Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Brewery & Beer HallHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Harpoon Brewery & Beer HallHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(617) 574-9551 | map

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cratez from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

What I had: Harpoon UFO Pumpkin and IPA for me; UFO Hefeweizen for my partner.
What I liked: Fun, no frills beer hall atmosphere, mixed crowd minds their own, expansive retail store, respectable range of styles on offer, cask available, fair prices.
What I disliked: Took a while to get the attention of the bartender; they brew good, balanced beers that are on target for the style, but none of the beers are particularly unique or outstanding in quality.
Would I go back? Sure. This place is worth hitting before a Red Sox game (they offer a shuttle service to Fenway Park) or to snag a couple drinks before lunch or dinner at Yankee Lobster (next door).
Overall Rating: 76

Jan 29, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

located near the water, but in an industrial section. the taproom is on the upperfloor, a long space with a huge rectangular bar, with communal tables along the window side, and views into the brewing area on the other. long taplist of Harpoon and Clown Shoes branded beers - both regular, seasonal, and limited brews. Several pre-determined flights are available as well. fairly wide selection of beer styles available. beers are solid. they have some food but I didn't have any.

Aug 03, 2019
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Maqikul from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

-Great beers on tap
-Tour is fun, samples at end
-Great Pretzels
-Great Location
-Hosts fun events

-Small beer hall; events are roped off so anyone can see you in the brewery
-Not much to do on a normal day in terms of activities

Overall - Great place to visit, especially during events. Can't see myself going on a normal weekend more than once or twice a year.

Apr 21, 2019
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Bmm281 from Arizona

1.64/5  rDev -60.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2

Uncomfortable cheap cafeteria style bench seating, floor was dirty which does not give confidence on their ability to run a high quility brewing operations, no servers/bar service only and each time you want more than one beer everybody has to go up to the bar. Music selection wasn’t great and sounded like it was coming through a PA system, the crowd (100% of it) can be described as hipster yuppy, no outdoor seating, no games. In samples 8 beers and only 2 were half decent, 2 more drinkable, and the rest I didn’t finish.

Apr 14, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Huge open second floor taproom to the right of the entrance with expansive racetrack bar and plenty of picnic table seating. Small merchandise sales area to the left. About 20 well assorted beers on tap. Quick and courteous service. We were there Friday at happy hour and the place was packed and lively.

Dec 09, 2017
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HoppyHatz from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Ehhh...What can you say it's an average brewery with some decent brews, nothing special. If you go to any of the brewfests or large outdoor events make sure you step back in line for the bathrooms as soon as you get a beer, they only have about a dozen portos for hundreds of people and the line can be up to 20 minutes.

Nov 21, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Huge crowded beer hall vibe with long community table. Spotty service when it is crowded but some cool beers on you can't get normally in bottles. Worth a stop in.

Oct 17, 2017
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Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Parking is a problem, loud, full, tough to get seats, or servers attenton. Never-the-less worth the visit. Good selection of brews, a fun boisterous Oktoberfest - like venue. & the pretzels are fantastic!

Sep 16, 2017
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ThirstyBird from England

3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Several people told me that Harpoon was the best brewery to visit in Boston. I have to admit that after my experience I am quite underwhelmed. First off the beer...it wasn't very good save the Hoppy Adventure which was a fairly good copy of a NE IPA. The rest of their beers that I tried tended to have course carbonation and seemed like craft beer that you might find 15 years ago.

The second issue that I had during my visit is that they seem to value the ease for their employees over the desire of the customer. While I sat at the bar most of people coming up to the bar were asking if they can create their own sampler flight. No, we only do three preset flights was the response. I understand that it is tough doing custom flights during a jammed weekend night but really, no choice at all, ever? It doesn't seem very customer friendly or flexible.

This place would work for larger gatherings where beer quality/choice weren't as important though.

