sam adams brewery tour | boston

If you’re ever in the Boston area, you must make a stop at the Samuel Adams brewery. It’s a tiny brewery located off of the Orange line in a residential area, but it’s fairly easy to access. Tickets are free of charge, although there is a donation bucket with funds going to local charities (bring cash), and the brewery is first come first serve.

Samuel Adams Tour in Boston
Samuel Adams Tour in Boston
Samuel Adams Tour in Boston
Samuel Adams Tour in Boston

Since the brewery is so small, the tour was short and sweet. Our guide was very knowledgeable about all of the ingredients that go into their Samuel Adams recipes, and he was hilarious (always a plus). After the short tour we went into a tasting room where we received a complimentary Sam Adams tasting glass, and tried three different beers. The beers we tried included my personal favorites: OctoberFest and Boston Lager.

Samuel Adams Tour in Boston
Samuel Adams Tour in Boston
Sam Adams Brewery Tour in Boston
Samuel Adams Tour in Boston
BreweryTour in Boston

After the tour, you have the option of taking the free party trolley to Doyle’s Cafe — the first bar to put Sam Adams beer on tap. There you can get a $5 beer and complimentary Samuel Adams glass. It’s totally worth it!

The tour was cheap, fun, and we walked away with a tasting glass and regular sized glass each!

Have you ever been on a Sam Adams brewery tour?


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  • Debbie @ Buisson International

    Nice! I love cheap brew tours :) London, ufortunately, doesn’t seem to have many tours (that I’ve discovered) that are cheap, give free stuff (hehe), and have decent hours. I’m still looking though! Hope you are enjoying Boston!

    • Rachel

      Did you ever go to the Brew Dog bar in Aberdeen? We did a little tasting there. It was fun and they served the best cheese… yum. :)

      • Debbie @ Buisson International

        Heck yeah, girl! We try to make it to the BrewDog in every city we visit (if there is one, of course. And if not we somehow manage to come across BrewDog beer somewhere like in Rome and Florence). A few of our friends own stock in the company, and we really should too! Such a great craft brew company!

        • Rachel

          I had no idea BrewDog was all over Europe! That’s awesome.

  • Danielle E. Alvarez

    I don’t know how I managed to never have gone here! I love Boston so, so much and have a lot of friends in the area so I’ve visited often in the past few years. Not to mention the fact that I recently enjoyed a Sam Adams with such enthusiasm here in Paris–a taste of home :). I’m adding the brewery to the top of my list for my next Boston trip.

    • Rachel

      Sam Adams beer is definitely delicious! Next time you’re in Boston, make a stop. :)

  • Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    We went on a brewery tour this summer and had so much fun too!

    • Rachel

      Yay for brewery tours! I need to find wine tasting next.

  • Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    We have quite a few breweries in my part of England. Fun for a change isn’t it!

  • Kate Hall

    This sounds like fun! I’ve never been on a brewery tour… it needs to go on my bucket list!

  • a_nicklin

    That’s so awesome! Brewery tours are on my bucket list.

    • Rachel

      They’re just so interesting (and duh, beer). We always try to find a brewery tour when we’re on vacation. :)

  • Setarra

    Definitely on my to-do list when I visit Boston. The only brewery I’ve been to so far is the Brooklyn Brewery and that was a great experience :)

  • carlisa creter

    so awesome!

  • Kelly Zastocki

    We’ve gone there each of our last two trips to Boston but don’t recall the trolley. I’ll have to remember that for next time! I actually use the tasting glasses in the bathroom to rinse from brushing our teeth.

    • Rachel

      Maybe the trolley is new. That’s a good use for the tasting glasses!

  • Laura Rocksteady

    Oh wow you are soo lucky, my other half loves Samuel Adams and would be over the moon to go here, he is very much in to world beers and currently loving those from State Side. If we are ever on that side of the world again I am going to make sure we go here :) Great pics

    • Rachel

      Oh definitely go when you’re back! I couldn’t believe it was free and that we got so many tasting glasses.

  • Caitlyn Phipps

    OMGoodness Love this… This happens to be my BF’s favorite beer, so it has been a have to see for a long time! Looks like you had an amazing time!

    -Caitlyn / chemgradboom

    • Rachel

      My husband loves Sam Adams too. I think he was in heaven. ;)

  • Danielle

    That sounds like such a good deal, something I hope to check out when I make my way to Boston! I’m a huge fan of beer (well, alcohol really…) so this would be right up my alley :) (PS: in the fourth picture from the top, does that look like a cup of weed to anyone else?? hehe)

    • Rachel

      I almost spit out my coffee! It does sort of look like that. Bahahaha!

      • Danielle

        LOL i was like hmmm no wonder Rachel had such a good time ;)

  • Rachel Silski

    That is awesome!! I would love to go there!

  • 2blondie

    I can’t wait to turn 21 so I can go on brewery tours like this!!

