Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, the city is what I consider my "home town" and its one of the best culinary city in the country, by all regards. Two things Boston does really well are beer and oysters. Trillium Brewery is doing amazing things in Boston's rapidly gentrifying Fort Point neighborhood in the South Boston Seaport. Very easy access to the financial district and lots of open space are a recipe for surging real estate prices. Trillium focuses on hoppy beers and they are one of the most coveted breweries on the beer trading forums around. Artaic is a Double IPA brewed with honey, very clear and transparent in contrast to many of Trillium's other brews.
Trillium recently opened a secondary location in suburban Canton, MA and are now offering limited distribution through the state. I was in a prominent liquor store south of the city and picked up a couple bottles including their flagship Fort Point Pale Ale and Scaled IPA. I also grabbed a Singlecut beer that was quite nice, although I can't remember the name of it, nor can I make it out from the picture. It used NZ hops though and was surprisingly good! Finally, I grabbed a 4 pack of 16 oz cans from Night Shift Brewery, out of Everett, MA. Their Santilli IPA is one of the handful of beers they distribute and is a good every day value, although definitely inferior to Trillium or Tree House out of Western Mass.
A visit with my parents meant that I was grabbing a dozen oysters to enjoy with my dad and cracking a beer or two. These oysters are from Duxbury, MA's Island Creek Oysters. Lucky to have such easy access.