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The 12 Best Breweries in Boston

By Iain Oldman

While the city of Boston is well known for its historical ties to the American Revolution, Boston has also long been the torchbearer for the American craft beer revolution. Boston’s large footprint in the American craft beer scene dates back to the 1980s, when Boston Beer Company (the parent brand of Samuel Adams) and Harpoon Brewery both began operations. The two Boston breweries went on to distribute nationwide and introduced many American households to craft beer for the first time.

These days, the contemporary Boston craft beer scene likewise has breweries pushing the boundaries of craft beer and gaining national attention. Boston is a must-stop destination for any tourist with an interest in craft beer, with excellent brew houses in all corners of the greater Boston area. To help visitors figure out where to stop on a Boston brewery tour, here is a list of the best breweries in Boston and its surrounding areas.

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Best Brewery in Downtown Boston
Best Brewery for Sour Beers
Best Brewery for a Classic American Craft Beer
Best Brewery to Grab a Bite
Best Brewery for a Pilsner
Best Brewery in Dorchester
Best Brewery for a Hazy IPA
Best Distillery in the Boston Area
Best Brewery in Back Bay
Best Brewery in Somerville
Best Dog-Friendly Brewery
Best Brewery in Cambridge
Other Breweries and Craft Beer Bars in the Boston Area
Boston Breweries Map

Democracy Brewing in Boston

1. Democracy Brewing Company

Best Brewery in Downtown Boston

Conveniently located just a block away from the historic Boston Common, Democracy Brewing Company has everything to offer for visitors in downtown Boston. The brewery’s tasting room features a full scratch kitchen and often holds live music events for guests. The craft brewery even expanded recently to include an outdoor beer garden. Enjoy a wide variety of dark, light and hoppy beers from the brewery.
35 Temple Place, Boston | www.democracybrewing.com

Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co. beer cans

2.Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.

Best Brewery for Sour Beers

Visitors to Boston looking for a pint that will pucker their cheeks should make Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co. a must-stop during their stay. Found in nearby Waltham, Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co. keeps a diverse lineup of sour beers on tap, including Berliner Weisses, sour ales and sour IPAs. Mighty Squirrel keeps a reliable rotation of food trucks on-hand at all of its taprooms, so you can pair your sour beer with the perfect bite.
411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham | www.mightysquirrel.com

Samuel Adams Boston Brewery in Boston

3. Samuel Adams Boston Brewery

Best Brewery for a Classic American Craft Beer

No craft beer lover’s visit to Boston would be complete without a stop at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. The brewery is located in Jamaica Plain, a historic spot in Boston’s beer making history. The Samuel Adams Boston Brewery offers brewery tours for guests to learn how the iconic Samuel Adams Boston Lager is made.
30 Germania St., Boston | www.samadamsbostonbrewery.com

Winter Hill Brewing Co. in Somerville

4. Winter Hill Brewing Co.

Best Brewery to Grab a Bite

A neighborhood hang out spot within Somerville—and about a one mile walk off the Orange Line Assembly station—Winter Hill Brewing Co. is a great stop to fill up on beer and food. The brewery’s taproom features plenty of indoor and outdoor tables, providing lots of leg room to stretch out and enjoy food like fried chicken and barbecue on the weekend. Try one of Winter Hill Brewing Co.’s small batch beers while you’re there, such as the brewery’s extensive lineup of IPAs or its crisp kölsch.
328 Broadway, Somerville | www.winterhillbrewing.com

Aeronaut Cannery & Taproom in Everett

5. Aeronaut Cannery & Taproom

Best Brewery for a Pilsner

With two Boston-area taprooms, Aeronaut Cannery & Taproom is a convenient stop for craft beer enthusiasts. Aeronaut Cannery & Taproom keeps a long list of beers available on its taplists, but first time visitors need to try “Robot Crush”, the brewery’s award-winning American Pilsner.
199 Ashland St., Everett | www.aeronautbrewing.com

Dorchester Brewing Company in Dorchester

6. Dorchester Brewing Company

Best Brewery in Dorchester

Once its own city, Dorchester is a large and vibrant neighborhood located south of downtown Boston. Dorchester Brewing Company is found right in the heart of the neighborhood and offers a large and inviting space for all guests. The taproom features tons of fun games, including Skee-ball and pinball machines. Dorchester Brewing Company’s patio spaces further offer great views of the Boston skyline, making it a great place to soak up the sun in the spring and summer.
1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston| www.dorchesterbrewing.com

Bent Water Brewing Co. in Lynn

7. Bent Water Brewing Co.

Best Brewery for a Hazy IPA

This first brewery to open up shop in Lynn, Massachusetts, Bent Water Brewing Co. focuses on a scientific approach throughout its brewing process. As a result, the brewery has churned out some of the best New England IPAs to offer in the Boston area. Fans of the hazy IPA style can count on Bent Water Brewing Co. to feature a few New England IPAs on its tap wall at any time, while fans of less hop-forward beers will also have a few brews to sample.
180 Commercial St., Lynn | www.bentwaterbrewing.com

Short Path Distillery in Everett

8. Short Path Distillery

Best Distillery in the Boston Area

Everett’s spirits maker Short Path Distillery makes a great stop for guests looking for alternatives to beer. The bar at Short Path Distillery serves house-made cocktails using its spirits made from locally-sourced and organic ingredients.
71 Kelvin St., Everett | www.shortpathdistillery.com

Night Owl Brewing in Boston

9. Night Shift Brewing

Best Brewery in Back Bay

Boston’s Night Shift Brewing has several tasting room locations throughout the Boston area, including an outdoor beer garden in the Back Bay neighborhood along the banks of Charles River. Night Shift Brewing is well known for its IPAs and sour beers, perfect for drinking on a sunny day, but the brewery’s series of limited release beers are worth your time, too. Some of Night Shift Brewing’s locations are open only on a seasonal basis, so remember to check its website for availability.
Multiple locations | www.nightshiftbrewing.com

Remnant Brewing in Somerville

10. Remnant Brewing

Best Brewery in Somerville

Found within Somerville’s Bow Market, Remnant Brewing makes beer showcasing the flavors of Massachusetts. Remnant Brewing uses malts and hops grown within the state for many of its beers. Visit Remnant Brewing to try one of their several IPAs or wild ales.
2 Bow Market Way, Somerville | www.remnantsomerville.com

Bearmoose Brewing Co. in Everett

11. Bearmoose Brewing Co.

Best Dog-Friendly Brewery

Bearmoose Brewing Co. in Everett has tons of dog friendly patio seating for customers to bring leashed dogs and enjoy the weather. The craft brewery prides itself on its frequently rotating series of taps, so the Bearmoose Brewing Co. will likely have a style of beer available for every palate.
1934 Revere Beach Parkway, Everett | www.bearmoosebrewing.com

Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge

12. Cambridge Brewing Company

Best Brewery in Cambridge

Open in Kendall Square since 1989, Cambridge Brewing Company is the oldest operating brew-pub in the Boston area. You’ll find many traditional styles on the tap wall at Cambridge Brewing Company, including tripels and barleywines, as well as craft beers made from historical recipes. Don’t skip any of Cambridge Brewing Company’s barrel aged beers, which range in style from farmhouse ales to flavorful Golden Ales.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge | www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com



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