Something’s Brewing In Boston

4 Feb

Harpoon Beer Hall{Photo via The Phoenix}

Did you know New England’s largest craft brewery is in Boston? Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by college classmates Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary, who were passionate about beer, but weren’t able find what they were looking for at their local pubs. After a life changing Eurotrip, these buds experienced and drank many diverse, fresh, local beers and experienced firsthand the wonderful beer culture that existed just across the ocean. When they returned to the States, they decided that if they couldn’t buy the beer they wanted, then they would have to brew it themselves.

Harpoon was granted Brewing Permit #001 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because it was the first brewery to commercially brew and bottle beer in Boston in more than 25 years, and the rest is history. Adding to its history, this past Friday, Harpoon opened the first beer hall of Boston. A beer hall is a German-style pub that serves many a beer in a communal atmosphere. Seating 300 people, this local watering hole will only add to the array and diverse local venues in the city that serve beer.

You can order a variety of beer from three of its 20 tap towers.  You’ll be able to see a view of kegs being filled and Harpoon’s new canning line on one side and a waterfront view on the other.

Having recently gone to the Biergarten at the Standard NYC, my main question was whether or not there would be a pairing of pretzels with beer. Sure enough, The Phoenix accounted that RichB Doyle, Harpoon CEO and founder, detailed that they “wanted simple food that went really well with beer and was traditional. Freshly baked pretzels fit the bill.”  Harpoon decided to take on more of an American twist and veer away from the German notion of using butter on their pretzels. Instead, here you will find garlic-parmesan butter, IPA cheese, cheddar mustard, queso poblano, and peanut-butter sauce, along with whole-grain and yellow mustards and an icing for a cinnamon/sugar pretzel. Keeping true to the notion roots of its beer, several of the sauces will also be infused with Harpoon’s finest.

I can’t wait to be back at the Brewery to stop in for another tour. Now, the tours start and end in this new space. They will go through the brewery and stop in the tasting room to sample beer before ending in the beer hall.


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