Drinks

Boston-Area Breweries Are Offering Curbside Pickup—and Even Beer Delivery

Along with maintaining a safe social distance, keep it safe and legal by not opening your cans or bottles until you're back home, of course.


During the coronavirus pandemic, Trillium Brewing Company is offering online preorders and curbside pickup at all three of its Boston-area locations. / Photo courtesy of Trillium

Let’s be honest: we could all use a couple of four-packs in the fridge right now.

While it’s imperative to stay at home as much as possible to help protect our communities from further spread of the coronavirus, the occasional errand for provisions is OK. Next time you visit a locally owned market to stock up on toilet paper, consider making a detour to fill your fridge with Massachusetts-made beer, supporting even more of the small businesses that make the Bay State so vibrant. Like grocery stores, pharmacies, and takeout restaurants, many package stores remain open, in safe and limited capacities—and so do many local breweries. Brewing operations and social distancing-friendly pickup are both admissible under the governor’s upgraded statewide advisory about essential businesses.

In fact, some of those breweries are now offering curbside pickup options to minimize interaction, while Harpoon and Best of Boston-winner Trillium are even providing direct-to-your-porch delivery. (Meanwhile, there’s separately an ongoing industry effort to enact emergency legislation that would allow licensed Massachusetts bars and restaurants to sell closed containers of  alcohol to-go, something that is already being done in other states.)

Of course, the pandemic situation continues to evolve rapidly. Always follow the latest protocols issued by officials, and check your local brewery’s social media for updates before going on that beer run. Here are additional resources from the Mass. Brewers Guild, the national Brewers Association, and Boston Restaurant Talk about other ways to support local breweries right now. In the meanwhile, here are some spots that will help you quench your thirst while staying smartly distanced.

Cheers to your health, beer fans.

Barrel House Z

Weymouth’s first brewery continues to brew, barrel, and bottle up beer for the community. From an open-air annex at the back of his (closed) taproom, brewmaster Russ Heissner is selling four-packs of beers like Sunny & 79° Pilsner, Townie Irish Red Ale, and Bamboozled IPA. Plus, draft-only barrel-aged beers are available in crowlers and brand-new growlers; Barrel House Z is waiving the growler deposit fee right now, so no need to bring in your own jug. The annex is open daily from noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. Online pre-ordering is possible, and if you’d like curbside pickup, just call the taproom and have your I.D. ready once you roll up. (Bonus: This South Shore spot is located right next door to Vitamin Sea Brewing, which is also offering occasional curbside can pickup. See below for those details.)

95 Woodrock Rd., Weymouth, 339-201-7888, barrelhousez.net.

We’re not sure who needs to hear this right now, but Bent Water Brewing Co. has the final cans of G.O.A.T. Helles Lager available for pickup. / Photo courtesy of Bent Water

Bent Water Brewing Company

Lucky enough to have a kegerator at home? Lynn’s brewery can hook you up with a keg today. Bent Water is also selling regular ol’ beer to-go, in four-pack cans as well as freshly filled new growlers. That includes the G.O.A.T. Helles Lager, a fitting pick for drowning your No.12-related sorrows. Harken back to more celebratory times with a discounted T-shirt, too: The six-horned G.O.A.T. label is on tees and baseball shirts for $10 each, also available for curbside pickup. Bent Water is using the Craft Cellr app to facilitate online ordering from noon-6 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Stay tuned on social media for news about potential future pickup days, too.

80 Commercial St., Unit 18, Lynn, 781-780-9948, bentwaterbrewing.com.

Bone Up Brewing Company

This Everett-based mom-and-pop operation is open daily from noon-8 p.m. for beer to-go and merch sales. This weekend, try brewer Liz Kiraly and crew’s Pink Boots collaboration beer: a dark and fruity saison, brewed to support an organization educating women in the industry. Check out the lineup of four-pack cans, crowlers, bottles and swag available for online preordering.

38 Norman St., Everett, 781-691-9092, boneup.beer.

Distraction Brewing Company

Rozzie residents can walk right into the village for a welcome distraction: Freshly canned four-packs of Hoppily Distracted IPA, Roslinpale Ale, Parkway Porter, and more. New growlers filled from the taps are also available—and so are e-gift cards for future use. Distraction is closed on Mondays, but is otherwise open for pickup only 4-8 p.m. (11 a.m. or noon-8 p.m. on weekends).