Jul 28, 2017
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slander from New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

So (Evil) Davo did not do his homework properly. I mean, why would you think it odd that a brewery might be open at 8am, right? (Oh, the coffee shop side opens at 8am, the brewery opens at noon). Idiot! As such, it’s a Harpoon Beer Hall at the Seaport Sunday before we meet up with others and work our way back southish. Nose to the door at opening, in and up…

Large room with a looooong cut tree plank topped vagina shaped bar with a wood panel base and piping foot rail in the center of the room. I’m sorry, what? Yeah, you read me right (Seriously, the bar tapers to a near point at both ends, and I thought I’d seen it all). Tap towers of 24 in barbells of 12 & 12 on each end with logo harpoon hook handles, UFO’s and more. Glassware of all sizes & shapes shelved below the length of the bar. The bar seats 2 dozen on one side, and standing room/brewery tour line up on the other side.

Industrial waffle ceiling, slat plank floors, and walls of brick (and wood & window depending). The far wall windows offer views of packaging and production bottling action when it’s going on. The near wall overlooks the Seaport. As Davo’s car is still there with my Treehouse growlers, the city won’t burn this day. Drop wide wheel chandeliers over the bar running the length and chandelier lamp lighting over the adjacent beer hall tables. Kitchen space for the reconstruction of the pretzels/pretzels of the reconstruction; salted, cinnamon sugar, or parmesan if you’re a goddamn carny. Swag zone on the end. Fanboy Davo went and bought some Harpoon stickers. Fridge for cold beer to go + more swag, glassware, et al.

8 beer hall tables & benchings in 2 rows of 4, some hightops shared up front, a few raised roundies to the rear, and bar counter seating in the windows for 2 dozen or so on the production side. We set up at the bar as to survey all that is ours.

2 large 4 x 8 horizontal blackboard boards listing drafts & ABV’s, 3 flights (no substitutions!!), and pretzel play. 2 dozen taps, a mix broken out by standards, seasonals, (UFO’s) unfiltered offerings, (Here today) limited editions, (gone tomorrow) pilot batches, ciders, & N/A’s. Currently 21 beers and ciders up (Camp Wannamango, Pale Ale with Mango, 5%; Take 5, Session IPA, 4.3%; Harpoon IPA, 5.9%; Hoppy Adventure, Double IPA, 7.8%; Leviathan IPA, Imperial IPA, 10%; Black Mass, Imperial Black IPA, 10.6%; UFO White, 4.8%; UFO Hefeweizen, 4.8%; UFO Rasberry Hefeweizen, 4.8%; UFO Pale Ale, 5.3%; UFO Big Squeeze, grapefruit shandy, 4.5%; 100 Barrel Series Thunder Foam, poblano & ancho chili pepper Robust Porter with cocoa nibs, 6.8%; Vanilla Bean Porter, 6%; Boston Irish Stout, 4.3%; Hair of the Squatch, Imperial Stout, 18.1%; Artic Ale, American Strong Ale, 13%; Orange Spiced Ale, 6%; Sweet Spot, Golden Ale, 4.8%; Craft Cider, 4.8%; Cranberry Cider, 4.8%; Sparkling Cider, 4.8%) and 3 prohibition style drinks (root beer, lemonade, & iced tea).

Sampled and/or drank the Harpoon IPA (mad fresh, real nice, it’s been a while), UFO Pale Ale (another fresh easy drinking Sunday in Boston beauty), Camp Wannamango (a better #9), 100 Barrel Series Thunder Foam (good heat), and the Black Mass (all that and a pretzel). Great offerings. I mean, there were styles on the board I might not generally entertain, but everything I had was solid.

The glass they serve the Camp Wannamango in looks exactly like the quintessential plastic cup. It’s hard to hold as a glass without squeezing it like you would the plastic cup it seems like it seems like it is. Servers are on their game, they know they’re stuff. One of them used the word ‘wicked’, I do not think it was for the benefit of providing the tourists with local flavor. The kid in the rub spot of the bar knows how the bar is shaped. Apparently, they all know but it is not spoken of. They are playing an appropriate amount of Bowie, which is a lot, and thank you. I have a mid 90’s Winter Warmer love for this brewery, I’m glad we recovered Sunday and dropped in.

