What are the best breweries in New England? We asked beer, food & football expert Kerry J. Byrne to name the ones worth seeking out (and sampling!). New England’s beer culture is as rich and robust as a dark, toasty stout. Our region boasts more than 100 breweries, so picking the five best breweries in New […]
By Kerry J. Byrne
Dec 15 2014
Best Breweries in New England.Photo Credit : Heath Robbins
A combination beer garden, smokehouse, and brewery tucked behind an unassuming white farmhouse on a leafy country road at the edge of stunning Acadia National Park. The beers are straight out of the old New England tradition: that is, British beer styles that often take advantage of American-grown malts, hops, and other native ingredients. Bar Harbor, ME; atlanticbrewing.com
Best brews: “Special Old Bitter Ale,” “Coal Porter,” and “Blueberry Ale,” made with wild Maine fruit.
No trip to Maine is complete without a stop at one of these cozy and inviting brewery taverns. Auburn, Freeport, and Portland, ME; grittys.com
Best brews: “Best Bitter” and “Black Fly Stout,” preferably served at one of the pubs via traditional hand-pull.
Longtime New England brewer and Connecticut native Dann Paquette specializes in what he calls “American artisanal” styles: beers brewed in the rustic Belgian tradition, but with American malts and hops and our nation’s gift for style-bending creativity. Cambridge and Westport, MA; prettythingsbeertoday.com
Best brew: “Jack D’Or,” a domestic version of the saison-style farmhouse ales of Wallonia.
Although its Samuel Adams Boston Lager is brewed mostly in Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston remains the corporate home of the largest American-owned beermaker. The firm’s small pilot brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood—where brewers experiment with small-batch and vintage beer styles—is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. Tasty test batches are served in the brewery’s two taprooms. Boston, MA; samueladams.com
Best brew: “Samuel Adams Utopias,” the world’s strongest commercial beer.
Named for Smuttynose Island, this maker produces year-round and seasonal beers that are sold up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest, plus a selection of limited-release brews for local markets. Portsmouth and Hampton, NH; smuttynose.com
Best brew: “Finestkind IPA,” a generously hopped India pale ale and, in my opinion, the single best beer brewed in New England.
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