Visit Massachusetts craft distillers and experience unique and broad flavor palettes, tapping back to a long-rooted tradition in the Bay State. Check websites for tasting room hours or to make an appointment. Massachusetts' commercial distilling history is rich, dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times. The local industry brought wealth in the 1700s, when Boston was home to more than 25 distilleries and Massachusetts was the country's leading rum exporter. Massachusetts craft distillers are on the rebound and now number almost 20, with many sourcing local ingredients. For an authentic experience, visit their tasting rooms and sample craft bourbon, gin, liqueur, moonshine, rum, vodka and whiskey products, and meet the owners! Check out the craft distilleries' websites to find retail locations where the products can be purchased, and be sure to visit the MA Craft Distillers Alliance website www.massdistill.com.
North of Boston
Cape Cod and the Boston Harbor Islands
Hard Apple Cider
Hard apple cider, made by artisans across Massachusetts and the country, is undergoing a Renaissance! Hard apple cider has been enjoyed as a refreshing beverage for thousands of years. Today's fine line- up of this locally made beverage features a wide array of styles for every palette, often made with apples grown and harvested nearby. The apple variety contributes to the hard cider flavor profile with styles that are bone dry or very sweet. Cider apples are not the same as those in the supermarkets. They often have more tannins and acidity. How the cider is crafted determines its elegant, complex or earthy bouquet, just as the cider apples' terroir contributes flavor nuances based on the weather, soil, and geography. Check websites of the hard cider businesses listed to find retail locations where the products can be purchased, as well as tasting room hours to meet the cider maker or to schedule a visit.
North of Boston
Massachusetts is one of the rising stars in the world of wine. The Bay State's exciting wineriesand vineyards are catching the attention of wine lovers everywhere. Gathering from the diversity and steeped in the best of New England traditions, wines are hand-crafted with loving care from grapes, fruit, berries, honey and flowers.
The most common grape wine varieties grown in Massachusetts are the vinifera varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris followed by the American Hybrids Vidal Blanc and Cayuga.
Massachusetts' wineries present you with a wide variety of wines to complement a delicious spectrum of native foods. From aperitifs to soups, salads, the main course, desserts and everything in between, you will find a delightful selection of choices.
Click here for the latest map to Discover Wine and Cheese Makers in Massachusetts. If you would like a hard copy of the brochure, please send email to Bonita.Oehlke@state.ma.us.
Explore the Bay State by sampling the finely crafted ales and lagers from breweries and brew pubs, extending from Cape Cod and the Islands to the Berkshires. With over 150 breweries to visit, there is plenty of award-winning beer right around the corner.
Many of these world-class breweries feature ingredients from Massachusetts such as locally grown and malted grains, fresh hops, and indigenous yeast strains. Valley Malt, the region's first micromaltster in Hadley, works with area farmers who supply organic grains. Hops grown at Four Star Farm in Northfield and Clover Hill Farm in Hardwick are also used in many local brews. Specialty ingredients from Bay State growers include apples, blueberries, herbs, honey, maple syrup, pumpkin and even cranberries, peaches and oysters!
North of Boston
Cape Cod and the Harbor Islands