Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Place Score:
90
Reviews:
25
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211
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer HallHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

306 Northern Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210-2324
United States

(617) 574-9551 | map
www.harpoonbrewery.com

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 211
Reviews by mynie:
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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sometimes I forget about the massive variation in scale that exists within the craft beer world. Hanging around People's and Sun King and making frequent stops at Three Floyds and Millstream give me a certain idea of how big a brewery is supposed to be. Then I stumble across a place like this, located in a literal shipyard with a fleet of trucks waiting in front of a factory facade, and I remember just how much work and development goes into making a nationally recognized brand.

Years ago, when I first getting into good beer, Harpoon was the shit. It's one of those forgotten breweries, like Great Lakes and Victory, that used to be stylistic standard-bearers but have since gotten replaced several times over by the proliferation of local breweries. Go to a store now in any place that's not fucking horrible and 75% of the domestic craft selection will be from in-state. It makes sense; there's just that many breweries now. But they're all super expensive and most aren't that great. Once, not that long along, places like Harpoon helped build up the craft scene, and they did by widely distributed well-brewed, medium priced beer. They didn't have time to become EXTREME, because they were too busy being competent.

So here's the big, long, narrow, big, woody, tracklighted, big college bar brewery establishment thing that sits in the middle of an impressive brewing and shipping campus. The beers are Harpoon, which you've had. The service is friendly and the establishment is well worth touring.

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Photo of LeRose
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is a very nice, "old world" style beer hall with ample communal tables and a huge bar. On several visits I have found the selection covers many of the typical Harpoon shelf beers, but also an ample number of specialty brews. The pretzels are fresh and hot, the dipping sauces are a great accompaniment and vary. Huge room, active vibe, yet a relaxed feel. The brewery tour is very good and there are some interesting tie ins with local history. No food beyond the pretzels due to agreements with local eateries, but a great spot to have a snack and a good brew or two before heading out to dinner.

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Photo of aw0rthington
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Doublicious
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Shellynix
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GarrettGus
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of edzo22
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of tmac
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of karl_k
4.09/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JMiller68
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RBCIPA
4.53/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ron860
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I enjoyed my visit to this brewery on the waterfront in Boston. The staff were very friendly and the food was decent. I recommend trying the pretzel if you can. They have a vast array of brews on tap from the traditional offerings to the seasonals. Of course, the UFOs are always quite tasty! Will gladly stop by again on my next trip to the Boston area.

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Photo of freeman052
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Both the tour and taproom are very unique and spending time in both was a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of gnxr27
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DavidFussell
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Jcorn
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

While I'm no Harpoon fan-boy, what I liked about the Harpoon tour is how they did their sampling. It was a $5 tour (some time ago, may have gone up) meaning that they could give you as much beer as they wanted. At Sam Adams it's a free tour so they're only allowed to give you 21 oz according to MA state law. So they set your tour group up in the tap room for a 45 minute beer free for all. Amazing how drunk you can get in 45 minutes.

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Photo of tim007007
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.21/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Anker13
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of edward_boumil
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

All there beers are on tap, and if you do the tour the selection you get to sample is all you can drink and a ton of choices. Pretty cool if you ask me.
The beer hall was nice. Get the pretzels if you can, they are phenomenal. However it tends to be very crowded, service is slow which is understandable. The staff are helpful, though definately a bit rushed and overwhelmed. And the beer is fresh as hell and tons of choices at the bar/beer hall itself, more choices than the tour's tasting room
Even better the tour itself was really informative. They guys who gave the tour were highly interactive and even though it wasn't super long I thought it was one of the best tours I've done, which is a pretty good amount.

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall in Boston, MA
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.