Enjoying the Tastes of Boston


The Boston area has plenty of tasty things to enjoy. Whether you are a chocolate enthusiasts or you are more interested in beer or wine, you will be sure to find a tour or a tasting in the area that will be perfect for your individual tastes. Here’s a look at a few that are available.

Hot Chocolate Tasting Tour

The hot chocolate tasting tour is offered by Cuppacoffee. Offered every Saturday at 11:30 am, the tour allows you to sample a variety of hot chocolates while also providing you with tips for tasting and buying gourmet chocolate drinks. A little history of hot chocolate is also included in the tour, which costs $55 per person. Advanced tickets are required and tours are limited to 20 people. Cuppacoffee is located at 57 Traveler Street in Boston.

Chocolate Walking Tour

If you love chocolate, you might want to take a 2.5-hour walking tour of the Back Bay that explores all things chocolate. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to sample tasty treats while also learning tips on tasting, buying and storing high-quality chocolate. After starting the tour at Flour Bakery, you will visit a Swiss chocolatier famous for its Dom Perignon Champagne Truffle. You will also visit a famous New England ice cream maker with a focus on fair-trade chocolate. In addition, you will enjoy seeing a variety of city landmarks along the way. The cost of the tour is $48 per person. Flour Bakery is located at 131 Clarendon Street in Boston.

Bantam Cider Company Taproom Tastings and Tours

The first cider taproom in the Massachusetts area, Bantam Cider Company offers free tours as well as tastings for a small fee. Made from locally sourced New England apples and offering 8 ciders on draft, a full pour is $6 while a flight of 5 is $10. The free tours are offered at 6:30 pm and no reservations are required. Bantam Cider Company is located at 40 Merriam Street in Somerville.

Cheese & Wine Tasting

Cheese & Wine Tastings are available every week at the Gypsy Kitchen in Quincy. Delicious wines are paired with worldly cheeses for participants to enjoy at absolutely no cost. Tastings take place every Friday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from Noon to 5:00 pm.  The Gypsy Kitchen Wine & Cheese Shop is located at 1241 Hancock Street in Quincy.

Beer School

Beer enthusiasts might want to look into participating in Beer School offered through the American Fresh Beer Garden at Assembly Row. Running every Thursday evening through January, the course introduces participants to the history, styles, culture and production of modern beer. This year’s class schedule includes:

  • January 5: Malt, Hops and How They Become Beer
  • January 12: Style Guide: How to Tell An IPA from A Wit
  • January 19: History and Culture: From Hunter-Gathers to Whale Hunters
  • January 26: Food and Beer: Why They’re Better Together

Beer school classes are offered free of charge at the American Fresh Brewhouse and Beer Garden, which is located at 301 Canal Street in Somerville.

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