Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams Boston Brewery)

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (678) Denver, Colorado | August 1, 2013
Boston Beer Company’s strategy is to make good, accessible beer and to educate and thus convert the swill drinkers, this tour did a fantastic job of that. The free tour was highly entertaining and interactive with a knowledgable and personable host. I’ve heard how beer is made probably a thousand times by now, but it was described in a fun and entertaining way on the tour. The tour ends in a large tasting room and everyone gets three samples of beer. We had a Boston Lager, Summer Ale and an Independence IPA. I highly reccomend coming here as a fun, touristy thing to do. It is also free.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh  (622) Tampere, Finland | July 25, 2011
Missed the tour. So there was only merchandise shop for me. Lots of not so interesting clothing. Only three beers on bottles (Barrel Room Collection) available.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
chriso  (508) London, England | November 12, 2009
Pretty standard brewery tour with the emphasis on "fun". That involved the tour guide attempting to get everyone to whoop and holler "spontaneously" as loud as possible every time she used the phrase "free beer". Three free samples and a free small glass after the tour. It saved me hunting around for the Boston Brick Red but the other two were just the standard lager and the Octoberfest, which was the current seasonal so available pretty much everywhere anyway. I think they are changing they licensing conditions as the 3 newly released specials (which was what I was there for really) were on sale in the shop (but nothing else). A somewhat obligatory visit in Boston but you will most likely not miss anything too essential if you skip it.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
daknole  (448) Scottsdale, Arizona | August 14, 2009
Had a blast here. Good information, good cheesy humor. Fun times in the tasting room. Worth a trip for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 7/20
notalush  (388) Denver, Colorado | May 31, 2007
Got there at noon, when the website said the tours started - stood around for a while with some other people and was eventually told the tours wouldn’t start until one - got lunch at quaint local place - came back - tour did not start until 1:45 - - stood around in a room for 45 minutes - no tasting room or bar area to hang out in while you wait for a tour (you pretty much stand around with your thumb up your butt - some hospitality) tour guide showed us the brewery (one room) and explained how beer was made (which, of course, I already knew) - tour guide brought us into tasting room and treated us like crap while we tasted fairly standard SA products (although they do taste much better fresh at the brewery) - got to try an experimental beer (a helles which one person in attendance said tasted like it had been in the trunk of his camaro for three weeks - he kind of nailed it) - overall really lame - I expected more from such a well-known brewery.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (381) Hoboken, New Jersey | July 18, 2013
We really enjoyed the tour here, and bonus, it is free. We went on the first tour of the morning, and didn’t have to deal with any of the crowd related issues mentioned by others. The little museum type area where you wait has some cool stuff to check out. The tour itself is fairly standard, but we had a friendly and entertaining guide. They only make one-offs, experimentals, and barrel room stuff here pretty much, so there’s no bottling line or anything. Our tasting was 3 pours, Sam, Sam Summer, and a one-off I hadn’t tried before (Independence IPA). Generally I think they try to have one of the 3 be a one-off like that. The gift shop had some of the barrel room beers for $10/750, so not a bad price at all. Also, if you take your ticket to Doyle’s and buy a Sam Adams beer you can get a free one of their Sam Adams glasses.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
yngwie  (371) Kristiansand, Norway | June 8, 2015
I think we were quite lucky with our guide through this tour, we was a good presenter, knowing what he was talking about and quite funny too. The beers served at the end of the tour were not the most interesting, but hey, it was all for free. Got a chance to buy growlers and four different special releases at the shop afterwards, so that helped. A good use of time.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
JK  (338) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 6, 2014
Toured on July 4th, 2014. A brief tour, loud and noisy with large groups. Staff was friendly. Very short tour. They do offer the chance to taste different varieties of malt which was unusual. Small tasting with three different beers. I had the Oyster stout, which was new to me. I am glad I did it once. Beer and very expensive souvenirs for sale at the end of the tour.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork  (325) , New Jersey | May 19, 2010
Definitely worth a visit. Decent tour, but it’s not the main facilities. They use this more as a testing facility for new releases -- and guess what? They are going to test it on you. Expect to try some Sam Adams variety you’ve probably never had before. They usually try it out here before deciding whether or not to release it.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau  (307) Ithaca, New York | May 2, 2012
Wandered in here after an art event nearby. This place was out of control! They were pouring samples of various test batches, there were huge lines for the tour. I felt like a sheep. The beer paraphernalia was pretty cool, but this was run a bit too much like an Applebee’s for me to really enjoy the experience.

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