After travelling the USA, we were surprised to find the states brew a very good craft beer. During our visit to Boston, Massachusetts, we couldn’t miss out on tasting one of our favourite beers in the very place where it is made. What makes the Samuel Adams Brewery Tour unmissable (if you’re a beer fan) is the price, it is completely free. The brewery do ask for a small non-mandatory donation of $2 towards a local charity.
Hop on Boston’s metro and exit at Stony Brook for the opportunity to see how America’s most popular beer is made at the Samuel Adams brewery. You may even get to sample beer that isn’t available in the shops . Don’t forget to take valid ID as you must be 21 or over to experience this tour. Be sure to check their website for more information on the free Samuel Adams brewery tour.
What’s pouring behind the scenes?
Beer, beer and more beer, but how is it all made? The brewery is based in Jamacia Plain in Boston and throughout the tour you are given a generous 1.5 pints of different beers in total. It’s enough to tip you to the other side of sober. The Jamaica Plain brew house starts the production of every single Sam Adams beer in the whole world.
That’s a whole lot of beer for a small brewery, and it really is smaller than you would imagine. The Samuel Adams staff are very knowledgeable on the beer making processes, be sure to ask as many questions as you wish.
Sam Adams use copious amounts of hops to make their Boston Lager and IPAs, you are able to scoop up your own hops, open up the flowers and rub them in your hands to warm them up. Take a good sniff or even a taste if you’re adventurous enough. The hops have a distinctively fragrant scent that made us want to run to the nearest bar to order an IPA.
This is a great chance to not only see what ingredients go into Sam Adams, but to experience the process of how this great beer is made.
You will be given detailed knowledge about the step by step process and you will get to see the machinery that is used as you are guided through the brewery.
At the end of the tour, we were offered samples of various flavours in the offical ‘Sample Room’.
We were fortunate enough to sample a beer that wasn’t yet released and it was delicious.
Getting to the Samuel Adams Brewery
Subway – Check out The Massachusetts Bay transportation authority for details
Take the Orange Line direct from Haymarket Station, exit at Stony Brook (around 15 minutes). It cost around $2 per person each way.
Then we walked around 5 minutes through the local neighbourhood to get to the Samuel Adams Brewery.