A couple of visits during different trips to Boston. A short walk from the Seaport, where BA holds a bunch of their fests, so I’ve come here after one of those and managed to get in when there wasn’t a terrible line. But be prepared, there often will in fact be a terrible line just to get in. Once you’re in however, it’s a quite nice thing. Big open space, lots of interesting selections. Harpoon can make some great beers, but like a lot of the bigger craft places, those beers don’t go very far. In fact, I’d speculate a bunch are done for in house sales and festivals. Those are the cool ones. Good prices on samplers and full pours, though if you’re ticking there will likely be enough selection to stick with smaller pours.
I recall the food being limited to pretzels. Big delicious pretzels. I could be forgetting other food options if they exist though, because I just have great memories of the massive pretzels there.
If there’s not a huge wait to get in, it’s worth a visit.
25 minutes walk from downtown. Large, bright space, self service, bar staff varies from attentive to useless, during busy periods there is not enough bar staff and you waste too much time trying to get beer; three flights of four each available
Industrial part of the docks, limited parking but a few free spots for short term. Large open bar area overlooking the canning line with lots of taps and pretzels to buy, alongside the standard gift shop. Beer was the usual Harpoon lineup as well as a few special things. Tours on the hour are $5. 2oz samples are free, it costs way more to get an official 4oz sampler.
Not that easy to reach without a car, somehow we’ve managed by using Silver Line bus which drives through some sort of tunnels (looked like subway tunnels, but without rails). There is a nice merch shop just beyond the entrance. Brewery bar is pretty large and with good selection of their brews. Considering it’s a brewery bar prices are a bit higher than expected. On the other hand brewery tour cost us only 5$ and was very good and informative. It includes a visit to the tap room where you can try about a dozen of Harpoon brews. If you re going to do the tour it’s well worth visiting.
After spending the whole day doing the freedom trail, it was a great reward being at the harpoon brewery. Great beers selection but not that great food wise ( they only serve preztzel). I don’t mind, i was there for beer anyway :)
I skipped the brewery tour and instead hit up the beer hall to sample the wares. The punters at the bar next to me and others were declaring the tour as a success and one of the better in the business so it may be worthwhile to do it if it’s your thing. As for the beers, I went with the seasonal flight of four and in all honesty I struggled to drink any of them. They tasted under attenuated mess. Damn pricey too! Staff were OK but again it was all just a weird touristy vibe happening here. I was happy/disgruntled to pay for my barely touched flight and move on.