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Old 01-09-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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I'm going to my buddy's wedding this summer in the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts. We're flying into Boston and the driving to some little village, where we rented a cottage.

I just started my research, but I wonder if anyone has any insight on cool little breweries or great places to get great beer out there, that I might not be able to get my hands on in the Midwest.

Thanks people!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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If you have time to make the drive, go to Burlington, VT and visit The Alchemist where Heady Topper is brewed. There's also Berkshire Brewing in Deerfield, MA but they only do tours/tastings on Saturdays. Go a little ways south into CT and there's Thomas Hooker and Old Burnside Brewing. Even further to the south and east in Willimantic, CT is a brew pub called Willimantic Brewing Co (aka Willy Brew). In the very south east corner of CT is Cottrell Brewing, but their beer is nothing special. Clown Shoes is near Boston, but I don't remember exactly which town it is. A brewery whose beer I just started drinking is Wachusett Brewing and they've got some pretty solid beer. That's all I've got off the top of my head, but that should get you started.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:52 AM   #3
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If you're heading up to Vermont, The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead are worth the drive. Stop at Fiddlehead as well, if you're up there. If you can't make it out to Hill Farmstead, you can probably find their beers (as well as some from Lawson's Finest Liquids) at Prohibition Pig (Waterbury), Farmhouse Tap and Grill (Burlington), and Three Penny Taproom (Montpelier).

As far as western MA goes, as well as Berkshire Brewing, there's Element Brewing and the brew pubs Northampton Brewery and the People's Pint (really good food). None can really compare to VT breweries, though.

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:00 AM   #4
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Berkshire brewing - awesome beers

Amherst brewing - brewpub

Moan and Dove - good place to get a bunch of beers

The people's pint makes good stuff

High and mighty as well
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:30 AM   #5
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You could also go to Northampton, MA. It sure is an interesting little city! The Northampton Brewery is there, but I really can't recall having any of their beers. Berkshire Brewing Company has good beers, and they are usually available at local stores.
Hope you enjoy your trip- it's a very pretty area.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:41 AM   #6
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+1 for northampton brewery, they have some good stuff. The peoples pint in greenfield is also pretty good, food is excellent, same for amherst brewing co in amherst. A little further east in Gardner is the Gardner ale house, good beer and food.

If you get a chance, in Westminster on your way out to wherever you are staying, hit up Wachusett brewing co. They have some great brews, one of my favorites. I know I mostly just repeated what others have said, but I figured id toss them out there as a second opinion. Good luck

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:36 AM   #7
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Jacks Abby in Framingham, MA (25 mins outside city) makes incredible lagers. Cambridge Brewing Company is also very good, right next to Boston.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:46 AM   #8
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Also, if you're just looking for Massachusetts beer in stores, Pretty Things and Mystic make some great beers. Ipswich and Mayflower are pretty good as well, and Cambridge Brewing Company just started bottling.

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:18 AM   #9
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Some stuff that may kinda be on your way or can be a fun road trip.

The Alchemist - Waterbury Vt - though all they have is Heady Topper, a 100 Rate Beer also same Town as the Ben and Jerry's factory.

Magic Hat - Burlington VT - Pretty cool place. They have basically an entire bar where you can try any of their beer.

Ommegang - Cooperstown NY - Quality Brewery, haven't been there since they expanded and added the Brewpub but I'm sure it's awesome.

Cooperstown Brewery - Cooperstown NY - A really cool small brewery with great guys who run it.

Wachusett Brewery - Westminster MA - Not a bad brewery at all.

That's about all I can think of right now that won't have you going too far out of the way (aka to northern New Hampshire, NYC, or NJ)

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #10
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Oh man, if you can swing up to Maine, you'll be in for a huge treat. We're well known for our abundance of microbreweries. You could visit Shipyard, Allagash, Gritty's, Oxbow, Maine Beer Co. to just name just a few. In addition to the beer, Maine is known for its incredible coastlines, mountains and forests. So glad I live here.

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