In the mood for some local craft beer and New England cuisine? Check out these Boston-area brewpubs! Hit up all five and you’ll have explored five different neighborhoods…sounds like the perfect combination of beer and history!
1. Democracy Brewing (Downtown Crossing)
This worker-owned brewpub opened in 2018, modeling itself after the public houses of yore and is the perfect place to visit for lunch before one of our tours. Sip on a “democratic” brew, like the Fighting 54th Saison, named after the first African-American regiment organized for the Union in the Civil War - Huzzah!
2. Cambridge Brewing Co. (Kendall Square)
CBC is one of the oldest brewpubs in the area, opening in 1989. Its claim to fame is being the first commercial brewery in America to produce a Belgian-style beer and it has continued experimenting with cellar aging and sake-beer hybrids…how fun! You can also get more typical beer styles, along with seasonal New England cuisine.
3. Dorchester Brewing Co. (Dorchester)
A community-oriented brewpub, Dorchester Brewing serves in-house-brewed beer in flights or pints. They don't prepare food in house, but there's often a food truck outside or you can get deals for delivery from local restaurants. Join the avid trivia teams on Tuesday nights or take a free tour on Saturdays.
4. Night Shift (Everett)
Easily accessible on the T, Night Shift has plenty of space (a two-bar taproom and outdoor patio) to go with its delicious beer. There are always snacks on hand, usually some food trucks, and sometimes live music. If you want to stay closer to home, you can check out their latest location at Lovejoy Wharf, which is an"experimental brewery," so there's usually something interesting on tap.
5. Trillium (Fort Point location in the Seaport)
When Trillium’s new industrial-style brewpub opened in 2018, this small hipster brewery became one of the most popular spots in town. You can grab a beer and casual bite on the first floor or make a reservation for the upstairs dining room that boasts New England farmhouse cuisine. On a sunny day (and if you beat the happy hour rush), head to the top floor for the outdoor patio!
Looking for things to do in Boston during the summer? There’s no better combo than sunshine and beer! From May through October, outdoor beer gardens are the place to be. Join one of our tours and then hit up one of our favorite spaces listed below.
1. Trillium Brewing Company
One of the hottest craft breweries in Boston merits a visit on a hot summer day! Situated on the lovely Greenway under a gorgeous, enormous tree, Trillium’s beer garden feels more like a friend’s backyard than downtown Boston. It’s dog-friendly with picnic tables and twinkly lights, but these aren’t your average homebrews! Get to the party early, this place fills up for post-work happy hour. Bonus: there's usually a food truck parked nearby.
Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway between Atlantic Avenue and High St.
When: Wednesday-Friday: 2-10pm
2. Wachusett Brew Yard
If you want to admire some historic Boston architecture while you sip, grab a Wachusett brew at “The Patios” directly across from Faneuil Hall. Better yet, check out the beer garden after coming on Ye Olde Tavern Tours so you can impress all your friends with your new knowledge of beer and Boston history! Wachusett blueberry beer is a favorite.
Where: “The Patios” in City Hall Plaza, across from Faneuil Hall
When: Monday-Wednesday: 4-9pm
3. Night Shift Owl’s Nest
The Esplanade might be Boston’s best-kept secret. With cherry blossoms in the spring, sail boats in the summer, and colorful foliage in the fall, all it needed was beer…and Night Shift came to the rescue! Whether you’re walking your dog, finishing up a run, or meeting some friends for sunset views, Owl’s Nest has you covered. Hallelujah.
Where: Charles River Esplanade near Fielder Field
When: Wednesday/Thursday: 4-10pm
.4. Cisco Brewing Company
If you can’t get to Nantucket, the Cisco beer garden might be the next best thing! The venue is expanding as fast as the Seaport, with room for over 1,000 beer drinkers. Start with the signature Whale’s Tale Pale Ale or refreshing Grey Lady Ale, both of which we like to drink on Ye Olde Tavern Tours! End with a glass of wine or a wine-based cocktail (yep, you read that right) from their sister company Nantucket Vineyard. They pair nicely with the lawn games and taco bar!
Where: Seaport, 65 Northern Ave.
When: Tuesday-Friday: 4-11pm
5. Brewer’s Alley
Directly across the street from the Trillium Beer Garden is the newest addition to the Boston Harbor Hotel’s stellar summer lineup. Each month a new brewery will take over the pop-up beer garden on the harbor – including some of our faves, including Jack’s Abby, Night Shift, and Lord Hobo. Pair it with a free concert Tuesday through Thursday or a movie on Friday nights. Hello date night.
Where: Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf
When: Monday-Friday: 2-10pm
Before your outdoor beer adventures, check out the one-minute video below. It's a brief history of the Greenway, which helps us appreciate all that this space has become. See you down there!