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Where To Get Free Beer in Boston

August 7, 2007 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (2)

Boston has the reputation of being both a bad town to be poor in and a good town for drinking. Those with the misfortune of identifying with both are stuck with a serious dilemma. Luckily, the craft brewing wave of the 80's has left Beantown equipped with a pair of breweries willing to pony up a few cold ones for the low low cost of... Nothing!

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Smack dab in the middle of the South Boston zone of Jamaica Plain--that's J.P. to locals--sits the spiritual home of the Sam Adams family of beers. Although the vast majority of Sam's namesake lagers and ales are brewed out in Cincinnati or in contract batches around the country, the Boston Beer Company still runs their Boston location as a research and development brewery. In other words, these free samples might include some experimental varieties yet to be unleashed on the public.

A tour includes a trip around the brewery and three 7 oz. samples in a free souvenir glass. Repeat visitors may notice every factoid, joke and rhetorical question remains the same regardless of who's guiding the tour, a situation crying out for a Rocky Horror-esque audience participation segment.

Be sure to hide your Sam's glass if you go for the doubleheader and head up to their crosstown rival, Harpoon Brewery. Harpoon ditches the walking portion of the tour and gets right to the beer: Tastings are done scrum style with your sampling limited by time rather than by the glass. Twenty minutes of drinking are followed by a ten minute spiel that explains the offerings on tap. Thus educated, you've got fifteen more minutes to choose your path through the taps before your friendly bartender stops pouring anything smaller than a take home growler. (Obviously, the growler is highly recommended.)

Booze adventurers looking to maximize their free beer intake have their best luck on Saturdays. With both breweries less than four blocks from public transportation--Sam Adams near the Orange Line's Stony Brook stop, Harpoon close to the Silver Line's Silver Line Way--it wouldn't be a stretch to hit both in a day.

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Related Stories:
· Sam Adams [Official Site]
· Harpoon Brewery [Official Site]

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This is a good story BUT Jamaica Plain is absolutely NOT in the middle of the "South Boston" zone. It has absolutlely no relationship whatsoever to South Boston. It is a world apart from Southie and is a part of the city southwest of downtown.

JP/Southie

Good point, one I mulled over when writing this.  Boston is one of those cities with a confusing mishmash of direction based nomenclature for its various sectors.  South Boston, the South End, Southie... not the same place.  I've tried with little success to extract a term from anybody that would encompass the southern part of Boston (Roxbury, JP, etc).  So, to me, South Boston is the southern part of Boston, Southie is Southie and the South End is full of restaurants I can't afford.  Any help on this would be appreciated.