There’s a lot of history in Boston, but none so delicious as that of Boston beers. Whether it’s a hot summer or a cold winter’s night, Boston’s got a beer for that. While you’re visiting Boston, take a tour of our two famed breweries: Harpoon and Sam Adams, both brewed in Boston and just steps from Fifteen Beacon hotel.
Harpoon was started in 1986 by three friends who simply loved beer. They decided to build a brewery and in 1987, the warehouse space on the Boston waterfront was opened. Home of the first Harpoon Ale, the Harpoon Brewery today still makes, serves and sells local craft beer.
On weekends, you’ll want to get here early for tour of the Brewery. Tours are $5 and you’ll learn all about the brewing process during the one-hour tour. After your tour, head into the Beer Hall and belly up to the long bar and enjoy tastes, pints and pitchers of various Harpoon beers, which are rotated seasonally. Don’t forget to pair your beer with one of the brewery’s baked pretzels.
On the other side of town is the Sam Adams Brewery, which first debuted its famous Sam Adams Boston Lager® in 1985. Today, Sam Adams beers are still locally brewed in Boston and distributed around the world.
The Sam Adams Boston Brewery is the smallest of the three breweries where Sam Adams is crafted (the others are in Ohio and Pennsylvania), and is akin to a test kitchen for beers. Come for a visit to try new beers, taste the traditional ones, and bring home a few pints of your own. Tours are free and last about an hour, but donations are accepted for local charities.
Have questions about these tours? Ring the XV Beacon concierge and we’ll get you set up with your favorite Boston brewery.