A perfect activity/day trip for a rainy summer afternoon.
An American “Craft Brewer” is: small – (the brewery distributes no more than six million barrels of beer a year); independent – (less than 25 percent of the brewery is owned by a non-craft beer brewery (example: Anheuser-Bush) and…traditional – (the majority of the brewery’s output consists of “beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.”)
If you’d like to participate in this movement that is taking our country by storm, here are a few local New England breweries to check-out and support the next time you’re have a craving for an authentic cold craft brewski.
Trillium – Boston, MA
A family owned and operated brewery in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Trillium was created to realize a dream of bringing creative and flavorful beers to the consumer. Trillium craft beers are created on the shoulders of native ingredients and artisan practices, balancing them with modern-day expertise.
Cape Anne Brewing – Gloucester, MA
Visit their brew house, enjoy a pint, and take a free tour of the Cape Ann Brewing Company. Taste their specialty craft beers on draft and brewed on premise. Fisherman’s beer — whose bold flavor and character reflect the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet — is a tribute to hard work and a salute to friendships that endure. Cape Ann Brewing Company is an award-winning, family-owned, craft brewery in the heart of downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts on Boston’s North Shore.
Berkshire Brewing Company – South Deerfield, MA
Berkshire Brewing Company was founded in the fall of 1994 in historic South Deerfield, MA. The founders shared a single purpose: to revive a time-honored tradition of high quality craft brewing in this part of the region. By word of mouth – and taste buds – Berkshire’s fresh, unfiltered, unpasteurized ales quickly became a success with beer-drinkers throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond.
Cambridge Brewing Company – Cambridge, MA
Nationally acclaimed and locally cherished, the Cambridge Brewing Company has been at the forefront of the Pub Brewery movement since their inception in 1989. Their focus on high quality craft beers and seasonally inspired New England fare have led to numerous accolades and a devoted clientele. Their team of brewers crafts a wide array of traditional, new American and experimental beers styles. They are the first commercial brewery in America to produce a Belgian beer and their barrel cellar was one of the first of its kind, creating wood aged beers and utilizing micro flora to enhance flavors.
Newburyport Brewing Company – Newburyport, MA
Co-Founded by Newburyport residents Bill Fisher & Chris Webb, Newburyport Brewing Company is Massachusetts’ only “keg and can” brewery with three ales: Newburyport Pale Ale™, Plum Island Belgian White™ and Green Head IPA™, the beer that bites you back. They brew great beer, play in an 8-piece funk band and love adventure. A few years ago while watching the Bruins win the Stanley Cup they decided to share their passions with the world by creating the Newburyport Brewing Company. Their brand is based on three things… Using the best ingredients in the world to brew amazing beer, sharing Newburyport and its rich seaport history, and going on adventures with great beer in a can.