In case you’ve been living under a rock (or if you have been, that’s okay too), Harpoon has been hosting this pretty unique experience for the last five years where we invite our favorite people (you) to the brewery to test out one of our pilot beers. This beloved night is referred to as “X-Night.” We LOVE brewing beer so much that we're constantly trying out unique recipes on our 10 barrel pilot system. Most of these beers are test batches that we’re considering introducing as new beer. Others are simply creative experiments.
X-Night offers a unique opportunity to learn about the pilot beer of the night from the Harpoon brewer who brewed it. We then look to you for your feedback on the beer. If you love beer and you love being “in-the-know,” we think this event might be for you - check it out this September.
But what is a “pilot beer” you ask? We got you.
Our pilot system is used to test out new ideas and develop new recipes. The pilot system allows all Harpooners a chance to submit their ideas, and have those ideas become actual products. Brewers often take these ideas, and try to develop a recipe that we believe best represents the idea. Pilot beers are then brewed, packaged and tasted to determine whether they could play a role in our large scale production.
The good news is that if you can’t make it to X-Night, a lot of our pilot beers end up on tap in our Boston Beer Hall. They’re always listed under What’s On Tap on our website but once you see something you like, make sure to get down here fast - they do NOT last! Make sure you give your feedback to your bartender because we love hearing what you have to say about our beers. We take every piece of feedback to heart and it helps us to produce the best possible product. Come check it out sometime! And now you can impress your friends the next time you hear the term “pilot beer.” You’re welcome.