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New England is comprised of six North Eastern states – Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine – throughout which beer lovers can indulge in some of the finest craft brews in the country. With so many fantastic local breweries in the region, it’s difficult to know where to begin the pursuit, therefore we have compiled a list of ten popular New England breweries that are, amongst countless others, worth a visit.
Beer is devotedly crafted to enhance simple life experiences at Foolproof Brewing Company, which utilizes the unique concept of ‘experience-based brewing.’ From ‘Backyahd’, a bitter India Pale Ale that pairs well with a barbeque, to ‘Raincloud’, a rich and comforting robust porter perfect for a rainy day indoors, Foolproof is the perfect accompaniment. The brewery hosts tastings each Friday evening, and hour-long tours are conducted by friendly and knowledgeable staff on Saturdays. Guests can opt to make a reservation, otherwise tours are first come first serve. Private tours are also available upon reservation. Gain a first-hand look at how this up-and-coming local brewery produces its array of acclaimed beers; well worth a visit for anyone in the Pawtucket area.
Foolproof Brewing Company, 241 Grotto Avenue, Pawtucket, RI +1 401 721 5970
Over 200 years of tradition, history and heritage give Hill Farmstead Brewery its unique charm. Located in remote North Greensboro, Vermont, the brewery produces small, controlled barrels of highly popular beers inspired by the owners’ family members and famous philosophical ideas, including collaborations with other brewers, a one-off and a single hops series. Hill Farmstead Brewery aims to stay small and local and produces delicious, innovative and inspired brews without sacrificing quality. As a result, Hill Farmstead beers are notorious for a unique and thoughtful balance of flavors. Tours of the brewery are not offered at this time, but guests are welcome to explore the on-site brew house and retail areas during hours of operation for beer tastings.
Hill Farmstead Brewery, 403 Hill Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT +1 802 533 7450
Listed as one of the top 20 American breweries by Beer Advocate in 2009 and 2010, the New England Brewing Company is one of the premier breweries in Connecticut State. No longer one of Connecticut’s best-kept secrets (much to the dismay of loyal locals), the brewery produces both experimental and traditional craft beers, ales and lagers, and is perhaps best known for ‘Gandhi-Bot’, a highly sought after ‘intensely hopped double India Pale Ale’. Guests are invited to stop by and sample what’s on draft or fill a growler – a half-gallon jug that holds 4 pints – of your favorite beer. Lines are typically long at the New England Brewing Company, but loyal patrons promise that these high quality and flavorful beers are more than worth the wait.
New England Brewing Company, 175 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT +1 203 387 2222
The product of a passion for ‘nocturnal home brewing’, Night Shift Brewing, Inc. began in 2012. Merging curiosity with innovation, Night Shift continues to make a significant contribution to New England’s craft brewing movement. Through trial, error and tireless experimentation, the three friends behind Night Shift have refined a highly popular and diverse selection of unique craft beers, from sour and wild to barrel-aged. All products are brewed from start to finish on-site in their Everett microbrewery, where friendly and informed staff are happy to assist with recommendations. The brewery’s taproom is open seven days a week and free daily tours are available. With a Bring Your Own Food policy, beer on draft, flight options, growler fills and bottles for sale, Night Shift fulfils all your day and night beer desires.
Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA +1 617 294 4233
Creativity and community come together at Smuttynose Brewing Company, where quality, award-winning beers are made in the New England tradition. The brewery offers several year-round series as well as seasonal and one-off batches. Smuttynose recently relocated to the rustic and charming Towle Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire from Portsmouth, boasting a larger brewing space and increased sustainability. The brewery is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and dedicated to repurposing all reusable waste. By growing hops on-site and beekeeping on the grounds, Smuttynose produces fresh, delicious beer with a conscience and maintains its roots as a small local brewery. Guests are welcome for free daily tours and tastings, but a voluntary $2 donation will go to a selected charity.
Smuttynose Brewing Company, 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton, NH +1 603 436 4026
Beer lovers across the country are hard-pressed to find a brewery with more charm than Tree House Brewing Co. in Monson, Massachusetts. The small brewery produces a variety of ales inspired by the seasons, moods and thoughtful innovation. Tree House is a draft and retail-only brewery focused entirely on the freshness and quality of their beer, and patrons eagerly line up to fill growlers of their favorite brews. Amongst a range of highly desirable beers on year-round and rotational offer is ‘Julius’ – a refreshing and hoppy American IPA that features fruity tones of passion fruit, mango and citrus – which was impressively ranked 55th in Beer Advocate’s listing of 250 best beers in the world. It is recommended that guests check the website for availability prior to visiting the brewery.
Tree House Brewing Co., 160 East Hill Road, Monson, MA +1 413 523 2367