Lord of the IPAs

A brewery in a castle can only be home to complete royalty: Lord Hobo. Located in Woburn, MA, Lord Hobo is the king of IPAs. When you visit the brewery, you feel like royalty with  free unlimited samples of all of the beers. Yes, this is heaven. A dangerous heaven, but heaven nonetheless.

Before coming to the brewery, I was a big fan of Lord Hobo. If you’re a lighter beer drinker like myself, Hobo Life is the way to go. This light, citrus beer is the perfect refreshing brew. Many IPAs are heavy and personally, I cannot drink too many at a time. Hobo Life is different. You could drink a whole pack and still feel like you could, and probably will, keep going. If you want to take it the next notch up, Steal This Can adds a little more hoppiness with floral smells and orange and possibly a hint of grapefruit. Don’t let the name fool you, though; don’t try to steal this can from me. That’s just risky.

Boomsauce, to me, is the most known Lord Hobo IPA. The combination of hops in this beer, including my favorite Mosaic, creates a strong hoppy aroma before the beer even hits your lips. But let’s be real. Everyone wants to drink a beer with a badass name like Boomsauce. Rounding out this amazing selection of IPAs is the Imperial IPA, Consolation Prize. Even though it had the highest ABV, at 9.5%,  this IPA was very drinkable. With an ABV like that, you expect a big bite of bitterness but is very smooth.

The brewery is a great place to meet up with friends and play some of the games they have or as a stop on your way into or out of the city. If you’re in Cambridge, be sure to check out the Lord Hobo Bar, which is on my beer bucket list. Aside from all of the Hobo beers on tap, they featured many other local breweries.

 

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Lord Hobo
5 Draper St
Woburn, MA

Hours
Monday-Thursday 4p.m.-9p.m.
Friday 4p.m.-10p.m.
Saturday 12p.m.-10p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-6p.m.

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Bone Up to It

If I ever were to open up a brewery, it would be exactly like Bone Up Brewery. From the logo to the atmosphere to the beers, this place is beyond badass.

Here’s a piece of advice for breweries out there: take a note from Bone Up and make your flights into an adult happy meal. After you pick your beers for your flight, choose from one of your favorite childhood snacks: Fruit Roll-Ups, chocolate chip cookies, Doritos (yes, Cool Ranch AND Nacho Cheese),Rice Crispy Treats, and Cheese-Itz.

The flights are delivered looking like something out of a college guy’s apartment with beers being held in muffin tins. Not going to lie, this is probably the most creative flight vessel. The taproom itself is full of things to do. From chalkboard tables to their array of games including Rock Em Sock Em Robots and Cards of Humanity.

The best part, the beers, seem to be named after the different stages of me drinking. First, Wasted Life, was a citrus-y IPA with the perfect balance of hops. Clusterbomb is much like life after the 6th, or 12th, beer. This Single Hop Pale Ale has a slight touch of lemon and is a very drinkable light beer. I was most intrigued with the Key Lime White. Like the name suggests , this beer is full of lime flavoring but not overpowering like many fruit beers. This stage of drinking alludes to my affinity for drunk eating, though usually it’s pizza and not key lime pie, but to each their own. Last is the ultimate stage of drinking: Extra Naked (Sorry, mom). This was probably my favorite beer that I had. This light, crisp beer is the perfect beer to sit and drink a couple, or alot, of, then probably end up streaking down the street.

Located just feet away from my favorite brewery, Night Shift, Bone Up is a great stop while visiting, hopefully before the Extra Naked hits. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, there’s a distillery, Short Path, located between the breweries. Word of the wise, though; get there early. This small taproom fills up fast! This is definitely not a brewery to miss.

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Bone Up Brewery
38 Norman St
Everett, MA

Hours
Friday-Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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