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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!

 

Massachusetts Events This June!

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The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, so that means it’s time to get out and about!  June is the perfect time of year to enjoy some events outdoors with friends and family, and there are tons to choose from.  We’ve narrowed down the list for you and chosen some of the best things going on this month, and trust us when we say you won’t want to miss out!

Salem Arts Festival – This is an event the whole family will enjoy!  Visit Salem from June 6th – 8th for their annual arts festival, which will turn downtown Salem into a giant showcase for all types of artists to display their work.  Thousands of guests will stroll through the streets looking at all types of art including paintings, photographs, sculptures, performers, and much more.  There will be tons of food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family at this event.  If you need a break from the crowds, take a stroll down to the waterfront and catch some rays or grab a bite to eat at one of the local watering holes.  We guarantee you won’t be bored if you stop by this event, and the best part is, it’s FREE!

Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week – If you love fresh seafood, or any type of food for that matter, you won’t want to miss this event.  Not only does it give you an excuse to visit beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, it’s also an excuse to stop by restaurants that you wouldn’t normally visit.  You can enjoy either 3 or 4 course prix fixe meals at most restaurants on the island, with lunch being priced between $10-$20 and dinner being priced between $25-$45.  Restaurant week will take place from Sunday, June 15th – Thursday, June 19th, so take advantage of it before it’s gone!

Day Out With Thomas – The kids will love this event at Edaville, USA where they get the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his boss Sir Topham Hat!  Thomas will be stopping by from June 14th-15th and June 20th-23rd.  Take a 20 minute ride aboard a 15-ton replica of Thomas and afterwards enjoy unlimited use of all of their amusement rides and play spaces!  Sounds like a kid’s dream come true if you ask us!  The event will be from 9 AM – 5 PM and tickets are $20 per person, ages 2 and under are free.

Nashua River Brewer’s Festival – This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the region’s best craft beers, while also doing something good for others.  The Nashua River Brewer’s Festival brings together some of the region’s best craft brewers at Riverfront Park in downtown Fitchburg and it’s all for a great cause!  All proceeds will benefit the Gardner Visiting Nurses Food Pantry and Fitchburg Civic Days, two local charities that benefit many nearby residents.  Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event, and you’ll even get a free tasting glass to keep!  There will be great entertainment and plenty to eat and drink all day long.  This event is 21+ so grab some friends and make your way over on Saturday, June 28th from 1 PM – 7 PM.

We definitely can’t wait to stop by some of these events, what about you?  We hope to see you there!

Photo By: Alexis Fam

 

 

Massachusetts Events This April

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Now that spring is finally here it’s time to get out and about to celebrate!  There are many events going on this month, and the weather is starting to warm up so there’s no better time than the present.  Whether you’re looking for something to do on a day out with the family, or want an idea for a fun time with friends, we’ve got you covered.

Boston Beer Summit – Love craft beer?  Then you won’t want to miss the Boston Beer Summit, taking place from April 4-5 at the Park Plaza Castle.  This giant beer tasting will feature over 60 brewers and have more than 200 different beers to sample.  The best local, regional, national, and international brewers will all be there including Angry Orchard, Atwater, Backlash, Berkshire, Blue Hills, Blue Moon, Harpoon, Narragansett, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and many more.  Tickets are $50 and include entrance, entertainment, tasting mug, and beer samples.  Get your tickets while they last!

Patriots Day Celebrations – Head to Minute Man National Park in Lexington and Concord the weekend of April 19-21 for some historical fun.  Remember our nation’s journey to freedom at the very starting point of the Revolutionary War. These towns are extremely proud of their heritage, and in honor of Patriots Day weekend they will be celebrating with parades, re-enactments of Revolutionary battles, commemorative ceremonies, socials, a pancake breakfast, and much more! This event is perfect for families, history buffs, and anyone that wants to learn more about our country’s history.

