The world of craft microbrewing has exploded recently, and two Boston breweries, Sam Adams and Harpoon, have led that charge. But, I’ll be frank, Sam Adams and Harpoon are no longer ‘microbrews’. The Sam Adams brewery in Roxbury produces beer at industrial volumes. The Harpoon Brewery on the waterfront has a beer tasting room that looks like some epic Viking meadhall if Ragnarok were reimagined as a Red Sox/Yankees pennant run. I have respect for both of these brands and still like drinking their beer, but if I want something new and exciting, I’ll go to Trillium.
Trillium is a recent brewery, but has turned heads with their eponymous Trillium Farmhouse Ale. The Farmhouse is retired but it has worthy sequels with the Free Rise and Fort Point Ales. They used to offer free tastings but have had to cut back recently. You can still buy reusable growlers to be filled with your beer of choice (note that they stop filling growlers an hour before close, and per state law, they can only fill their own bottles). There are other interesting breweries in the area that are worth visiting, like Idle Hands and Night Shift, but Trillium is probably the closest and easiest to get to in the city, and certainly worth checking out if you fancy some beer straight from the source. They don’t serve food, but Row34 next door carries their beer and some great seafood.
Also check their events page for collaborations with other local restaurants.