Row 34 has found a way to serve even more rare beer

As if Row's beer list needed to be any better.

Boston, MA - 03/04/14 -  Row 34 restaurant's selection of beers includes (l to r) Benno Farmhouse, Penombre black IPA, Flower Power IPA, and Serpent's Stout Imperial Stout.  Lane Turner/Globe Staff  Section: ARTS Reporter: Gary Dzen Slug: 19sips
From left: Benno Farmhouse, Penombre black IPA, Flower Power IPA, and Serpent’s Stout Imperial Stout at Row 34. –Lane Turner / The Boston Globe, File

By now you’re aware of Row 34’s otherworldly beer list.

The airy Fort Point spot, praised for its raw bar and lobster rolls (buttered or creamy), has done beer and wine well from the jump. There are no cocktails on the menu, but with tangy sours and peppery saisons rotating in to match your food, you don’t miss them. You can almost always go to Row and find a brew you’ve never had.

Beer director Suzanne Hays is adding to that element of discovery with a new program called “bookshelf beers,’’ featuring rare brews tucked away on shelves in a former elevator shaft that serves as the restaurant’s quirky storage space.


For the first installment, Hays uncorked a magnum each of two beers from Tommie Sjef, a brewer in the Netherlands who has gained a cult following for his wild ales.

“He’s become somewhat of a brewing celebrity in his hometown,’’ says Hays. “His beers are hard to come by, even in The Netherlands.’’

Upcoming offerings will include some anniversary beers from St. Bernardus that are in tin cans, and a wooden cask of Schneider’s Eisbock. There will be verticals (different vintages of the same beer) featured from time to time, as well as the occasional draft.

“Without giving too much away I promise the program will not disappoint,’’ says Hays. “In a world where everything is Googled I’m a big fan of the element of surprise.’’

Row 34 plans to release new “bookshelf beer’’ one Sunday a month.

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