If Slumbrew—this Somerville Brewery’s brand name—rings a bell, it’s probably because you remember the time when the city’s reputation was less than glamorous. Indeed, a lot has changed in good old “Slummerville” since this family-owned spot opened on the obscure outskirts of Union Square in 2011. And throughout all that change, the brewery has solidified its role as a local institution, with staples like Porter Square Porter, Attic & Eaves, and the Flagraiser IPA dependably stocking shelves throughout town.
The original Boynton Yards brewery remains a cozy standby for cold brews and comfort food—but more recently, Somerville Brewing Co. has expanded into Assembly Row. The 20 taplines at American Fresh Brewhouse, the company’s second brick-and-mortar outpost, allow plenty more room to feature experimental beers. A reliable respite for shoppers, that spot also makes a worthy detour on its own.