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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!

 

Events In Massachusetts This August

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Can you believe how quickly the summer is going by?  Don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having at some fun events!  We’ve listed a few of our favorites going on this month, and we’re sure they’ll be fun for friends and the whole family!

Water Street Wing Fling! – If you’re on the Cape, you won’t want to miss this event that celebrates Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod!  It will take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Henry T. Wing School from 11 AM – 10:30 PM each day.  Some of the exciting events include an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, a judged car show, kayak tours, live music, food trucks, a craft table for kids, face painting, games, drumming circle, fire truck hayrides, roaming railroad, light show, and one of the most exciting things is the tethered air balloon rides at night!  If you’re in the area we highly recommend stopping by this family friendly event that’s sure to be fun for all ages!

Feast In The Wild – Head to the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford for a wild night of food and fun with the animals.  Feast on specials from local restaurants and sample brews while strolling through the zoo, enjoying animal encounters and additional entertainment.  Tickets to this event are $65 for zoo members and $75 for non-members.  This event is 21+ and will take place on Thursday, August 14th from 6PM – 10 PM.  Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the zoo’s mission, so you’ll be supporting a great cause as well as enjoying an exciting night out!

34th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival – Summer is a time to enjoy the sea, sunshine, delicious food, and the great outdoors with friends and family, and this is the perfect place to do it!  This festival will take place on August 16th and 17th at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.  There will be live entertainment including Celtic, country, folk, and ragtime music, artisans and craftsmen displaying their work, and many different kinds of ethnic foods to try!  Other highlights include a pancake breakfast, lobster bake, and on Sunday there will be 75 antique autos on display courtesy of the North Shore Old Car Club!  This event is pet friendly and entry is free, although there is a fee for parking and of course for food.  Festival hours are from 9AM – 6PM each day so grab your family, friends, and enjoy!

Sails and Ales – Like beer? Like being on a boat taking a tour of beautiful Boston Harbor?  The real question is who wouldn’t like that?  This event brings both together, so join Classic Harbor Lines and Harpoon Brewery for a sunset cruise Thursdays in August.  This two hour tour still has tickets available for August 14th, 21st, and 28th and they cost $52 each.  Tickets do not include the beer tasting, to participate you must purchase “A Tasting” in the extras of the purchase page, but we’re sure it will be worth it.  Guests will be able to sample 5 of Harpoon’s Flagship and/or seasonal brews while being guided by a Harpoon Brewery Representative who will explain the brewing process and how Harpoon Brewery began.  There will be light food available on board but guests are more than welcome to bring their own picnics!  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the beautiful summer weather while taking a cruise of historic Boston Harbor and sampling some brews made right here in the city!

These events are the perfect excuse to try something new while enjoying what’s left of the summer!  So, grab your  friends and family and have some fun in the sun!

St. Patrick’s Day Events In Massachusetts

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Who doesn’t love Saint Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts?  The state is known for it’s Irish heritage and for one day of the year, everyone gets to be Irish!  The celebrations aren’t limited to one day, either!  There are events taking place all month long celebrating the Irish heritage, and we’ve found a few of the best ones to help you decide what to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts!

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival – How about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the largest brewery in Boston?  Kick off the celebration a bit early at this event taking place on Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th.  Harpoon Brewery knows it’s been a long winter, so get out of the house and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with them and their large selection of beers, including Harpoon Irish Stout.  The celebration will also have food vendors selling corned beef and cabbage, among other options.  There will be bands on hand to keep you entertained, heated tents to keep you warm, and plenty of food and drinks to keep you full.  Make sure to bring cash with you, there’s a $20 entry fee and everything for sale inside is cash only.  There is no parking at the event, but there will be complimentary shuttles running to the festival from South Station.  This is a 21+ event so grab your friends and head to Harpoon Brewery for a day of food and fun, make sure to wear your green!

A Little Bit Of Ireland – Head to the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham for this homage to all things Irish!  This is one of the largest Irish shows in New England and will feature everything from Irish tenors, Riverdance, a look inside Irish cottage life, a visit to an Irish Pub, Irish step dancing, and jokes from an Irish comic.  This show will give you a glimpse into the Irish heritage and will ensure you kick off St. Patty’s Day on the right foot!  There will be three showings, two on Saturday, March 16th at 2 and 7 PM, and one show on Sunday, March 17th at 2 PM.  Get your tickets for this entertaining display of Irish culture while they last!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade In South Boston – Brought to you by the Allied War Veteran’s Council, this is without a doubt one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day events in the state.  South Boston is the most Irish neighborhood in the country, so what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by wearing your green and heading to Southie for the parade?  Perhaps even enjoying some green beer for those of you 21 and over.  This year the parade will be on Sunday, March 16th and will begin at 1 PM.  It’s the perfect event for friends, families, and anyone out to have a great time.  The parade begins at West Broadway near the Broadway T Station and will loop throughout the neighborhood, but make sure to get there early if you want a good spot!

