The Hingham Shipyard is now one of the hottest locations on the South Shore for dining destinations, which is undoubtedly why the Hingham Beer Works chose to open its newest location here. Located right on the water with outdoor patio seating overlooking Hingham Bay, this is not your average Beer Works. The restaurant attracts an upscale crowd with a surprising amount of guests drinking wine and mixed drinks at the bar.
We sat at a large comfortable booth in the enormous dining room that had floor to ceiling windows. Our friendly server greeted us and asked us if we would like to try one of their famous microbrews, which are available in 12, 16 or 22 ounce glasses. The Bunker Hill blueberry is one of our favorites, light and fruity, accompanied by a scoop of floating blueberries. My husband loved the hoppy copper colored World’s End IPA.
We started off with a sampling of the bone-in Buffalo wings – a good size portion of meaty chicken wings arrived topped with a not too hot sauce that offered just the right amount of heat. There is a nine alarm sauce for those who want to kick it up a notch. The juicy mini burger sliders were cooked to our medium rare liking and served on buttered grilled buns with a fun side of potato sticks. Other available appetizers included hot spinach and artichoke dip, chicken quesadillas, potato-bacon-cheddar spring rolls, a hummus plate and their over-the-top “infamous” and equally enormous nachos.
For dinner, I ordered the penne, chicken and broccoli, a disappointing dish of overcooked pasta and diced tomatoes that turned the sauce into a watery broth. My husband sampled the old south crunchy fried chicken sandwich topped simply with bacon. Be sure to request the traditional accompaniments of lettuce, tomato, sliced red onion and pickles (our server forgot to advise us of this) as the sandwich arrived plain albeit a side of ranch dressing. There is a good selection of salads such as the spinach and salmon, grilled Caesar and Chinese chicken along with a wide array of entrees that included fish and chips, sesame ginger stir fry and turkey tips. Unfortunately, our server seemed to disappear for some time so we didn’t get to try the desserts, i.e. the mud pie, which did sound delicious.
The Hingham Beer Works is located at 18 Shipyard Drive, Hingham. There are several other locations, including Lowell, Salem, one near the Garden and another Fenway Park. For more information, call (781) 749-BEER or visit www.beerworks.net.