Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Sip suds at this long-running Seaport staple.

Photos Provided by Harpoon Brewery
By Molly McDonough

When this OG craft brewery set up shop in Seaport back in the late ‘80s, it was pretty much the only reason anyone would come to this corner of town. But as Harpoon has grown, so has the neighborhood—nearby offices, condos, and dining destinations have crowds flocking to the Seaport, and the brewery’s German-style beer hall, built just a few years ago, is welcoming them in droves.

Sidle up to the 125-foot bar or a long wooden table, order some hot pretzels, and sample some of Harpoon’s more creative suds from 20 different taps—think Pastel de Nata, a dark amber collabo with a Portuguese brewery; the Harborside IPA, brewed with cranberry concentrate; or 99 Horseshoe Ale #002, a watermelon-spiked Belgian ale. With regular tours departing for just $5 and unparalleled views of the city’s skyline and harbor, this is the place to while away an afternoon in Boston.

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall


  • Insider Tip

Instead of messing with a whole menu, Harpoon focuses on perfecting the best beer accompaniment known to mankind: the pretzel. The dough, which incorporates the company’s IPA, is hand-shaped, while the salt mix utilizes spent grain from the brewing process. The fresh, warm snacks are served alongside a slew of scratch-made sauces, including seasonal specials like Pumpkin UFO pumpkin butter or huckleberry compote.

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