Sam Adams, Trillium, Harpoon, CBC - Boston and its neighboring towns are home to quite a few highly recognizable beers and littered with a ton of brews a bit more off-the-radar (but equally delicious). Venture a bit further out and you'll quickly realize that Massachusetts is bursting at the seams with craft breweries and tap rooms - each worthy of a visit. But considering there's over 120 of them, I'd highly recommend not completing this task in one go.
So let's just stick to the Boston area for this one. We've created a route that will knock off eight of our favorite breweries in Massachusetts, and in a pretty convenient fashion. Whether you start in Cambridge or Jamaica Plain, this path circles you around Boston, hitting up some of the tastiest hubs of craft beer in the area.
Now keep in mind - there are eight places on this list...do yourself a favor and designate a driver.
1st Stop: Cambridge Brewing Co // 1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge
Get things started at the oldest brewpub in the Boston area. While they are known for the beer selection, it might be a good idea to fill up on some of CBC's tasty pub food - you know, give your stomach something to soak up all that beer your about to consume in the next few hours. Plus, what's better than a burger and a beer?
2nd Stop: Slumbrew // 310 Canal St, Somerville
This is only the second stop, so remember to pace yourselves. Consider sharing a flight and sample a few of the Slumbrew faves. If you chose to hold off on food consumption at CBC, don't worry. Slumbrew's got a full food menu packed with everything you'd ever want to accompany a good beer. Yes, there's pizza.
3rd Stop: Night Shift Brewing // 87 Santilli Hwy, Everett
Head over to Everett for a while to play some boardgames at Night Shift Brewing while you sip on another scrumptious flight of beer. The draft list is pretty big, so even if you're the pickiest drinker - you'll probably find something you like.
4th Stop: Mystic Brewery // 174 Williams St, Chelsea
The fourth stop on the tour brings you to Mystic Brewery in Chelsea. Bonus points go to Mystic for having a parking lot. This cozy, medieval-style brewery specializes in farmhouse-style ales and uses locally sourced ingredients.
5th Stop: Downeast Cider House // 256 Marginal St, East Boston
Okay, okay, it's not beer. Don't hurt me. But who doesn't love Downeast Cider? The staff is super knowledgable and the atmosphere is incredibly welcoming. Plus, it's a nice break from all those heavy brews.
6th Stop: Harpoon Brewery // 306 Northern Ave
Bigger than most of the other breweries on this list, Harpoon is a good spot to set up shop on the long, wooden, cafeteria style tables with a few cold beers and some quality conversation. Assuming the past few hours of drinking has worked up your appetite, yet again, be sure to enjoy a couple fresh pretzels. Be careful...they're addicting.
7th Stop: Dorchester Brewing Co // 1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester
Second to last stop is Dorchester Brewing Co where you will be met with plenty of space, a great variety of beers, friendly staff and, of course, more games.
8th Stop: Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co) // 30 Germania St
The final stop on this epic brew tour (sad, I know, but it has to come to an end at some point) is the Sam Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain. If you're not too drunk (or if you decided to make this stop #1), definitely go on the tour of the brewery and get a little education in. *Cough* There's free beer at the end *Cough*