2 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale, 617-477-3677, distractionbrewingco.com.

Dorchester Brewing Company

Keep your social distance, and head home with a bunch of beer and M&M BBQ for dinner: This Mass. Ave. destination is open daily for curbside pickup with a full list of beers, as well as a full menu of barbecue and more Southern-inspired fare. All crowlers and four-packs of DBCo. beers are $10, and all DBCo. swag is 25% off right now. Also: One of the tenant breweries, FAB Beer, has donated-at-cost 80 cases of its Pilsener 4 Peace, with 100% of the profit going to support DBCo. staff. Call in your order ahead of time to request that someone bring it out to you when you pull up. The taproom is open for takeout daily from 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, 617-514-0900, dorchesterbrewing.com.

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company

This Framingham brewery is still making the Cat’s Meow and many more top-tier beers. Drive through Friday or Saturday from noon-7 p.m., Sunday from noon-3 p.m., or Wednesday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Curbside pickup is available; just call ahead to ask. Bonus: Combine an Exhibit ‘A’ outing with pizza-and-beer pickup from nearby Jack’s Abby and Springdale; see below for more details on their deals.

81 Morton St., Framingham, 508-202-9297, exhibit-A-brewing.com.

Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon IPA, Wannamango, UFO and Clown Shoes beers, City Roots hard cider, and even Arctic Summer hard seltzer are among the options available to order online from the Seaport’s Mass. Bay Brewing Company. (And so are the beer hall’s awesome pretzels!) You can pick up on-site with a valid I.D., and curbside delivery is also available—as well as delivery to any location within this Greater Boston map. There’s a $5 delivery fee, but it will be waived on orders more than $35. Harpoon is offering pickup and delivery daily from noon-7 p.m. (orders must be in by 6:30 p.m.)

306 Northern Ave., Seaport, Boston, 617-456-2322, harpoonbrewery.com.

Pre-order cans and bottles from Malden’s Idle Hands, and someone will bring it out to you while you wait in the parking lot. / Photo courtesy of Idle Hands Craft Ales

Idle Hands Craft Ales

Feeling idle at home? Check out what founder Chris Tkach and his brewing crew are canning to pass the time. You can order online, drive on over, and stay right in the parking lot to await delivery. If you so choose, you can head inside to the otherwise-closed taproom, to browse the new merch area and stocked coolers full of cans like Four Seam IPA, Farmhouse Pale Ale, and Kill Your Idles: Rosé sour. There are also plenty of bottles to choose from—and they’ll sell you a keg, too. Idle Hands is open for takeout from 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-7 p.m. on weekends. Curbside pickup is available by calling 781-333-6070 and selecting option 2 when you arrive.

89 Commercial St., Malden, 781-333-6070, idlehandscraftales.com.

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Springdale Beer

You can get a lot done with a stop at Framingham’s Clinton Street brewery. From the centralized entryway of the Jack’s Abby Beer Hall, pick up a mixed case of lager and brews from the next-door sister barrel room, Springdale—there’s a 20 percent case discount (24 cans) going on right now. The kitchen is also offering takeout pizza, wings, salads, and more; every food order over $25 comes with a $5 gift card to use in the future. GrubHub will also deliver within a five-mile radius of the brewery. Make all orders online or by phone to pay digitally (no cash accepted). Curbside pickup is available upon request. Jack’s Abby is open for takeout Wednesday-Sunday from noon-8 p.m.

100 Clinton St., Framingham, 774-777-5085, jacksabby.com.

In addition to a walk-up ordering window on the Broadway sidewalk, Cambridge’s Lamplighter Brewing Co. is offering curbside delivery. / Photo courtesy of Lamplighter

Lamplighter Brewing Company

Camberville locals, this Broadway brewery has a walk-up window for takeout four-pack cans, crowlers, and 750-mL bottles; plus gift cards and merch. Order ahead online and it’ll be packed up and ready for you to pick up, or you can request curbside delivery and stay in your car. Making a beer run this weekend? Bring along any extra toiletries, canned, or dry goods and donate to the COVID-19 Response Drive for the Somerville Homeless Coalition and its food pantry, Project SOUP. Donations are accepted through 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

284 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-945-0450, lamplighterbrewing.com.

