Dorchester Brewing Company has recently expanded its operation to include one of Dorchester’s finest BBQ establishments, M&M BBQ. As a Dorchester staple, it was an easy decision to make room for a kitchen and welcome the M&M BBQ staff in order to provide our beer drinkers exceptional dining options while at the brewery.
We wanted to provide the readers of our blog an article on some of the best ways to pair our beers with the great menu M&M BBQ has to offer.
*Since the beers we have on tap are always in rotation, this blog while feature beer ‘styles’ as opposed to specific brands brewed in house. Ask your server about the style of beers we have on tap while ordering for the best paring. DBco. Employees have become top customers of M&M BBQ, so they will know!
Smoked chicken is a BBQ classic. A lighter, leaner meat than pork ribs or pulled shoulder, considering lighter beers or libations tends to bode well for pairings. We recommend light pilsners, blonde ales, and even light ciders, which are now available at Dorchester Brewing. These pairings hold true regardless of additional sauce you may order on top off or on the side of your smokey, delicious chicken.
If you are drinking a pilsner, blonde ale, or light cider consider ordering the ‘Dot Special’ (Chicken Wings), New Market Square Sandwich (Fried Chicken Sandwich) , or the BBQ Chicken platter!
Ribs & Pulled Pork
With Ribs and Pulled pork, one needs to consider the sauce to which will be applied. If you order the ribs dry, IPA’s, Brown Ales, Pilsner, and even Blonde ales will pair nicely with the smokey meat flavor. M&M BBQ offers a traditional BBQ sauce, which we think pairs the best with brown ales, pilsners, and even blonde ales.
If you are drinking a Brown Ale, Pilsner, or Blonde Ale consider order M&M’s Bone-In BBQ Platter(1/2 rack of pork ribs, 1/2 smoked chicken and cornbread) , The Smokers Club Platter(Pulled pork, beef brisket and beer braised brats over sauerkraut with butter pickles, coleslaw and cornbread), or the Columbia Road Sandwich (Smoked pulled pork topped with sweet pickled red cabbage)!
When ordering a beer with sausage, one has to consider a number of variables. Sausages are part of numerous cultures, so the beer you would pair with a German Bratwurst Sausage would most likely differ from a Cajun Andouille Sausage, for example. M&M BBQ offers bratwurst sausage which complements the BBQ sauce M&M makes in house. Sours, IPA’s and even Rauchbier’s tends to accentuate the spices and smokiness found in both the sausage and the sauce. Like the smoked chicken, we also recommend lighter hard ciders as they are crisp and refreshing!
The ‘Mass Ave’
If you are drinking a Sour, IPA, or Rauchbier consider ordering the ‘Mass Ave’ (Bratwurst & sauerkraut braised in DBco’s V1 Double IPA, served with honey BBQ mustard) or the Smokers Club Platter (Pulled pork, beef brisket and beer braised brats over sauerkraut with butter pickles, coleslaw and cornbread)
Fried chicken is an M&M BBQ favorite and for a good reason. Owners Geo Lambert has been refining and perfecting M&M’s fried chicken recipe since taking over in 2009 to the point Bostonians from all over travel to Dorchester to purchase an order. Fried Chicken is salted to perfection, which calls for something to quench one’s thirst. Pilsners, IPA’s, and Blonde Ales are all styles we would recommend to go with M&M’s fried chicken which can be ordered over salad or as the New Market Sandwich.
M&M BBQ at Dorchester Brewing Company
If it has been a few months since your last visit to Dorchester Brewing, you need to come and see our recent renovations! Not only are we now home to Dorchester’s favorite BBQ spot, but we have also expanded our taproom and built a one-of-a-kind rooftop patio & 4-season, rooftop ‘Hopservatory’. Visit for a beer, a bite to eat, and enjoy our newly renovated space. We look forward to your next visit!
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