The first time I visited Boston after turning 21 I was en route to a week-long adventure in Europe with one of my oldest friends Duncan.
Duncan lives in Boston, and I love Boston, so I purposefully added a few days to my trip to say hello to Beantown. Right after Duncan picked me up from the airport he whisked me off to Harpoon Brewery to start our trip off right.
There are roughly 16 breweries in or around Boston (according to BeerAdvocate.com). We had planned to visit the Sam Adams Brewery since it's such an iconic Boston beer brand, but I'm very glad that we ended up visiting Harpoon instead. (We originally picked it because the tour hours aligned with my arrival time.)
The decor of the tasting room was one of my favorites.
Why was Harpoon Brewery so fun? Because we didn't go on a tour. Coincidentally, the day we visited Harpoon was their quarterly cleaning day, so we weren't allowed in the actual brewing rooms. Where did that leave us? The tasting room. Instead of taking a 1-hour tour followed by a 1-hour tasting, our guide asked us if we'd be comfortable just tasting for two hours. Surprisingly, no one in our group objected.
And tasting we did.