The Harpoon Brewery in Boston was awesome, and would have been even better if their tours hadn’t been sold out. Regardless, after the 1.5 mile walk to get here, we sat upstairs in the brewery at their sunny bar with long, wide windows overlooking the harbor. The space was huge- the central focus of the room was the long wooden bar with taps of Harpoon and UFO fresh beer flowing freely. From the ceiling hung large wrought iron ‘candelabras’ adding to the ‘Bier Haus’ feel. Songs from Beck and the Beastie Boys were playing as we ordered from the friendly bartenders. As I received our beers, a trainee was learning how to pour the flight- all four taps at once into the small 4 ounce glasses- timing each pour as to not spill. It reminded me of my days working at a bar in Germany. Ah those Germans, they love lots of foam on their beers.
There was plenty of seating at the German Bier Hall-style tables and a private party room on the far end near an open bakery serving up fresh hot salted pretzels with delectable dipping sauces. Disclosure: I LOVE pretzels…especially the giant hot soft ones, not really the hard Snyder’s kind. We ordered these huge pretzels to come with the IPA Cheese sauce and the Ale Mustard. I could not get enough of the IPA Cheese sauce. I almost wish I got double the sauce instead of the Ale Mustard, righteously delicious in its own right, but this cheese sauce was on another level.They were hot and salty and fabulous. While eating my pretzel I was looking through the windows against the wall that gave guests the opportunity to peer into the brewery. I have to admit I got a little buzz from their strong delicious beers, but the ridiculously good pretzels helped curb the alcohol. If the Harpoon Brewery were in my neighborhood I would come back again for a beer and of course, a pretzel.
What we drank:
UFO Flight featuring:
- UFO White 4.8% ABV
- UFO Pale Ale 5.3% ABV
- UFO: The Big Squeeze 4.5% ABV
- UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen 4.8% ABV
- Harpoon German White
- Harpoon Purple Heart
306 Northern Ave • Boston, MA • 02210 • (617) 456-2322