breweries in Massachusetts


Bay State Breweries! (and Cideries!)

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer’s day! As Bay Staters, we are lucky enough to have some fabulous breweries in Massachusetts.  From the ever popular and well known Samuel Adams Brewery, to the new and amazing Downeast Cider hall, these places offer truly refreshing drinks and exciting experiences.

Downeast Cider Hall
200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

This cidery takes apples and alcohol to a whole new level. Started in 2011, the Downeast Cider Hall’s success grows from a truly exceptional and refreshing hard apple cider.  The founders and owners stick to strict policy of “No Shortcuts” in their cider making process. The company gets all of their apples from local farms and fresh presses to create a truly amazing, and refreshing taste. They refuse to use artificial ingredients, use juice from concentrate, or any shortcuts that may diminish the quality and flavor of their delectable cider.  While their original cider stands on their own, the line up of great ciders includes a cranberry blend, hard lemonade, a winter cider, hard honey and a pumpkin blend.  Located in Charlestown, the cider hall offers free tours, and free samples from their taps!

Cisco Brewers
5 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket, MA 02554

You may have heard of their flagship beer, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale but did you know Cisco also operates a distillery and winery as well as it’s brewery?  A tour of Cisco brewery will provide the ultimate tasting experience!  For just $20, the tour includes a tasting glass, the choice of two wines to sample from the Nantucket Vineyard, two beers from the Cisco Brewery, AND two spirits from Triple Eight Distillery.  On top of their amazing tour, Cisco also offers a variety of other events including wine and cheese tasting with 8 different wines and gourmet cheese, live music events, and sea food events with a raw bars and lobster rolls. Located in beautiful Nantucket, take time to explore the island after your visit at Cisco Brewery!

Harpoon Brewery –
306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

It would be almost impossible to walk into a bar in Massachusetts that doesn’t serve Harpoon’s IPA. This delicious craft brewery now boasts one of the largest breweries in the country. Located in the beautiful Sea Port area of Boston, this large brewery also hosts it’s own beer hall!  Start your visit with a guided tour and beer tasting for $5.  Then make your way to the beer hall for more delicious beer and a freshly baked pretzel served with garlic butter, IPA cheese, ale mustard and more!

Wachusett Brewing Company
175 State Rd E, Westminster, MA 01473

Created by an outdoor loving trio of friends, Wachusett Brewing company commits to brewing and selling the freshest, highest quality beer since they founded the brewery in 1993. Three founders involved themselves in every aspect of their brewery they possibly could. With degree in engineering and biology, the hands on founders designed and built most of the equipment, did the brewing and filling, selling and delivering and everything else to grow their brewery into the success it is today. You may know their most famous brews such as Wachusett Blueberry, Country Pale Ale, IPA, or Green Monsta IPA but they create many more creative brews. Check out a free tour today and finish your visit with a free tasting!

Samuel Adams Brewery –
30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

This may be the first brewery that comes to mind when thinking about Massachusetts breweries.  Brewing since 1984, Sam Adams boasts over 30 different styles of beer with seasonal favorites.  Tours run Monday to Saturday, but they fill up fast so get there early! The free tours include 3 free samples and the brewery just asks for a small $2 donation for local charities.  Another awesome night to try more brews right from the source, is complimentary flight plan night every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm. Create your own flight plan by choosing from beers on tap and in growlers, ranging from experimental brews, to the flagship Boston Lager, and seasonal styles!

 

Bay State Breweries! (and Cideries!)

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer’s day! As Bay Staters, we are lucky enough to have some fabulous breweries in Massachusetts.  From the ever popular and well known Samuel Adams Brewery, to the new and amazing Downeast Cider hall, these places offer truly refreshing drinks and exciting experiences.

Downeast Cider Hall
200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

This cidery takes apples and alcohol to a whole new level. Started in 2011, the Downeast Cider Hall’s success grows from a truly exceptional and refreshing hard apple cider.  The founders and owners stick to strict policy of “No Shortcuts” in their cider making process. The company gets all of their apples from local farms and fresh presses to create a truly amazing, and refreshing taste. They refuse to use artificial ingredients, use juice from concentrate, or any shortcuts that may diminish the quality and flavor of their delectable cider.  While their original cider stands on their own, the line up of great ciders includes a cranberry blend, hard lemonade, a winter cider, hard honey and a pumpkin blend.  Located in Charlestown, the cider hall offers free tours, and free samples from their taps!

Cisco Brewers
5 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket, MA 02554

You may have heard of their flagship beer, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale but did you know Cisco also operates a distillery and winery as well as it’s brewery?  A tour of Cisco brewery will provide the ultimate tasting experience!  For just $20, the tour includes a tasting glass, the choice of two wines to sample from the Nantucket Vineyard, two beers from the Cisco Brewery, AND two spirits from Triple Eight Distillery.  On top of their amazing tour, Cisco also offers a variety of other events including wine and cheese tasting with 8 different wines and gourmet cheese, live music events, and sea food events with a raw bars and lobster rolls. Located in beautiful Nantucket, take time to explore the island after your visit at Cisco Brewery!

