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In Newtonville, craft beers and good quality accompaniments

The menu includes fried calamari (top) and steak tips (below). Below left: Casey Ho enjoying lunch at Brewers Coalition.
The menu includes fried calamari (top) and steak tips (below). Below left: Casey Ho enjoying lunch at Brewers Coalition.Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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Brewers Coalition, like Rox Diner across the street, offers Newtonville neighbors more reasonably priced, familiar food. Look at Brewers’ menu and you’ll find what you’d expect: nachos, wings, a Caesar, burgers, wraps, tacos, fish and chips, steak tips, mac and cheese, brownie sundae. Opened last August by John Brewer’s Tavern owner Bill Honeycutt, Brewers Coalition is more upscale than his taverns in Waltham and Malden. The Newtonville spot is light and inviting with a carousel pony riding high, 50 craft beers (20 on tap), and food that is surprisingly high quality. All restaurant management plays to its clientele. They’d be silly not to. But you have to wonder about some decisions at Coalition, like food with so little seasoning.

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