New England Brewery Tours works with the Boston area’s best breweries. We choose breweries who make great beer and are great partners to work with and below you’ll find links to the websites of the breweries that we visit on a regular basis. Please keep in mind that our tour itineraries change daily, so you won’t be visiting all of these breweries in a given day.
At Blue Hills, Beer is their life! Blue Hills Brewery makes great tasting beers inspired by the elements and nature around us; embracing the rich history of the Blue Hills and the South Shore. They strive to grow together with their South Shore community and businesses, by being a good neighbor, demonstrating civic responsibility and producing the finest, freshest beers around.
Variety is the spice of life and Blue Hills strives to offer seasonal beers that reflect the diversity of our world and beer culture. Brewmaster Andris has been a professional brewer since 1994. He has studied at the American Brewers Guild and gone on to install brew systems at start-up operations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida. Having brewed GABF award winning beers, he now brings those great beers directly to Blue Hills beer lovers.
The Blue Hills brew house has a capacity of brewing 20 barrels at a time, that’s about 620 gallons per batch. The beer spends the first 7-9 days in a primary fermenting vessel after which it is transferred to a secondary fermenter. There it is chilled to around 40 degrees for another 7-10 days. At this time it is ready to be filtered, carbonated, and kegged.
The Boston Beer Company is America’s leading brewer of handcrafted, full-flavored beers. Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, brews Samuel Adams® beers using the time-honored, traditional four-vessel brewing process, and the world’s finest all-natural ingredients. With over 30 distinctive, award-winning styles of beer, Samuel Adams offers discerning beer drinkers a variety of brews. The brewery has won more awards in international beer-tasting competitions in the last five years than any other brewery in the world. Samuel Adams is an independent brewery and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While the Samuel Adams brand is the country’s largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for just under one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Company’s flagship brand, Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, is brewed using the same recipe and traditional brewing processes that Jim Koch’s great-great grandfather used in the mid 1800s. The result is a beer renowned by drinkers for its full flavor, balance, complexity, and consistent quality.
Founder Jim Koch has believed from the beginning that the more you know and understand about beer, the more you’ll appreciate a beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager®. To begin that mission, all new employees go through intensive training on everything from ingredients, brewing, and beer styles, to taking care of the beer once it leaves the brewery. “We’re all beer lovers and protectors of the beer so we’re trained how to identify off flavors and how to troubleshoot the causes.”
Upon receiving the first permit to be issued in twenty five years by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to brew and package beer commercially (they hold Permit No. 1), the Harpoon Brewery began brewing at 306 Northern Avenue, Boston in 1986. While traveling in Europe after college, Harpoon’s founders Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle drank many wonderfully diverse, fresh, local beers and saw firsthand how important local breweries were to their communities. They asked each other, “why not bring great beer and that sense of community to New England?” That was the genesis of the Harpoon Brewery.
Twenty-five years later they still revel in making great beer and sharing that joy with their friends and neighbors. The success that they have had running Harpoon is due entirely to the wonderful employees who brew, package, warehouse, sell, deliver, and market their beer and you, the people who drink Harpoon.
At Harpoon, they have always worked hard at two things: brewing great beer and welcoming their customers to their breweries. Harpoon’s many beer styles were created to provide the beer-drinker with fresh, fun and interesting choices. They draw on numerous brewing traditions to make their beers, but they always add their own “interpretation” to each style.
Three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, who grew up in a family business, founded Jack’s Abby Brewing. Jack’s Abby Brewing was formally founded in January of 2011. However the ideas behind it date back over ten years to when Jack was still in college experimenting with home brews. Over the years since, Jack was busy acquiring the technical knowledge of a Master Brewer and growing hops at the family farm in Vermont – two skills that would make this venture possible.
The name, Jack’s Abby Brewing, pays homage to Jack’s wife, Abby, while evoking the tradition of monastic groups in Europe creating handcrafted beers in their abbeys. The brothers are inspired by the tradition of craft brewing using quality local ingredients, mindful labor and great recipes to create delicious, authentic beer.
Mayflower Brewing Company is a craft beer microbrewery located in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Founded in 2007 by a tenth great grandson of John Alden, beer barrel cooper on board the Mayflower, we are dedicated to celebrating the history and legacy of the Pilgrims by creating unique, high-quality ales for the New England market.
They brew and package all of their beer at our brewery in Plymouth, and use only traditional brewing methods and ingredients. Their product line includes a set of year-round beers that honor traditional English ales, seasonal beers that celebrate our New England weather, and small batch releases that give us a chance to try out new ideas.
Mayflower brewery is proud to use water from the same “delicate springs of as good water as may be drunk” that the pilgrims used to first brew beer in the new world as far back as the 1690’s. We package the beer in both kegs and bottles and are currently distributing the beer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with more states to follow. Get on board and join us on our adventure.