Belmont's temple to artisanal suds
51 Leonard St, at Moore; Belmont; 617.932.1885
They say you can tell a lot about a man by the kind of beer he drinks, which is why Red Auerbach only drank Red Dog. And Killian's Irish Red. And Natty Ice, but no one needs to know about that. Giving your manhood a lot of choices, Craft Beer Cellar, now open.
An inaugural offering from two craft beer gurus who honed their expertise working at Cambridge Common, CBC's a just-opened mecca to artisanal suds stocking 400+ brews that's decked out w/ exposed wood beams, an 8-seat dining room table, and authentic brewery signs, also the M. Night Shyamalan movie Mel Gibson really wanted to star in. Organized by coast/region, choice brewers/suds run the gamut from New England (Berkshire Cabin Fever, People's Pint Oatmeal, Belfast Bay Lobster Red Ale) and the East (Troegs DreamWeaver, Ithaca Flower Power), to America's Middle (Boulder Hazed and Infused, Nebraska Black Betty) and the West (Uinta Crooked Line Tilted Smile, The Bruery Mischief), along with a healthy lineup of heavy-on-the-Belgian/Trappist imports like Rochefort 10 and Scotland's Brew Dog Punk, which you should feel lucky about drinking. Well, do you? There's also a solid selection of single cans, beer-related board games, books, brewing kits, stemwear, and even a shelf o' snacks (mustards, hot sauces, spreads), not to mention a Pinot-tilting wine wall, which surprisingly no one tells to shut the hell up.
And if that's not enough, CBC also rocks two-a-week tastings on Thur/Sat, is kicking around the idea of an accompanying restaurant/brew pub down the road, and will even fill hard-to-find custom requests, which should tell them a lot about you, when they're forced to explain that Sparks no longer exists.
Like Rondo's jump shot, their website (BostonCraftBeerCellar.com) remains a work in progress. For the latest deets, hit them up on the Facebook.com.