Harpoon's South Boston brewery (©Paul Gelsobello)
Started in 1986, Harpoon holds Massachusetts Brewery Permit No. 1, and has more than two decades creating traditional beer styles with contemporary flourish. In fact, one of the country’s best craft IPAs is brewed right here. Take an hour-long tour and tasting to learn about Harpoon’s equipment, processes and beer varieties, and then stay awhile in the Beer Hall for a pint and a tasty hot pretzel. Tours ($5): M-W noon-5 pm, Th-F noon-6 pm, Sa 11:20 am-6 pm, Su 11:30 am-5:30 pm. Beer Hall open Su-W 11 am-7 pm, Th-Sa 11 am-11 pm.