Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival Offers Fun in Boston in 2016

St. Patrick


Harpoon Brewery will be hosting the Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival on March 4th and 5th. A two-day beer festival, the event celebrates everything Irish while also giving participants the opportunity to explore the brewery and all that it has to offer.

Enjoying the St. Patrick’s Festival

Taking place on March 4th from 5:30 to 11:00 pm and on March 5th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm, the Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival offers the chance to enjoy corned beef and cabbage along with live music from Boston-area Irish and rock bands. Taking place in the South Boston Waterfront at Harpoon Brewery, participants also enjoy plenty of opportunity to sample a variety of brews, including those featuring Celtic Ale. Available beers will include Harpoon Boston Irish Stout and The Long Thaw White IPA, while Harpoon Beer Hall pretzels will also be available for purchase.

Performances planned over the two-day festival include:

  • The Bridgebuilders – Friday, 5:30-6:30
  • Colum Cille Pipes & Drums (Bagpipes & all) – Friday, 7:00-7:30
  • The Pourmen – Friday, 8:00-9:00
  • Joshua Tree – Friday, 9:20-10:20
  • Curragh’s Fancy – Saturday, 12:00-12:45
  • Kier Byrnes and Friends – 1:00-1:45
  • Dicey Riley – 2:00-2:45
  • Howl at the Moon – 3:15-4:15
  • Colum Cille Pipes & Drums – 4:45-5:15
  • Joshua Tree – 5:30-6:30

For the $25 entrance fee, participants receive entrance to the festival, a souvenir pint glass and a free first beer. Designated drivers receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. There is no parking available at the festival, but shuttles will be running from South Station next to the Federal Reserve Building.

About Harpoon Brewery

The biggest brewery in Boston, Harpoon Brewery was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, George Ligeti and Rich Doyle. The three friends loved beer and enjoyed drinking it together, but were unhappy with the limited options available to them. After traveling through Europe and experiencing the traditions of European brewing and beer drinking, their eyes were opened to the rick beer culture they desired in the United States. It was then that they decided to build a brewery where they could brew the types of beers they wanted. In 1987, they transformed a warehouse space on the Boston waterfront into a brewery. It was then that the first Harpoon Ale was brewed.

While much has changed since Harpoon Brewery was first opened, many things are still the same. Today, the employee-owned company brews many brews within its breweries while following eco-friendly practices. These include using the Cogen system, providing local farmers with their spent grain for animal feed, treating brewery wastewater onsite and recycling paper, glass bottles and cardboard from packaging. The brewery has also installed movement-sensing lights to save electricity, a Freeaire keg cooler system, a Wort water cooling system and an energy-efficient chiller. The brewery even recaptures condensate from the kettle to save on heating hot water.

While the festival takes place from 5:30 to 11:00 pm on Friday, doors close at 9:30. Doors close at 5:30 on Saturday. Early Access Tickets are available to Friends of Harpoon for Saturday. Early access ticketholders are guaranteed entry to the festival from noon until 1:00 pm on Saturday. Early Access ticketholders who arrive after 1:00 pm will have to wait in the general admission line and are not guaranteed entrance to the festival. Tickets are on sale now.

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