Ever since its beginnings in the 1600s, Boston has been home to a multitude of brewers – take founding father Samuel Adams as a great example. Today, Boston’s local craft breweries are on the cutting edge of new flavors and techniques in beer-making. Read on to find our favorite breweries in the area:
Founded in 2013, Trillium instantly appealed to Bostonians with their vibrantly flavored beers and rotating tap menu. Categories of brews include “Roasty,” “Wild & Sour,” “Hoppy,” and “Everything Else” – needless to say, Trillium covers a lot of grounds in the beer world! With summer beer gardens in Fenway and Rose Kennedy Greenway, you can catch them during the colder months in Fort Point and Canton.
Find Trillium’s multiple locations at their website.
As the name suggests, Dorchester Brewing Co. was founded in 2016 in a North Dorchester abandoned warehouse on Mass Ave. Today, the venue has considerably expanded with a rooftop terrace (called the “Hopservatory”) and a kitchen on the lower level. You can get great food here thanks to their partnership with M&M BBQ – one of our favorite Black-owned businesses in Boston.
Find Dorchester Brewing Co. at 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02125
In downtown Cambridge, you’ll find Lamplighter Brewing inside a vintage-style auto repair shop. With a brewery and taproom on location, Lamplighter serves flavorful New England IPAs, barrel-aged sours, and special seasonal beers. You’ll always be able to find a funky twist on a classic brew or unconventional ingredients on their menu!
Find Lamplighter at 284 Broadway and 110 N First Street in Cambridge, MA.
Aeronaut Brewing was started in 2013 by three MIT grads, and as you might expect, this Somerville brewery takes the science of brewing seriously. With its in-city location doubling as a hangout spot and community hub, it’s a great place to hang out either day or night: their nightly events range from trivia to live performances to drag bingo.
Find Aeronaut Brewing at 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA.
5. Jack’s Abby
Founded in 2011, Jack’s Abby is kickin’ it old-school by using Bavarian hops and traditional lagering techniques to create timelessly delicious brews. Their beer hall in Framingham is worth the visit, with a traditional wood-covered tap room vibe and great bar food like schnitzels and four-cheese mac and cheese.
Find Jack’s Abby at 100 Clinton St, Framingham, MA 01702.
Founded in 1986, Harpoon Brewery was way ahead of the game in comparison to many of the craft breweries in Boston. They’re best known for their Harpoon IPA, but they have tons of seasonal drinks too, like a fruity flavored sours in the summer and Dunkin’ PSL brews in the fall.
Find Harpoon Brewery at 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210.
Night Shift Brewing does it all: in addition to a hilarious Insta page, they have a rotating variety of beers, hard seltzers, wine, a coffee roastery, and bar foods! With so much to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with the Whirlpool, a fan-favorite New England IPA with a low-ABV and dry hops.
Find their Boston location at 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Suite 101, Boston, MA 02114.
[featured image: Facebook / Dorchester Brewing Co.]