Party For The Planet – Do you carpool, recycle, bring reusable bags to the store, or take other steps to go green?  Then you won’t want to miss out on celebrating Earth Day! Head to the Franklin Park Zoo with friends, family, and of course some furry friends for their Earth Day celebration, “Party For The Planet”!  This family friendly event takes place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM – 3 PM and will raise awareness for the planet with fun events including animal enrichment activities, a chance to meet the zookeepers, entertainment, eco-friendly exhibitors and more.  What better way to celebrate planet Earth than  by getting up close and personal with some of it’s creatures?  Learn more about our planet and what you can do to make a difference every day at this exciting event.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival – The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Daffodil Festival from April 25-27.  This annual event celebrates the beginning of spring on the island of Nantucket with an antique car parade, community picnic, art shows, tours, exhibitions, contests, lectures, a Daffodil Flower Show, 5K, and much more.  All are welcome at this exciting event, even your furry friends!  What more could you ask for at a family event?  Many festival-goers dress up for this event, so break out your brightest yellow and enjoy this day of fun in the sun!

The start of spring is always exciting, the weather warms up, flowers are in bloom, and it becomes enjoyable to be outside again!  These events are a great way to kick off the start of the season, so grab your friends, family, flip flops, and enjoy!

Photo By: antaean

 

 

 

Events This April!

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Looking for something new and exciting to do this month?  These local events are fun, exciting, opportunities to get out of the house and try something new!  Celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately by getting out and about, try your luck at trivia, celebrate Earth Day, stop by Comic Con, or enjoy a craft beer, as always, there is an event for everyone!

True Lies and False Facts: A Questionable Tour of Boston – How much do you know about Boston’s history?  Boston By Foot organized this trivia tour where you will hear wild and outlandish tales, some of them are true while some of them are false.  Use your knowledge of Boston’s history to discover the truth, after the tour participants will gather at the 6B Lounge where the answers will be revealed and those with the most correct will win prizes.  This historic tour takes place on Sunday, April 7th at 2 PM and costs $10 for members of the organization and $20 for non-members.  Participants will gather outside the Charles/MGH T station on the Red Line before the tour begins.  Celebrate April Fool’s day a little late this year and see if you can be fooled!  Reservations are recommended although walk-ups will be accepted if space allows, only cash will be accepted for payment on the tour day.

Spring Beer Fest – Celebrate the beginning of Spring with a crisp, refreshing craft beer!  The Spring Beer Fest will be taking place on Friday, April 19th at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  There will be beers available to taste from across the globe, guests will recieve a passport (event guide) that will enable them to travel from country to country sampling brews.  There will also be music and all guests will be entered to win great items valued at $1,000.00!  Guests can either purchase tickets for the Rush Hour tasting from 5 PM – 7:30 PM which cost $49 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out, or can purchase tickets for the Friday night Tasting Party from 8 PM – 11 PM which costs $59 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out.  There will also be a sushi rolling and saki class taking place for those that are interested!  There will be two sessions, one at 5:15 PM and one at 8:15 PM, tickets are $59 until 4/12/13 and then will be $69 until they sell out.  The class is one hour long and you will learn how to make sushi rolls and then enjoy complimentary pre-rolled items!  Get your tickets for this event before they sell out!

Party For The Planet! – Celebrate Earth Day with the Franklin Park Zoo this year on Sunday, April 21st at their Party for the Planet!  The Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and the Cambridge Science Festival for this event to raise awareness for our planet!  Take your little ones to the zoo for this event where they can learn how to contribute to and maintain planet Earth in a fun, engaging environment.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the zookeepers, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy the live entertainment on site, and of course meet the many animals that live at the zoo!  There will also be animal enrichment activities and Magic 106.7 will be on hand from 11 AM – 1 PM with music, games, and prizes!

Boston Comic Con – This event takes place across the country and on April 20-21st it will be here in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center!  Comic book fans, get your tickets while they last, single day admission costs $25.00 but if you buy a ticket for admission on both days it will run you up $40.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the door the day of the event.  Fans of the hit series “The Walking Dead” will love the fact that favorites Lauren Cohan AKA Maggie Greene and Jon Bernthal AKA Shane Walsh will be on hand for autographs, photo ops, and some Q&A.  There will also be a comic art auction, costume contest, film festival, and stars and artists from many other famous comic books at the event.  Show hours are from 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday.

Which one of these events are you most excited about this month?  There is something going on to entertain every member of your family this April, so head into Boston and celebrate the warm weather at one of these events!

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