Three friends who loved beer and loved drinking beer together found the domestic beer choices of the 1980s to be limited. Traveling through Europe and experiencing the rich traditions of European brewing opened their eyes to the rich beer culture they wanted back home. They decided to build Harpoon Brewery so that they could brew the beers that they wanted to drink, and invite their friends. Fresh, local craft beer began making its way out to Boston beer drinkers. It was hard to imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today.