Across the Front Point Channel from Boston, where Seaport Boulevard joins Northern Avenue, can be found the Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall. Modestly situated in a mixed industrial area it takes a little looking to find.
However, up the stairs, or by elevator, you soon find yourself in the harpoon beer hall. Through the large glass windows you can watch the kegging and packaging operations. This is what you will find should you visit the place around three o'clock on a Thursday afternoon.
There are two things to keep in mind… First, the black tap handles designate specialty beers.
Second, here, as well as at the brewery in Vermont, is the only place where you can get Harpoon Ale on draft…
A Harpoon Ale
Your intrepid reporter with CEO Rich Doyle
While I was here I had a chance to chat with CEO Rich Doyle about the facility. He told me it has been in operation for two years. His favorite features of the Beer Hall are the round chandeliers, communal tables and the pretzels. He said he felt that the choice of focusing on just pretzels was appropriate, traditional and distinctive. They are the only things on the menu, prepared by a pretzel chef and served with an assortment of dipping sauces. The dipping sauces complement the warm bready pretzels and the chilled beers.
For the next four and a half minutes or so I’ll introduce you to the brewery and beer hall and then brewer Sean Cornelius will take us on a tour of the brewery. It’s a bit noisy so listen carefully eh?