What’s a better way to end a winter work day besides going on a tour of the breweries around Boston? City Brew Tours make it easy for you with their After-hours Brew Tour. There are quite a number of breweries around Boston and the surrounding area, some of which may be hard to get to without a car.
We met up with the van and our tour guide in front of a liquor store in Beacon Hill. Their van was new and comfortable. It’s roomy enough for the groups to be comfortable all night long.
The specific breweries for each evening might change depending on what events are going on at the breweries, closures, traffic, and so on. Here are the breweries we visited that particular night.
That night, we headed straight to Somerville Brewing Company, also known as Slumbrew. Our tour guide gives us a lot of information, both about the breweries we visit and about the history of beers in general. Slumbrew was started by a husband and wife team. They used to just make beers for friends, but people loved them so much they finally opened this brewery!
Night Shift Brewing
Afterward, we kept going north to Night Shift Brewing in Everett. This brewery does a lot of barrel-aging of the beers. You can see just how much aging based on the barrels they have.
Night Shift is an “avant-garde” microbrewery, and currently, they are experimenting with a lot of sour beers. Naturally, we tried some of the sours. I personally like sour beers, but it is an acquired taste.
Boston Beer Works
One of the stops of the night was Boston Beer Works near the TD Garden. This is also where the tour stops for dinner. We had the pizzas here. The interesting thing to note is that their pizza dough is made of the spent grain from their beer brewing process! Talk about sustainability and reducing waste.
Cambridge Brewing Company
We finished up at Cambridge Brewing Company. CBC is an experimental brewery that has won many awards for their experiments. Among the beers we tried that night was the Cerise Cassee, a barrel-fermented sour ale. This is the US’ first Solera-style barrel-fermented sour ale. With this method, the ale is fermented over twelve years, where each year a portion of the old barrel is blended into the solera. The Cerise Cassee is a truly special beer, indeed.
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