Jun 20, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I was really surprised during my visit. Nice selection of beers on tap that aren't available in stores and the beer is definitely "fresher". (You can really taste it.) The pretzels are a great snack to munch and dip on. Service, IMO, was about what it should be from any establishment of this type. Got to talk beer with my server which is always a good thing. Will be coming back for sure.

Apr 13, 2017
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BeerMe8 from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Good vibe on the Saturday night I went. Big bar. Good views of Boston through the large glass windows and also views of inside the actual brewery on the other side. Small gift shop and place to purchase beers to take home. Down side was no TV's anywhere, so had to watch the NCAA Tournament on my phone.

Mar 26, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Here is a way to experience the brewery while enjoying the many, many different brews, including some pilot beers that are not available outside of the brewery. The only food comes in the form of pretzels with a multitude of dipping sauces.

The vibe comes in the form of tourists and Millennials. Always busy on the weekends. There's a long bar and many long, sharable picnic tables. Very convivial.

The beers are expensive, but there's a wonderful variety.

Mar 11, 2017
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shelbs1202 from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite places in Boston. Great place to spend an afternoon and try some great brews. The Beer Hall and X-Nights are awesome additions. Sometimes there's a line, but worth the wait.

Mar 04, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had been to Boston many times and never stopped to check out Harpoon before. The place is pretty nice. Big taproom and gift shop. The service was friendly and the selection is pretty solid too.

Feb 06, 2017
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B-Stad from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Went here for a bachelor party last summer. I'm a Midwesterner so I had a blast in Boston and really enjoyed Harpoon. Granted I was a bit inebriated, I thought it was a positive experience. Solid selection, good vibes. Harpoon was a good time.

Feb 06, 2017
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margnat from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

While the idea of a large "German style" beer hall is great, a room with nothing more than a dozen super long wooden tables does not make for an exciting vibe in Boston. They couldn't be closer to the harbor but cannot exploit it due to bad land parceling. There is a serious *lack of music* of music of interest. This place is screaming for live music!! Add a Resident DJ and corner some flat screens with Closed Captioning and you're in the game. The beer selection is very good - average is over a dozen varieties - even if you don't like the typical Harpoon hop signature. Service has ranged from very good to poor. Also (as any Bar Rescue disaster will teach you) the Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall NEEDS FOOD. Pretzels only good so far.

Jan 06, 2017
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Beer hall with all Harpoon's beers on tap. You can also get a pretzel if you're hungry. $5 Tour is worth the money, includes beer and some education. Facility includes long bar with some seating and many long wooden tables. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. All Harpoon staples on tap and may one-off's available. There's also a gift shop for your Harpoon branded need. Beer is good, pretzels are good, what's else is there to want?

Jun 01, 2016
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I knew Harpoon was a classic Boston brewery and a must-stop but I had no idea there would be over 20 beers (including a cask) available to try and that there was not a bad or even very mediocre beer in the bunch. The low-rated UFO series was killer (fruit beers especially), the cask IPA was excellent, traditional styles were solid if not great (including a great sticke alt), and there were a few strong/imperial ales and stouts that were downright amazing.

Pretzels with sauces made a nice booze-soaker and for the most part the staff was very helpful and welcoming. If you're in Boston check out the Harpoon taproom.

May 09, 2016
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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. The view from the men's room windows is absolutely spectacular.

Apr 26, 2016
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Ron860 from New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Jan 04, 2016
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Jcorn from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Nov 17, 2015
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edward_boumil from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | 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.

Oct 25, 2015
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mjhall1989 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great place. Great pretzels, Get one with a flight of their pilot batches. Their pilot batches were hit and miss with me, but that makes them really great, and that's what pilot batches are for. Great selection of almost all of their beers and good prices and services.

Aug 21, 2015
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bluehende from Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice spot with a beer hall feel. The one off beers were very good and the pretzels are awesome. .Growler fills were not very expensive for Boston. The bottle were for sale a bit cheaper than the local stores.

Jul 27, 2015
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall in Boston, MA
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