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LTK, Harpoon brewery tour and Picco

November 30th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Boston, Eating out, restaurant reviews

Yesterday was the last day of a very long weekend and it turned into an unexpected staycation due to pretty nice weather. Adam and I decided to go for a walk and explore areas of Boston we rarely end up at. This brought us to the Seaport district.

We realized that Harpoon brewery is in the area and decided to take their 3pm brewery tour. This left us with just enough time to grab a snack at a restaurant in the area. I suggested pizza and we both got excited. Unfortunately without any conventions at the time, most businesses/restaurants are closed, including Salvatore’s (a local pizza joint). With not too many options around, we settled on LTK (Legal Sea Food’s sister restaurant). The second the bar tender mentioned a bloody mary, I knew I really wanted one (yeah, smart choice, Elina, vodka before a beer tour 😉 ).

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Then came out the super fresh rolls with a butter bean dip. The dip was not bad, but the roles were amazing. They tasted like they just came out of the oven! Yum :)

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For our “snack” Adam and I decided to spit the mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce. The chef made a special batch, sans onions, and I was very thankful for that. I could seriously drink that sauce straight out of the bowl! Instead I enjoyed it with the warm rolls (we asked for a few extra). 😀

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Next up: Harpoon Brewery tour!!

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The tour was really fun! I loved learning about the process. We got to taste the wheat and barley used for brewing, as well as some pre-bottled IPA (it was cloudy, less carbonated and more alcoholic – still very good!). And then it was time for the beer tasting portion of the tour.

I started with the UFO (un-filtered offering) White. Harpoon started brewing this wheat beer 6 months ago, and it is now their 3rd best seller! [on the right is Adam’s Harpoon Dark which I also tasted – yum!]

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This UFO White I really enjoyed! It had hints of orange which made it a little special. Next I asked for the Ginger Wheat from Harpoon’s 100 barrel series (they let their brewers brew whatever they want once every 3 months, make 100 barrels of it, and that’s it! Talk about limited edition…)

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It smelled like ginger but tasted quite lemony. Another good one!

Our tour guide/bartender mentioned that the Winter Warmer (has cloves and cinnamon) tastes like a gingerbread cookie, and combined with the hard Cider, tastes like apple pie. You know I had to test that theory 😉

Winter Warmer:

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Not quite a gingerbread cookie, but floral, fall flavors for sure. Combined with the Cider it tasted like candy to me (not apple pie). A little too sweet for my taste (I prefer the Cider on its own).

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The tour + tasting was really a blast! I probably drank less than a beer altogether (I didn’t drink the samples in their entirety) but was definitely feeling tipsy (I guess that bloody mary was pretty strong!). I rarely drink beer so I was surprised how much I enjoyed everything I tasted. I think I like to taste them more than actually drink them all night long (except for cider, that’s like apple juice 😆 ). Adam and I are definitely Harpoon fans now, and I know we’ll be more likely to order it next time we’re at a bar (the kegs are usually about a week old when they get delivered to a local bar – that’s some fresh beer!!).

Feeling good (read: feeling the effects of alcohol) with a pizza craving still unsatisfied, brought us to our favorite pizza place in Boston – PICCO (pizza and ice cream company).

I got the small margharita with chicken and mushrooms

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The dough is SO doughy and chewy, it tastes like heaven! The sauce has large tomato chunks (I like that over the smooth sauce) and the mozzarella is incredibly fresh. This pizza was to-die-for!

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Adam got their fresh smoked pepperoni as a topping. We swapped one slice. Also yummy! I like how the mini pepperoni got all crispy in the oven. Best.pizza.ever!

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We got home around 7:30; I promptly passed out on the couch around 8. I peeled myself off around 8:40 and got to bed, setting an alarm for bright and early, but that didn’t happen either. I slept for 11 hours and probably could have slept for another 11. I guess I was really tired!! Back to work now…..

Do you like being a tourist in your own city? Ever tried exploring new areas on a random Sunday afternoon? I highly recommend it! :mrgreen:

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren

    Looks like you guys enjoyed a fun day! John works over in the Seaport District, so I’m somewhat familiar with the area. We attempted to go on the Harpoon tour about a month ago, but alas… it was sold out. Another time!

    It’s ironic that you ask the question about being a tourist in your own city b/c we went to the New England Aquarium for the first time this weekend. It was PACKED with tourists, but was fun nonetheless.

    LTK has some delicious offerings. I’ll have to check out PICCO!

  • #2 - Morgan

    It looks like you guys had a great time! I miss being a tourist in Boston, we didn’t do any touristy things over Thanksgiving break, but being there reminded me how much I want to move back!

  • #3 - Pam

    Your food ALWAYS looks so good!

    Enjoy!

  • #4 - Husband Adam

    I really do think Picco is the best pizza I’ve had in Boston!

  • #5 - Nicole (dishin')

    Looks like a great day to me! Harpoon UFO White is one of my favorite beers..especially in the summertime.

    I need to go to PICCO. I’ve heard about it for months and haven’t made it there yet. Your pizza looks amazing.

  • #6 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    I love brewery tours and being a tourist in my own city! I’ve lived in Phoenix for less than a year so I’m still discovering new things all the time!

  • #7 - Kate G.

    ahhh once again you have found the most amaaaaazing looking pizza! Yum :)

  • #8 - Courtney

    That brewery tour looked like a great time – even greater is that white peacoat you’re wearing! :]

  • #9 - 24carrot

    mmm- pizza
    Sad that I did not know about Picco when I lived in Boston :(

  • #10 - Emily

    Ummm I just died. I would LOVE that pizza.

  • #11 - One Healthy Apple

    I love playing tourist. We picked our wedding location in the most touristy spot in San Francisco because we love it so much!

  • #12 - Kelly

    I love playing tourist too. I also LOVE Picco! I am going on the Harpoon tour in a couple of weeks so I’m really glad you told me more about it :)

  • #13 - Jenna

    looks like a great day!
    jenna

  • #14 - Elina

    Lauren – that sounds like fun too. I’ve actually never been to the aquarium. Maybe that will be our next tourist thing that we do :)

    Nicole – I like wheat beers in the summer too 😀

    Courtney – haha, thanks! 😀

    Kelly – yay, enjoy!!