Harpoon Brewery


  • The Harpoon Brewery was founded on the Boston waterfront in 1986 by three Harvard classmates. The Brewery started with the three founders and one employee (a brewer); today there are about 90 employees.
  • In New England, Harpoon’s annual beer production is second only to Anheuser-Busch and is greater than any other New England specialty brewer.
  • In October 1997, the Brewery installed a new state-of-the-art bottling line in Boston ensuring the freshest tasting beer.
  • In its 1982-1997 ranking, Modern Brewery Age lists Harpoon Brewery as the nation’s 11th largest specialty beer producer.
  • Each of Harpoon’s 120-barrel unitanks holds 3,720 gallons of beer, which is 29,760 pints.
  • The Brewery hosts at least five festivals each year. In 2005, more than 25,000 beer lovers attended these seasonal special events.


  • Harpoon Ale was the first beer to be commercially brewed and bottled in Boston since 1964.
  • Boston’s Sevens Ale House and Doyle’s Cafe were the first establishments to serve Harpoon Beer.
  • Harpoon IPA, the Brewery’s most popular beer, started out as a summer seasonal beer in 1992. Customers quickly demanded that the beer become available at all times. In 1994, Harpoon IPA became a year-round beer.
  • Diamonds, inspired by the traditional design of Munich’s Oktoberfest, are a constant theme running throughout the packaging and point-of-sale (POS) material of Harpoon’s family of beers. All of Harpoon’s packaging uses flowers, plants, or other seasonally appropriate designs.
  • Henry the Harpooner, the original mariner found on the first bottles of Harpoon, is the silhouette image and seal of quality found on every bottle of the Harpoon family of beers.

Harpoon IPA

IPAs were originally brewed during the height of the British Empire for the troops stationed in India.  The high gravity and increased hops acted as natural preservatives.  In the tradition of IPAs, our highly hopped, copper-colored ale features a floral nose, medium body, and aggressive, clean hop finish.  We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

Harpoon Octoberfest

The character and complexity of this Marzen-style beer comes from its blend of six different malts.  This beer is full-bodied, smooth, and malty with a medium hop bitterness.  This legendary beer is brewed with festivals in mind.  Prosit!

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin

Imagine a pumpkin vine wound its way in a field of barley, and a brewer harvested it all to make a beer.  Add Northwestern hops and a blend of spices, and you’ve got UFO Pumpkin.  The malt combination provides a smooth body and slightly sweet flavor which balances perfectly with the earthy notes derived from the pure pumpkin.  And, like all of our UFO beers, UFO Pumpkin is unfiltered so all the wonderful flavors are right there in your glass.  Cheers!

UFO White Beer

Light, crisp, refreshing UFO White follows in the tradition of spiced wheat beer that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years.  Brewed with orange peel and a unique blend of spices.  Serve with a slice of orange and rejoice!