Had a chance to go to the Harpoon (Boston) Brewery Beer Hall soft opening (Friends and Family session) tonight. I guess it is opening to the public on February 1st. The space is really nice, overlooking the brewery and with a decent cityscape on the other side. It's mainly a huge bar (with a second for backup) and a bunch of long beer hall tables (and a few standing room circular tables). It seems the only food they will have is pretzels, but they were hot and delicious, with a few interesting dipping sauces including peanut butter caramel. The lack of a full food menu might make it more of a tour overflow place. No TVs either, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Lastly, they had a decent retail store and growler station attached. They had about 10 different glassware types, with almost as many styles for sale (although seemed a bit pricey), as well as 6-packs and clothing. I considered buying a few glasses, but didn't pull the trigger. I did purchase a growler, partially to watch the state-of-the-art fill machine work. It C02 purged every growler, and it seemed remarkably easy to function for employees (probably cuts down on a lot of lost product due to foam, too). Employees only had to put the empty growler in and cap it when filled. Here's hoping they don't let any sit uncapped too long. As for the draft menu, they had...everything Harpoon makes on tap; around 20 options, including the two current 100-Barrel and two Leviathan series. Even more of note, they had 2 pilot beers on tap. One was a lemongrass mint hefeweizen, which was decent, but a bit subdued. Aroma was nice, although a friend said it smelled like a grandmother's bathroom (she must use something lemon-scented to clean). The second was an imperial saison, and it was truly excellent. Like a 10% abv Tank 7, it went down real easy with a nice lemony flavor, light body, and dry finish. I would have guessed 6% (I had to ask and have my jaw drop when he said 10}. Great for casual craft fans and anyone who likes citrusy saisons. I don't think it's the same as the retired Leviathan Saison Royale. I ended up getting that as my growler choice ($14 + 64oz glass for the Leviathan, 100 barrel, and pilot beers). We had free beers tonight, but I think someone said regular beers are $5.75 or so, probably more for the premium options. I recommend stopping in, and I'm sure it'll be a great place to chill before/after a tour. Anyone else planning a trip over soon?