5 Guide Tips to Boston's Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour sunset

It’s been four days since our tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts and I am still on a high from the experience. It was our final destination of our seven day trip of New York City, Providence, and Boston. This was the perfect ending to our trip. Here's what we learned.

The Samuel Adams Brewery tour is free! Yup, that’s right you get beer for free.

I was happily surprised by this revelation, with all the excitement of planning this trip I forgot to actually research what to expect on the brewery tour. So, if you are like me and forgot the most important thing to do…here’s a few tips for your first Boston Samuel Adams Brewery Tour.

1. Days To Visit

I have to start by saying that the brewery tour was in our cards. We originally were set to go to the brewery on Sunday, the day we arrived, but didn’t really want to tackle the subway system. Instead, we decided to go Monday morning. Our first tourist sin was not looking at the days they were open. Thank the beer gods they were open on Mondays and closed Sundays. We definitely saved some subway fare! Also the brewery is only open from 10 am to 3 pm, except Fridays they stay open until 5:30 pm.

I do recommend checking out Samuel Adams Brewery website beyond just looking up the address like I did!

2. Getting There By Subway

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Samuel Adams Brewery, which is located 5 miles south of Boston, is probably the subway system. Now, let me first say we came from California where public transportation is pretty much a joke. So, when you stick us in a place where subways and buses are the main source of transportation, we tend to shut down a little. We’re like teenagers at a junior high dance standing next to the wall not making eye contact with anyone for the fear of rejection. HA!

After New York the subway system felt pretty easy to conquer, but there’s a few tips I wish we had prior to our fist attempt at the Boston T.

One, get a Charlie Card not only is each ride discounted, but it’s so easy to add more money to it as you go. We simply asked the attendant working at the terminal nearest to our hotel.

Two, know if you are going inbound or outbound, sometimes the subway entrances are located across the way from each other. We must have stood around staring at a subway map for at least 10 minutes before we sucked it up and asked someone. Gosh, we're dorks!

Three, you don’t have to exit onto street level to do a color line transfer. Be patient, and read the signs, you’ll save a few bucks this way. We took out our subway map probably 100 times! People were very kind and helpful along the way without even having to ask – both in New York and Boston.

3. Eat A Little Something Before You Go

This should really be a rule of thumb for just about any trip. Though I know this rule, I still have to learn it the hard way each and every time. During the beer tour my stomach was making some great music for all to hear, and not to mention the yummy beer at the end went straight to my head. There’s no food at the Samuel Adams Brewery facility and that was not something I was prepared for.

Our second tourist sin was that we just assumed they would have a restaurant like other breweries we’ve visited in the past.

So, when we arrived we stupidly asked to be seated for beer and food. The gentleman behind the counter could have rolled his eyes and shun us off as total idiotic tourists, but instead he said, “We might not have food, but we offer a free tour of the facility, a free tasting glass, and free beer to anyone over 21”.

Though our bellies were empty, we weren’t going to pass up free beer! Heck that's why we came here right? We got our stamps and in we went.

4. The Tour & Tasting

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour Pictures

We didn’t have to wait long for the tour to begin, maybe 10-15 minutes. I would think on a weekend or holiday you'd have to make reservations.

The waiting hall has quite a bit of entertainment for you to enjoy before the tour begins. There’s touch screens with every label of beer brewed by Sam Adams, trivia boxes, and my favorite, you can send a postcard to someone wishing them they were here with you. And, Sam Adams provides the stamp for you. HOW COOL IS THAT!


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