By: Harpoon Brewery Published:
Between festivals, races, monthly brewery events, and more, we’re confident there’s something on our events list that’s for you this year. Like trying special one-off brews? We got you. Like partying with thousands of other beer loving crazies? We’ve got 5 of those. Love getting your grub on? Who doesn’t?! We communicate these events first to our Friends of Harpoon via an email on the first of the month (unless the first is a holiday). Not a Friend? It’s free to join and you’ll never miss a Harpoon event again. Join today!
HARPOON BEER HALL EVENTS
We’re always testing recipes and tapping unique batches from our 10-barrel pilot system for you to enjoy in the Beer Hall. Some of these beers are tests when we’re considering releasing a new beer. Others are simply creative experiments lead by our awesome brewers. So, we got to thinking... we have a whole bunch of beer loving friends who might be kind of into these brews. Enter you: We brew a mystery pilot beer every month, you try it first! You give us your feedback and we decide what to do with the beer next. Think of it as a chance to put "Professional Beer Taster" on your resume...
Dates: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 9, June 20, July 11, August 22, September 19, October 17, November 14, December 12
Harpoon Beers & Bites
With the help of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, 10 -12 Boston area restaurants descend on the brewery to create their best-themed dish. In 2016 we had themes like wings, tacos, and oysters to name a few. Plus, a portion of every ticket sold goes to No Kid Hungry! This is arguably one of our most mouth-watering events at the brewery!
Dates: January 23, May 1, July 17, September 25
Friend of Harpoon Fenway Nights
What better way to watch the Sox at Fenway Park than with Harpoon?! We’ll start at the Harpoon Beer Hall for a pint and pretzel then we’ll hop on an Old Town Trolley and make our way to Fenway for the 7:10 PM start of the Red Sox game. Friends of Harpoon will have group seating in the Outfield Bleachers for the game.
Dates: April 11, May 23, June 27, July 18, August 15, September 12
Tickets for all 6 games will go on sale March 2nd at 11AM.
Friend of Harpoon Bruins Nights
Join us for an exclusive Friend of Harpoon Night at TD Garden to cheer on the Boston Bruins! We'll start the evening off at the brewery for pints and pretzels then head to the game (schedule below!) via Old Town Trolleys. Learn more.
Dates: February 28, March 28, April 6
BREWERY FESTIVALS AND HARPOON HELPS EVENT
Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival and The Harpoon Shamrock Splash
We kick off St. Patrick's Day season the best way we know how - with a two-day beer festival at our Boston brewery with thousands of friends! Think live music, kegs on kegs, of beer, and Irish eats! Then on Sunday, we jump into the Harbor for the Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay!
Dates: March 3-5
HarpoonFest and the Harpoon 5-Miler
This two-day festival is all about local beer, local music, and summer and goes down at Boston brewery! This year, we’ll be celebrating our 16th annual Harpoon 5-Miler road race which takes place the Sunday after the festival. Runners descend on a 5-mile loop around the seaport and South Boston to raise money for the Angel Fund - an independent nonprofit charity benefiting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester.
Dates: May 19-21.
The Harpoon 5-Miler Lottery opens 3/13, closes 3/20, and the announcement of runners is 3/21.
Harpoon BBQ Festival
Competitive barbecue teams from all over the country descend on our brewery in Windsor, VT to compete to be crowned the New England BBQ Champ (the winner gets a ticket to the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue, so it's a big deal!). Teams sell their BBQ dishes all weekend long while they compete, which means YOU get to enjoy some damn good BBQ while you enjoy pints with friends!
Date: July 29-30
The Harpoon Point to Point
The Harpoon Point to Point presented by National Life Group is a charity cycling event created in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Riders choose between a 100, 50, 25 ride or 20-mile mountain bike ride and enjoy a post-ride party at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor.
Date: August 12
Registration opens 2/15.
Harpoon Octoberfest (Boston & Vermont)
Imagine enjoying Octoberfest beer, traditional bratwursts, chicken dancing and more with thousands of other Harpoon-loving fanatics. That’s Harpoon Octoberfest Boston! Harpoon Octoberfest Vermont is also a two-day festival that takes place during Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage season at our brewery in Windsor, Vermont. Along with chicken dancing and brats, this festival also features the annual Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race which takes place Sunday morning before the festival starts. All proceeds from the race benefit the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center!
Dates: September 29-30 and October 7-8
Registration opens for the Octoberfest Road Race (VT) on 8/1.
Harpoon Helps Friendsgiving
If you’re like us, there’s nothing better than a delicious meal with friends and family to celebrate all that we’re thankful for. We take that back – it’s better when we do it for a cause that’s especially important to us! Harpoon Friendsgiving is a Harpoon-style Thanksgiving meal that takes place at both our Boston brewery (to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank) and our Windsor brewery (to benefit the Vermont Foodbank).
Date: TBD, Patriot’s Bye Week. Likely Nov 4th
Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer
Harpoon Helps volunteers and Harpoon employees head out to various community organizations (shelters, soup kitchens, play spaces, etc.) to decorate for the holidays and to help spread holiday cheer in cities all over the Greater Boston area-- and in select cities across the country. Afterward, we celebrate over pints and food!
Date: December 2
Registration opens: 11/13
By: Victoria Kidder, UFO Brand Manager Published:
We’re guessing that since we released our new seasonal UFO Twist, there have been two main questions on your mind:
- What the heck is a bergamot?
- Why is this beer so dang delicious?
What IS a bergamot?
At a high level, it is a fragrant fruit the size of an orange that is the pedigree of a sour orange variety and a lemon variety. But, if you’re looking for some more interesting facts about a bergamot for your next trivia night, here you go …
- Origin: The first documentation of a Bergamot goes back to Italy in the 1700s.
- Food & Drink: Besides making Twist taste great, Earl Grey tea is made with Bergamot.
- Scent: Bergamot can be found in many colognes and perfumes. Just check out what GQ said
Why is this beer so damn delicious?
Life is all about choices. Like do you want sweet or savory? Here’s the thing though … making choices can be brutal. Why can’t you have sweet AND savory? Twist was created with the same notion. Blood oranges are sweet, but sometimes you just want a bit of spice too, ya know? Our talented brewers did us a major favor and said, “No need to choose, you can have your cake and eat it too” (music to our ears …). So, enjoy the delicious sweetness of blood orange followed by the zip of the bergamot.
Now go pick up some UFO Twist and enjoy dropping some knowledge on your buddies!