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Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery

Brewery and Bar$$$$
Seaport District, Boston
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    Meg B.
    "Harpoon gives one of the best brewery tours I have ever been on."(14 Tips)
    Mike K.
    "The "wait" is in the brew hall with great beer and pretzels."(6 Tips)
    "FREE tastings every weekday"(8 Tips)
    Will B.
    "The IPA cheese sauce is amazing on the fresh loaf of pretzel."(6 Tips)
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  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SullivanMarch 26, 2013
    They only serve beer and pretzels, but that's more than enough to make this a must-visit location next time I'm in Boston. Staff is friendly and barkeeps are more than happy to share Harpoon history.
  • Justin G.heart icon on user image
    Justin GianninotoJuly 21, 2017
    Delicious pretzels with all sorts of dipping sauce, incredible beer selection, including some that haven't been released yet. Fun, informative tour for $5. Check out the outdoor area with corn hole!
  • Gianna N.heart icon on user image
    Gianna NebbiaMarch 2, 2015
    The tour is great... It costs 5$ and you can take as many samples as you can drink in 20 mins... So a lot. Get a pretzel
  • Katie T.heart icon on user image
    Katie TuohyOctober 24, 2016
    The UFO Flight was excellent. My favorite was the UFO Raz. The pretzels are HUGE. The peanut-butter for the dessert pretzel is incredible.
  • Erin C.heart icon on user image
    Erin CartwrightSeptember 1, 2018
    Great selection of draft beers and the pretzel with beer cheese is amazing! We didn’t have time for the tour, but hear that’s also great. Will definitely be back!
  • Virginia L.
    Virginia L.May 11, 2014
    Specialty flights are the way to go, and the pretzels are delicious! Well worth the wait to get in, but if you arrive in the afternoon you may not get in to a tour.
  • Erik C.heart icon on user image
    Erik CintronMay 24, 2019
    What a fun brewery. It’s gigantic. And do the flights great giant parking spot. Make sure to get the flights. Get the pretzel it is everything. Any sauce u choose your winning!
  • Katie T.heart icon on user image
    Katie TuohyOctober 24, 2016
    Excellent prices and the tour is laid back and fun while being informative. I would definitely go again!
  • BU Today
    BU TodaySeptember 27, 2013
    For a $5 donation to charity, you get to see the working facility & sample unfiltered beer right from a giant vat. At tour’s end, use your souvenir glass to try all the beer you want at the mini-bar. Read more
  • Dan B.heart icon on user image
    Dan BrownAugust 10, 2014
    You don't need to do the tour, just find a seat and the table and indulge in Harpoon's finest. Their on-site beer hall has seasonal beers that aren't sold in stores, either. Pretzels are legendary.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagOctober 2, 2014
    At this craft giant best known for its UFO Hefeweizen, you can fill up your glass during the tour with samples that include green, unfermented IPA. Read more
  • Jay P.heart icon on user image
    Jay PorterJuly 6, 2014
    Perhaps I just caught them all on a good day, but the staff members here are honestly some of the friendliest in Boston. Nice work, Harpoon!
  • Greg D.heart icon on user image
    Greg DoughertyJanuary 3, 2015
    One of two Harpoon breweries in the US. Try a pretzel made with spent grains from the brewery's tanks.
  • Lynn M.heart icon on user image
    Lynn MooreJuly 28, 2017
    The outdoor space was fun with games and tents and tables. The selection of beer was good. The pretzels looked great, though we did not have any.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyDecember 28, 2016
    Hell of a fun way to kill an afternoon, and the brewery tour isn't necessary. Just come, drink, and try the pretzels.
  • Maarten M.heart icon on user image
    Maarten MarkusDecember 3, 2014
    Tours are worth it! Abundant free samples and nice talk about the history of this great Boston Brewery. Also, you must try the bagels. Especially the one with IPA sauce.
  • Alexa Jane B.heart icon on user image
    Alexa Jane BrooksMarch 18, 2015
    Big selection of delicious beer. Fun set up. Good windows and lighting. Perfect for outings with friends!
  • Prof. G.
    Prof. G.July 23, 2013
    Just great. Nice walk from S. Station along waterfront. $5 for unlimited tasting for 20mins. Beer garden has flights and yummy/filling variety pretzels.
  • Anonymous, s.heart icon on user image
    Definitely worth a visit or two or more, especially if you’re a beer fan. The only negative is that the location is not the easiest to get to if you don’t own a car so plan ahead.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdSeptember 29, 2014
    Tour involves free tastings at the end. Make sure to try any seasonal a or specials while they're free so you know what you want before having to start paying for drinks.
  • Helene L.heart icon on user image
    Helene LOctober 30, 2016
    The tour was great and we loved the fun atmosphere. The free tasting during the tour was also great. If you don't drink beer, they have cider too.
  • Annie M.
    Annie MullsMay 31, 2013
    Hot as shweaty bawls in air conditioning!?? Its a 90 degree day in Boston...Get it ogether, Harpoon!! The only redeeming quality tonight is the parmesan pretzel with marinara...phenomenal.
