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Sit and sip at Plough & Stars
Darry Madden, Boston NOW Correspondent

The only right thing to do at the Plough & Stars in Cambridge is have whiskey, straight up. Maybe with a splash of water (don't blame me if you get scolded for asking, though. I'm not a purist).

You see, the whiskey they serve was born there 30 years ago, when an Irish entreprenuer named John Teeling was a student at Harvard. The decline of the Irish whiskey industry left young John with only one life's mission: bring on the revival.

So while Cooley Distillery whiskey's are made in Ireland, the Plough & Stars is the company's American ambassador. They serve three Irish single malts that bartender Dave Coakley (who is from County Cork) declares in a thick brogue to be fine sipping whiskeys.

Boston's Irish pubs should get extra credit. There are many, many dark and cozy corners to find yourself in, and the Plough & Stars owns several of them. There is a commendable burger to be had there, as
well. Dark corner + good burger + golden whiskey = perfect rainy spring evening.

Tasting notes:
Kilbeggan Single Malt Irish Whiskey
• Abundant lushness
• Gathering honey notes

Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
• Full & fruity with a citrus-spiciness
• Tang of orange & lemons
• Oily sweetness

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
• Peated barley flavors
• Grassy
• Oak & almonds

The Plough & Stars
912 Massachusetts Ave.
ploughandstars.com
Published on April 3, 2008

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THE PLOUGH & STARS

Cambridge, Massachusetts

It’s been in the neighborhood for 40 years, but the scene at The Plough & Stars is anything but stale. This relatively small, narrow venue (it’s Boston, after all) takes advantage of every square foot by packing in a discriminating beer selection, including 14 taps and 10 well-selected bottles, delicious food like Red Stripe-brined jerk wings and live music just about every night of the week. While any time’s a fine time to visit this hipster hangout, we’re particularly fond of the Sunday night chicken and fish fry, especially while sipping on a pint of local Harpoon I.P.A. f m

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