Sam Adams Brewery Tour

Today was another glorious day in Boston. Fiancé and I had one thing on our Boston ‘Must-Do’ list when we knew we were coming up here, and we got to do that today –

The Sam Adams Brewery Tour

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Where we are staying in the Back Bay area is only a short T ride away from this popular brewery.

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Fiance and I were really excited to be able to check it out!

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We got there and were given our ‘passes’ for the tour.

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The tour is free but they suggest a $2 donation to a few various charities that Sam Adams supports. Pretty sweet deal.

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The promised land.

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While we waited for our tour to begin, fiancé educated himself…

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And I wrote postcards!

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The brewery has these fun postcards that you can send to anyone. They provide the postage! Someone special will be getting this postcard!

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As the tour started I learned that the facilities in Boston are quite small. They don’t do much mass production here – they still brew beer here, just on a smaller, more specialized scale.

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The mass production is done in their PA and Cincinnati breweries.

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Then it was time to enter the Ingredient room. 

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Here we learned about the different types of barley used.

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I tried both of these samples. The top lighter colored ones tasted like grape nuts. The darker colored ones tasted like rich , dry cocoa.   bostonday2 050

We also got to check out some  hops.

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If you smash the above pictured hops in your hand you will get an awesome beer aroma from the leaves.  Don’t eat the hops!

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After the ingredient room we did a little more touring of the facilities.

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These barrels hold Sam Adams Utopia – which, according to the Guinness book of World Records, is the strongest beer in the world. It’s aged in oak barrels and costs over $200/bottle! We didn’t get to sample that, but it sounded good! 

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Some more pictures of the active brewery…

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Then it was time to line up for TASTING!

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Everyone grabbed a seat in the Tasting Room. A free tour and free samples at the end -  What could be better?

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I was quite excited to try some samples straight from the brewery!

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I also enjoyed this picture on the wall – don’t the hops look like artichokes?  I want this framed picture!

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A few beers on tap.

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Some of our sample beer waiting to be drunk.

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We even got this free tasting glass to keep! I sort of love it!

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Our first beer sample – the Boston Lager. Apparently all the beers in the Sam Adams line, originated here in the Boston brewery, except for the Lager, which was first brewed in Jim Koch’s kitchen.

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Doesn’s that look delish? 

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One happy girl!

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Each tasting glass had a separate step listed on the back. Fiance got step 2.

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I got the best one – Step 4!

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Fiancé decided to play with my camera for the below pictures. I believe he could be quite the photographer!

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Lining up our next sample.

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Sam Adams Summer Ale – this one was my favorite!

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Our tour guide Jessie was awesome! Informative and funny! Best combo for a tour guide in my book!

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Last up we had a special surprise! We got to try one of the Home Brew finalist beers – the American Rye – which is being judged this summer to potentially be one of Sam Adams next brews! If it’s picked as a winner (which I think it will be!) it will be available for purchase next year!

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It was yummy!

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Fiancé and I really enjoyed the tasting!

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Our tour guide told us we would reach the end of the tour when we looked up under our glass and could see the ceiling!

Wah Wah!

I guess my tour was over!

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A few more silly pictures outside the brewery!

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But this is how everyone feels leaving the tour – AWESOME!

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Upon leaving a little birdie told us that if we hit up Doyle’s down the street after the tour, we would get a free Sam Adams pint glass, so obviously we had to head down there for another drink.

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These glasses are awesome. They preserve the flavor of the beer – we are excited to take them home with us!

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Apparently Doyle’s has been featured in various movies and is a really old bar. I just love pubs in general so it was cool to check out.

I got another Summer Ale and also sampled the Cherry Wheat.

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Fiancé got the  Lager.

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Fiancé was in charge of picking the appetizer we were going to split. He picked the hang-battered onions rings.

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They weren’t the healthiest option, but they were pretty good. After an afternoon of beer sampling, it pretty much hit the spot!

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I am off to dinner with fiancé! 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Anne @ the doctor takes a wife May 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Looks like you guys had a total blast!!

    I've been on the Miller Brew tour in Milwaukee. Free samples are always the best part 😀

  • Reply Kim@EatandBe May 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I've done the Sam Adam's brewery tour in the past with girlfriends and it was a blast! Thanks for sharing…it brought back a ton of fun memories!
    Enjoy your trip. Kim@EatandBe

  • Reply ladypurpl May 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Wow, beer and free glasses too! Looks like a lot of fun, I know someone at my house who would have loved that tour! Can you guess who?

  • Reply Jacqui May 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    The tour was my favorite part of our trip to Boston! Glad you got the free glass too.

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