Food and Drink

An end of summer ode to the Beachcomber

The bar at the end of the world. Photo: Mike Deehan/Axios

Another summer season rolls on by and it's time to say goodbye to one of our favorite seasonal restaurants: The legendary Beachcomber in Wellfleet.

Why it matters: As Cape Cod's only ocean-facing beachfront bar, the 'Comber provides seafood, strong mudslides, live music and a nearly constant party for outer cape tourists and locals alike.

Mixed rebound for Massachusetts craft beer in 2021

Illustration of a mug of beer, with a sad face in the foam
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some of Massachuertts' largest craft breweries rebounded while others lost ground in 2021, a year after the pandemic crippled the industry.

The state of beer: Sam Adams brewer Boston Beer Company isn't exactly what anyone would call a "craft" brewer, but they're still the state's largest independent beer maker, with over 1.5 million drinks sold in 2021.

The Big E brings big eats

Axios Boston correspondent Mike Deehan exploring the Big E's fine dining offerings a few years ago.

The Big E, New England's multi-state fair, opens today with carnival rides, tons of musical acts, and of course, a midway full of absurd food — deep fried and otherwise.

Why it matters: The Big E, as its affectionately known, is the region's annual agricultural showcase just about two hours from Boston in West Springfield. It runs every day through Oct. 2.

Mike Deehan
Sep 12, 2022 - News

Brace for the coming beer shortage

Illustration of a beer tap dripping droplets of beer.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. is experiencing a shortage of carbon dioxide and Boston beermakers are beginning to worry they won't have enough of the gas to get their products to market.

Driving the news: A CO2 production hub in Jackson, Mississippi, became contaminated by an extinct volcano, which cut down on an already limited supply of the gas.

Where to eat, play and stay in Provincetown, 2.5 hours from Boston

The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Mass.
The Pilgrim Monument. Photo: Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Sitting at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a seaside retreat for tourists and locals alike.

  • It's known for being very LGBTQ-friendly and is the quintessential getaway for anyone who craves New England coastal charm with a funky twist.
Steph Solis
Aug 23, 2022 - Business

DavidsTea returns to Boston with pop-up shop

Two people sit at a long table inside a DavidsTea pop-up location, located on the second floor above the Lululemon on Newbury Street.
It’s always tea time. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

DavidsTea quietly opened a pop-up shop earlier this month above the Lululemon in the Back Bay.

  • The limited-time pop-up marks the tea brand's first return to the U.S. market since the pandemic prompted the Montréal-based company to close its brick-and-mortar stores, spokesperson Flory Silverman told Axios.

Boston's dive bar deserts

A map of boston with red markers
Image: Nick Roy/Best Boston Dive Bars.

Boston is a drinking city, and it's also an expensive one. That's why the humble dive bar has been a venerable institution for generations, helping out folks without enough money for the good stuff or with too much sense to overpay for it.

Slice of home: Puff-puff pastries

A person holds a plastic container filled with puff-puff pastries, or Nigerian fried dough balls covered in chocolate.
Happiness in a plastic container. Photo courtesy of Destiny African Market

Nigeria is known for its flavorful jollof rice and moin moin (steamed bean cakes), but one of its most underrated treats are puff-puff pastries, a type of fried dough.

The snack: Sola Ajao, owner of Destiny African Market in Randolph, sells the treats at her store, and also at local festivals like the AfroVybe Market.


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