My Favorite Boston Area Breweries

The greater Boston area is a hotbed for craft breweries which makes it an ideal destination for bachelor parties, craft beer hobbyists and brewery crawlers! Nearly every town within an hour of Boston has a new craft brewery – here are my favorites!

  • Sam Adams: one of the original craft breweries. While Sam Adams doesn’t get the acclaim of some of the newer breweries it is always a fun day out to check out their brewery tour and have lunch at Doyle’s down the road.
    Sam Adams
  • Harpoon: the Harpoon Beer Hall is a must if you find yourself near the Seaport. Like Sam Adams, Harpoon is an old guard craft brewer that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. The expansive beer Hall is a great place to spend an afternoon.
    • Trillium: Trillium is one of the more acclaimed breweries in the world with many highly rated offerings which makes it popular with real craft beer aficionados. They have 3 locations – a taproom in Canton, a seasonal Biergarten on the Greenway and a retail only spot in Fort Point. The Biergarten is an awesome way to spend a happy hour!
    • Dorchester Brewing: located in a working class section of Boston and a bit off the tourist path Dorchester Brewing was an amazing addition to the neighborhood. I love spending time here with fellow locals. DBCo serves as a contract brewer for many local breweries so they often have a wide variety of offerings available.
      Dot Brewing
    • Aeronaut: Somerville is home to an amazing array of restaurants, shops and taprooms – my favorite place to visit in Somerville is Aeronaut.
      Aeronaut – Somerville
    • Barrel House Z: this hidden brewery in Weymouth, about 15 miles south of Boston, is a real gem. The taproom and the outdoor area are both great ways to spend an idle day.
      Barrel House Z
    • Nightshift: hidden North of Boston in Everett – Nightshift is probably my favorite brewery. Looking forward to their upcoming taproom in the city.
    • Mystic: Another amazing brewery located just north of the city in Chelsea. Mystic isn’t far from The TD Garden or the North End making it a great spot for a pregame.
    • Jacks Abby: there might not be a more impressive set up than Jacks Abby out in Framingham. Most breweries offer snacks or host food trucks – Jacks Abby offers a phenomenal full service restaurant. In particular, I enjoy the pizzas. This spot is well worth the drive!
      Jacks Abby
    • Notch Brewing: this session brewer located in the heart of historic (and frightful) Salem is a great destination for a day trip. Spend the afternoon enjoying the haunted streets and waterfront before grabbing a bite and a few brews at Notch. The ferry service from Boston makes this an even better time.