A Guide to Breweries in Boston
Happy Picnic Wednesday! This week, we take on one of our favorite topics: Breweries in Boston. We are true craft beer lovers and we have spent many weekends checking out new breweries and returning to our favorites.
From Sam Adams to Harpoon, Boston has a craft beer tradition. Bostonians are serious about good beer. We hope you can check out some of these breweries during your next visit to Beantown.
Use this interactive map above to explore breweries in the Boston area. By clicking on the location tabs, you can see our descriptions as well as beer recommendations. We have also posted these descriptions below.
And nothing goes with beer like PIZZA so check out our Boston Pizza Map if you’re in need of a slice:
Also, if you’re in the New England area, it’s worth a trip to Portland, Maine for its food and beer scene. Check out our previous post all about our recommendations for Portland breweries:
Boston Area Breweries:
Bent Water Brewing Company
This gem in Lynn makes some awesome beers! While the tap room is small, it feels homey. Try the Viskiss Pale Ale and the Jolene American Porter.
Bone Up Brewing Co.
A really cool space in Everett, Bone Up has a carnival/circus theme. The brewery is relatively new so the beers, while not our favorites, are very creative and getting fine-tuned. We recommend getting a flight because they are served in cupcake tins! Try the Key Lime White Ale and the Wasted Life IPA.
This medieval themed brewery in Chelsea has some unique beer options. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Located conveniently in Malden Center, Idle Hands makes some really good German inspired beers. Try the Brunhilda, a Munich style Dunkenlager, and the Four Seam, a New England IPA.
Night Shift Brewing
A true craft beer lovers paradise, Night Shift is definitely on our Top 3 list. The perfect large, roomy tap room, Night Shift has an area with sofas and a fireplace and a large outdoor patio. Try the Santilli, their award winnning IPA.
Trillium Brewing Company
This location is a grab and go only, not a tap room. Check out their beer garden (on this map also). We recommend the Fort Point Pale Ale.
Lamplighter Brewing Co.
A morning coffee shop and afternoon/evening brewery, Lamplighter is definitely a cool space. A little on the hipster side located near Central Square in Cambridge, Lamplighter can get pretty crowded. While their beers aren’t our favorite, this brewery is in a good location and has a solid following.
Somerville Brewing Company – Slumbrew
Slumbrew’s original location has a small and oddly shaped tap room but some really good beers. I like their variety of unique, fruity beers such as Happy Sol (Blood Orange Hefeweisen).
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Aeronaut makes one of my favorite beers of all times so I am a little biased. An IPA-centric brewery, Aeronaut’s tap room is a large, warehouse style space. Their beers are awesome and they have lots of cool events like trivia night and live music so check their site before you visit. MUST TRY A Year with Dr. Nandu, American IPA.
Winter Hill Brewing Company
A hipster’s paradise, this coffee shop/brewery makes some great pints and has really good food options as well. Try the Darlin’s IPA or House Ale (Cream Ale).
Dorchester Brewing Company
A really nicely done space, DBC’s tap room is comfortable and modern. Their marketing is definitely on point. While the beers aren’t our favorites of the bunch, they have some unique things on rotation such as the Pink Lemonade IPA.
Harpoon Brewery And Beer Hall
Other than Sam Adams, Harpoon is Boston’s premier brewery. With solid beers and a large airy space, this tap room is a perfect meeting spot and tends to be good for large groups if you go at non-peak hours. Absolutely get a soft pretzel if you come here. I recommend the beer cheese on the side.
American Fresh Beer Garden
This outpost of Slumbrew has more space to spread out than their original taproom and an expansive food menu. Definitely recommend if you are in the Assembly Square area!
A Boston staple, the Samuel Adams brewery is a little off the beaten path in Jamaica Plain but definitely worth a trip. For donation only, you can tour the brewery. At then end of the tour, they will take you into a tasting room to show you how to properly taste beer. They provide pitchers of beer for each table and there is definitely plenty to go around! We definitely recommend this Boston experience but unfortunately it’s not somewhere to go grab a couple pints with friends.
Downeast Cider House
We know it’s not technically a brewery but Downeast Cider is a Boston favorite. They make delicious seasonal flavors and they do really neat tours of their cider house. The tours are free so make sure you reserve ahead of time on their website.
Trillium Beer Garden
This seasonal beer garden is an awesome spot to get some Trillium pints! The beer garden has a really cool atmosphere and there are often food trucks parked nearby.
Cambridge Brewing Company
This brewery and restaurant in Kendall Square makes some good beer such as the Tall Tale Pale Ale. While more of a family restaurant vibe, they have a big bar and lots of food options. They also serve their brews in beer towers if you’re feeling extra thirsty or with a large group.