Winner for most pleasant surprise is definitely Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville!
The walk through the business park on the way to Aeronaut makes you start to wonder how cool could this brewery really be?
The second you walk in the door, you’re transported to a hip, beer wonderland. You’re met with sounds of a live band with horns blaring right in the middle of the beer barrels. People are playing Super Mario projected onto the wall for everyone to watch and groups of people are huddled around tables playing board games. This is the place to be, I’ve finally realized.
My friends and I grab our flights of beer, rather Michelle grabs a giant platter of our beer samples, and we spot a back room with more seating. This wasn’t just any back room. It’s a factory of different businesses such as Somerville Chocolate and a coffee bar, neither of which were open as it was a Sunday afternoon but my woman senses know those smells anywhere! Then of course, the Aeronaut lab which looks like an actual science lab where beer magic is made.
Before coming to Aeronaut, I had never had any of their beers. So of course, I had to try one of everything because like I’ve said before, I’m drinking for your benefit and am willing to be the (drunk) lab rat. Someone has to, right? I dove right into the Summer in Cologne, the Kolsch, which was a nice, light, crisp beer. Like most Kolschs, this is a very drinkable beer for any kind of beer drinker. The Hop Hop and Away, as the name suggests, blasts with hints of hops but was on the lighter side. As someone who doesn’t drink alot of hoppy beers, I greatly enjoyed this one. A Year With Dr Nadu was the token IPA. This hazy amber beer surprises with a hint of grapefruit which makes it stand out from other IPAs. Finally was the Toasted Brown Ale. Something about sitting next to chocolate and coffee shops while drinking this felt perfect as it had the ideal balance of both flavors.
If I lived closer to Somerville, I’d definitely make this one of my usual spots especially since I’m a sucker for Trivia, which they have on Tuesday nights. This place just had a cool, laid back vibe and felt like the perfect neighborhood spot.
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St
Tue – Thu: 5pm-midnight