• Erika Johnson

Boston Brewery Travel Guide 2020

It’s summer in Boston which means soaking up all the sun we can before our iconic New England fall sets in. Summer is looking a little different this year due to Covid-19 but one industry that adapted well is Boston’s  Brewery scene - who quickly switched to Beer-To-Go, online ordering, curbside pickup and for some, even delivery when taprooms were forced to close. Then when they were allowed to open for outdoor seating, they expanded or even created their own outdoor space compliant with State regulations and safety protocols. Here are all the breweries in Boston proper to visit and their current operating capacities 

Nightshift Brewing - Lovejoy Wharf

1 Lovejoy Wharf #101

Boston, MA 02114

Located right near TD Garden with incredible views of the Zakim Bridge, this patio is a must-visit in Boston. To-Go Beer available as well as patio service with a 2 Hour Limit. Reservations are strongly encouraged although walk-ups are sometimes available.

Hours: Thursday – Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm, and Sunday 12-8pm. *NightShift also has a location in Everett*

Website: nightshiftbrewing.com

Instagram: @nightshiftbrewing

Closest MBTA Stop: North Station

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: They’re an experimental brewery so I always ask for the most unique beer on tap, the pomegranate saison was my favorite the last time I was there!

Sam Adams - Faneuil Hall Taproom

60 State St

Boston, MA 02109

This taproom is the newest addition to the Faneuil Hall area with an incredible roofdeck and offering the classic Sam Adams beers you’ve come to love and along with Truly hard seltzer and some more experimental brews. This week, Sam Adams made the difficult decision to close for onsite consumption after too many visitors from out-of-state hotspots were frequenting the roofdeck. They are offering beer to-go but contactless, place all orders online and then while wearing a mask, proceed to the To-Go Station by the main entrance and present your ID. *Sam Adams’ flagship brewery, located in Jamaica Plain, is closed until further notice*

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12-6pm 

Website: samueladams.com

Instagram: @samadamsbostontaproom

Closest MBTA Stop: Government Center

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Love Conquers Ale 4-pack to-go

Democracy Brewing

35 Temple Place

Boston, MA 02111

Erika Johnson - bostonbeergirl_ej | Democracy Brewing

Democracy Brewing is a worker owned brewery and pub  located in the heart of Downtown Crossing. [Fittingly] They just reopened on the 4th of July for dine in, take out, or beer delivery. 

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-8pm

Website: democracybrewing.com

Instagram: @democracybrewingboston

Closest MBTA Stop: Downtown Crossing

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Worker’s Pint


306 Northern Ave.

Boston, MA 02210

Harpoon received their Brewing Permit (#001 in Massachusetts!) in 1986 and has been a Boston staple ever since! Located in the eastern end of the Seaport, you can enjoy a beer, hard cider of hard seltzer inside the Beer Hall or outside at their new Outdoors @ Harpoon, an outdoor drinking and dining space in front of the Brewery. 

Hours: for both the Harpoon Beer Hall and Outdoors @ Harpoon: Mon -Tues 3PM – 7PM (Beer Hall NOT open Mon - Tues), Wed 3PM – 8PM, Th 3PM - 10PM, Fri - Sat 12PM – 10PM, Sun 11AM – 8PM

Website: harpoonbrewery.com

Instagram: @HarpoonBrewery

Closest MBTA Stop: Silver Line: Northern Ave @ Harbor St

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Wannamango (& a pretzel - they’re amazing!)

Trillium - Fort Point

50 Thomson Pl

Boston, MA

Trillium has quickly become one of the most well known Massachusetts Breweries and their Fort Point location is just steps away from their original brewing space. They are currently offering beer-to go, outdoor seating on their expanded patio and roofdeck and delivery (keep an eye on their instagram - @trilliumbrewing for updated maps and schedules). For on-site drinking - Reservations are required can be made online, day-of, starting at 9 AM. 

Hours: Wednesday, for contactless pick up and Thursday - Sunday, 11 AM - 9 PM for contactless pick up and on-site, outdoor draft and snacks

Website: trilliumbrewing.com/locations/fort-point


Closest MBTA Stop: Courthouse or South Station

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Double Dry Hopped Fort Point IPA

Trillium - Fenway

Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr

Boston, MA

Trillium Fenway is their newest location with a sprawling lawn and located near some great restaurants. They are currently offering beer-to go, outdoor seating and delivery (keep an eye on their instagram - @trilliumbrewing for updated maps and schedules). For on-site drinking - Reservations are required can be made online, day-of, starting at 9 AM. 

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 11 AM - 8 PM and Friday - Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM for contactless pick up and on-site, outdoor draft and snacks

Website: trilliumbrewing.com/locations/fenway

Instagram: @trilliumfenway

Closest MBTA Stop: Fenway

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Daily Serving Berliner Weisse

Hopsters – Fort Point

51 Sleeper St

Boston, MA

Hopsters is a hidden gem in the Fort Point district of Boston that offers not only a brewpub experience but also the opportunity to brew your own beer! Hopsters recently opened back up for dine-in, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery (via GrubHub and UberEats). *Hopsters also has a location in Newton*

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 11:00AM - 11pm, Sunday 11am-9pm

Website: hopstersbrew.com/

Instagram: @hopstersbrew

Closest MBTA Stop: Courthouse or South Station

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Juicy Fruit New England IPA

Dorchester Brewing

1250 Massachusetts Ave.

Boston, MA

Erika Johnson - bostonbeergirl_ej | Dorchester Brewing

Recently renovated Dorchester Brewing offers an outdoor patio and roofdeck as well as some delicious BBQ onsite from M&M BBQ. They are currently open for onsite consumption (reservations or walk-ins welcome)  as well as beer-to- go! 

Hours:Sunday & Monday 11:30am-9:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30am-12:30am

Website: dorchesterbrewing.com/

Instagram: @dorchesterbrewing

Closest MBTA Stop: Newmarket or Upham’s Corner

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Clapp’s Cream Ale

Turtle Swamp

3377 Washington St.

Jamaica Plain, MA

Turtle Swamp had the cutest outdoor patio before it became the “norm”! Located Jamaica Plain, they offer outdoor seating and beer to-go. *Turtle Swamp also has a beer garden in Roslindale*

Hours: Monday – Friday 2-10pm and Saturday – Sunday 12-10pm

Website: turtleswampbrewing.com


Closest MBTA Stop: Green St

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Orange Line IPA

Distraction Brewing Company

2 Belgrade Ave.

Roslindale, MA

Distraction is a newer brewery in Boston located in downtown Roslindale in an iconic flatiron building. They offer beer to-go as well as a patio on Birch Street. 

Hours: Tues: 5-8pm (curbside only), Wed: 5-8pm (curbside only), Thurs: 5-10pm (patio + pickup), Fri: 5-11pm (patio + pickup), Sat: 12-8pm (patio + pickup), Sun: 2-8pm (patio + pickup)

Website : distractionbrewingco.com/welcome

Instagram: @distractionbeer

Closest MBTA Stop: Roslindale Village

What @BostonBeerGirl_EJ would order: Vanilla Parkway Porter 


Erika Johnson


Erika Johnson is a local craft beer lover who chronicles what she's drinking on Instagram. Her love of craft beer stemmed from drinking Narragansett when she went to college in Rhode Island and exploring the newly booming brewery scene in Massachusetts post-grad. 

You can follow along on Erika's craft beer adventures on Instagram - www.instagram.com/BostonBeerGirl_EJ

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