We take our beer seriously in New England and we’re elated that Rebecca Millette of Massachusetts’ Girls Pint Out will host a craft beer tasting at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market on Saturday, December 7. There are a few spots left so grab them now! Rebecca tells you what to expect below. -Maggie
Back in 2010, I received a text one day from a friend in Indiana that said something like, “Want to do this in Boston?” linking to the Girls’ Pint Out (GPO) website. I’ll be honest, I was likely slinging back a dirty martini at that point. Nevertheless, I said yes. Beer and event planning? Kind of sounds like the dream. Plus, the logo won me over, how cute is she?
Fast forward a few weeks later to a late summer evening at the Otherside patio (RIP). I had gotten up from the table and a friend had ordered a Pretty Things Baby Tree. Following her example, I ordered another. It was that night that my love for local beer truly began. Since that day, we’ve planned events all over the city, and launched more local chapters in Maine, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. I’ve watched GPO grow from four chapters to well over 20. We’re all over the country now, which is kind of amazing. The Boston beer scene has grown in crazy and wonderful ways in those three years as well. There are 53 breweries in the state. It’s so cool to watch the Massachusetts map change every time I refresh the page.
One of the many reasons I love GPO so much is our interaction with craft brewers – their passion and love for their beer is contagious. They put so much into what they make, so much so that it makes it hard to walk into a bar and say “I’ll have a Bud Light”. The same goes for Eat Boutique’s Makers; these are local folks that make what they love, test gastronomic boundaries, and come up with new and incredible things every day.
I’m really excited to give you the list of beer we’ll be tasting in the Craft Beer Tasting. I got the pleasure of working with Michael from Streetcar Wine & Beer in Jamaica Plain to pick out our selection and I must say: Get to Jamaica Plain. I chose all New England breweries and (selfishly) my favorites, which are:
- Night Shift (shameless plug, they co-sponsor our running team!)
- Maine Beer Co
- Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
- Notch Brewing
- Baxter Brewing
I’m excited to walk through each beer, chat a bit about how everyone will taste them a tiny bit differently, and learn about choosing local. Can’t wait to see you all there!
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.