Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
When Samuel Adams wasn’t busy organizing the Boston
Tea Party, signing the Declaration of Independence, and generally doing founding-father stuff, he worked in the family business producing malt for beer. Today, his likeness may not grace our currency—but it is found on countless bottles of Sam Adams beer. The drink has been produced in Boston since 1984, when Jim Koch brewed his first batch of lager in his kitchen using a family recipe passed down from his great-great-grandfather. Free one-hour tours of the Sam Adams Boston Brewery in Jamaica Plain (a small charitable donation is requested) include tastings of a trio of beers. For a legit Boston experience, take the trolley tour from nearby Doyle’s Cafe, a no-nonsense neighborhood Irish bar that was the first to sell Koch’s beer in 1986 (buy a Sam’s draft here and you’ll get a free mug to take home).