By Sunday, it was time for some serious day-drinking at Harpoon Brewery. For like 5 bucks, you go on a short tour with one of the cool guides through their brewing process. The facility is remarkably small. Highlights? The near-continuous jabs the Harpoon dudes took at the other big brewery in town that, it turns out, doesn’t actually brew their beer in New England. Also, the UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen. It is the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. Nectar of the Gods.
Twenty-five years ago, Harpoon Brewery was issued the very first permit to brew and package beer commercially in Boston. Originally surrounded by fish companies on the docks of South Boston, the brewery reflects the energy and spirit of what is now a revitalized and hip area of the city. Seasonal ingredients make their way into the changing labels of this craft beer company, and a tour of the brewery is a perfect way to sample and learn more about the process. The Beer Hall serves pints of over a dozen flavors, and soft pretzels for noshing. Note that tickets are only available for purchase on the day of the tour.