There are Boston segway tours there are Boston ghost tours, and there are even Boston walking tours guided by people in colonial garb. While those do sound fun and all, what sounds really great is Boston and it’s top notch beer scene. That means a Boston brewery tour! So, now it’s time for your very own Boston brewery tour! We are so glad you will be joining us! Whether you chose one of our pre-designed Boston Brewery Tours or customized your own Boston Brewery Tour, we figured it would be helpful for you if we provided a little background information on all the possible stops on our Boston brewery tours. As always, today we will cover three more stops. Going back through our blog, you will find round up’s of even more of the great craft beer locations that we include on our Boston brewery tours including Mystic Brewing, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Castle Island Brewing Company, and more. Our Boston brewery tour will guide you to all the best craft beer Boston and it’s surrounding areas have to offer, while you just kickback, relax, and enjoy the ride (and the beer). So let’s get this mini Boston brewery tour by blog on the road, shall we?
Wachusett Brewing Company
One of the stops you could hit on our Boston brewery tour is Wachusett Brewing Co. The brewery is based in Westminster, Massachusetts (our Boston brewery tours will take you to many of the cities and towns surrounding Boston as well. If there’s good beer, we’ll take you there). It’s founders Ned, Kevin, and Peter met at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A love for the great outdoors brought them on trips around New England where they got to visit the region’s first craft breweries (before there was even a need for our Boston brewery tour because there were so few!) Once they had a taste for craft beer, they couldn’t go back, and soon they quit their jobs as engineers and biologists, and started up their own craft brewery. Little did they know that their little project would soon be a stop on the great Boston brewery tour! This Boston brewery tour stop has been around for over 20 years and has become a staple for New England craft beer drinkers. They put out a variety of beers year round and seasonally and have their very own beer at Fenway Park: the Green Monsta IPA. (Fenway isn’t on the the Boston brewery tour unfortunately, but you might drive by! Go Sox!).
Touring this Boston brewery will bring you face to face with the brewing, cellaring, and packaging of Wachusett Brewing’s Black Shack Porter and Blueberry Ale, among many others. This is one stop on the Boston brewery tour that is known for is Blueberry beer offering. It’s a light wheat ale, at just 4.5% ABV, with a berry refreshing blueberry taste and aroma (see what I did there?). They have plenty of other great brews too. Visitors enjoy visiting Wachusett on their Boston brewery tours because it’s a little more off the beaten path and often isn’t as bustling as Boston brewery tour stops closer to the center of the city. Off the beaten path also means it has a beautiful scenic drive to the brewery’s location. The brewery itself is well established as it has been around longer than most other stops on the Boston brewery tours, but it is also a cozy, informal, and friendly environment for beer lovers who are stopping by.
Let’s move this Boston brewery tour through words over to Framingham, Massachusetts, home of one of Mass’s newest breweries: Exhibit A Brewing Company. The location of the brewery has a bit of beer history as it is was formerly the home of lager makers, Jack’s Abby Brewing (also on our Boston brewery tour, stay tuned for more details) who moved to a bigger facility in the same town. Exhibit A is a Boston brewery tour stop that strives to be storytellers through their beer “with subtle nods towards the meaning of life”. You might not have thought you’d have all of life’s deepest questions answered on a Boston brewery tour but Exhibit A begs to differ. They like to live their lives the same way they like their beer, simple and honest. They hope that when you’re sipping on one of their offerings while on your Boston brewery tour, you’ll feel the same way.
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company
Exhibit A may be one of the newest breweries on our Boston brewery tour (they opened in September of 2016) but they are already getting high praises from beer connoisseurs nation wide. Many believe their IPA’s give Massachusetts’ best, a run for their money. On your Boston brewery tour, you can sample many of these beers, rated World Class on Beer Advocate both by users and The Bros. Their tap room offers half, full, and sample pours as well as cans and growlers to go. You’ll be trying so many beers on your Boston brewery tour but one beer to look out for at Exhibit A is the Cat’s Meow, an American style IPA. It’s a 6.5% ABV ale, brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops. It’s a hazy New England style, juicy beer with notes of citrus and mango. Exhibit A also cans their test batch beers in a series called the Demo Tape Series. Depending on when you take your Boston brewery tour, you could catch some of Exhibit A’s different events. The brewery mixes it up with food truck events and local pop-up vendors and they also host yoga classes in the taproom. This all makes for a fun environment with world class beer and a great stop on your Boston brewery tour.
Moving this Boston brewery tour right along, over to Harpoon Brewery on the Boston waterfront. This brewery was a real pioneer for the Boston beer scene, right up there with Sam Adams. It helped make a Boston brewery tour a reality by sparking a growth of craft beer. Harpoon was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti who started a brewery to make the kind of beers they wanted to drink. They traveled through Europe and experienced the rich tradition of brewing (although I bet European brewery tours just aren’t as good as Boston brewery tours, am I right?) and the beer drinking culture; naturally, they wanted to bring it home with them. As you may find out on your Boston brewery tour, in June of 1987, Harpoon Brewery opened for business. Their first brewer Russ Heissner helped to provide them with their very first Harpoon Ale to distribute to their few accounts. This Boston brewery tour stop has a lot of important beer history. Harpoon was granted Brewing Permit #001 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because it was the first brewery to commercially brew and bottle beer in Boston in more than 25 years. This number has, thankfully, grown and created a beer rich city and state that allowed us to create a Boston brewery tour to make sure visitors and locals alike get to see the best the beer world has to offer. Harpoon also had New England’s first seasonal beer option with their Winter Warmer. Since then, Harpoon has grown and expanded their beer offerings and facilities and even opened a second location in Windsor, Vermont.
If Harpoon is on your Boston brewery tour, you will get to become familiar with this Papa Bear of brewing, which recently became employee owned, and try many of their abundance of offerings. In 1997, they launched their UFO (UnFiltered Offerings) series after wanting to introduce a hefeweizen into their lineup. On your Boston brewery tour, you may get the chance to sample from this series which now includes raspberry hefeweizen, a Belgian-style white, an unfiltered pale ale, a pumpkin ale, a grapefruit shandy, and our latest UFO beer: UFO Gingerland. Their regular line-up is a wide range of ales including their traditional IPA, a mango pale ale, and a golden ale. They mix it up with a dopplebock, Boston Irish stout, and a cider. All of which, again, you could get a chance to sample on your Boston brewery tour. Harpoon Brewery is among the many Boston brewery tour stops that take great pride in being environmentally conscious in their brewing and business practices. They also strive to create a friendly place to work and visit by regular customers, tourists, and you, on your very own Boston brewery tour.
And so concludes our blogging Boston brewery tour, but only for now. If you’ve come with us this far, you’ve now learned about nine of our Boston brewery tour stops but there are plenty more where that came from. Our Boston brewery tours can take you to over 30 breweries in the great Bay State so there is plenty more for you to learn about some of our Boston brewery tour locations. Every Boston brewery on the tour is a unique experience and is sure to be memorable in its own way. We want you to keep checking back in to learn even more about our Boston brewery tour stops so that you will be (almost!) an expert by the time your actual Boston brewery tour comes around (but not enough to need to bypass our professional Boston brewery tour guides to keep you in the know). So what are you waiting for? Make sure to book your spot on a Boston brewery tour and come back and check out the blog to stay up to date with all the Boston brewery tour stop know-how.