Five Things to Know about the New Sam Adams Brewery at Faneuil Hall

January 28, 2020

If you’ve walked by Faneuil Hall in the past two years, you might have already noticed: The new Sam Adams brewery is really big. All told, it can hold more than 400 people—and produce up to 1,100 barrels of beer annually.

Local firm Bergmeyer designed the space, and Gilbane Building Company constructed it, including the glass-walled structure at the front of the former Hillstone Restaurant, adjacent to the historic Quincy Market at the corner of State and Congress streets. That new frame serves as the taproom’s main entryway, and also holds the brewhouse, and one of three, 20-tap bars.

From that so-called Faneuil Hall Bar, guests can either head upstairs to the Plaza Level, where they’ll find another bar, plus tables, couches, and sliding glass walls that open up to the second-level rooftop patio. Or, they can head downstairs into the brewery’s Main Bar and Beer Hall area, where silver serving tanks line the back wall, a small kitchen and retail area is on the left, and fresh beer is at rest in fermentation tanks on the right. Between the Faneuil Hall and main bars, rows of stadium-style, cushioned benches offer more casual seating.

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