Hello Beer Friends Nation! No trip to Boston is complete without a trip to the Sam Adams Brewery (and a Red Sox game...). After Harpoon Brewery and John Harvard Brewhouse (a later post) this Beer Friend was lucky enough to travel down the Orange Line to Stony Brook stop and walk the three blocks to the Sam Adams Brewery and tasting room.
Sam Adams was the first big craft brewer that I came in contact with. Technically it was Sierra Nevada but growing up in Colorado, I knew that Sierra Nevada was a lot closer and Sam Adams was WAY over in Boston, so that's what made it special to me. Anywhere I could I bought a Sam Adams and drank with a sense of pride that I was doing something different from my Coors swigging friends. During the summer months it was wonderful to see the bottle with Grains of Paradise available and that was the first official day of summer in my mind. While drinking these brews thousands of miles away I dreamt of touring the Sam Adams factory. Fast forward 9 years and dozens of brewery tours later - I finally made it.
Walking in the first room you're overwhelmed with the sense of pride that Sam Adams brewery has in itself. Banners of medals and awards won at Beer Competitions past line the walls and a few interactive touch displays are available to people for their beer-education. Sam Adams has a very large distribution area (USA and beyond) so this was their smallest plant. The other two plants that produce a majority of their beer are in Pennsylvania and Ohio - so the Boston area brewery is more for show and tell and special projects. As we started the tour we walked through a hollowed out, on it's side fermentation tank and were inundated with more awards and medals from various Beer events.
In the back area they have a great little room next to the production floor with pictures and speakers so the tour guide can be heard. They give the normal talk - the process of brewing and then pasted out samples, all pretty standard brewery tour stuff. Then he led the group back around the wall to the production floor and discussed green beer and the fermentation process and bottling. While he was talking I checked out the amazing amount of barrels, including the rack, the barrel room and the two Utopia barrels which are high ABV beers aged in a combination of bourbon, sherry, cognac, and brandy barrels. Needless to say, I was excited when I saw the label and was the weird guy in the corner taking pictures of the barrels on the production floor.
After the tour we venture outside to the beer garden with real hops growing on vines and poles to create a privacy feel. We drank the classic Boston Lager, the Summer offering, and a few beers special to the tour... you'll have to take the tour to find out!
The Sam Adams brewery is located at 30 Germania St, Boston, MA [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=30+Germania+St,+Boston,+MA&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=43.664131,66.269531&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=30+Germania+St,+Boston,+Massachusetts+02130&t=h&z=14&ll=42.314449,-71.103365&output=embed&w=425&h=350]
The Brewery Store is open: Monday - Thursday 10am - 3pm with tours every 45 minutes and last tour at 3p. Friday's 10am - 5:30pm with tours every 45 minutes and last tour at 5:30p. Saturday 10am - 3pm with tours every 45 minutes and last tour at 3p. Closed Sunday's