MMHO: Boston Brewery/Distillery tour

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the tour

To combat the winter blues, we recently rented a limo bus to drive us to local breweries/distilleries.  We had 12 people in a limo bus rented from JB Livery.  It was $45 per person (including tip) for a full day.  I’d definitely recommend JB Livery if you’re in the market for a limo/bus/town car.  They’re very nice to work with, and our driver James was amazing!

We started off at Boston Winery.  We paid $10 for three tastings.  It was okay, but the staff member pouring wasn’t really offering any information about the wine.  He was spending a lot of time with other patrons, so maybe it was because we were a big group, he didn’t think we wanted to hear about the wines?  It was a little strange, and we left pretty quickly.  After this we headed across the parking lot to Boston Harbor Distillery.  What a gorgeous space!  Lots of wood and brick with a super high ceiling, this space was amazingly beautiful.  We paid another $10 per person for a tour and tasting.  We sampled their malt and rye whiskeys, which were very delicious.  We then had their roasted coffee liqueur, and their Boston cream liqueur (think Bailey’s only much tastier!).  Many of our crew purchased these.  If you’re looking for brunch cocktails, these would make a good one! The staff at Boston Harbor Distillery were very nice and fun, and this was a great stop.  I’d definitely recommend checking them out.

After Boston Harbor Distillery, we headed to Everett to Short Path Distillery.  This is a fairly new spot, in another very gorgeous space.  We couldn’t do a tour that day, so we just had some cocktails at the bar.  These were very tasty.  The tasting room was fun, with games (some of our crew played possibly the quickest game of Connect Four ever), and most importantly a very fun dog!  Short Path was a good time with good drinks and atmosphere.

Next we headed to Woburn to Lord Hobo Distillery.  This is a very sprawling brewery with a large tasting room.  They have very hoppy beers, such as their Boom Sauce.  They don’t pour a big variety, so be cautious if you go and you’re hot a fan of a very hoppy beer.

From there (after a brief stop for beer at Kappy’s) we went to Slumbrew’s Taproom in Boyton yards in Somerville.  If you haven’t been here, but it on your list.  It’s a nice space with lots of taps and friendly staff.  (Their beer garden in Assembly Row is also a great time, look for our guide to Assembly Row in a future MMHO).  Our time with the limo bus was winding down, so we headed back to town and ended the night at Blackstone on Union Street.  Boston has so many fun distilleries and breweries, you can tour a lot without travelling far.  By renting a limo, you can visit a few in one day, and keep the party going between stops.  This would be fun for a birthday, a bachelor/ette party, or just to celebrate a Saturday!  You don’t need a reason to get fancy.  Give it a shot!

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