Market Preview: Craft Beer Tasting

by Maggie Battista on December 4, 2013

in Drinks, Eat Boutique Markets, Events, Massachusetts


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:

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!


The Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Buy your tickets here for our annual holiday event! We look forward to shopping and sampling with you.

Photos courtesy of Girls Pint Out MassachusettsGirls Pint Out National, Heidi/White Loft Studio, and Flickr (Photo 1, Photo 4).

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 TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

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