Blog post by Angel Roque
On a hot summer’s day, Kate, Carly and I made the trek from TBHA’s offices (off Congress Street in Fort Point Channel) to the Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Avenue) in the Seaport District. The day was blisteringly hot, but the promise of a deliciously refreshing brew in the middle of the day kept our spirits high.
Once we were there, we were greeted by the sweet aromas of fresh hops brewing. An enthusiastic Ryan MacGregor, the Assistant Visitor Center Manager of Harpoon, immediately served us a glass of the Harpoon’s latest beer, the Rye IPA. We began chatting about Ryan’s passion for the company, how he ended up working with Harpoon, the people that make Harpoon a special place…and of course the beer! He knew EVERYTHING there was to know about beer and made our personalized tour an incredibly joyful experience.
He took us to see the large brewing containers where the beer was made, downstairs to the bottling area and to a HUGE indoor cooler where all the beer is kept before it is distributed all across the City of Boston for all of us to enjoy. I got to see the cooler where the beer is stored before being shipped out. (Kate and Carly couldn't go because they were wearing open toed shoes, and that's a saftey hazard. Learn from their folly, and WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR!) The photo below is Pumpkin Ale, bottled and ready for thirsty, anticipating fans.
Once we made our way back upstairs, we thanked him for taking the time to show us around. I mentioned to him that after such a wonderful experience I definitely needed to come back to fill up my Growler- Harpoon’s signature 64 ounce bottle- and enjoy the experience once more. He stopped me in the middle of my sentence, took three Growlers from the shelf and asked us what beer Kate, Carly and I wanted to take home with us. We were taken by surprise, but thrilled that Ryan would be so gracious to enjoy the greatness of Harpoon from the comfort of our own homes.
Check out the videos from our visit: We Swoon for Harpoon
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