Harpoon Brewery was officially born in 1986, when the Mass Bay Brewing Company was incorporated, although its origins precede the actual date. The love-child of dedicated beerheads, it eventually became Harpoon Brewery and went on to brew Harpoon Ale, Harpoon Golden Lager and Harpoon Winter Warmer, the first craft seasonal beer to be introduced in New England. Harpoon was the first brewery to commercially brew beer in Boston in more than 25 years. Proudly, Harpoon has an ongoing commitment to using natural resources wisely, and protecting our environment.

New England beer lovers embraced Harpoon, and the brewery soon outgrew the confines of its building, so a few moves and upgrades were made. A giant leap came in 2002, when the fabrication of a new brewhouse began in Germany. It was later dismantled, transported to Boston, and rebuilt.  The year 2003 saw the first brews from this new state-of-the-art brewhouse.

In 1990, Harpoon celebrated Octoberfest under tents outside the brewery, starting a tradition that has become a centerpiece of Harpoon’s annual calendar. Friends of Harpoon was the driving force behind community service activities formalized under the Harpoon Helps title. One event gained national attention — a 5 Mile Run with over a 1,000 runners who raised funds for ALS research.

Planning to visit Windsor, Vermont? Stop by the new Harpoon facility at 336 Ruth Carney Drive. See what’s on tap, or sample these:

A limited release, Harpoon Black IPA, uses a specialty malt called Midnight Wheat for a dark, stout-like appearance. Bitter and fruity, its mouthfeel is smooth and juicy. The finish? It’s sweet malt!

A perfect session brew, Celtic Red commemorates St. Pat’s Day with malty sweetness, medium body and moderately hoppy finish.

Featured Beer from Harpoon Brewery: Black IPA & Celtic Red Ale

INDIA PALE ALE —Harpoon’s Black IPA — Made bitter and strong to survive the long boat trip, it was originally brewed for British soldiers in India. Harpoon’s version is very dark, like a stout or porter, but minus the too-roasted-attributes of dark malts. Enjoy this refreshing, top-fermented brew with seafood and all things spicy or grilled.

RED ALE — Harpoon’s Celtic Red Ale — Subtle in flavor, Red Ales are ideal for Fall or Spring. A deep amber/ruby color, it features medium body and a balanced malt bill with a touch of roasted barley. Schedule a friendly session with beef brisket, burgers, grilled pork!

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