Exhibit A Brewing
I love living in the age of a craft beer renaissance. Spending a Saturday visiting local breweries and distilleries, noshing from food trucks or small local eateries and hopefully discovering a unique stout or porter, is my idea of a fantastic day. Living in New England gives me ample opportunities to indulge in this habit as there seems to be a new brewery opening every few months. One of the best I have been to recently is Exhibit A Brewing in Framingham, Massachusetts. Beer Advocate drinkers seem to agree, with a slew of 4+ reviews for Exhibit A’s alcoholic offerings.
Located in an industrial park, Exhibit A’s simple exterior hides gallons of tasty brews behind the door. A seating area with a narrow wrap around counter awaits you inside with a view of the beer tanks further back in the warehouse. The beautifully crafted bar provides ample room to peruse the selection of beers. Check out Exhibit A’s gorgeous tap handle set up too! Pints and flights are available and prices, reasonable. Additionally, some beers are available in ‘cans to go’ ($3-$5) and 32 oz. and 64 oz. growlers ($8-$20). Another seating area awaits you in the back, with a few tall tables to enjoy your beer and snacks. Pretzels are available on weekends and there is usually a food truck or two parked outside.
Year round drafts include ‘Goody Two Shoes’, a refreshing Kolsch style ale and ‘The Cat’s Meow’ IPA. Staying in my wheelhouse of dark beer, I really adored both the rotating 'Briefcase Porter' and 'Sunday Paper', an imperial stout with coffee. Both were rich and chewy. The roasty porter didn’t drink heavy and was well balanced with raisin and chocolate tones. I could definitely savor a couple of these malty beers in one sitting, which can be a challenge with porters. Not overly saccharin and highly drinkable...one of the best porters I’ve imbibed in a while. For a full bodied winter brew, The Sunday Paper is an excellent choice. Nutty, warm caramelized toffee and cocoa notes with a touch of baking spice at the front and a sweet coffee finish. A gloriously dark beer made for a warm blanket and a chilly day. My personal favorite is the brilliantly named, ‘We’re going to need you to come in on Saturday’ Scotch Ale. Any company that combines the comedic genius of ‘Office Space’ and alcohol is well worth my hard earned money. Dark caramel in color, with warm notes and a sweet but subtle dried fruit flavor, I made sure I grabbed some of this smooth beer for the road.
Exhibit A is well worth the drive out of Boston and not only for their delightful beers. The brewery has integrated itself into the community, offering live music most Fridays and even ballet, yoga and bootcamp classes. While I don’t believe I’m brewery yoga ready, (or regular yoga ready) I am looking forward to a return trip to check out Exhibit A’s spring offerings. Make the trip out to metrowest, linger over a pint and have a toast to one of your new favorite breweries.