When the Harpoon Brewery opened in Boston’s Seaport District in 1986, the neighborhood was industrial and desolate, and there was only one brewery in all of New England.
Today, there are 44 craft breweries in Massachusetts alone. Restaurants now line Seaport Boulevard, and Mayor Menino is trying to reinvent the area as the Boston Innovation District.
Harpoon has already undergone its own transformation. Earlier this month, co-founders Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary unveiled a $3.5 million renovation that includes a European-style beer hall and a catwalk that allows production to continue during brewery tours.
I spoke to Rich and Dan about the remodel and how much has changed since they sold their very first keg.