Like a sentry guarding the entrance to Faneuil Hall, a statue of Samuel Adams stands tall near a vacant space that a modern-day Sam Adams could one day occupy. Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company has his sights set on the space at 60 State St., the former home to Hillstone, among other downtown locations. The goal is to one day open a downtown outpost for the Sam Adams Brewery, which has stood in Jamaica Plain (30 Germania St.) since its founding in 1984, according to the Boston Business Journal.
Koch confirmed to the BBJ that the company is looking into the space, although nothing has been signed and plans are only in the very early stages. This news comes on the heels of the brewery unveiling a formal taproom and a new barrel-aging room, the Bier Keller, at its JP facility, which previously offered only tours with tastings and retail.
While Sam Adams beer is a ubiquitous item on the menu at most Boston restaurants, a downtown taproom for the brewery would expand its accessibility. At this time, there is no formal timeline for unveiling a new location at 60 State St. or elsewhere downtown; stay tuned for updates on the development of a new taproom.
In the meantime, there’s plenty of Sam Adams available at Fenway: It’s the newly announced official beer of the Red Sox.