    • Rachel

      Thanks for making me feel old. ;)

  • jackie jade

    looks fun! my fiance works in the beer industry so i always love trying new ones :)
    — jackie @ jade and oak

    • Rachel

      What a lucky fiance you have. :)

  • Becky K

    Brewery tours are AWESOME. They’re such a fun affordable way to get a more authentic feel for a place (plus umm free beer? duh). Sam adams has to be like the motherload of all brewery tours! Glad you’re playing the tourist in your new home town! Also: it’s been a minute since i’ve popped by here, but i LOVE your new layout!!!


    • Rachel

      Boston is such a fun city! We’re always finding something new to do. And thanks – I love the design.

  • Rachel Murphree

    Brewery tours are so fun! I’d love to visit Sam Adams. You’ll have to check out some of the California greats like Stone and Firestone if you make it out this way!

    • Rachel

      Sounds like I need to make another trip to CA. :)

  • Moe

    No I have not! But I am certainly interested now. Seems like a lot of fun and worth the trip. Another fall favorite in Boson is the Octoberfest at the Harpoon Brewery. Absolutely love their cider! My college friends and I try to make it an annual event and get together. However, sadly this year I do not think I will be able to make it. xo Moe

  • Lisette

    Ok. I really really really REALLY need to visit you in Boston. I don’t like beer, but Boston has such historical weight to our country that I wanna go. Maybe I can convince B to come with me? :) His slow season is coming up :)

    • Rachel

      Please visit!

  • Sarah

    So fun! I haven’t been on a Sam Adams brewery tour, but I have been on an Anheuser-Busch tour and it was so, so fun! Boston is definitely on my list of places to visit – now I have another reason :)

  • Jenna

    This looks like so much fun! I was underage when I was last in Boston (bleh!) so I had to skip out on this… something to add to the list next time I’m back for a visit :) xxx

  • Shana Revere

    Sounds like so much fun! We’ll definitely have to check that out if we get to go to Boston soon!

  • Kerry

    Is it bad that I have leaved on the South Shore and have never been on this tour!! I really must go!

  • Sam @

    This looks like so much fun! We love checking out wineries and breweries so we will have to remember this in case we are ever in Boston!

  • Dara

    my husband and kids toured the budweiser factory in st. louis, but I’ve never been to a brewery tour!

  • Erika

    I’m not much of a beer fan (though I don’t mind ciders), but I am a fan of your photography skills!!! Love your photos so much!

    • Rachel

      Aww, thank you! :)

  • Steph Gregerson

    I can’t wait to get back to Boston. We loved that tour and the trolley with the disco ball was my favorite part :)

    • Rachel

      I can’t get over how much there is to do here! We still need to head to the Harpoon brewery. :)

  • Allison Clementine

    Loved it! We went and got a picture with the long-beared guy from the commercials! Somehow we were totally surprised that he actually worked there, like a totally normal guy. I miss beer from the US.

    • Rachel

      Ha, that’s awesome! I didn’t see him there.

  • Jessica – Independent Travel C

    That looks like a fun, cheap tour. I never made it here while in Boston, will have to do this tour on my next visit to Boston.

    • Rachel

      Yes, and the Fenway tour!

  • Crystal

    We are heading to Boston for the first time in a few weeks and this is now on our to-do list! Thanks!

    • Rachel

      Oh, fun! Definitely do it. I’ve heard that the Harpoon brewery tour is fun too.

  • Andi Perullo

    My husband would have been in heaven there!

  • Sara Louise

    I love Sam Adams! I can’t find it here in France, but back when I lived in Dublin, I used to go to this Aussie bar for it. Thursdays after work were for bottles of Sam and chicken wings. It was my Thursday thing :)

  • Nina

    What a great idea for our next Boston trip! Last time we were hanging out in downtown Boston as well as around Harvard campus so didn’t have time for the brewery tour. Next time for sure – my husband will absolutely love it. Greetings from Alaska :)

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I love the area around Harvard! So many restaurants, cafes and pretty trees all over the place. :)

  • Codi @ The Art of Balance

    I’m not ever sure I’ve ever drank a Sam Adams *gasp* but that looks like a really cool tour to take!

    My mom and I took a trip to Boston the summer between my junior and senior year in high school and we had such a good time. I’m kind of a history nerd and I love all the historical aspects of Boston!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      My fave Sam Adams is the Boston lager and the Octoberfest blend. Nomz. You should try it. :)

  • Kaileigh Stumpe

    I had so much fun on that tour. When we got to the bar, we got to have half Cherry Wheat and half Chocolate Bock. It was delicious and I highly recommend it for the winter months.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      What?! i didn’t even see that beer. That sounds awesome!

  • Samantha Green

    We did this in July when we were in Boston for the first time. The then boyfriend clearly needed to get his pre-engagement jitters out bc we also did the Harpoon tour later on that day. I would definitely recommend both to anyone in Boston!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      We tried to do the Harpoon one a couple weekends ago and didn’t realize you had to reserve tickets in the morning! Holy crap it was packed. Needless to say, we didn’t get in.

      • Samantha Green

        Hmmm. I wonder if this is just a weekend thing or a new thing all together? We went on a Friday afternoon, walked in and got our tickets about 15 minutes before the tour started. Regardless, I think you should go back and make sure you get a pretzel!

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