I'd never been to a brewery before so it has been on my Boston Bucket List since I first moved here. While my friend Gillian was in town, I finally got my first taste! (pun unintended but I'm taking credit for it)
Boston is home to two big, local breweries:
Technically, I previously tried to check out Harpoon Brewery when my friend Shelby visited but it was closed for a special event when we arrived. Instead, we posted up at their bar (which was still open to the public) and ordered ourselves some fresh Harpoon beers as a consolation (good till' the last drop).
I love a cold beer every now and then, especially in the summer! At my cottage I grew up on Pabst Blue Ribbon (I mean when I turned 18 in Quebec and had my first casual sip Mom & Dad...)
Some people say PBR tastes like "pee water" (this brings out my inner five-year-old and always makes me ask, "how do you know what pee water tastes like?") but I actually do like it, so I'm not too sure what that says about me? Probably that I'm a cheapskate without a beer palette.
My real favourite is white beer, the kind that comes with an orange slice! (just incase you didn't think my preferences could get any worse) ie. Rickards White, Blue Moon etc. During the Sam Adams tour I really enjoyed their Seasonal Summer Ale and Craft Belgium White!
Gill was visiting during the Boston Marathon weekend so we knew the Sam Adams Brewery would be a bit more crowded than usual. We were pleasantly surprised to hop off "The T," flash our passports (after a mini, fast-moving line), discover that it was free and we were exactly on time for the 11:45am group.
Our tour guide (Maureen) was a comedian (dry, sarcastic wit wins me over every time) and I loved that she kept it informative, yet brief - because lets face it, most people were just there for the free beer tasting at the end.
I learned that there are only TWO types of beer in the world:
The 7-year-old kid in front of us guessed over 200 (pft, loser). Good thing I didn't say the number I was thinking of out loud... (side note: questionable parenting or awesome parenting bringing a 7-year-old to drink free beer? Jury's out.)
I also learned that eating malt and rubbing hops together on your hands will make you smell like a beer skunk all day. So don't do it unless you want to attract large-bellied men with red faces who cry alcohol tears.
We got a Samuel Adams sampling glass (yay for free stuff) with the beer tasting at the end. For the first one we tried, Boston Lager, the tour guide tried to make us swirl it, smell it (this does absolutely nothing for me), and swish it around in our mouths. Then the rowdy bachelor party behind us (who called it BAHSTON LAHGA) got restless so she gave up, busted out the pitchers and let us drink until they were empty.
Verdict: A great first brewery experience!! Now I can sound "cool" the next time I get judged for drinking PBR (just kidding, dropping beer facts will never make me cool). I also discovered that beer makes heavy Boston accents even funnier and baseball games WAY more exciting.