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“Fantastic Afternoon!”

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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$99.00*
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Boston Brewery Tour plus Lunch or Dinner
Ranked #30 of 392 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: Please come and visit the brewery! Rich and Dan started Harpoon to make great beer and welcome beer lovers. That founding spirit lives on every day as we pour pints in the Beer Hall, take visitors on brewery tours, and share our passion for beer with fellow beer lovers.
North Carolina
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“Fantastic Afternoon!”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

My husband and I are really in to beer, so we knew that Harpoon had to be on our list of attractions to see while in Boston. We were not disappointed. Although there was no tour the day we visited, we had a great time at the tasting in the newly expanded beer hall. We participated in the 2pm tasting, which was much less crowded compared to the 4pm tasting. The bar staff was so nice and knew their products inside out. They were very generous with their pours and would allow tastings of anything you wanted. I tried multiple beers before settling on a pint. Everything was really tasty, especially the pretzels baked right in the beer hall. It was a great time and I would definitely visit again.

Visited March 2013
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“Now doing tours on weekdays”
Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at about 3:30 on a Monday, for the 4pm tasting to discover that this was the first day of their new regime of running tours during the week, so we put our name down. We filled the time with a beer each, and a pretzel to share. The beer was excellent, but that was to be expected. If you visit, you might not think to try the pretzels, but think again. It was freshly baked, the dipping sauces freshly prepared, and delicious.
The tour itself started with a sample of IPA, and then our tour guide took us into the brewery. Although there were probably 30 of us in the group, his commentary was clear, aided with a mike.
If you've been to a brewery before, there is nothing new here. Harpoon is no longer a small craft brewery, but has grown to small industrial scale. What you see is a lot of stainless steel and a small control room where the computer that controls it all lives. The good news is that the beer is still excellent, as the next stop on the tour demonstrated.
The tasting room is a relatively small bar with taps for whatever is available on the day. Our guide gave us a brief and entertaining description of each of the beers (for us, if memory serves, it was Rye IPA, IPA, Harpoon Ale, Summer Ale, White IPA, Black IPA, UFO White, UFO Raspberry, Stout, Directors Cut, and Harpoon Cider) and then it was up to us to decide what we wanted to try. If we didn't get to try everything, it was our own fault. I only managed 5.
The group coming behind us drove us out, but it didn't feel as though we were being rushed (not sure how long we are on their, but it could easily have been 20mins). Next stop the bottling plant, and more technical details of the lengths they go to keep the beer at its best.
After that, it was back to the bar, and shop for merchandise.
I like harpoon beers, so for me the tour is a 'must visit' for Boston. If you don't like real beer, don't bother (although the pretzels are REALLY good)

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Marietta, Georgia
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“Great time, but plan for a tour time”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Harpoon is a wide open experience. This is a brewery and beer hall. I highly recommend reading the web site and heed their advise regarding a visit and brewery tour. This place is wildly popular on the weekends, you are not going to be able to just walk in and expect to tour.

We took the Silver line on the T to get there. It's a short walk to/from several of the stops to the brewery. The location is on the water in a commercial/industrial area. You walk to the building and go upstairs and emerge in their large, European style beer hall that is very open and airy. Full glass for outside views and glass views of part of the brewery. What you have is one really long bar with every Harpoon beer available, long tables and people. No TV's. This area is about people, beer and fun.

We got to the brewery around 11AM on a Saturday (as suggested on the website) to buy tour tickets for later in the day. Even at 11, there was already a line for brewery tour tickets ($5) and people were already ordering beer and hanging in the beer hall. Note - beer is not FREE in the beer hall.

When we returned for our 4:45 PM tour, there was a line to get into the building. But, with our purchased tour tickets, we were allowed to go on in. Not surprising, the place was packed. We elbowed our way to the bar and ordered an IPA flight while we waited on the tour.

Once on the tour, you go into a room where they get you organized, issue safety glasses and give you a sampler glass of beer which you take with you. You'll need the keepsake glass later. They take you through the brewery with stops and explanations along the way. The tour guides are educated and make the tour fun. On the weekend, they don't run the bottling machines, so we missed that operation. In the middle of the tour, you hit the tasting room. This is where you need the glass again. You get to sample as many beers as you wish within the time you are in there, which is around 15 to 20 minutes.

When you are done, you emerge back into the beer hall where you will probably order another round. If you are so inclined, hit their store on the way.

Visited March 2013
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“They've expanded!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

My husband left our Boston apartment early to go get tickets because on their website it says they often sell out. When he returned he told me the line had been quite long, but he secured us a 2pm tour for 4 as we had friends in town. He also told me they had renovated the brewery and now had a beer hall - I was beyond excited!

When we arrived, we went upstairs to the new beer hall, and it was indeed, quite large! They have beautiful large wooden tables to sit at, a gigantic bar in the middle where you can get pints or samplers, and they have beers on tap you can't get in stores. They also now serve pretzels!

We went on the tour, and it was just as good as I remember going on last year with my husband's parents. It was nice though, now the tasting room is the old starting point of the original tour, which is great because now you're not crowded into a tiny room with a load of other people waiting to go on their tour.

For $5 you can't beat going on the Harpoon tour and trying out some great beer.

Visited March 2013
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Upstate New York
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“So Disappointed!!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Our recent visit to Harpoon was met with great disappointment. Upon arrival we walked into mass chaos. There was no one to direct us where to go or what to do in order to experience a tasting or even to purchase a flight of beer. We finally walked up to the bar and asked where we should go -- we were told to just sit down and someone would take care of us. Wrong -- we sat and no one ever came over. When they finally started to sample, it was so chaotic that you couldn't even see the person talking and could barely hear anything she said. We were instructed to get in the long line to get a glass of what they were tasting which we did. She then started talking about another beer, but we still could barely understand her due to the noise levels. She said something about getting in line again to try this 2nd beer but when we finally got up to the counter, it was the same beer we had already tried. There were no tours on the day we were there and no history given about the Brewery. It was our biggest disappointment of our entire 4 days in Boston. Come on, Harpoon. You've got this new beer hall -- now get your hospitality down.

Visited March 2013
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