BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES
Started by beer-enthusiast friends (of MIT and Yale), the brewery has a distinct homegrown, laid-back feel. Open Tu-Th 5 pm-midnight, F 5 pm-12:30 am, Sa noon-12:30 am, Su noon-8 pm. 14 Tyler St., Somerville, 617.987.4236.
BOSTON HARBOR DISTILLERY
This local distillery opened its doors in late spring of 2015 serving up its signature liquor—Lawley’s New England Spirit—from within this former factory. For 10 bucks, visitors can take a tour of the 11,000-square-foot space, learn about the building and the distillery’s history, and try a couple samples in the lounge. Open Sa 1-7 pm. 12R Ericsson St., Dorchester, 617.533.7001.
Started in 1986, Harpoon has more than two decades creating traditional beer styles with contemporary flourish. Tour and tasting offered daily ($5). Beer Hall open Su-W 11 am-7 pm, Th-Sa 11 am-11 pm. 306 Northern Ave., 617.456.2322.
NIGHT SHIFT BREWING
Started as a home brewing adventure, the Night Shift brand quickly grew in popularity and is now an Everett staple. Brews on tap include a coffee porter aged with Counter Culture coffee and a German-style doppelbock. Open M-Sa 11 am-11 pm, Su 11 am-8 pm. 87 Santilli Hwy., Everett, 617.294.4233.
SAMUEL ADAMS BREWERY
Craft brewery known for the Sam Adams family of beers. Free hour-long brewery tour and sampling session. Tours M-Th and Sa 10 am-3 pm, F 10 am-5:30 pm. Suggested donation: $2. Shop hours M-Th 10 am-6 pm, F 10 am-6:30 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm. 30 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, 617.368.5080.
Microbrewery and taproom lives up to its motto, “make good liquids, make good friends.” Beer garden located in Somerville. Brewery open M-W 4-11 pm, Th 11 am-11 pm, F 11 am-midnight, Sa 11 am-8:30 pm, Su noon-1 pm. 15 Ward St., Somerville, 800.428.1150; 310 Canal St., Somerville.
TRILLIUM BREWING COMPANY
Opening in 2013 with its Fort Point Channel location featuring “farmhouse-style” brews, including Skimpy Sparrow IPA and Secret Stairs Boston Stout, this brew hub now boasts a second location in Canton. Open M-F 11 am-7:30 pm, Sa 11 am-6 pm. 369 Congress St., 617.453.8745; 110 Shawmnut Road, Canton, 781.562.0073.