When Harpoon Brewery opened in 1987 on the South Boston Waterfront, aesthetics were an afterthought. The loading docks of a working brewery matched those of neighboring businesses. Getting folks to come to the neighborhood at all — to a beer factory in particular — was not a goal.
Now, the country’s eighth-largest craft brewer wants you to pull up a stool and stay awhile. Harpoon recently underwent a $3.5 million renovation to better accommodate visitors who have flocked to the brewery.