Green Day Celebration At Mt. Wachusett – If you’re not ready to let go of winter yet, head to Mt. Wachusett on Monday, March 17th for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things green!  There will be lift tickets for only $17 for those wearing visible green outerwear.  You can also get the discounted lift ticket by thinking green, and carpooling to the event or driving a hybrid.  After a day of skiing, head to the back deck in Coppertop for live Irish music from 4 PM – 6 PM.  There will be corned beef and cabbage for sale, more traditional food options if you prefer, and of course plenty of drinks to go around for those over 21.  Grab your green and enjoy the day while we still have a bit of ski weather left!

However you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, there’s no doubt that the day is going to be filled with friends, food, and fun!  Enjoy the day and don’t forget your green!

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Massachusetts Events This October!

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Can you believe it’s already fall?  It feels like summer flew by but before you know it we’ll be preparing for Halloween!  There are tons of fun events going on this month, and we’ve found some of the best ones taking place across the Bay State!  Grab your friends and family and head to these fun events this October!

Harpoon Octoberfest – This fall tradition is taking place on Friday, October 4th from 5:30 PM – 11 PM (doors close at 9 PM) and Saturday, October 5th from 2 PM – 9 PM (doors close at 7:30 PM) at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.  This event is 21+ and tickets are not available in advance, you must pay the $20 cover at the door which includes admission, a drink ticket, and a souvenir Pint cup, also keep in mind that this event is cash only.  There won’t be parking at the brewery but there will be a shuttle bus at South Station running to and from the event.  Come enjoy German food, live music, German chocolate cake eating contests, keg bowling, and of course tons of fresh Harpoon beer options including IPA, Octoberfest, and UFO Pumpkin.  Unwind with friends after the workweek and celebrate the start of fall at Octoberfest!

Riverside Blues and BBQ Festival – Hosted by the Franklin County Rotary Club and the Greenfield Recreation Department, this family friendly event is taking place at Beacon Field in Greenfield from Friday, October 11th – Sunday, October 13th.  There will be professional BBQ competitors from across New England competing in grilling contests, and two days of Blues music, beer sampling, crafters, vendors, and activities for the kids.  On Friday night there will be a free outdoor movie night at 7 PM with free admission and popcorn to kick off the festival.  On Saturday and Sunday, events will be from 12 noon – 6 PM, admission to the festival is $5, and children ages 10 and under are free with a paying adult.  Admission to the BBQ Samplin’ Pit is $5 and guests can sample and vote for their favorite teams.  On Saturday guests can sample chicken wings and on Sunday there will be pulled pork.  Admission to the BrewFest Beer Samplin’ Saloon is $20 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and includes as many beer samples as you can drink.

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll – This family friendly event is taking place on Saturday, October 19th from 6 PM – 9 PM at Market Square in Newburyport.  Families are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin that will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square.  Every family will be provided with a votive candle that will be lit all together at dusk, approximately 6:15 PM, and placed in the pumpkins which will be put on stage.  Families are then invited to stroll through beautiful downtown Newburyport, along the water, and to admire the pumpkins designed by local businesses.  At the end of the night, families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.  This is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit with the whole family!

30th Annual Applefest – Head to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton on October 19th – 20th for Applefest!  This event is perfect for the whole family, and fun for all ages.  There will be live music, a mountainside barbecue, pie eating contests, Skyrides to the scenic Summit, craft & farmer’s market booths, and clowns, jugglers, magicians, pony & hay rides, and a climbing wall for the kids.  There will also be an Oktoberfest Celebration featuring authentic German cuisine, a variety of beers in the Beer Garden, and live entertainment.   This event is from 10 AM – 5 PM both days and tickets are $12 for adults at the door and $7 for children ages 6 – 12.  Discounts are available if you purchase in advance online and there are also packages available that include admission, food vouchers, play activities and more!

If you weren’t in the fall spirit before, you will be after these events!

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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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