Our Afternoon at Downeast Cider's Back Porch
After a stifling, 40-minute subway ride into the city, I felt a touch of disappointment as Back Porch came into view. It seemed rather small. I had envisioned a fairly large event with several food trucks, an outside bar, and plenty of seating. What lay before me, however, was one food truck and a beer truck, on the side of which appeared to be taps.
“Maybe there’s more stuff that I can’t see at the moment,” I thought to myself.
So, Ramsay and I continued walking toward Back Porch. When we arrived at the space roped off for the event, we saw that apart from the food and beer trucks, there was a tent for checking IDs, some tables and benches, and a few boards set up for cornhole. There was also music playing from a stereo resting against the food truck. So, the event was slightly larger than we had initially thought, but still, it was a relatively small-scale event. Again, I found myself wondering if this was worth the 40 minutes that I had spent on a subway car without properly functioning A/C. Since we were already there though I decided to keep an open mind.
Our first stop at Back Porch was the Bon Me food truck, which had several Asian-inspired offerings, including rice bowls and their take on banh mi. I had seen the Bon Me food trucks around Boston before but had actually never tried them, so I was quite excited to finally sample some of their food. Ramsay and I both got the rice bowl with miso-braised pulled pork. It cost $8, and we got a decent amount of food (I actually couldn’t finish mine). More importantly, they tasted great. The pork was nicely seasoned and tender, and the rice was cooked to perfection (no crunchy bits).
After finishing our rice bowls, we headed to the tent where IDs were being checked. This tent was also where you purchased the tickets that you exchanged for beer, cider, or wine at the beer truck. Beer and cider both cost one ticket, or $7, and wine cost two tickets, or $14. We opted to just buy one ticket each, since we wanted to drink cider (shocker, right?!).
Tickets in tow, we then headed to the beer truck, where there were only a few other people in line ahead of us. We both ordered the Back Porch exclusive drink, Mint Lemonade cider. The cider was served to us in an unlabeled beer can without a top, and the can was then placed in a cute, Beatles-inspired koozie, which we got to take home with us. It was a little tricky to find somewhere to sit due to the seating been rather limited, but after some scouting, we found an open bench and claimed it.
After writing up some tasting notes about the cider (click here for our review), we just sat and enjoyed the cider, which was quite refreshing in the 90° weather. With the music playing in the background and people all around us having a good time, be it through playing a game of cornhole or simply conversing with friends, the place had a nice ambience. We sat there for about 15 minutes just soaking in the atmosphere before finishing up our ciders and leaving. As we walked away from Back Porch and toward the subway station, I no longer had any doubts about whether coming here had been worth my time. It had.
Thinking of visiting Back Porch? Learn more about the event here.