Harpoon Brewery –
306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

It would be almost impossible to walk into a bar in Massachusetts that doesn’t serve Harpoon’s IPA. This delicious craft brewery now boasts one of the largest breweries in the country. Located in the beautiful Sea Port area of Boston, this large brewery also hosts it’s own beer hall!  Start your visit with a guided tour and beer tasting for $5.  Then make your way to the beer hall for more delicious beer and a freshly baked pretzel served with garlic butter, IPA cheese, ale mustard and more!

Wachusett Brewing Company
175 State Rd E, Westminster, MA 01473

Created by an outdoor loving trio of friends, Wachusett Brewing company commits to brewing and selling the freshest, highest quality beer since they founded the brewery in 1993. Three founders involved themselves in every aspect of their brewery they possibly could. With degree in engineering and biology, the hands on founders designed and built most of the equipment, did the brewing and filling, selling and delivering and everything else to grow their brewery into the success it is today. You may know their most famous brews such as Wachusett Blueberry, Country Pale Ale, IPA, or Green Monsta IPA but they create many more creative brews. Check out a free tour today and finish your visit with a free tasting!

Samuel Adams Brewery –
30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

This may be the first brewery that comes to mind when thinking about Massachusetts breweries.  Brewing since 1984, Sam Adams boasts over 30 different styles of beer with seasonal favorites.  Tours run Monday to Saturday, but they fill up fast so get there early! The free tours include 3 free samples and the brewery just asks for a small $2 donation for local charities.  Another awesome night to try more brews right from the source, is complimentary flight plan night every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm. Create your own flight plan by choosing from beers on tap and in growlers, ranging from experimental brews, to the flagship Boston Lager, and seasonal styles!

 

Bay State Breweries

Who doesn’t enjoy tossing back an ice cold brew?  Why not grab some friends and visit of one of the many breweries across the Bay State?  You can take a tour, see how the beer is brewed and bottled, and enjoy a few samples along the way! Doesn’t get much better than that does it?

Samuel Adams Brewery – This is probably the first brewery that comes to mind when people think of breweries in Massachusetts.  They have over 30 styles of beer and have been brewing since 1984.  Their seasonal brews are very popular, especially Sam Adams Octoberfest which is currently in season.  Located in Boston, they offer tours from 10 AM-3 PM Monday-Thursday, from 10 AM-5:30 PM on Fridays, and from 10 AM-3 PM on Saturdays.  The tours leave every 45 minutes and last about an hour.  After your tour, enjoy three free samples!  Does it get better than that?  The tours are free but a $2 donation is suggested and benefits local charities.  They do not accept reservations so it is recommended that you show up as early in the tour day as possible, especially on Saturdays as they typically hit tour capacity by noon.

Cisco Brewers – You may have heard of their flagship beer, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale but did you know they also operate a distillery and winery as well as their brewery?  Take a tour and see it all!  Located in Nantucket, Cisco Brewers offers tours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in the fall at 4 PM (they will likely be slowing down to only Friday and Saturday tours for the winter so call before you arrive) and every day in the summer.  The tours last for an hour or hour and a half and cost $20 which includes many drinks along the way, a tasting glass, and entrance into their brewery, winery, and distillery.  They also have a bar on site that is open from 10 AM- 7 PM where you can taste samples as well if tours are not taking place during your visit.

Harpoon Brewery – Located in Boston’s seaport district, Harpoon Brewery has been brewing quality craft beers since 1986.  They are known for their range of Harpoon and UFO beers, all of which you can enjoy during a tasting session after your tour.  Tours are given on Saturday from 10:30 AM-5 PM and on Sunday from 11:30 AM – 3 PM and cost $5 which benefits the Harpoon Helps Charity and goes towards your souvenir glass as well.  The tours leave every half hour and last an hour, space is limited and tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis so it is recommended that you arrive early.  On weekdays they offer tastings Monday-Friday at 2 PM and 4 PM.  These tastings are complimentary and take place in the tasting room, they include a history of the brewery and samples.  Because the brewery is at full bottling and brewing capacity during the week they do not offer tours, however if you’re planning on attending a tasting arrive early, especially for the 4 PM Friday tasting, which often reaches capacity.

Wachusett Brewing Company – The brain child of three college buddies, Wachusett Brewing Company has been committed to brewing and selling the freshest, highest quality beer since they founded the brewery in 1993.  You may have heard of their Wachusett Blueberry, Country Pale Ale, IPA, or festive Green Monsta IPA, and if not you’re missing out.  They have many other beer varieties in addition to those mentioned above, which you can try at one of their brewery tours.  Located in Westminster, MA the brewery offers tours on Wednesday and Thursday from noon-4 (last tour at 3), and Friday and Saturday from noon-5 (last tour at 4).  They also have a store on site that is open Wednesday and Saturday from noon-5 and Thursday and Friday from noon-6 with merchandise available.

Grab some friends this weekend and take a ride out to one of these breweries across the Bay State!  What better way to celebrate Octoberfest than by touring a few local breweries.  Of course tastings and samples are for guests 21 + and all attendees are encouraged to enjoy responsibly and designate a driver.  In addition, be sure that you are properly insured when you hit the road this weekend, if you have any questions or would like a  quote, call us at (866) 963-8231 or click MassDrive.

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