ipswich) on June 19th, the rest on July 1st.

Jul 09, 2014
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Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Don't know if things have changed in the past ten yrs since visiting Belgium, but the beer centric bars that I went to usually only offered a handful of beer on tap - usually lagers and golden ales - which was only a fraction of the styles and brands offered in the bottle.

Jul 07, 2014
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Vast Selection indicates Superior Taste Buds

The irony of this post is so precious. Any serious beer connoisseur, would know why.

Jul 04, 2014
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Recommendations For Casual Seafood Dining Near Boston

The liberal club is not by the water and I'm not sure they serve whole lobster either.

Jul 04, 2014
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Where can I BBQ at the beach in Boston??

Give Summer Shack a call - they do catered clambakes for private parties. Website said they can help you find a location too.

Jun 28, 2014
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Belgian Trippel Blind (or Bland?) Tasting

Westmalle tripel is considered the benchmark for the style by many beer drinkers. Sounds like your sample was off/old.

Jun 25, 2014
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Waltham is the Paris of the Teens (nee the new Somerville)

With improved beer selection in the past couple of years with The Gaff, Copper House, and Bison county stepping up, and the new Market Basket coming, I will have few reasons to venture out of Waltham.

Jun 25, 2014
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Ice Cream Trucks near Waltham or anywhere near Boston/Metro West that carry FrozFruit

Hang out at the Spray Deck at Beaver Brook state park and you can have your pick from multiple ice cream trucks over the course of an hour or so.

Jun 23, 2014
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Portsmouth and area report (and $4.99 lobster roll!)

Nothing wrong with warren's if you are looking for straight ahead seafood like you would get at a shack, but want options other than fried seafood, seating, air conditioning, and/or a bug free environment without standing in line. My wife and I eat lunch here whenever we are in the area and are not anywhere near retirement age. ;-) I have had fried clams here that are way beyond the quality of Bob's and rivals the best ive had in new england.

Jun 17, 2014
LStaff in Northern New England

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Probably too late now, but my favorite place for clams on the way to Newport is the Liberal Club in Fall River. They are littlenecks and not soft shell style and you can get them plain or sauteed in garlic and oil. I recommend the latter and ask for some pops to dip in the broth. Good red chowder here too, although on the salty side sometimes.

Jun 16, 2014
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June 2014 Openings and Closings

The mayor of waltham recently declared that MB in waltham is scheduled to open in September.

Jun 12, 2014
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Summer Beer Rundown 2014 -- What are you drinking this year?

Widmer Citra Blonde is still tops for me again this year. Been drinking many of the session ipa's as they come in fresh, but Founder's all day is the only one I have purchased repeatedly and has replaced Narraganset summer in my fridge this year. Victory summer mix pack has two great new beers - hop ticket pils and session ipa - whirlwind wit is over spiced with coriander imo, and summer love is just meh to me. Narraganset Dels shandy is an ok thirst quencher when guzzled ice cold. 2 Roads Ol'factory pils is pretty hoppy and drinkable.

Jun 11, 2014
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Narragansett/Del's Lemonade Shandy in Boston

Got a six pack of pounders at D&L on Lex St in Waltham yesterday. It was better and less seeet than I was expecting a premixed shandy to be. Very refreshing while it is ice cold, quite a bit harder to drink with disjointed flavors when it warms up a little.

Jun 06, 2014
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Hot dogs

I've tasted the Spike dog without the bread - just be glad the bread covers up the flavor for you. Farm yard is the nicest way I can describe it's flavor. No amount of bread or condiments can cover up that flavor for me.

Jun 04, 2014
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Summer Beer Rundown 2014 -- What are you drinking this year?

Drinking a whole lotta Founders All Day IPA this summer which has seemed to have replaced Narragansett summer in my fridge this year. Still havent seen my last year's favorite, Widmer Citra Summer ...

Jun 02, 2014
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Maine Lunch IPA in Portland??

Heading to Portland on monday, any heads up where I can find MBC beers and other local hoppy offerings on tap in the old port area is much appreciated. Thks.

May 01, 2014
LStaff in Northern New England

Wegmans in Chestnut Hill

I so miss hardrolls. Especially one with butter and a cup of coffee for breakfast.

Apr 30, 2014
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Wegmans in Chestnut Hill

I was unimpressed by the selection, random layout, and pricing of their beer section. Some of the bigger crafts like SN or Lagunitas and a couple locals were a little cheaper than local beer stores, but everything else was about the same or higher than better beer stores in the area. Also have to be careful with freshness too even though they just opened. Hopefully the Burlington location gets a little more attention when it comes to beer instead of the afterthought that it is here.

Apr 30, 2014
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Zaftig's a question.

Neillio's pastrami does have a sweet glaze on it.

Apr 30, 2014
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ISO Troegs Nugget Nectar

Within the 6 pack I drank this year - the week it arrived in the area- there were a couple bottles that were awful (drank on separate nights, so it wasn't just a palate anomaly) and the rest were as good as I remember it to be in recent years (just ok). The bad ones tasted like stale hops were used.

Apr 18, 2014
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Brooklyn Pilsner eruptions rumble on...

Can't/won't brew their own flagships, but they can spend the time/money/effort to open a brewery in europe. I would be a fan of their lagers if I knew their wouldn't be a good chance of getting a diacetyl bomb. I would suggest moving on to another brand if they cant be trusted to deliver everytime. Plenty of quality beer to choose from these days.

Apr 13, 2014
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Lamb Sandwiches

They are very inconsistent with the amount of tzatziki sauce they put on their sandwiches. And many times half the sandwich doesn't have any, and the other half has way too much. My wife and I take bets on who is going to get the tzatziki bomb and who is going to get shafted whenever we order gyros.

Apr 10, 2014
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