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The Otherside Cafe closes

Posted by Steve Greenlee  April 29, 2012 08:59 AM

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The Otherside Cafe is no more. The hip vegetarian cafe and craft beer bar on the "other side" of Newbury Street closed for good Saturday night. The big chalkboard read: "GOODBYE + thx!"

When I stopped in around 5:45 p.m., it was packed, and the beer was almost gone. The draft lineup consisted of Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA and six beers from Jack's Abby, one of which was on cask.

My buddy and I ordered two of the cask beers -- dry-hopped Jabby Brau. As it happened, we kicked the cask: There was enough left only for one pint. Our server joked that we were going to have to fight over it. "Got another glass?" I asked. We split the Jabby Brau and toasted the draining of the Otherside's last cask.

The Otherside's loyal patrons continued to arrive throughout the night, though. As Jack's Abby, the Framingham brewer of craft lagers, posted last night on Twitter, "The otherside is not going out quietly." At 11:22 p.m., Jack's Abby posted that it had just delivered three fresh kegs to the Otherside.

It's not entirely clear why the Otherside closed. It was originally slated to close late last year to make way for a furniture store that was supposed to move into its spot, but that deal apparently fell through.

Follow me on Twitter @SteveGreenlee.
Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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