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Published February 01, 2013

Hall of Wonders
Beer Pretzels and Rare Suds at Harpoon

It’s great catching up with an old friend.

Especially upon learning he’s converted part of the homestead into an in-home bar.

Now, have that friend be the Harpoon Brewery, and replace “in-home bar” with “humongous Germanic-style beer hall for conquering kings.”


Hand your paige your chain mail and sword at Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall, a massive, wood-lined warrior cavern for rare suds and beer pretzels, slated to open sometime next week.

This is like stepping into a soundstage for Game of Thrones. It’s huge (holds 300-plus). The bar—which houses 20 rotating taps of Harpoon everything—and tables are all made from fallen Vermont butternut trees. And grandiose black medieval candle-chandeliers hang overhead (refrain from any Errol Flynn–style swing moves).

The plan: you’ll come in with a huge crew and spend a couple hours clinking IPA flights at the bar. Or you’ll sit at a long communal table and mix it up with strangers over rounds of Harpoon’s 100 Barrel series (mmm... coffee porter), fortified by palm-sized pretzels baked on site using beer and spent grains from the brewing process (try the IPA cheese sauce).

You’ll also be able to take a tour across the redesigned catwalk, where you can see the entire bottling/canning operation, including the actual stockpile of beer.

No, it’s not heaven. It’s the seaport.
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