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A New Kind of Pop-Up: Project P.U.B in Somerville

In Somerville, Mike and Susan Proskey opened Project P.U.B. one flight above their tapas place, Tapastre. The initials stand for Pop-Up Brewpub, and the theme is pub fare plus devoting all the draft lines each month to a different brewery.

Spicy chorizo flatbread.
Spicy chorizo flatbread.
Photo by Shelby Vittek

Project P.U.B.

41 N. Bridge Street

Open: Dinner, Tues-Sat; brunch, Sun

Price: $$

Style: An inviting brewpub in downtown Somerville with a rustic/industrial vibe. The bar and dining room—separated by a hallway—feature exposed brick walls, dark wood accents, reclaimed wood tables and modern Edison light bulbs.

The Scoop: Mike and Susan Proskey, who also own the downstairs tapas restaurant, Tapastre, opened Project P.U.B. (“Pop-Up Brewpub”) in February 2017. Each month, the pub highlights one brewery, dedicating up to 12 lines of draft to beers solely from that brewery. Entrée specials rotate monthly depending on which brewery is featured.

The Menu: A wide range of familiar and adventurous pub fare includes duckfat fries, steamed vegetable dumplings, chicken liver paté and Korean bulgogi. Choose your own meat or cheese board, or go with the Brewer’s Combo, which gives you some of each. Pickle boards come with fresh ricotta and bread. Pick from pickled shishito peppers, beets, caraway carrots, green tomatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms or kimchee. Entrées rotate monthly and have included a spicy chorizo flatbread (pictured) and duck confit.

Heads Up: Project P.U.B. doesn’t announce the next brewery until the first day of the new month. Street parking can be hard to find, but there’s a public lot behind the building where you can often snag a spot.

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