Beer and Boston have lived together longer than our country's been around: The city issued its first brewing license in 1630. And they lived in wedded bliss, more or less, until Prohibition reared its buzz-harshing head in 1920. Before that, the city sported dozens of breweries making all sorts of beer styles under myriad brands, its German and Irish immigrants all too happy to imbibe. These breweries favored certain neighborhoods such as Jamaica Plain (because of the crystal springs then serving as a great water supply) and Roxbury (where the cost of land was cheap following its incorporation into Boston in 1868). Today, these production facilities have generally evolved from breweries to bedrooms, with some surviving as artists' lofts and offices as well (and at least one as a brewery). Happy St. Patrick's Day.
· Boston's Lost Breweries [Jamaica Plain Historical Society]
· Boston's Old Breweries [Google Maps]
· Our Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]