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Massachusetts Craft Beverages

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Craft Distillers

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.

Privateer woman distiller with barrels

Greater Boston

AstraLuna, Medfield

Boston Harbor Distillery, Boston

Bully Boy Distillers, Boston

Damnation Alley Distillery, Belmont

Grandten Distilling, Boston

Short Path Distillery, Everett

Ryan and Wood factory floor

North of Boston

Deacon Giles Distillery, Salem

Privateer International, Ipswich

Ryan & Wood, Gloucester

Turkey Shore Distilleries, Ipswich

 

Cape Cod and the Boston Harbor Islands

Bradford Distillery, Plymouth

Dirty Water Distillery, Plymouth

RBD Distillery, North Dartmouth

South Hollow Spirits, Truro

Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket

Ryan and Wood still columns

Central Massachusetts

Nashoba Valley Spirits, Bolton

 

Western Massachusetts

Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield

Copper Moon Distillery, Springfield

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.

Apples on a tree

Greater Boston

Bantam Cider Company, Somerville

Downeast Cider House, Charlestown

Harpoon Brewing, Boston

North of Boston

Cider Hill Cedllars, Amesbury

Far from the Tree, Salem

Russel Orchards, Ipswich

Barrels at Nashoba Valley Winery

 

 

Central Massachusetts/MetroWest

Lookout Farm Hard Cider, Natick

Ragged Hill Cider, North Brookfield

Stormalong Cider, Sherborn

Western Massachusetts

Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery, Ashfield

Carr's Ciderhouse, Hadley

Graham Farmhouse, West Stockbridge

Headwater Cider, Hawley

Hilltop Orchards, Richmond

Kosinski Farms (Raven Hollow Winery), Westfield

West County Cider, Colrain

Artifact Cider

Cider Creek Hard Cider

Homestead Hard Cider

Wineries

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.

People drinking wine at Westport Rivers Winery

 

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.

People drinking wine under an arbor

 

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.

 

 

Craft Breweries

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!

People eating and drinking at a social event

Greater Boston

Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville

Bone Up, Everett

Boston Beer Works, Fenway

Boston Beer Works, Canal Street, Boston

Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge

Castle Island Brewing Co., Norwood

Cheeky Monkey Brewing, Boston

Deadwood Brewery, Dorchester

Dorchester Brewing Company, Dorchester

Down The Road Beer, Everett

Exhibit A, Framingham

Harpoon Brewery, Boston

Hopsters, Newton

Idle Hands Craft Ales, Malden

John Harvard's Brewhouse, Cambridge

Lamplighter, Cambridge

Lookout Farm Brewing, Natick

Lord Hobo Brewing Company, Woburn

Mystic Brewery, Chelsea

Night Shift Brewing, Everett

Percival Beer, Norwood

Samuel Adams, Boston

Saltbox Kitchen Brewery, W. Concord

SlumBrew Somerville Brewing Company, Somerville

Springdale, Framingham

Tenth District Brewing, Abington

Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain

True West, Acton

Trillium Brewing Company, Boston

Trillium Brewing Company, Canton

Widowmaker, Braintree

Winter Hill Brewing, Somerville

Ryan and Wood overhead view

North of Boston

Barewolf Brewing, Amesbury

Bent Water Brewery, Lynn

Brewery Silvaticus, Amesbury

Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester

Gentile Brewing Company, Beverley

Ipswich Ale Brewery (Mercury Brewing), Ipswich

Lowell Beer Works, Lowell

Marblehead Brewing, Marblehead

Merrimack Ales, Lowell

Navigation Brewing Company, Lowell

Newburyport Brewing Company, Newburyport

Notch, Salem

Oak & Iron Brewing, Andover

Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport

Salem Beer Works, Salem

The Tap Brewing Company, Haverhill

True North Ales, Ipswich

True West Brewing, Acton

Hardwick Vineyard Winery

Cape Cod and the Harbor Islands

7th Wave Brewing, Medfield

10th District Brewing, Abington

Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery, Edgartown

Barnstable Brewing, Hyannis

Barrel House Z, Weymouth

Berkley Beer Company, Berkley

Black Hat Brew Works, Bridgewater

Bog Iron Brewing, Norton

Buzzards Bay Brewing, Westport

Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis

Cisco Brewers, Nantucket

Devil's Purse Brewing Company, South Dennis

Greasy Luck Brewery, New Bedford

Hingham Beer Works, Hingham

Hog Island Beer, Orleans

Independent Fermentations, Plymouth

Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth

Moby Dick Brewing, New Bedford

Offshore Ale Company (Vineyard Brewing Co.), Oak Bluffs

Old Colony Brewing, Whitman

Shovel Town Brewery, Easton

Skyroc Brewery, AttleboroUntold Brewery, Scituate

Exterior of Furnace Brook

Central Massachusetts

3Cross Brewing Company, Worcester

Altruist Brewing, Sturbridge

Amory's Tomb Brewing, Maynard

Bolton Beer Works, Bolton

Cold Harbor, Westborough

Craft Roots Brewing, Milford

Framingham Beer Works, Framingham

Flying Dreams Brewing, Worcester

Gardner Ale House (Moon Hill Brewing Co. Inc.), Gardner

Homefield Brewing, Strubridge

Honest Weight Artisan Beer, Orange

Jack's Abby/Springdale Brewing, Framingham

John Harvard's Brewhouse, Framingham

Kretschmann Brewing Company, Webster

Medusa Brewing Company, Hudson

Owen O'Learly's, Southborough, Westborough, Easton, Brockton

Purgatory Beer Company, Whitinsville

Rapscallion/Pioneer Brewing, Fiskdale

River Styx, Fitchburg

Start Line Crewing, Hopkinton

Stone Cow Brewery, Barre

Tree House Brewing, Monson

True West, Acton

Wachusett Brewing, Westminster

Wormtown Brewery, Worcester

 

Willow Springs Vineyard in Autumn

 

Western Massachusetts

Abandoned Building Brewery, Easthampton

Amherst Brewing Company, Amherst

Barrington Brewery, Great Barrington

Berkshire Brewing Company, South Deerfield

Big Elm Brewing, Sheffield

Brew Practitioners Brewery and Taproom, Florence

Brewmaster's Brewing Services, Williamsburg

Brick and Feather Brewery, Montague

Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams

Building 8 Brewing, Nrth Adams

Drunken Rabbit Brewing, South Hadley

Element Brewing Company, Millers Falls

Fort Hill Brewing, Easthampton

High Horse Brewing, Amherst

Hitchcock Brewing, Whately

Iron Duke Brewing, Ludlow

Lefty's Brewing Company, Greenfield

New City Brewery, Easthampton

Northhampton Brewery, Northhampton

Opa Opa Brewing, Williamsburg

Outlook Farm Brewery, Easthampton

People's Pint (Franklin County Brewing Co), Greenfield

Shire Breu-House, Dalton

Stoneman Brewery, Colrain

Tin Bridge Brewing, Westfield

Vanished Valley Brewing, Ludlow

Wandering Star Brewing Company, Pittsfield

Westfield River Brewing Company, Westfield

 

Look for these other Craft Beers in stores and at festivals!

3 Beards

6A Brewing Company

Backlash Beer Company

Battle Road Brewing

Bay State Brewing Company

Brewmaster Jack

Clown Shoes

Do Can Brewery

Entitled Brewing

Granite Coast

Greater Good Imperial Brewing

Mighty Squirrel Beer

Naukabout Beer Co.

Old Planters Brewing

Portico Brewing Company

Scantic River Brewery

Spencer Trappist Ale

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