I’ve lived in Boston for 4 years now but until last weekend, I had never been to the Sam Adams Brewery. I know, crazy right? To be fair, it’s in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood I don’t venture into very often (aka ever). The brewery was easy to get to on the Orange Line though, which pleasantly surprised me.
We arrived to a long line of people waiting for tickets. The tours are free (although they suggest donating a few dollars to charity) and quite popular.
We ended up waiting for about 45 minutes for our tour to start. In the meantime, there was a gift shop you could browse in. I wasn’t feeling too inspired to shop though because it was about 100 degrees in the building. Add to that a crowd of people bumping into you and it was pretty touch and go there for a while. Time to invest in some a/c Sam!
Please note the solitary fan, as well as that man’s stylish stars and strips hat. Woo ‘MERICA!
At last, it was go time. Our guide was Josh and he was awesome. Funny, knowledgeable, and energetic, he was able to keep the group pumped up even though it was hot and there were a lot of us. Promising us free beer probably helped!
The tour itself was short but pretty cool. We tasted some of the ingredients they use to make Sam Adams, and also got to see where the beer is actually brewed.
These hold a lot of beer!
The end of the tour is obviously the best part- the tasting room! We got to try three varieties of Sam Adams and also learned how to properly taste them.
After the tour was over, we discovered the brewery runs a free party trolley to Doyle’s bar! The words free and party pretty much sold me. Plus, there was a disco ball!
At Doyle’s, you get a free Sam Adams pint glass if you order a Sam Adams beer. So obviously that’s what we did.
I had a great time, and would recommend you pay Sam Adams a visit! We were pretty much the only non-tourists there, but it was still a lot of fun. And you can’t beat free beer!