Boston's Best Beer Spots

Check out our picks for Boston's best places to have a beer.
By: Allee Sangiolo

Related To:

There’s nothing that says “Boston” quite like sipping a cold Sam Adams on the waterfront while watching the ships make their way into the harbor. Boston is definitely a beer town; chances are if you manage to secure tickets to a Sox game, you’ll probably end up with at least some spilled on you by the big guy in the next seat. Beantown is home to a number of great places to have a beer -- from large commercial breweries to smaller brewpubs. Here’s a rundown of some of Boston’s best beer spots -- because having a beer in Boston is “always a good decision.”

Sam Adams Brewery

Sam Adams Brewery

Photo by: mbaylor, flickr

mbaylor, flickr

No trip to Boston is complete without a tour of the brewery that pays tribute to one of the American Revolution’s most famous patriots -- and, they say, enthusiastic brewer. Learn about the brewing process, taste the malts, smell the hops, and (of course) sample some of the brewery’s award-winning beers. The Boston Lager is the brewery’s most famous, but if lager isn’t your thing, try the seasonal Summer Ale, a crisp lemony favorite available April through August. Tours of the brewery are free, but donations ($2 is suggested) benefit local charities. Call (617) 368-5080 for more information.

Another local favorite, Harpoon Brewery offers complimentary tastings on weekdays and tours on weekends when they aren’t brewing and packaging their beers. Some of their most popular brews are the Harpoon IPA and UFO Hefeweizen. Consider signing up to become a “Friend of Harpoon” for updates on specials and events (and VIP access to the brewery’s seasonal festivals). The brewery’s motto is “Love Beer. Love Life,” and it’s clear they operate that way. Their three festivals (St. Patrick’s Day, HarpoonFest and Oktoberfest) come with plenty of food, music and, of course, beer, drawing huge crowds. Call (617) 574-9551 for more information.

Located in Boston’s Seaport District, the Atlantic Beer Garden has a large roof deck overlooking the harbor, as well as two patios, one of which is right on the waterfront. The beer garden is also a great place to catch a game, with plenty of big screens on all the walls inside to ensure that you have a close-up view of the action. The beer selection is extensive, and the food is pretty standard bar food. It does get crowded, however, especially on weekends and game days, so plan accordingly! Call (617) 357-8000 for more information.

With two locations right near Boston’s biggest sports venues, Boston Beer Works has become a local favorite. The brewpub serves up a variety of different homebrews -- there’s certainly something for everyone on the menu. Try their blueberry beer with fresh blueberries, or their seasonal watermelon beer that’s served with a fresh slice of watermelon. The Fenway location is a great (although crowded) place to stop in for an “ice cold beah” before a summer game. If you have some extra time to kill in the airport before your flight home, Boston Beer Works also has a location in Terminal B at Logan Airport. Call (617) 536-2337 for the Fenway Location or (617) 896-2337 for the TD Garden Location.

With one of the largest beer selections on the East Coast, even people who claim they “don’t like beer!” are sure to find something they’ll enjoy drinking at Sunset Grill and Tap, located in the neighborhood of Allston. The beer bar boasts 112 taps, and 380 bottled microbrews and imports. Don’t worry if you’re having trouble navigating the impressive beer list -- the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and will help you pick the perfect brew. It’s no surprise that the bar has taken home 10 of Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Awards for Best Beer List over the past decade. Call (617) 254-1331 for more information.

Other Local Brews and Pubs

Even if you don’t hit up one of these spots on your trip, there are plenty of restaurants and bars with local beer on the menu. For a true taste of Massachusetts, keep an eye out for beers by Cisco Brewers, based on the island of Nantucket; Ipswich Ale Brewery in Ipswich; Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminster; and Berkshire Brewing Company in South Deerfield.

If you find yourself in Boston’s neighboring town of Cambridge, you can also check out John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Harvard Square or Cambridge Brewing Co. in Kendall Square for more great craft beers. Now go out and have a cold one (or two)... after all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

Next Up

12 Best Bites and Sips from Maine’s Midcoast

Experience these Down East culinary highlights.

11 Twin Peaks Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

Where to find a damn fine cup of coffee and more.Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.

3 Must-Do Outdoor Activities in the Great Smoky Mountains

There's nothing like a challenging hike with a rewarding view.

4 Must-Try Portland Brunch Spots

Dishing up a lot more than just bacon and eggs.

Florida’s East Coast Beaches

We share the best beaches on Florida's East Coast. Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.

Visit Gorgeous Tulip Fields Without Flying to Holland

Washington’s Skagit Valley is the next best thing.

7 Fun Things to Do on Your Fort Myers Vacation

From sunset kayaking to delicious eats, there is so much to explore in southwest Florida's island sanctuary.

6 Toronto Food Trends You Need to Know About

Forget passing fads. These developments are changing the food landscape.

Cuba, a Country of Contrasts

One writer reflects on her trips to Cuba, a country of contrasts.

Who Knows NYC Best?

Man v. Food’s Casey Webb matches wits (and appetites) with Food Network’s Vivian Chan to find out who has the real 411 on their home city in Man v. NYC. Ready to judge their throwdown?

Trending Now

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.