Samuel Adams® Brewery Tour

A few weeks ago, we went on the Samuel Adams® Brewery Tour.

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We got there just before 10am on a Saturday morning. We read to get there for the first tour of the day. There were about 40 people already there. They checked our IDs to stamp our hands for getting samples at the end of the tour and gave us a beer bottle label as our tickets.

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In the lobby are all the awards hanging on banners:
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And more:
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It’s a very small brewery:
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In fact, here’s half of the main room:
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First, our guide took us into a room and talked about the main ingredients (malted barley, hops, yeast, and water- hopefully I remembered that correctly, it’s been a few weeks):
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We learned that this was the original brewery, but now only QA and Research & Development occurs here. I think their other 2 plants are in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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After the 2 room tour, they took us into the Tasting Room:
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They handed out pitchers of samples:
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This is a picture of the Boston Lager
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We got to keep our glasses. They washed them out for us before leaving. You if you go, bring something to carry them in the rest of the day.

We also sampled the Samuel Adams Boston Brick Red, a traditional European style ale. I thought that this tasted better than the Boston Lager. They are allowed to give 3 samples and the other was Noble Pils. I didn’t try that one. I had had enough.
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I took some notes about the tasting process, but reading it 3 weeks later isn’t making much sense, but here’s something interesting about the taste: the sweetness of the barley can be tasted at the tip of the tongue and the bitterness comes from the hops, tasted in the back of the tongue. I followed along with the description and I agreed.

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Info from their website:
All tours depart approximately every 45 minutes and last about 1 hour. To avoid long waits we recommend you arrive as early in the tour day as possible. Saturdays are especially busy and capacity is often filled by noon. Please note we do not take reservations, tickets are handed out on a first arrival service.

Suggested donation: $2.00, all donations to benefit local charities.

Tip: Take the trolley to Doyle’s. We heard about the trolley, but we weren’t sure where we were going after, so we just walked around a while and then found ourselves at Doyle’s Cafe. That post is next!

 

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4 comments

  1. Hmm, so you’re saying that notes taken while drinking beer do not come out well, huh? I’ll have to keep that in mind and avoid drinking while attending class… Haha! 😉 Sounds like a really neat tour though! 🙂

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  2. The only brewery I’ve been to kinda smelled. It wasn’t a bad smell but very different.
    However, I did enjoy my tour too. I’m not a beer drinker but that’s interesting about different parts of your tongue taste different flavors.
    hugs,

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