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Day 1: Sam Adams brewery tour

Posted by Adam Sell  July 1, 2008 12:50 PM

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boston60_logo.jpgI'm Adam Sell and I have two months left before I leave Boston. My challenge? Do something in the city every day. Have ideas for my adventure? Send me an email.

Beer? On a Tuesday morning? Sure, why not?

I could think of no more appropriate place to kick off the Boston in 60 project than somewhere we could toast what this summer will hold. And that led three friends and I to the Sam Adams brewery tour in Jamaica Plain.


It took no time for the beer to end up in front of us. Sam Adams was conducting a taste test for people waiting to take the tour. We sampled a blackberry witbier (wheat beer) and a coffee stout, and trust me - the blackberry beer was good. Definitely looking forward to having that in the future.

After moving inside, our tour guide showed us the ingredients of beer and explained the process for brewing. He used lots of big German words, some of which I think he might have made up, because we'd never know. Nobody asked him any questions...because once he finished up with the history of the company, we got to taste more beer.

Apparently there's a whole five-step process to sampling. I had no idea, but the free glass they gave me will serve as a useful reminder, provided I'm in a judgmental mood (like always). We tried two more types of Sam before the tour concluded and I went and bought a poster depicting all of Sam's widely-available beer varieties.

Is it concerning that I'm proud to have tried everything on the poster? Nah.

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