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Day 60: The bookend.

Posted by Adam Sell  August 29, 2008 09:18 PM

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boston60_logo.jpgI'm Adam Sell and I have two months left before I leave Boston. My challenge? Do something in the city every day. Have ideas for my adventure? Send me an email.

I had a lot of people making suggestions for what I should do for the final day of the Project. Some folks wanted me to have some big blowout activity, gather together everyone who's gone with me for an outing and have a party. Others thought I should pick the best of the "I wish I'd been able to do this" list and finally get it done. But I settled on something I thought was strangely poetic. I chose the bookend to my Day One entry, figuring I should go out the way I went in.

The Harpoon Brewery is a heck of a lot harder to get to than the Sam Adams brewery, but it's worth it. The brewery's tour isn't so much a tour as it is a "hey, look, there are some pretty tanks over there, now let's have some beer." I doubt any one of the 25 people in our "tour" group objected to this, as there were pretty taps with ambrosia just calling out to us from in front of the well-kept display.

Even better, unlike the Sam tour, the bartender didn't seem inclined to stop us at four samples. I'm not sure anyone took him up on this leeway, but there was no limit presented. I myself had three, including the very tasty new Leviathan Triticus. A friend and I explored the small Harpoon Brewery Store, wondering aloud if any team out there really wore the Harpoon bike jerseys. But then hey, if I was driving by and someone had that on, I'd look.

Something else that they had available at the brewery was growlers. A growler is a 64-ounce vat o' beer that's filled at taps right there at the plant. I liked the concept - for less than the cost of a six-pack, we'll fill a big jar with fresh beer in a novel container. And you can get it in any one of the varieties they've got there. Sadly, as I depart from Boston on Monday and don't need to be hungover for the remainder of my time here, I chose not to pick up one of the little brown jars. But believe me, I'll be back.

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And that's 60 days of things to do in Boston. I'll wax poetic a bit more about the Project tomorrow, but let me say at least this much: it has been an absolute blast going out and exploring the city, camera in hand, every day. Sure, there are places I wanted to go and didn't, and places that if I did this again, I wouldn't do, but overall, I think it was an unqualified success. If nothing else, there's now a great archive for when friends ask me, "what should I check out?"

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