Next time you’re in Boston you have to stop by the Samuel Adams Brewery!
Make sure you go around lunch time and are feeling a bit hungry. No, it’s not so you can get drunk faster. I’m (kind of) an adult now, thank you. It’s so you’ll be in tip top shape for your meal at Doyles.
I’ve road tested the day for you – it’s going to be so much fun!
Take a taxi to the Brewery; you might not have the ability to drive for the rest of the day. Once there, pick up your tour tickets from the reception area and confirm with the staff what time your tour starts. Give yourself around two hours for your meal. The tour is free(!!!), but you can give donations to support a variety of local charities.
Wait outside the brewery for your ride to lunch. Every 15 minutes a white party trolley comes to pick up beer drinkers and take them to Doyles. You’ll probably hear the trolley before you see it.
The ride will be half the fun. Grease Lighting will be blasting and disco balls will be turning but, don’t worry, the smoke machine will not interfere with your singing. The only person more excited than you will be Jason, your driver.
Jason will tell you all about how, he truly believes, Doyles is the best place in the world. He’ll go on about how it was established in 1882 and has been a local favourite since he can remember. He’ll give you food recommendations and remind you that if you order a Samuel Adams beer and show your tour ticket you’ll be able to take home the specially designed glass that your beer will come served in.
He will set the perfect mood for an exciting day of drinking beer.
As for the food at Doyles, I can vouch for the chicken fingers, the mozzarella sticks, the burger and the sweet potatoes fries, but I recommend the fried chicken. I mean, you’re going to be drinking beer – it’s already a cheat day. We can say this pub is a historical landmark all we want, but we have to remember, at the end of the day, that Doyles is a great Irish pub that serves satisfying pub food.
Once you’re done with your meal, simply wait on the corner of Washington St. and that same amazing white trolly will pick you back up and drop you in front of the brewery just in time for the start of your tour.
Hopefully, you’ll get Brett as your tour guide. He’s funny, knowledgable and has a moustache. By the end of the tour you will know the secrets behind every Samuel Adams beer: how it’s made, what is in it and the proper way to drink it. You’ll even have a few rounds – you’ll try some of their best selling beer, some seasonal beer and some of their concoctions that weren’t good enough to put on the shelf.
Please be advised, you’ll probably need a nap as soon as you get home.
Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
30 Germania Street
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 368-525 for reservations
3484 Washington Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130