A beer-lover’s mecca might be the last thing you’d expect to find at the back of this random parking lot in an obscure corner of Chelsea. But make the trek, find the secret wooden door, and Mystic will welcome you like an old friend. The bright, casual, never-too-crowded taproom is beloved for its board games and cultured butter balls (sourced from Ploughgate Creamery in Vermont)—but the real star of the show is the saison.
Founder, Bryan Greenhagen is something of a yeast connoisseur; even before opening Mystic, the MIT grad was cultivating homemade strains of the microbes, setting a high bar for the new brewery focused on native fermentation and Old World methods. To get acquainted, first-timers should try the classic Saison Renaud—but rotating fan favorites like unfiltered double IPA Citra Position or Belgian quadruple ale Day of Doom are what keep us coming back for more.