Mighty Squirrel Brewing Company

While this Waltham brewery (and the next-door Central Rock climbing gym) is currently closed, Mighty Squirrel is still releasing fun cans like Mango Lassi IPA and Cookies and Cream Imperial Stout for curbside pickup. Order ahead online, then call the taproom when you get there and wait outside on the patio with your I.D. ready. The service is on every day from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

411 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, 781-839-9242, mightysquirrel.com.

Night Shift Brewing Company

With two Boston-area breweries, a coffee roasting facility, and a separate beer distribution company to run, the Night Shift owners have been transparent about the challenges posed by the pandemic. Continue to support their furloughed workers by stopping by the otherwise closed taprooms in Everett or on Lovejoy Wharf for beer to-go, coffee by-the-pound, merch, and gift cards. In Everett only, you can also order ahead online. Night Shift ships coffee and merch, too, and is currently offering free shipping on orders over $30.

87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, 617-294-4233; 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Suite 101, Boston, 617-456-7687, nightshiftbrewing.com.

Pre-order crowlers from Salem’s Notch, and someone will bring it out to you while you wait in the parking lot. / Photo courtesy of Notch Brewing

Notch Brewing

Get some fresh air on the North Shore and make this Salem brewery your first stop. First, order ahead online—the only way to get fresh session beer at the source right now—then wait for a “fulfillment confirmation” email. Then, swing through the downtown parking lot, where owner Chris Lohring or someone on his tight-knit team will deliver right to your car. Beer to-go is available Wednesday-Friday from 2-6 p.m. and on weekends from noon-4 p.m. All online orders must be received an hour before closing time for same-day curbside pickup. Not planning to hit the North Shore anytime soon? Gift cards are 10% off right now, and available online.

283R Derby St., Salem, 978-238-9060, notchbrewing.com.

Slumbrew

Somerville Brewing Company has fully closed its Assembly Row brewpub, but the Ward Street brewery is still making Slumbrew beer, and founder Caitlin Jewell and her partners are taking care to get it to you with curbside pickup hours every day. Along with fresh cans of Hoppy Sol, Trekker Tripel, and more, Somerville’s first brewery is also throwing it back with fresh growler fills of everything on draft. “It feels like 2011 to fill growlers, but we were lucky we had one pallet left in storage,” reports Jewell. How it will work: Order online, then choose to either head inside the taproom for a low-contact pickup, or request a zero-contact drop-off and pull up to the loading dock when you arrive. The hours are subject to change, but for now, pickup is available from 5-8 p.m. on weeknights and 1-4 p.m. on weekends.

15 Ward St., Somerville, 617-764-0578, slumbrew.com.

Trillium Brewing Company

The circumstances are terrible, but here’s a dream come true in these challenging times: Trillium beer delivered to your door. Within a specific, daily-changing delivery radius (confirm your address online with your order), some beer lovers can get cases delivered at home. Free delivery available Tuesday through Saturday, with a minimum order of two cases of beer. For the rest of us, order cans and bottles online to pick up at Trillium’s main Canton location with no minimum order required.

110 Shawmut Rd., Canton, 781-562-0073, trilliumbrewing.com.

Vitamin Sea Brewing

For the time being, this popular Weymouth brewery is packaging up all the beer it can brew into cans to-go. Merch and gift card sales are also happening at the otherwise-closed taproom, and e-gift cards are also available. Hours are Thursday-Saturday from noon-8 p.m.

30 Moore Rd., Weymouth, 781-812-0882, vitaminseabrewing.com.

Winter Hill Brewing Company

This Broadway taproom and kitchen has temporarily converted into the “WHBC bodega,” with takeout-only cans and crowlers of beer, coffee beans, and tasty food options like four-pack sausages, pints of soup and chili, and apple turnovers, from the resident chefs, Scott Brothers Meats. Food and larger beer orders are both accepted via email. Hours are currently 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; check social media for updates.

328 Broadway, Somerville, winterhillbrewing.com.


This post was updated March 23 to reflect that breweries remain operable under the governor’s latest stay-at-home advisory.