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Boston Breweries Tour

New England + Boston Breweries

At the beginning of November, my parents and their good friends came to visit us! It was my parents’ third time here together, and their friends’ first in Boston. When I asked them what they wanted to do, they said alcohol. With that response, our Boston Breweries tour was born!

There are A LOT of breweries in the Boston area. Most of them you can get to sans car or for a very cheap Lyft ride. However, we only had one day, and in fact, we only made it to two breweries and instead decided to buy some of the other two breweries beer to try the next day.

Today I’m going to share with you four breweries, two well known outside of the Boston area, and two that are really great regional ones. Who’s ready for a Boston Breweries tour?

Boston Breweries Tour

Boston Breweries: A Beer Tour of Boston

Boston Beer Tour - Sam Adams Brewery

Boston Beer Tour - Sam Adams

Start At: Sam Adams Brewery

Cost: FREE

To start your day, the famous Sam Adams, one of the first large craft breweries in the US! We love Sam Adam’s Boston Lager and have really enjoyed every beer we’ve tasted there.  You get a tour of the facility (the original one, but this one is now mainly used for testing), and a fun beer tasting. Both of our tour guides have been phenomenal! (We went once in May with Matt’s brother and our sister-in-law).

For the beer tasting at the end, they normally do their Boston Lager, a seasonal one, and then one that their testing. I couldn’t recommend this tour enough! It’s always so much fun, and we have loved every beer that we’ve tried there.

Pro Tip: We make this our first stop on Saturdays. They open at 10, and if you’re there by 10:30 you can normally get on a tour within 15 to 20 minutes.

Boston Beer Tour Harpoon Pretzel

Boston Beer Tour -- Harpoon

Next Stop: Harpoon Brewery & Taproom

Cost: $5 for a tour, and then whatever your flight/beer or pretzel costs.

For this stop, we only did the taproom because I was STARVING. Is that an exaggeration? Maybe. But I hadn’t eaten in like 4 hours and was in dire need of a large pretzel. (I ended up eating about 1.5 of them, thanks to Triena allowing me to eat some of hers).

I had the winter sampler, and it was so good! Also, we ended up getting every kind of pretzel at our table, and all of them were good.

For the Taproom, they open at 11. We ended up there at like 1:30, and got in at about 2:00 pm. The line wasn’t too long, but according to Matt if you arrive after 2, you could wait for like an hour or more.

Pro Tip: In the Taproom, you can stand and get service from the bar, or sit down at one of the longer tables for full-service. We sat at the tables and had a lot of fun chatting. It was nice to sit after all the walking we had done.

Boston Beer Tour - NightShift Brewing

Third Stop: Nightshift Brewery

Cost: Whatever you want for the beer

This is my favorite brewery, hands down. There is no competition, it’s so fun and their beers are always so good! I would recommend starting with a sampler and going from there.

You can bring in food, and they also have differing food trucks each day! There’s outdoor and indoor seating, but you have to go to either of the bars to get your drinks.

Pro Tip: Tours on Saturday and Sundays they offer free tours! Saturdays at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm and Sundays at 3 pm and 5 pm.

Boston Beer Tour - Mystic Brewery

Last Stop: Mystic Brewery*

Cost: Whatever the beer costs.

One of the better breweries in Boston, they have really innovative beers! On the weekends you can order pizza, and I really love their Danger! Danger! and Citra Position brews.

They have a really basic tasting room, but it’s fun! I would recommend trying as many beers as you can. It’s a huge local favorite.

Pro Tip: Check out their Instagram to see what new beers are being released.


There are a lot of other really great breweries in the Boston area, but for one day, four is more than enough!

Do you enjoy going to breweries? What are your favorite ones to go to near you?



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*I found out about Mystic because I used to work for their PR/Digital Marketing agency. While I did do some work with them, personally I really enjoy their beer and have continued to buy it on my own dime. 
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  • I absolutely love visiting Boston, this brewery tour looks awesome!

  • Allison Ellzey

    How freaking cool! My husband and I LOVE visiting breweries and need to visit Boston now lol

  • I’m not really a beer person but I still think visiting a brewery could be fun. I know there are a lot of breweries in my area and my beer loving friends have a great time testing all of them out!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    Boston is totally on my list of places to travel-I would love to take in all the history. My husband on the other hand, would totally love this!

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  • This looks so fun! I’m dying to make it back to Boston soon!

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  • Tori Dunlap

    I love Boston, and this looks like a perfect tour for a visitor! Looks like you had a blast!

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