Boston: Brewery, Subs, and Fenway Park!

I recently traveled to Boston to attend the International Fundraising Conference at the Boston Convention Center.  This was my first extended stay in Boston and I was excited to see some of what the city had to offer.  Boston, as you might know, is well known for its craft beer scene, which on this visit I was not able to fully take advantage of, but will do so on the next.

Night Shift Brewing

My original plan was to visit the Harpoon Brewery, which was walking distance from my hotel (Aloft) in the Seaport area of Boston, but because of an extremely long line to get in I had to skip it.  Luckily, my quick-thinking cousin, Katie, who lives in Boston, decided we would fare better at the lesser-known, but equally good, Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA.  Night Shift Brewing was founded in 2012 by three close friends who share a passion for homebrewing.

The menu at Night Shift Brewing

The menu at Night Shift Brewing

Unaware that Night Shift Brewing was celebrating their fourth year with a party and the release of some select beers, we showed up to find a line as well!  We of course waited it out  and I was even lucky enough to purchase one of their limited bottles (250) of Year 4 Stout.

Outdoor drinking (Whirlpool, Furth, and the Year 4 Stout)

Outdoor drinking (Whirlpool, Furth, and the Year 4 Stout)

I had one of the two available staff-crafted flights, Adam’s 4 Course Meal, that included the Emden (Dunkelweizen), Trifecta (Belgian Style Pale Ale), Santilli (IPA), and Awake (Coffee Porter).  I became a huge fan of the refreshing Trifecta after my flight and grabbed a 4 pack to-go.

AK’s

As I mention above, my hotel was located in the Seaport area of Boston, which has undergone a tremendous amount of development over the years and is loaded with chain restaurants.  In search of something more unique I took a hunger-induced walk and happened upon AK’s, which was a perfect neighborhood option that had great reviews.  AK’s is your local pizza and sub-sandwich shop that only those who live nearby know about.  It’s a no frills, everyone knows each other, good food type of place.

Ak's

Ak's

I ordered a large hot sausage combo sub sandwich, which I struggled to finish, but loved it so much I ate there a second time during my four-day stay!  On my second visit, I had a chicken parm sandwich with spicy fries, enormous, affordable, and left me satiated.

Fenway Park

I’m a huge baseball fan, and especially love visits to older, historic baseball stadiums, as they have character and a feel that new stadiums lack.  Older baseball stadiums tend to be smaller and therefore you feel closer to the action.  After visiting Wrigley Field two years ago I jumped at the chance to attend an evening conference event at historic Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and is part of the National Register of Historic Places.  Granted it wasn’t during a game, which I will get to experience some day, but I thoroughly enjoyed the view looking out from the State Street Pavilion Club area over home plate.

Historic Fenway Park

Historic Fenway Park