Samuel Adams Brewery

#7 in Best Things To Do in Boston
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Key Info

30 Germania St.

Price & Hours

Free

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Tours, Wineries/Breweries, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Despite its location outside of the city center, touring the Samuel Adams Brewery is a must for beer lovers. This brewery location is the smallest of the brand's three sites, but acts as Samuel Adams' testing facility for new and specialty brews. It's also the only of the three locales to host public tours and tastings. 

Whether you're a local or a tourist, odds are you'll enjoy exploring the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston. Recent visitors said the tours offer a comprehensive and informative overview of the brewing process that's well worth the trek to get to the brewery. (Fortunately, after the nearly 5-mile "T" ride from downtown, you'll only face a short walk from the Stony Brook station to the brewery.) Another highlight comes at the end of the tour, when tourgoers 21 and older receive a free beer sample and a small keepsake glass. The brewery also has a beer garden, where pints, flights and tasters are served. 

One-hour brewery tours are offered Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (or until 5:30 p.m. on Fridays). Though tours are free, a $2 donation is encouraged. Most tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan on arriving early (especially on Saturdays). For 9:30 a.m. Morning Mash In Tours, tickets can be reserved ahead of time online. Limited free parking is provided at the brewery, but patrons who plan on drinking should use public transportation or hail a taxi. Restrooms and a gift shop are also available on-site. Visit the Samuel Adams Brewery website to learn more about brewery hours and tours. And if you're interested in exploring some of Boston's other breweries, see four more establishments locals recommend.

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Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now located on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where Jonathan Mayhew famously challenged the Sugar Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." Since Mayhew's declaration, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants. 

Some former visitors caution that the items sold at Faneuil Hall Marketplace are a bit overpriced. However, if you're looking to kill some time or snap some great photos, consider strolling through the market's halls. You'll also find various cuisines served in Quincy Market if you're in need of a quick bite. Keep in mind that this market gets crowded quickly (especially on weekends and in the summer), so it's best to visit during a weekday if you don't want to encounter hordes of people. 

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