Review: Harpoon Brewery

While at Sapore, I asked the bartenders for suggestions of things to do near the hotel. Since it was 5 degrees outside, I did not want to walk that far. They offered a few suggestions, but the only one that sounded appealing was Harpoon Brewery.

I began the half mile walk (my visit right after Bombogenesis) and it was COLD. There were snow drifts everywhere and the wind was howling. All I could think was, ‘what in the hell are you thinking’? Anyway, after what felt like and eternity, I arrived at Harpoon Brewery around 4:30pm.

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My excitement quickly turned to disappointment when I saw a line formed outside. The line was about 20 people deep and the wait was about a 45 minute wait to get inside. Wow! So many thoughts crept into my mind…why are all these people out drinking? Who comes to a brewery when it is 5 degrees out? What is pi?

After my slight meltdown, I hung out in the line for about 30 minutes. At this point, a runner from upstairs came to get anyone going on the 5:20pm tour. There was a $5 charge for the tour. (Of note, Sam Adams only takes ‘donations’ for its tour). After I purchased my ticket, it was back outside.

After a few more minutes, I was allowed back inside.

When entering the brewery, you have to take the stairs to the second level.

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At the top of the stairs was a gift shop. It extended to left far left of the floor.

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The check in counter, where I purchased my tour ticket, is to the right. There were so many people inside.

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The tour began at the far right, on the other side of the bar. Before you enter the brewery, you have to put on glasses.

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Adam and Paige led the tour. It began with a brief overview and then we crossed an elevated walkway that overlooked the storage area.

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The first stop was to give us a brief history lesson about Harpoon. While this was going on, I took the opportunity to take pictures of flags along the wall.

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The next stop, after passing through the Tasting Room, was to discuss the brewing process.

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Next was the Tasting Room.

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There were quite a few beers on tap. The thing that I did not like was you have to go to the taps like a regular bar.  During the Sam Adams’ tour, you sit down and they pass a pitcher around.

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The final stop was right above the bottling area. We discussed different facts about beer.

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After the tour, I decided to have a few drinks at the bar.

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Final word

The tour lasted about 50 minutes. Adam and Paige were fantastic, they kept me entertained throughout the tour. While the tasting was lacking, compared to Sams, I enjoyed the overall experience. I will definitely visit Harpoon again, not for the tour, but to hang out in the bar area.

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