  • Eric O.heart icon on user image
    Eric OApril 28, 2013
    They offer three different flights consisting of four 4-oz samples: an IPA flight, a UFO flight, and specialty flight including some rare pilot batches.
  • Mwaki M.heart icon on user image
    Mwaki MagotswiOctober 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a pretzel with your pint, make it salty. Also, avoid the regular beers and explore the limited batch brews. If you can, come to an x-night event, much fun
  • Kristin T.
    Kristin TangelApril 9, 2014
    They stopped doing the free tastings when the beer hall opened, but you can still buy tix for the brewery tour. The pretzels are made with spent barley from the beer making!
  • Vatche A.heart icon on user image
    Vatche ArabianApril 25, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing beer, and some great brews not found anywhere else.
  • Lindsay W.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay WilliamsAugust 26, 2016
    My boyfriend and I tried all three flights. The UFO flight was my favorite and the UFO R.A.Z is soooo good! The pretzels are also yummy!
  • Jacob S.
    Jacob SloanSeptember 27, 2013
    Try the Pilot Series flight while you wait in the tasting room. You'll get a chance to try almost everything else during the rapid fire tasting in the middle of the brewery tour.
  • C L.
    C LoNovember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a flight of the pilot beers (not distributed anywhere else) or the speciality beers (chalk handles). Or get a beer cocktail of the raspberry and chocolate stout!
  • Alana K.heart icon on user image
    Alana KaySeptember 21, 2017
    What a place, fantastic tour hosts who are very knowledgeable so you learn a lot and of course great beers!
  • Meg B.
    Meg BermanDecember 6, 2018
    Harpoon gives one of the best brewery tours I have ever been on. Order the giant pretzel with your beer of choice in the beer hall, post-tour.
  • Ruben V.heart icon on user image
    Great Brewery tour for $5! You can taste all the flavors and the guides are willing to answer all your questions.
  • Meg B.
    Meg BermanNovember 9, 2018
    Harpoon gives on of the best brewery tours I have ever been on. Order the giant pretzel with your beer of choice in the beer hall post tour.
  • Megan M.
    Megan McDonaldNovember 12, 2018
    Harpoon Brewery does small group tours all year round. It can be difficult to get to on public transportation so I'd recommend a taxi or Uber if you don't have a car with you. The Harpoon UFO is best!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CAugust 23, 2017
    Huge area for hanging out/eating/drinking with fancy pretzels and beers!! Tour itself is basic and like any other brewery ($5 for this tour FYI)
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    That's right, 20 beers on tap, including rare brews from their "10-barrel pilot system" that you can't get anywhere else. Read more
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AxfordJanuary 2, 2013
    Best tour period. You stand in a bar, listen to music, and drink as much free beer as possible. Try asking for the truffle shuffle and apple pie - you won't be disappointed.
  • Bobby K.heart icon on user image
    Bobby KennedyDecember 10, 2018
    Tour is pretty standard, as tours go, but they let you sample essentially everything on tap, which is nice. Get a pretzel at the bar afterwards.
  • Shawn C.heart icon on user image
    Shawn CDecember 26, 2014
    The staff is great. We stayed until 5pm on a weekday. They made the place spotless while we finished our Leviathan fav of all I tasted.
  • A. C.
    A. C.May 3, 2012
    Growlers available to go at one of the best prices around. $7.99 for great, fresh beer. Some of the specialty beers are little more. I fill up every time I am in the area.
  • Jon D.heart icon on user image
    Jon DarveauJune 3, 2015
    This is a fun, vibrant brewery with really great beers. A bit off the beaten path, but worth the visit if you like their beers.
  • Stefanie
    StefanieJanuary 31, 2013
    Great atmosphere, great harpoon regular and special selection and the best pretzels I've ever had. Also try their root beer and Green iced tea - both fantastic.
  • Chad M.heart icon on user image
    Chad MolenMarch 13, 2016
    Great place to pull up a stool and spend an early evening at. I love that there are whole flights for just the IPA.
  • Kendall P.
    Kendall P.July 27, 2013
    Tour is interesting. You get ~20 min at the taps for a tasting of a limited selection of their beer. Ask the people pouring for one if the combinations. The pretzels in the beer garden are $4 and okay
  • Hudson V.
    Hudson VantreaseAugust 11, 2013
    Ask a bartender for advice on the pilot beers, some of them are amazing and you can only get them at Harpoon.
  • Erin B.heart icon on user image
    Erin BrooksDecember 24, 2015
    The tour is a lot of fun to do on a free weekend. It takes about 40 minutes or so, a little longer than I would have thought.
  • Untappd
    UntappdSeptember 21, 2012
    This little brewery is now served all over the country and has 2 breweries (one here and on in Windsor, VT). Take the tour and enjoy some free samples!
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HeiserNovember 13, 2017
    Crazy line but worth the wait. Really good selection on tap. I really liked the Nana’s Nightcap stout.
  • Lori
    LoriSeptember 7, 2013
    Tour is no longer worth $5 even though this is the only beer I like. You don't get the full tour of the brewery anymore and you don't get to keep the tasting glass.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PurvisJanuary 10, 2014
    Try a beer flight! They have a couple different options available. Great way to get a little taste of everything. Then eat some delicious pretzels!
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