Brewing in Boston has a rich historical tradition & now, with the craft beer revival, an exciting and expanding local circuit for all palates & interests. From niche cider, local go-to’s & eclectic in-between’s, Boston & Cambridge is full of beautiful breweries who serve New England and beyond.
The Mass Brew Bus & Boston Brewery Tours are two of the best tours to local breweries to meet the cities best brewers & taste the freshest & newest craft beer for a benchmark in any itinerary. For daytrips there are numerous breweries part and parcel with New England’s beautiful & unique landscape like Smuttynose or Allagash.
Address: 306 Northern Ave Boston, Ma 02210
Harpoon is among Boston’s premier breweries. Operating on Boston’s Waterfront since 1987, Employee owned since 2014, Harpoon is a standout on any trip to Boston’s newly emerging waterfront. With full brewery tours, a tap & tasting room, pretzels & a retail shop, Harpoon brings & brews the best of Boston beer in classic New England & style, as well tastes suited for lighter palates. Their diverse ciders, IPA’s & seasonal selections are constantly updating, making Harpoon a favorite for locals and tourists alike.
Address: 30 Germania St. Boston, Ma 02130
The local staple, Sam Adams Brewery offers a wide array of tours & beers for beer enthusiasts to take part in New England brewing tradition. Operating since 1984 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, this brewery is easily accessible off the Orange Line & offers tasting of the best traditional ales. A favorite of Red Sox Nation, Sam Adams, named after Samuel Adams of the revolutionary era is not to be missed for any beer fan coming to Boston for the first time.
Winter Hill Brewing Company
Address: 328 Broadway Somerville, Ma 02145
Winter Hill Brewing Company is a stand out on this list. Though exclusively offering tours via Mass Brew Bus, visit WHBC for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a café experience with Counter Culture, and of course, the diverse array of hand crafted beer made by local brewers. Specializing in Ale’s & Porter’s & frequently hosting local pop-up kitchen events, this brewery is among the new wave of Boston beer makers cultivating a taste for Boston’s diverse culture.
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Address: 14 Tyler St. Somerville, Ma 02143
Aeronaut Brewing Company, founded in Somerville in 2014 is a hip brewery that pours diverse beer on tours & during live music events. The Aeronaut Beer Garden in Allston is a great way to take in unique beers like ‘Summer in Cologne’, a Kolsch-style ale as well as many talented local musicians.
Their brewery tour in Somerville is also a must-see for beer enthusiasts wanting to tour the HQ of the best of the Boston beer circuit
Bantam Cider Company
Address: 40 Merriam St. Somerville, Ma 02143
Enjoy the best of Boston’s cider makers in Somerville along an intimate tour with a tasting room. Bantam Cider Company, since 2012 is on a mission to bring Boston the best cider. Now a local staple, Bantam is the favorite among Cider lovers, and even becoming a new favorite of beer and wine enthusiasts as well. If Somerville is a step or two off your path, Down East Cider & Harpoon are robustly hand crafting American Cider in inventive new ways.
Lamplighter Brewing Company
Address: 284 Broadway Cambridge, Ma 02139
‘Brewing Delight since 2016’ Lamplighter is a local staple in a contemporary, exciting environment located in charming Cambridge. Within walking distance to the Central & Kendall Square MBTA stops, Lamplighter’s beer selection is focused to pouring traditional style beers with a modern twist. During the daytime, guests are busy on their computers & at night Lamplighter is packed with a good time & many conversations over unique beers like Barley Smalls, a vintage Vienna Style Lager or the robust saison, Ele.
Cambridge Brewing Company
Address: 1 Kendall Sq. Building 100 Cambridge, Ma 02139
Enjoy the one of the best brew house & dining experience Boston has to offer at Cambridge Brewing Company, a short walk from Kendall/ MIT station on the Red Line. This brewery specializes in New England Ales with a diverse spectrum of beers from sours to lagers. CBC also offers a full menu for lunch, dinner & brunch featuring burgers, pizzas and entrees. In the heart of Kendall Square, there is an array of venues & places to visit like Kendall Cinema or many of the tours, museums & galleries in & around MIT.
Address: 87 Santilli Hwy Everett, Ma 02149
Nightshift Brewing, just outside Boston, in Everett, Ma, is a unique stop, best accessible by car. Their tours & taprooms & food options are made to make your visiting experience unforgettable to the Boston brewery circuit. With a constantly updating menu and offering of diverse beers and small batches, Night Shift is worth the travel to a hard working brewery dedicated to hand crafting the best beer New England has to offer.
Trillium Brewing Company
Address: 369 Congress St. Boston, Ma 02210
Ranked #1 of the best breweries in New England by Boston Magazine, Trillium, located in the Fort Point Neighborhood of Boston, as well as in Canton, Ma, began in 2013. The best of New England’s craft beer revival is found here in this unique brew house experience. Though small with unique hours, this location is designed to test & sample the newest beers to the many locals & visitors to Boston. This brewery is not to be missed featuring beers like the Amarillo Dry Hopped Sunshower Summer Saison.